To think that I was so infatuated with a man ten years older than me to the point where I would follow him to the inside of an air vent. I had only met him a couple of hours earlier. I thought that this was my only option, and that may be true, but this whole adventure could have been prevented.
Using the carefully sculpted features of the statue as foot holes I swallowed my fear and scaled the statue below Liam. The adrenaline helped me overcome my rational fear of falling as I leaned towards the stone. I do not know why, but I felt a twisted sense of happiness as I defiled a piece of history with the dirt on my shoes.
Liam reached the highest point of the statue before I did and immediately began to open the air vent. I soon caught up to him high on my own fear. We crawled as fast as we possibly could in to the opened air vent. He let the metallic air vent cover fall to the ground and after a while I heard it make contact with the floor. The sound echoed throughout the room.
To think that we could have escaped like they do in the movies. Dramatically escaping in the nick of time as the police show up with a giant Hollywood style explosion in the background, something like that. But that could never happen, because that is not what happened. The unexpected happened.
We were out of sight and in the darkness of the air vent. The same footsteps of the “night guard” echoed in the room below and in to the air vent. My adrenaline calmed down to the point where I could focus on the task at hand.
We quietly tried to crawl forwards in the darkness. In order to remain as silent as possible I did not lift my knees in the night I moved around in. But soon enough the end of the darkness appeared and the dimmed city lights protruded from the metal cover of the end of the air vent. There was a surprise in store for us after milling around for half an hour or so. There was a big, fat padlock on the air vent cover preventing our escape.
There was only one thing to do, which was to turn around. Somehow, we figured out to turn our selves around in the constricting space.