The Sphinx Project

Not many people can say their entire existence has been one big lab experiment: poked and prodded by scientists, genetically modified to be the best and endure the worst, subjected to daily tests and trials that would kill a normal human. All Michaela wants is her own life, to be able to go to school, flirt with boys, maybe eat ice cream now and then. So when the chance to escape finally comes, Michaela and her sister grab it, taking their friends with them. But they weren’t the only ones to find their way out of those labs. Following close behind are another breed of creature, one that doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong, who exist only to feed their own hunger. The appearance of a strange boy who seems too much like them to be a coincidence makes things even more confusing. But as the world begins to literally fall apart around them, Michaela must accept his help, especially when she could lose the very thing she holds dearest: her sister.


71. Chapter Seventy

The buzzer on my watch sounded the two-minute warning. A moment later, a rumbling began deep below us, crawling outward at a scary pace.


“Mouse, clear everyone out!” I ordered.


This wasn’t supposed to happen! Hadn't we dealt with enough of this?


We sprinted downstairs, not slowing for the corner. I drew the disgusting key from the silk as we entered the room. I unlocked Nicole’s door first and Nike went straight in to work on her bindings. As soon as Sarah’s cell was open, Matt was beside me, loosening the straps.


In no time at all, they were free again and we were running. The mountain shook behind us and cracks split the air. We passed the corridor where we’d found the children and kept sprinting.


“You need to get out, now!” Mouse shouted over the radio, panic invaded her words.


I didn’t answer, I just lowering my head and pushing forward. I hurdled over numerous fallen bodies but saw nothing that indicated any living people remained inside.


As we left the building, I holstered my guns. Uncaring of the events going on around us, I threw myself at Nicole, wrapping my arms around her. The warmth of her body seeped into mine as relief enveloped me. I had her.


“Come on.” Matt rubbed a hand over my back. “There’ll be plenty of time for you two to catch up later.”


The mercenaries and the children huddled together in one great group. They stood in the biggest clearing they could find between the crumbling mountain and the falling trees. Some lab techs were there, support workers who weren’t responsible for committing any atrocities.


A huge boulder bounced down the mountainside. It slammed into the building, embedding itself in the concrete. A small avalanche of pebbles and debris skittered down the slope behind it.


The tiny girl, the first one I’d unlocked, sprinted toward us. I grasped her hand and swung her onto my shoulders without stopping.


“We need to get out of here!” Matt yelled. The rumbling continued. “They have back-up on the way.”


Each of the men collected a child, settled them onto their shoulders or backs, whichever way allowed them easy access to their weapons should they be required. Matt, Nicole, Mouse and Nike took hold of guns, positioning themselves around the group.

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