OOC: Jam between me and Varren weeeee!!!
IC: - Unknown location, somewhere in Nebraska, deep underground -
Someone was there, standing over me. They thought I wouldn't notice, as I appeared to be quite asleep. And I would have been, if they hadn't been so clumsy, I could have heard those soft footsteps from…a really far distance!
I debated what to do about it, this was the first time anyone had simply walked into my cell. At least the first time I’d been aware of it. Who knew how times they’d done this before, without me ever being aware of it?
A shiver went down my spine as I thought of what they might do to me. Put some sort of experimental drug into my veins? It wouldn't have been the first time.
I wasn't going to allow it, when they least expected it, I’d jump whoever it was standing over my bed and hold them hostage! I hadn't tried that one before, if I was lucky this guy would be important enough to Hydra that they’d listen to my demands.
There! I could hear them shuffle closer to me, this was my chance. My arm reached out to grab the unlucky soul as I opened my eyes to look at the scien…girl?
I backed off immediately, scooting toward the corner of my bed away from her. She wasn’t a Hydra scientist, it was just a girl! A really short one at that, I’d never seen someone this…young?
Said girl, determinable only by her body posture, and feminine demeanor, smiled at her, green eyes full of spark and curiosity as she gazed at her.
"Hello, Good morning!" The girl said, giving her a warm grin. Unlike me, she was dressed in what could be described as a jumpsuit, colored in the scheme of Hydra's usual fatigues, the symbol of which was emblazoned upon the left collar of said jumpsuit. More than that, there wasn't much about her that was out of the ordinary. Quickly scanning her over, I could see that the girl hadn't gotten much sun, her skin was almost as pale as a white sheet. She was bald, although it was evident by the thin stubble that covered her head that her hair had been shaved off. Other than that, she held every indication of twelve year old girl. Standing at about four feet, the girl gazed up at her still grinning, but in perhaps in the most unhostile way ever.
"How've you been?" The girl asked, arms at her sides, hands empty...or at least as far as she could see.
I continued to look the girl over, unsure what to make of this. My pair of emeralds continued to stare at her as I blew raven hair out of my face, it had nice streaks of green as well, it was getting quite long now. (Last person who tried to cut my hair died, it had been kind of awesome really.)
There were two possible conclusions. One, they sent this girl in here to see if I’d freak out and kill her or not. Or two, she’d snuck in here somehow, and I’d be very interested in learning how she’d done it.
Still, I didn’t’ know if I could trust her, so I choose my next words carefully. “Who the ##### are you!?”
"#####," The girl said, testing the sound of it once, before repeating it several times, then giggling to herself, "That's a funny word. Do you know any more?"
To be honest, the only reason I knew that word was because HYDRA personnel seemed to use it quite often, but I didn’t tell her that. “Sure, I know a few more…” I began to list them all in alphabetical order.
“That’s about all I got.” It wasn't a real big list really, about a dozen or so words, I had to guess what half of them meant, but they were obviously crude. “Oh, and be careful with some of those, they can make people angry.” Personally I didn't mind getting people angry but she seemed like a nice girl.
"'Angry'," the girl said, reciting the word once, "Not as fun as the other words. What does it mean?"
I blinked, this girl was even more naïve than I was! Of course the only reason I didn’t seem to know things I felt like I should was because my memories didn’t go back farther than a year. (At least I think it’s been that long.) I had to learn whatever I could, and HYDRA sucked at being a teacher.
“Well, have you ever felt like hitting something really hard in frustration?” I was thinking of human punching bags in particular.
I sighed, this was going to be more difficult than I thought. “Have you ever been really upset before?”
The girl stroked her chin before speaking, in almost the exact same manner that I could've sworn seeing a researcher do, "Not really. I get... That thing when you do not know what to do."
“Confused? Unsure? Uneasy? Bored?”
"... The one that you said at the start," The girl said, after thinking about it for a good solid minute, "Confused. Is that the same sort of feeling?"
I shook my head. “No, anger is different…you usually feel it when someone is doing something you don’t like….it’s hard to explain unless you’ve felt it before.”
"Oh," The girl said, pursing her lips, "But the first thing you said. The one with the funny word in it. What did that mean?"
I told her.
"OH!" The girl exclaimed, "I'm Project Trinity! But you can call me Project! Or Trinity! Whichever you like!"
