Harry lead the way through the tunnel, he was the one who was good at memorizing patterns like that and it was the safest option. Aria stayed at the back, keeping a sharp out for anything that might be following them. A few dances later, they were out of the tunnel and heading towards the library.
As they arrived at the spot, Aria could just about make out Kate and Ryan in the perpetual darkness of the corridors.
“You guys ready?” asked Harry, as soon as they came to a stop. Kate gave a quick whispered yes while resorted to a simple nod.
“I know you guys are probably very much shocked,” said Aria," so are we, but we have to get going. I'll show you guys the route on the way out but the long and the short of it is, we have to run to The Hub, to the door where it should hopefully open and then its open jungle and well, I'll explain all of that once we get there. Arguably the most dangerous bit is right now which is getting through the door itself and out of this camp."
Ryan and Kate both nodded. If they wanted to protest at the sudden or vague nature of the plan, neither of them showed it. Kate held up three devices.
"Uncle gave these to me," said Kate, "Apparently it will help keep track of our locations until we get to the door so that they can time everything correctly."
Aria nodded and took one of the offered devices. Daisy and Harry also picked them up and stashed them in various pockets. Aria double checked her own pockets to make sure that the GPS and the map were in fact there. Once those were confirmed everyone looked expectantly to Aria. She took one final deep breath and nodded in the direction of The Hub. They began their journey.
They passed through The Hub without any issues and made their way towards the hallway that would take them to the door. As soon as they turned, Aria's gut seemed to tell her to go anywhere but in that direction. Her instincts that had been bothering her the entire day, came back in full force except this time it was worse. She couldn't shake the feeling that something was watching.
She called them to a stop and took a careful look around. All she could see were the dull grey walls, nearly invisible in the darkness. She shook her head. What was giving her that horrible feeling of dread? Maybe it was the fact that there were several people nearby to keep watch on their progress. Yes, that must be it. No Aria, don't just assume its the aliens.
Aria called for them to move again and made her way towards the corridor. Just as she set foot in the final corridor, she heard a loud wailing noise. She stood there for a second, frozen in place. It was a sound that she’d never heard before. It was an eerie echo in the usually silent corridors.
“That’s not part of the plan is it?” asked Daisy, looking more confused than anything else.
“Not that I remember,” said Harry, also shaking his head.
“It might be an alarm of some kind,” said Kate, also shrugging. “I mean I’ve never heard it before, but what else would be blaring out on the PA system at this time of the night.” Aria looked around once again. If there was something going on that Kate couldn't identify, it had to be something new.
A blinding light suddenly lit up the end of the corridor they had just stepped out of. They all exchanged looks.
“Run,” chorused Harry and Ryan. No one needed to be told twice. Aria ran for the sliding doors, everyone hot on her heels. She ran at the glass at full tilt. She braced herself as she ran, hoping to burst through the automatic door should it not open fast enough. She smacked into the cool glass and bounced right off, sending Harry and Daisy right behind her crashing to the ground. Kate and Ryan slid to a stop, inches from them.
“Locked?” asked Ryan, simply.
Aria nodded, icy fear starting to shoot through her veins. It was going down exactly as she had feared. Their luck had run out and they were about to be arrested, or worse killed. Harry and Daisy hauled themselves to their feet, their excitement from earlier giving way to fear.
“We’re going to die aren’t we?” said Kate, also looking rather pale all of a sudden.
“Not so fast,” said Ryan. He somehow still had a confident look about it. "We just have to avoid getting caught. Its the only way.”
“Yes, we can still do this,” said Harry, mustering some courage from somewhere,“we can’t just give up and die.”
“No we’re definitely not doing that, Kate. Trust me,” said Aria, also setting her mind to it. It didn't matter anymore if the plan would work or not. That alarm meant things had passed the point of no return. They were going to get caught either way. Right now the one way to survive was to get out. A new wave of courage overtook her. She turned to the others, getting to her feet.
"We have a chance. Follow me," she said, “Whatever you do, stick together.” With that, she took off towards the source of the light, trusting the others to be right behind here.