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The Genesis Voyager 2

 

 

 

The Genesis Voyager 2

 

V Bertolaccini

 

 

 

This edition published 2014 by CB

This is a Shakespir edition 2016

 

Copyright Victor Bertolaccini

 

ISBN: 978-1-3101-9736-9

 

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of the copyright owner. Nor can it be circulated in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without similar condition including this condition being imposed on a subsequent purchaser.

 

All characters in this publication are fictitious and any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental.

 

 

 

 

1: The Alien Artifact 5 (Part II) The Transcendent Time Machine

 

2: The Alien Artifact 4 (Part II) The Genesis Voyager

 

Part I

 

The Transcendent Time Machine

 

 

Prologue

 

The Lost Time Machine

 

Thomas Bryson rested motionlessly against the padded control seat, preparing himself for what could be his last hour alive!

The echoes of the scientists and their last conversations haunted his mind. What the hell had he done? Why had he done it? Surely a robotic device could have been found to replace him, and give far more accurate accounts?

The ancient alien artifact voyager time machine was billions of years old and had not been properly checked anywhere, and they had only been able to check a few of its basic functions, which nobody had shown any proper awareness of the function of. Even though they had found a way to activate it, and that was the only final way of finding out what it was for.

They had fitted in the control seat with controls to activate it and give him some protection, and control their monitoring equipment and to give observations.

When he activated it he barely noticed anything. His mind wandered through all the occurrences that had led up to its discovery, and them digging it out and finally opening it up.

The vast unstable energy explosions blasted out across outer dimensions with so much force that they threatened to make space and time either unbalanced and warped or completely rip away and destroy the fabric of space and time, and he wondered what damage the Earth could be subjected to.

An explosion of blinding radiance left Bryson stunned and he firmly sat back calculating what problems he could face! Not just from its intensity blinding him but from the colossal powers surrounding him, and he sat firmly gripping the straps keeping him against his seat, contemplating the dangers and his chances of survival.

This mission was unbelievable and he wondered why he had even contemplated there not being real danger at one point.

The voyager was a perfect large black sphere, clearly of alien origins, with a round entrance point, which filled itself in to make a perfect sphere, for whatever it had been designed for.

An immense whirlpool of shifting outlines of energy globes magically shifted about and Bryson studied it for a long time, and suddenly realized that he had no body or proper presence any longer and was some form of force formation! He was swirling out into a vortex of reshaping energy patterns that replaced reality, in a surreal splendor of transforming elements and that the mind-bending display of displacements were altering to something that he could not recognize.

The voyager was still there about him but only frequently turned visible from being translucent, and the outside world that had been there had vanished, and he occasionally heard the voyager functioning and perhaps doing what it was supposed to.

He occasionally spotted what looked like the vast depths of the universe floating about his sides, with occasional radiating beams!

He realized that it could be telepathic visual transmissions created by something for something and wondered if it could create visions vivid and powerful enough to trick his mind.

A silent deep roar of colossal power blasted out and reality became a blur of swirling light etched in pitch blackness.

The strange sounds and lights sent sensations through his body!

Sickening lurches of the voyager thudded and shuddered as it located itself at different points in space and time, making vast leaps right across the cosmos, vanishing and emerging in vast strange and mind-bending star regions, emerging about him as though he were floating through them, with the voyager being translucent and invisible, as it checked bright glowing star constellations from its records, exploring the whole new fascinating universe, checking all the altered variations throughout, from over billions of years, and he sensed its vast intelligence around him.

Mind-boggling technology and powers, with an accuracy and capacity inconceivable, it had explored the universe, even though it was an ultimate time traveler, and he sensed that it had been searching for something!

Everything around him altered into mind-bending visions and sounds of space and time displacements as the voyager completed its mission, and he lost consciousness as everything transformed into something.

 

 

 

 

II

 

The ultimate time traveler had originated as the world’s first time probe, a perfectly symmetrical black sphere voyager probe, and its creators had redesigned it throughout centuries with technology beyond normal technology and it had gained the ability to advance itself and work and think like a highly advanced entity, which it later became.

It had gained abilities to move and search outside space and time to a degree that had not been developed before, even by the most advanced civilizations, and it had gained the capabilities of programming and advancing itself and functioning beyond anything created in the universe, and gained incredible abilities to search the universe through space and through time.

Its main original program was a defense against the destruction of the universe, and the world where it had originated, carrying out its mission of searching through time and space for abnormalities, and transcendent entities with colossal powers and capabilities of destroying reality or its world.

Its form was an invisible complex mass of energy stored and hidden throughout an infinity of dimensions, undefined regions, and time zones, which had been created to last forever, and it kept its original perfectly symmetrical black sphere voyager probe nucleus, which became virtually indestructible as the rest of it.

Its stores of information were immeasurable and it had the ability to collect information and improve its capabilities eternally, and it had become an ultimate weapon of destruction against the destruction of the universe.

 

Chapter 1

 

The Awakening

 

Energy exploded through Bryson as he gained consciousness, and his entire vision altered from surreal mind-bending displacements to deep dense blackness. All of his knowledge seemed to go with it and it left him mesmerized!

Was he even classified as a life form? His knowledge of what was beyond the universe and where he had been vanished, and he felt that he had met something far greater and mind-boggling than he could have ever imagined, but it vanished!

“What happened?” Bryson moaned, and gave a faint laugh to himself, and awoke himself more as though he had awoken from a hangover, though in wonderment, and he staggered.

While he became more conscious he considered if he had actually departed from life and gone into a form of afterlife! His entire surroundings were solid blackness, with a peculiar empty silence with deep faint echoes from his deep breathing.

He could barely remember anything! Why? He could not even properly remember any of the occurrences that had put him there, and he suddenly realized that he could not properly remember who he was! It was as though someone had deliberately been playing around with his mind, for some unknown purpose!

When he recalled things in more detail it made him shiver thinking of it and what the consequences of it would be!

For a moment he thought what had happened had not and he considered what could have happened! Could he have somehow fallen down the stone steps to the bottom?

His fingers gently caressed his head and he stopped when he never found anything, and felt through the dirt on the ground and a perfectly flat artificial floor below, which seemed to him to be near where he had been as the rock with its texture seemed the same. Where else could it be, and have complete darkness? Yet he knew anything was possible at such a place as the island! The island shifted between outer dimensions, and even between many dimensions simultaneously, which he could not fully imagine the consequences of.

He walked around where he was feeling the stone wall going all the way around him! Was he trapped in something? But where?

He could not find exit or do anything, and he finally rested and thought about calling out to show his presence in case someone could hear him, and he shouted out everywhere and rested on the cold stone floor, and considered what he would die there from!

It would have to be from thirst, which was a lousy way to die!

He recalled the last things that had happened over and over, in more detail than before, trying to find something that he might have missed. Some small clue to what was happening there! And tried to awaken himself further! And he searched through everything that had happened from the start, from his appearance at the Exploration Association meeting and the findings that they had given there, which everything had originated from.

The explorers had scanned and mapped the surface of the world with their new more highly advanced underground surveillance technology, developed by David Parker and military scientists. And they had be doing an underground scan and map of Britain from an airplane, with an accuracy beyond anything achieved, and had uncovered a disturbance at the site where Rudolf Hess had crashed his plane during the Second World War.

They had uncovered a black artifact of unknown origins there, which could only have been found by the recently advanced airplane scanning technology!

The artifact had been more amazing than thought, when they had placed it in a museum, where it had been activated, and a strange being had appeared from its energy bubble, which had turned out to be a future human time traveler from suspended animation, in the artifact, who expected to be revived in the future.

The artifact time machine had been damaged during the Second World War, at the same time and location as Hess had crashed, and the time traveler had been about to die before he had entered suspended animation!

The his injuries had been fatal and had killed him but before his death he had told them why he had arrived there, and that he had been searching for the lost treasures and ultimate technology of colossal value of an ultimate time traveler.

Bryson had soon realized what he had missed and that he had arrived at the wrong latitude and that the location had been at the same exact line through the same longitude, and when they had searched for it their scanning equipment detection methods had activated something there, and the uncharted interdimensional island had appeared there.

Something had landed the airplane there, and later the island had altered through interdimensional space to another dimension, trapping them there!

What could be that powerful? It had stopped their scanning equipment working! Yet they had discovered an immense structure hidden away on the island!

Did it want them to find the structure for some plan?

Their group of explorers, scientists, archeologists, paranormal investigators, and treasure seekers had been put together and led by Parker and his scientists, and Bryson and his two paranormal scientist friends, Merton and Mortimer, had helped, and they had been exploring the mysterious island and had been fanatical with getting their hands on what was there!

They had uncovered unknown discoveries everywhere and had been chased by deadly things through a dark jungle into an immense artificial canyon through a large hill, and at the end of it had found it blocked by boulders. But Merton had found a tunnel hidden at its side, and he had been tracing where Merton and Mortimer had gone through it and had been going down the stone steps in almost complete darkness, going out into an abyss below, when his surroundings had altered!

At first he had thought he had seen something in light below, which when he now thought of it had a shape, which he could not place, and he realized it had come upwards towards him and had trapped him, and its light had exploded out and he had been blinded by it, and he had not been able to see its source, and it had stunned him!

It had altered into a colossal whirlpool of lights shifting about him, and he was sure that he had thought that he had no proper presence and had been some form of energy formation! He had gone unconscious after that and he could not realize anything, and he sat contemplating everything.

He wondered where Merton and Mortimer had gone? Had they survived or had they avoided it? Where the hell was he?

He kept rummaging through his things trying find anything that could be of use to him, and wished he had not dropped his light!

He wondered if he could suffocate and tried to measure the amount of air there, and realized that it was not in slightest bit used up, which it should be over the length of time he had been there, and he realized that it had a fresh scent, and he felt air was entering there from somewhere.

He continued searching through his backpack for something that could help him, and realized that he had a small camera and that it had a flash. But when he attempted to make the flash work he realized the batteries were dud, so he just rolled over and tried to sleep, contemplating the outcome.

Solid blackness steadily and eventually enticed him from his sanctuary, and he gave swift glances into the depths of darkness with confusion. What could do such a thing?

His determination was mounting, attaining his imagination, and drawing him out of his inner world to probe his peculiar surroundings again. How could such a room be built without any entrance? And why was it there? He went around the floor feeling it all about him, and every square foot.

He philosophized on how to contemplate the situation, and tried to recall his appearance there. He had vague reminiscences of wild dreams! One had him floating through the cosmos, engulfed in blackness and stars, clearly created by what had happened, and he explored it seeing if anything had occurred.

He sporadically thought that his surroundings were part of a complex structure of something, and even wondered if something was checking him out.

Bryson slept and became lost in strange dark dreams with his blindness in them and when he finally awoke he rolled over and stared out at his dark world and upwards trying to see anything of the roof. Hoping some form of energy would make it appear and he watched an imaginary star in the blackness that allowed him to believe that he was just resting in a dark night.

Yet as he observed it further peering into its depths he was amazed at how realistic the small light became, and stood up and looked close at it and realized that it was not real.

He shifted around looking for a roof and any light illumination from any form of gap upwards, looking for some form of air vent, making him believe the place had been at least built to stay in, and he was sure there had to be an exit.

The room seemed normal besides the differences, and it seemed as though it had been made by the makers of the canyon and the tunnel and steps, or someone using the same technology, and he tried searching the only place left, where he had not looked, which he had thought of earlier, which was just above his head height, and he moved about waving his hands over the stone wall, going as far above him as he could, going around the walls, and was amazed when his hand entered an area going inwards and he felt along it, and found a gap and exit going inwards.

The concept startled him and he considered what sort of room it was and what it was doing there. Was it inside the hill, or had he been transported away to somewhere else? Yet why would it not belong to the builders of the tunnel?

After three major attempts he hoisted himself up and rolled over onto his back and rested, and felt the tunnel and realized that it was exactly the same shape as the tunnel he had been following down the stone steps.

The blackness seemed normal now and he wandered down the tunnel feeling and checking everything that he could, and putting each foot forward and feeling there was no obstacles.

The world about him was a flat stretch of barn ground full of nothing but black space with dust and rocks below, with a weak atmosphere, resembling being in a large asteroid shooting through the depths of space.

Finally he came to where there were others tunnels going in different directions all about him, and he found one with stone steps going upwards, which were identical to the steps that he had been on when he had vanished, and he started climbing them and increased his speed when he thought of reaching the surface, and he soon recognized that it was the steps, and at the top of the steps he saw a distant glow from the sun shining.

When Bryson shifted out of the tunnel into the canyon the bright sunlight exploded into his vision almost blinding him, and as his eyes altered to the bright dazzling light he was surprised that the others were there and had barely even changed, and were seated around eating and sleeping, and he was only observed in curious glances and occasionally asked if he had found a way out of the canyon into the outer island.

After Bryson told Parker and the Exploration Association scientists what had happened Parker explained that he had seen the light and him vanish, and that they had gone back to the canyon and waited for him and Merton and Mortimer to return.

Bryson realized that the amount of time that he had thought had passed had not, and that Merton and Mortimer were still in there, and he wondered if they had vanished as well and were below in rooms like the one that he had been in?

Later Bryson finished eating and drinking and realized that he had actually survived what had happened there, and he spotted a light shifting about in the tunnel and the others followed his glare, and they heard Merton and Mortimer coming out.

 

Chapter 2

 

The New Dimension

 

Magnificent stars exploded out light everywhere, covering the entire sky, blinding them all as they emerged through the end of the tunnel at the other side of the hill.

Bryson was staggered! When Merton and Mortimer had mentioned the magnificent discovery that they had found at the end of one of the tunnels he had been sure that it had just been an alternative landscape from the jungle.

The hill was more of a mountain there, with shear slopes going high above them to what looked like a peaked mountain, with its massive shadows spread out everywhere into an immense cavity below, which looked like an asteroid impact cavity surrounded by hills, like a lost valley at the center of the island.

Bryson had even considered that it had been an immense cavity somewhere else! Even though he could explain the colossal stars and their brightness, and considered it was caused by some unknown phenomena.

The darkness of being in the tunnel with the fading lights had altered their eyes to seeing the slightest glows, so the brightness that blasted into their eyes left them staggered, and trying to see what they had found!

It was fantastic and he felt it was probably the most magnificent sight he had seen, and he wondered why? He sensed mysterious and magnificent things existed there, with there being dangers that they had not confronted before.

All the scientists and others placed their equipment all about him and sat on a flat rock ledge, searching the magnificent site, with their legs dangling over a hill of small stones, descending sharply below.

The valley below went out for approximately twenty miles in every direction across their front, and covered most of the island.

The island was far bigger than Bryson had measured it from the airplane, and he just recalled seeing the large center region and had not seen anything except a few hills, and that most of the island had seemed flat and covered by the trees, which they had found covering most of it.

The others started to realize the strange and dangerous land that existed there, covered in strange jungle regions, and Bryson spotted a strange fog creeping around over a region, and he started examining the sky with the others, as their eyes started altering to seeing what was there.

Many of them filmed the sight, which made the whole journey worth taking part in, and the scientists started to carry out their work with their equipment, and others like Parker started searching for the dangers ahead, and drawing maps.

Bryson stood and studied it, with the two paranormal scientists, Merton and Mortimer, in a silent conversation.

“Where do you think this is?” he asked them.

Merton shrugged, and followed his stare in wonderment to an incredible region of the sky.

“It could be another universe!” Mortimer announced, staring at the region of the sky. “Yet we know little of other dimensions and if they are infinite!”

Bryson realized that he still could not properly remember many things, since his ordeal of vanishing and reappearing!

It was as though someone had deliberately wiped something in particular from his mind, for some unknown purpose! It made him shiver thinking of it and what the consequences of it could be!

Did someone want know something, and had done something to his mind?

“The island could now be in another dimension and universe?” Merton announced absurdly, shrugging, breaking the silence. “Is there any difference?”

The sheer damage to the rock about them was staggering and many of the scientists had a hard time accepting it was only an asteroid impact that formed the cavity. Surely this was caused by far more than that!

In fact, Bryson could not remember such a powerful impact!

He started to think that it could have been made at a faster velocity than normal. Yet they were in another universe, and it could be virtually anything, going by what he had witnessed there! It could have been even a miniature sun, with a powerful density?

By the earlier frantic reactions of Mortimer he sensed that they believed that something was actually down in the cavity below, and that the appearance of the new universe on their return there had altered things, and that they were perhaps waiting until they had their attention again to announce their findings!

Although by the way that they had indicated things he was sure that they had not fully proven what it was, and it could be too unacceptable to believe! In vivid detail they had also detailed something of extraordinary value somewhere out there!

