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“It’s over,” I sighed, giving Shaela a stupid grin as the alarm in our living quarters signalled that our two years was up.
“I’m so proud of you Leyva,” Shaela replied, looking every bit like a proud mother at that moment.
“Hey,” I laughed, “I couldn’t have done it without you, Red. Now, what do you say we get out of here and head back home?”
“Sounds like a plan. There’s a certain usurper I want to have a few words with.”
I closed my eyes and brushed away a tear that just appeared out of nowhere at the mention of Korv, “Same.”
Shaela stepped forward and keyed in the code to open the exterior door. Nothing happened.
“Hmm, that’s strange, it won’t open?” Shaela mused out loud.
“You sure you entered the right code?” I asked, knowing that wasn’t possible, we’d both memorised the code over a year ago, it was impossible to get it wrong.
“No, that’s not it, I think… I think somebody changed it?”
“But who?” I wondered. As if on cue, Bella popped her head up to the window of the exterior door. She looked… wrong, “Bella?”
“Sorry ladies,” she sneered, “You’re going to need to stay in here for a little while longer.”
“What are you doing, Bella!?!” shouted Shaela, banging her fists against the solid door.
“Oh, don’t worry, it will only be for another…” she peered down at her watch and laughed, “Forty-Seven minutes, give or take.”
Noise could be heard from up above; her family had returned home. This terrifying visage crossed her face as she heard the banter between father and daughter from the next level up.
With a smirk that lacked any warmth, Bella disappeared and left us both trapped in here.