“I think I’ll stick with Trinity.” I wasn’t sure, but I didn’t think ‘project’ was supposed to be an actual name. “I’m Aella, but you can call me….Aella!”
With introductions finally out of the way, I asked the next most obvious question, without funny words that would confuse Trinity this time. “So, how’d you get in here?”
"... What do you mean?" Trinity asked, tilting her head to the side, "I have always been here."
I shook my head. “No no I mean how’d you get in my cell? In this room?”
"The same way everyone else got in."
“Could you…show me?” I’d never been able to get out of this room unless the scientists wished it. If she’d gotten in here I had to know how, and if we could get out the same way.
"It is tricky," Trinity said, turning about on her heels to face the door, "They keep... Not changing the door codes. They forget I can get in if they do not do that."
Trinity strode over to the door, gesturing for me to follow her.
“You know the codes!?” I said, a little louder than I meant too, I spoke with a more hushed voice afterwards as I got up from my bed and followed Trinity to the door.
"They are not hard to figure out," Trinity said as she flipped up a panel that I hadn't noticed before, revealing a set of ten-digit buttons labeled from zero to nine. With almost lightning speed, Trinity pressed in a long string of numbers, certainly more than twenty characters long. When she was done, she pressed a small key labeled 'enter', and the door to my cell hissed open.
"Once I learned the guards putting them in, I will not forget," Trinity informed, stepping out of my cell.
I didn’t hesitate to follow her, for the first time I was exiting my cell, by my own free will! It felt pretty good. For such an apparently naïve girl, she certainly was smart, way smarter than me, and I wasn’t a dummy. How could she remember something like that just by watching the guards? My eyes could never follow it.
I don’t know what came over me, but I gave the girl a big hug.
When I hugged Trinity, the little girl jumped in my arms, a shocked expression on her face. The most shocking part was that her breathing had escalated. Not in the good way. She was slowly creeping into panic mode. Great. Now I can say I've scared a little girl.
"What... Is this?" Trinity asked, obviously struggling not to do something about me hugging her.
“It’s a hug…I’m doing it cause I’m…happy.” I wasn’t sure how I even knew what a hug was, it wasn’t like I’d ever done it before. I just did.
"Happy," Trinity repeated, eyes glancing about for a moment before her gaze resettled on me, "Um... Aella? Could you let go? I need to finish something."
I released her slowly.
"I need to finish this... Thing. All the things they have given me are getting more and more... Confusing," Trinity said, gesturing at the hallway that they were in. It was exactly the same as the last time I had seen the hallway. Only for the fact that it was mostly vacant, and there was an unconscious guard crumpled on the ground.
"Oh! Maybe I am to bring you with me!" Trinity exclaimed, drawing my attention back to her, "I never know what I need to do now. It is all very confusing Aella."
My mind was in a million places, I was free from my cell, there was an unconscious guard, and Trinity was going on about bringing me somewhere. I pulled myself together, if I wanted to finally escape this ###### I’d have to be focused.
“What happened to this guard over here?” I asked, approaching said guard, maybe I could take a key card or a weapon off of him.
"Him? Oh, I did that to him," Trinity said nonchalantly, "He has a scar on his right cheek, likes to skip when he walks, can say things nicely with a deep voice, and he now will never be able properly move his left hand again."
I had underestimated this girl…again. I almost smirked as I dropped down and went through his effects, taking a key card of some sort and a weapon that could launch electrical bursts from a distance, I knew from experience, not fun. But now that I had the weapon, I was eager to try it out.
I looked at his hand closely…it didn’t look right. “What did you do to him?”
"Well, I grabbed his arm, and I turned it... Then he made a really loud sound, and his arm made a sharp sound..." Trinity said, recounting the encounter, "And then he fell to the ground. Then, I opened the door, and saw you!"
Things were clicking in place, she had some sort of power that had effected the poor saps arm. I was beginning to like Trinity more and more.
I slowly stood up, as I did so, the guard suddenly started to groan, I yelped and kicked him in the head, he stopped making noise.
“Well Trin, what do you think about getting the ##### out of this place? Seeing what the world looks like outside of this dump?”
"...There is a room outside of this room?"
I paused, she didn’t have a clue that a world could exist outside of what she knew. To be honest I wasn’t sure if there was either. But I’d been put through enough simulations to know there was something out there that was better than here, where I could do what I want and not be forced to take tests, give blood samples, or get haircuts.