When Mortimer saw one of the scientists notice something he quickly started giving him his findings and that he believed it was a tower at the center of the structure, which they were there to find, and he identified the immense thick jungle region its immense shape could be seen buried under, which they could not properly see as the hill that they were on was too low.

Bryson examined the region and wondered how he had identified the center of the structure there, and he tried to recall the island from the airplane again and if he had seen anything, but he could not recall it and had not seen it on the photographs taken.

His mind conjured up vague visions of ancient lost treasure buried away in the depths of the jungle, and he wondered how old the structure was for it to be buried away there.

Dust showered them from overhead, as something like a small meteorite hit somewhere overhead, and Bryson realized the dangers of meteorites there, and small objects could do damage.

The scientists were now more interested in the galaxy of the universe that they were in to pay much notice to the structure, and they were actually witnessing black holes in the sky above and photographing them, and none of them seemed to have realized fully that space could have such objects the way they were, and they saw their powers for real.

Some of the scientists started to see the influence of something on a large region of space that they tried to identify, and they believed some colossal object was there and they continued to search for its location, and they continuously grew annoyed at not having the equipment they needed, especially as they might not ever get the opportunity again.

Bryson gasped when examined the region in more detail and saw the true size of its influence and that it stretched out far further than he had noticed.

The world’s rotation was about the same as the Earth’s and the daytime was about the same. Even though and the suns now virtually covered all the sky, in all their different sizes, going deep into the immense galaxy, and lit the world far more brightly than a mere sun. They were so packed together that there was virtually no proper darkness of space visible, and he wondered what it would be like there when the sun was there, and if the world actually needed a sun, and he wondered how dangerous it was having so many large suns covering the sky.

Debris from it or some other place the island had been at were scattered all around them, which had not been properly visible before, and he saw large dense gas clouds and debris being illuminated by powerful stars, with large asteroids shifting by.

The dangers there seemed to go beyond his comprehension, and he watched giant suns blaze brightly in the depths of space, and they all stood stunned as an asteroid soared across the upper atmosphere in a ball of flames, blazing into the atmosphere, leaving a thick trail of smoke across the sky.

 

Chapter 3

 

The Central Cavity

 

A coldness edged its way into the wonderland landscape and Bryson marched on behind Parker and Mortimer, who were leading the exploration team through a strange marsh region filled with incredible wonders, with unknown life forms and vegetation everywhere, between jungle regions, where they went to avoid the thick jungle regions to get to the structure easier and quicker.

The world about them was like a cross between two worlds, and going by the amount of dimensions and weird locations they believed the island shifted through it was perhaps a combination of far more.

The cavity was a lost world and inconceivable and mind-bending!

Earlier they had been in immense stars blinding them everywhere, and the vast heat of the large suns rising over them had them staggering like they were in one of the warmest desert regions, and some of them even suffered from being delirious and the high temperature had them throwing themselves into streams of water. Now the large stars were all distant and space was almost empty of stars, and the temperature dropped dramatically, and they were wrapped up in clothes and some of them showed early signs of colds.

The world was floating on the edge of a mammoth galaxy, which was perhaps why it had not been destroyed, and it had an almost empty intergalactic region stretching out for many light million light years at the other side.

It was a world trapped between two vast and powerful regions! One side of the world had an immense galactic wonderland and the other side had a vast stretch of emptiness and intergalactic void, which allowed the island around them to return to its original coldness, and some snow even floated down.

Yet the world’s sun emerged over the horizon in front of them, but did little and was like another astral object in the sky, giving some light and heat!

Bryson even wondered if he could survive there! Though much of the vegetation looked edible they had not found anything that was nourishing and up to their normal standards.

If the world had a summer or winter he had not seen anything that indicated it, and he gasped at what the extremes of both could do! Could the immense galaxy get closer to cause immense temperatures that would be deadly and kill them? Yet there had to be polar regions that were cooler, where they might survive.

He stood examining some vegetation that shifted near them and seemed to be able to eat something from the ground.

He could not get if it was the strange environment about him or all the strange stars that had blanketed the sky, or something strange existing there or the universe that they were in, or a combination of everything that created different reactions all about the region they were in.

Strange vapor clouds shifted about, sometimes shadowing them at a distance, probing them, and analyzing them for some purpose.

They all watched one vaguely lingering over a deep impact meteor crater in the mind-bending landscape and it form shapes of an animal as though either trying to form into one or return to being one, and he wondered what it could be!

The sun was above the skyline and the faint stars there were vanishing, and areas of fog illuminated like luminary rays of bright alien moonshine, and they approached a jungle ahead, which they would soon have to enter!

Even the thunder and lightning there was different and appeared and vanished over and over in different forms. Some took weird variations and lightning even shot upwards into space! Two small deep black thunderclouds seemed to orbit each other while their lightning blasted at each other.

Bryson always had the feeling of mysterious things being there and hidden away. Sometimes he felt as though they watched them, and for some reason avoided them as though they belonged to something more powerful.

He was not sure if they could survive being there, and took everything as he came to it!

Something invisible or unseen nearby sounded as if it were breathing over there, or something was there and the environment was reacting to its presence and its paranormal powers.

The two paranormal scientists loved watching the others trying to explain things, and he was sure that they believed supernatural things and occurrences existed there.

When they entered the jungle it was so thick and dangerous that he thought the whole journey would be called off, but they kept finding regions to get through, while they kept a look out for all the dangerous things that they knew of.

The sky became almost hidden beneath the immense tree structures. The archeologists he noticed went closer to the front and had their guns ready, as it took a dangerous appearance like the last jungle when they had been chased into the canyon!

 

Chapter 4

 

The Structure

 

Strange illuminations and life forms shifted through the trees and occasionally violently smashed things around them, while the amount of them and their powers grew, and Parker started to hesitate on whether to continue! But they were trapped and many of the things were behind them following their scent and trail, but they still had the guns.

Bryson realized the mistake of doing such a venture without properly planning! Yet they could not have done anything more!

He wished Parker had used his connections in the military to bring in some military with their weapons! It would be a mistake continuing to do what they were doing there, and they surely would eventually regret it!

The thing he noticed was that the things about them seemed to avoid doing anything, for some reason he could not identify, and he realized that he still felt like he was being watched over by things! And even since something took control of the plane!

There was still no suggestion of what they were up against other than it seemed to want them for something!

He still sensed there was danger and that many of them could die! And he felt it more than ever there, like in the last jungle at the canyon.

Thick vegetation surrounded everything and they had to hack their way some of it, and Bryson watched the amazed scientists when they had to hack down new incredible species of plants! Though some managed to gather seeds, for if they ever were able to return to the Earth.

Parker was good at locating where they should be going, and he knew that they would get there!

Yet their legs started sinking deeper into stinking vegetation that resembled quicksand in places, and they insisted that it would not turn into quicksand and continued on through as if it were not there and only another obstacle, and the deeper they went into the jungle the worse it got and Bryson kept hearing more and more lethal sounding creatures behind them and knew that they could not return.

Bryson felt something was going to happen, and so did the others, and it proved true when a giant light emerged through the undergrowth at their side, and pulsated like a living thing, magically illuminating and blasting beams of light through trees.

Their pace increased and Parker tried more accurately to take them through clearer and less swampy regions! And Bryson kept trying to grasp what could create such power in such a place!

“Look out there!” one of the scientists eventually hollered, from over at their side, making them jump and their adrenalin wildly pump through their veins.

Bryson was one of the first to search and properly spot what it was, and where it was, and saw a structure buried away in the thick landscape, and he was astounded not only by its immense size but because he had a sensation that it had colossal power and somehow the light was connected to there, and it eventually left him staggered! He sensed things existed at the structure that went out beyond there to somewhere beyond space and time, and that paranormal energy existed there! And he looked over and saw Merton and Mortimer standing staggered by it!

Although when they approached the structure it felt blissful and the dangers surrounding them seemed to start to vanish! It radiated through the wood like a spellbinding sacred place, and they forced their legs to move on faster towards it.

Its appearance as they moved there, out of the deplorable jungle, was staggering, and he was fascinated to see and hear all the dangers around them withdrawing and going in the opposite direction!

For some reason he started thinking that the treasure surely existed there! Bryson was amazed at the speed that they were now moving towards it at, without the vegetation and swamps, and started to realize how enthusiastic they were to get to it! And he even sensed many of the others thought the treasure was there, and were confident it existed!

They forgot their battle with the things of the jungle and made for the blissfully sanctuary, and Bryson watched the others and realized how much they were taking things there would be what they were looking for, and it was where they wanted to be!

The place could be anything? And why did they want to meet with what landed their airplane there? There was no proof of anything! All it could be was a bigger disappointment!

While they approached, in stages of glimpses through the trees, they started to get a bigger surprise and realized that the structure was a castle, and the scientists started arguing over whether it was of human construction! Yet many structures could exist on other worlds with same structures as on Earth! There were only so many basic constructions available for good buildings!

Its presence drew them there and was like it were glowing with power through an area drained of power, shining out like a lighthouse in a dark sea, and supernaturally glowing!

 

Chapter 5

 

The Phantom Castle

 

They proved that it was a castle when they reached it, and after studying its structure most were sure that it had been built in the style of an Earth castle.

The size of the castle could not be properly seen or measured by the scientists as it went out into the thick jungle and undergrowth, and it was colossal and they were sure that it was about 10 miles long and wide, especially by using the photos that they had taken from hill, before they had come down and entered the jungle.

Its height was great, but lower than the alien trees there, and staggering for a castle, reaching up at least 60 meters high, and as high as an average sixteen-story building.

Bryson was staggered at it and had thought that he had seen the biggest castles in the world, and wondered how they would even find the entrance of it!

How could they explore such a structure with such an immense size? The builders were clearly not of ancient times, and had given it shapes of the castle boulders with highly advanced equipment.

The builders were unknown, and its date of construction was far older than any of them could estimate. It was built on rock and for some reason the ground over time had not properly built up about it as it normally did, or in the jungle.

The reason for its construction baffled them and Bryson wondered why an advanced race would build a castle? Castles were built for defense though! Yet with such technology why would they have built a castle and not a more advanced structure? Bryson considered it was for some sort of defense? Yet the place must have been occupied by thousands at least?

It would have been far easier to defend a small castle or structure than it at its size! Yet it could have been built by a strange civilization that was a combination of different things?

It could have been the remains of an old race returned to their original earlier civilization and ways of doing things, and still with the technology of an advanced civilization? Or it was a civilization that got hold of some of the technology of an advanced race? And they could have built it easily with some form of technology and used it to defend their entire small civilization?

Yet it might have shown the immense power and wealth that they had, and an army would also have thought twice before attacking such a construction as they could easily have thought it held a far greater and more powerful race.

What existed before the jungle existed there confused them as it was out in the middle of an empty region and crater and there was no sign of anything else!

The island could have been on any world or worlds just about anywhere and could have been inhabited by anything!

It would have taken them a great deal of time to build? Yet the race could have been trapped there on another world when it had altered to another dimension?

He and the others were growing determined to solve all the riddles, and prepared themselves to go to lengths to find proper answers to it all!

He was determined to ignore the events of the past few days and concentrate on what was in the castle. He had seen little of it so far, and in the dimness there, and it was cold and smelled of dampness, and nobody had left the location.

Many of the archeologists and scientists thought there were possibilities of it still holding some of its inhabitances, but they all agreed that they were best entering it for safety as the jungle could easily grow dangerous again.

Most of the evening was subjected to false alarms of the things in the wood reappearing, and they had been glad when they finally started following the structure’s wall to find an entrance.

Bryson followed Parker with Merton and Mortimer and were surprised when an area empty of trees appeared and they saw the structure in the light of day! They were surprised at how powerful it was and disappointed at how hard it would be to enter it!

The roof seemed to be made of real solid rock boulders for some reason. He wanted to check it, if they ever found a way to climb up to it!

It was unbelievable and historical looking, and had not fallen into being derelict in any noticeable way, and the scientists studied the material that it was made of trying to figure out what it was and why it had not deteriorated, and one of the archeologists smashed a piece of the material off it and were surprised when they returned there and found that it had somehow repaired itself, with no sign of the damage being there.

Bryson was surprised when they damaged it again and watched it repair itself, and they had a discussion on if it had artificial intelligence or was just detecting a fault and fixing it, and most of the scientists left it open until they knew more of what was there, as they never wanted to underestimate anything there after what they had witnessed there so far.

The fact that it repaired itself gave them a great deal of information about it, and far more than anything else that they had come across. It explained its presence and state after the amount of time that they believed it could have been there! It also showed that the interior could be in perfect condition, as they would have a bad time staying there if it was not.

Bryson studied regions of the exterior walls about it, and its immense shape.

They wandered about it checking what they could but nothing new came into view, and Bryson had a hard time realizing how they had been able to build it and wondered if the material built itself, and from what the owners had planned it to build? Why had they allowed such a valuable construction to become derelict? And he realized again how old it could be!

He also realized again its deadliness! He thought the last castle had been bad and confusing but this one was deadlier beyond belief at an entirely new and different angle!

He wondered if they should have just left it! If they could not get what they wanted there they could be playing with something of great danger that could result in an immense amount of deaths, over the next years.

Bryson made a rough drawing/map of it as they wandered on, exploring the jungle at different regions and what the side of the jungle was like, and suddenly one of the archeologists ahead of them called out and he instantly saw an entrance at where he had looked before and had seen nothing!

 

Chapter 6

 

The Interior

 

The castle door silently opened as they approached it leaving them staggered and searching inside for human occupants, and they searched through a long corridor that led straight into the castle, and Bryson switched on his light and marched in first.

Yet as he moved in, with Parker and Mortimer directly behind him, with the others in a line behind, he saw that there were lights shining there and he turned off his light without saying anything, and felt good again that he was inside and away from the jungle, and actually exploring an ancient castle again.

It felt the same and this time he was surprised that the castle itself seemed to have intelligence, which he had not even considered before!

He wondered if it was the only castle that had a form of artificial intelligence or intelligence that had visited the Earth!

He realized more than ever how much he had enjoyed exploring the last two castles and their hidden secrets, long corridors, ancient untouched rooms, where anything could exist, and them uncovering secrets and secret chambers.

He wondered if they were actually the first humans to visit the world and immense galaxy that it was in, which he had seen starting appear outside, as the world’s rotation took it round to it, with a few magnificent stars exploding into the horizon.

The long corridor led into a hall, where there were corridors going out everywhere going up to the top, with spiral stairs going around the hall up to the high roof, and their group formed there and explored there.

Bryson realized immediately that the deadliness of the jungle never existed there, and he could tell that they all thought it. Yet he sensed other things of danger and mystery existed there!

The rooms in corridors went away into the distance until he could see nothing!

It caused confusion amongst the scientists and they could not believe that such a structure could be a mere castle and place of rest, and many of the scientists argued constantly!

As they moved along the corridor nearest them, and the outside, going along in the direction that they had come from outside, they saw different shaped and sized large rooms everywhere, which were modern or more advanced looking rooms, with various objects that were clearly advanced technology, and human type beds in many.

The majority of it was confusing and he found little to answer his queries, and why such a construction existed! And he considered his theory that the place was built to scare off enemies with its magnitude and value, and he wondered why it existed. They looked complex and advanced people that never used their rooms for more than basic living functions.

He wondered where they had gone to when they were not in their rooms? Perhaps further out in some central region?

When he checked Mortimer he was trying out some of their communications equipment and listened to the static response, and considered it as though he thought that entering the structure would alter it.

Eventually all the scientists and others either rested, trying to get some sleep, or used their highly advanced equipment to try to get a detailed investigation of there, and Bryson realized that their food supplies would soon run out! Even though they had everything else they wanted!

 

Chapter 7

 

The Highly Advanced Technology

 

When Bryson awoke, in the room he had chosen, he never knew what time it was or if it was day or night, and going by their new day and night times, and he wished that he had brought a watch.

He sat upright and turned on his room light, which was about the only function that they had found out how to operate.

He considered if his tiredness was caused by his earlier exhaustion, lack of food, or from something in the castle influencing him.

He recalled the dreams that he had been having and how incomprehensible they had turned, surely caused by the environment and occurrences.

None of it made sense and had been full of freakish occurrences and things happening to him at places that they had visited, and something like a colossal vortex, where he never did anything, and it had been like he never existed and experienced what was there.

He liked the room around him and it had a warm appearance, and he had a hard time believing its age and it being far older than the other castles put together, and he wondered what he would witness there if transported back in time!

He could not even properly understand how the lighting there worked. The light appeared from out of nowhere from regions of the walls, with no visible source. It was generated within the air in front of the walls!

The room seemed to have a way of repairing any damage done to it like the outside walls of the castle, and surely cleaned and repaired any deterioration and damage done to it.

