The thrill of forward motion poured through my limbs and spine, but as we sped down the corridor the thrill became fear…a vile, animal fear that something behind us, more terrible than any monster, would overcome us. Now we ran in terror. The warped, keening sound of the cricket filled our ears once more.
At this precise moment I realized I could hear Sailor’s thoughts inside my mind.
Me too, I thought.
Are we going to die?
Hold my hand.
We held hands.
Be brave, I thought.
The distant core of the tunnel was a pitch black hole. We ran toward that core, with two bright streams of light speeding past us, terrified of what lay behind.