Jack and the professor had walked around in the dungeons for around 45 minutes without seeing any windows in the ceiling. Also they haven’t seen or heard any persons down here since the guide disappeared. Professor Pawlak’s torch have gone out and the only light left were Jack’s torch which also looked like it could go out any minute.
A muddy surface met their shoes and soon they could hear the water splash as they walked.
“- We are in the eastern part of the dungeon!”
“- Yes Jack! I would say that we should stick to this direction and then we will come to the outer eastern area. Then we’ll wait there until dawn and let the daylight guide us out?”
“- It’s a good plan professor, but it’s so damn cold down here! And now our shoes and socks are soaking wet….And if this area is flooded, I guess that the water level would raise the further east we come?”
“- Yes Jack, but when the water level raise, then we know that we are getting to the outer area!”
“- Good point professor….ll..llook beh..behind you professor!”
Jack’s voice sounded excited, confused and a little scared at the same time. Behind the professor on the wall was scratched 3 letters into the wall with an arrow pointing up over them.
“- ‘H T B’ up from here!?…I don’t get it professor!?”
“- Point at the ceiling with the torch Jack!”
A little hole near the ceiling about 3 feets above them appeared in the ever-weaker light from the torch. Jack commanded that the professor should stand close to the wall and then he crawled up on him and planted his shoes on his shoulders. The hole was much bigger than it looked from below and Jack’s chest flush with the edge of the hole so he could light the hole completely. A rope and extra torches with some lighter fluid next to them were placed a few feet’s inside the hole. The professor huffed and puffed and the weight from Jack pushed him further and further down into the mud, while his knees began to give way.
“- Stand still for Christ sake!…..I’m going in!”
A few seconds later Jack lay in the hole, got up on his knees and turned around towards the professor. At the same time they could both here voices and footsteps not far away.
“- Quick professor here is a rope. Climb up here as fast as you can!”
The voices came closer and became more clear.
“- Where the fuck did they go!???”
“- Don’t know Sir! I thought we had’em….I really thought we had’em!”
“- Shh….I hear something…come…”
Meanwhile the professor had climbed up into the hole. But the torch still burned and though it was a weak flame then the light would be easy to see from down below. In a whispering voice Jack told the professor to take of his jacket. He did the same.
“- Place it around the torch from the left and then I will do the same from the right as then we can block the light and it wont be seen from below!”
It shuddered in Jack and the Professor as they could hear the click of a gun being loaded a few feets away below them.Careful footsteps in the mud below was the only sound they could hear beside their own heart beat. The footsteps stopped. A few seconds later the the men below continued. Jack whispered to the professor that he should remove his jacket so that the torch could get some air. Slowly professor Pawlak removed his jacket and the torch took in the air like a drowned person just before it was to late. Still Jacks jacket covered the entrance to the hole so that the light from the torch only lighted up the inside of the hole. They waited a few minutes and then the professor took the torches Jack had found in the hole and lit them up. They crawled deeper into the hole and after a short while and a few turns it got so big that they could stand up. The ground under them was now a stone floor and on the wall hang unlighted torches. Jack lit the torches on the wall.
In front of them were a door. It seemed locked.
“- Now what!?? We can’t go back as some gunmen are running around searching for us and up here the only way out is locked! GREAT!?”
The professor didn’t respond to Jack’s words and instead he started to look at the walls. No signs that could lead to a riddle were seen, no keys or what so ever. The professor looked at Jack.
“- I know Pawlak, there’s no way in…….and no way out!”
“- Hmm….I’m not so sure about that. I have never in my entire time as myth and history teacher experienced any dungeons like this, with secret places, that did not have a secret key hidden around…”
“- But professor where should that key be!? In the wall..a stone should be pushed !??”
“- Yes dear Jack, yes! We should try’n push every stone!”
The professor started to push every stone on the left side of the wall. He pushed and pushed carefully on each stone. Jack shook his head in despair.
“- Professor it’s impossible, why don’t we just push the torches on the wa……!”
While Jack expressed his despair he had taken hold of the right torch closest to the door and suddenly a grinding noise followed by a creaking could be heard. The door opened. There were light on the other side! Unbelief they looked at each other. Electrical lights, shone up the Chamber on the other side of the door. They went inside. A big painting with a man holding the Swedish flag appeared on the right. “Björn co-founder of hattrick” it said. A desk were placed further ahead and the chair behind it were turned away from them. Slowly they walked towards the desk while they studied the walls. Jack mumbled something about Björn and that he left hattrick long time ago and as a founder or rather inventer of the game he were titled HT-Björn.
