FIRE ESCAPE First Draft Update for 5/4/18: Jake Takes Charge!

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I shook my head as though I didn’t understand what he said.  He spoke again, repeating himself.

“Why?” I said.  He rolled his eyes at me.

“Too complicated,” his lips explained.  I shook my head.

“You have to do this!”  He yelled it so loudly I thought I could hear it through the almost perfectly transparent but still quite sound proof walls.

“Why, Wise?  WHY?”


I just wasn’t used to dealing with stakes like this.  A feeling of intense anxiety flowed over me.  I happened to glance over at the display showing my bio-signs.  Underneath it was a table I hadn’t noticed before.  On it were my neatly folded clothes, including the fur coat, with my drawstring backpack on top of the pile.  I ran over to it and pulled the Accessory out of the bag and climbed back onto my bed and sat in a zen pose, placing the Accessory in my lap.  I noticed Wise trying to look over at me but the harness his head was in was probably not giving him quite enough freedom to see exactly what I was doing.

I placed my hands on the surface of the device and tried to remember the exact gesture and finger combination to activate that disintegration mode that had put a hole in my bedside table back when I first got this dang thing.

I was pretty sure I had found the same mode again.  So, I slid off the end of the bed and moved toward the wall.  I ignored Wise’s lips as they were clearly yelling something at me and activated the mode.  I adjusted the targeting sphere so that it would create a disintegration sphere around me that would effectively allow me to carve a hole in the almost perfectly transparent wall now inches in front of me.  Once I had the targeting sphere exactly where I wanted it, I selected it and a hologramatic countdown appeared floating in front of me.  It was short.

“3, 2, 1,” it read.

A single second after the countdown ended, the disintegration sphere appeared around the Accessory and slowly grew.  I became vaguely aware of Wise continuing to yell at me, along with fighting his restraints.  I ignored what my peripheral vision was seeing and watched as the sphere passed around me, expanding to just about six inches above my head and below my feet.  I could see it was now projecting through the wall.  Then there was a very loud POP and I instantly lost my footing as the sphere had cut a chunk of the floor away from the rest of the floor and slid out from under my own weight.  I hit the ground ass-first and looked up to see a circle of the almost perfectly transparent wall start to slide out of the almost perfectly round hole I’d just made with the Accessory. 

The only problem was that it was sliding out toward me.