It had taken Megan weeks before she had managed to memorize the layout of the lab. She was pretty sure that it was intentionally designed to be confusing. If she had asked they would have given her some speech about increased security, but she secretly thought it was just because they liked watching people get confused, lost and frustrated.
She tugged at the hem of her skirt. Most days she forgot how short it really was, but whenever there were new people in the lab, especially people who weren’t stuck wearing the same, stupid uniform, she suddenly felt naked.
She had spent God only knew how long studying, working her way through school, keeping her grades up, and always fighting to be top of her class. All of that so she could be dressed like a cheap stripper and forced to play nurse maid.
She took a deep breath. It didn’t pay to be bitter.
“You’re paying your dues.” That’s what her boyfriend had said to her.
God she hated that phrase.
As she approached the lab, she saw Steven standing just outside the door.
Many would say that Steven was attractive. She had actually thought so, herself. At first. Then she had gotten to know him. There was something off about that guy, something that made her uneasy. Especially when she had to be alone with him.
She felt a chill run down her spine.
“We have a special project.” Steven didn’t even look at her when he spoke. He was too busy fiddling with a lit cigarette that he rolled between his fingers, before taking a long drag.
“If she catches you smoking in here...” Megan covered hear nose. She hated the smell of smoke. It made her stomach turn.
“She doesn’t care.” He finally looked at her. His eyes were flat, emotionless. “Come on.”
He dropped the cigarette to the floor, snuffing it out with his shoe.
The lab door slid open, and Steven stepped inside. Megan hesitated for a minute. That chill that had run up her spine had moved to her gut. A gut that was now twisting into knots.
This just felt all wrong.
“Come on.” Steven glanced back at her. “We have an assignment, and she expects it to be done promptly.”
Megan took a deep breath, and against her better judgement, stepped into the lab.
The door slid closed behind her, and suddenly she was plunged into darkness.
“Lights on.” She yelled as loud as she could.
The voice commands weren’t working.
“Damn it, Steven. We can’t work in the dark.” She turned, trying to feel her way back towards the door.
“Oh, yes we can.” Steven’s voice sounded like he was right behind her.
She didn’t even have a chance to turn before he brought the heavy, steel tray down on her head.
It only took one hit, and then Megan was out cold.