Part 1 [24/11/12]
The LED light was now in the hands of the torch bearer, and Max has a good idea of who it is. Walking down the other side of the hill, Max gets down on hands and knees and starts feeling for the large rock which was the entrance to the underground. It wasn’t located on the tracker, which made Max think that it had been dug by a previous occupant, who had also escaped.
His hand found the rock, which was quite large, and he started to crawl around it. On the other side, he then pushed it up and slipped inside.
Whether Stanley knew about it, he was unsure. Now it just a case of finding somewhere good to sleep ready for tomorrow. He was the star of the show, and it wouldn’t do good to miss the fun.
Jaz woke up at 07:00 on Saturday morning. He would have thought they’d at least give a lie in the students here of a weekend, but no. More toiling, and more work. Boring work that is. Who in their right mind would call tuning equipment that should already be prepped work? But if Max was to pull this off, he needed to co-operate. And as such, needed to attach a camera to him. Unsure on what to do with it though, Jaz thought back to what Max did, while changing.
He then throws the camera lightly at his shirt. It clings on. And as an added measure, Jaz attaches a microphone to his shirt as well. This is more difficult, as it doesn’t seem to auto attach like the camera does. Placing it lightly on his shirt however makes it stick.
Looking in the mirror, the attachments are hardly noticeable. Walking out of the door, and into the café, Jaz gets food and eats alone.
Telisa then walks in, followed by Stanley, who looks angered by something. It was then Jaz remembers he had forgot something. Finishing quickly, he runs back into the dorm area and to his room, barging into the washroom, and sitting on the toilet.
Refreshed, he walks out more slower than he came in. It is then he notices four things. Max’s laptop bag had disappeared, there was a piece of paper on the floor, the door to the room was open, and Stanley was standing right outside.
Part 2 [26/11/12]
Slowly, he walks to the bed and gets down, moving the piece of paper into his right hand while reaching for the suitcase. He then brings the suitcase out and gets the Tic-Tacs out of a compartment. With his right hand, he then puts them in his pocket.
“Come on,” Stanley calls. “Time for briefing.”
Jaz follows Stanley back to the café and sits down. Stanley walks to the main door and turns around.
“Right then,” he says. “While me and Telisa get the cameras ready for you to film, you lot will be in the sound suite. When you get there, Ean will explain everything.”
“Follow me,” Ean says.
The students file out of the door. Jaz looks around as they all walk up a different hill to the ones they’ve been walking up all week. When he gets to the top of this one, Jaz sees that there is a lot more foliage and rockery spread around.
Walking down the hill, Ean picks out a key. When he reaches the door, however, he looks frantically around and runs back up the hill. Halfway up, he turns around and says “Don’t move anywhere. I’ll be right back” to the students, then disappears over the top of the hill.
Taking this opportunity, Jaz takes the piece of paper from his pocket and reads it. Again, it is another note from Max.
“Don’t worry. I have the laptop bag. I sneaked in last night to get it. Now get ready to watch the performance of a lifetime.”
Looking up, he sees a small rock move. Walking over to it, he sees a pair of eyes appearing from behind a bush. Jaz starts to walk forward, but a hand appears through the bush telling him to go back. Wondering why, he walks back to the rest of the group, putting the note back in his pocket.
Five seconds later, Stanley appears on top of the hill with Ean. They walk down to the building, where Stanley looks at the door.
He then turns to Ean. “Get everyone to the café area.”
Part 3 [28/11/12]
"Everyone! Follow me!" Ean calls.
The students follow Ean back up the hill. As Jaz looks back however, he could of been imagining the movement of a rock.
"And get Telisa for me," Stanley calls.
Ean leads the students to the cafe again, where the two teachers are just exiting.
"What's going on?" Tom asks.
Jaz doesn't catch the answer that is said.
Telisa then walks out of the cafe as well, yawning. "What's going on?" she sighs. "Oh, don't tell me. I've got another job."
"Yes. Stanley wants you at the the recording studio. It seems that Max has been about."
"Oh great. So what do I have to do with it?"
"He put you in charge of the recapture of Max, and so you should be responding, or even looking for him."
"Why do you think I was yawning my head off? I have been doing what he requested of me. In fact, I found something else he dropped as well. Suppose I'd better see what Stanley wants. See ya."
