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"A loud splash emanated through the tunnels. *S* jumped down onto the tunnel floor from the staircase which led into a T-junction within the tunnels. Their flashlight scanning throughout the walls and the two different pathways as *C* came up from behind them and walked into the beam of light their face angled downwards and staring at their tablet device. Tapping through the screen a few times *C* looked around the two tunnels. The other one was seemingly fenced off before, but the fence had been torn apart, the other one extended into misty darkness with various small vehicles scattered throughout it. *C* taps on their tablet a few times before heading towards the tunnel without the fence. Hesitating slightly, *R* shuts the door behind them and jumps down into the tunnel, taking their place in between the two others as they walk through the darkness. The shifting fog inside the tunnel made the party nervous, each silhouette of an abandoned tool and machine seeming hostile in this environment, their forms blurred and unclear from the fog, leaving their purpose up to imagination. This alertness was not of course ill placed, as this compound was recently moved into the yellow zone, while it had previously been a blue zone. *C* stopped to tap through their tablet more. *S* Walked up to *C* to get a better look at what *S* was looking at but before they could get a better look *C* pointed downwards at their feet and shifting some of the mud beneath them with their foot. *S* Shone their flashlight below them, the light revealing a hatch below their feet. *S* looked at *C* and they gave *S* and approving nod, after which *S* hailed *R* over to help them open it up. With a little exertion, they manage to rotate the hatch open, revealing a ladder leading downwards, as *S* and *R* shine their flashlights down into the hatch they can only see a dozen rungs of the ladder before it disappears into darkness. Some clear precipitation had accumulated inside visor of *R*'s hazmat suit. *S* gives *R* a small tap on their shoulder as *S* begins to make their way down into the pit. After there is enough room on the ladder *S* quickly follows afterwards, leaving *C* to stand alone in the tunnel above the hatch. *C* hesitates for a while as they shine their flashlight back where they came from, only seeing a few dozen meters into the fog filled tunnel. The pipes around them let out a deep metallic echo, reverberating from somewhere distant in the tunnels. Shining their flashlight down into the hatch *C* could now see *R*'s and *S*'s flashlights waving upwards at *C*, most likely as a sign that they were at the bottom. *C* didn't waste any time making their way down the ladders and finally landing at the concrete floor below.
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I can't fit the entire story here on newgrounds due to the word limit. Read the full story here: https://themefinland.deviantart.com/art/Data-recovery-722393427

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