It was strange being surrounded by an invisible intelligence everywhere that they looked and he wondered what sort of technology was behind it, and what the various scientists would be thinking of it, and how they would solve how it worked and if they could recreate it, and what it would be worth back on the Earth.

The problem was that nothing was visible or shown to be happening and they could not find where it was! What was in the walls that could carry out such tasks?

It was like cavemen trying to work out how their electronic technology worked, with no experience of seeing anything like it!

Merton was in the room next to his, near the castle door, with the jungle through the large outer room wall, and Mortimer’s room was next to that, and Parker was in the room next to Bryson on the other side, where he was next to his scientists, and many of the Exploration Association and archeologists were together at the opposite side of the corridor.

Bryson noted the air suddenly cooled and never seemed to have any scent! The only really normal thing there was the bed, which he thought the owners of the place kept for pleasure. Though it was also made of strange materials that had intelligence that cleaned and repaired it, and it looked just like a normal altered version of a bed, and he realized that they had found a way to program materials to carry out functions, but he could not understand how it generated things that it created or how to go about properly investigating it.

He remembered earlier being in a huddled posture with his blankets tightly wrapped about him, with him reacting to being cold and the blankets making his warm, and he recalled that it had made his body warm itself to the right temperature.

For a moment he recalled a dream and that he had thought he had died and gone to some form of afterlife and he tried to recall everything that he could about it. If only he could find a way to get information from the place!

The sky outside the structure would be blazing with the stars of the immense galaxy, and exploding with energy going beyond his comprehension!

And he imagined normal stars and light being there and illuminating the outer structure instead, and he realized how far they were from the world and that there was nothing normal!

Yet it was so peculiar that he liked it more than he should have! His normal life and things he encountered were too repetitive and he relished finding abnormal things to do and explore, especially when they had new outcomes and findings!

He wished that there was a window in the room though, so he could see the jungle through the wall and see what was happening there, and he fantasized it there instead and was amazed when he looked at the wall in front of him and saw what looked like a window looking out into the ancient jungle, and realized that the wall had detected his thoughts and had carried out his wishes and had taken a view of outside and created a window view for him, as though he were standing at a real window.

It made a shiver run through him when he realized that it had detail to it that could not have been made up and that he was really looking outside there, and he tried to make it show him the deadly things that were there and that they had encountered there but none of it showed there, and he realized that it was because there was now nothing there.

It was another world and they were put there to explore it to him, and it was like a world without a proper sky with an immense galaxy and at the opposite side thousands of light years of empty space between it and other stars.

The world outside was a dark landscape shrouded in deadly things with energy, and he tried to imagine various things to change the view to, but nothing worked until he tried to see things that were in or directly outside the structure. And it showed him different views from its walls if he concentrated on them appearing enough!

He was sure that it was the answer to controlling the other technology in the room and about there!

An array of door knocks made the solid but light door shift about, making him consider if it had been done by him, reminding him of the dangers of the place, and he wondered again why it had such advanced objects and structure.

He slowly marched over and opened it, which had been clearly expertly manufactured, and he watched Merton and Mortimer standing glaring at him from the dimness in the corridor, and they suggested something was along the corridor. Bryson nodded and left and allowed the door to close behind him as he followed them along the outer corridor.

He decided to make the corridor about him brighter and mentally turned the light that it created brighter, and Merton and Mortimer watched it happen with surprise, and he realized that they had not yet discovered it and was about to tell them when the corridor returned to its dim state, and he realized something had done it, and he left it until he had more information.

He considered how tired he was and what they were up to and thought of other things that they had done that had been the same, and of them awaking him early, and as he recalled situations he gasped suddenly realizing that he could hear sounds emerging from somewhere further ahead, and he gasped even more when the sounds seemed to magnify.

He also realized that the sounds reminded him of an earlier dream, but he could not notice any connection or why.

“What happened?” he moaned, asking them, rushing along the corridor after them, seeing them rushing towards something!

He felt like slapping his face to awaken himself further, vaguely looking like he had a hangover, and he recalled him taking alcohol with him in his bag but he was keeping that for emergencies, and if they also ran out of painkillers. Things were bound to happen there, and they had no known way of returning home.

As they entered a region further along the castle, going away from the entrance, where nobody had been, they explored what was there, and they slowed and became cautious, and Bryson started to consider questioning them firmly on what was there and why they suddenly thought that there was something there!

Yet as they approached a region of the corridor he heard the sounds again and far louder!

He wondered if they had found another haunted castle, and wondered how such a modern structure could be haunted and realized again the tremendous age that it must be!

The disturbance, if it was a paranormal disturbance, seemed as if it had different states to it and regularly altered, and Bryson was amazed that the paranormal scientists had found something there at such a place!

He imagined it as a warp through in space and time causing many different things to occur and create sporadic sounds about the location, and he recalled his dream and he wondered if he had been affected by it.

Yet even if it was something paranormal he still never knew what was happening, what created it, and why many of the things in the jungle had seemed to have paranormal origins? Even if they never fully investigated them! Did the things, whatever they were, become part of the disturbance while something was near it? Like some spectral visitor emerging and taking control of them!

Two scientists rushed up to Merton and Mortimer and they began discussing the occurrences and situation there, and a scientist rushed back to get equipment and more help.

Merton and Mortimer stood listening to the sounds and Bryson spotted a device in Mortimer’s hand that had been concealed in his pocket, and he was trying to establish things and where something was mainly emerging.

“Is that new technology?” Bryson firmly asked.

“Yes!” Mortimer answered. “We used the findings and technology that we used at the last castle to create it! A handheld device that can detect and give us the information we want about paranormal disturbances!”

“Which paranormal investigators from throughout history would have dreamt of?”

“Yes!”

Bryson could recall seeing him with the device on occasions, and had not noticed it as they had other stuff, and had ignored it as another piece of equipment of theirs to investigate!

“Did you discover stuff in the jungle, and about the island?”

“Yes! But we never properly investigated it! Much of it is dangerous and not possible to investigate properly with it!”

Things sounded trapped in some form of field or something, and he could not identify anything further!

The scientists rushed back and started setting up all their equipment and started to realize the mistake that they had made – and that they had used up all their battery power, and that there was no power supply to plug it into.

Bryson tried to mentally control the corridor wall there as he had in his room to view the outside of the castle, and was amazed when he made a working electric socket appear on the wall for them to power their equipment, at the exact point where he had wanted it.

“Where the hell did that come from?” one of the scientists gasped, and they all marched over and stood looking confused, and Bryson took the plug from the equipment and plugged it in and gasped with the others when it actually worked.

He immediately decided to keep it a secret until he had investigated it further, and to see what the others came up with!

The possibilities were tremendous! If it made other things appear like it had!

“What do think?” Merton asked him, leaving Bryson with little to say.

He gave Bryson the impression that they might be going to do something or come to a conclusion!

Mortimer also gave him the impression that things were different there and they were not fully themselves! They had not been fully prepared for all the occurrences and trip, and had little power over their own fate, and had little information on the overall future and what was behind everything.

Bryson realized the implications of things and that they would have to check what was there and things of great danger!

Mortimer quickly told the other scientists: “Investigate all the walls, floor and roof!”

Bryson then watched him in amusement working out what an electrical plug was doing there, and the only one that they had seen there.

In the darkness at the end of the corridor two figures came rushing towards them from the central stair region, and he finally recognized the figures as two of the archeologists, who were on guard there, and they rushed up to Mortimer and whispered things in his ear.

Mortimer’s face turned pale, and Bryson saw that he had turned desperate to do something and he rushed away with the two men, to where the men had been at the stairs.

“What are they up to?” Merton gasped, staring, bewildered, and Bryson knew something bad had happened.

“This is a hell of a place!” Bryson mumbled, seeing an awkward situation arising.

Bryson realized that he really felt like going back to bed. It had been a long previous day and this day could even be longer and more deadly, and he watched Mortimer rush to the stairs, and he wondered what he was missing there. Even though he felt like rushing back into bed!

Some of the others that had come out of their rooms to see what was happening there, and looked tired like him.

He watched them arrive at the stairs and realized that he would have to get a conclusion on what was happening there, but he might have to stay there for a long time and he realized that he had better follow them to get it over with.

Merton shrugged and followed him, and they eventually started rushing over to them.

In the sounds behind him from the disturbance he heard a rhythmical tapping, which increased in volume, making him slow to listen and he realized that it was footsteps rushing towards him from behind, and from behind him two more of the archeologists came running along, while they were fixing gun holsters around their waists.

Bryson saw Mortimer going up the stairs with the others. The situation looked bad! If something never happened there it would be surprising! All the dangers and occurrences had been so deadly so far and it was incredible nobody had been killed!

Bryson and Merton rushed to them and swiftly crept up the stairs to the next floor, where they heard them.

At the next floor he watched their figures creep around, going from room to room looking for something, occasionally giving a significant gasp, which most of them had given since they had arrived at the island!

Bryson now felt wide awake, but tired and avoided staggering.

“I saw the figure of someone here with a weapon!” one of the archeologists muttered over to them, moving along to them.

How had he seen anyone there he wondered? He felt like questioning him further but left it.

When they went to a room where Mortimer was he heard someone gasp loudly, grasping Bryson’s attention as he knew that they had definitely found something, and they rushed there.

When they reached the region he moved his head to search in every direction and to where he saw strange rooms with haunting dark shapes, and they arrived at a room where Mortimer was kneeling in the dark, next to the body of one of the scientists.

 

Chapter 8

 

The First Death

 

A few hours later Bryson went back to bed and immediately entered a surreal dream, with him mildly viewing it, floating freely from all the problems of the outer world.

Shifting things with no form floated wildly by in a deep void everywhere, with fascinating sounds like whispering thoughts from out in invisible zones, which taunted him.

Energy of the universe blasted and blazed, which was normally invisible in the immense galaxy, and he saw mist formations throughout it of gases and other formations and he realized that he was seeing it all as it really was, which seemed powerful and intelligent, which never really made sense when thought about it, but it did as a fantasy.

Golden places appeared around the strange energy lights that twinkled brightly through thick areas of the energy mist and a bright light appeared deep in the mist, and he realized the depth of the galaxy and that he was further off from it than he thought. It was tremendous and like looking into the deepest depths of space.

He felt the presence of things mysterious and alive that were vast, which existed all around him and which he could not account for, and again he looked out at it all and wondered what it all was, and studied it, and determinedly tried to grasp it.

Suddenly he was awakened by a loud knock at his door and he rolled sideways and checked the time and automatically listened to behind the door, and heard the silent voice of Mortimer asking him where he was, and he shouted telling him he was dressing.

Even though it was so modern looking and like a future hotel he and the others still thought of it as being shrouded with vines and other vegetation with bright stars glowing everywhere above it, and in the middle of the jungle.

He finished putting on his clothes and yanked open the door and saw Merton and Mitchell, who both studied him.

“You told us to contact you if anything happened!” Merton stated, excitedly. “Well, something has! You’d better get over to our new meeting room if you do not want to miss the action!”

“What action?” he answered, shifting out of the door and studying the corridor, watching some of the scientists up ahead, who were checking an area of the corridor.

“We just found a faint shoeprint of the killer at another door further along from the crime scene!”

“Is that everything …?” Bryson asked firmly. “What are your theories?”

“We’ll have to question everyone on what they were doing and where they were located! The scientist was killed while alone and exploring the rooms up there, and I think he might have discovered something …”

“He shouldn’t have been there on his own!”

“Exactly!”

“What is the shoeprint like …?”

“We are having a discussion on it in the meeting room and wanted you there!”

“But this means a killer is amongst us now?”

Both Merton and Mitchell nodded in agreement!

 

Chapter 9

 

The Meeting

 

They all silently sat in the large room, which was bigger than a normal large house lounge, where everything seemed to have massive proportions to other rooms, which grasped Bryson’s imagination.

They all sat still in various large seating objects at various angles, found there and in the surrounding rooms.

Parker resumed pacing across their path, leaving a faint trail over the solid floor there. With his expression barely altering and slightly showing that there was trouble ahead, and some of the time he was in deep thought not quite mentally there, and Bryson noticed many of the others, especially the scientists, also reacted in similar ways and clearly thought it was against the scientists!

Bryson wondered if any of them had really been confronted with such a crime before, and why?

In fact, after a careful examination of all the people there he realized that he and the two psychic researchers must have the most experience, especially from the murders at the last two castles! And he realized why they had really wanted him there and Merton had taken Mortimer up to get him, and he then realized that he could have a lot of problems ahead!

They were not experienced enough and never had the right means to conduct a proper investigation, and the last time it was the police that had been doing things and they had helped.

He was sure that Parker and Mortimer had some facts about the killing that they were not revealing, and he noticed that they had an agreement together, and he tried to think what they would not say and what they would do! Yet there was too little to go on at the moment and he left it for later!

There were hidden facts to it and he would wait until they surfaced, and he stopped troubling himself!

The others were mainly discussing the death but knew little, going by what they came out with. They were waiting for something to occur and come to some conclusion. Perhaps even waiting for an argument to break out! Then perhaps they might get some information to enlighten them! But he knew they knew it would be little!

Bryson gave occasional shudders from still being tired.

Merton and Mortimer sat at his sides, silenced by the whole event, glimpsing Parker as if they were waiting for something and did not want to say anything.

Bryson turned and coughed into a handkerchief.

“I don’t understand,” Merton argued, “why someone would want to kill him? What was he doing up there on his own …?”

“You could be right!” Parker replied. “Why did he want to be up there on his own? We have questioned the scientists that knew him and had last seen him and they never heard him say anything!”

“How did he die?” Bryson asked curiously.

“He was choked, as we thought when we found the body! I could imagine him easily as a lunatic …”

Bryson tried to examine everyone there for reactions, but never saw anyone react. It surprised him one of them kept trying to use his pocket phone to get to the airplane, and try and get information out about what had happened, as though he had forgotten where he was and what had been happening.

“It’s going to be really tricky explaining the place and this situation if we get away from this island?” one of the other scientists announced from beside him.

“Anyway!” Parker announced. “We wanted to question you! Did anyone see anyone leave their room or go towards the stairs?”

He watched them silently waiting for a reply and nobody moved in the room, and they all started nodding that they never one by one.

Bryson knew the person must have been missing when it took place and he wondered if the killer had made a mistake there, and Bryson heard from them that they had checked up on them and that there had been at least half of them that had not come in contact with anyone when it took place, and most had been sleeping, and Bryson realized that they had made a mistake and there could be more than one person in on it.

Bryson realized that they now had a killer, who had a motive to kill, and all the evidence showed that the person had gone to great lengths to carry it out, and that they would have to sleep there with him lurking in shadows.

 

Chapter 10

 

The Top Floor

 

The castle was colossal, and dangerous beyond belief at times, and they had checked all the stuff that they had accumulated and found there had been many occurrences of visions of things, and they seemed not to want to enter into the unexplored regions, where many of them thought deadly dangers lurked waiting for them!

They mostly rested and investigated things around them for what they were missing and Bryson soon realized that none of them had noticed his discovery of activating things mentally, and he decided to keep it his little secret until he could complete exploring it and its capabilities.

The major problem would be food, and maybe drink if they entered the interior of the castle as they got water from outside.

His attempts at creating food had failed, as well as for other things, and he realized that the walls only had so many functions.

Yet after many attempts he eventually created a food and drink dispenser in his room, but had to alter it from creating weird food substances, which he never liked, and he eventually altered it to make the food and drink that he wanted and finished it off by creating simple controls for them to use, and once finished he hid it away and found an unexplored room nearby to create another one, and later informed Merton and Mortimer of his discovery in the meeting room.

Most of the scientists there were confused over the discovery and asked questions about it, but he just avoided detailed replies! He was curious if they would discover what he had found, and wanted know what they would come up with!

“What type of food does this dispenser give?” Merton enquired, seeing him joking.

“It recreated all the food samples that I gave it, as well as giving other edible food and drink!”

“This isn’t a joke is it?” Mortimer asked him, examining him closely, and Bryson nodded to disagree.

“Where did that come from?” one of the scientists gasped, and laughed. “We could do with something like that around here! The food portions are getting smaller and smaller, and the remaining food is all the rubbish left …”

“And most of the water from out there is full of dirt!” an archeologist continued.

“All right follow me then!” he ordered, and you can have some proper stuff.

“Does this magical food and drink dispenser happen to give pints of beer?” Merton joked, and Bryson nodded that it did.

As they all marched to the room others in the rooms joined the group, and they entered the room amazed that there was something there that resembled a food and drink dispenser, which now resembled an airport food dispenser machine to Bryson.

Bryson typed in beer into the dispenser keyboard and a pint of beer appeared in it, and he handed it to them and they handed it about, and he got more and handed them about.

