Chapter 9: The Escape
That night I slept with a feeling of accomplishment, I had achieved everything I needed to in order to finally escape this place. I awoke and I knew everything was going to be different, my body was different my whole mind was different. I was going to use this completely new perspective on everything to escape this place and finally get back to my journey of seeing the entire world. I headed over to the waterfall, I had already picked the fruit, but a part of me still wanted to do something. Not really to prove anything to anyone, but just something for me. I looked into the waterfall as the rushing water fell into the lake; it was different this time I could see the droplets moving so slowly. Almost as if time was moving in slow motion for me, they hit the surface of the water and exploded outward, and upward. Sending ripples through the water as smaller droplets flew upward.
I looked up at the tree, even though I had picked fruit from it already, I didn’t know what it tasted like after all I just gave it to my master. I smiled and put my hand to my mouth and bit into the fruit; it tasted different than I expected, like an apple and a banana at the same time a very strange but still a good taste. I spent the rest of the day walking around the village taking it easy for once and enjoying the company of the people. I hoped that I would be leaving very soon, maybe before the day was over.
The time for my escape was finally at hand, I was filled with excitement and anticipation. Sophie walked into the cabin that I was staying in; I looked up at her as I packed my things getting ready to leave. “I guess the day is finally here, it’s been really nice having you around these past few months and I kind of don’t want you to go.” She started to say to me, I smiled and looked up at her as I stopped packing up. “But I knew it had to end at some time. They are only two ways you can choose to use to get out of here. The first and most likely the easiest way for you to get to the surface would be to use the way you came in and go back up the waterfall. The second, and the way that your father always used would be to go through the outlet at the very bottom of the lake. So you’re going to have to decide which way you want to take so that we can prepare you properly.” She finished what she was saying, then she started to helped me pack up.
I sat down and I thought about it for a while, after the training I had been through I knew I would be able to go up the waterfall with no problem at all. However, at the same time I wanted to experience new things, and a very large part of me wanted to know what my father did and follow in his footsteps. So with that in mind going back the way I came didn’t exactly go along with either of the things I wanted to do. I smiled at Sophie then I answered her. “I think I’ll be going through the outlet at the bottom of the lake, so anything I need to do in order to be ready for it just tell me and I’ll do it.” I said standing up smiling from ear to ear; I was ready to see the sunrise once again.
She smiled at me giving me a hug, then walking out of the hut. “I’ll go inform my master so he can get ready this should be relatively fun for us as well.” She said as she walked out of the hut. I spent a few minutes collecting things that I wanted to keep; I had a journal that I had gotten when I came to this place. But most importantly, I had written the code down and would be taking that with me so I could continue to study it, my goal was to understand it perfectly and learn to use it better than anyone ever had. Then I had to find a way to keep those two things dry in open water, a simple enough task, though it would take some time to actually find what I needed to do it.
After about an hour I was finally ready to get going. I stood at the edge of the village looking down into the crystal clear waters, smiling with anticipation I was looking forward to finally seeing the outside world again. Soon the rays of the sun would be shining down on me hitting my skin slowly warming me as I continued along with my journey.
I leapt from the edge of the village, I hit the cool waters sinking down into it then surfacing a few seconds later. All around me were the strongest men in the village, they would be taking me to the bottom of the lake and showing me where I was to be setting off from once at the bottom. I was ready to begin, two of them carried with them a large board, and the other two took a hold of me. I took a deep breath and nodded to them that I was ready. Instantly I was at the bottom of the lake in front of a dark fifty foot wide entrance, it was the outlet from the lake that led back to the surface. They secured themselves holding onto large rocks on the ground. They brought the board behind me lined it up with the entrance; it was now my turn to do the work.
I close my eyes, focused on the task at hand, and brought my body up to speed. Open my eyes and launched off the board, I moved off into the shadows of the cave at breakneck speeds. Within two seconds of launching into the cave, I was already more than half a mile in, and then I felt myself begin to slow. I had already made it far enough into the cave at that point that the force of the water started to carry me, beginning to push me faster and faster. I had to be careful as I rushed through the cave not to hit the walls or any rocks that were sticking out from it or it would be the end of my trip.
About three minutes past and the water was starting to crushing me at this point, forcing me through the cave as the walls closed in around me. The huge 50 foot Mount that I came into was now a little over 6 feet wide and all the water was still trying to force its way through that small space, with me at the same time. The water fought with me for space as it pushed me towards the surface. The pressure from the water, and holding my breath for so long was getting too much for me, I couldn’t take it anymore. I did my best to hold on as I saw the light from the surface, but I just couldn’t and I blocked out right before reaching the exit.
Seconds after I blacked out I reached the surface shooting out of the ground with the water in one of the world’s largest geysers. My body came falling back down into the lake below and then drifted to the shores where I laid unconscious for next few hours.