“Hey, what are you—”
Dylan’s words cut off when Clint grabbed the small pickaxe stored with the extra lights and flung it, hitting Dylan in the face. Dylan howled with pain, swore, and lunged at Clint.
“Fuck you, asshole!” Clint shouted. He swung his legs over the side and shoved off the edge, dropping through thin air.
“You promised!” Dylan screamed.
Clint had practice and desperation on his side as well as all the coaching Griff had offered over the years. The chains made his descent awkward and bumpy, but Clint didn’t care as long as he reached the lower ground first.
Moving fast, Clint wasn’t far from the ground when shots rang out. “Don’t fire a gun in a cave, moron!” he shouted. “The bullets ricochet.”
A second rope dropped along the rock face only a few feet from Clint. He glanced up. The fool had tied his rope to the same anchor Clint used. Dust and grit rained down. It was Clint’s only warning before he heard the grind of metal against stone.
“Dylan! It won’t hold us—” Clint swallowed his words when the anchor gave way and his rope didn’t support him. His drop was only ten feet or so, but Dylan’s harness finally let loose, and he fell twice that distance.
They landed very close to each other in a heap. Staggering to his feet, Clint spared a glance at Dylan. He was breathing, moaning, and moving his arms and legs slowly. Clint pulled the chains up as far as he could and began running for the entrance, stumbling every few steps.
The chains pulled against his ankles, tripping him up and sending him sprawling more than once. He heard footsteps and Dylan yelling at him in a screechy, insane voice. Clint ignored him and forged ahead. He could see the light from the tunnel entrance. There was the sound of a helicopter overhead and shouts of other people.
Voices of people he knew. Clint tried to pick up speed and ended up pitching forward and falling on his face. His feet and hands tangled in the chains. A bullet chipped off a rock very close to his head, and the bang from gunfire was deafening. “Griff!” He choked on the word, sure no one could possibly hear him.
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