-HUNTED-

These kids are special. These kids have somehow developed superpowers. These kids are different. These kids could become a danger to humanity. These kids are being chased by a ruthless company that wants to use them as slaves to rule the world. These kids are hunted.

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9. Chapter 8 - Breakout

Major Davis rapped on the iron door that locked the girls in, and pulled open the hatch.

"Lucy, come with us."

'Oh crap. Guys, I don't think deleting the email worked. This is bad!' Lucy cried out in her mind to the others as she got up and left the room, glancing back in to see if Jenny was visible, but she wasn't.

'What are we meant to do?!' Thought JJ. 'How are we supposed to get out of our room to help?!'

"We need to do some training. You need to be more subtle, and there are a few more things we need to try that may be possible."

Lucy let out a breath she didn't know she'd been holding. 'False alarm. It did work.'

"Such as?" She asked Major Davis.

"Possessing people, and changing what they think they see and hear."

"That sounds awesome." JJ muttered to Cameron, his ear to the door.

"Good for Lucy. But how do we talk to Jenny and plan our escape now that Lucy's gone?" Cameron pointed out.

"Ah."

 

That night, Lucy called to the boys in their sleep.

'Guys, let's get out of here. Cameron, take out the camera.'

'How?' Cameron thought.

'Pretend you're having a nightmare or something, I don't know. But I think making someone fall asleep again is not going to work again... I mean, what if someone walks in?'

'Good point.'

Cameron started tossing and turning in his bed, and everything in the room was thrown around, books flying off the bookshelf, the TV falling off the wall and JJ's bed tipping over. A book flew into the CCTV camera at high speed, smashing the lens and causing the camera to come out of its fitting and swing to and fro on its wires

 

JJ picked himself up off the floor and glared at Cameron.

"What was that for?" He complained.

Cameron laughed. "A joke."

'Would you two hurry up? There's guards coming round the corner in about 30 seconds! I need to be in the same room as people to change what they see!'

"Why not?" Asked Jenny.

'Because I just learnt today!'

The door to the boys' room swung silently open, and Cameron ran over and placed his hand on the door to the girls' room.

'20 seconds!'

"I don't work well under pressure!" Whispered Cameron.

'15 seconds! Come on Cameron, hurry up!'

"Girls, stand against the side walls!" Cameron whispered, and after a tense couple of seconds, Lucy called to him.

'We're against the walls!'

Cameron stood up, held his arm out towards the door with his hand clenched into a fist, and then splayed his hand out. The heavy metal door shot off its hinges, shooting across the room and embedding itself in the opposite wall.

"How the hell did you do that?!" Exclaimed JJ, but Cameron just shrugged.

"I'm incredibly powerful. Don't mess with me man, or I'll tear you limb from limb."

There was silence between the boys, and then the guards came round the corner. Cameron and JJ backed up against the wall as the guards walked along, looked through the hatch of the boys door and where the hatch used to be of the girls, and then walked away again.

Cameron laughed. "JJ, I was kidding!"

"Good." Replied JJ, wiping an imaginary bead of sweat from his brow. "That was pretty impressive Lucy."

"It was nothing." Lucy dismissed the comment with a wave of her hand.

"Are we gonna get out of here then?" Jenny reminded the others.

"Well no, we were going to check on the statue boy, see if he's still alive." JJ pointed out.

Jenny shrugged. "We may as well. Hopefully you won't have to smash the door off its hinges this time though Cameron."

The boys laughed.

 

Cameron opened the heavy door with a wave of his hand, and the four kids made their way into the cell. Unlike their furnished rooms, the cell for the statue was simply an empty room save for the stone bed on which the statue lay in a sleeping position. Turning to stone had seemingly kept the boy from moving, so his stone hair was sticking up in every possible direction, despite the fact he had been lying down for weeks, maybe even months.

"It doesn't look like he's moving." Whispered Jenny.

"No, hold on." JJ, Cameron, Lucy and Jenny lent over the statue, and at the precise moment that they leaned in to examine it further, the statue opened its eyes and shouted "BOO."

Everyone jumped backwards, scared out of their wits, whilst the statue was laughing hysterically on the bed.

"Oh I got you guys so good!" The statue cried, clutching his stomach. "The looks on your faces were priceless! I wish I'd had a camera!"

Jenny glared at the statue.

"Who are you exactly?" She asked, but the statue didn't reply.

"I'm sorry, that was just so funny! I've been waiting for weeks to do that!"

"Who are you?" Repeated Jenny, and finally the statue stopped laughing.

Before he spoke, the statue clicked his fingers together, and from his fingers colour spread, along his arm, across his chest, and filled him in, until the statue was a boy of flesh and blood. He was tall and well-built, but slightly skinnier than one would expect, with light blond hair that stuck in every direction and appeared to be trying to get off of his head, and eyes the colour of the stone that he had just been made of. He was wearing a one piece jumpsuit like the others, which had turned to stone with him, and he spoke with a rough, Essex accent.

"My name's Nathaniel Morris. But you can call me The Living Statue." He said, finally having stopped laughing.

