Ten Days In Hell

An innocent man labelled as 174920 is locked up in a facility. Can he escape? This story contains, strong language and disturbing violence.

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8. Day Eight: Breaking the Chains

It was around 9:00, which is the time that the guards start getting the prisoners up, so I rose from the ground, for today was the day that I would prepare for the finale that was approaching quick. All I needed to do was kill the warden, then destroy this place by finding the fuel source in this place; easy enough. I also needed to meet up with my only ally in this place, seeing its been over three days since I saw him. I had promised him two days, but due to the small detour, its been five days, or counting today; six days. However, he said he could last as long as it took, which I can believe due to the fact he's been stuck here for over a hundred years.

Today I needed to find the power grid and shut down every bit of electricity, so that when everyone escapes, we will have no problems. I grabbed the gun next to me, and reloaded it using a clip from another rifle the dead guards had. Once the gun was loaded, I rose from the darkness and walked out into the hall, being cautious. The warden was still here and was probably looking for me, therefore, if I could find him before he found me, all of us could escape today, but I knew it wasn't going to be that easy, so I continued on.

I had no idea where to even to look, because I had no idea where the power grid was, which meant I was in a giant maze, and only one person knew where the power grid was, and was probably protecting it. Despite getting lost, I wasn't going to stop, so I continued to walk down a hall.

While walking, I kept my eyes peeled in every direction. Never again was I going to let my guard down for a second, because the last time I did, I was put here. Even though I had a weapon, I wasn't taking any chances, so I stopped thinking about the past, and focused more on the present. However, the more further I walked, I just kept coming to more and more long hallways that go on for what seem like miles. I had to find another way, so I stopped and started to think of other ways to find the power grid.

I tapped my foot while thinking, like most people do, because some people say that doing it helps to bring something to mind. That must've been true, because I came up with a way to find the power grid; the same way I found my only ally. There was a map of this place not to far from where I was, so I raised the rifle higher and started walking down a hall to my left.

The hall was long and extended; same as the others, only this time I knew where I was going. Instead of walking anymore, I decided to speed-walk. Speed-walking is the same as walking, except you walk just a bit faster; I used this tactic when I was still in the military. Using this technique helped me reach the end of the hall faster, where I came a five nights ago, but I was shock by what I saw. The map of the entire facility was gone and ripped from the wall.

Shit! The warden knew I would come here, so he removed my only chance of finding my way around this place. This was bad, but it was good I knew where to find my ally. I kept my guard up, because the warden could be nearby, seeing the tearing was fresh. I wasn't taking any chances of him hitting me with something like a tranquilizing dart and being forced back into a life of hell.

"Remember who you are," I said to myself, as I walked down the hall to my left other than the one to my right. The right hall leads to where my ally was being held, so once again, I didn't know where I was headed. I just hoped that it led to the power grid, and hopefully, the warden would be elsewhere.

I speed-walked down the hall, making sure to not let my guard down, because and could happen. There was no activity in the hall, except me, but I knew that there could be someone in the shadows, like I was when I killed the remaining guards. The hall was starting to come to an end, and all I could see was something gleaming from the light, plus a buzzing noise, like when you get close to electric circuits. My confidence went up like a rocket, because I knew that I had finally, found the power grid.

With caution, I rushed forward, toward the power grid and prepared to get ready to disable all the power in this place. I was only a few feet away from the power grid, when suddenly, a person jumped from nowhere, and fired a bullet at me. I somehow, managed to dodge it, but immediately, I fell to the ground and retreated toward one of the barricades against the wall. The person continued to fire his firearm, but came to a stop to reload the clip.

I peeked from behind the barricade and rose my rifle outward, aiming at the person. Once I had full aim, I pulled the trigger and shot at the person, who I knew was the warden. Before the shots could hit, the warden ducked behind the corner he was against. To save ammo, I released my finger from the trigger, but kept my rifle out in the open.

"So nice to see you, 174920. I see you have come to disable the power, but you'll have to do better then that."

"I knew it! I recognize your voice perfectly. Hello, general."

"How do you like my facility? Isn't it grand? I worked my ass off just to keep it up and running."

"This place you've constructed is just nothing but a hell on Earth! Why is this place even in existence? Tell me that, asshole!"

"It exists to remove pests like you from the world. You were nothing but trouble in the military."

"I served your sorry-ass for twenty years, what have I done to deserve something like this!?"

"You only survived in the military, because I let you survive. If I wasn't there, you would have died the first day you arrived."

