By: Mia L. Hazlett
How was I going to break myself? This question was a constant, every time I made it to the top of the stairwell. I guess the location was my answer, but had yet to trigger my brain to find the courage. The courage it would take to hurl myself down the 14 cement steps. The thought always danced through my mind, but I didn’t want to go back to my multi-daily visits with Syringe.
They knew I was getting better. Upon return to my room each time, they immediately chained me to a steel rod, which ran from ceiling to floor. When it was time to sleep, the bed restraints were enforced. Maybe this is why I hadn’t heard from Hope. Maybe she was unable to get to the wall. I needed to know if she was still alive. Were they training her? Was she part of this horrendous plan of revenge too? She had to be near for me to hear her through the wall, but the hallway outside gave no hints to any other rooms.
I walked slowly up and down the hall. I don’t know how long they gave me, but this was part of my routine. Warm up and then I jogged back and forth. My eyes scrutinized the wall to find some clue that I wasn’t alone. Then I saw it. Although the door was disguised to match the stone wall, I could make out the frame. It gave itself away at the bottom where it failed to completely reach the floor.
I put my mouth to the small crack, “Are you in there? Can you hear me?” I screamed. There was rattling of restraints. “Make another sound if you hear me.” A consistent chain rattling followed.
Before the next question left my mouth, the left side of my face exploded. Footsteps was pounding my body as I fought to escape back to my open door. I ran through my doorway only to plow into Maniacal, who threw me down on my bed. His hand closed around my neck before I could catch my breath.
“I will torture you to death. You know that don’t you? I thought you knew to be a good girl. I thought with all the nice treatment and food you would show some sort of appreciation. The only thing you did by finding yourself a little friend is bring her torture. She will pay for your curiosity.” He gave me a shove as he released my throat and signaled Footsteps.
“No please. I’m sorry. I do appreciate you. Don’t hurt her please. I’m sorry,” I begged.
“I can’t hurt you precious. You are too valuable to me right now. She’s the second phase. You’re the first.” Maniacal closed and locked the door behind him. I was not restrained, but it didn’t matter. I crumbled as I heard Hope scream.