I was greeted by white walls, and the sound of dripping pipes.
I blinked continuously, forcing my eyes to focus. I tried to move, but I was hindered somehow. Looking down, and realised that I was strapped to a wooden crate. Kurtis was nowhere to be seen, it was just me.
And that blasted dripping pipe.
I couldn't believe that I had been so naive. My stupidity, fueled by my hatred for Karel had lead me into an awful situation. I strained and pulled, but was firmly stuck. I was alone. My actions wouldn't leave me, and I became frustrated with myself.
Suddenly I felt something that I hadn't felt for at least a decade.
Tears, warm salty tears pouring down my cheeks. Footsteps echoed through the winding corridors, and they slowly became louder and louder.
Bloody hell, I was going to be seen like this!
My nightmare was revealed. A hooded figure appeared, laughing, in the doorway. I felt instinctively for my pistols, but naturally I had been disarmed. And anyway, not that I could shoot whilst I was tied up. The figure dropped his hood. Karel had come to gloat, the bastard.
“Mrs Croft, we meet again.”
“Yes Karel, sadly we do.”
“Oh dear, I can see you’re quite upset about that. See?” He stroked one gloved finger across my wet cheek, so I bit him, hard. He whipped back, cursing.
“Don’t make things difficult, Mrs Croft.” He snapped his fingers, and two more hooded figures entered.
“Take her to Eckhardt’s Lab; I don’t want her to miss this.” Upon these orders, I was cut from the board, and dragged to the lab. Friction stung at my knees, but although I had the willpower, my legs refused to cooperate. That injection had obviously played havoc with my system. I was pushed onto a lone chair, and the men stood bolt upright next to me. Karel drew up the tablet onto a lectern, and began to scan his eyes over it. He was about to begin, when a sudden realisation came over him.
“We cannot commence the proceedings until we are all present. Bring the male here.” He snapped his fingers again. One of the men swiftly departed.
I realised. Kurtis! Whatever the hell was happening to him, I needed to find out. This burst of willpower finally overcame the drug within me, and I quickly set a flying punch at the remaining guard. He collapsed to the floor, out for the count. Karel called out, but my speed had returned. He lunged at me, but I was faster. A kick to the head left him on the floor momentarily. As fast as my body would allow, I grasped the tablet from its stand, then reclaimed my pistols from the guard’s holsters.
“Mine, I think!”
With nothing more to do for now, I sprinted off to find Kurtis.
I wasn’t leaving without him this time.