By: Twisted Tranquility
"Next in line." The words I have always hated hearing, especially at the place I was at. But unfortunately it was that time of year, again. The time of year to pay property taxes
Of course leave it to me to put it off to the last minute. Year, after year it seems like the line gets longer.
"Come on. Come on." I mumbled, to myself looking down at my watch, checking the time.
"Looks like you like coming here as much as I do." The man behind me said. "
I chuckled a little bit," You have no idea. This is complete bullshit. The people that live across the bridge don't have to do this."
"Yeah I know, but sadly there isn't anything we can do about."
"Well, there is but I don't think I should say it here. It's just complete and under bullshit, that we even have to pay this stuff. If you ask me it's just another way for them to make money off of us."
"Next." The teller yelled out once again, I turned my head looking back in front of me, then drawing my attention back to the man I was talking to.
Only two more to go, then I can get the hell out of here. I thought to myself pulling myself back into conversation with the man.
"That's exactly what it is. But hey, at least we're almost out of here. You got one more person left, then you're free to go."
"Next." The teller yelled out. I approached the booth, pulling a piece of paper out of my back pocket, and putting it on the counter in front of me. The young woman with sand blonde hair and piercing green eyes started typing my information on the computer. I looked seeing that her name was Tamera.
This is probably the most attractive woman I've seen in a federal building in a long time. I thought to myself.
"Please, call me Rob. You don't have to refer to me by my last name."
Tamera cleared her throat for a moment and continued," Okay, Rob. Did you own a vehicle in the year two thousand and nine?" She asked.
"Yes, but not this one on this bill."
"Okay." She typed out more stuff on the computer. I was surprised she could type as fast as she did, with her fake nails, but somehow she managed to do it well.
"Okay, did you own your house back in two thousand and nine?" She asked, looking up at me with her beautiful eyes.
"Okay, well you don't own anything on your car this time. But you need to go over to the to the next side, to see how much you owe for your house Here take this over there." She printed out a piece of paper and handed it to me.
I let out a sigh, sticking my chest out," Come on now, don't do that to me." I said in a flirty way.
"Sorry but I have to do what I got to do."
I smiled," I know I'm just messing with you
I walked off toward the other side of the building and as I did I heard a big clash of thunder. I looked over at the guy I was talking to.
"Was it supposed to rain?" I asked him.
"No, I don't think so."
"If you have your windows down you better go roll them up. It looks as though it's going to rain."
I nodded and continued walking toward the other side of the building. This time there was no wait. I looked around both ways, making sure that I wasn't dreaming. But sure enough there was no line. I walked up to the booth and handed the woman my paper. Once again I looked down at the tellers name, but this time it read Kyla.
"Okay so you just need to see how much you owe for your house?"
I nodded," Yes, ma'ma."
"Alrighty." She said, typing just as fast on her keyboard, but if not faster then Tamera.
"So Tamera..has she been working her for a long time?" I decided to strike up conversation while waiting for her to look up my information.
"Sir, I'm not classified to tell you that information. "
I raised a eyebrow," It's just a simple question you can't tell me how long she's been working here?"
"Sir-" As she said sir a another big crash of thunder hit, but this time it shook the whole building. I looked up at the ceiling of the building and the walls. Great I thought to myself Just where I want to be when a storm hits in a freaking federal building.
She cleared her throat," Sir, if you don't mind I'm trying to do my job."
Once again another clash of loud thunder hit and shook the building.
"Hold that thought. " I held up one finger and ran over toward the first part of the doors, looking up at the sky. Even though it was only two thirty in the evening it looked like it was ten o-clock at night.
"Uhhh does anyone have a smart phone or anything to check the weather?!" I yelled out.
The crowd all looked among themselves looking like I had just spoke some sort of gibberish. I was hoping the man I talked to a few minutes ago had one. I looked around for him in the crowd, but he was no where to be found. He must have paid his due and got out.
"Why are you all looking at me like I'm stupid? Do any of you have a smart phone!?" I yelled.