Most of them examined it and drank it confused, wondering what it had been doing there, and why it created Earth food and drink with an Earth keyboard, and the others gasped at the possibilities of it, and Bryson wondered what they would create.

“What do think?” Merton asked Mortimer, and he laughed loudly, and the others joined in.

Later he was surprised when Parker came in, from the outside with water supplies, and was amazed to see them all drinking beer and tea and eating restaurant meals, and when he enquired about it he ended up more confused!

Bryson eventually told them, and that he had found how to control the major functions of the walls!

When they started their investigations deeper into the castle it was in search of the treasure there and it was organized by Parker and some of his men, with Bryson and the two psychic investigators, and some other scientists and archaeologists helped, who were curious what was there in the unexplored regions.

They had been no further than at the bottom floors of the central stair region, at the castle’s entrance, and Parker’s idea of going up the spiral stairs to the top floor was really interesting.

Bryson slowly climbed all the steps studying everything, while curiously watching Parker, as he followed Parker up, and occasionally listened to the others behind him, and Bryson noticed that his surroundings suddenly seemed to get dirty and dirtier the further up they went and by the time they reached the top they were sweeping away thin vines, like plant roots, which hanged down from the roof overhead, which increased, and he saw the structure at the top was cracked in places where the vines had entered, but he realized no large amount of water had got in and onto the stairs, and he started to consider there being dangerous insects there.

“Well!” Parker conclusively announced, breaking his silence. “We have reached the top! There must be many other staircases throughout the building as it goes out for miles.”

They entered deeper into the top floor, and turned on their lights, and it looked incredible to Bryson! It looked entirely different, and it had not preserved itself like the rest of the structure, and it looked like the whole structure might have originally been like it, but newer.

It was like seeing a real alien haunted castle, where strange supernatural existed, and he considered it as being one of the only places like it and one of the most powerful places on the island, and world.

The corridor had to be the most ghostly darkest places in a modern building that he had seen, and it was even more still, silent, and empty as was possible. Even with the lights on there were strange haunting dark shadows and glows that held secrets and dangers!

They soon started thinking of the lost treasure that was thought to be buried away somewhere! Most of them had intended to do something when they could to find it! The cost of the building proved that if there was something there that it could have far more value!

They remained mainly together and wandered along the corridor in the one direction, in the direction that they had been going in outside the castle before they had found the entrance.

With startled and bemused faces many of them searched its interior, with faint thoughts of what it would be like staying there in darkness. The place to everyone there seemed to have connections to the occurrences in the wood, and it at times was like being in a central area where something existed that was more powerful than anything else on the island, and the stuff in the wood avoided going there because of its power! It was like it was checking them out and that it had hidden intentions to do things with them!

The treasure being hidden away there was like something were using it to lure people there to their deaths of something, or like spiders using bate to trap insects onto their webs, and he wondered again if he could survive this adventure, and return home! How the hell were they going to get home? He realized many of the others had faith in it happening for some reason and he just left it open! Contacting the thing that landed the airplane there was their only real chance of getting the island to reappear home again!

Merton wandered about smiling and smoking a cigarette, which he had the food dispenser make for him, from one of his last cigarettes, and he spoke to anyone he met with confidently, and they gave him startled expressions to the surroundings and to him being a leading investigator of psychic occurrences.

Parker started giving them confidence in carrying out the tasks that they did, while gently persuading them to do what he wished, and talked them into using their powers of deduction to find clues or anything there. Motivation seemed to make everything work, and they were all positively charged!

As they passed different rooms it became clear that nobody had been anywhere near there in an incredible amount of time! Dirt and what looked the fossilized remains of alien insects and creatures shrouded regions they met with!

Nothing showed any clues to what Bryson wanted, and all the major things still made little sense.

The killer had to be ruthless and carefree to have done what he had done and in the way that it had been done, especially to one of them, and having to live with them! Perhaps permanently!

The person had done it right under their noses! Yet it could indicate that he never fully knew them or what they were like, and that he was an outsider, and Bryson tried to fit the description onto all of them and realized that there were more strangers there than he had been thinking there was.

From the looks that he had caught when the subject had come up he knew that the incident had affected most of them deeply! Some of them had even been argumentative when the others mentioned the dead guy, and he was sure that they had not found any major clues on the death yet.

Bryson touched his cold sore forehead with his fingers, feeling it as if the coldness had sunk through into his brain, and blamed it on the lack of sleep he was getting!

Through large cracks in the roof and walls he saw that the world was now at the intergalactic sky and he tried checking again how it affected the surrounding world and climate conditions. He saw that it had still stopped raining and that there was a good chance, according to his earlier forecast, that the weather would stay that way until their night.

He again wondered what beings had lived there, and if they had been identical to humans, as everything was sized and perfectly designed for them, and he wondered what had happened to them, and if they had slowly expired or if something had killed them off!

He wondered if the killer had an interest in something that they never knew about and had even killed for it!

A loud thud emerged away in the distance and they all grew silent and considered it, and Bryson knew it was an immense meteor strike. Perhaps in the cavity itself! And Bryson watched some of the others and he heard one mention earthquake, making some of them even change their interest there to other places, and he heard some of their communications blaring out as they spoke to people below at the bottom of the castle, showing Bryson and the others there that they had adapted their communications to work on the island, which Bryson had seen them creating parts for from the machines that they had created with their minds in the walls of their rooms.

They had discovered many other things than his food and drink dispenser, and he realized that it would have been a mistake keeping it a secret. The scientists were able to create parts and devices to use for their work, and even the archeologists had created many things, and he had seen the appearance of many things and living aids there and knew that they could survive well there, and wondered if they could create some vehicle for their transportation through the castle.

Yet could they build small airplane? Yet that would take months and there was nowhere they could use to take off and land! Though the site the airplane had landed at was flat he did not know if they could use it to land such a small and fragile plane!

Some of the scientists with Parker had formed a group that were going to act as the police to stop the killer if he struck again, and they caught him, and Bryson noticed Mortimer joined them, but others left it.

“We can separately look about,” Parker declared, clearly getting interest with the idea. “We can cover more ground!”

They all split up and into groups, going into rooms, and searching more, and Bryson started to enjoy himself more, and so did Merton and Mortimer. It was incredible they were probably the only people to have explored something of some alien technology. If they could find things and return to the Earth the value of it would be immense, and he was also looking for things of value to them to survive there.

Bryson marched away on his own to where he thought there was one of the main rooms ahead, which was a larger and unusual room that he was sure was an important room.

It was incredible how fast Merton followed him and Mortimer rushed after him, and he watched Merton follow, seeing he also thought that it was the most interesting place to go, but he probably also thought that he had discovered something.

What he liked about the upper floor was that it was damaged and had things that were in the original way of the castle, and had not been altered by what was altering the rest of the castle, and that things there showed things of the original ancient structure.

He was sure that if there was anything about to give them evidence of what existed there that it would be there, and he was determined to look in depth for it.

The archeologists mainly agreed to search around the corridor from room to room checking for anything, and look through vast heaps of dirt and rot piled up in regions, from regions of the structure crumbling with deterioration.

The door to the room was firmly shut and felt locked when Bryson reached it, just before the other two had made it to him, and he quickly confirmed that it was locked and realized that it was the only room that he had seen closed there. For some reason they remained open when there was nobody in them, and he gasped wondering why.

“Curious!” Mortimer muttered, seeing his reaction as he arrived. “Very curious! It’s locked from the inside, of course!”

Merton ducked low and shoved hard at it and moved backwards, and asked, “We could wait and try to find a key or something, which may not exist. Or we could just break it in?”

“Let’s try and break it in!” Mortimer quickly replied first. “What’s in there could be of value to us! And if we leave it someone else will do it first! This place is getting more and more excited, and they’re looking for action and results …”

“All right!” Bryson replied. “How strong is that door? And can we actual smash it in?”

Mortimer immediately left to nearby rooms until he found what he wanted, and arrived with a large chunk of stone, collapsed in from the roof, and they used it to smash in the lock and viciously shove it in, until the door screeched right inwards and Bryson saw only darkness and that the room was covered in thick blankets, and dust blew up and flew over them as they shifted in and they entered like they were entering a sacred region.

The mess was shocking! Things had deteriorated and fungus had shrouded everything at one time and an ancient bed was left rotted away within the room, with small amounts of ancient furniture around the edges falling to pieces, and Bryson attempted to age it all but never succeeded.

“This bed is almost human,” Merton muttered, humorously, examining its remains, watching a dust cloud from their entrance float in beams of light, from streaks of light coming through a thin crack in the roof, from powerful starlight now going overhead, and they looked at it all with some fascination!

There were many mysteries everywhere and Bryson noticed nobody attempted to make any claims at answering it all! They took things as they appeared about them. Yet surely something might arrive to allow them to explain them!

They then crept around the room shifting things with fascination, and Bryson spotted part of a drawing in some rubbish and quickly removed it and examined it as he listened to the creaks and cracks of Merton making his way across the rubbish scattered across the floor to view it.

“That’s strange!” Merton stated, as he moved in close.

“What is?” Bryson replied, trying to see what he was staring at.

“Those trees in it,” he answered. “They are almost Earth trees!”

“So they are!” he replied, realizing that he had missed it.

Bryson’s attention fell on the bed again trying to imagine what age it was, but he could not be sure. There was a large amount of differences and there was no reason for it being there.

The place interested him and he liked such places and their history, imagining all the past events and what strange beings had been there, and all the many hours and days and thoughts that they had spent there and all the things that they had done, and he wondered what the future would hold for there and fantasized it being in the future. What would the future be for the island? And what would the outcome of their investigations there be?

What would happen if the island arrived back at the Earth and stayed there? Would this be the end of the desolation of it? And would the place be so deadly that they would have to isolate it from humanity?

A small drawer became visible under the legs of some piece of furniture in the corner of the room and he saw it had not been seen, and investigated it with interest, while he considered the room from different perspectives. He wondered if the people had just slowly left there after the damage there or if they had all left to go somewhere else, or had they all just died out there?

The stiff drawer revealed it had been full of old clothes that had rotted away and he looked through it considering what had been there, but there was not enough of it left.

Mortimer never investigated anything any further and watched on, while Merton copied Bryson and searched unusual places and any objects that he came to.

“This place gets more gruesome!” Bryson muttered. “It must have been the biggest castle ever built! And it could have held a future race too! It must have been the most magnificence building to live in at one time, with luxury beyond other people’s wildest dreams! And look at where it ended up! One of the worst deadliest places!”

He wondered if something might occur to mankind in millions of years with the world turning desolate like the castle? Could this be really what happens to the whole of civilization? Will the remains of the human race end up living in the remains of everything, treating it as desolate gruesome remains of an ancient race obsessed with wealth and power, building immense structures for unknown strange reasons?

“An incredible place with perhaps an even more incredible history!” he remarked, flicking a strange insect away from him.

“Do you think that we are making a mistake being here?” Merton asked, seeing his change of feelings. “This place could be cursed with deaths? And not just in small amounts?”

“A buried away ruthless place with many lost secrets!”

“Let’s check somewhere else!” Mortimer moaned loudly.

As they left they were amazed at how far the others were going to search there now, and Mortimer gave a surprised look at what some of the archeologists were doing and that they were frantically yanking up types of floorboards all over the place, as well as in specific places.

As Bryson followed Merton along the corridor he watched Merton become surprised and stand with his mouth wide open, and one of the men there whispered something in his ear and he realized something and nodded back in agreement, making Bryson wonder what they had realized, and why their search techniques had turned frantic.

“A good way!” Merton revealed. “We can get this place searched properly if they all carry on like this!”

“Why is this floor so different from the rest of the castle?” Bryson muttered out loud, trying to discover some hidden away clue to what had happened there.

It was like being an insect in the back of a television and trying to realize what was there, and trying to see it at an entirely new perspective.

When nobody answered or showed the slightest bit of interest, and they were all more involved in their work, he moved along the corridor and realized that it was a good idea copying and helping them search again.

He remained ready to go to anywhere when anything was occurring, and wandered around just to see what he randomly found and stopped at what looked like antiques, wondering what they were worth. The owners were immensely wealthy and could easily have left things of value!

His next surprise was that the others were more interested than he had thought in checking the value of the things. He knew how eager the Exploration Association members and Parker were in getting hold of the treasure, but he thought that they were more interested in scientific discoveries like Merton and Mortimer.

While he searched a repetitive forceful hammering appeared in the distance and occasionally interrupted him enough to stop and listen and wonder why someone was so determined to break through something!

He realized how much he liked and missed treasure hunting and the quest, and the discovery of the technology advances and highly advanced technology was fascinating and realized why he was there more than ever. The quest, the exhilaration, the thrill of the chase and unraveling clues gave him immense excitement and adrenalin surges! He was sure there was stuff all over the place after seeing their reactions and the things there already!

Yet even if they found new technology, there was a good chance that they could not work out what made it tick, as with the walls of the lower castle! How could they find its secrets? Some of the scientists said that they had managed to get samples of it! Yet even if they managed to break one of the walls to pieces he was sure they would not be capable of properly studying what made it work, and with returning with it to the Earth! Did the technology need more advanced technology to study it properly?

While he considered the castle’s interior from various perspectives sounds in the background escalated into a furious rummaging and banging, and he heard the archeologists excited voices mingled within, which made everyone about him stand alert and listen. What was happening? What had they missed by not checking there?

The sounds sounded as if they had really found something and were trying breakthrough something to get it!

Bryson stood next to Merton and watched the room far along the corridor where clouds of dust puffed out, and heavy thuds of rock being used smashed something open and were accelerating louder, almost climaxing with them breaking through, and the people around Bryson marched quickly there, and he joined them.

“What the hell are they up to?” Merton moaned loudly, glaring ahead, fascinated.

The archeologists were strange to them, and even to the Exploration Association members that they were connected to, especially them carrying guns on the surveillance airplane flight!

Bryson still followed behind the others and watched the room ahead – where the cloud of dust increased in size and moved along the corridor towards them, and they heard and felt the shudders go through the structure around them, with the sounds of boulders crashing across the floor, and they knew that they had broken through to something.

Their looks at each other changed to bewildered glances, and then to observing everything as they approached there, and they finally got to the doorway and saw chunks and pieces of rock scattered everywhere across the room and the archeologists crowded around an area of the floor where there was a deep black hole, which they had smashed the floor away to reveal.

They had discovered a hollow region below there, where there was a hole leading down. Yet Bryson wondered what the fuss was about! Plenty of structures could have hollow regions in them, and he tried to question one of the archeologists about it but he ignored him, and kept his mouth closed!

One of them finally told them that they had found that the stone floor had a hole in it, where it had caved in, and that they had seen a chamber below with something in it when they shown light through.

Bryson measured the floor with amazement and realized that he had not even considered it, even after being in the last castles. It was too modern looking, and not like the old castles he had seen, and he was fascinated that it was more common than he had thought. It was phenomenal how thick the floor between the top floor and the lower floor was, but he had no way of noticing it as the region between the floors was covered at the stairs, where they would only have seen it, and it never looked large enough to conceal anything from where they had been, and he recalled the other castles and what they had been like.

Yet why had someone gone to such lengths to conceal this one?

The archeologists saw objects hidden away in the chamber below and they viciously smashed heavy rocks against the thick hard stone to make the hole bigger for them to climb in, and chunks of rocks started crumbling away and crashed down, and they got ready to climb in.

 

Chapter 11

 

The Chamber

 

Bryson swiftly shifted over to the chamber once an archeologist there moved away, where there was only room for one person.

He copied him and lay across the floor with his head and upper body entering the chamber.

He could not even guess how long it had been hidden away for! The place had confused their logical deductions all over the place, and they could not make proper assumptions and Bryson was surprised that even the most advanced scientists were stumped.

The obscurity there was full of chilling deadly silence, with the vast centuries that it had rested there making it hideous. There was a sensation of death having occurred there, and it being buried away in one of the deadliest regions.

Dead alien insects hung everywhere around the edges of the chamber and Bryson waved his hand in circles scraping them away from him.

In dimness below, just in the light’s range, he watched dim gleams from things in stones reflect dim light, producing a magical effect upon his hazy sight.

Faint echoes of his breathing could be heard in its extraordinary silence in the chamber, and he sensed that the archaeologists behind him had found something there and he could not realize where or what it was!

The descriptions that some of the archaeologists finally murmured made it unacceptable to believe what they suggested the chamber was! They specified that the location was a resting place of something! His mind conjured up vague visions of spooky alien ghosts resting there.

Water splashed over his face as it dripped from a crack in the roof overhead, and he moved sideways from it.

With it away he moved back and cleaned it away from his face and he watched an archeologist’s light at his side explore the chamber, which had been clearly cut out using the same method as the canyon, tunnel, and castle stone.

