Freedom in Moon City

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Giko Lab, Sotango City
Every day at ten p.m., Monica would pick up her coffee cup and walk into the little alcove leading to the kitchen. She had been practising that move for three weeks now and this was the day when she would take her last walk into that alcove.
The minute she turned into the alcove, she was completely shielded from the security cameras. She stopped and pulled out her penlight. A green glow lit up as she touched the flashing light. One second later, Monica had disappeared.
Paul detested the night shift; it started at seven in the evening and ended at seven the next morning. Beep! Beep! He looked at monitor number 5  but saw nothing unusual on the screen, The computer readout flashed a warning sentence: Monica Tang stepped into the alcove three minutes ago and has not appeared in the kitchen. Paul started a sweep of the kitchen. It was empty. He checked another monitor; Monica’s desk was unoccupied.
 “Just my luck, I hope she’s in the restroom,” he muttered. He checked and cursed when the computer list confirmed no one was in any of the toilets. He activated Monica’s personal position tagger and cursed again  when it remained silent. This meant only one thing – she was not in the lab. Giko Lab prided itself on being able to account for the whereabouts of any worker in three minutes.
Paul sent a message to his manager. Jules was furious. He ordered a full headcount immediately. The siren blasted throughout the whole complex as men and women, all wearing their white lab coats streamed out of the building and assembled in the field. An excited buzz swept across the crowd.
“We have a missing worker from Level 11, Section 12. Her name is Monica Tang. Does anyone know where she is?” Jules shouted at the workers. His question was greeted with stony silence. Henry turned to his left and exchanged a smile with  Peter.  They celebrated the news in their hearts but, like all the other workers, they maintained their silence.
“Moon City - My Journal by Monica Tang.
My head is so groggy. My mind is totally disoriented. I can hardly recall the journey. I have arrived at Moon City. BUT…there is no one here. All our plans were for nothing. We were so wrong and now I have no way to go back to Giko Lab. I can only wait and hope that someone else will escape from the Lab and join me here. Without the help of my brothers, Peter and Henry, I would never have been able to escape from Giko Lab. Three weeks ago, Peter stumbled upon the information that the Masters were going to kill all the workers at Giko Lab once the experiment was over. We had been trying to create food tablets for the Masters. However, batch after batch of tablets would turn mouldy after two days. The Masters were running out of food and they had started killing the workers in the other labs. Our city was dying and the rich Freepeeps had penlighted their way to Sun City and Moon City.
Our parents had given Peter one penlight before they died. They had stolen it from a dead Master long ago. Peter had been working for a year but was still unsuccessful in his attempts to duplicate the penlight. Now there was no more time left and my brothers had decided that as the youngest, I would have the best chance of survival. Peter calibrated the penlight and the reading showed that it could take me as far as Moon City. I have never travelled by penlight before. I wondered how my body would be scrambled and reassembled at my destination. The reality of the experience was a million times worse than what I had imagined.  Now, I am doomed to die here all alone.”
Monica stopped speaking into her supermax*. She made a duplicate of her recording and left it on the ground in a container. She had arrived near an abandoned office building. She plodded towards it, weeping silently. She did not want to die out in the open.
When she stepped into the building, she was amazed by what she saw.
“Welcome to Moon City,” a lady in a blue uniform greeted her, “what you saw from outside is simply our camouflage against predatory space pirates.”
Monica smiled through her tears and hugged the lady.
*supermax – a smart device
(747 words)

About the Author: 
Tan Ai Boon loves God and loves Scratch. She writes Christian songs and aims to teach Scratch in Singapore. She believes that reading is a gift that lasts a lifetime.

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