The One That Got Away
The sound of the panel in the door opening caught my attention. I glanced over at what odd concoction I was given today, and it didn’t disappoint. A glass of cloudy water and a bowl of a greenish broth. How delicious.
I’d been in this cell for a week, honestly just waiting for the Order to rescue me, but seeing as it had been a week, I was beginning to think they were expecting me to get myself out. Or waiting until the very last moment to get me. Figures. I had been bragging a lot recently. It wouldn’t even surprise me if the Order had tipped the Law off themselves, just for a reality check. However, despite being caught, my plan did actually work, so I still had that over them.
I had decided I would Taint the Law’s dreams, forcing them to dream of the world as it was, instead of how they perceived it to be through their ridiculous rose glasses. See, the Law is idiotic (in multiple ways) by keeping all of their dreams in the same room. It was simple to get in to, because they didn’t believe anyone could get past the guards out front. I took the back door.
Sure I had to travel by shadow, which caused enough pain that I nearly blacked out as soon as I was inside, and I still couldn’t stop travelling. I had to find the actual room the dreams were kept in first. Once I finally arrived, all I had to do was dump the can of Taint into the dreams and be on my way. I made sure to fill the can up with water and closed the lid; just in case.
As I was walking around the halls – I just couldn’t travel by shadows anymore until absolutely necessary; I didn’t think my body could take it – I turned down a wrong hallway and found myself staring at a group of five soldiers standing around doing nothing (as the Law is wont to do). I didn’t have the strength to run, and I knew I’d never escape five of them by just walking. One of them noticed me immediately and was by my side in an instant, the others trailing behind slowly. “Think you can just waltz in and taint our dreams, do ya?” He sneered and grabbed my arm. “Filthy Order.” He spat on me and started half dragging me to the higher ups. I let him, partly because I was too exhausted to resist, but mostly because I knew the deed had already been done, and they wouldn’t notice until the next morning, when it would be too late to separate the Taint from the dreams.
My eyes flicked back over to the “meal”. Usually I let it sit there, but today I was especially hungry, so I decided to take a sip of the broth. As soon as it touched my lips, I reeled back and the bowl clattered to the floor, splattering the floor and myself. Poison. It was poisoned. From the smell, it seemed to be Lady’s Breath, which comes from genetically altered baby’s breath. It specifically targets those of the female gender. And it kills within minutes.
I grabbed the glass to drink the water, no matter how cloudy it is. If the poison is diluted within 30 seconds of first consumption, its effects break down and it immediately loses its killing power. But after the first sip, I cursed and threw the glass against the wall. It’d been laced with Lady’s Breath around the rim. My hands started to shake, and I wasn’t sure whether it was from the poison or the genuine fear that began icing my bones.
The events of my last mission flowed through my head. Then I forced myself to remember what everyone had said right before I left.
Nellie wouldn’t look at me, but she did mutter, “Be safe,” before walking out. Carver told me I’d be seriously reprimanded when I got back, but I didn’t believe him; they wouldn’t have let me go through with this so easily if I were to be punished. Besides, they would just be grateful I was alive. I would’ve been too, though I never would’ve admitted it. And now look where I was. Ru was the last to say goodbye. He just hugged me around the waist and kissed my forehead. He whispered in my ear, “I know you’ll come back alive.”
Between ragged breaths I gave a laugh. Ru was always the optimistic one of our group. I wouldn’t be returning to the Order, dead or alive. A small smile played on my lips, however. The mission was a success; the rest of the Order would know I had succeeded when they went to sleep tonight.
I closed my eyes and awaited death.
But it never came. After what I know must have been at least 15 minutes, I was still sitting against the wall. The Lady’s Breath should have killed me already. It could’ve been defective, but I doubted it. I was trying to figure out what was going on, when my mind returned back to Ru. His hug. My eyes widened and I reached in my pocket. Surely not… but it was there. I laughed again, a bit hysterically. An Immortalize stone. Ru had slipped an Immortalize stone into my pocket as he hugged me. That’s why he sounded so confident. He knew I couldn’t die. I began laughing even more, my sweaty fingers clutched around the Immortalize stone.
After a few minutes, I calmed down, and the wheels in my mind began turning. I would be getting out of here, I would be returning to the Order, and I would be knocking Ru out cold for not telling me about the Immortalize stone before I left. I lay down and tried to look dead, knowing they’d be coming to retrieve my body any minute now. I smiled smugly. I was still invincible.