The trio made their way out through the dilapidated doorway and towards the main hallway that would take them to the central hub of the camp. They walked in silence as they made their way across the imposing structure. Talking was forbidden in the halls.
These walls were a dull metallic grey, the same color as the steel reinforced concrete they were made of. The hallway was lit by two long strips of old school LED’s, relics of a time long past. They barely had enough light to navigate without bumping into anything.
They passed by blocks A through G as they approached the center of the camp which was called "The Hub". Leading into The Hub was a pair of polished wooden double doors. From this point onwards came the parts of the camp that were actually in good shape. The aliens didn't care at all about keeping everyone's living areas in good condition but they certainly wanted everything else to be in top shape.
The Hub being one of the few rooms that actually had working air conditioning meant that it was always at a crisp sixty five degrees. The room was built in the shape of a large circle with eight hallways leading off it. At the center of the room stood a large, rectangular, steel column with displays mounted on each side. Aria walked up to the display facing them.
She scanned it for a few minutes, looking for their names. Harry exchanged a glance with Daisy. She didn’t appear to be worried on the surface but by the way her forehead creased he could tell that she was not thrilled about being reassigned.
He'd lost enough sleep the previous night himself, worrying about the same thing and hoping that it wasn't going to be something horrible like the guard's bathroom.
“Got it,” whispered Aria as she walked back towards them, breaking Harry out of his thoughts. He looked at her quizzically. She pointed in the direction of one of the hallways. Oh, thank the fates. It's a door. We escape the bathroom once again.
“Is it the new door?” mouthed Harry. Aria simply put a finger to her lips and pointed at the hallway again before walking towards it. Harry exchanged another look with Daisy.
He tilted his head towards the hallway. Daisy shrugged.
The two of them set off after Aria and entered the hallway. It was the one that led to the outer walls of the camp. This passageway was flanked by doors leading to various guard stations and armories or at least that’s what the the signs nailed to the doors proclaimed. No human was allowed to enter any of those rooms. Inevitably with a rule like that, many had tried to enter, but so far, no one who'd entered had ever made it out. Harry was always uneasy having to walk past them.
They hurried along the hallway, Harry and Daisy jogging to keep up as Aria barreled down the hallways. It took nearly fifteen minutes of walking before they finally arrived at a set of doors each marked with a letter. Aria didn’t hesitate as she pushed her way through the door marked with a letter ‘H’. Harry took a double take at the letter. As far as he could remember, just last week, there had only been letters upto 'G' which meant the new door had in fact been completed and his guess from earlier was correct.
Aria didn’t slow down as they turned into the passageway to the wall. This one, like the rest of the passages that lead to the doors, was made of glass instead of the usual metal and concrete. Another two minutes in that passage and they finally came to a sliding glass door. Here, Aria stopped and turned to the two of them, her face a mixture of happiness and concern.