“Yeah, there is, I’m sure of it. An entire world where we can do anything we want, and no one to stop us.”
Trinity paused, putting on a poker face as she considered the things I just told her. Faced with continued running of the various tests that she'd been running for the entirety of her life.
"Anything?" Trinity asked, her curiosity piqued.
“Yep...” A guard nearly ran into us from another hallway crossing our’s. Before he could so much as cry out, he found himself flying up toward the ceiling with a wave of my hand, powerful winds blowing through the corridors, he smacked back down onto the floor soon after. I proceeded to taser him repeatedly with my stolen weapon, until he stopped twitching.
“Absolutely anything…” I took his card and weapon as well.
"Then... What are we staying here for!?" Trinity exclaimed, her grin re-appearing on her face, "Where is the exit!?"
“I…don’t know…” I admitted, “They hardly ever let me out of my cell, unless it was to be tested in their simulations.” I grinned however as a plan formed in my mind. “I bet the guards know where it is.” I started to strip the unconscious guard of his uniform.
“I’m going to disguise myself as a guard, they’ll think I’m watching you, like that other guy was.” I had his key card as well, so I figured it would work out just fine. “Let’s lock both these guys in my cell.” I said as I finished putting on the uniform, it was a little bit big on me but it would serve its purpose.
"You know it will not hold them for long Aella," Trinity said as she helped me drag them back into my cell, "We may need to move with speed."
“You’re right…” I threw the last guard into my cell, not gently mind you. As I shut the door and locked it, I got another idea. “Can you affect things that aren’t people? With whatever it was you did to that guard?”
"Oh... That? Sure!" Trinity said jovially, clapping her hands together, "What do you need me to do Aella?"
“Make the door to my cell impossible to open.” I grinned deviously.
Trinity began to grin almost devilishly at my suggestion as she placed her hands on the cell doors, and in a flash of light, the doors turned into stone. She stepped back admiring her handiwork before turning back to me, "Like that Aella?"
I clapped my hands excitedly, “Yes! Great job Trin!” I almost hugged her again, but I remembered the ‘moving with speed’ part of this escape. “At the very least, that will keep the other guards occupied once they discover something is amiss, and hopefully by then we’ll be out of here!” I placed the guard’s helmet and mask over my face, they’d never know it was me.
"We should go in the direction that the other one came from," Trinity said, looking at the direction in which the guard came from, "There will be others like him, but we can get past them if your plan works."
I nodded as we headed toward said direction. “As long as we act like everything is normal…they shouldn’t suspect us…” Hopefully they wouldn’t wonder why I had Trinity with me, or there would be some problems, plus once they discovered the current state of my cell the jig would be up.
Trinity nodded, keeping quiet and waiting for me to lead the way.
I led the both of us down the corridor, following its endless twists and turns and wondering if it would ever end, we passed by some guards once or twice but they didn’t pay us any mind. So far so good.
So far so good lasted for an ungodly amount of time. We walked past guards without a second look from them, same with the scientists too. Trinity was also reacting very poorly to having to pretend to being shuttled about. She'd start smiling every few minutes for seemingly no reason, and then remember she wasn't supposed to do that and resume the stone-cold expression she'd adopted after we started the plan.
“Halt!” We both froze in our places as a guard up ahead approached us from the seal doorway up ahead, I’d seen many of the personal head this direction, it had to be the way out. Unfortunately this guard had singled us out the moment we came into view. Not good.
“Where are you taking this…girl?” I swear the guard had meant to say something other than ‘girl’ but caught his slip up.
Well, I really had no idea what to say, since I had no idea where I was taking her except the heck out of here. “That way.” I pointed at the door.
The guard didn’t seem amused, “You know I can’t allow test subjects into the upper facilities without the proper clearance, let me see your I.D.” I picked at random one of the two cards I had stolen and handed it to him. He turned his back on me and started head toward the doorway where there was a slider and a keypad, there was another guard standing at attention next to it, great.
I moved my head a little closer and whispered toward Trinity. “There’s no way that card is going to work, I’m not even the right gender for it! Just follow my lead…”
Trinity nodded once after hearing my words, keeping her eyes focused upon the guards.
The guard was sliding the card into the slider when he heard me make a sharp cry of pain. When he turned around he saw me collapsed next to Trinity. I was clutching my arm and making quite a fuss about it. I started scooting away from Trinity as if I was afraid of her. “The girl….she…did something to my arm!” I said with labored breathing, I smirked behind my mask.
