Chapter 7: The Execution
Coming out of reverie, Mia could visualize what was happening beneath this desolated, bombed-out world where humankind had made their retreat; in the Metros. Now that secluded world also spewing out poison for them. According to Dmitri, poison would take a day to take effect on lethal level which was necessary considering the time for “special” ones to follow the instructions and reach “The Arc”. Dmitri told Mia to follow path of upper world as he could not allow any risk to the bearer of the anti-dot while reaching the meeting point. This would also serve other purpose for Mia as she had to detonate all the traps from one single accessible location via detonator. Mia had to accept the genius of Dmitri in preparing the plan to minute details. This surface location was at optimal distance from where it was possible to reach almost all the required traps containing deadly poison which was calculated to fifth decimal point in meters by Dmitri considering the transmitting radio wave range and distortion of obstacles.
After detonating the traps Mia had discarded radio transmitter which was securely held by her like a baby since last three to four month while she and Dmitri setting up traps all over Metro. Mia knew she stayed too long outside than what was planned. Her dosimeter crackling continuously like a buzzing mosquito continuously coming back to you after fierce swatting. She could make out reading that her air supply also going to run out in few hours. She was also not having any more air filters. She had to move now. She had to work on her plan. She was the only one who had all the powers to save whatever left of humanity. With anti-dot in one hand she laboriously rose from boulder, she was so accustomed to that she felt like sitting on recliner. Mia stared at star studding sky. It was clear night with all the clouds cleared out as of metaphor for clearing the doubts harassing Mia since the revelation of the surface world.
It is vast and beautiful. Yes, this is beautiful. And if I love things now than I cannot imagine how spectacular it was before. How could mankind manage to destroy such beautiful things? How could they do this and still want to run away from wrath of it? Living in the Metro for so many years without experiencing upper world has been the curse of my life. I was always looking for perspective, looking for purpose and objective of my life. This is it. Pure revelation.
She thought that Dmitri was happy as he was always aware of his demise.
No regret. No Pain. No Rage.
He attained salvation through death in his last moments. Clutching the bullet wound on chest which was pouring out blood in liters. Only agony Mia could see in his deep set eyes was fruition of his well-executed plan.
Chaos was everywhere. Poison’s effect were settling in now with confirm death penalty. Weak already turned into corpses lying here and there. Whoever left and not having Dmitri’s “Special-pass” were running and shouting and making their way blindly through tunnels. Mia knew that those were lost souls. No one knew where to hide from this invisible unexpected danger. But Mia did not belong to them. She was very much aware of what she wanted to do once she realized how pathetic such effort is of humankind to fight back. She needed to find Dmitri on urgent basis. Amid chaos and collapse she managed to catch Dmitri near one of the station leading to “the Arc”. He was surprised to find Mia there as they had to meet again at “Arc” in a while as per the plan. Before any clarification took place, Mia drew the same Walther given by Dmitri and fire bullet right through his chest to crash whole equation of hope. Dmitri observed tears rolling out of Mia’s eyes.
No regret. No Pain. No Rage. Salvation it is.
You have to die Dmitri. Its good people like you who should be the face of humankind. Not these swarming rat-like mass who could only bring devastation to world. They never thought of preservation, maintenance and betterment of world and still people like you save others from extinction. Human race was doomed to die as soon as they started raping and mutilating the beautiful nature. They doomed to extinct as soon as even after multiple grave warnings they never understood consequences of nature. They doomed to wipe out as soon as only thing they improve was the ability to hold nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. Hell, they are already doomed. This is just remaining trace of garbage which needs to be swept clean. I am just giving finishing touches to otherwise perfect object of art.
Mia was sitting beside large broken statue, examining the sky, looking more beautiful now without any glass visor. It was dark now both above and below in the metros. With helmet of the haze mat suite lying beside Mia, she decided to strip out suit itself and feel the wind. Dosimeter cackling crazily now. She felt faint tinge of radiated wind along her entire body. In the distant, something growled in anticipation of food. Mia closed the eyes, imagining the world as beautiful painting, filling imaginative colors to grey-scale landscape. She mumbled,” Let’s start with the green.” And with that she crushed the green anti-dot vial on the boulder as first stroke of creator.