The chamber was small and things in it looked fragile and he believed they would be damaged if he entered it, and he had glimpses of things and tried to guess what they had been, and he listened to the surreal echoes of the archaeologists giving their thoughts of what was there.

He shifted his arms slowly down into it and an archeologist moved in close and shone the light right into it.

At his front an object came into sight and he felt its roughness with his fingertips through thick dirt, obscuring a proper view of it, and he cleaned the dirt away, and he placed his hands over it and its shape and hideous outline became clear and he moved back jerking his hands away, and established that it was an open-mouthed skeleton with a rusted knife embedded in its chest.

The others soon came over and crowded around it!

“How recent do you think this happened?” Merton asked, examining it up close.

“A very long time ago …” one of the archaeologists confirmed confidently, who was examining it closely.

Their voices changed and became more professional! Some archaeologists gave silent explanations to what might have happened, clearly affected by the occurrences that had happened at the castle.

Bryson watched Merton’s figure hanging over the chamber trying to grasp information about it, and he searched the remains of the clothing on the skeleton, but found nothing there except pieces of thick string, which it had been tied in.

“This place could have had devil worshipers or similar?” Merton said firmly to Bryson, unsure what else it could have been.

“I would say so!” one of the archaeologists replied.

“Someone gave this human sacrifice here, a long time ago!” he stated to them, and one of the archeologists wrote it down.

As Merton moved away the archaeologists moved in and got to work on checking it in detail, and with gasps and surprises they revealed its hideous agonized face more from the dirt.

They continued brushing away thick dirt, which obscured a proper view of it, while some crumbling bits of gray rot fell off.

Bryson’s mind slowly grasped its hideous outline, and he moved forwards to the chamber wondering what the place had been and why they had been doing it there, and he no longer heard the murmurs of the archaeologists still discussing their find, and what other people would think of it.

How many centuries had the chamber been hidden away there, and how long ago had the death occurred? The chamber had a chilling silence, and he regularly watched dim gleams from stone lighting up like from a mysterious source.

After listening to more of the thoughts of archeologists he realized that they were excited about discovering one of the inhabitants there, which they had not so far found, and they wanted quickly to reveal its fully cleaned features and properly examine it! But Bryson knew it would not show much as it was too old and bad condition, and all its remaining features were revealed already and that it could have even been human.

They wondered why the chamber had been so buried away? Why devil worshippers or whoever had made deadly sacrifices? The race was clearly an advanced race and from some form of ancient tribe!

He wondered what the place would throw at him next! All his life he had been use to solving things as they appeared and now he was having every unsolvable mystery dumped on him simultaneously without a suggestion of a clue.

“Did you come up with anything?” Mortimer asked, entering the room, to his amusement, noticing that he looked frustrated.

Yet they had an alien skeleton, which he noticed most of the archeologists were now more interested in than anything else, and he realized that it could give some information about them, and that they could be superstitious and make sacrifices to something, and he wondered if they could be even more deadly, defensive, and powerful than they imagined, which would explain why they built such a castle.

Mortimer moved around looking baffled, as well as tired, and examined the skeleton.

Bryson rested and listened to two of the archeologists explain what their theories were to him.

Bryson’s sight fell on the skeleton as they lifted the remaining bits of it out of the chamber, and he wondered if he should react to having the privilege of encountering an alien species.

The remains of the skull showed that it had similar looks after all, and he considered why!

Mortimer grew annoyed and one of the archeologists dropped part of the skull, and Bryson shifted position and saw something sparkle in it as he did, and he bent over it and stuck his hand in it at where it was, and into dirt in the center of it, and he probed through it and felt an object, and pulled it out.

“What do you think?” Merton asked, trying to see what it was.

Bryson cleaned the dirt away, encrusting most of it, and found it, and he started polishing it with a cotton handkerchief that he had in his pocket and revealed an ancient large thick metal collar, and he examined it and made it sparkle.

The large size of it was peculiar and he had not seen any normal one that size before.

“Can I see it?” an archeologist eagerly asked, and he swiftly shifted in beside him and put out his hand. “I’ve seen something like that before …”

Bryson handed it over seeing that he knew something, and the archeologist twisted and unscrewed an area of it, and removed it from it.

“Objects can be hidden in them!” the archeologist stated, and his fingers probed inside it and removed a piece of oily cloth.

 

Chapter 12

 

The Map

 

Bryson placed the ancient piece of worn cloth over the floor and stretched it out as far as he could without damaging it. Perhaps done for the first time in thousands of years, and someone shone a light directly onto it, and Bryson gasped as its faint details became clearer and archeologists grouped around it and they examined it.

“It’s an old drawing of something?” one of the archeologists moaned, seeing something that confirmed his beliefs.

Bryson knew that it was more, and that it was a combination of different views of some region of the castle structure with different side views and a top view, showing where things were there, and he knew it because it was so important and used to find things there, and he had seen something similar in the other castles. It was far more detailed and advanced, as he would have expected it to be, and more than what it looked like, and it was an accurate map of a region there.

Bryson’s thoughts occasionally went wild wondering what they had been up to there! This castle was like a town, and he was sure that they were in an accommodation region! What were they doing here? And why were there so many mysteries at the place?

Mortimer took the map when he stopped searching it and held it over his light, and Bryson considered the faint lines on it for a moment. He tried to realize what it had been like! And what they thought of the castle?

“But has it anything to do with the treasure?” one of the archeologists finally asked, desperate for clues.

They all took it and examined it for clues to its identity and passed it on, while mainly trying to guess why it was there!

It could be more valuable than assumed but on the other hand it could be anything! They studied it from different angles, until they lost interest.

“There looks to be far more there than there is here?” Merton stated, pointing at faint lines that showed far larger places and rooms than there. It was logical that the entire castle would not be accommodation! Unless the aliens were different, and only seemed human!

“Where do you think it is though?” an archeologist finally muttered, like he knew where it was and wanted to confirm it.

“It’s surely the central region!” Mortimer finally answered, seeing they were not coming out with anything. “So let’s have a check …”

After a few seconds the others agreed and showed that they wanted to look there anyway, and were tired of exploring the accommodation region, and they started moving out into the corridor, and Bryson put the map away in his pocket.

The place was valuable beyond belief and that could well prove there was more and that they had great wealth! Yet he could not realize why they never admitted there would be more treasures?

As he marched on behind the others he vaguely wondered how safe the castle structure itself really was and if the top floor was safe, as it had been built a vast amount of time ago and there could have been things that had been keeping it up that had deteriorated. The top floor looked far different from the rest of the castle, and clearly never repaired itself. Who would know if they had only designed it to last a few hundreds of years at the most?

Yet if it had stayed up the amount of time that it had it must be strong enough not to collapse! They could have easily built it to last! He had only seen castles with no roofs that were crumbling away, and he had never heard of one such as it falling. Yet he had heard of parts of modern structures collapsing! This world the island was on could well have a higher gravity than where it had been before, and there could be earthquakes!

 

Chapter 13

 

The Center of the Castle

 

It was surprising how accurately and firmly they had identified where the location on the map was in the castle, and he at one point had not even thought that they would locate it without spending weeks and exploring the whole castle!

The members of the Exploration Association with them seemed to be the best at it, and kept some of their detection methods a secret from them, and they soon were in the region examining the incredible place from the top floor, and identifying the places on the map.

The walk there had been about five-miles, through incredible corridors, which in places had collapsed into the floor below, and they learned far more about what the castle looked like than over their entire stay there and since finding the castle in the jungle.

The corridors entirely changed and many turned into corridors that went along balconies of immense halls and meeting places, where things like seats went out everywhere around central stage regions, and they entered other vast areas that were identical to city locations, which he compared them to, but many had no equivalent and had them stumped.

The castle was like a miniature city with the outer regions mainly accommodations and the central region with all of the governing and public work and leisure regions, and he estimated that the castle was around ten-miles in size, all around the square castle, which they confirmed from a central tower that went high above the castle, showing the immense structure, even with trees and vegetation covering most of the roof, and they saw large regions that had collapsed in at the top floor, and they photographed the castle from every angle before they left.

Bryson examined the best places to look on the map, and he started trying to examine any hidden marks on it, and one of the archeologists who helped him suddenly noticed something marked on it at the tower, and later on he saw him measuring the floor at the bottom of the tower, and he wondered what he was thinking.

The map looked different in the bright light from outside at a roof window and he saw things that had not been recognizable before and it slightly surprised him as he had expected it to have dulled lines and blemishes, especially because of its already bad condition and ancient age.

Bryson glared, partially blinded by a sudden illumination from the sun overhead, and its powerful glare, and from not having seen it for a long time. Then he saw more detail and faint lines that had faded and that had not been visible before and he wondered if the others had seen stuff that he had not seen there, and if they had why they never bothered examining it.

Yet it was also the fact he had not seen the place or what it was that had made parts of it unrecognizable as anything!

He studied things on it astonished at missing them and saw his location on it was marked in more detail, even though it was so faint that he had have taken it to be badly drawn marks or corrections rubbed away.

It looked too small to be significant and it was not just a bad drawing as it had been carefully and accurately drawn! And he considered why the alien had gone to such lengths to draw it so well into the sketch, and wondered why it had been killed and what it had been like, and why it had been buried there?

Bryson joined Merton and some of the archeologists measuring the room, who took it that he knew what they knew.

Bryson gradually realized what he had missed and that the map gave the exact location and center of the bottom of the tower, and they accurately measured the precise spot.

He was sure a small chamber existed there, and he wondered why it had been hidden away and why they had been so secretive, and had been marked on the old map?

Nonetheless, how could they check it? Where could the entrance to it be? It had to be sealed!

Bryson considered it for a moment realizing what Merton was considering, and he wondered if he would just knock a hole in the floor at the center of where it was marked on the map? Their faces still showed some puzzlement though, indicating that they had a problem and had not realized how best to deal with it.

Bryson started banging the floor at the spot and about it listening to see how hollow it sounded in different places.

They decided to do more, suddenly looking more energetic!

“It would be a shame to ruin such a floor for nothing,” Bryson explained, considering the hole that they had made in the floor to enter the chamber beneath the floor. “It would make a mess!”

One of the archeologists who had found the chamber suddenly decided to use the opportunity to show them what they were missing and went over to the spot at the center of the room and started brushing away dirt around the perimeter of it, showing them that there was in fact a gap going around it, which looked like a large crack and was deliberately concealed.

“What do you think it is then?” Bryson asked him, confused.

“We’ll need to find a way to tug it out from the side!” he explained, and Bryson shrugged and decided to wait for him to show him what he was talking about.

The archeologists had them go to different places around the spot, examining the crack, and gave them each a tool to insert into the crack, which allowed them to grip the concealed slab there, and they yanked it slightly outwards, proving nothing was holding it, and Bryson recalled a similar entrance that they had found at the last castle, and realized that it was really a large trapdoor concealing something below, and he helped them pull it out, and soon realized that it then opened out freely on hinges at one side.

It opened out revealing a dark hidden chamber beneath them, and the archeologist left to get a light!

 

Chapter 14

 

The Hidden Tunnel

 

Once the archeologist returned Parker arrived back there with him, after resting and having a meal, and he realized that they had found something and he saw Merton and them standing around the large hole in the floor.

The archeologist shone his light around the large hole and deep into the chamber, which went deep below somewhere.

“What do you reckon’s down there?” Bryson asked, trying to see in it as far as he could with the light, but all he saw were stone steps vanishing below.

Bryson entered the tunnel when Merton entered it, with the light showing the ancient steps going straight down, and Bryson followed him, surprised that they could make a tunnel and stairs fit into such a confined space, and he examined it in detail as he crept down.

Bryson allowed Merton to gain some distance and watched him going down without a light, using Bryson’s light to see the steeply declining steps, and he wondered how much danger there was there as he continued following him down.

He moved down making sure that he never slipped after watching Merton nearly do it, and a deep thud echoed down from behind and he swiftly turned and saw Parker following him, for the Exploration Association, and he realized that it was a good idea only having three of them as the ancient derelict steps might not be able to support more weight.

The ebbing radiance of his light was not enough to fully cover the three of them at the distance they were apart, and neither of the other two attempted to move nearer to him, or had lights hidden away that he thought they might have, by their distancing, and when he speeded up to catch up with Merton Parker fell behind him and he had to slow down, and he was amazed when Merton even entered a region below where his light never fully reached, or allowed him to see Merton.

They were strange sometimes in such circumstances and he realized that he was now going down without checking his footing, and safety too, and he tried to grasp the concept of these tunnels and thought of the last tunnels that he had entered and what they had been for, and he imagined his position in the castle, from the floors, and on the map, and tried to recall the place where they were at and what was behind the walls, and where they were going. He was sure that it might have been part of its defense against invaders, with it being a castle! Unless the castle design had been used just for looks, which he had suspected? Why else should such a structure with such technology need a castle design? Yet it was aliens that had built it and they might have had another use for it!

Sounds from his front and behind altered and echoed and muddled in strange tones, which he imagined were other things, like the stairs collapsing, and at times he expected to go plummeting into a dark abyss, and he strained his eyes more and more to see what he was doing, where Merton was, and occasionally looked back at Parker and what looked like his slow casual approach, even though he stayed at the same distance away, and he wondered why he was so keen to find what was there, which made him believe that there could be something there.

Yet Bryson started to see that it might be guesses and that there could be anything there, from some ancient map that was not connected to anything that had been fully proven!

He saw little below and saw little above, and that there were no new features of anything, and that the tunnel’s small shape (less than a meter all around him) vanished into the dark, where Merton had vanished into.

The steps seemed to descend more sharply and hazardously and he had to climb down more, rather than walk down like with normal stairs, and he had to hold himself upright and lean backwards, and its drop seemed perpendicular at times.

Once he thought he heard distant movements from below, surrounded by their surges of strange sounds, as though sounds from the future were appearing, and he imagined it something like was a warning of something from himself, foreseeing the future, perhaps from something like particles from some future event leaving space and time and reappearing there with it being detected by his mind, with some hidden detection system that had been built up through millions of years, and he reacted by watching out for anything ahead! He believed his body was capable of far more at many different levels!

What was Merton up to? Why was Parker not reacting, and he considered calling down to him or waiting for Parker, and he decided to wait for Parker, and he stopped and watched him, with his light oscillating irregularly. Its light swayed over the stone, and the narrow shaft seemed to vanish into a point below.

A feeble glow from something below caught his attention and he wondered what was there to reflect it, and his eyes altered to the light there and he saw Merton struggling to do something on the steps and he rushed down towards him, and wondered why he was not shouting for help as he saw him hanging from something at the steps.

It was as though sound was vanishing somewhere there and that he could not hear anything!

When he got close to him he stood shocked as he saw that the steps had collapsed, and he wondered why it had not been loud or why he had not felt the shock.

He swiftly placed the light down and watched Merton virtually hanging by his fingertips from the lowest remaining step, and he realized it had collapsed a long time ago and that he had walked over the edge and had just caught the step, and Bryson lifted him onto the dangerous steps above, and he realized how crazy Merton had become!

 

Chapter 15

 

The Thing in the Spacesuit

 

Bryson felt happy to be back at the front of the castle again, and in their meeting room, resting in one of the seats, which the others had made while they had been exploring the center of the castle.

“I know these rooms like the back of my hand!” one of the scientists claimed, and Bryson realized that he was working his way up to asking them what they had explored and found on their trip, and he wondered why nobody had said anything and he realized that they were too tired too.

Suddenly, the scientist jumped, and Bryson’s heart leapt, when a figure entered the room in a spacesuit, which shifted out from the darkness in the corridor, and one of the archeologists reached for his gun and found that the weapon was gone!

They all moved away from the figure and some moved near the door, and they all stared at the figure of the spacesuit, and Bryson relaxed and wondered who the hell was there and where he had got the spacesuit.

Bryson watched the strange figure move in close and bang his glove hard against a table near him, and he watched shocked!

There was something strange there that he could not grasp about it, and he moved and did things far differently than any of them, and Bryson watched Merton and his shocked reactions. It was like there was something there that should not be there!

He could not place the man and put it down to memory loss from his lack of sleep and all the work that they had carried out, and the strange environment.

Parker studied his faceplate and could not see through the dark shiny material, and the figure never reacted and sat in a seat.

“We’ll have to check him!” Mortimer stated, after minutes of silence, to the unsaid questions.

“Who could it be?” one of the archeologists asked confused.

“He’s not one of us!” another archeologist finally stated. “And all the guns are gone!”

“That’s a good question!” Parker replied first. “Who or what else could be here in this hellhole place!”

“He must have something to say if he traveled here!” one of the scientists replied quickly.

