Welcome to part 10 of “Document 13”, a dystopian graphic novel I’m creating with my daughter. This week: an escape.
The year is 2074, the world has been plunged into darkness. One girl, Sarah Doe, will learn the secrets of the dark forces that run the ruined world. With the help of a few friends, her family, and her own powers she will fight to return the world to an order not known since well before her birth. Will she succeed? Read to find out!
If you haven’t read the other parts, go back and read them first!
**Scene:** Just outside the secret hiding spot in the pantry. Sarah is zipping up a bag while Ruby waits.
R: You have everythin’?
S: I think so. You sure I can read well enough to understand your directions?
R: Girl, you read better than I do. You’re some kind of super genius or somethin’. You remember the signal?
S: Yeah. Stay behind you in the shadows until you put your hand behind your back.
*They walk out cautiously and Sarah lags behind a bit.*
**Scene:** Night time in the compound. All the orphans are asleep and aside from a few lights around the perimeter, everything is dark. Ruby is seen walking towards the suit room.
Orderly 2: What do you need?
R: I received a message that one of my family is hurt. I need a suit to see him.
O2: You know you have to get permission from the Headmistress to get a suit. Do you have it?
R: No, sir… I’m in a hurry, can we skip the formality just this once?
O2: Tell you what, the shift’s almost over, no one has been near this room for a month anyway, I’ll go with you and get her permission.
R: But sir, that will take too….
O2: Shutup! I’m not losing my job over you!
*She puts her hand behind her back and follows the orderly towards the office.*
*Sarah sneaks out of the shadows and approaches the suit room. Just as she gets in she hears a voice behind her.*
Orderly 1: So there you are! I knew if we gave it enough time you’d appear.
*The headmistress appears with Ruby and orderly 2.*
Hm: Send them outside. No suits.
Sarah: Kill me! Not her!
Hm: I can’t have any insubordination, both or none. I can always replace a cook…
Ruby: Girl, shh.
*The two orderlies shuffle them into the airlock.*
S: I’m sorry, Ruby! You wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for me. I should have just been obedient and left before!
R: No Sarah, you are here for a reason. The good Lord wanted me to find you. I don’t believe He’s gonna let you die, even if I do. You are special and if a noose didn’t kill you, nothin’ will. None of this is in vain. I’m not their slave, I can die with my head held high. I love you.
*The airlock opens, both women struggle to breathe, holding onto each other and finally falling still.*
Hm: Retrieve the bodies and dispose of them in the incinerator. Don’t mention this to any of the other orderlies. Do it quickly!
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