“- Wait Jack! ‘HT-Björn’ you say !??”
“- Yes !?”
“- Hmm….according to google you said that HTB holds the answer to the hattrick doctrina dolem, right?”
“- Yes !????”
“- It haven’t occurred to you that ‘HT-Björn’ also contains the 3 letters ‘HTB’ !? …and know we are here with a painting of him!? Perhaps Mentor C does not know of the doctrine at all and perhaps Crazy_Lee_No 2 simply took the job in VFJ just to find the doctrine!?”
Stunned Jack stopped. Could it really be that it’s not Mentor C that have the knowledge, but that it’s simply the old co-founder and inventor of Hattrick that have created the doctrine!? It certainly sounded possible!
“- You could be right professor Pawlak!”
“- ….HE IS!”
Who was that? Frightened Jack and professor Pawlak looked around. There were no one in here beside them.
“- Wh…who are you!?”
“- I’m Björn!”
Slowly the chair behind the desk turned around. A middle-aged man with light blond hair appeared.
“- Welcome to my humble home! Though I have an idea, please tell me what brings you here?”
“- Your home!??..”
“- Yes, my home!”
“- Well we got lost down here…our guide lost us..or we lost our guide!”
Professor Pawlak looked at Jack and then approached Björn.
“- What my dear friend Jack try’s to tell you is that we have been looking for the hattrick doctrina dolum….and by coincident we got this far…”
“- I see….And you are?”
“- Krzysztof Pawlak..”
“- Mr Pawlak and Mr Jack…You have come to the right place. I hold the hattrick doctrine…but unfortunately, for you, I hold it in my head!”
Jack and professor Pawlak stood gaping and looked at Björn. He just told them that what they thought would be the biggest discovery ever in hattrick, were placed in the head of the man in front of them and not in a book!
“- Gentlemen please don’t be disappointed! I have a proposal for you…?”
“- I will let you know the doctrine on 2 conditions…….One, do never tell anyone about me and my whereabouts! Two, don’t ever tell anyone where you have the knowledge from!….there will be a consequence if you do not comply with the agreement! A fatal consequence! Do we have a deal Mr. Pawlak and Mr Meoff?”
“- You mentioned my last name!? I didn’t tell you that!”
“- Correct Jack, you did not, but I know everything about you guys…That’s why I trust you and offer you the doctrine. Do we have a deal?”
“- ehm…I’m a bit confused. What if we say no?”
“- You will not..”
“- He is right Jack, we will not say no! We agree on your conditions Björn! But how are we going to get the doctrine if it’s not written yet!? Are we going to stay down here?…There are armed men chasing us!”
- ” I know Mr. Pawlak, but don’t worry! They will never find us. Back in 2006 as the Arch Of Triumph were build, I had a secret elevator installed down here. It leads to a place between the trees north of the lake behind the Arch Of Triumph. As I realised that Crazy_Lee_No 2 were looking for the doctrine, I flooded the eastern part of the dungeon to avoid him from getting here, but unfortunately winter came and most of the water from the lake is frozen. He and the so called guide have been searching the dungeon all day long. If they should ever find the hole I have simply blocked the way by a fake wall and deactivated the “torch” door-key. They will never find this place. Never!…..Oh and by the way I didn’t plan to keep you here. In fact I have a house in Gibraltar and we will go there and write the doctrine!
“- Why do you live hear!?”
” Oh Jack….You see, I simply realized after leaving hattrick that I couldn’t live without it! But I kind of burned the bridges behind and the only way to still feel hattrick was to find a place that oozes of hattrick. I choosed the club VFJ together with 23 other clubs and luckily the owner of VFJ, Mentor C, turned out to be a hattrick maniac….Crazy about hattrick, sticking around despite evil forces tried to make him leave…..He is hattrick, just like me! During time I have leaked info about hattrick to him, though he didn’t know that the info came from me. He partly thought he figured it out by himself or that his lab did the job. That’s my way of paying him back for letting me still feel hattrick being so close to VFJ.”