“It might be the killer of your scientist friend?” an archeologist stated firmly.

Bryson watched them all become aware of the danger, and start to think of ways of protecting themselves.

“And what does it want?” the scientist replied first. “That is the question! And why did it want to meet us here? It could easily have kept itself hidden away!”

“This could be a first contact situation?” Parker replied.

Bryson studied the figure of the spacesuit and realized that it had not moved or done anything since it had sat down.

“If they monitored us and traced us back here …”

“What do they want?”

Bryson sensed someone could do something stupid and it was not going to say anything so he walked over to it and slowly lifted the faceplate of the spacesuit, and stood back shocked!

It was the scientist that had been killed, and they stood staggered, and the others that could not see its face rushed to areas where they could see what was there.

The dead scientist removed his spacesuit and sat back into his seat, and they examined him in every detail and saw that his clothes were identical, and one of the archeologists rushed off and returned and told them that the body of the scientist was not there!

“We cannot leave this!” Parker announced.

Bryson sat down confused, trying to work out what they should do, and what it might do, and watched the figure alter and vanish!

 

Chapter 16

 

The Next Death

 

Bryson felt happy as the scientists finished work constructing a small vehicle, using parts that they had got from one of the wall machines. It was a simple but effective means of transport, and moved them and their things about the way that they wanted!

Though they were still to test it properly by using it to travel back into the central region of the castle!

Bryson started to realize that more of them were excepting their fate and that they would have to live on the island and would not be able to return to the Earth, or over a long time! There was, of course, the chance that people back on the Earth realized something had happened and copied what they had done to trace where they ended up or find the treasures that they had been looking for. All they needed was an airplane with the surveillance technology and to copy their scanning where they had been!

Yet even if the world appeared back on the Earth they would have to get in the air and leave the place!

When they used the vehicle to return to the central region and continued their explorations there they decided to build more vehicles with more power and velocity, and they found more items of use on them, and returned satisfied later that day and received to two major surprises from the others on what had happened while they had been away.

The first left them shocked as there had been another death and one of the scientists had been found killed, but they managed to decrease the amount of suspects. Yet many of them thought it might be what had used the dead body of the scientist in the spacesuit! And many of the scientists believed it was something attempting to make contact with them, and had used what it could, and had returned the body back to its original condition and place that it had been.

Bryson believed that someone had killed them, especially by what had been done to them, even if he never had a clue why it had been done! And he noticed that the others started to question each other on where they had been and what they had been doing, and if anyone had argued with the men.

The second surprise was that a communications device that one of them had completed, which was more powerful, started receiving messages from the airplane! But had not been able to reply, but the messages said that they had fully repaired all the damage to the airplane, and found that they had more petrol available than they had thought, and that they intended to make a short flight over the island to search and photograph it.

Parker immediately tried new ways of communicating with them, but could not get through, and told them all in the meeting room that he had a plan.

Parker was the owner of a major company and leading scientist, and was responsible and great at organizing, and they all listened to his ideas regardless of how incredible they seemed.

Bryson straight away knew that there was danger involved, but it did not seem to involve them, but there would a lot of work, and he was not sure there would be no screw-ups or it being a success!

“What is it?” Merton conclusively moaned, after waiting for him to tell them for at least an hour.

“We’ll have to accept that we’re here to stay!” Parker firmly replied. “We cannot even imagine getting off this island! The airplane may have petrol but it cannot make it anywhere, across the sea.”

“Which most of us have known for sometime!” Merton moaned cheekily, showing them his concerns.

“Well, this place is the safest and best place for us on this whole island. True?”

Bryson watched everyone there agree one by one, and Bryson was sure he did not want to leave the safety there, even if there was a killer about, and he did not want to leave his room, bed, food machine, and he agreed out loud that they should stay there, and the others agreed.

“Well,” Parker continued. “We cannot leave the pilots there!”

“So what are we going to do?” Merton replied. “They could even think that we are dead! I would say that they will stay where they are!”

“Correct! If only we could find a way to communicate with them? Has anyone got any ideas?”

Bryson realized that Parker had an idea but had an unsolved problem and that he needed to communicate with them.

“They would still have to travel across the island without any weapons and find this place?” Merton moaned. “It would be a very dangerous mission!”

“I’ve an answer to that! And us keeping the airplane! We could build a landing site on part of the castle roof! Nearby, where it is solid and can support the weight! What do you think?”

“That sounds a great idea!” one of Parker’s scientists replied first. “There actually is an area nearby where the roof is in its original condition and the same as these lower floors, which still repairs damage done to it! We discovered it the other day!”

“What do you think?” Parker asked.

They all agreed, and wanted it there, but they had to find a way to communicate with the pilots!

Bryson nodded firmly in agreement and returned to where he had been resting and wondered how they could communicate with airplane! He was sure that the reason that they had not been able to reply to the airplane was that the communications equipment needed to be far more larger and powerful, and he wondered why they had not tried to build it already, or somehow increased its power of something.

He had some ideas on improving things and told them to Parker and other scientists and they agreed.

The first idea was to build a communications device with enough power, and the second idea was to build the landing site where they had planned and leave a large message written across it telling them to land there!

 

Chapter 17

 

The New Mission

 

The scientists endeavored to inspect everything, and do what could be done in such a position, preparing for the airplane to fly over the island to explore what was there.

Parker worked away, at the edge of the action and the airplane landing site on the castle roof, organizing everything, studying readouts given to him by scientists, making conclusions, and giving his findings into a microphone of a recorder, communicator, or to scientists near him, while occasionally examining the island about him in glances.

The island was a bright, desolate of human activity, and stretched out all around them, and covered mainly by immense trees, with its many dense dangerous jungle areas, and golden sand or hill regions, and with the curious massive cavity around the castle and its jungle.

Bryson and the others had finished all the heavy physical work and procedure, and he felt weary from it having been unexpectedly lengthened after them having to examine the landing site in detail for anything that could damage or destroy an airplane.

The main job had been removing muck, debris, and thick bushes there, and Bryson saw how lucky they were as much of the roof had trees and large thick vegetation growing over it.

It was a perfect landing site, and could not be more even, and Bryson thought he even saw landing sites at other regions, where the roof had deteriorated, where the castle’s builders had landed airplanes and Bryson wondered where the airplanes had ended up, and wondered why the thing that used the dead scientist’s body had got the idea for the spacesuit.

If they were unable to contact the airplane and it never saw them he wondered if they could build a small airplane. Some of Parker’s scientists had experience with airplanes!

They even finished the large message across the landing site that he was sure the pilots might see, asking them to use it as a landing site, and below scientists were furiously working on the communications equipment to try to contact them, and Bryson realized that they were doing their best.

It surprised him how keen they were to have the airplane there, and he wondered if it was actually to use if the Earth appeared there, and Bryson realized if the Earth did appear that the pilots could leave there without them, and they could have a place to land on the Earth.

Bryson noticed that Merton had an idea that he had kept secret, and he wondered why, and he refused to say anything!

It was soon late evening and they finished the work and message, and were cleaning themselves up, when Bryson wondered again why there were no real large flying species there, and heard a faint buzz in the distance, which he listened to wondering if it was something, and realized that it was the airplane when the sound altered to a different tone.

Parker reacted to his response first and used his communications device to the scientists in the castle below, and shouted, “Have you finished the communications equipment!”

“No!” a scientist confirmed. “It’ll take hours to complete!”

Parker and the others gasped and started to realize that all their work could be ineffective, as they realized the airplane was not flying high enough to see it, and it was flying low surveying the island in detail, and Bryson watched on in horror, especially when it clearly took its closest position to the castle structure and it was clear that it could not see them from there, and they all knew that the mission had been a failure.

Yet at the side of Bryson’s eyes he saw Merton working quickly on something, and he wondered what the hell he was up to!

Suddenly Merton ran over to where they were, shouting, “Get the hell down! I used a large amount of explosives in two!”

To their surprise they watched large homemade rockets firing into the air from where Merton had been, from pipes that he had assembled to launch them, and some accurately fired over to the airplane, and Bryson gasped as they exploded, and they stood stunned by the blasts of two of the last rockets exploding like powerful bombs, sending up large flocks of flying creatures from jungle regions all across their front.

Parker’s calm concentrating glare then caught Bryson’s attention, and he followed his glare over to the airplane and they watched it change direction, and fly over towards them, and they stood and waved at it, and ran over to the edges as it came down.

 

Chapter 18

 

The Monster

 

A deep red streak of light shot through the castle walls like a large red laser beam, going through walls like they were just mist, but with accuracy and intelligence, seeking to carry out some programmed mission, with it altering to bright red glowing flickers, and it raged on.

Scientists witnessed it and filmed it with cameras intending to capture the killer, and when Bryson saw it he saw some energy force that traveled through matter with such speed that he could not think of an equivalent.

Further glimpses of it appeared later and it was described as being like red lightning, with clear descriptions of an explosive shock of sound. Others saw materializations and swift flashes of red, and when they slowed the filmed sequences down they stood stunned observing a red field of energy with devil features, straight out of the realms of hell, and they realized that they were confronting a new deadly life form.

One film sequence captured Bryson’s imagination, which he showed to Merton and Mortimer, and they stood staggered to, to his amazement, and just stared at its giant red demon shape glowing, within hideous energy surges.

What it was remained unknown and they observed it while it carried out what it was doing, while it consistently stopped itself vanishing from existence and back into its original pure energy state, and Bryson wondered if it had the same origins as the thing in the spacesuit that had attempted to make contact with them.

Although most of the people there thought it was one of the things in the jungle, which had made it into the castle, which brought up the question of why they could not enter that region. Yet some of the scientists and others thought there was something there preventing them entering. There would have been signs of them being there!

After setting up equipment to get a proper look at it they finally managed to get a close and detailed view of it, which showed that parts of its composition frequently altered or vanished from view and even formed other hideous things.

How could such a thing exist and what was its natural environment? Had it appeared from the great immense galaxy, and from the immense energy forces and unnatural environment that existed there? How did create or get its vast powers, or had it a way of storing them? And what the hell was the thing doing there?

It shifted through different states and forms of itself like a freak of nature, and Bryson started to believe that it had entered from another strange universe or dimension where things were different and it was trying to adapt to there, or was a being trapped or living between dimensions.

He had witnessed things like it in the last castle, and still had not solved what was there!

In ancient times people would have either escaped with their lives and given accounts of confronting the most deadly and powerful demon from the deepest depths of hell or given accounts of it attempting to brutally kill or drain their bodies of energy, and leave their remains in hideous forms.

Yet when Bryson told Merton and Mortimer what he believed it was they ignored and dismissed it, and only admitted that it could be interdimensional or whatever else, and he realized that they had discovered something!

After listening to their assumptions he realized that they believed it was to do with what had landed them there on the island, and that it gave reactions and had defenses to certain things, like it reacted to the airplane’s surveillance scan of it, especially when it eventually landed them there, after it blocking their scans, and their scan on the island giving the castle structure.

According the people on the airplane they had attempted to scan there again just before they landed at the castle and had picked up interference that had blocked them seeing any proper results.

Parker and his scientists were in another world as they had the airplane and all the valuable equipment, and they had attempted to use it on the thing rushing through the walls and they had received the same reactions as their attempt to scan the castle, and they believed that it was somehow with it!

Sometimes it had been seen lurking through the dark shadows of the castle doing unseen hideous things, and examining the formations of things.

At times it had seemed to detect their thoughts and try to understand what they were, and detect strange forms of energy or sources from them as though trying to analyze what they could be!

 

Chapter 19

 

The Interdimensional Scan

 

Bryson was amazed to discover from Mortimer that the airplane’s new scanning technology used interdimensional scanning, which the military had used at the last castle that they had been at, and he realized why the thing that had landed the airplane had reacted, as the other had done at the other castle.

It was virtually like trying to read its mind to him! Though it was far more advanced than the technology and combating the problem, and he wondered what it was up to.

It had not damaged their equipment and that proved to Bryson and them that it wanted it to be there.

It surprised Bryson that main place that they were unable to scan there, which they were given a glimpse of something existing there, was at the tunnel below the castle tower that they had found, which had been on the map that they had found, and that it must be at the bottom of the castle, far below where the stone steps had collapsed, and Merton had fallen off and nearly died.

Merton was obsessed with there, and soon moved some equipment and scientists into the room there at the bottom of the castle, with tunnel behind the wall, and eventually persuaded Parker into moving his equipment there to examine what they could behind the wall.

The scientists set everything up around room wall and detected a disturbance there for them to observe, and Bryson arrived with some of his things and made himself comfortable with being there, and especially away from the murder scene at the other side of the castle, which had the scientists there now packed together and coming out with new methods of filming what was happening there. They had not put any cameras in their rooms but they had set them up in all the corridors, and if anyone entered there they would be recognized!

Yet what Bryson never forgot was one of the deaths had occurred while most of them had been at the other side of the castle, and that had lowered the figure of the suspects.

The real mystery was why the person had done it, and they could not realize if it would happen again. The person would have to be mad to carry anything out there now, and would surely be got eventually.

It surprised Bryson that the things were connected! The lost treasure, the map, and the disturbance and what had taken them down there.

It was incredible as at one point he had considered the thing and the tunnel to be the most dangerous place there, with the supernatural disturbances there, and it was there just behind the wall in front of him, in the tunnel, and which could well be the most powerful supernatural spot that they had discovered, and it captured Merton and Mortimer’s imagination and research, and he now felt happy there with feelings of comfort from being away from the murder occurrences, which they were annoying him everywhere with the detection of.

He never had a way of solving it at the moment, or perhaps at all, and he wondered if they could examine the minds of all the remaining suspects!

At one point he had been sure that they had been going to remove all the suspects and take them all away to interrogate them. Sounds of them were away in the distance still active in his imagination, as he watched all the scientists in the room about him doing their work and he considered what they could achieve there at the most, but again he had too little facts to assume anything.

He had thought of getting permission from Merton or Mortimer to have their scientists inform him of any new discoveries at his room, to give him any information from the equipment as they found it, but he decided to hang around there and they would tell him anything important when it occurred.

He frequently heard gasps from the scientists there when they considered what could be behind the wall, and the power of it, with it being able to do such powerful things and being from beyond the universe! It reminded him of sitting at a wall with hell or some hideous place behind it. What was he missing? What were they missing?

He was starting to think that he would end up believing that anything could exist anywhere if it had the right means, and he knew the powers of science could be used to create incredible things.

The situation was getting better anyway and the castle’s interior was great, but could be dangerous and he wondered if he was imagining that they could get out of the place and any future situations alive, and that the place and supernatural disturbances were playing games with them and if they either escaped from there or it was ready it would take action against them! The tension on them for action had clearly been increasing!

Bryson suddenly recalled recognizing some of the work that some of the scientists had done years ago, when he had been examining documents, and he recalled why he had remembered it all, as it had to do with them checking for the existence of paranormal for the military.

Their stuff was surprising and even more surprising with them working there with the psychic researchers and he recalled that he had even originally thought that they had been deliberately putting the paranormal research title on their project to cover their work and discoveries, as he had not properly seen anyone even check what they had claimed they had been doing or had created. He had thought that they had also been checking alien encounters or the possibility of an alien encounter having happened!

He had once questioned them on what they had been doing in more detail and if they had found anything and they gave him documents that informed him that they were checking for virtually all known forms of unknown disturbances worldwide.

He questioned Mortimer about supernatural disturbances and if they had detected anything occurring there or elsewhere when the deaths had taken place and he informed him that they had not been properly able to detect anything as they never had their paranormal scientists and equipment there, but had acknowledged many from his experience, and was sure some existed there in the castle.

He wondered if they could put something together that could properly detect anything emerging there in the castle, and they could properly check the red demon entity that had charged through the walls there.

They could know where anything of that nature was located and they could warn the others! They were not actually protected by anything from it, and he wondered if there was some reason that it never reacted to them?

“Presumable supernatural reactions and any presence will act on things and produce effects to indicate them being there,” Merton replied firmly, when he had asked him. “Such as it altering air currents, gravity, magnetic fields, radioactivity, scent, sound waves, static, the light spectrum …”

“This scanning equipment of David Parker is highly advanced and more than anything we’ve encountered!” Bryson replied. “It can scan and check everything that is about in a degree that has not been done before! To find out if we are missing something!”

Merton glared at him for a second and laughed, and he looked as if he was wondered how much he was exaggerating things, and replied, “What’s there is capable of stopping it though! It even achieved it at the airplane miles out over the sea!”

“I think it might let us have some more information!” Mortimer finally replied, considering it. “This is not the same as the last castle or other situations either! I think we may be able persuade it into giving us information! It must know we are not a threat! What I want to know is what it wants and why it is here? Why has it not left here after such a long length of time? And, very importantly, why does it do what it does? We might be able to persuade it that we can help it?”

