A SUPER secret meeting
Ariana Kane walked into her mother’s room, already knowing it would be a pointless conversation. There’s no way in hell that new door is going to be any easier to crack than the previous ones. Sighing, she turned to face her mother.
Her mother was seated on the bed, smiling widely. Mrs. Kane tapped the spot next to her and Aria sat down, leaning into her mother.
“I thought seventeen year olds didn't snuggle into their parents,” said Mrs. Kane, smiling down at her daughter’s face.
“I can just stand, mom,” she replied, although the peaceful expression on her face suggested that the threat was quite unlikely to be carried out. Mrs. Kane simply smiled.
“So, Aria how was your day?” she asked.
“The usual,” Aria replied, already trying to guess where the conversation was heading.
“You got assigned to a new location, didn’t you?” she asked.
“Yes.” Well. That took a very predictable turn.
“And from what I heard, it was to the new door I talked about the other day.”
“Definitely was a door,” replied Aria, nodding.
“And?” prompted Mrs. Kane
"It was a door, there was nothing much to see besides what you already told us," said Aria.
“Yes, but didn't you guys take a closer look?" asked Mrs. Kane.
"We did, but honestly, what difference is that going to make, its not like we're getting through that door either mom, you know how the other door changes went much better than I do," said Aria.
"Oh come on Aria, you know we can't stop trying, right?"
“Why can’t everyone just get that we are never going to get out of here?” said Aria, more to herself than her mother.
“Aria, you can’t have stopped believing so soon.”
“Oh yes I can, because it already happened," she said.
"How many times are we going to have this conversation?”
"As many times as it takes for you to realize the truth."
"Aria," said Mrs. Kane,” take a page out our brother's book. There’ll be a chance of escape as long as at least some of us believe we can escape. If you accept that we can't succeed, then we never will. You can't win if you don't participate.”
“You can't lose either," mumbled Aria.
“You know you don’t really mean that, Aria.”
“It’s just always so hopeless mom,” she said, standing up, "every plan ends in disaster. You know that. And even if we do make our way through a door, even if we can entertain that possibility, then what, we have the outer wall to go through. It’s not like any human has set foot in that place. We haven't the foggiest idea of what's out there much less how to survive it and get out.”
“And…that is where you’re wrong,’ said Mrs. Kane,” you didn't let me get to that yet.”
This stopped Aria in her tracks. She quickly reclaimed her seat by her mother’s side.
“What's that supposed to mean?” she asked. There is no way someone was that stupid.
“Hmm…how about a little bargain then?” suggested Mrs. Kane, winking.
“Uh oh, what have you gone and done now” said Aria, eyes wide. "Please tell me no one died."