Four hundred years ago in the small town of Slateville, Connecticut, four
people were hung for being witches. There were not witches they were in
fact vampires. Not powerful ones, as they could be killed by being hung,
but vampires nonetheless. Before the floor dropped out from the gallows,
they laid a curse upon all that would listen. They said that whenever the
ground that they were buried in was separated from the main land by water,
the dead would rise again. The townspeople, believing that that would never
happen, ignored them and the curse was forgotten. Moments later the ropes
tightened and they were no more. They were buried in a field outside town
near the ocean and the world went on.
Four hundred years later a lot had changed. In place of the old town, a
maximum-security prison was built. It is considered one of the best prisons
in the country. Its called Slateville Federal Maximum-Security Correctional
Institute, but most people just know it as Slateville Max. Slateville Max
houses some of the worst criminals this country has ever seen. On the north
side of the prison are three cell blocks in a line each having two levels
and a basement and connected by a small pathway.
Block A contains the relatively minor offenders that have had the sheer
misfortune to be sent to Slateville. In there is mainly the white collar
criminals and first time offenders of nonviolent crimes. The basement of
Block A is the in house factory were various products were built to help
fund the prison. It used to be a metals shop, but it was converted into a
factory after many of the inmates were caught making weapons. But some of
the stuff for metal work is still there.
Block B houses you average run of the mill murderers and thieves. There
were the ones stupid enough to be caught. There were a few famous faces in
the crowd. A former actor that murdered his wife resides there, as does a
Mafia informant that got a reduced sentence for ratting out his friends.
The top floor of this block is a church for those prisoners that want to
find God and a library for those that want to get smarter. In the basement
of Block B is the room that every prisoner prays that he will never see. It
is the execution chamber, or as it is more often called 'The Killin' Room'.
Block C is the one you want to avoid if you get guard duty at night. The
men that live here are the really bad ones. These guys are the 'without
possibility of parole' guys. The minimum sentence for someone in this block
is 25 years. Most are lifers but there are a few on death row. The basement
is the only place in the prison not accessible by normal means. To get
there one needs a security pass that allows them to take an elevator down
to the bottom. There are only six cells that can only be opened by an
electronic key card and a four-digit password changed weekly.
The reason for all the security is because of the type of convicts that
generally live there. Right now only four dwell there, two were only
convicted of minor charges but have sense escaped from three other prisons,
recaptured, and sent to Slateville Max. One is and international spy that
had stolen and hidden important documents and is being held at Slateville
Max until he talks. The last is another celebrity that lives in the prison,
not in the actor way, or in the informant way, but in the nation wide
manhunt way. His name is Scott Arian, but the media has dubbed him "The
Pickax Murderer" that being his weapon of choice. At the time of his
capture he had killed around 24 people. Nobody knows the reason why he
killed those people, most believe that he just lost it. Whatever the
reason, he is not a nice person.
Each of the blocks has a door and a long hallway one their south side that
leads to the cafeteria. The cafeteria is a large room with tables set up
and bolted down. There is a kitchen set off to the east side, but it really
only reheats food that is shipped in. There are some emergency supplies
though. A stairway on the wall leads up to the warden's office. The
warden's office is another room that is under heavy lock and key as it is
in that room that the back up generator and emergency weapons is. Except
for in extreme situations, the guards never carry guns. The most they have
on them at any time is pepper spray and a cattle prod.
The warden's office has two large glass windows that take up most of two
walls. One looks down into the cafeteria, the other looks out into the
yard. They yard is a large 100X100yd field. There is a weight area and a
small basketball court and nothing much else. The warden is a man that
believes that prison should not be fun, but he does believe that physical
activity is good for a person no matter what position of society they are
in. The only way out of the prison is by a large double gate on the west
end of the yard.
The day started out like any other day. Prisoners woke up, ate breakfast,
and then went to work doing their various activities. Then lunchtime rolled
around. Block A ate first then went out into the yard for exercise time, as
was the warden's policy. Block B was to eat next. Frank Dimecheck, the
warden of Slateville, watched the prisoners of Block A file back through
the cafeteria from his office. They made it a policy never to have two
doors open at the same time, so once all the prisoners were in the
cafeteria one of the guards shut the door to the yard. Just as another
guard was about to open the door to Block A is when it happened.
At first it started as a soft rumble. Frank thought nothing of it thinking
it was just the rumble of the prisoners moving around below him. Then
everything started to shake violently. Frank's awards and books started to
fall off the shelf, his pictures seemingly jumped off his desk, and his
bookshelf fell over on top of him knocking him out.