How We Escaped…

How long have we been wandering like this? With how much uncertainty, up and down paths that don’t lead us anywhere? Suddenly, our flashlights stopped.  In just a short period of time, one after the other they became weaker, and then completely went out.  It was then that the wind that swept through the underground hallways that acted as our compass.  We tried to follow its movement, hoping that it would open up to the surface or at least grant access to something. Hopeless. Running in pursuit, we tumbled upon a wall which was sitting over an air vent or a wind tunnel; we could hear the roar.  A faint light gleams, it was natural daylight. It shined, approximately twenty feet above us through a feeble fence about 12 feet wide. We could push it over, and slide through its tiny passage… But how can we access it?

At last, in one of those rare moments where reason surrenders our instinct to take over, we come back to our departure point: the large, central room.  Unsure, like an automatic pilot Vincent heads towards the place where we saw, in our memory, ladders of all sizes piled up. Warily, still without any light at all, he finally found the object that allows us to leave. He grasps the one with the largest diameter, which quickly fell to the ground in a huge crash. Everything moved quickly; we were so excited to soon be freed. Take the ladder. Trace back our steps. Leave the place.  Cling to the wall and follow – and certainly do not let go – to avoid finding oneself in another tunnel.  At last, we see the light again. The ladder was the exact size that we calculated to be able to reach the fence.  It was almost reachable.  After tapping it with the flashlight, it breaks with an impressive noise.  I end up at a small hatch about 12 feet from the top with daylight shining through at a slant. We then see the blinding light, stable ground, the blue sky. Saved!