The Chef


7/9/20232 min read

The sight that greeted us as we stepped through the rusted door was almost too horrific for words. A man sat in the center of a room awash with blood, surrounded by the lifeless bodies of people who looked as if they'd been brutally butchered. The stench was gut-wrenching, but it was his look of sheer terror and desperate hope that drew our attention.

"Please," he begged, tears streaming down his grime-streaked face, "Save me."

His words hung in the air, tingeing the horrific scene with an extra layer of desperation. Fitt and I exchanged a glance, our suspicions rising. He was bound with thick ropes, an obvious sign of restraint, but in a place like this, who could be trusted?

Fitt nudged me, "Moe, I don't like it. It's too convenient."

His words echoed my thoughts, but as I looked at the man, something nudged at my gut, an instinct that said he was genuine. “We have to risk it,” I replied, and before Fitt could object, I walked towards the man.

I knelt beside him, keeping my gaze steady. "Who are you?" I asked.

"Chef," he choked out, his voice hoarse. "I'm an engineer. I was... I was supposed to make a delivery. I ended up here."

I nodded, cutting the ropes that bound him. His legs wobbled as he stood, almost toppling over if not for my steadying hand.

"We need to get out of here," I stated, looking to Fitt, who had picked up the wary watch.

Chef seemed to catch on fast, his eyes sharp despite the terror. "I may have an idea," he muttered, and before we could question him, he began to explain.

His plan was straightforward enough - a diversion coupled with some exploration. Chef suggested that two of us create a ruckus somewhere in this hellhole to draw the cannibals, while the other explored the upper levels, trying to find a way out.

The role of the decoy was obviously dangerous, and I didn't like the idea of splitting up, but the plan held water. With a shared glance between Fitt and me, we nodded, agreeing to the risk.

Fitt volunteered to accompany Chef, leaving me with the task of navigating the labyrinth above. Chef, despite his recent trauma, seemed revitalized by the thought of escape. He conjured up a crude map of the underground tunnels from his memory, etching it into the dirt with a bloodied finger.

The plan set, we moved into action. Fitt and Chef headed off to create their diversion, while I began my ascent, Chef's makeshift map etched into my mind. The tension was palpable as I slipped through the dim corridors, every creak and groan of the structure like a ghost whispering in my ear.

As I navigated the complex, I couldn't help but shiver at the ghastly signs of the townfolks' macabre habits. But the horror was overshadowed by my determination. The adrenaline coursing through my veins kept my fear at bay, fueling my resolve to escape this nightmare and to save my friends.

Behind me, the distant sounds of chaos started to erupt - Fitt and Chef had begun their part. The shouts and stomping feet served as a grim reminder of what awaited us if we failed. Taking a deep breath, I pressed onward, every step a prayer that we'd live to see another sunrise.