The guard who’d been standing attention immediately raised his weapon at Trinity, approaching her cautiously, he seemed very much afraid, his body was shaking. The guard who’d been checking my I.D. rushed to my side and leaned down to get a look at my arm.
“Moron.” I swung my supposedly injured arm out and jabbed one of the stolen weapons I had acquired into the guard and turned it on full blast. The guard got the maximum charge from the weapon, spazzing out helplessly. I didn't give him a chance to recover as I pushed him off me and then sent a quick blast of wind into his chest, sending him flying toward the other guard.
"I'll get the door!" Trinity called out jovially as she rushed forward, seemingly ignoring the second guard.
Said remaining guard wasn’t standing for very long as he was hit by his flying superior, who landed on top of him. The guard groaned, and struggled to push his unconscious comrade off of him, unfortunately for him, I was there.
I removed my mask, dropping it onto the floor, there wasn’t any use for it now I suspected, once we got through that door we were going to force our way out of here, at least that was my plan. I leaned down next to the guard and pushed my weapon into his neck. “Tell me…what’s beyond that door?”
He started uttering curses and saying he’d never talk, I started to hit him with my free hand. He was rendered unconscious fairly quickly, ah well. I decided to see how Trinity was doing and walked over, after taking the effects of these guards as well.
Trinity looked quite flustered. She was seemingly randomly pressing buttons, and swiping the dropped card on occasion, but she was unable to get the door to open. Eventually, she repeated the entire list of words that I had taught her, standing back and putting her hands on her hips. After a moment of mental debate, she placed her hands on the door, preparing to change what the door was.
"Is this what being angry is?" Trinity asked me as the door changed from whatever metal it was made out of into a door made out of water, which fell apart immediately.
I smirked. “Yeah, I think you’re starting to get it.” The water rushed past our feet as we stepped through the doorway and into a spiraling staircase, we began to ascend it, as that was currently the only direction to go.
It wasn’t a moment after when a blaring noise sounded throughout the facility, red lights began to flash. “I think they know what’s up now…run!” I started going up the stairs as fast as my legs could carry me.
Once I started to run, Trinity followed along, matching my pace. I wouldn't notice until later, but she was running exactly like me. At the moment, she kept up with me, other than stopping once to try to block the way behind us.
There were many doors we could have taken, but I just kept going up the stairs, I had this gut feeling that the higher we got the better we’d be off, plus I was very curious to see how high they went.
Soon enough we could hear noises coming from below us, they were coming after us from below, I grinned inwardly when I remembered that Trinity had done something to the stairs below.
My eyes widened when I realized there was noise coming from above us as well! I gritted my teeth and prepared for a fight! There was no way in ###### they would stop us.
Then Trinity started to laugh. It wasn't sinister, or maniacal. It was the laugh of someone who was having fun. I couldn't think of a more inappropriately-timed laugh, considering what the guards might do to us if they actually catch us.
I had bigger problems that horribly timed laughs however, HYDRA guards burst through a door just as we were passing it on the steps. I sent a quick blast of air at them to slow and confuse them as we kept on going. We’d gone up quite a few steps now, and while I was quite the athletic one, I was beginning to tire.
More guards came crashing down the steps, they were armed with weapons, but they seemed reluctant to use them. A few fired electrical blasts, they missed me, but I’d felt the tingling sensation of a discharge, way too close. Sent gusts of powerful wind ahead of me, knocking and pinning down anyone ahead of us, as for anyone coming from behind us, I’d let Trinity take care of that.
There was a bright flash of light behind me before Trinity rejoined me. A quick glance back showed that she'd managed to seal off the stairs, right before sprinting to keep up with me.
This continued on what seemed like forever, I wasn’t sure how much longer I could keep this up, having to run up the endless flight of stairs was hard enough without having to use my powers. I skidded to a stop as I suddenly ran out of stairs to follow, leaving a single door…with no one to greet us.
I collapsed onto my knees and breathed heavily, it was much like being in one of those simulations I’d often been put through, instead this time it was for real, and I could actually escape if I succeeded.
What concerned me was that no one was bursting through that door, it stunk of a trap.
"We are here?" Trinity asked, barely pausing to catch her breath, her foolish naive smile still on her face as she reached for the door handle, pushing the door open as I watched on.
