Violet readjusted her position on the concrete floor and looked over at Ryan, who didn’t seem nearly as uncomfortable, or as worried, as she was. They were inside a dark, chain cage, under constant surveillance by the guard who found them.
“Why didn’t we use our power when he took us?” Violet whispered. “Then we wouldn’t be trapped in here.”
“We could have. But then he would have alerted the whole base to our presence, everyone would be looking for us, and we’d have to go on the run instead of gathering information.”
“We’re not doing that anyway. We’re stuck.”
“We’re not stuck. Just biding our time.”
“Why are you so at ease?”
“Because there’s nothing to be worried about.”
Violet thought for a moment. “You’ve been here before, haven’t you?”
There was a long pause, and when Ryan finally spoke, he was looking at the ground. “Once, a while back. They had captured me and ran all sorts of tests. They never told me what they were looking for or what would become of me after. The tests were…horrendous… I finally got a lucky break and was able to overpower a guard while he was distracted.
“So I ran. Ran faster than I’ve ever run in my life. That was when they sent the Hunter after me. He was supposed to bring me back, and he almost did. But the trick is to never let him close enough to use his ability on you. I figure he has about a ten foot radius, maybe fifteen. I committed myself to pursuing them, like you. But unlike you, I knew I needed help. That I couldn’t take them down on my own. So I searched for others like me, and that’s when I found you.”
Violet nodded. “I’m sorry you had to go through all that.”
“Yeah…but hey, I got to meet you, so something good came out of it.” He smiled at her and Violet smiled back.
“I’m glad I met you too. Thanks for saving me, by the way.”
“Of course.” Ryan looked past her at the guard sitting outside their cell. “Violet, do you trust me?”
“Okay, good. Get ready.”
For the month of October, I’ve joined a writing challenge called Writober. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, we write something and send it to the entire group.For Writober, I’ll be continuing the series I’ve started about a tough pyro named, Violet Blair.