Max breathes a sigh of relief. So it had been Telisa with the torch, not Stanley. Telisa who had the torches. He hoped she had put them back in the drawer.
"You wanted me?" Telisa's voice sounds through the speakers.
Max had his laptop out and had found a good vantage point in which to keep it under power. He was now listening to the mic he had placed on Telisa's jumper. As he had instructed her, she hadn't swapped it for another.
Telisa then coughs. "What was that for?"
"You know I hate it when you don't respond. Now then, the door was open with the lock broke. What do you think Max has been doing?"
"Can't say for certain. Maybe he wanted a closer look at the building. In case there was anything hidden anywhere."
"Good. Now look around the area for him."
"You didn't expect him to be lingering anywhere here. You want me to go over the other side and start looking for him there."
"Good. Keep at it until lunchtime. I don't you out of energy during tonight. Fourty-seven students to move, as well as two teachers. And I want tight security. If Max is wanting to get away from here, he's got to get on the train before it leaves."
That was something Max was dearly looking forward to. The performance had only just started.
Part 4 [30/11/12]
Jaz was wondering when they'd be able to continue when Stanley comes walking in, and beckons Ean closer. After a whispered conversation in rushed tones, Ean then calls to the students "We can head back now, but we will have to stayover lunchtime. There are supplies of food however, so there's no worries."
He then leads them back out of the cafe, up the hill and down to the recording studio. Inside there was the standard equipment Jaz was used to, but in a different configuration.
"So then, we'll set to work in tuning this stuff to your voices so they can get the best pitch."
Jaz, however, knew why they wanted the tuning of the voices.
Telisa hated how Stanley was always pushing her around. Wasn't she good enough material for this? Not if she was planning to help Max and escape from here. But anything was better than being pushed around by Stanley.
A piece of the hill she was walking on then moves. As if intruding upon her thoughts, Max then pops up from the ground.
"How's it going?" he asks.
"Good," she replies distractedly.
"Well tomorrow we'll be away from here, and I'll be able to present evidence to the group."
"First let's get away from here. From tomorrow, it will be all right. All of this won't matter. It wi-"
Max disappears and the ground becomes smooth once more. Stanley then comes up the hill.
"Well? Have you found anything?" Stanley asks in a rough manner.
"No. Well... I-" she was still in two minds. Who did she want to betray. Before she could come to any sort of descision, she was already saying what she knew she mustn't, and saying it quickly. "I've had contact with Max. He just appeared out of the ground around here."
The hardest punch yet followed these words as Stanley yells "Why didn't you tell me sooner then!"
However, knocked off balance, Telisa hardly heard these words. She was being battered by the hill as she tumbled down it. Again she was forced to consider why she even stays here.
Part 5 [2/12/12]
Stanley comes walking down the hill. Slowly.
"Now then. You will be dealing with the memory modifier drug all on your own tonight. But before that, you've got sort outthe usual measures to make sure no-one gets into their rooms. So get up and get along!"
Telisa gets up, says "Sure," grudgingly and walks off to the dorms.
Why Stanley was treating her like scum was all to clear to her now. He still didn't trust her. All she could do was hope she survived until tonight.
Max was heading for the lift up to the next level. He had been down in the underground far too long and risking it in the next level up wasn't that bad either. Besides that, he wanted to plant a few little scarers to indicate he could easily get around.
In the lift, it took no time at all to program it using an electrical shocker that he wanted to go up one level. When the doors opened, what he saw was one passage going off from a rather large lobby area. He could see three beds and a door that must lead to storage.
Deciding to follow one of the paths, he sees indications that it is more widely used. Unlike the underground, however, this was one straight path. And he had a good idea where it was headed.
This was confirmed when he turned right and right again, and saw a slope rising upwards. Starting to walk that way, he then sees another passage that curved right and went downwards wondering what was down there, he follows this passage instead. It doesn't last very long, and ends in a spiralling slope.
Climbing this, he sees a treasure trove of goods. Computers, stacks of money, boxes full of who knows what, as well as what looked like blueprints on tables. Looking inside one of the boxes, he sees high-spec cameras and tripods. Looking inside another, he sees guns and grenades. Another box holds explosives. Another holds the memory modifier syringes that are used.
Digging inside this box, he pulls out a plan of how to make the drug required. Folding this up and putting it inside his laptop bag, he goes to look at other blueprints as well, but then hears footsteps walking down the corridor.