"Actually I do." Tamera behind the counter said, laying it out on the booth in front of her.
"What's the weather say?" I asked as another clash of loud thunder came rolling through.
"Sir, you need to calm down! Don't make me call security it's just a storm coming in." Kyla said, trying to get me to come back to the booth where I was.
Ignoring her I walked back over to the door waiting to hear Tamera yell out to me. I looked out the glass doors again, as another clash of thunder shook the building, and the sky grew darker.
"Well, that can't be right. " I heard Tamera say.
"What, what is it?" I asked, quickly walking back over to her so I could hear her better.
"My phone it's not-"
"Not working." A man answered in the line for her. At this point everyone took out their cell phones and looked at their signal, nobody had a signal in line.
Out of nowhere I heard a loud bang that shook the whole building. This time it wasn't thunder this loud bang was followed by scrapping sounds of metal. Everyone in line had crouched down putting their hands over their head, hoping that the building wasn't coming down. I probably should have done the same thing, but I ran back over to the doors, going through the first set, and looking out the second set. I looked to the right, seeing cars that were being parked flipped upside down and being thrown in the air. Across the street I thought I saw what looked like a person lying on the sidewalk but I wasn't sure.
"What the hell?" I mumbled to myself, as I continued to watch cars fly up in the air, and being destroyed.
Shortly after the man interrupted my focused I was talking to before in the line. He quickly opened up the door beside of me and fell through. He had a good size gash on the side of his head.
"What the hell!?" I yelled, grabbing him by the arms, pulling him back into the main room.
Now I was starting to hear sirens in the distance going off. Not just rescue sirens, either. This was the evacuation sirens. Everyone that was in line was now gathering around to see what was going on. Most of them were trying to use their cell phones, but couldn't get any service. I knew they were trying to call their families to see what was going on.
"What the hell is going on out there?" I asked.
"I..I.." The man stuttered, trying to get the rest out. Not only was he losing a lot of blood, but he was also in shock.
"Is there a medical supply kit in here?"
"Here." Tamera handed me one. I looked up to see her and the rest of the tellers out of their booths too.
I quickly opened the medical kit and cleaned the wound on his head the best I could," Could someone let me borrow their jacket, or their shirt, or something to help with the bleeding. This blood is going to go right through the gauze." A man from behind me handed me his jacket. I tried the best I could to calm the man down.
"Okay, first off I need you to tell me your name."
"Take your time if you need to."
I smiled," It's nice meeting you Dave. My name is Rob. Now whenever you can I need you to tell me what you saw out there, and feel free to start from the beginning."
"I was walking back to my car when I started to hear sirens in the distance...I thought it was just because it was raining in the distance and that there had been wrecks. But that's not what it was at all...No I was wrong. So I ignored it and started to get into my car that's when the loud clashes of thunder started. So I started my car, looking into my rear-view mirror noticing that cars behind me were flying up in the air. Before I could even put my car in to drive my car started to lift up in the air. So I quickly opened up the door and got out."
"Okay, how did you get the gash on your head?"
"That's okay, just take your time but it's important that you tell us all the details."
Outside I heard more crashes and booms, followed by a mixture of metal grinding together. I stood back up wrapping my arms in front of my chest. As I did someone out of the group grabbed me my shoulder.
"Sir, what in the hell is going on?"
"I don't know that's what I'm trying to figure out and that's what we're going to figure out. " I said, making my way over to the side to one of the chairs, in the waiting room, and hoping up onto it.
"Everyone listen up!" I yelled out and as I did the sounds of crashing metal got louder.