“We have an abundance of things!” Merton continued. “We specialize and experiment in detecting things! This is the best there is and we love investigating anything extraordinary! Even if it is or is not an assassin trying to wipe us out … And we’d love to help it and study it if it is on our side!”

Bryson started to grasp how advanced they were now and how undetectable the thing really was! And he wanted to see what they were up against!

“I don’t believe we would even have found it if it had not wanted to show itself!” Mortimer added, while clearly trying to encourage the scientists around him in their work again. “It is pretty well concealed!”

Bryson was confused and wondered what they were suggesting, and why they were so secretive in places? He had always wondered what they had discovered without him, and was sure that they were covering things up! Surely they would only really receive fame for such a discovery if it was proven to exist?

“We have found something new!” Bryson continued. “We have not seen anything like it before! It is unknown and it has intelligence and power!”

“An existence with powers that we have not seen before?” Merton replied.

“We know little about it and if it ever is or was a life form?” Mortimer continued. “Or what form of life it is or could have been? But we are sure one of its properties is that it exists through other time zones, or dimensions of time!”

Both Merton and Bryson, and other scientists there, including Parker, looked up simultaneously, and looked at him!

“What makes you think its present in other time zones?” Merton asked, curiously.

“The time traveler from the future traced it to Hess’s crash, and told us that he had traced the ultimate time traveler of the future and its lost treasures and ultimate technology of colossal value through different time zones!”

Bryson was surprised, and realized that they had forgotten about that, and that it might actually be from the future and exist through different time zones. Yet he was unsure, as well as the others, what that meant! Had the time traveler meant that or had it just been the way that he talked, with its future language.

Things normally did exist in different time zones, and he wondered why it had not been present in time zones going into the future, and for many thousands of years.

After a few minutes Mortimer watched them, and replied, “It’s pretty vague! But I think it is hidden in some hidden region outside time and in most time zones! I think that it has found a hidden region outside space and time, and the fourth dimension, where it is not normally traceable, and that the time travelers of the future detected it with their time probes, and the time traveler’s time machine detected it while being outside space and time, at a position where the time machine must have put itself to detect all the different time zones together, for it to detect the exact time zone to reenter.”

“It actually exists there outside the time zones?” Merton asked.

“And interdimensional in time zones, making it normally invisible in the time zones as well as outside the time zones, and for some reason was visible in the time zones Hess crashed in and we were in!”

“It stopped us detecting it with the interdimensional scanning technology!” Bryson continued. “And could have avoided being detected at the time zones! Which leaves one question left, and why it has hidden itself away from everything for so long?”

“And why it wanted us to find it?” Mortimer answered firmly. “It must have known that the time traveler was not capable of much, and that we would not have found it without him!”

 

Chapter 20

 

The New Equipment

 

Bryson was more confused than ever before! What the hell were they about to make contact with, and why did it want them?

Why was it so hidden away and so powerful? Just how dangerous could it become?

Bryson realized their point once again and heard them silently confide that they wished to keep what was happening as confidential as possible, and wondered what they could actually discover and what they actually expected.

As they considered what to say next Bryson examined nearby newly installed equipment, and recognized that it was for detecting neutrinos and considered what they used it for, and guessed it was another way of detecting the undetectable.

Much of it was new and being checked out further on the airplane, and wondered what Parker hoped to discover or achieve.

Bryson had decided to check out their new equipment when he could, even though he was not sure what most of the stuff on the airplane was for. What he had seen had been little and could be easily have been exaggerated by them! They could be keeping the real stuff hidden away, as it was highly confidential and they were scientists with an interest in it, especially Merton and Mortimer.

When he arrived back there later he was surprised to see that the place was packed with more equipment, which had been in boxes on the airplane, and even though he never knew what it was he was sure it was powerful stuff and the latest technology. The place looked transformed into something new! And he was surprised to see other scientists had arrived to see what was happening there.

One of the biggest surprises he got was when examined it up close and saw how expensive and advanced it was! The military back on the Earth would be enraged at its loss! He could not understand how they could put it there with such value!

Everywhere he looked he found them searching for clues and examining things, and realized that they were going to discover something of immense importance!

 

Chapter 21

 

The Killer

 

When he arrived back at the meeting room he heard a heavy thud that sounded like an explosion of something and he felt it shudder through his body, and he realized someone had fired a gun and he and Merton rushed over to where they heard it and at the front of the castle, where they now usually avoided!

As they reached there, wondering what was happening, they saw a strange black figure like a hairy ape creature covered in long black hair rushing out into the jungle, which he thought was staggering, and wondered what it was.

When it started vanishing into the trees he looked about for what he was missing and stood confused when he saw two of the archeologists hidden behind a tree blasting rounds of bullets at it, and one finally hitting it!

Bryson put on a thicker jacket from his bag and threw his bag into the castle, and rushed over to them, and he became sure something was going to happen there as they were getting ready to do something, and they rushed out into the jungle and invited them to follow them and they followed, checking that it was not going to turn darker, but he was sure that they had at least an hour before it did.

Bryson soon started showing his presence when he questioned one of them, while they scrambled through the trees and he heard something in front of them giving panic-stricken cries.

They clearly were chasing the killer out into the jungle, after it had tried to kill one of the archeologists and they were glad to have Bryson there.

None of them could identify the killer and they wondered what it was and why it was killing them! None of them clearly had seen its face, and they were positive that they had shot and could kill it, before it escaped!

It had entered the castle and tried to kill one of them again but had been caught this time, and it had alerted Bryson that they had not even locked or shut the castle entrance, especially with all the things in the jungle there!

One of the archeologists removed a light and flashed it over a dark area, heavily surrounded in large trees, and they watched it illuminate there, making Bryson also realize it had become dimmer around them, with the sky above darker, and he wondered if they had mistimed it. Was this thing even setting them up and luring them into a trap somewhere ahead?

It turned worse later when he realized that they were going to refuse to return until they came to a conclusion!

Yet they had guns and many bullets, which they had made, and the thing surely had not seen guns before, and he realized it could have them out there in the dark with all those things there about!

It confused him as nobody yet had properly seen its features below its hair, which was clearly covered, and the speed of it was incredible and like a good athlete. Yet had it increased its running speed to get out of being caught, and he wondered how long it could run at that speed? They were sure that it had slowed down!

Its speed was all it had and where they had underestimated it and it had managed to get out into the jungle, but it had left bloodstains and footprints and them going after it fast.

When Bryson saw one of its full footprints he was surprised! As it looked like a human footprint, but far smaller and lighter, with its placement strange and placed differently than he had seen before! Yet he knew nothing like a human or anything else could exist there, and to Bryson’s disappointment it still seemed to be traveling at a fast pace and he wondered where the hell it was going to out there, and he wondered if it had attacked them as they had been the same as it, which could mean that it was on its own and at war with its own species.

It had survived in the jungle and seemed to know it and where it was going, and it proved that they could survive there. He was sure that the other things in jungle when they had arrived at the castle might have attacked them there as they walked straight through them and openly stood against them, and he was sure that it survived by hiding and avoiding them!

Their confidence increased by the discovery of a large amount of blood that showed that it had been badly wounded and that they had not imagined it, and they collected some and examined it and Bryson was amazed that it looked the same as theirs and as though it had been altered with something, and something on the wound had altered it somehow, and he wondered if they could catch it if they chased it for long enough, and he was sure that it was attempting to keep going until they gave up!

Although they kept considering turning back as it became darker and deeper in the jungle, and it looked as though they could be ambushed at any time, and Bryson even started wondering if they could make it back without getting lost there, and even thought of leaving a trail of something.

When it finally turned to its darkest they saw its shape away in the distance racing and stumbling through trees, giving out cries of despair when it realized the grim truth, and he felt sorry for it and wondered if they let it go if it would avoid them and killing them, but he could not be sure and thought that they should at least capture the thing and check it out! It was far too dangerous!

He wondered where such a thing lived and why it never moved away from such a deadly place? Why had it entered there? Why had it killed them? And why had it kept returning?

The surprising thing was he was sure that it could escape by climbing to the top of a tree! It was lighter and an ape creature!

On the horizon through an area of trees he spotted a bright glowing light, from an immense star beaming out, with beams of radiance blasting through the darkness, through the trees, and he watched its surreal features and tried to compare them to anything that he had seen on the Earth, but never succeeded and ignored it.

The archaeologists suddenly shouted and ran away in front as fast as they could, leaving them behind.

 

Chapter 22

 

The Last Human

 

Away in the distance they watched the archeologists using their lights to search for somewhere beside some trees and stopped and Bryson tried to see what was happening, through the trees in vague light there, and he raced towards them.

Bryson exhausted himself trying not to miss anything, determined to find out what happened, and was blinded by one of the archeologist’s bright light as he beamed it directly in his direction, blasting out of the blackness, and Bryson stopped and waited until Merton caught up with him and they continued when they saw things clearly ahead and moved over to them, standing around something in the vegetation.

Bryson rushed over, sensing that it was needed for some reason, almost blinded from the mixture of bright light and intense dark there, considering everything that he was up against and attempting to observe every place at the one time!

He listened and all he heard was a faint wind blowing some trees about, with pieces of debris falling around wildly.

In all the footsteps below him he suddenly noticed the killer’s footprints and that they staggered around and he saw that it had collapsed where the archeologists were standing ahead of him, and he saw a trail of blood there.

They had attempted to fix its wound with bandages, and when Bryson stood beside them he saw that it was still alive but very close to death.

By their reactions he was sure that they did not have a clue what they were dealing with now! It was dark, within the grounds of the deadliest jungle that he had been in, and they had chased a vicious killer animal and had shot it!

Bryson froze trying to see its face, expecting it to attack him, and he saw that they had tied it up with thick string.

Bryson moved in close trying to see it properly and saw its face, and it watched a nearby branch come falling down from a tree.

Bryson’s heart exploded into action as he recognized its features, and its facial features were directly illuminated by one of the lights!

He watched the figure almost fall sideways, barely able to stay alive, and he saw its blood was the same!

Merton strolled there, not shining his light there, as though not daring to – approaching in wonder as though he were going to meet the devil himself!

Bryson stared down in horror at what he was positive had to be a genetic cross between a human and some alien, crippled across the ground!

It resembled some form of ghost there, with it giving weak splutters from its mouth!

“Do you know what it is?” one of the archeologists muttered, slightly shivering and gritting his teeth.

And they waited for Bryson to say something!

“I want to try to talk to it first!” he pleaded, and they moved back and Bryson knelt down beside it.

“Scientists!” its weak voice muttered, making them gasp, and Bryson nodded in agreement, amazed it could speak his language.

“Are you human?”

“Yes! The last of your future species of human! The last of us returned to living as animals years ago!”

“How did you get here though?” he asked confused.

“We were on the last starship to leave Earth, traveling to a dazzling new world hidden in the depths of the galaxy! It was believed that there was nobody left on the Earth! But we encountered something in the depths of space, far beyond the solar system, and though we had one of the most advanced and powerful starships created with the most advanced defenses it captured it! We were in suspended animation and were brought out of it to witness what happened!

“It brought our starship down on this island, where it rests to this day!”

“Where is it buried?” Bryson asked, amazed, and amazed that they could have missed it.

“The castle!”

“That castle is a starship?” one of the archeologists gasped.

“It was designed and controlled by our most advanced computers, and was capable of many things, and was capable of altering itself into many things, which we wanted, and supplying us with all our needs! Except the alien encounter!

“Our leaders and people decided on the castle as a defense, with the defenses that they created to defend it from the things on this island and on the other worlds it moved to!

“This Earth island moved from world to world, uncontrollably, and more and more people made mistakes and died! Many of us reentered suspended animation, and made frequent reappearances, controlled by its computers, taking us out of suspended animation to view any changes or anything we asked to be brought out of it for! I was determined to be the last, and asked it be, and I watched our people slowly die away. They had wars and deaths from the dangers here!”

Bryson realized that it had been them that had built the canyon and tunnel that they had found there, and that it had been humans that had built everything there! Then he recalled what had happened when he had been going down the stone steps in the tunnel from the canyon and that he had left space and time, and he knew that it was not the humans there, and their technology was not good enough to do it, and he recalled being analyzed and tested by something, before he awakened in the room below, and he knew it was the thing that had landed the starship and the airplane on the island.

“Where did this alien look like?” Bryson asked, concerned.

“Nobody has ever saw it! I think it only used its powers one other time! I think some people found it and attacked it!”

“Where did they find it?”

“I think it was detected directly below the castle!”

“Below the tower?”

“Yes! There! Where you are investigating it!”

“Why do all those things at this place avoid the castle?”

“The castle has defenses against them! Hidden energy shields that detects them that they avoid as they can kill them, or damage them until they leave its grounds!”

“So what happened to the top floor of the castle?”

“The starship’s functions and energy supplies diminished over millions of years … And it will eventually no longer function!”

“Millions of years!” Bryson gasped, amazed at how much they had underestimated it. “Your millions of years old?”

“Yes! Perhaps billions! I have changed my lifestyle a great deal every time I have been awakened from suspended animation! I only awoke this time on your appearance here!”

“Did you actually see this alien actually kill anyone directly?”

“No!”

“Why did you kill our friends?” one of the archeologists asked.

“I was searching for information in their rooms! I did not want to be discovered and could have been killed myself! I am still not fully sure of your identity!”

“Have you heard anything of the ultimate time traveler and the lost treasures?” Bryson asked.

He laughed aloud, and went into fits of hysterical laughs, and stopped himself and held himself, and answered humorously, “What you don’t believe in those old tales? Even though that alien encounter threw us back in time and onto this island, which was an original prehistoric Earth island, time travel is too dangerous and many people who attempted to find the ultimate time traveler and its lost treasures with it have died!”

Bryson watched the billion year old man gradually fall over dead, and he wondered if they had made a mistake and killed the last human born on the planet Earth!

 

Chapter 23

 

The Zombies

 

On their way back through the dark jungle they barely noticed the darkness and dangers and Bryson even walked into a few trees, while in deep thought over what they had witnessed.

It was incredible he had met one of the last people to set foot on the Earth and they had thought he was a killer ape!

A thin fog engulfed them without him noticing it and it soon thickened around them and he thought of it as part of his hazy tired vision and daydreams of what had taken place there.

Would the others believe that the castle was an ultimate last starship of the planet Earth, and that thing that had landed the airplane had been an alien that had captured it and landed it there?

Peculiar vivid streaks like colored lightning exploded all about them all through the jungle and Bryson saw the sky above through the thickening mist filling with massive blinding stars that he had never seen before.

It was like seeing there at another time in the future or past!

One star’s flickering light streaked into his face showing its real immensity! A truly unique form of space from somewhere else emerging there.

He wondered from his scientific perspective what larger and more advanced life forms would be like in such an environment. He sometimes thought the Earth existed in one of the most barn regions of space, and avoid things.

The fog rapidly engulfed them and thickened and they lost more of what little sight they had, and they moved faster, but they were all too tired to go faster without exhausting themselves, draining themselves of energy.

If only they could discover what was there without being killed, and he would be annoyed if they never found anything!

Thick mud and vegetation shrouded everything and they had to force their way through regions, and it forced him into realizing that the archeologists had taken a slightly different route back!

It covered their boots and clothes with muck, and he imagined the mind-bending landscapes beyond there and he realized how tired he felt.

It was shocking how easily they could get trapped and lost and the worst of it was he could not realize how they could have avoided it now.

Everything turned indistinguishable about him and he wondered if it would be the end of him!

He was sure that they were actually appearing on another world and he saw through gaps in the thickening fog and saw distant regions of strange places. Yet they stuck to the same route and never seemed tire or alter their course, and he wondered if they could have gotten out of it by going back and remaining there for it to change.

He was sure that it might have been a different route that they had taken. The killer had told them that it had defenses and things to scare away with, and he was sure that the route that he had taken and they had followed avoided it!

Strange high frequencies shadowed them driving the archeologists insane trying to identify them, and Bryson wondered if he could find the route from where he was and he recalled the route that they had taken back and at what angle they had left it, and he measured the distance away from them it was, and started talking the archeologists and Merton into shifting over to it and they eventually started moving directly over to it.

Though their legs started entering deep bogs of stinking rotting vegetation with chemical stenches, resembling some chemical that he kept examining to identify, wondering how such chemicals got there, and he knew that it was being created like the other effects to scare them away from the castle.

Out of nowhere a powerful light emerged through the thickest formation of the mist with its radiance pulsating as an entity, magically illuminating the fog around them with strange shadow formations from things he could not see, creating mind-bending shifting shadows that weaved and probed their way towards them.

