My body is freezing cold. I can’t feel any of my limbs and my body lies motionless on the floor. I am captivated in my mind. Helplessly I try to move my limbs awakening my numb nerves but it’s not working. My mind is awake and forcing my body to move as panic surges inside me. The panic swells in my gut and it’s getting heavier to breath. Something in my mind tells me to move, to run away from where I am but I can’t. Desperation starts to rise and the panic starts to choke me as suddenly
a jolt of electricity runs through my veins causing me a hell of pain. My scream turns outward and my nerves are charged with energy. I can feel how life surges back into my veins and I rip my eyes open jumping on my feet. My limbs are still numb and moving hurts a lot but my feet start moving anyway. Something in my body forces me away but I don’t know why. Picking up pace I start to run through the trees of the forest I just woke up. The panic inside keeps me going. All of a sudden I hear
voices behind me.
“There she is! Don’t let her escape!”A male voice yells and as I glance back I notice I am being followed by three men. They are running as well and they are trying to catch me.
‘What have I done that they are trying to catch me?’ I ask myself as something hits me. I can’t remember anything! My memories are empty and I don’t know anything. I don’t know why I am here or why the men are after me nor do I know who the hell I am! What happened to me!
The men are fast and are getting closer to me. I try to up my pace but it’s hard to move faster with the pain of my still numb limbs. Unfortunately I trip over a protruding branch falling onto my knees.
Hastily I glance back and try to get on my feet but just as I want to start running again someone grabs my shoulders with a tight grip and he turns me towards him.
He has an ugly smile on his face. “Gotcha!”He snarls and ties my hands together so I can’t escape. I breathe heavily and struggle to get free but then he punches me right in my face and I lose consciousness.
My head throbs painfully as I start to get conscious again. Blinking rapidly I try to get a clear few of my surroundings but my vision is still hazy. As I try to move I can’t move. I struggle to get free but it’s helpless. Glancing down my body I realize I am tied to chair. Slowly my vision clears and I notice I am captivated in an abandoned warehouse. Though I know it’s useless I still try to get rid of the ties around my wrist as someone enters the room. I stop and glance at the man who’s approaching me.
“Who the hell are you?” I hiss through gritted teeth as his fist hits my jaw. I spit out blood and he grabs my jaw painfully and rips it back so I am looking straight at his face again.
“I am the one who’s asking questions, not you!” He drawls slowly with an intimidating voice.
“So, now tell me! Why did you do this? Why did you kill him?” He asks slowly.
‘What? Killed? I have killed someone? No, that’s not possible.’
“What are you talking about? I haven’t killed anyone!” l exclaim but the man just chuckles.
“Well, I have a video which tells me the opposite!” He says and turns towards a monitor on the wall. A video is playing which shows how I am killing a man. Shocked I stare at the monitor.
I stutter, confused. “Look, the video may look convincing but I have no memory of killing him. Actually I don’t know anything. I didn’t kill him I promise. I’m not capable of doing something like this.”
The man rubs his stubbled jaw. He glances backwards at the man who’s watching him at the entrance of the room and then his gaze goes back to me.
Again he hits my face with his fist and I groan. “Why are you lying?” He shouts in my face and hits me again. “Just tell me why you did it?”
He glances back at the man and he leaves the room. I am glancing at the man in front of me and the tension of him is loosening. He sighs relieved.
“Okay, we don’t have much time! Are you alright?” He asks me in a soft voice and I just blink at him.
“What the hell are you talking about? I told you I can’t remember anything!” I yell and he shows me to lower my voice.
“Damn, you really have lost your memory. Shit!” He exclaims and runs his hands through his head.
I just stare at him. What the hell is going on? “What? I don’t know what you’re talking about? The last thing I remember is waking up in a forest and running away from men who are chasing me! So, can you tell me what the fuck is going on? And why is there a video of me killing a man?” I shout frustrated.
