You follow Carl further backstage. In his state of terror he is running with reckless abandon — dress hiked up above his denim-clad knees and knocking aside everything in his path. If you weren’t in so much pain, it might even be funny. You hope the painkillers will kick in soon so you can enjoy a good belly laugh at Carl’s expense.
After a few frantic seconds of running, Carl stops abruptly and starts hurling furniture around, seemingly at random. You’re about to ask him what’s going on when he lets out a howl of triumph and grasps at a section of the wall. He pulls sharply and it slides away, revealing a small crawlspace that terminates in a cement wall about six feet in.
“GET IN!” Carl screams.
Ducking your head, you scramble into the small space. Carl follows you quickly and shuts the door behind him. For a few moments, everything is darkness, but your eyes quickly get used to it. After a short time, you’re able to see pretty well from the small amount of light that is trickling in from underneath the secret door you just came through.
You see Carl, still in his dress, sitting between you and the door in the fetal position. He is slowly rocking back and forth, and he seems to be shivering.
You move a little closer to ask him what’s wrong and his head snaps up. His nose starts twitching and he makes some sniffing noises. After a few seconds of this, his eyes move to stare at the place in your uniform where you concealed the yellow powder and hypodermic needle.
“My stash…” Carl whispers harshly. He then continues, his voice rising in volume with every word “You’ve got my STASH! GIVE IT BACK!”
You’re about to start arguing with him when you see a shadow block the light coming in underneath the door. You hear a horrible growling sound, like that of a huge dog, and something scratches at the wall near the door.
Your words freeze in your throat and you put one finger to your lips to signal Carl to be quiet. But either he doesn’t see the shadow or he’s ceased to care.
If you don’t do something immediately he’s going to give your position away to whatever it is that’s outside.
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