Originally written Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Ryo brushed his fingertips along the wall as he walked, more out of habit than anything else, not really expecting to find anything.
He was surprised when his fingers caught on something. He stopped to get a closer look. There was a long vertical crack in the wall that was definitely not natural. He pushed next to it lightly, and a hole opened up in the wall. Without warning, Ryo fell into the hole and it closed up again behind him.
Ryo took his cell phone out of his pocket and shined the light of the screen on the wall, trying to see if he could find the door again, but the door was gone.
He had nowhere to go but down the dark hall. He tried to follow the wall in the direction that he was heading before, but he couldn’t tell for sure if he was going in the right direction.
In the distance, he could hear the sound of rushing water. “I thought we were in the middle of the city,” he muttered under his breath.
A moment later, the sound was gone. Maybe I was just imagining it, he thought.
After a while, he came to a stairwell. Remembering that they had climbed up stairs earlier, he headed down.
At the bottom of the stairs was a door with a crack of light shining through. He opened the door and was blinded by the light flooding into the passageway and deafened by the roar of a waterfall less than ten feet in front of him.
He jumped back in surprise and closed the door. The sound was gone, but he was still seeing spots.
He opened the door again, but this time it led out into the hallway, where the rest of the group was waiting for him.
Nanowrimo day +4 update: Happy December! I finished on the morning of the 29th with 57,768 validated words. 😀 (The scene above is actually an excerpt from my novel, slightly edited to make sense and stand alone.)