When I woke up, I looked around and saw nothing. Well, I was in a room that had light grey stones covering the floor, ceiling, and the walls. I was lying on the most uncomfortable cot known to exist, but there was another cot next to me. A little lump silently held its shape there until it rolled over and opened its eyes to me.
“Felicia! Wake up!” I whispered to the cot beside me.
Felicia rubbed her eyes and looked at me. “Where are we?”
“To be honest, I have no clue where we are, but I do know that-well, I don’t know anything.” I tried to reply.
“How are we going to get out of here?” Felicia asked.
“I really don’t know.” I said truthfully.
Just then, an opening appeared in the seemingly rock hard wall. I soon realized that this was a door to the outside. A panel to input a password was now there as well, something I hadn’t noticed before. But when I jumped up and ran to the door, I figured out that they weren’t letting us out, someone was coming inside. That someone was a large man that wore a black suit. In his ear, there was a wire that came down his neck and into the back of his suit jacket. His shoes reflected the dull light that was in our cell and blinded me. He looked exactly like Secret Service and gave a bit of a calming feeling.
“Girls, I am Mr. X. I am going to bring another kid in. Why don’t you tell me your names?” The Secret Service man said who apparently was Mr. X.
Felicia rose up out of the cot and gave a good hard stare at Mr. X. “Why do they call you Mr. X. Is it like, Xavier or something? I’m also wondering why we should trust you or the kid.” Felicia said confidently.
“They call me Mr. X because I don’t have a name, or I do, but I was never told. From when I was little, they called me Kid X, and I guess it just stuck. Well, I understand that you guys have a lot of reason not to trust me, but I’m afraid you’re not going to have much qualification from me.” Mr. X said in a deep voice.
“I’m Sam.” I said. “I want to know more about this so called kid that you’re bringing in here.”
“Yeah, I’m Felicia.” Felicia said. “Not only do I want to know about the kid, but I would really like to know what I’m doing here, ‘cause, I have a home.”
It seemed like Felicia gained confidence from how tough he was.
“I’m afraid I can’t tell you too much, children, but I will tell you some things to relieve some stress. You are important to saving something bigger than you can imagine. Be a part of something revolutionary. As for why we need three children, well, that I can’t say. The third child is a boy, the same age as you two. I’ll bring him in so that you guys can have a chance to meet him.” Mr. X said.
With that, he put the code in, a code that I figured out and left. I looked over to Felicia and smiled.
“Do you want out of here?” I asked slyly.
“Duh, Sam. Of course I do. Why, do you have a way out?” Felicia said.
“Well, I have one thing to say about Mr. X. He’s not very good at hiding the password panel when he puts the code in. It’s not a very good code either. 2-5-8-0 is the code. Let’s see if we can get out.” I replied.
I walked up to the password panel and put the code in. The door opened and I looked out into the hallway. Cameras were put all around the hallway, but none were on the door. I motioned for Felicia to come over. I noticed that the cameras were off for eight seconds at a time. Suddenly, footsteps started through the hallway as I took a mental picture of the set-up of the cameras. I hurried back into the room with Felicia.
“Okay, the way those cameras are set up is that they are turned off for eight seconds at a time. Those are our moments to go and also we have no cameras directly on the door which is perfect!” I told Felicia.
“Wait, how do you know all this? I mean, I get the whole thing with the cameras aren’t directly facing the door, but how do you know that the cameras are only on for eight seconds at a time?” Felicia asked skeptically.
“My grandfather worked in a fishing shop and he didn’t have a lot of money, but he still needed cameras because his shop had been robbed before. So, a new option at the time that cost a lot less than having the camera on full time was to have it on for eight seconds and then off for eight seconds. It saved him a great deal of money. Maybe they’re doing the same thing.” I replied.
Felicia’s look became a little calmer and I think that she started to trust me. I felt for her, I mean, I was in the same position after all, and it had been a very long day. Before now, I couldn’t even imagine being in this position.
“Now are we gonna do this, or are we gonna rot away in this cell!” I tried to say enthusiastically.
Felicia hesitated, but then said, “Let’s do this!”
I stood up and so did Felicia as I slowly walked towards the padlock. I put in the code and the door opened. I looked at Felicia and smiled, this was it, this was freedom. It seemed like we had been locked up forever and this was our one shot, our one opportunity.