There was silence in the room as everyone stared at Nathaniel.

"It's my superhero name. Because I have a superpower?"

Still no one spoke.

"Fine. Call me Nat."

"I'm Jenny. This is Lucy, Cameron and JJ."

"Nice, what can you guys do?"

"I'm super fast, Jenny can turn invisible, Cameron's a telekinetic, and-"

'I'm a telepath.' Lucy finished JJ's sentence for him.

"That's pretty impressive. But what are you guys doing here?"

"Breaking out." Answered Cameron. "You wanna come?"

"Hell yeah. I've been stuck here for ages, only getting food because I sometimes stole your meals."

"That was you!" JJ exclaimed.

Cameron frowned. "Why didn't they give you food?"

"Because I pretended I'd become a statue. I didn't want to keep doing 'missions' for these twisted freaks, so I just pretended I couldn't. They check on me every so often to see if I've moved, but I've had them fooled."

"We should get a move on, before someone realises we're gone." Jenny said, and everyone nodded, creeping out of Nat's cell and into the corridor.

"Which way are we going?" Lucy asked, and JJ sped up and ran off.

After about 10 seconds, JJ returned. "Follow me."

 

As they walked, Nathaniel started talking. "So what exactly are our plans? Once we've got out of here, where are we going?"

"We'll focus on actually getting out of here first, and not getting captured. Then we can think about what to do next." Jenny replied indignantly.

"So, you don't know?"

"Nope." Admitted JJ. "No idea."

"And what are we going to do? Keep on running?"

"I want to go back to my family." Lucy answered.

Nathaniel ran in front of the group and stopped them in the middle of the corridor. "Listen to me. You can't go back to your families. Whoever these guys are, they're not just going to let you go. And once they realise you're gone, what's the first thing they're going to do? Go to your families. If you're breaking out, you can have no contact with your families whatsoever."

"How do you know that's what they'll do?" Asked Cameron sceptically.

"It's the most obvious thing, isn't it? They know we've got nowhere to go except back to our families, so they'll just send SWAT teams or whatever to come and capture us again."

"Look, we can talk about this when we're out of here, but right now we're just wasting time." Jenny argued. "We need to get out of here as quickly as possible."

"Fine. But once we're gone, we need to plan where we're going, ok?"

"Yes, now let's go already!"

Nathaniel stood to the side as Jenny stomped past, everyone following behind her.

"Don't argue with Jenny when she's stressed." Lucy whispered to Nathaniel.

"Why not?"

"Because stressed Jenny is one step away from murderous Jenny." Explained Cameron.

Before Jenny could turn around and speak for herself, the group turned a corner into a large room that seemed to be an aircraft hangar. Inside, there was a helicopter and about 15 automobiles, ranging from armoured courier vans to jeeps like the one Major Davis had picked JJ and Lucy up in.

JJ whistled in amazement. "Damn."

"Does anyone know how to fly a helicopter?" Asked Jenny. Everyone shook their heads. "Van it is."

"Do you know how to drive?" Asked Nat.

"I took a lesson once." JJ raised his hand.

Nathaniel chuckled. "Then it's probably best to let me drive. I'm 17, I've learnt."

"You're 17?" Said Lucy, incredulous.

"Yeah. I don't look it though, I know."

"Right, it's decided. Nat, Lucy, Cameron and I will go in the jeep. JJ doesn't need to come with us, he can probably walk faster than we can drive." Jenny decided.

"But I don't want to walk! My legs will hurt!" Whined JJ.

'Grow up JJ.'

"Fine, you can come in the jeep." Jenny caved in to JJ's complaint. "But you're sitting in the back along with me and Lucy. Cameron needs to sit in the front because he can protect us all."

"I don't need to come with you at all." Cameron objected.

"Why not?"

"I can fly."

"Rubbish, you're a telekinetic." JJ rolled his eyes.

Cameron didn't say anything in reply, and instead lifted off the ground and hovered 2 feet in the air.

"Show off." Muttered JJ.

"Well if we're on the run, we don't want photos of a flying boy all over the media." Nat pointed out.

"Then it's decided. We're all going in the jeep. Unless anyone can fly a helicopter."

'I can fly a helicopter.'

"Really?" JJ's face lit up.

'Of course not. I'm 13.'

Jenny sighed. "Guess it's the jeep."

"I'll get the door." Said Cameron, as the other four teenagers ran over to one of the jeeps and jumped in. Cameron threw both of his arms up in the air, as if he were holding a dumbbell and throwing it over his head, and the colossal hangar door lifted up off the floor and slid rapidly upwards.

"Has anyone got the keys?" Jenny asked, and everyone stopped.

"Don't worry. I'll get the car started." Nathaniel reached under the dashboard and punched a hole in it, his hand temporarily made of stone. He ripped out two wires that were attached to the starter motor and, with his hands made of stone again, touched them together. They sparked, and the jeep spluttered into life.

'Cam, get in here!' Called Lucy, and Cameron jumped into the jeep, slamming the door as Nathaniel floored the accelerator, sending the car shooting out of the hangar door, its passengers grinning as they realised that they were free.

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