Part 6 [4/12/12]
Quickly, he dodges behind a crate and peeks around it. He sees no-one, but still hears the footsteps. Reaching into the crate, he feels what is inside. Closing his hand around one of the devices, he withdraws the hand and sees a grenade. Up close, it looks real.
Scrounging a few more, he puts them inside his pockets, making sure the pins are still in. He then gets one more and waits. A shadow passes across his box, and he pulls the pin out and throws it as far as he can.
An explosion rips across the room spreading chaos. Fast footsteps follow once the explosion dies down.
Max grabs his laptop bag and, after peeking around the crate to see if the distraction was working, ran for it while making no noise. All the way back out, to the lift, and breaking open the emergency hatch at the top. He then climbs through that and starts climbing the structure after making sure the hatch was shut again. At the top, he works the lift doors open and flips up the sliding door beyond. Closing both, he then wires the grenades using a piece of wire and attaches them on the lift door.
Continuing to run, he heads out, not bothering to close the door behind him. Running up the hill, he then heads back down, removes the rock and heads back inside the underground. Pulling the rock back into position, he then travels to a spot of the underground with the most space.
There, he gets his laptop out and listens into the mic, and also Jaz's camera. It appeared that Stanley was in the recording studio. He kept a watch to see if Ean would appear, and then he saw a sleeve of Ean's jumper.
But that meant the only person with access to the clan house was Telisa. And if he had just blew part of the storage area up, and fused grenades onto the lift door, then she was in for a big surprise.
He then hears more footsteps, and closes the laptop quickly. He still had a few grenades left, but he seriously didn't want to test the integral structure of the place. Laptop back in the bag, he runs in a random direction and almost immediately collides with something running the other way.
Part 7 [6/12/12]
Max recovers long enough to recognise the voice and sees Telisa looking confused.
"How did you get down here?" he asks.
"Well you throw a grenade, obviously it's going to break a wall that's only two metres thick, especially if there's another crate of small explosives where it landed."
"How did you find that place anyhow?"
"Took the lift up one floor from the underground to have a look around. I thought you were Stanley."
"Well, if we were planning to stop students getting into the dorms before, it's a whole lot easier now."
"I'd guessed where the storeroom was located. But how are you going to tell about it?"
"The truth," Telisa says, though she seems a bit scared of even saying it.
"Good. But whatever you do, I'd stay away from the clan house unless you want to get blown up by accident."
"What did you do?" Telisa says, sounding shocked.
"Rigged a tripwire using some of the grenades I had left," Max says noncommittally.
"Well, to get at Stanley yes. But what about Ean?"
"Does he fully support this scheme?"
"Well, yes. I guess."
"Same goes for him then. Now then, can you drive the train?"
"Good. When everyone is loaded onto the train, you will take control of it. Get us away from here as fast as the train will allow."
"Um. Sure. I'll be off to do these jobs then."
"Good. And remember the full objective here."
Telisa turns and walks off. Max follows and turns down a different path.
Part 8 [8/12/12]
Jaz was wondering how long this could go on for. Being a master at audio technology, he knew how long it took to tune microphones, but this was stretching it by a far amount. He knew better than to say so however.
Everyone else was taking no notice of how long it was taking. In fact, he had started to see changes in them. Changes that resolved around them liking the holiday, if it could be called such.
"Right then," Ean calls after what felt another eternity. "That's good. Let's head back and get some food, and then we can sleep."
The students file out, hungry but entertained, with Ean in the lead. Jaz was almost next to him. Telisa was waiting outside the door to the café area, a grim face set.
"Sorry everyone," she says. "Some of our stored explosives appear to have been set off and destroyed some of the dorms. We've managed to collect all your possessions and have stored them in the café area." She winces, rubbing her neck. "Collect them, then sit down and grab your food."
Everyone enters, and the first thing they see is a load of sleeping bags packed in one corner. Another door had appeared with what looked like a toilet sign on it against the far wall.
"Just in case you need to go," Telisa says. "However, it is linked to one of the boys rooms, so don't stay in that room."
Everyone hunted for their things, chose a table and put all their things underneath, then went to get food. During the course of this, nearly everyone went to the toilet. When the first of the people had finished their food, Telisa showed them to the sleeping bags, and told them to take one each and find space where they could. The others were also finishing, and by 20:00, everyone was tucked inside a sleeping bag.
