Matthew rushed into a new room only to grow disappointed once more. The room seemed to serve as storage for some large machines but Matthew could not see how that would help them escape.
“Over here!” Matthew turned at the exclamation and ran towards the voice. He was the last to arrive and saw that the group was crowding around a window against the far wall.
“We could break the window and leave that way. The chances of us escaping without being spotted are slim though.” Matthew agreed with Kiara but couldn’t think of a better alternative. The grim expressions worn by his team showed that his sentiment was mirrored in each of their minds. Matthew knew that they were unlikely to escape but spoke up anyways.
“We’ll have to try. If we are quiet and fast enough then we might slip away. The night should provide enough cover if we are lucky.”
“No. If all of us try to run then the risk of being found increases. Matthew, you need to run. You are too valuable to the revolution and I’m not sure we could handle losing you. The rest of us are disposable. We can distract the soldiers long enough for you to escape.” Tears were building in Kiara’s and Matthew’s eyes by the end of her argument, neither ready to say goodbye.
“There has to be a better way! There must be something we’re missing!”
“You know there isn’t Matthew, and even if there was we don’t have time to figure it out anymore.”
“I won’t leave without you Kee!” Kiara smiled at the pet name and sighed, knowing that Matthew would not change his mind.
A small explosion shook the building as the main door was blown up. The pounding feet of the soldiers rushing into the building cut through the deafening silence that followed the explosion.
Knowing that their time was quickly running out, Kiara turned to Matthew and nodded, barely holding back tears.
“Alright, but hurry. I’ll be right behind you.” Matthew smiled at her and turned to the window. He took off his jacket and pressed it against the window to muffle the noise when Paul, one of their two lookouts, broke the glass with his gun. It was a big drop so instead of jumping, Matthew was lowered out of the window by Paul before dropping down the rest of the distance. When his feet landed on the ground he stepped back and looked up towards the window where Kiara stared back at him, tears flowing freely down her face.
“I’m sorry Matthew, but this is the best chance we have. Run! We’ll give you enough time to escape.”
Hey! I’ve followed your suggestions so now Matthew will escape! This post was actually twice as long because I got sucked into the new storyline I’m creating now and couldn’t stop writing. On the bright side it means that I’m ahead for tomorrow’s post and can assure you that it’s a good one!