"I did more then you ever did in those twenty years!"

"No. You were a nuisance from day one. Trouble with a capital "T." I was the one who was basically, your caretaker."

"Bullshit."

"No. It's true. Remember the time all of our troops came down with that sickness."

"Yes."

"I was the one who nursed you back to full health. You were too delusional to remember."

"Why would you lock up someone you cared for?"

"You never showed any respect for my doings. All you did was act as if you were indestructible and needed nobody. My temper was growing over your ignorance, so I was able to construct this place in secrecy. It took time, but at long last I was able to locate you, and now, you are getting what you deserve."

"Why are all the others locked up in here then, if the only person you wanted in here was me?"

"I have my reasons. Reasons you don't need to know about."

"Just so you know, I'm sorry I was such a jackass, but one way or another, all of us are still escaping from this place."

"Think what you might, but as long as I'm here, you can't run, hide, sleep, or escape. You're going to pay for your wrongs, so get used to this place, because you are not going anywhere."

"I beg to differ, because all I have to do is kill you, for good, then this game of living in hell will end."

"You won't kill me. I can assure you of that, for you are limited on ammo, while I have over twenty clips over here. You can't win this war, so face it. Your efforts of escaping this place, were rendered useless."

"We'll see about that. You don't know me very, general."

"Oh. What is it that I don't know about you?"

"That a gun isn't the only way to kill someone."

"Please. What do you plan on using?"

"Come at me and find out."

"Very well. If you wish to die, be my guest." The warden started to fire at me, which is what I wanted him to do.

"He fell right into my trap." I grabbed the knife that I stole from one of the guards from my pocket, and threw it toward the warden. The warden saw the knife, and stopped firing his gun to dodge the knife.

"You son of a... Before he could re spawn, I fired multiple shots straight at the warden. The bullets hit him in the vitals, causing blood to splatter all over the walls. I released my finger from the trigger, knowing that the madness was over, and I had won.

The warden fell to the ground, and started to slowly, die. I rose to my feet, and made my way over to the warden, gasping for breath. He looked up at me with his gray eyes, and started to laugh.

"What's so funny?"

"You think you have won? You haven't won, you've just delayed your downfall."

"What are you talking about?"

"Do you seriously think that this is the only facility in existence?"

I paused. "What the hell are you talking about?"

"Even if you manage to escape this place, you'll just be hunted down again. They'll just keep coming for you. You'll never escape."

"Where are the other facilities?!"

The warden didn't answer, so I shoved my right foot on his chest and started push down in the chest. He let out a yell of pain, and coughed up blood. "Where are the fucking facilities!?"

"They're all over the world, and you'll never find them all."

I was angry for a moment then I spotted a fancy device on his belt. I grabbed it from the belt and held it up to my face. It was no bigger than a cell phone, and could fit right in my hand. I tapped the screen, and it came to a password authentication screen. I looked down at the warden with anger in my eyes. "What's the password?"

Once again, the warden didn't respond, so I pressurized my foot further in his chest, causing him to yell in pain. "What's the fucking password!"

"You'll figure it out, for now, I bid you farewell." The warden took one last breath then his eyes went blank, showing that he was dead.

"Burn in hell." I was trying to figure out what the warden meant by you'll figure it out. What could it mean? Was it something I knew of and just wasn't seeing? That was when it hit me; back when I was in the military, all generals were marked with a six-digit number like the one on my arm. I got on my knees, then I pulled the sleeves of the warden's uniform up, until they revealed a six-digit number. There was no numbers on his left arm, so I pulled up the sleeves that covered his right arm. Just as I suspected, on the warden's right arm were the numbers, 875420.

I entered the numbers in as the password on the device I retrieved from the warden, and immediately, the password was confirmed. The screen now showed a 3D image of the earth, with small blinking spots in certain areas around the world. "My god." I didn't know how I was going to do it, but I needed to free all those people, and destroy every facility like this one in existence. That was in the future, so for now, I needed to focus on getting out of this facility.

It took me awhile to disable the power grid, but finally, I was done. All I had to do now, was find where all the fuel was being stashed, which will be easy, now that all of the guards and the warden were dead. After that, I can get more of that medicine that helped me extract the nanobot from my body, and give it to the other prisoners. Without hesitation, I started my search for the fuel source, and had an idea of the area it might be in.

