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.


68. Chapter Sixty-Seven

The door swung open. I came to an immediate stand-still, finding Nicole and Sarah confined in small plastic cells. They were exactly like the ones used below the labs in South Carolina.


They were each restrained, but instead of beds, their hands had been buckled to the walls, like prisoners in a medieval dungeon. Each cell had a huge padlock attached to it; no electronic locks here.


Their eyes brightened as soon as they saw us before confusion clouded their faces.


“Where’s Briana?” I asked.


“I haven’t seen her since the bar,” Nicole said. She seemed oddly broken, as if she couldn’t face fighting anymore. This wasn’t the sister I knew. Sarah didn’t say anything. How had she ended up here?


I kicked the heavy sole of my boot against the plastic. It did nothing but make a loud noise. I was tempted to shoot the padlock, but the metal was sturdy and I didn’t want to jam the mechanism if it didn’t work.


“Where’s the key?”


“They said the doctor had it,” Nicole offered.


“Mouse,” I barked into the microphone. “I need to find the doctor’s office. Can you help?


“Go back the way you came,” Mouse ordered.


Waving for Matt to follow me, I left Nike to guard the girls. We ran through the door, which was wedged open by the dead man. We sprinted back to the intersection and waited for Mouse's instruction.


“The next one on the left will take you there.”


Turning sharply, I sprinted until I came to a tall staircase leading sharply upward. Taking the steps two at a time, Matt and I dashed higher and higher. We must be in the part that connected to the mountain behind the building. The stairs ended abruptly at an ornate door.


“Mouse, door,” I said, and once again she worked her technical magic.


With my rifle hanging at my back, I nudged the door open. My arms extended tensely in front of me, handguns grasped in both hands. I stepped forward cautiously; only to have something hit me from my side.


I hadn’t heard anything, not even static.

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