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As I stood on my desk and pushed a ceiling tile out of the way, another whacking sound filled the tiny room. What good did stabbing the door do? I decided not to ask whoever it was about it and sprang into the blackness above me. As I put the tile back into place I heard a grunting from the other side of the door. Frustrated with his vain attempt to stab through the door, the intruder had now thought it wise to crash into it with his shoulder.
I could tell from the grunting it was a man. I heard some cursing, but decided to get as far away from my office as I could. I carefully crawled along the length of framework that locked the tiles into place in the ceiling. I knew that if I fell through and hit the floor I would be dead. I guessed that I had crossed over the costume shop, which put me just a few feet above my would-be assailant down below. Beads of sweat oozed from my scalp into my eyes. I wiped the sting away and moved into a different position along the framework.
I pulled my leg around and kicked the gas piping that ran through the building. It bonged and vibrated ten feet in both directions. I held my breath and pulled my leg under me. The sounds below me stopped. Another murmuring of words that I couldn't make out followed. I eased forward on the framework to get into a better position so I could keep moving.
A ceiling tile exploded upward three feet behind me. I banged my head against the pipe as I whirled around to catch a fleeting glimpse of a gloved hand disappear back down below. I didn't take the time to check my head. I grabbed onto the pipe and tried to shimmy as best I could down as far as it would take me. It was warm to the touch, but not too hotfor me to hold onto as I made my way down the length of it.