Adam, Adam where are you? I need you Adam! Gabriella cried out franticly. She had been blind for more than 14 years now, but she had never felt so lost in the darkness. The home she had known since childhood had been hit by something that shook it to its very foundations. She had heard it coming, a strange low moaning like nothing she had ever heard before. It had been a sound so low and unnatural that she wasnt even sure she had really heard anything. Then, within a split second, she could hear the all too real and identifiable sounds of the crash of falling stone and brick, the shattering of glass, the piercing blasts of explosions all around her. Pieces of her home were being ripped and torn from the ceiling and walls all around her. She could smell the nauseating stench of burning wires and heavy smoke. She could feel the heavy pieces of debris flying past her as they crashed to the floor.
Gabriella, Im here. Dont try to move. Im coming for you. Adams voice sounded faint in all the confusion, but she had definitely heard him reply.
Adam, whats happening? Whats going on? Are we being attacked? Gabriella continued to cry out in confusion and panic.
Adam couldnt reply for the pain he felt in his right leg. He looked down to see the jagged edge of a thick piece of broken alabaster glass protruding through his calf. The sight of his pierced leg nearly made him pass out. He turned his gaze away and took a series of steadying breaths. He had to get to Gabriella; she wouldnt be able to navigate the treacherous path of destruction between them without any sight. He had to get to her.
Adam, where are you? Whats happened? Whos bombing our home? Adam
, Gabriella called out franticly again. Her voice revealed a panic that was so uncommon for her.
Im not far away, dear. I dont think it was an attack. I rather believe there has been some kind of earthquake or meteor strike. I dont know which, but the mansion is being ripped apart. Its more like an aftershock effect of some kind. You need to stay still and wait for me to get to you. The entire room is filled with fallen debris and exposed electrical wires. Dont try to move until I get to you, Adam replied passionately still not knowing how he was going to get to his wife.
What was left of the room was beginning to fill with dark stifling smoke from the exposed electrical wires sparking against flammable materials. Adam knew that time was running out. He had to find the strength to get over to Gabriella and lead her out of danger. Adam Khalid was still a strong healthy man for his age. At 61 he had remained active and still had a strong firm chest and upper body. Both he and Gabriella were in very good shape, just as one would expect of two such active people. .He summoned all of his will and made an attempt to move his right leg.
Not only did the slightest movement of his leg cause excruciating pain, but he also soon discovered that any movement increased the bleeding around the exit wound. He couldnt risk shifting the glass into an artery. Adam had to admit that he couldnt move himself to get to Gabriella. In desperate defeat, he grappled with overwhelming helplessness and fear of failure.
Adam, are you all right? Why havent you gotten over here to me yet? Gabriella asked in a much calmer voice revealing her devotion and concern for her husband.
Gabriella, dont try to move, just listen to me dear. Adam tried to reply without allowing his own pain to be revealed in his voice, My right leg is injured, and Im not sure Im going to be able to get over there to you right away.
The smoke was becoming heavier, and Gabriella knew her husband well enough to know that he must be hurt badly. The initial fear that she had experienced by the shock of whatever had brought her home down around her was now replaced with fear of a much different nature. She wasnt sure whether it was the growing smoke filling the air or her fear that caused her throat to tighten and her breath to become labored. She gagged, choked slightly as she pushed aside the fear and tried to calm herself.
Adam had been her husband for nearly 30 years; he was her strength, her soul mate. They had been through difficult times in the past, and he had never let her down. She was going to have to find a way this time, not to let him down.
Adam, I dont think I am physically hurt at all. The shock of things just seems to have shaken me up a bit. You can instruct me around the obstacles, and I can come to you. Are you closer to an exit? We cant stay here much longer, the smoke is getting too thick, Gabriella said bravely as she continued to fight back the gagging and choking of her still tightened throat.
No, Gabriella, Adam called out without thought, Its too dangerous. The whole room is nearly destroyed.
the word stretched out and echoed in deafening tones in Gabriellas troubled mind. The Cairo Legacy House was more than just a home to Gabriella. It was so very much more than the bricks, stone, wood and alabaster that physically made up the mansion. To Gabriella, and to all of the Watchers who had come before her for as long as history was recorded, the mansion housed all of the collected physical evidence of their mission and the true history of the posterity of Seth. Still, even more important at the moment was the mounting concern and sense of urgency she felt over the safety of her husband.
Gabriella was still a very active and athletically fit woman of 56. Her muscles were strong and other than not having normal sight, she was perfectly fit. She knew that if she kept her fear in check, she could do this. She put her hands down on the floor where she had been thrown and carefully began to push herself up to a standing position.
You know I can do this, Adam. Now just direct me. How many steps forward can I take before I run into anything? she said confidently.
Adam could now feel the warmth of thick sticky blood flowing more steadily down his leg. He had to do something before he lost too much blood. It seemed he had no choice but to try things Gabriellas way.
Mom, Dad, are you in here? Ben called out.
Wait, Gabriella, dont try to move yet. I hear Ben. Yes, thank God, Ben, were here. Can you get to us? Adam called out with renewed hope.
Dad, oh my God, Ive been looking all over the mansion for you, Ben called back as he moved in toward his injured father.
Ben, go to your mother first. Help her out of here without touching any of the downed electrical wires. Then come back over here and use your belt to make a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, its my right leg, Adam instructed clearly.
No, Ben, take care of your fathers leg first. I wont move, but stop the bleeding before you come over here to get me, Gabriella demanded.
Ben was the youngest of Adam and Gabriellas four children. He was the only one still living at home in the Cairo Legacy House. He knew better than to go against his mother. He pulled off his belt as he moved toward his father. He couldnt help but allow a gasp to escape when he reached his father. It was a horrifying sight. The large jagged spear of glass went completely through his leg and exposed muscle and torn bits of flesh.
All right, Ben, pull the belt as tight as you can just above the wound. Its far too serious to stop the bleeding by using a pressure point, Adam said.
Dad, we have to get you to a hospital, Ben whispered to his father as he did what he had been told to do.
I know, son, we just need to get your mother to safety first. Can you tell how badly things are destroyed? Adam just finished asking as his son pulled the belt tightly around his injured leg.
The pain nearly caused Adam to lose consciousness as the belt was tightened around his leg just below the knee. It took all of his will to keep himself alert and aware of what was going on around him. He listened as Ben told him that this was the only wing of the Cairo Legacy House to be hit.
It seems like a lot of Cairo and Giza have been heavily damaged. Even the radio station we had on went dead before our power was taken. I think were dealing with a pretty devastating disaster. Ben continued, Here, Mom, let me have your arm.
Dad, I am going to get Mom down into the library and get some of the servants from the kitchen and lab area up here to help me get you out to one of the vans. I think we should try to get you to the hospital ourselves, rather than try to get an ambulance out here.
Sounds like a good plan, son. Is the first floor damaged? Will your mother be safe in the library?” Adam asked through his pain.
“No, there isn’t any structural damage to that area. I’ll be back just as soon as I can. Here, cover your face and breathe through this to help keep the smoke out of your lungs,” Ben said as he pulled his shirt off and handed it down to his father.