Journal Entry Eleven
"The prisoners are escaping down the Main hallway!" was the message I yelled to any Automation I saw. I was hoping to lead them the wrong way so the others would have some extra time grab some weapons. It was actually working.
There are actually only two main exits in the whole palace, Lucky's Do-Main and the Fog's Back. The Main was unlocked with just a few Automations guarding it, but the Back was always kept locked. Unfortunately, I wasn't one from the handful of people who had a key to it. The only option was to go through the Main and we were going to have to have some weapons to do so.
I ran upstairs to the weaponry and saw everyone grabbing their weapons. Jefferson had his ice blaster. Irving had a slingshot loaded and ready to fire. Lukas had a pistol in both hands.
The bearded old man slowly walked toward me. "We can't thank ya enough for all of the help. We'll have plenty for you to do back at home base." "I don't think I can come," I said. Lukas looked confused "Last night I had a dream. The Scarlet Man told me I was to stay here." "But won't Lucky figure out ya helped us escape?" Lukas asked. "The Scarlet Man said he would work everything out. I think I should trust him." "That you should, lad." He grabbed my shoulder with his big hand. "And may the Great Engineer bless."
I looked down the hallway and watched as they started something close to a stampede, firing at any Automation they saw. I thought about the past week and the help I had given them. I hoped we could see each other some day. Until we meet again... Resistance!
I was walking back to my room wondering how the rest was supposed to play out. How in the world would no one suspect I was in on this? It almost seemed impossible.
I turned around a corner and saw Automations stuck in blocks of ice. I laughed, Must be Jefferson's doing. I was about to enter my room when I remembered I had forgotten to take my key out of the cell's lock. I hurried down a staircase into the main lobby. There were ice and Automations littered all over the floor. I sure hope the group had made it out safely.
Suddenly someone let out a loud groan. I looked around the room and saw Lukas on the floor. My heart jumped into my throat. No! "I didn't think I'd be seeing you again this soon," he said. Smiling, I bent on a knee to look at his wounds. He had been shot in the shoulder extremely close to his chest. "I've been through many a tough situation," Lukas started. "But I don't think this is one I'll make it through." "Don't say that!" I said.
Lukas smiled up at me weakly. "Just like you had your dream about staying here, I had a dream last night that showed me my time was going to be up pretty soon. I guess it's up now." A tear ran down my eye as he went on. "Who knows? I might have been thrown in jail for this very purpose." He grasped my hand. "Until we meet again, lad."
I was there on my knees for hours. I was shocked, upset, and ultimately sad. I had lost a new friend. If only I would have done something different. If only...
I suddenly heard metal clanging down the hallway. Two Automations were coming down to check on the damage. They approached Lukas. "He's dead," I said. "Did you hear something?" asked the first Auto in its gravelly voice. "No, you're just hearing things," said the other.
What in Aethasia is going on? I realized what was happening so I waved a hand in front of the Automations' faces. They can't see me. Incredible! The Scarlet Man was really pulling me through this. There was one thing I wanted to check and then I would know for sure a miracle had truly happened.
I bounded up staircase after staircase until I reached my destination, Computer Room 2B4. I opened the door and walked in testing my invisible capability. It worked! I went to the back of the room to look at the security cameras' computer. I searched for the right monitor until I found it, the one that showed the area of the jail cell.
I rewound it back to the time where I unlocked the cell door for Lukas and the others to escape. Impossible! At that very time, I had opened the door, but it appeared on the screen that it had popped open on its own. The Scarlet Man had come through. I was off the hook!
I hurried out the door and ran smack-dab into someone. It was Arthur. "Careful, Charles," he said walking away. Something didn't seem right. It suddenly hit me. My invisibility only lasted for a few minutes. Good thing I was out of the computer room before it had ended.
Hours later as I lay on my bed, I thought about what Lukas had said. "Who knows? I might have come here for this very purpose." I knew what that purpose was. It was to save me. To tell me things about the Scarlet Man.
Maybe I'll get a chance to heal more people as time goes on. And maybe I'll even be able to tell them about Him. I do know that I have to be ready for situations like those.
And ready I shall.