The high-pitched squeak of the loose wheel echoes down the hallway. Light bounces off the metal walls. Polished floors gleam beneath our feet.
Lou stops. She holds up her fist.
I pull on the metal rail and throw my weight back. The loaded cart groans in protest, but stops.
Seconds tick by. Lou’s ponytail flips right, then left. Sweat trickles down my back.
Without looking back, she waves us forward. It takes all my force to get the cart moving again. The wheel resumes its shrill tune.
We’re almost at cold storage.
Get it in. Lock up. Then walk away.
Photo prompt & featured image: © Amy Reese
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