The Facility

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
It isn't really PG, I just thought I should be on the safe side. Please read!!! I luv it when you guys comment!

Submitted: June 16, 2008

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I didn't think I was so scared.  Then I felt the tears streaming down my face, mingling with the rain.  The sobs I didn't realize were coming from my chest  came out in choked gasps, breathless and desperate.Yet I had to keep climbing.  There was no way out except for up.  No way out of this prison of mind and body, no way to tell  why she had done those things, said those words that drove me out of the confining walls.  My anger and confusion gave me enough energy to continue.  My right hand pulled once more, up one more foot.

I was tired.  I was weak.  I was scared to lose him.  He was two-thirds of the way up the rocky slope when I started at the bottom.  He had slowed down, but I could never catch up to him, apologize and tell him why I was wrong.  The Facility guards had run out, and they would catch me before I had made it halfway up.  I couldn't get caught, couldn't let him get away and be lost to me forever.  That alone fueled my escape.  They pulled their stun guns out of their belts.  I clambered up as fast as I could, almost reaching him, barely missing his foot as I screamed his name.  He turned his head around, staring into the rain, seeing nothing but the endless gray clouds.  Despairing, my entire body went limp with frustration and exhaustion.  I couldn't climb farther than here.  I laid down and prepared to be captured, sobbing into the cruel, hard rocky surface. 

A cry, muffled by distance or rain, I couldn't tell, reached my ears.  I turned to look into the rain, back towards her window in the Facility, hoping it was her calling me to come back,  but there was nothing.  I took another step up the slope.  Suddenly, all the exhaustion reached my body and I sat on a rocky ledge.  I looked down the slope, toward the housing units.  Shapes moved in the rain.  I squinted, hoping to discern their faces.  Guards.  They clambered up the slope at frightful speed, stun-guns out of their belts.  They were trying to capture me!  Wait.  No.  They weren't after me.  Their eyes focused on a shape, a shape that shivered and shook in the cold of the rain and the night.  It lay on the slope, just a few feet below me.  Soaked red hair splayed out over the rocks, a nightgown clinging damply to the body.  Sarah.  I climbed down, lifting her slight frame in one arm and cradling her against my body.  She shouldn't have come.  She should have worn a coat, packed a tarp, I don't know.  But as it was, she needed me.  She had come to stop me from going, to tell me she loved me and that she was sorry.  New confidence and energy coursed through my veins, and I resumed my ascent.

Strong arms picked me up.  The guards must have captured me.  I was well and truly despairing.  I should have fought, but I was too tired.  One arm carried me, while my captor went down the slope.  Wait, no.  We weren't going down.  We were going up!  Shocked, I opened my eyes to see a determined face with wavy dark hair and blue, blue eyes straining towards the top of the cliff.  Jasper!  I don't know how, or why, but he had come back for me.  I snuggled against his leather jacket, glad to be near him again.  The time for explaining would come later.  Now, he had to get out, for the both of us.

She snuggled against me, happily relaxing into my grip.  I wished she hadn't.  She was heavy enough already.  But it erased all my doubts, except for one: that we would escape from the Facility.  Panicked, I climbed up the last few feet, and vaulted over the edge.  Quite a feat, with a teenage girl in my arms, but I managed to get over the ledge, and run blindly until I could no longer see the place I had come from.  I set her down gently, and proceeded to unload a tarp from my backpack.  I put together a makeshift tent and laid out two blankets inside it.  Sarah and I crawled between the two blankets and slept.

We made it!! He actually managed to carry me out of the hellhole we had been living in ever since we were born.  He somehow managed to find shelter, and we slept between two blankets he had laid out.  When we woke, I was shocked!  I hadn't realized there was light outside of the Facility.  Streaming through a tarp was the brightest light I had ever seen!  I stumbled outside, and encountered the oddest phenomenon.  We were surrounded by very tall, slim white poles with gray to black spots on them.  They had thin parts curving down that were covered in small, paper-thin green things!  I had never seen anything like them before.  I ran to wake up Jasper.  Maybe he could tell me what these odd things were. 

I was woken up by Sarah, shaking my shoulder.  She was having a fit.  Something about poles, and green, and light and whatever.  "All right, all right," I grumbled.  "I'll come see the greeny things".  She promptly pulled me straight out of the tent and showed me a tree.  "That's a tree, Sarah." I said.  "Don't you remember?  This was in the class, about Earth before the Facility.  Those, specifically, are birch trees.  "

"Oh."  She said. "Somehow, I thought they'd be...smaller."

Sometimes, Sarah can be kind of a ditz. 

Light streamed in from the side of the grove.  I looked out of the clearing and saw the most beautiful sight I had ever seen.  The sun was rising over a set of hills.  The light shone and covered everything in its path in a rich golden glow.  I held Sarah close and watched as it slowly topped the hills.  "Sarah," I said.  "There's a whole new life ahead of us.  Can we make this one better than the last?"

She kissed me, and when our lips parted, she said "Yes.  It will be better."


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