Ann woke up dazed and confused, the throbbing in her head intensified as she got up from the cold floor. She could taste the warm blood coming from her torn lip. She held onto the wall attempting to balance her aching body as she walked through the dark halls. The red bulb flashed above her doing little to light the hall. The emergency signal blared over the speakers as she made her way to the control hub of the ship. The sounds of something moving swiftly in the vents above her and the distant screams of crew members intensified her fear as she stumbled forward.
It didn't take her long to reach the main control hub, the halls were empty eerily quiet and still. The hub looked different than it had hours earlier. Coffee cups and stacks of paper reminded her of that very morning. Hours ago Ann was one of many workers running around getting to and from meetings struggling to keep up with the work. Controlling a massive ship like The Alexandria was no easy task. The past couple of weeks were full of overtime and investigations due to a series of bizarre attacks on the ship.
The beautiful serene scene of stars was mesmerizing, it made her forget for a few moments the massacre she had just witnessed. The silence was interrupted by the sound of people yelling, a small group of people ran towards her. Two men held onto an injured guard as they ran from a horde of creatures crawling on the walls and ceiling. The three of them yelled and pleaded for her help as she shut and locked the door behind her.
They pounded on the door screaming to be let in. Ann turned her back and covered her ears attempting to concentrate. Their screams died down while the sound of scratching and screeching got louder. The lights in the hub began warming up with each panel she turned on. Ann picked up the mysterious black backpack she had been carrying all this time. She picked up the worn out backpack eager to depart from the mother ship.
Gunshots filled the hall outside the hub, the echo rang through her ears as she attempted to tune out the battle taking place outside. She activated the emergency lock down system throughout the entire ship and enabled the generators to shut down. The front part of the control hub began signaling warning signs on the projectors as she ran to emergency exit.
The remaining emergency pods were unlocked and ready, Ann stood there contemplating one last time what she was about to do. She stepped forward and took a deep breath as she pressed the release button. The sound of the small engines roared throughout the room, only one pod remained in front of her.
It's for the better good..
They can't escape...they can't destroy everything we've worked so hard for.
She dropped the backpack to her side, the sounds of the doors breaking in the main hub reminded her of how little time she had left.
Her grip tightened around the strap, she felt the heaviness of the backpack's content. The burden she had been asked to carry.
If only they had known sooner.
She threw the backpack inside the emergency pod and buckled down anxiously waiting for the pod to disengage from the rest of the ship. Ann closed her eyes attempting to catch her breath when she heard the once familiar robotic voice of the computer system. The voice repeated over and over the same words:
[EMERGENCY POD CANNOT DISENGAGE. PLEASE PROCEED OUTSIDE TO UNBUCKLE THE LATCH]
t droplets dripped down her forehead, her hands trembled as she tried to press the controls attempting to unbuckle the latch from inside the pod. The sound of the main control door broke, the screeching of dozens of creatures filled the entire hub. She closed her eyes and took one last deep breath as they began swarming outside her pod.