"I know it's hard, but focus your attention on me for just a second. As bad as I hate to admit and as bad as it sounds, we probably aren't going to be able to leave here anytime soon. So all of us should just go ahead and get acquitted with one another. We need to go around the room and introduce all of us to one another. I know that sounds very childish, but I think it's for the best. As you all know my name is Rob. However, you all don't know what I do for a living, or my last name. I think it's important to know our last names, and what we do for a living. My last name is Lockhart. I'm a full-time mechanic. I work on cars at Fred's Auto Shop down town. In my free time I work on cars at my house too. I have my own garage that I take customers in and work on their cars. It's something I love doing. Who knows maybe I have worked on some of all your cars before. That's all you really need to do. But before we go on I'm going to add one more little thing. I'm sure all of you are wondering why I'm keeping my cool in this situation, and that's because I'm a ex-Navy seal. I have been trained to keep my calm in situations like this. So whenever I step down off this chair, I want the person closest to me to come up and do the same thing." I stepped off the chair and went back to stand beside of Dave.
The person that was closets to me whom was a heavy set man stood up on the chair," My name is Ben Altman. I work in a factory as a fork lift driver." Ben stepped down from off the chair, and the next person stepped up on the chair. This man was a taller skinner looking guy. He has short brown hair and a weird looking smile.
"My name is Andrew. I currently don't work. I'm just in town visiting
I go to college as a full time student. I'm just in town visiting for the summer." Andrew stepped down for the chair as the other woman that works in the office stepped up.
My name is Tamera. I work here full-time Monday through Friday." She stepped down off of the chair as the next person behind her stood up on the chair.
"Hello, everyone my name is Jeff. I wor-" Jeff was quickly cut off by the lights going out. For a second everything was quiet then what sounded like Tamera letting out a loud shriek.
"What what's going on?" I asked, trying to reach out to the Tamera.
"I..I Saw something move outside." She said looking out the doors. I don't know how she was able to see anything, considering how dark it was outside, or inside for that matter. I placed my hand on shoulder.
"Did you see what it was?"
She shook her head," I wasn't able to make out what it was, it was a real shadowy like figure." As she said this I noticed the building shook a little bit.
"Did anybody else feel that?" I looked around trying to see if anyone else felt the building shake.
"I did." Dave said rocking back and forth, cradling himself like a little child would," They've found a way into the building."
I quickly walked over to Dave, crouching down on one knee, putting my hand on his shoulder," What do you mean they?"
"Them or whatever this thing is? Don't you see!? A simple storm couldn't just do this to me. This has to be some sort of alien invasion or something. None of our cell phones are working. Don't you see this isn't some type of storm!?"
I quickly grabbed Dave by his shoulders looking him in the face," You have suffered a severe blow to the temple, you're a little bit delusional right now."
"No!" He swatted my hands off of his shoulder," I'm not crazy I'm completely sane! Listen to me damn it! If we don't do something soon they are going to come after all of us!"
"No you listen to me! If you don't calm down you are going to cause all these people to panic and in a situation like this we don't need that right now. So you're going to have to calm down, or I'm going to have to calm you down, and trust me you don't want me doing that. Do you understand?"
Dave nodded, letting me know that he understood what I was talking about.
"Good now I'm going to need you to keep pressure on that and sit here, and remain calm." I stood back up making my way back over toward the group.
"So dude. What's the plan?" Jeff asked.
"We're going to need to try some sort of light source. Kyla, Tamera is there where are the main power sources located?"
"I'm still kind of new to the place, but Tamera might know."
"If you take the stairs all the way down to the basement the main breaker should be down there somewhere. I have had to close this place for a good time now. Not by myself of course. Jim is usually here."
"Jim?" I raised a eyebrow.
"He's on vacation."
"Just making sure he's not in the group, I'd have him go with me. Do you have any Emergency flashlights anywhere throughout the building?"
"I'm sure one of the offices upstairs has to have some somewhere. I've never been there though. I mainly stay down here. Only the big wigs are allowed to go up there, or the sheriff. His office is on the very top floor."
The building shook again, but this time more violently.
"Okay I defiantly felt that this time." Kyla said.
"We need to hurry up and find a light source so we can scope the place out to see how bad the damage is to the building. My guess is that that's the reason why it's shaking, but we can't do anything without a light source. Hold on one more second. "
I made my way from the group and went back over to the chair.