I figured it has to be near the entrance, because the serum they use would be easier to produce if it was more closer to the doctor's room, so I rushed through the halls, toward the front, ready to end this place forever. I knew that I was going to be able to hold my wife again, play with my son, sleep in a comfortable bed, and finally, have real food. I smiled from just the thought of those things.

I was at the front of the building in less than ten minutes or so, and immediately, started searching for the source. I didn't use my instincts, only my nose for this search, so I sniffed for the scent of fuel, hoping I could find it. It didn't take long for me to catch a wiff of the smell of fuel, and find where it was coming from either. Right at the entrance of the building, on the floor was a round door. "Bingo."

I opened the small door, only to be blasted with the smell of fuel. My eyes were watering, and my nose hairs were singed, but I didn't care; my mission was accomplished. "Time to get out of here, for good."

It took me about twenty minutes to get all of the serums out of the doctor's room, and get to the room that held my allies, without breaking a single one. I opened the door to the room, and rushed over to my ally's cell. He was surprised to see me, alive.

"What's all of this?", he said.

"All of the guards and the warden are dead. We're all getting out of here."

"Are you serious! You managed to kill all of them?"

"Yes. Everything is all set." Some of the prisoners overheard me and started to cheer. "WE ARE ALL GETTING OUT!" My voice echoed, but it was soon replaced by cheers. "Everyone just has to do one last thing."

"What is that?"

"You need to get the nanobots out of your bodies, so drink this blue stuff."

"You sure it works?"

"Positive. That's how I was able to get mine out."

"Okay. Pass me one of those tubes."

"Alright, but you might want to get next to the toilet, because it works fast."

"Thank you, youngster."

"Your welcome. Now, drink up." I handed one tube to him, and with no hesitation, he gulped the serum down. It didn't take long for him to start puking his guts out, and for the nanobot to fall into the toilet.

"You've caused me nothing but misery for over a hundred years, goodbye, forever!" He flushed the toilet and turned to me with a smile. "Let's get out of here."

"We will, but first, I have to give one to each prisoner."

"Okay. Do it."

"Right." As fast as I could, I handed every separate prisoner a tube of the blue stuff, and listened to the sound of vomiting as I did. After about ten minutes, every prisoner had ridden themselves of their nanobots, and were ready to escape. "All of you can just push your cells open, because I disabled the power." Every prisoner pushed open their cell doors, then gathered together in a group, awaiting my instructions. "Follow me. I'll take you to freedom!" Everybody cheered then I led all of them to the entrance of the building, where everyone can be freed at last.

At the entrance to the building, everybody was rushing out of the front opening, into the courtyard taking deep breaths of fresh air. All of them were saying things like "free at last" or "fresh air." All of them were cheering with joy and happiness, but I wasn't finished. I still had to do what I planned to do all along; burn this place to the ground.

Once everyone was out, I grabbed the bomb I had constructed, and walked over to the opening, where all the fuel was stored. I stood over the hole and stared down into it for only a moment. With one last glance, I armed the bomb and dropped it down into the hole. With no hesitation, I ran as fast as I could outside. "THIS PLACE IS GOING TO BLOW! EVERYONE GET DOWN!" Everyone immediately, fell to the ground and shield their heads with their hands; I followed their actions and fell to the ground, ready for whatever came.

It was quiet for a second, then a huge explosion erupted, destroying every bit of the facility to nothing but debris. My ears were ringing as the explosions continued to erupt and destroy every last bit of the building. The sky above us started to fall as well, meaning it was just a simulation, and revealed moonlight, and a cool breeze. It was over. The nightmare was finally, over.

Everyone rose from the ground and turned their heads to see the sight of the facility burning to the ground, and the fire that filled the sky. Cheers filled the air, as everyone rose their arms in the air. My ally stood next to me, smiling. "After a hundred years of living in hell, I've always wanted to see this sight. This place burning to nothing but ash, and it's all thanks to you, my friend."

"I have only been here eight days, and I am the only one who ever dared to take on the effort to escape."

"For that I am thankful. I thought that I was going to be stuck there for the rest of my life, and there would be nobody who would ever try to escape. Also, you weren't in there for eight days."

"I wasn't?"

"No. It is around midnight, therefore you were in there for nine days. Today, is the ninth day, since you arrived."

"It seemed longer then that."

"It seemed like eternity for me."

"I managed to escape, because I was able to remember who I was."

"So, the nanobot had no effect."

"No. It didn't." I smiled, then looked at the night sky; the real night sky.

For the rest of the ninth day, all we did was walk miles, hoping to see a city or a helicopter we could signal, but nothing came.

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