The sound of my shallow breath rang through the darkness as I waited for my opportunity to pounce. Barbed wire lay above the top of the brick wall, but I knew that if I angled myself correctly, I could avoid it completely.
Eventually, I stole a final breath before I crouched down. I pressed the largest button on my belt. A pulse of white energy blasted out of my belt as every light in the complex faltered before dying. The electromagnetic pulse had done its job but now, now it was down to me to finish it all. Security protocols were now offline but it was only temporarily; I had thirty minutes. I needed to get in, do what I needed to and then get out as quickly as I could. I set the countdown on my digital watch, the last thing the he had given me before he ran off into the battlefield. Time was of the essence…
I stood up and took three paces backwards. The pounding of my heart pulsed through my body, creating a feeling of utter dread as I ran towards the wall. On my last step, I bent my knees and subsequently launched myself into the air and over the brick wall. As I flew through the air, my hand brushed against the sharp metal sending a burst of intense pain up my arm as well as blood over my palm. I winced as my foot awkwardly collided with the tarmac; my body tumbling behind it. I lay on the icy floor, my right leg twisted behind me, I forced myself to stumble to my feet. I refused to give in because if I was one thing, I was definitely stubborn.
I adjusted my weight to test my ankle but in response it just burned but I was resilient and ignored the pain. I was going to avenge him… I had breached the perimeter, now for the rest of my mission into the darkness.
Cloaked in the misty veil of darkness, I advanced; the back door seeming closer as every moment flew past. I glanced down at my wrist and was alarmed at the rapid rate numbers were decreasing. 27:32… 27:30… 27:28… I didn’t have much time and by now some alarm bells must have been ringing. I had a time window; I couldn’t afford to miss my chance. The time to act was now and with a final glance back to my old life, my old home, I began to run towards the door. As it loomed closer I began to pick up the pace. I continued to strive forwards until the door was only centimetres away. As I reached for the handle, as I had expected, it was locked but this time, I was prepared. I pulled a lump of explosives out of one of my pockets and shoved it into the keyhole. I ran back, ignoring the pain in my leg. “Boom…” I muttered to myself as I placed my hands protectively over my ears. Although the explosion was only small, it was incredibly loud. As the door swung open, I looked around but there was no-one following me. It was as if I half expected to have my back, I expected him to be lurking through the darkness, I almost expected him to still be alive… No. My weaknesses would just hold me back. My sorrow was a burden, nothing more. I needed to speed up and execute my plan and so I tried to keep a clear mind as I stepped through the open door.
I already knew my way around the complex after all, I had spent most of my life there but I abruptly paused. I knew that she would be there, just waiting for me with ice in her heart and steel in her bones. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the numbers on my watch continuing to decrease at an alarming rate.
I didn’t have time to waste.
Moments later, a metal double door lay before but just as I reached out to open it, a woman’s voice boomed out from each of the speakers which were scattered across the walls through the complex. “I know that you are here child, don’t bother with trying to hide from me…” the voice demanded resentfully. It seemed to be hidden behind a blanket of despair and misery; her sadness genuine but yet I knew she didn't care. The cruel words seemed to burn through me. It was her. I didn’t even have time to wonder how the electromagnetic pulse had not affected the speakers before she began to speak once more. “I have already won, I have already beaten you. You have no chance at stopping me . Don’t pretend to be a hero; we both know that you are just a fake… It’s too late...” Silence.
“No… Not this time.” I yelled out, not caring if anyone was listening, “Never again! You have made a terrible mistake … I will stop you and I swear that I will avenge their deaths... I will end this pointless bloodshed, Mother…”