Sapphire

Serena Willows has always had something unusual about her, and she is determined to learn more about it. One day, her parents die a tragic death while secretively speaking about a gift that she has.

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3. Desert Quartz

It’s been a week since I learned the  truth.

Nothing seems right here anymore. I’ve still been kept locked away in this room for my “safety”. I hear more whispering as the days go by. Ruby rarely visits me anymore. And the most unsettling thing is, I think they lied to me. This “truth” that they told me doesn’t all add up. It doesn’t make sense.

I think something deeper is going on here. That it’s not just a place that keeps  jeweled people like me safe. Something is happening behind our backs that Ruby and the others aren’t telling us.

I have to get out or find out what really is going on here immediately.

 

It’s been a couple days since I decided that I need to escape this place, but first, I need to see something, and tonight’s the night.

I’ve seen other people like me here. I watch through the window I have, waiting for one to come around, usually being escorted by an adult. Probably with the same job as Ruby, whatever that is.

Recently, the people I usually see regularly, have been disappearing, and I need to know why I don’t see them anymore.

So, I’m going to go exploring.  

 

11:00 PM

I don’t hear any footsteps outside my room in the hallway. The only audible sound is the wind blowing outside. At least, I think it’s wind.

I walk over to the back left corner of my containment box, that’s what I like to call it now. Above me is an air vent. Now all I have to do is silently drag my bed over here, reach up towards the air vent, open it, climb in, and pray that I fit. No big deal, right?

I walk over to my bed, grab the ends, and try to slide it on the floor. Oh no. It’s making a dissonant creaking noise. I’ll just slide it quick and get this over with. If anyone comes in, I’ll just say I wanted a change in scenery.

I slide the bed over as fast as I can, my heart practically beating out of my chest. Please don’t walk in, please don’t walk in. I’ve only got 2 meters to go.

One meter.

A foot.

There. At last the bed is moved. Now I can sit down and have a mini panic attack.

I hop up on the bed, cautiously, as to not make a sound. I reach up towards the air vent, and as soon as I touch it, my hands become covered in hives. Oh great, now I know I have a moderate dust allergy. Hooray.

I’ll just have to bear through the pain then. I slide the air vent to the side, trying to swallow up my sneezes as I go. I pull it off and set it down on the bed.

I then reach up, grab the open sides of the air shaft and hoist myself up. Wow, all those pull-ups in P.E. actually ended up helping me in life. As I tuck my legs into the air shaft, I realize that I haven’t thought about what exactly I’m looking for, and I haven’t planned out how to get around these extensive passages without being caught.

I pray to Jesus, hoping that he will help lead me to where the other jeweled people are.

After about a half hour of crawling, my back is starting to spasm and hurt from bending over, and my allergy to the dust is getting worse. I decide to recline, and as I do so, my face comes in contact with another air vent. I peek through, hoping to find something that will please me, and what I see..

Well, let me just collect myself first.

— and what I see, is a ghastly and disturbing sight. I see rows of jeweled people, hooked up to machines on their foreheads. They look dead, as if their life, their soul, were sucked out of them. Then, I notice something. There’s a small glass vial resting on a tray just adjacent to every person. In that vial, attached to the tube on the machine, is a colored liquid.

That liquid is the same color as their jewel.

I try to take all this in, to figure out what it means. Am I next? Will they come for me too? Or am I really different, as the masked and robed woman told me over a week ago.

Right then, I sneeze. Not a silent sneeze. One that anyone in the room which I’m looking down on could hear. I scurry over the vent and curl up in a ball as I hear footsteps approaching me. Great, I didn’t think there were any people in the experimental room I was looking down on. If I move, they’re bound to hear me and know I’m up here for sure, but if I stay here, I could get caught, but maybe they didn’t really hear me after all, and just brushed it off as the sound of a rodent. I’ll just stay here.

The footsteps keep getting closer and closer.

Maybe this wasn’t such an intelligent choice. It’s a pity, I happen to pride myself in my intellectual skills.

Then, I feel a bang right under me. The vibrations go out and around me in a wave.

And the part of the passage I’m hiding in drops.

Straight to the ground.

Right into the hands of..

Ruby? 

“Ruby?!! Um.. Well.. Fancy meeting you here!” I say.

Ruby returns my remark with a menacing glare, and abruptly injects me with a substance. I sure didn’t see that one coming.

The world is growing hazy around me.

I can’t keep my eyes open much longer.

But I have to fight against it.

Can’t..Let..This..

I’m struggling to remem—  

 

 

I open my eyes, blinking away the veil of darkness that I was once shrouded in.

Wait, I can’t remember my name.

Oh no.

Who am I?

What am I doing here?

I start running around this room that I’m held in.

Punching the walls.

Screaming.

“HELP ME!”

No answers follow.

Then, as if I’m in a dreamlike trance, I walk over to the wall. It’s almost like it’s calling me. I put my hands to the wall, and, just walk right through...

Straight into the desert.

“Ruby!” I shout.

The name just came to me. I don’t know who Ruby is, but she’s important. Then, a sudden sandstorm envelopes me and pushes me to the ground. It holds me here, captive. With no escape. It fills my eyes, my ears, my mouth. Darkness comes once more.   

 

 

Ruby.

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