"I'm going to need three Male volunteers from the group. I won't force anyone to do anything. I'm only going to take volunteers."
Now that my eyes are starting to adjust to the darkness a little bit more I'm able to see everyone a little better now. I couldn't believe that the first person to volunteer was Jeff. Out of all people I personal didn't think he'd be the one to volunteer so quick, considering he looked like stoner and all. I looked around the party, so far only seeing one hand out from the group.
"Only one person?" I asked scanning the group for one more person. As I did Ben the forklift driver held his hand up," I'll go with you but I have a question first."
"Okay, go ahead."
"Why don't we just walk outside the building and see what's causing it to shake, without having to go through all this shit?"
"If you want to go out there and get hit in the head like Dave did go ahead. My guess is we're probably safer in here then out there, considering there are a bunch of cars flipped over out there."
"Okay and one more question. Who made you the leader of the group."
I clenched my teeth together, holding back the words I really wanted to say. I wanted to call him a complete asshole. I wanted to yell out at him and tell him that if he felt like dying, then by all needs feel free to go ahead out there. But I knew if I said any of those things it would cause a uproar in the group. Being careful with what I said I just said," I just figured seems how I have military experience that I could take control of the situation."
Ben slowly approached me, giving me a nasty look out of the side of his eye," Okay then what's your grandmaster plan?"
"Seems how you're a bigger guy I was going to have you stay here to protect this group. I was going to take Tamera with me down to the basement seems how she knows where the power source is, so we can see if we can't get the power back on. Jeff I want you to go up on the floors with Kyla and see if you can't find any flashlights, or anything like that."
"Well, it's like I said, the Sheriff's office is in the building. So I'm sure there's some sort of firearm in here." Tamera said.
"Alright. We'll all meet here in about twenty minutes or so. If you aren't back here in twenty minutes I will personally come and find you."
With it being so dark I could barely manage to tell if everyone in the group that volunteered nodded. But I got the feeling that they all understood very well. Everyone else broke away from the group, going to do everything they were assigned to do.
"Lead the way and I'll follow." I told Tamera. It wasn't hard for me to follow her even if she did get to far away from me, considering she was wearing high heels. She led me to the door that we need to go to that went down to the basement. But before we opened it to go down the stairs the whole building started shaking horrible again
only this time it didn't stop.
"Shit!" I yelled out, grabbing Tamera's hand and pulling her out of the way of the stairwell," Quick everyone get to the basement!" I yelled watching people quickly get and run over to where I was. Luckily the other group that left didn't make it to far. They were close enough to hear my yells. I held the door open, making sure that everyone managed to get in through the stairwell. I counted everyone besides
"Dave!" I yelled, running over to him still sitting on the floor, rocking back and forth.
"What are you doing the while place is coming down. We got to get to the basement if we want to survive."
"See...I told you they were here."
"You need to get up if you want to live!" I said grabbing him by his shoulders, trying to lift him, but he started shaking like someone having a seizure," What're you doing you need to hold still so I can get you to safety!"
"Leave me here! I'm as a good as dead anyways with this gash on my head!"
"Damn it! Get your ass up!" I gave him another forceful tug, yanking him up to his feet. He proceeded to fall right back down, but I quickly drug him to the stair well, shutting the door behind me. As soon as we entered the door the building started to shake more, from the bottom of the staircase someone let out a blood-curling scream, and as they did the building shook so hard it caused me to loose my balance. I tumbled down the staircase loosing conscience as soon as I hit the bottom.
I awoke with everyone standing in a circle all around me. As I slowly regained conscience I started to make out faces. The first face I saw was Tamera's. My head was propped up off the ground by her legs.
"What happened?" I asked.
"The shaking from the building tumbled you off the stair well down to the bottom." Tamera said.
"Honestly, you're lucky that you didn't bust your damn head open." Ben said.
I quickly sat up from the group," Where's Dave is he alright?"
"He's still sitting up on the stair well." I quickly broke apart from the circle and ran up the stair well, meeting back up with Dave.