“W-wait!” It was too late, she’d already opened the door, I scrambled to follow her, though much more cautiously.
What we found was a huge hanger, filled with all sorts of weapons and vehicles I’d never seen before, even in my simulations.
Oh yeah, and about a hundred or so guys pointing guns than did not look like the non-lethal kind at us.
Trinity clapped her hands together with glee and created a solid wall of concrete between us and said guys.
They began firing as soon as the wall appeared, until one of them began to yell a cease fire very angrily, yelling how they needed to take us alive. I smiled from behind the wall, this made things so much easier.
Before Trinity even knew what was going on I’d picked her up off her feet and began to carry her as I leaped into the air, using my powers to boost myself higher we went right over the wall and over the soldiers. Before they knew what was even happening I was way ahead of them, there were many vehicles stored here, I entered the closest one I could find, something called a Humvee I would later learn. All I knew was it was big, it was bad, and I was going to run people the ###### over.
I placed Trinity in the shotgun and got the engine running, I wouldn’t have known how to work the Humvee if it hadn’t been for the simulations and tests I’d been forced to do. How ironic that what HYDRA had taught me was now helping me escape them.
"Where we gonna go Aella?" Trinity asked jovially, completely ignoring the fact that I had just picked her up and pulled her into a vehicle.
“Wherever the ###### we want!” I exclaimed excitedly before pulling the Humvee into drive and flooring it. The Humvee roared as it went forward at accelerating speeds, the hanger door was closed. Didn’t care.
The Humvee sliced through the hanger door like a knife through butter, clearly not designed to hold back an armored vehicle moving at top speeds, plus this wasn’t an ordinary Humvee, it was a HYRDA one, it was designed to be a lot more…devastating. The majority of the hanger had been sliced through by enormous buzz saws that were fitted onto the bumper.
As we crashed through the massive doorway like an elephant stampeding through a shopping mall a few unlucky HYDRA grunts met the buzz saws, very messy. I was almost taken back by what I could see through the now quite dirty windshields. The sky! Simulations didn’t do it justice, true it was dead in the night, but I wasn’t picky.
Regardless of how awesome it was, I remained focused on my driving. We appeared to be in a massive field, though in the distance there appeared to be fencing surrounding it. I couldn’t help but laugh, that wasn’t going to stop us in a million years.
The other Humvees behind us might have a chance however, I kept driving straight onward, trying to keep my distance. I noticed while they had men mounted on the guns, they were not firing.
They still wanted us alive, we could use that. “Hey Trinity…” I said as quickly as I could. “I’m pretty sure these things have some sort of weapon that fires from the rear, think you could figure out how to use it?”
As if almost on-que, Trinity began pushing random buttons in an attempt to figure out which ones did what.
Most of the buttons she pushed didn’t do anything important, however when she pushed the big RED one some sort of missile was launched from the back of the Humvee, it crashed and exploded just in front of the closest enemy Humvee, which swerved to evade the blast and ended up tipping over, spinning on its side a few times before stopping upside down.
“I don’t know what you just did but keep doing it!”
Trinity then started to repeated press said button.
The missiles began to fire in a straight line from the back of the Humvee, not aimed at anything in particular, I began to adjust the direction the Humvee was going to try to line up the missiles with the chasing Humvees. One missile collided directly with a Humvees windshield, entering it and exploding from the inside.
Then the missiles stopped coming, regardless of how many times Trinity pushed the button, must of used them all up!” Thankfully it had the effect we wanted, the closest Humvees had been destroyed and the others were keeping their distance. I cheered as we crashed through the fence effortlessly and entered a thick forest, I avoided trees as best I could, but some were ripped apart by the buzz saws.
I really didn't care however, I just laughed like a maniac as we drove farther away from the HYDRA base, we'd escaped.
Back in the laboratory, the bearded man smiled. It was all going as planned. Project Trinity once again exceeded expectations, although it's use of the other experiment was unexpected. It mattered little. Everything was all set.
"Is it broadcasting?" He asked to another man in a lab coat.
"Right on cue," The man reported, turning a knob on the radio so that a single voice filled the room.
"Heil Hydra, 37.2350° N, 115.8111° W. Heil Hydra, 37.2350° N, 115.8110° W. Heil Hydra, 37.2350° N, 115.819° W..."