An Even Darker Secret - Part II
Somewhere below the desert – Bone County - Winter 2001
Saturday – 6:48 AM
Everything is still pitch-dark and eerily quiet. Claude wakes up after a long night wondering about what to do next and with a terrible pain in his back from the fall.
Claude: “This sucks! How are we getting out of here?”
Shinji couldn’t sleep. He immediately replies.
Shinji: “I don’t know. I don’t like this at all!”
Claude: “We need to find a way out.”
Shinji: “Forget it! We can’t even see each other, how are we gonna do that?”
Shinji and Claude both move their arms around trying to touch something, but they don’t find anything.
Shinji: “This is useless.”
Claude: “Maybe we should try to walk to the same direction together until we find something.”
Shinji: “That creepy voice said we should stay right here!”
Claude: “f*ck it! I’m not obeying a stupid robot or whatever that was! I’m outta here!”
Shinji: “All right, but maybe we should try to find each other first.”
A huge noise is heard and a very bright light starts shining and everything turns white. Claude and Shinji get blinded by it.
Claude: “What the f*ck? Are we dead now or what?”
Voice: “Nope. But you’ll wish you were.”
Shinji: “Who’s that?”
Voice: “That’s unimportant. You’re now test subjects for a little experiment we’ve been developing here.”
Claude: “Experiment? In the middle of nowhere? What kind of experiment?”
Voice: “The kind of experiment that keeps a company in business and a government happy.”
The brightness is reduced and Claude and Shinji can finally see. They’re in a huge room filled with medical equipment around them. As they look at their surroundings, a man with glasses and a lab coat approaches them from behind.
Shinji: “Are you the man with the mysterious voice?”
Man: “Shut up. You need to come with me now.”
Somewhere in the desert – Bone County - Winter 2001
Saturday – 7:15 AM
Ray suddenly wakes up inside the car, very surprised.
Ray: “What the hell? What time is it?”
Ray looks around him and around the car. There’s nothing out there.
Ray: “Where are they?”
Ray gets out of the car and starts walking around, trying to see something but there’s only the desert and the sky.
Ray: “Goddammit, where the f*ck are they? Where am I?”
Ray keeps looking around until he hears a sound far away. He immediately turns back and tries locating the sound by walking towards it. After several minutes, he finally reaches a huge barbed-wire fence with several warning signs hanging off of it.
Ray: “What the hell is this place?”
Ray takes a look around the fence, trying to find a way in.
Ray: “I guess those idiots were right. There’s something fishy going on here.”
Ray keeps walking around the fence. He tries looking inside but it’s still just the desert and the sky all over it.
Ray: “This is very strange.”
Ray sits down to think for a minute. As he does this, he feels something underneath the ground. He brushes off some sand and discovers a keypad.
Ray: “What the hell?”
Ray remembers the code Shinji found at the hacker’s place.
Ray: “Yes! That f*cking piece of paper is in the car!”
Ray leaves his jacket hanging off the fence and goes back to the car immediately. He grabs the piece of paper from the glove box and returns to the keypad.
Ray touches a button on the keypad. A four-digit number is requested. Ray takes a look at the code.
Ray: “Dammit, there’re so many numbers on this paper!”
Ray types the first set of 4 digits: “1226”
Ray: “Come on!”
The keypad makes a beeping sound and hides itself on the ground. Ray puts the piece of paper in his pocket.
Ray: “Oh, that’s just perfect! sh*t!”
The ground starts shaking. Ray immediately moves out and notices a small hatch opening in front of him.
Ray: “Well, I better check it out.”
Ray takes his gun out and reloads it, then goes inside the hatch.
Somewhere below the desert – Bone County - Winter 2001
Saturday – 7:36 AM
Ray walks through a narrow and very badly-lit hallway.
Ray: “I wonder if those kids are around here somewhere. I can’t believe those nerds were right!”
A couple of men are heard talking nearby. Ray immediately stops and prepares his gun.
Man: “As you can see Mr. Miyamoto, everything is ready to begin testing H-795 as planned.”
Miyamoto: “Are the subjects ready?”
Man: “Yes sir. These intruders have been administered with heavy doses of sleeping pills. They’ve been out of it for the past 24 hours and we’ll begin the H-795 treatment in about 12 hours from now.”
Miyamoto: “Alright Dr. Clarkson. I just hope this new drug works better than the last one. We’re losing a lot of money in Equanox-related lawsuits. The Army is not amused and the board is very angry, they wanted me to let you know that this is your last chance! If this doesn’t work out, we’ll be out of Area 69 and all government contracts will be terminated by the end of the month!”
Clarkson: “I’m perfectly aware of that, sir.”
Both men get into another room and their voices are no longer heard.
Ray: “What’s going on here? Am I really at Area 69?”
Ray walks towards the end of the hallway. He reaches a door and quietly goes through it.
Sample Room, Area 69 – Bone County - Winter 2001
Saturday – 7:49 AM
The room is filled with some medical equipment and plenty of cabinets with several bottles of assorted substances. There seems to be nobody around. Ray sneaks behind some cabinets.
Ray: “I must find these so-called intruders. Claude and Shinji might be there.”
Ray takes a look around and approaches the nearest door. He quickly takes a peek inside. There’s a man in a lab coat typing away on a computer.
Ray slowly opens the door and gets inside the office.
Office, Area 69 – Bone County - Winter 2001
Saturday – 7:53 AM
The man keeps typing away. Ray quickly closes the door and points the gun at the man’s head. The man immediately stops typing and looks at Ray.
Man: “What do you want? Please sir, I have a family!”
The man puts his hands in the air. He looks very scared.
Ray: “I don’t want to hurt you. I just need to find some people.”
Man: “I don’t know anything about them! Please!”
The man starts crying.
Ray: “Just tell me where you keep your so-called subjects… and… and give me a damn map of this place!”
Man: “The subjects are on the 12th floor, and the map can only be seen from the different terminals on the walls but you need a keycard to access the control interface!”
Ray: “What? I don’t understand a word you’re saying! And how come this place has 12 floors? We’re under the desert for Christ’s sake! I would’ve noticed a building that tall!”
Man: “There’re 40 underground floors, or at least that’s what I know. And there’re security cameras on each terminal. There’s no way you can reach that floor without clearance as many doors can only be opened with the terminals!”
Ray looks very confused.
Ray: “All right. I’m taking you with me!”
The man immediately freaks out.
Man: “No, please! I’m telling you I have a family!”
Ray: “And I have business to take care of! It’s nothing personal. Let’s go!”
Ray takes the man at gunpoint and both head towards the elevators.
Elevator Lobby, Area 69 – Bone County - Winter 2001
Saturday – 8:01 AM
Ray and the man arrive to the elevators but there’re no controls next to or between them, only what looks like a screen with some gizmos around it.
Man: “That’s the terminal, there’s a camera on top of it and will see you as soon as I slide my card!”
Ray: “Well, you better pray for your family when you do that! I’m hiding behind you!”
Ray points the gun to the man’s back and kneels down to hide from the camera’s view.
The man is very nervous but successfully opens the elevator’s doors. They both get inside and wait for the doors to close.