The End:Story One
The Great Escape Pt2
By: David K. Montoya
We both sighed with relief, once we were completely out of the guard’s sight. I had truly thought that they would have figured us out as imposters; neither Michael nor I had the demeanor of someone who had a military background.
As we walked into the elevator, Mike let out a laugh. It became clear to me at that point that my son had the same fears of being caught as I did. Afterward Michael stood there silent until he looked over and thanked me.
I told him that I did not understand; what was he thanking me for? He explained that he was having the time of his life, and even though the end result could find us all dead, Michael said that he had never felt more alive.
When the elevator doors slid open, we stepped out onto penthouse floor. It was like stepping back into time, when the Roman Empire ruled. The entire floor looked as if it were made from the finest marble—it reminded me of what a newly built Roman temple might look like.
Michael headed left, while I went right to go gather the girls. I told him that we would all meet back in front of the elevator.
After Michael and I assembled everyone, we all gathered in Rose’s room, to go over the plan once more. The general attitude was good, but I was concerned for my daughter Maria; she looked to be sick. I asked her if we should hold off until she was better.
Maria said she would be fine, that all she had was the sniffles. I stood there wondering as to whether or not we should wait, but she looked up at me, with those hazel eyes of hers. That look, reminded me of her mother. I would get that same look when I annoyed my wife, although Maria’s eyes were somewhat of a lighter shade hazel.
And like with her mother, I gave in. We would escape from Palace City that morning, but I told her she had to stay close to Rose and Renee, as they went out to find our transportation.
Everyone exchanged hugs and well wishes before we left, on the off chance this would be the last time we would see each other. As Renee and the others were about to leave, she suddenly stopped and ran back over to me, unexpectedly put her arms around my neck and placed a tiny kiss upon my lips. She told me that it was for luck, and not to get myself killed. And without any further word, she turned away and left with the others.
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