"Glad to see that you're okay." I placed a hand on his shoulder.
"Get your hand off of me. It's not going to comfort me from this."
"What is your problem anyways? You should be happy that you're alive."
"How can I be. I'm stuck in a Federal Building
Not that it matters anyways. We're all going to die."
"Why the hell do you keep saying that!?"
"It's true!" Dave yelled, standing up, dropping the jacket from his wounded head. He had to use the wall to support himself," What the hell do you think this is anyways!?"
I pushed Dave up against the wall," Okay look I've tried to be nice to you and it just doesn't seem to be working. So Now I'm going to try a different approach. First off I don't need any more panic in the group. So you need to keep your fucking voice down." I pointed my finger in his face," You want to know what the hell I think this is? I'll tell you it's simple. This is just a really bad storm that hit the building and high winds picked up that car. Now, even if we are stuck underneath this building at least we're alive. But as of right now I don't know the situation of the building. Even if we are stuck down here from the earthquake or whatever the hell it is, I'm sure the Government is going to send out help for us."
Dave shook his head chuckling," You just don't understand do you?"
"I understand that you're being a stubborn asshole. Look that's fine. I don't want to be stuck in this building anymore then you do, but I'm not being a complete ass about it. The way I look at it you got two options. One you can stay up here and shut the fuck up and leave the group alone, or you can down there, shut up and stay in a corner, leaving the rest of us alone
I'll leave that choice up to you."
Not waiting for Dave to answer me I went back downstairs with the group.
"What's our situation?" Jeff asked.
"I didn't get the chance to look outside. I just confronted Dave about some issues that are going on with him. Kyla where is that power box?"
"It should be over in the left hand corner."
"Okay here's the plan everyone so listen up. We need to figure out if we're trapped under
here or not and if we are, then as bad as I hate to say it the only thing we're going to be able to do is wait it out. If we're not then we continue with the plan. Either way I'm sure the Government, or our mayor is sending out reinforcements to help us. So here's what we're going to. Jeff you and I are going to go up stairs and see if we can get the door open to look at our situation. Tamera, do you by any chance have a flashlight application on your phone?"
"Yeah, I think so. Hold on let me check."
"If you have it Jeff and I are going to need to use it."
"Sorry guys but it doesn't look like I have one. I thought I did, but I guess I didn't."
"Alright. Jeff lets go."
Jeff and I quickly headed up the stairwell to the door. When we made it to the top we noticed Dave was sitting on the left hand side of the doorway.
"Don't pay any attention to him we got to try and get this door opened."
"It's no use. The building has collapsed on us. You guys are never going to get out of here. We're all going to die here."
"Dave what the fuck did I tell you before!?" I yelled giving one kick to the door.
"Rob...It didn't budge."
"That was just the first kick. Maybe if we both try we can both knock this thing down! Lets go!"
"It's no use. You guys aren't going to be able to kick down that blood door!" Dave yelled.
Jeff and I both Ignored Dave's yells and continued to kick at the door. It seems like it took nearly fifteen minutes before we both ran out of air.
"I got to say you don't look it. But you're in fairly decent shape aren't you?" I gasped for air, asking Jeff.
"Not nearly as in shape as you are."
I smiled," Let's give it another go shall we?"
Jeff nodded at me and we started to kick at the door once again.
"Oh my God are you fucking serious!" Dave yelled standing up," When are you two dumbasses going to learn this isn't going to work! We're trapped down here and you should just get over it."
I stopped kicking the door and grabbed Dave, throwing him up against the wall.
"What did I tell you earlier?!"
"I'm not about to sit back and let you two idiots annoy the hell out of me, with this noise."
"Then get your ass downstairs. We don't need this right now. So sit down, shut up, or I'm going to make you shut up! Are we clear here?"
"Get your hands off of me!"
"Not until you decide to shut up."
Dave stared at me not saying anything.
"Are we clear here!?" I yelled at him, again.
