Data Entry: Susan
I’m jolted awake by a bath of freezing cold water showering on top of me. My eyes spring open and I desperately gasp for air. When my vision refocuses, the supposed General Luci is standing over 3 feet from me, surrounded by two armed soldiers. My head feels as if it’s going to fall off and when I go to move, the sound of rusty chains fills my ears as my movement suddenly stops. I hung in the air slightly as chains attached to a pipe overhead held my wrists together and my ankles bound together by a thick black rope. I tried to free my hands but the rust from the chains only kept scratching me. I held back my winces and gave my best straight face. I have to stay strong. Men like him get off on any possible sign of weakness.
“Sorry about the accommodations, but you might find it a little hard to move at the moment,” Luci says. He pulls out a cigar, lights it, and sticks it in his mouth. “You seem pretty resilient. I'll give you that. Unlike your partner. He was just whimpering and begging me to let him go.”
“Where am I?” I ask.
“It doesn’t matter where you are. What matters is that I am here to liberate you from your shackles,” he chuckles.
“You son of a…” I attempt to lunge at him, but the chains hold me back. I’m not sure what’s going on, but Henry could be in a lot more trouble. I have to save him! General Luci takes a few steps back and wags his index finger side to side.
“That’s a very very naughty potty mouth you have Ms. Lewis. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of potty mouths.” He makes his way to one of his subordinates and grabs a small black object from his pocket. He squats inches away from my face and breathes a cloud of smoke in my face. A small amount of spit drips onto his small beard. He presses the button and I see a jolt of electricity come out of the tip. My eyes widen with fear as it dawns on me that he’s holding a taser. I really hope he does not plan on using that on me.
“Now you have two choices. You can either tell me what I want to know willingly or I will make you tell me what you know. Your choice.”
“Go to hell,” I stifled. I tried my best to stay calm, but my voice seemed to give it away that I was scared because Luci tapped the taser on my side and I felt a sudden burst of white hot pain spark on my ribs. My whole body felt like it was burning from the inside. I bit my lip as hard as I could to stifle the piercing scream that was making its way out. After what felt like an eternity, he moved the taser off of me. I could barely breathe and all I tasted was the blood of my own lip.
“I’m told that hurts,” General Luci chuckles as he stands up and places his arms around his back. “This can be over a lot quicker if you stop being so stubborn and just answer my questions. I’m not particularly fond of harming women.”
“W-what... do.. you.. want?” I whimper; gasping for air after every word.
“What I want is quite simple. It seems that you were supposed to meet with the ambassador today to talk about a classified project. A potential ‘solution’ to the problems that the world is currently facing. Now I thought that a woman like you could only come up with something like an eco friendly toaster, but imagine my shock when I see schematics of a device that when activated, could alter the physical properties of a subject to make them more adaptable to anything life throws at it.”
I tried to hide my shock of the words that came out of his mouth. I knew that he had to be after Solution X, but no one was supposed to know about that. The only people who were supposed to know about that are the people who worked on it and myself.
“All I want to know is its current whereabouts.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” I chuckled and spit out a bit of blood. The only way I was going to survive this is if I keep the asset secret. He won’t kill me if his only viable source of information refuses to talk. I have to get out of here. I have to find Henry and just run.
General Luci must’ve really hated my response because he stuck the taser right in the same spot. I screamed at the top of my lungs, my whole body shaking as it pain surges all throughout my body. He removed the taser and once again, got about a couple inches from my face.
“I may have to keep you alive, but no one said you had to be comfortable,” he spat. Just as General Luci was about to hit me again, his watch began to beep. After looking at it for a minute, he gives me a half-cocked smile. “Saved by the bell. When I come back, you best make sure that you remember. Or I will just have to jog your memory in other… creative ways.”
He gave his men a half nod and beckoned his men to follow him as they exited the room. Once the door closed, I was all alone with my aching body and a half dimmed light. Knowing this would potentially be my only chance, I began to survey the situation. I was tied up and unable to move very much. There were soldiers probably waiting outside just in case I had any bright ideas. If I could just break the chains I’m in, I could potentially get out of here. No matter what, I could not let Luci get his hands on Solution X. Looking up, I noticed that the pipe above me looked really old. Perfect.
With the energy I had left, I grabbed on to the chain and slowly proceeded to climb up the chain. Once I was high enough, I pulled the lower half of my body up so that I was completely upside down. My body screamed at me with every movement that I made, but the only thing I could even remotely think about was getting Henry to safety.
“This is going to hurt….. A lot. I can do it. I can do it,” I whispered, letting go of the chain. Gravity took over as I began to fall fast and when the chain snagged, the pipe busted and I hit my head hard on the floor as I blacked out on the ground.
To be continued...