‘What is he doing?!’ Mark and Sean think
They watch the two, before Sean grabs the knife and carefully cuts Mark free. He throws it all away with the other tape and helps Mark up.
Mark leans on Sean as they walk to the stairs, up and out of the basement. By now Mark is walking on his own and, holding hands the two quickly leave the house.
They don’t get very far since Marks legs give out and he falls to his knees, his whole body shaking like a leaf. Sean is instantly at his side and sees the tears pouring down his face. And his chest trembles with every shaky breath he takes.
“Mark?” Sean asks, putting a hand on his shoulder
“I almost died” Mark whispers, sounding like a scared child
“It’s ok Mark, I’m here” Sean whispers pulling Mark into a tight hug
Mark clings to him and sobs into his shoulder. After a bit, he calms down and pulls away but doesn’t break the hug.
“Sorry you had to see me like that&