I groaned quietly, forcing my eyes open. It was gloomy, wherever I was, not that it bothered me much. The small room had no furnishings. The walls and floor were plain metal.
I tried to push myself up off the floor, but my hands were chained. I pulled at the metallic bonds as hard as I could; which wasn’t much in my condition.
“I wouldn’t do that if I were you,” somebody said.
I looked up quickly, baring my teeth instinctively. My grip on the chains slackened all the same.
“Don’t worry, it’s just me.” It was Will.
“Will?” I asked.
“Yeah. I wouldn’t pull at those chains if I were you. Above you there’s African violet pollen.”
“Well you lot are certainly more prepared than we are,” I muttered.
He was right. Above me there was a thin glass tube full of pollen. The smell told me it was African violets. The chains first went through loops in the wall, and then snaked upwards, into a mechanism that meant if I pulled hard enough the glass would shatter.
I smirked. “I take it you didn’t know we could do this.”
I turned to smoke but was instantly dragged back into the chains in human form. I screamed in pain.
He laughed mirthlessly. “Yeah we did. They took precautions with that. I don’t know what they did, but all I heard was something about, um, what was it? Oh, Nobelium, I think that was it.”
I hissed and screeched with anger.
“I take it that’s not good.”
“Nobelium binds a vampire’s powers, all except for strength, sight and hearing,” I said through clenched teeth.
“Oh,” was all he said.
My back was against the wall. I brought my knees up and crossed my arms around them. I dropped my head down. Suddenly an idea came into my mind. My head snapped up again. A twisted smile appeared on my face and my facial features took on a look of determination. I was getting out.
“What are you doing?” asked Will as I started examining the locks around my wrists. I didn’t respond in any way.
I pushed the nail on my little finger into the keyhole. I twisted it a bit. My smiled grew as the lock clicked and the chain on my left hand dropped into my lap. Will sat forward slightly. I felt some of my powers return. I set about unlocking the other chain.
It was a bit harder than the first. Finally the lock gave way and I was free. I carefully set the chains down on the floor, making no noise. I crouched and slowly over to Will.
“How did you do that?” he whispered.
“I haven’t cut my nails for over a month. I never expected them to be useful.”
I snapped his chains, just because it was easier than picking the lock. I pulled him up and hurried to the thick metal door. I carefully tapped the metal. It was thick, but it still made a noise so it wasn’t too thick to break down.
I stepped back a bit and kicked out at the door. It buckled first time. I stepped through the open doorway and began wandering the corridors, with Will scuttling behind me. It always surprised me that there were no guards.