FIRE ESCAPE Chapter 1 20180111

I swiped my fare card and stepped through the turnstile. Since Wise seemed to be anything but wise when it comes to some very basic things, I turned to make sure Wise didn’t have trouble getting through the turnstile.  To my surprise, he was already through it, still moving toward me while pointing toward the steps down to the platform.

A good pile of questions for Wise stacked up inside my head. After we got onto the downtown train and sat down on one of those orange and yellow seats jutting out from the sides of the train car, I decided to ask them.

“Where are we going?”

“Away from those two.”

“Who were they?”

“People trying to stop me–or maybe–“


“Maybe you.”

“ME!?  Why the hell would they be trying to stop me?”

“I don’t–“

“And what are they stopping me from doing?!? I’m not trying to actually do anything!”

“It’s that thing in that bag!”

“The football?” I pulled it out of the bag and it immediately started to glow and after a quick moment emitted a tiny beam of light that hit a luckily empty subway seat opposite us and then sliced off the corner of it.

“Holy shit!” I said without thinking.

“Put it back in the bag!” Wise said.  I did what he told me.  

“What is this thing?”

“I don’t know.  I heard one of them call it an accessory.”

“Well, that’s really generic,” I said.

“Wait–let me see it?”  I started to reach for it when Wise stopped me and took the football out of the plastic bag before I could touch it.  He held it out in front of him.  “Was this how you were holding it?”

“I have no–I mean–yeah, something like that.”

He kept moving his hands around the oblong surface of the thing but no lights turned on for him.  

“It doesn’t work for–” he stopped, glancing to the back of the train car.  I turned to look at what he was looking at but was distracted by a small hockey-puck-looking thing slide across the floor and coming to a stop in front of us.  Before we had time to react, there was an explosion… of darkness.

It was like I had blinked, but only closed my eyes but never opened them again.

“Shadow grenade!  Kid!  Take the accessory!”

“Where is it?!? I can’t see it!”