Chapter 7: The Escape
Paige and I walked around the edge of the fortress together. Somehow Paige knew the castle like the back of her hand. I didn’t bother to ask why, I was just one of the many mysteries that I had not solved yet.
We got to the back gate without a problem, thanks to her mysterious knowledge of the fortress, but now came the tricky part. Now we actually had to escape.
I boosted Paige onto my shoulders so she could see over the ten foot tall barbed wire wall. To the left there was a black metal gate. We suspected it was guarded by soldiers on the other side, luckily there were none where we stood and we were able to get to the wall.
She climbed back down and sighed. “It’s no use, the gate is guarded by at least a dozen soldiers, and they all looked ready to kill.
“You’ll never escape that way. Here, follow me.” a voice said from behind us. We jumped. We turned and breathed a sigh of relief.
“Maple you scared us!”
“There’s no time for this, the guards switch soon. If you want to leave this place then let’s go!” she replied.
“Wait, couldn’t that be a perfect time for us to leave.” I asked.
“Only if you want to get caught!” She pointed at a small red brick building. “Thats where the new guards will come from. They will be looking right at us. Now let’s go!” She said urgently. She seemed a little too anxious to get out of there. I wondered if something was wrong, but I didn’t dare to voice my concern.
We followed her without a word as to not let anyone hear us. I mean, you can’t hear anything if there’s nothing to hear. That silence continued for at least 30 minutes. Paige finally broke it with an announcement when we crossed The Border.
“I have to pee.” She announced. Then she marched deeper into the woods.
“I also have to pee.” Announced Maple. She also marched deeper into the woods
I sat on a stump waiting. Three minutes, then five minutes, then ten minutes passed. Girls take forever to take care of business. Finally after five more minutes had passed Paige emerged, quickly followed by Maple.
“What took so long?” I asked. “It can’t take fifteen minutes to pee.
Paige looked nervously towards Maple. Maple nodded. “I sat on a porcupine. It wasn’t pretty. My potion healed it but it took a long time to get all the needles out of my butt.” Paige told me.
“And we found a long piece of rope.” Added Maple
“What were you planning to do with that rope?”
She handed it to Paige. “Show him what we’re doing with the rope.”
“My pleasure.” Paige’s voice sounded harsh and rude, I had never heard her like that. It scared me. It was like a predator getting ready to pounce on its prey. Before I could think about it further, something hard hit my head and the world went black.