(Warning! Brief allusions to incest and rape!)
Once The Twin stepped cautiously out of the hidden passage, she found herself in the room with the jail cells. The only sound that could be heard was that of her footprints approaching one of the cells.
After she opened the cell door, The Twin walked over to the two dolls still in their chairs. Julian was still propped up in his, but Samira had fallen over onto the table.
Though they were stuffed dolls now, and incapable of feeling pain, The Twin still tried to be careful with picking them up.
Julian was easy enough, being rather small and light. She had little trouble pulling him into the hidden passage.
It was Samira that proved to be a bit more of a challenge. She was so much bigger than Julian, and picking her up was difficult.
The Twin tried so many times to get her onto her back. She then gave up and just began to pull her toward the door.
Still holding a recently fired glock, Horse-Face made himself visible as he stepped out of his hiding spot. He showed a surprising amount of balance as he walked on a balcony railing from high up.
The Builder was clearly irate as she ran over to the other side of the room, pulling out her hunting knife on the way.
“You too?! First it was those two numbskulls that let the redheaded one go! Then it was that little thieving cambion! And now you’re going to defect from my side as well?!”
Horse-Face just crouched on the railing for a brief moment. Then he launched himself into the air and landed in front of her almost flawlessly.
“How can I defect from you,” he said while holding the gun up to her face, “when I was never on your side to begin with?”
Standing stunned, The Builder then scowled at him. “What, you’re gonna shoot me? You think a bullet to the face is going to solve everyone’s problems?”
Then, she sneered as she took hold of the glock, pushing it down with his arm. She leaned in, her face mere inches from his mask.
“You don’t have the balls to do it, do you? You’re nothing but a spineless coward. And deep down, you loved violating that boy. Destroying his innocence by his father’s orders. Of course, you won’t admit it, though.”
A shuddering breath could be heard from under Horse-Face’s mask now. He was hesitating to lift his arm up again.
“What was it like in that warehouse that night, tearing that boy apart while his father watched? And then Daddy joined in! That must’ve been fun, eh?”
Everyone else couldn’t really hear what she was saying. However, it must have hit a raw nerve.
By this point, Horse-Face howled in rage, and struck The Builder in the face. She went down without so much as a squeak in pain. Then she was growling as she sat up and grabbed a better hold of her knife.
Horse-Face now turned his attention to everyone else, and gave them a one word command:
Annette and the rest of the group couldn’t obey quick enough. Quickly, she scooped up Sagebear into her arms, and followed the others.
“Don’t ya think we’ve been doing a lot of running lately?” Blaise shouted to anyone who cared to answer.
“If nothing else, it’s good to stretch the old legs!” Sinbad told her. To this response, Harwood shook his fist at his son while hanging on to Shark’s neck.
“Just keep in mind you’re not talking for all of us anymore, son!” He called out to him. “Getting home alive might require an arm and a leg!”
Now it was Marc’s turn to be annoying by poor word choice, letting out a, “Hey!”
Dennis said nothing to all this. He merely pinched the bridge of his nose as they all turned a corner.
Upon reaching the nearest hidden passage, they all couldn’t get in quick enough. All of them were panting heavily.
Putting Sagebear back down onto the floor, Annette wandered into the usual direction she knew The Twin to be.
To her dismay, the room was empty, save for the corpse of Horse-Face’s companion. Not seeing The Twin caused Annette to worry for her safety.
Still, Annette decided to wait until she got back. She took a seat next to the young man’s body, and tried not to look at him.
Instead, she kept an eye on the door. She was willing to wait as long as she could.