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The End: Story One - The Great Escape Pt4 By: David K. Montoya

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The End:Story One
The Great Escape Pt4
By: David K. Montoya


Looking into the passageway, I was surprised to learn that there was no longer a ladder leading down. It looked as if someone had laid a concrete slab placed over wooden pegs. But there was a way to go up. So, with no other option, we each made our way upward. The professor led the way as Michael and I helped Richard up the ladder. He tried to do it on his own, but he was just too weak. At first Rich demanded to be left behind because he was holding things up. I told him that we would have none of it, and he was coming with us.

Shoving the top rack open, the professor popped up firing at whatever was moving. Once I reached to the top, I saw the emperor and two of his Imperial Guards. Michael shot one of them dead on. The other man must have gotten frightened, as he threw his gun down and jumped off the building.

Realizing that he was all alone, the emperor fell to his knees and began to beg for is life. I told him that we were not going to harm him. Evidently he did not realize that he was more valuable to us alive, than dead. Michael helped him to his feet, while we covered him with our guns, just in case the old man tried something stupid.

About that time more guards started coming up form the hatch, firing their weapons at us. I grabbed the emperor and putting a gun to his head, told him to tell them to stop shooting, or I was going to splatter his brains all over the place. The guards refused to comply, however, saying that they did not negotiate hostage situations, and opened fire on the emperor! I could not believe that the emperor's own men shot him down in cold blood! But then I realized what was going on. It was never his plan, was it?

Who could be the one person to have everything to gain by the old man's death? Who would be powerful enough to order the emperors execution and have it carried out? Who was the person that the guards were so loyal to? There was only one person that fit each of those questions; Arch Commander Patrick! It was him behind everything the entire time! It was him who made us go to Palace City. It was him who led the guards, and set us up to be the patsies. We would take the fall for the murder, and he would be named the new emperor.

But, unfortunately, that revelation did not help any of us in our current predicament. We were trapped and I knew none of us had enough ammo to have a full-on gun fight. There was only one thing that we could do. I turned to the others and explained my idea for the great escape. We would make a jump for it! I had noticed that the huge Olympic sized pool was to our left, sixteen stories down. Without another word said, the four of us leaped from the top of Palace City into the pool sixteen stories below! Moments before impact I must have blacked out from the amount of g-force. When I hit the pool I was completely unconscious. Sometime later I awoke with my son and the professor kneeling over me.

As they helped me to my feet, the pain of hitting the water shuddered throughout by body. Once I had completely regained my footing, I noticed that Richard was apparently unconscious. Michael explained that he had been knocked out when he hit the pool. Mike helped me put Rich over my shoulder, and we made our way from the pool front. We went around the side of the building, which led to the back exit out of Palace City.

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