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Hell or High Water Ch. 1This is a sequel to "Sparkle," part of my 100-Theme Challenge. Please read that first! Link provided in comments section!
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Chell tightened the pack across her shoulders, giving a determined huff as she started for the door. She twisted the knob slowly before pulling it open, making sure not to make any noise. Drawing it closed behind her, she stepped out into the dark hallway of the apartment, painfully aware of the noise her rubber-soled, Combine-issued shoes made on the dull tile.
The hallway was dark and, like everything else in the building, smelled of mildew and rot. Above her, a fluorescent light attempted to turn on, blinking fiercely. To her right was a short hallway that leaded to a locked door after a brief left turn. To her left, the apartment building curved around, eventually leading to some broken stairs. Her main intent was to go down to the next level, to another apartment, and hopefully down one of the fire escapes, providing they were still intact.