Woops.He hadn't noticed the metal around the sides of his cell. Not once. He examined it carefully. Yes, he thought he could make it. As he stood up, a burning sensation surged through his joints. He ignored it. Seeing a chance of getting out of the hole he was in seemed to cut off his pain from the rest of his mind. He walked over to a wall, readied himself, and ran.
He made it quite easily; too easily, in fact. He almost slid down and off as his hands hit brick. He managed to get a hand on the metal, and swung the other up. His shoulders shrieked as his body fell slack and they bore his full weight. With less than his usually agility (he did not want to risk injuring himself, as his joints were still tight from the treatment he had received), he hoisted himself up onto the rail. Idiots. The designers, in their infinite wisdom, had decided to put a rail around the walls of the cell to make it look pretty. It wasn't even particularly aesthetically pleasing, more like a plain iron platform then anything else. In fact, it actually was a plain iron platform. It seemed to Adam that the designers might have put it there in the hope that one day, a slave would escape through there. It was quite possible: there were a number of Sarcodians who didn't approve of slavery, though they weren't fool enough to actually state this opinion. Some had before, and they were now blowing in the wind across the world as many tiny particles. Not a lot, mind, but a number.
Standing on top of the platform, Adam reached up to the roof. The hole the woman had made was slightly too small for his body. Even though he was quite slim, women were still...well, women. Luckily, he was tall. He had punched the hole larger through the thin wood, which seemed to him like balsa. (Slave banks weren't keen to shell out the extra money for an iron, or even a decent cheap cedar, roof. Instead, they went with something common for schoolboys to build bridges with to study science. He thanked God for creating fools.) He slung himself onto the roof from there, and jumped onto one of the horses. He took care to break its neck, and the other one, too; he didn't want the slavers on his tail too soon. As he ran to the woods on the sides of the path, he noticed that Etelka had gone. She scattered quickly. He didn't mind too much for her. She'd get on fine.
From experience, Adam knew what could be eaten in these woods. Some roots, maybe a few insects (he felt like retching at that thought), he'd be fine. He could make his way to one of the other cities. Sparcz, maybe. Yes, that's where he'd go. They spoke the same language, and he could make a living as a thief there. No slavery, too, which was a bonus. He could still see the outskirts of Sarcodia from the woods, so they hadn't gone far. Sparcz would still be due west from here. Checking the direction with a stick's shadow before he left, he set off into the west. Goodbye, my enemies! I go to make my living in a new world. He started humming a small ditty, putting this thought to it in his mind. Good-bye, good-bye, my e-ne-mies...