Not a Wall… It’s a Door (Hollow Earth Expedition Ssn1 ep.24d)

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The Nazi guards followed her closely, and the deeper she went the more they huddled together. She might have used her control of the only light-source to bully them, forcing them to keep up with her and go where she pleased. She might even have managed to ditch them in these forking tunnels, but she was too distracted by what the walls were telling her to play games. Ultimately, she stopped in front of a large mural, the Nazis clustered behind her like shadows thrown back by her flashlight.

Pressing her nose close to the wall as she examined it, Maia brushed brown dust out of the crevices and cleared the ancient cobwebs to reveal the full design. The lines of script revolved in great sweeping circles along the wall, contracting towards the center where  the image of the god-queen, her face a leering skull amid viciously flailing hair, glared out prominently. Maia caressed the central image with her finger tips, leaning in close and squinting as she looked deep into the black pits of the eyes.

“You took us here to find primitive gibberish on a wall?” the lazy-eyed squad leader asked. “I am certain this is not what the commandant is seeking. We have plenty of gibberish on the walls closer to the command post.”

“This isn’t a wall,” Maia said. “It’s a door.”

Without looking at him, she slid her index and middle fingers into the empty eye-sockets of the queen’s skeletal face. As she did, the wall shuddered and cast off a thousand years of dust before slowly rumbling backwards.

A blast of sulfurous air rolled out from the newly revealed passage. Only a moment later, a blood-red light filled the passage, as if the gust of air from the opening door had caused the combustion of a bonfire somewhere ahead.

This passage had been sealed for uncounted years, but it had been brought back to life by their presence. The thought thrilled Maia.

The three Nazi guards were not so bold.

“Why is there red light?” the squad leader asked. “No one could be in there, lighting fires for us. The tomb has been sealed too long—no one could possibly be living down here…could they?”

“There’s only one way to find out,” she said, striding forward into the eerie light.



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Sechin Tower is a teacher, game developer, and author of MAD SCIENCE INSTITUTE, a novel of creatures, calamities, and college matriculation. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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