Volume 2 – Lost Memories
#73 – Revelation & Obscurity
The next thing I saw was the familiar face of an old man. His short white hair and long beard… He was looking at me behind his brownish round glasses, with a grumpy expression on his face. I almost had a stroke when I recognised The Librarian.
He was uncomfortably close to me, I thought I would die just because of the amount of carbondioxide he was exhaling.
He suddenly turned his head and coughed a few times. He looked somewhere else.
“Keep pressing it.” he said. When I looked at where he was looking, I saw Idil. She was pushing a thick white cloth near my stomach.
The man then turned to me.
“Lucky bastard.” After he said that, he turned around and left the room we were in. “I need to get him to the surgery room.”
“Someone will notice.” Idil said.
“Don’t worry.” the mean replied and closed the door behind him. I looked into Idil’s eyes.
“I know, I know; don’t even say it.” she said.
“Since when do you know The Librarian?” I asked her.
“That man.” I pointed at the door.
“Oh, it’s been like… a week or something. It is hard to keep track of the time in this enclosed facility.” she said. “What is the deal with him being a librarian?”
“That’s how he had introduced himself to me.” I said. I tried to lift myself up, but Idil pushed me back down.
“Stay still, we barely closed the wound for now.” she said.
“What the hell is going on? What did you do to me?” I asked.
“If only I knew that you had gotten rid of your implantation earlier… I wouldn’t need to do this.” she said.
“You didn’t even ask.” I replied.
“If it was there, you wouldn’t know about it.” she said in return. “Don’t worry, I had no intentions to open a lethal wound. It would defeat the purpose.”
The Librarian entered the room.
“Come on, we will get him. It’s empty.” he said. Idil stopped pushing the white cloth, and the Librarian lifted me up. The old man was more powerful than I had originally guessed.
I was laid down on a wheeled bed. We went through a few corridors, and we eventually entered a surgery room. My old memories came to life. I remembered my last moments as a teenager in this facility… The operation itself was the missing part of the whole storyline. Both Idil and The Librarian had helped me during my quest, but I was feeling uncomfortable even when I was around them.
The old man activated the powerful lights on the ceiling and came to take a closer look at my wound. He then picked a metal tool from a silver-colored tray. Just when he was approaching me, the lights went out. I saw some sparks near the ceiling, and heard the noises of the electric arcs across the snapped wires. After the sparks ended, I couldn’t see anything. It was pitch black.
“What is going on?” Idil said.
“This is not good.” the old man said. “We will have to hide, no one should see us here.”
“No one will see anything in this darkness.” I said.
“Who is that talking?” Idil asked in panic.
“We are being watched.” the old man replied.
“Leave him alone.”
“Cansu?” I said.
“You know her!?” Idil asked me.
“Who is she?” the old man asked.
“Hold on, calm down!” I said.
“Get away from him!” Cansu yelled again. I couldn’t understand what kind of device she was using to communicate with us. Perhaps it was a speaker or a phone nearby.
I heard some footsteps. Idil and the old man stepped away from me.
“Hold on, they are friendly!” I yelled.
“I am not talking about them.” Cansu said. “Take cover.”
“What in the-”
“Take cover!” Cansu shouted.
A bright, tiny explosion lit the room up for a fraction of a second. Someone had fired a bullet from afar. I couldn’t see what happened, but I heard the bullet richocet from one of the walls and hit another.
“They are seaching for you.” Cansu whispered.
“Guide us.” I said.
“Take me, take me!” Cansu said. Using my hands, I searched for the device Cansu was using to create her voice. I finally grabbed the device. By the shape of it, I assumed that it was a small radio.
“Gather around me.” I whispered. Seconds later, I felt something touch my arm. I immediately ran a few steps away.
“Don’t run, it’s me!” said Idil.
“At least tell me beforehand, idiot.” I said. The old man and Idil came by me.
“Who is she?” asked Idil. “Can we trust her?”
“She is, or rather ‘was’ one of my students.” I said. “You can trust her with no doubts.”
“I can’t believe it.” the old man said. “I thought we had gotten rid of those demons! Throw that thing away immediately!”
“What are you talking abo-” I was pushed by my chest with great strenght. I fell down and hit my head on something hard. The radio slided away from my hands and started making random noises. It was broken.
I got back up and held my head with my hands. It was painful.
“Hey, stop it!” shouted Idil. I walked towards her, trying to orient myself using her voice. “Perhaps he knows something we don’t.”
“Don’t underestimate the power of those evil beings.” the old man said. “They will get you to do anything they want, and you won’t even notice.”
“She is not a part of The Community!” I shouted.
“Do you not comprehend the dangers of dealing with those evil spirits!?” the old man shouted. “We once thought we had cleansed the facility of those monsters! It was many years ago… But… If this is the truth… If they are still out there somewhere, that will change a lot of things.”
I heard another gunshot from afar. Some pieces of cement and dirt dropped down as the bullet struck the wall just behind me. I crouched in fear.
“Yes, they are still out there, and we have to act immediately!” Cansu’s voice was coming from a speaker in the corridor nearby.
I felt something by my arm, then something heavy falling down on me. I tried to push it away before it fell, but it was no use. Just after tha, I realised that it was a human body.