He sighs. “I don’t have enough time to explain everything to you. So long story, short. We are both part of a secret unit which trains special soldiers. And the man you’ve killed was our leader. He established our unit.” He starts but I interrupt him.
“Wait, so you’re telling me that I am part of hitman group?” I say disbelievingly and he nods.
“We have been training there since our childhood. We have known each other for years now. The organization recruited you a long time ago and you have been training there ever since until a few days ago who you went missing. You have never been satisfied with the way they treated us there. They had been running tests on us and had been messing with our heads. Once you told me that they had injected some strange serum in your veins and that you have had ever since impossible
abilities. But they had done this with every child there. Their goal was or is to create super soldiers with impossible abilities. What they were doing to us equals torture but unfortunately no one knows about it. I can’t go into detail about our training and what they did to you. We don’t have time for it.
Also, I can’t tell you why you have killed our leader. l assume you did it because you hated him and because of what he had done to you. But you have to go otherwise they are going to kill you!” He explains and my head starts to throb at all of this. I just can’t wrap my head around the facts he just told me. Obviously he can see my confusion because he leans closer to me and his lips touch mine. I freeze
but something deep inside me tells me it’s okay. So I relax but then my subconscious tells me to be cautious. I mean I don’t know this guy and my survival instinct activates. I bite his lip and he jerks back.
“Tess, it’s okay. It’s me. You can trust me.” He tries to soothe me.
“No, I can’t. I don’t know you and you just told me all that stuff. It’s a lot to take in if you don’t have any memory. I mean, what am I supposed to do now? I don’t know where I can go. I don’t know what is going to happen? I don’t have any memory which could help me. So, how can I survive if I don’t know what is going on?” I tell him and immediately regret it.
“Tess, it’s okay. I know you don’t remember me but one day you will. I can’t help you much but I assure you I will do anything to help you escape. It’s not exactly how we planned it but we will make it. We always dreamed of leaving this hell hole together. We talked about what we are going to do if you can escape from here. You told me you just want to have a normal life with me. You always said we are going to have a house with normal jobs and maybe children one day . And I always told you I will marry you one day because I love you!” He tells me and I just shake my head. This is way too much for my muzzy brain to take in.
“Oh yeah, so tell me, if you really love me than why did you hit me?” I hiss and he rolls his eyes.
“You saw that man in the room. He’s suspicious with me too. They know we had a special connection and that’s why they sent me in here to interrogate you. If I wouldn’t have hit you they would have been suspicious. I didn’t want the situation to get any worse than it already is.” He explains but I’m not sure if I believe him.
“Why can’t I remember anything?” I change the topic and he just shrugs.
“I don’t know. But we don’t have time to figure it out.” He says and cuts me lose. My first instinct is to punch him and I hit him right in his face. He jerks back.
“What was that for?” He asks.
“That was for your kiss!” I say and try to move past him but he holds me back.
“Wait, punch me again I” He says and I raise an eyebrow at him.
“Hit me again! It looks more convincing if I say you escaped during a fight. They wouldn’t believe me
if I told them I lost you without a scrape.” He explains and that makes sense to me. So I punch him a few times again without wincing and start to escape from the room they captivated me.
“Be careful! And I hope we see us soon babe!” He yells after me but I ignore him.
I start running through the corridor as I bump into a guard and without knowing it I knock him out cold. Not knowing how I did it. Stunned I watch at body and start to run again. Fortunately it’s a small warehouse and l almost reach the exit but the door is guarded by three men. They all go into defense and start running towards me but all I can think about is escaping and I don’t how I do it but the men are flying through the room and crashing into the wall of the opposite side. I try not to think about what happened and start running for the door. Outside I try to focus and start running into a dark alley. I run as fast as I can and only that moment I have the feeling I’m safe I cease running.
Breathlessly I glance at my hands and then at my surroundings. I don’t know what’s going to happen now! I don’t know what I am or who I am. I don’t know where to go and I still have no memory. I know nothing. The only thing I know is: I want to stay alive.