GENRE: Young Adult
My heart and feet pounded, as we raced through endless corridors.
‘Do you know where we are?’ I asked.
‘Of course I do. Left!’ Lerrin barked the order, then turned sharply, with Skyler and me following. ‘Right up ahead. Then follow my lead. We’ll need to be quick.’
‘What are you planning?’
‘Shut up and follow, Zander.’
‘There’s a security guard on our tail,' Skyler said. 'Your last stunt won’t hold him off forever.’
‘Right!’ Lerrin turned, barely losing speed, and we stumbled around behind him. Then he leapt in the air, grabbed a steel pipe above, swung up, kicked a panel out of the ceiling and used his own momentum to slide up into the chute above. By the time we ran underneath he was sliding the panel back into place. Disappearing.
I kept running, working out his plan as I went. The corridor was long, with a series of pipes running across the square-paneled ceiling at regular intervals.
Lerrin was a genius. Of sorts.
Skyler pointed to the next pipe. ‘You’re next Zander.’
‘Ladies first,’ I said.
‘Will you be okay?’
‘Just go,’ I said. I hated it when she started 'taking care' of me.
Skyler jumped and grabbed the next pipe, perfectly executing her swing. In seconds it was just me, and the corridor was rapidly getting shorter. I watched the next pipe approach. There were only two left. Two chances, and a dead end. The closer I got, the less inspired Lerrin’s genius seemed.