Jaz wasn't even feeling tired however, and just lay for ages staring at the wall by the door to the boys dorms. Checking his watch, he sees it was 20:15. Time was creeping slowly by. He at least wanted to be doing something.
A door then creaks open. Lifting himself up a little, he sees that nearly everyone else is asleep. Only one other person was awake, standing looking down at another sleeping bag. That person then looks up, and sees Jaz at the same time Jaz recognises who it is.
"Telisa!" Max whispers through the gap in the door. "It's okay! We're game."
Part 9 [10/12/12]
Max then turns around and smiles at Jaz as Telisa walks through the door leading into the dorm room.
"What are you two doing here?" Jaz whispers.
"Well, I have a key here to get that door that's always locked open," Telisa says. "And then I'm to move all of this lot to the train, where it will then go back to Central."
"I'll help," Jaz says.
Telisa laughs. "Sure. But you aren't going anywhere until I know it's safe for you to be moving around. Stanley could be hiding somewhere. Wait until I'm back."
Telisa then walks to the door and unlocks it. Once she has walked through it, Jaz says "Ah, it's really good to see you again, dear chap. I know it's only been a few days but being here has made it more like a few weeks."
"Join the club," Max drily comments. "I feel the same however. And once we get back, there is only one day or so before we have to go back."
"You'll have to go into the college on Monday, I suppose. Although, if they don't have the drug to stimulate the memory and add a full weeks worth of memories of the good times here, they will see what a bad place it really is and there won't be what there was last time the trip ended."
Telisa then comes back through the door. "It's safe," she whispers. "Now let's start loading."
The loading of the students, teachers and luggage takes over half an hour. Following the path Max took to reach the storage, then heading straight on instead of down the path to the storage. Through the next door is the station, or what appeared to be the station. Telias explains about the underground part of the station to both Jaz and Max.
By the time everything and everyone had been loaded, all three of them are tired out.
"At least you get to rest," Telisa says to Jaz. "I've got to ride the train to Central, and Max is on lookout duty."
"Like I could sleep anyway," Jaz says.
"Well I'd say you could join us in the control compartment, but you need to look like you've been moved like the rest of them."
"If you can't sleep, at least try and stay out of harms way," Max says.
The three then enter the train through two doors, ready for the long nights journey.
Part 10 [13/12/12]
"So. We just raise the train to the main of the platform, and we'll be on our way," Telisa says.
"Yes. And then this whole ordeal is over," Max agrees.
The train slowly rises as the rail moves up through mechanics that connect the train and this piece of track. When fully raised, two clacks indicate that the connectors have broke away and have returned to their rest postions.
"Right then, let's get this train underway," Telisa says.
She flips switches and pulls a lever to get the train started. She then uses another lever which was stiff to increase the speed slightly. Max understands why, and knew that Telisa recognised that comfort was needed when going over bumps.
Once navigated past the area boundary, she then raises the speed more with the lever. Slowly, the train gains more speed until the scenery blasts past in a blur.
A screech then resounds through the compartment. But then both Max and Telisa realise that the sound is external, and feel the bumpyness of another force acting against the train.
"Uh, what's going on?" Max asks.
"Someone's activated the other control bay and is trying to get us back to Plutes."
"That's not good."
"No," Telisa says. "It isn't. Any ideas."
"A wild one." Max then opens the door of the control bay and climbs out.
"Are you crazy? Do you have a death wish or something?" Telisa screams.
"One, no. Two, I want to see who it is in the other control bay. And three, there is one grenade left in my pocket which I can use."
"You really are crazy. But go ahead. I'll see what I can do here."
Without replying, Max grabs hold of the roof and starts to work his way across. It was all very easy, as the roof of the main carridge was fitted with a type of holder that could allow for multiple things to be attached to it.
Once across, he holds on with one hand while reaching as far as he could with the other to the door of the other control bay. Inside, working furiously on all the controls, was Stanley. It appeared he didn't trust Telisa one bit.
The grenade was a lot harder to manipulate, but he managed to wedge it near to the bottom between the gap of carridge and control bay. Quickly he works his way back to the other end, and as he reaches the half way mark, the grenade explodes. The train wobbles wildly as the track is ravaged, but the link between the other control bay and the carridge is severed.
Both shoot away from each other as though magnets repulsed from each other. Max works his way back to the control bay and enters again.
"Job well done," he says to Telisa.