Mark of Revenge, Part 1

Warden
Every man in this cell block is a lifer or a condemned man. make it Creating your own crime thriller just makes it harder for everyone.
Me
I ain’t gonna be with you long, warden.
Warden
There’s two weeks yet, my boy.
Me
And I’m not going out that way.
Warden
Oh, escaping!
Me
I’m just telling you not to count too much on switching on the juice.
Warden
Don’t even try escaping! No man’s ever escaped from the security house in this penitentiary, and nobody ever will!

(an hour later)

Warden
Studs?
Studs
Yeah?
Warden
This is your new roomie.
Studs
Oh hello, Sloan, I’m Studs.
Me
How do you know my name?
Warden
Well, goodbye boys.
Studs
There ain’t much going on around here Studs don’t know!
Me
Yeah, yeah, I know, I heard. How do you get out of here? File?
Studs
No, there’s two ways, one through that door where you just came in with the warden, and the other through that green door at the other end. That’s a funny door, it only opens one way.
Me
They’re not gonna kill me!
Studs
A lot of guys said that, but they are all gone.
Me
Just the same, I’m getting out of here!
Studs
Yeah?
Me
I just, well, I gotta get out!
Studs
Why?
Me
To kill Mark Vincent! One day he came over, said to be my friend, he came over, and when Marie told him I was working late down at the plant, he said he’d wait. He stabbed her three times, and when I got home, she had just the strength to whisper just two words: his name. /Studs: Yeah, that’s tough, kid.
Me
And then she was dead, he’d killed her. He framed me, me that loved her. Mark Vincent, he did it! But he left no trace of it.
Studs
Well, never mind now, calm down.
Me
O.K., just so long as you help me get out.
Studs
I told you a little lie by saying there’s just two ways out. Listen to this, I know how to crack the place. They think they’re gonna hang me three days from now.
Me
Oh yeah?
Studs
That’s why when I say something I mean it. OK, look, every day at four o’clock they’ll have me and you out of the room, down there in what they call an exercise room.
Me
O.K., so?
Studs
We’re supposed to walk up, so we’ll feel good when they stretch our necks. Only be you and me in that exercise room for ten minutes, no guards! They figure it’s all right, cuz it has got nothin’ in it, no windows, and a guard locks it up from the outside.
Me
And how do you crack it?
Studs I’m Trying To Tell You. It’s Just Bare Walls, Bare Floor. But In The Floor There’s An Iron Grate That Leads Down A Drain Pipe That Runs To A <a Href="https
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Me
A way out? Sure, sure!
Studs
You do like I say, I’m gonna see you’re out pretty quick.
Me
This water you mention — how deep is it?
Studs
Not deep. It doesn’t make any difference. We can swim in there. Why not?
Me
How far is it in getting from the sewer to the river?
Studs
Not far, I hear! We can swim two miles if it doesn’t end up in this place. Why not! Tell me, why not!
Guard
Hey you guys, quiet!
Studs
OK, boss! That guard’s tryin’ to sleep. Now, after the pipe that goes from the exercise room, it joins the main pipe, and in the the main pipe, well, there’s no room for a swimmer.
Me
There’s no room for swimming?
Studs
The pipe is filled to the top with water.
Me
I’ll swim in anything!
Studs
Can’t breathe!
Me
I gotta get out.
Studs
Sure, but listen up! The water in the sewer is up to the top! Maybe a half, or one inch of air on top. Not enough to swim, my friend, but just enough to get air, if you got the right thing!
Me
But what?
Studs
A diving thing: a little piece of rubber pipe that you keep in your mouth, and you stick it up out of the water so you’re sucking the air while you walk through the water.
Me
Where you gonna get the rubber hose?
Studs
I got one right here, and I got another one for you. I raise it high like this so it sticks up out of the water, and I suck up that little inch of air that’s waiting up there on top.
Me
Great! Oh, Vincent, I’ll be coming for you soon, Mark Vincent.
Studs
What’s that? All I wanna know is, you’re gonna stay with me all the way down the sewer?
Me
Sure. When?
Studs
Tomorrow.
Me
Man, you know what you’re doing?
Studs
Aww, now shut your mouth. I’ll do it because I can’t lift a heavy sewer grate by myself. But with you, we’ll lift it, we’ll lift it!
Me
Okay!
Studs
Tomorrow, four o’clock, we go!
Me
OK, four o’clock.
Studs
It’s do or die.

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