Mike opened the last door to find a huge circular chamber with metal bars built into the red brick walls. He entered the room, searching for more than bricks and bars.
Growling sounds were emanating from within the walls. He edged closer to the bars and was horrified to find wild lions and tigers behind these bars, pacing back and forth in their cages. Their yellow eyes glowed in the dimly lit room.
“There must be a light somewhere in this room that is reflecting on the animals’ eyes. Let’s look for the source of this light; there must be an opening!” Mike urged Louise and David, who were standing behind him.
After a few moments of frantic searching, David called out, “The light is coming from the left side of the room! Look! Over there! There’s a door!” He ran over to the door and searched the bricks for any type of handle.
She said, “I’ll go.” She didn’t know where she got her courage from, but she was tired of being controlled by the freak who owned this house.
She climbed the tower’s brick wall, using her hands and feet to push her body up the wall, brick by sharp brick. The farther up she climbed…the farther away the top of the tower seemed to be. She knew that this couldn’t be possible unless someone was playing tricks with their minds again—like with the water that had appeared.
She was almost at the top when she heard a booming sound coming from above. The gate that had been lying across the top was now crashing down to one side—the side she was hanging on to. While she held on tight, she closed her eyes and prayed. The gate bashed against her, but she still managed to keep her footing. She climbed back down before she got swatted like an ant against the wall.
“This must have been the master plan all along; that we all die in this house—one by one,” she yelled at Mike and David, who were both standing in the doorway with their mouths hanging open. Mike’s response was simply to turn around and stomp away. She was disgusted by this whole business and by Mike’s total lack of sympathy. He didn’t seem to be at all concerned that she’d almost been killed. She knew he wasn’t a real friend and couldn’t be relied upon in the future.
THE DEAD GAME — DAY 49
Mike spoke up in his irritated tone of voice. “Let’s just quickly pick a door and see what’s behind it.” He strode over to the middle door and pulled it open.
He was about to take a step into the room when he realized—just before it was too late—that the room didn’t have a floor, but only a long drop into nothingness. He jumped back. “This is it for me; from now on I’m going to take a back seat in this awful game being played on us.”
Mike was useless anyway. He was only good at sarcasm or correcting David. Louise also believed that the sooner they escaped this horror show, the better; which led her to check out the next door.
“Let’s try the door to the right,” offered Louise. She watched Mike and David for their response. Neither of them spoke nor moved, so she opened the door herself and looked inside. The room opened to a high, narrow tower with a gated opening across the top.
“Who wants to climb the tower and open the gate at the top?” asked Louise. Mike and David looked too terrified to move. They both stood still.