"I don't have to answer to you or anyone else. I don't have take this shit either. So you either get your hands off of me or-"
"Or what? What are you going to do? Are you forgetting about the gash on the side of your head? All I would have to do is hit you there to knock you out and you know its true. So please I'm going to ask you again
Sit down, shut up, or help us." I said letting go of Dave and bringing back my attention to Jeff," Now, that that's taken care of lets give this thing four more kicks and four shoulder smashes. Lets hope and pray it works. If it doesn't then were screwed."
Jeff and I continued to kick at the door after the third kick the door started to move just a little bit.
"Rob did you see that!?"
"Just a few more kicks!" I yelled, kicking at the door even hard this time. The door moved a little more with each kick. Finally, when I thought it was loose enough I held my hand out in front of Jeff," Stop I'm going to try something." I told Jeff, backing up away from the door," You might want to step away from the door."
"What are you going to do."
"I'm going to see if I can't open it by running into it."
"Are you nuts! You just fell off the staircase and hit your head. You could really hurt yourself."
" That's the risk I'm willing to take. Now stand aside."
Jeff didn't argue with me anymore. He stood over on the side where Dave was sitting. I went down a few steps and started taking off running. When I hit the last stair before the door I jumped at the door, throwing all my weight into it, jumping through the door. I fell to the ground with the door. I shook my head to make sure that I was still conscience.
"Are you alright?" Jeff asked, running up to me.
"Yeah. I'm Just a little bit sore is all." I stood up holding my shoulder," I guess it could have been way worse then what it was."
"Rob...look." Jeff pointed out to the open area of the building.
"What...The...Hell." We both looked out toward the build and was surprised to see that the building wasn't touched.
"How can this be...The door was..."
"Yeah I know the door was locked!" I yelled out of frustration at Jeff.
"What the hell do now?" Jeff asked.
"Hahaha. You still don't get it do you?" Dave chuckled stepping out of the door," Do you still think this was done by some sort of storm?" He asked stepping out of the stairwell, and as he did the others from the group followed him. I could tell from the look on their faces that they felt the same way we did.
"I guess we continue with our plan
Kyla did you try to flip the power switch?"
"When I heard the door open I went to look
None of them were touched."
This is getting weird. We need to find a radio and some light sources. So lets stick to the original plan. Ben you stay down here and protect the group and if Dave starts up you have permission to knock him out. Jeff and I are going to up stairs to check the other rooms for some light sources and a radio
And hopefully a gun."
Ben nodded in agreement, but before we could take off running the building started to shake again. But this time the front doors of the lobby were ripped off its hinges. Everyone screamed at the being that stood before them
It didn't have any solid form and you couldn't make out any psychical facial descriptions. It just looked like a shadow person standing the doorway, where the doors use to be. Everyone was to in shock to say anything
Then just out of no where the thing just disappeared. It seemed like it was almost a minute before anyone said anything, so I decided to say something.
"I think it's probably best if we get back down in the basement. I think we'll be safe there."
"Oh fuck that!" Ben yelled," I'm done taking orders from you! You've almost gotten us killed multiple ti-" Ben was cut off by Tamera letting out a blood curling scream
Jeff was floating in mid-air.
"Help!" He called out. I quickly ran over to him to grab his leg, to try an pull him down, but when I did it was to late. He flew up in the air his head hitting the ceiling and exploding like it was a balloon filled with helium. Jeff's blood got all over Tamera and I
"What the fuck is going on!" Ben yelled out," I'm getting out of here now!" Ben took off running, as well as everyone else and as we did it the building was being evaporated by something. This time I just grabbed Tamera's hand and took off running up the stairs to the other rooms, Before we made it up the stairs I heard Dave laughing once, again
It didn't last very long. His laughing was quickly interrupted
I could only guess what had happened to him, but the sounds I heard, and his screams I could take a guess what was done to him. We all took different floors when we hit the staircase. Tamera and I stuck together. We ran to the very top of the building and ran into the first room after we exited the staircase.