Chapter 20 – The Hidden Weapon
The cracked from the Quake Bomb reached us at the art gallery room. Sarah was screaming and frightened of what had happened. I calmed her down and told her that everything was under controlled. The massive painting fall down, leaving the password encryption still stuck to the wall. The password has been successfully unlocked. I only need to be fast enough to get the thing out. But how? Luck residing with us, the crack ran up to the wall and revealed the vault behind the wall. I saw the pad where the password needed to be entered. Then Claire shouted to me.
“Travis! Hurry up! Sixty seconds left before the Gravity Waves ran out”
“Don’t you have any more of those?!”
“It’s the only one I have! Hurry!” I quickly entered the password. The codes on the screen encryption device showed “X-7-7-O-N-M-Z-V-I-R-U-Z-O-8-8-X”, I followed as what displayed on the screen, then “Beep!!”, “Access Denied”.
“Travis! Twenty five seconds left!”
“I swear I’ll kill you both!!!” Victor was getting furious and horribly possessed by the dark power came from the virus.
“Travis! Ten seconds!” I was out of hope and weakened by fear. I thought this was it. The end. I hoped for something miracle happened, then I remembered Claire did hand me some balls in colored. I took them out and threw it to Claire.
“Claire catch!” She caught the balls.
“Where did you get this?!”
“No time to explain! Just do it!” She threw it to Victor and activated the new Gravity Wave. Another sixty seconds for me.
“What the fuck is this?! Release me! Grrrahhhh!!” Victor was madly going all out like a monster. I tried entering the codes again, this time I changed the “O” to “0”. Entering code now, “X-7-7-0-N-M-V-I-R-U-Z-0-8-8-X”, “Crink! Access Granted” The vault door opened and there sat a device looks like strange generator, small size about as big as a car battery. It has one button on top of it in red. I took the device out and put it on the floor.
“Travis thirty seconds left!” Claire was panicking. The future was under my responsibility now. I have the hidden weapon right in front me now. It’s time to end this once and for all. I took out the key out from my pocket, insert it into the key hole, ignited it, pressed the red button and a spark of a massive bright blue wave came out from the weapon, spreading to all direction and passed through any solid material around the area.
“You fool!!! Noooo!!!” Victor screamed and soon left froze to death, as the blue wave has deactivated the virus from inside his body, and eliminate it for eternity. Claire and I were both lying on the floor in relieved that it was over now. Sarah ran in the dark looking for Claire and Claire quickly reach for her and embraced her.
“It’s okay now, it’s over.”
I took the weapon on the floor with me, then get Claire and Sarah and we went out from the museum. Claire went to the truck with Sarah; I stopped at the front door turn back and took a last glance toward the door. I talked to my self, “Roger, justice has been stood upright. May you rest in peace, brother.” I walked away with a heavy heart and soul. It was hard for me to lose someone so important right now. I saw a bright future coming closer to Roger but if God wills, he would take someone He loves sooner from us. We planned all the things, but He was the one who decides it.
“I am glad it is all over now,” Claire expressed her relieved and mixed feelings from what had just happened. Sarah interrupted in the middle of Claire’s speech,
“Is Roger going to meet mommy and daddy?”
“Honey, yes. He’s gonna tell them that how brave you are to fight with your fears”
“But I’ didn’t do anything” replied Sarah.
“Sweetie. Not many young girls can experience what you had experienced back there. The fear, the traumas and phobia, you are resistant against them, because you believed in yourself.”
“Is Roger gonna tell mummy and daddy to come pick me up?” Claire hesitated to continue her conversation with her but decided to say something more helpful.
“They’re now in heaven. They still love you. You just have to make sure you pray for them every single day. They would hear you and will be watching you from up there. There’s no need to worry about them. Your parents asked me and Travis to take care of you now. If you’d love to, you can call me mommy and Travis your daddy.” Sarah seemed livelier after hearing those words. She held Claire tightly and soon fast asleep.
I was driving my truck and for every few miles I would stop and took out the weapon and activated it to kill of the virus in the area. I do this for several places from where it should be done. Claire said the blue waves travel for at least thirty miles coverage. She used the satellite to view from her personal PDA device like system. Along the journey back home we saw no more wanderers, most were lying dead on the ground and roads. Even the corpses were cleaned from the virus. No black blood, they all turned back red.
All I want to do now is back home, have good rest and sleep, and enjoy bunch of food and drinks to celebrate our victory. We can’t go back to our previous way before, the dead bridge, as it was destroyed by us earlier. We had to go straight from the blocked road, and we only have to bombed the blockage and get free. Time showed 16:20 hour in the afternoon, almost sunset but the sun shone brightly as if it brought new hope for us. We arrived at the blocked road around 16:47 hour, we plan everything out to clear out the road from stacked of cars and rocks being put as obstacles. I have few extra grenades with me and Claire had one more ball left that I handed her earlier during the fight. It turned out to be a Gravity Push Wave, wave that expelled any obstacle including humans and animals. Knowing this, I do not need my grenades to do the job. We set out some distance far from the road blocked. Claire put the ball inside my sniper rifle’s bullets case, she took aim, eyes sharp like a hawk, with confident she shoot the block of cars and rocks at it most weakest point. A huge deafening sound was created from the ball as it activated and produced and almighty pushes sending those cars and rocks flying some few meters from its place. The road is now free and we were able to cross it happily.
About 18:15 hour in the evening we arrived home in Cornfield Street. My loyal friend Prince already barks excitedly to see me from the flat. He ran to get me immediately as soon as he saw we arrived home but he noticed something’s wrong. He keeps searching the truck and went back to me. I instantly understand what he was looking for, “He’s gone my boy, he didn’t make it.” Prince was growling as if to express his sadness. Even animals have the feeling that was sometime more human than the humans itself.