Sounds of heavy pounds of beasts of incredible size and weight emerged, causing them to scurry fast without being able to see anything with the fog thickening.

The archeologists stopped and started to conserve their energy and withdrew their weapons and Bryson and Merton put themselves out of the way of the two archeologists to allow them to fire at anything around them.

Bryson watched how each of them reacted and noticed Merton reacted the least and even looked as if he was not bothered by it.

For a short time they ran almost blindly through the fog and stopped when they saw humans, aliens, and robots of the future shifting through thin areas of mist, and Bryson saw them and tribes of ancient warriors with swords emerging and turning solid, covered in blood and wounds, clearly coming out of battles.

Their heavy violent sounds furiously exploded out as they charged at each other and them and the archeologists shot the most dangerous, and they watched some get back onto their feet, even with their limbs hanging from them, and they started realizing that they were zombies, and had come from some supernatural place.

Their intelligence was less than they had thought and they were barely human, and only tried to kill or scare them, and Bryson rushed over to one and threw it on the ground and took his sword and shield, and he used it to get another zombie’s sword and shield that he gave to Merton.

They soon stopped them, and moved sideways over towards the route, where Bryson was sure they could not go.

Later Bryson started to realize that they were wearing things of the future and that the swords were not made by ancient craftsmen but future technology, and he was sure that they had been created by the starship to scare outsiders away at sometime, and Bryson was astounded when he saw an immaculate woman with long shiny golden hair appear, who was not like the rest, who seemed not to be a zombie, which he remained unsure of, and he saw her giving commands to many of them.

While they were moving away from them the fog thinned more and more and Bryson saw the route that they had followed the killer on, and they rushed over to it as fast as they could, and when they arrived there they all rested and waited for the outcome.

It was like being in someone else’s nightmare and Bryson started to get annoyed over his avoidance of doing anything to stop them not taking the same route back to the castle, and when he turned he saw an immense shadow spread through an area of the fog, where sounds exploded out!

They were breathless and they all stared blankly, and the dark shape shifting through the mist.

It was like a phantom oasis out on the edge of realism, with the things charging out of the depths of hell!

The mist and everything started vanishing and he watched the woman warrior as she left and wondered who she was, and knew she had been a famous queen, and he saw a colossal ghost demon shape floating through the last of the mist, before it vanished.

 

Chapter 24

 

The Exploration

 

When Bryson arrived at the center of the castle he was amazed at the activity and equipment in the room at the central tunnel, and they were amazed at how positive he was that it was the ultimate time traveler buried there.

The scientists were still adjusting and setting up equipment all about the region around the tunnel, and by their descriptions he knew that their technology had gone beyond anything that they had seen, which was immense and powerful, and the power supply there had been increased immensely with large cables being fed into there from massive generators that they had fitted there.

He had not even been able to get near Mortimer, who was now an advisor on things!

Most of them had so much work that many of them had not slept in a long time!

The Parker’s scientists had full control of the situation, and they clearly knew the equipment far better than any of them.

Their mission there seemed to be like a death or glory scenario. He was sure that they really wanted answers to what was there! And to make contact with it! Their interest in the alien there was tremendous and far more than he had thought! They were also checking out the tunnel up at the castle tower, and where the steps had collapsed and they were lowering cameras and equipment on ropes to the bottom.

There was still much confusion and variation on what they thought was there, and they could only really investigate things as far as he was concerned.

One of the pilots arrived and was escorted around places by Merton and he occasionally gave gasps at what Merton suggested they were doing, and had the look of someone considering finding a hidden place when the action began.

The killer and deaths there surprised them and he told them what had happened, and what the castle was and they all listened in amazement!

The pilot then told him what had happened when they had left to go on the expedition to find the structure, and while they had been sleeping their camp had been attacked by a real prehistoric dinosaur, and the Tyrannosaurus rex had smashed up their camp and they had escaped, and he claimed that it was larger than the original version, and had altered in many of its features, as were the most of the prehistoric animals and things that they had encountered, and many had been larger than the largest skeleton specimens that they had seen.

It surprised Bryson that they had gone to the coast of the island to see if there had been any other islands visible, and that they had encountered many incredible things there, and that the coast at the sea had gone straight downwards for at least a mile, and the horizon over the sea vanished into mist and they had just been able to see through it before they had left there and that there were no islands there.

All their accounts and their flight over the island proved that different areas of the island had different landscapes and wildlife inhabiting it.

Bryson was amazed at their recorded findings there, and realized that they all seemed to believe it in their ability to find a way to return to the Earth.

According to one scientist that arrived there they had been two more sightings of other things of paranormal that resembled ghosts, which resembled the thing in the spacesuit that had arrived in the meeting room. The disturbances were clearly increasing and some scientists were working away to solve the mystery, and find a solution, and Bryson realized that they had found evidence that it had been the castle’s defenses, which they had encountered outside in the jungle, and that it had not been it, which Bryson believed was true, especially after Mortimer told him that he believed that it had not.

He believed it knew everything and that they had to do something for it!

Yet Bryson and nobody there could fully prove that they were not in any danger, and if they could get away from there alive!

Bryson knew there was far more behind Parker and his scientists, and he left things there. He wondered again what they put in their reports about all the occurrences.

In the end the scientists decided against going near or in the direct path of the alien if possible and to detect as much as possible, and if possible where and what it was, which was what they were attempting to do, and mainly to locate it and everything with it in other dimensions, and find out what was there and build up an illustration of it and what they were dealing with.

If anything attacked them they had a procedure to escape from there, which Bryson thought was useless!

Bryson was surprised when one of the scientists called them over to a computer screen and showed a blurred view of some form of energy in the tunnel, which Bryson was sure was authentic and that it was normally invisible.

“This is entirely new!” Mortimer stated, considering it from various perspectives, and he watched it as if he had been waiting all his life to see what was there, and gasped slightly.

“What do you make of it?” Parker asked, walking over to them. “We so far have had nothing properly put forward on what its identity is?”

“How about calling it the ultimate time traveler?” Bryson stated, realizing that they dismissed it.

“Well it’s a start!” Mortimer continued. “Its shown some of its energy, and I reckon that it will remove it soon!”

If only they could find something there that had gone undetected by everyone else, with their detection methods and equipment being improved!

Yet he gasped when he considered what they could come up with if they had something that really worked, as they had advanced far further than he had imagined, and the place was packed solid with ever form of equipment.

It was like an experiment to Merton and Mortimer to see what would happen if they searched beyond the boundaries of natural science, and finally out into the supernatural.

The dark sky over the castle appeared on a screen from a camera on the roof, with its abyss of billions of light years of intergalactic space, showing the dangers of deep space exploration, and Bryson considered if they would find anything out there if they used the right equipment.

 

Chapter 25

 

The Alien Source Code

 

Bryson sensed that there was something that they were not saying, but he knew he would only needed to wait for them to tell what it was, and he kept wondered if they were in danger and tried to get Parker to give him what needed to know.

While Bryson considered what could happen next Parker and his scientists started consulting with each and made an agreement!

“The stuff is highly classified!” Parker announced to Bryson and Mortimer. “We’re still just playing safe and assuming that we return home at the end of this …”

“But if it is used we are going to see it anyway!” Mortimer stated, seeing Bryson’s viewpoint.

“It might not work! Why release it for nothing is the argument against it! We have already gone over the borderline of giving highly classified material …”

“We’ll give our word not to reveal it anywhere unless we have to!” Bryson replied. “We have also been given classified material in our past projects, and we helped create some! For instance at the last castle exploration …”

“There is little to it anyway!” Parker moaned. “In the nineteen seventies they had a first contact scenario that they gave to scientists and others to handle, and one of the outcomes of the project was The Alien Source Code, which was designed to communicate with any extraterrestrials through communications, which was later improved, and was to be also used in physical communication.

“All the old stuff is out date … But it has been vastly improved, especially since the Pacific island incident, and, of course, your encounter at the castle! With the incredible advances in computer technology!”

“Well, there’s a version that does not need special equipment for it! It was made into software and is to be used if a sudden encounter occurs again, and we were to use it to communicate …”

“You have the technology to communicate with it …” Mortimer replied cheerfully.

“And perhaps make a first contact situation occur!”

“So what’s happened?” Bryson replied, anxiously waiting for a reply, and answer to what was occurring.

“We haven’t found a way to communicate with it! It has not replied to anything we have done, which we have gone by the instructions with!”

Bryson laughed and replied, “So we are trying to find a way to talk to it!”

“Correct!” Parker replied firmly, hoping for an answer.

“Thanks!” Mortimer answered firmly. “Since you have given what you know … I’ll add what I know! I believe that what’s active there is the equivalent to our subconscious mind, while it’s in a type of sleep or suspended animation state, which acts as its defense and carries out various other functions. I think it brought the airplane down and for some reason wanted us here, especially by showing the structure to you on your scan of the island!”

“So we’ve to contact its subconscious?” Bryson replied.

“Right!” Parker replied. “Another classified element of The Alien Source Code is that we can send it or communicate with it telepathically, using some of our equipment!”

“I think it has a physical presence!” Mortimer replied. “As the alien in the Pacific island spacecraft had! And the entity at the other castle had! We’ll have to find it as we did before. And we’ll find it down the tunnel from the tower, and we’ll have to use ropes to reach it at the bottom! Unless there’s a way of making a hole through this wall here!”

 

Chapter 26

 

The Bottom of the Tunnel

 

Bryson was blinded by the black abyss below him as he was lowered down through the tunnel, from the last stone steps from the tower above.

He gripped the rope hard, but spun round, and fixed his foot against a wall to stop it, and looked up to the top of the tunnel and through the hole there, and listened to two archeologists over him still conferring and arguing on what way to lower him.

They had found little there so far and had taken a long time arranging the exploration of it, and Bryson had been unchallenged with his insistence in going down, and the archeologists had agreed to help and to follow him.

It was incredible that they had weak lights again, after all their technology advances, and making lights the way that they wanted them, and he could see nothing in their dim light and occasionally stopped and checked his light as he fed the rope away and lowered himself.

A deep thud echoed down from the top as the scientists at the tower gathered there to look down and he wondered why he was lowering himself so slowly down when they could easily lower him faster, making the task easier.

It was their ultimate discovery and expedition and he wished it to be done right, and as one of his adventure expeditions and to give the full discovery everything that it deserved. Yet he was mainly confused as to what had been discovered and would be found, especially after being surprised at so much in the past with such things, and being given such little facts.

The ebbing radiance of the torches clearly was not enough to allow them to see much, and he realized how tired they all had become and that they had not even bothered getting someone to get another light!

A bright radiance of a large star beamed down through a gap at the top of the tower and he watched its reflections from things with his dreamy sight, with it probing amidst the abyss below, scattering beams in clusters.

Some of dust entered his throat giving him cough sensations, but he speeded up and unleashed the rope allowing him to fall down and to inhale better air.

What was the outcome of all this? Would they even find a treasure? What would it being doing with treasure?

Hazy echoes off his deep breathing broke the extraordinary silence and he examined the artificial walls around him as he shifted downwards, and he started to find the stale air harder to inhale and he frequently gasped for air, while dangling, with hideous expectations of plunging into some mind-bending hideously dangerous vortex.

The walls interested him and he was sure that there was a way to alter them, and that they could rearrange the castle/starship walls to allow them to enter below, making a door into the tunnel through the room wall, and he realized that it might be done by a different method and that there might be a control center where all the structure rearrangements were carried out.

What if it had not been the precise spot of the disturbance and that they had detected it wrongly? Where would it be?

Yet he just accepted it, and the frantic reactions of the two archeologists to increase his speed.

A distant rumble above released debris and he realized how dangerous the area the two archeologists were on might be, and that it might not be able to support their weight, and he recalled Merton hanging from there by his fingers when he had saved him! It had been damaged with age and he imagined it and them crashing down on top of him, and considered if he could survive!

In an instant the rope jerked and wildly oscillated and he spun uncontrollably around and a surge of blackness engulfed him.

It mystified him! He thought of ancient devil and black magic worshippers concealing something below, beyond their comprehension, hidden away from mankind!

He tried straining his eyes to see further down, but there were no features of anything. Its tunnel shape vanished into darkness!

When he finally hit the ground he never fully realized where it was, and in the turmoil he fell over sideways into rocks.

He got himself up with the help of the rope and released the rope’s tightened grip around his body, and shivered at what was there and how dangerous it was.

He cleaned away dirt and casually gave looks around him at the debris from the above steps piled there, and wondered how they could shift it and what was under it, and he realized that the others were about a room below just feet away from him through the wall in front of him, and they would be monitoring him with their equipment, and he fitted a small camera to his jacket and switched it on, for them to see what was there.

He switched on his communicator and started talking to Mortimer, who was standing at the other side of the wall staring at the wall.

“As you can see there is far too much rubble over the bottom to see anything, and the tunnel in front of you is packed with debris from the collapsed stone steps!”

“What do you think we should do?”

“Well, if there is nothing in the castle/starship for altering and removing parts of structures like the wall there we’ll have to hoist up all this rubble and clear it away!”

“We’ll get onto it!” Parker replied, from beside Mortimer. “I’ll have the archeologists start removing that rubble below you, and I’ll send out some people to look for a way to remove the wall!”

 

Chapter 27

 

The Search for the Lost Artifact

 

Bryson examined equipment about the top of the tunnel, below the tower, and heard the archeologists finish clearing out the debris and watched the others near him hoist it up and get ready to remove it from there to nearby rooms.

From the edge he saw the powerful lights at the bottom, and the now empty shaft there, and he realized that they would now begin digging into the ground below the castle.

Dreamily he observed the twilight sun rising up over the castle, diverging its golden rays amongst it.

He moved out into a corridor when he heard a voice further along from there and he saw one of Parker’s scientists and wondered what he was doing there, and realized he had something for them and waited until he reached him.

“We’ve been able to locate where they altered the structure and we’ve started work on removing that wall!” he announced excitedly, and Bryson watched him enter the bottom of the tower and look down at the bottom, and investigate everything there.

Bryson was sure that he was looking there for problems or dangers to them, if they removed the wall.

“Is everything going as planned?” he asked Bryson.

“Yes! Especially if they remove that wall down there! I don’t think they would be able to remove it through the tunnel!”

“What do reckon is down there?” he asked, gasping.

“I don’t fully know! I think we can leave this island if we help it! It landed us on this island!”

Bryson watched him agree, and they went down to the room next to the tunnel to see Parker.

The room had been altered all over it and clearly to leave a gap at the wall where the tunnel was behind, and Bryson knew that they had solved removing the wall.

Bryson was surprised when he heard someone say something and turned and saw the wall was gone, and that a scientist resting there had fallen through into the tunnel, where the archeologists there stood staggered, looking into the room.

It was incredible technology and they had made the wall vanish and Bryson wondered if the entire castle was reformed energy, and was staggered at the uses of it and things that they could build!

He had thought that the wall would have turned to sold brick walls like the top floor of the castle, and realized that it was a different formation of what they used, and that they had replaced the top floor section of the starship with solid stone with it.

The archeologists dropped their tools and climbed through and the scientists entered and started checking what was there.

Bryson was amazed when one of the archeologists started confessing to having found something there, without telling them and they all started trying see into it, and the archeologist climbed back in and removed some debris from the ground and pointed at some black material below, at the deepest point that they had dug down to, and the scientists started examining it.

Bryson was the first to touch it and he was staggered to feel some form of extraordinary energy pulsating through it, which he sensed had more magnitude than he had encountered.

It left him staggered realizing what it was and he watched them starting to clear away the rubbish from it, and all the scientists started joining in and helping hoist the rubble out, and the artifact slowly appeared from beneath the ground, while the others in the room monitored what was occurring there, and any reactions from it, and they slowly revealed its perfectly symmetrical black sphere.

 

Chapter 28

 

The Alien Sphere

 

The black alien sphere rested below the castle shining in bright light, beamed from spotlights all around it, with the equipment of the scientists surrounding it, with most of it monitoring and exploring what was there.

Bryson watched it in the pit below the castle with amazement, astonished that a fifteen-foot perfect symmetrical black sphere could be what it was, and have the power it had. Yet its powers existed beyond the universe, in outer dimensions and time zones, which they had detected.

“You have the technology to communicate with it?” Mortimer asked Parker curiously.

“We still haven’t been able to create a first contact situation!”

“So what’s happening?” Bryson replied, anxiously waiting for a reply to what was occurring there.

“We haven’t found a way to communicate with it! It has not replied to anything we have done! We have also gone by all the instructions given in The Alien Source Code!”

“So we are still trying to find a way to talk to it!”

“Correct!” Parker replied firmly, hoping for an answer.

“Thanks!” Mortimer answered. “I’ll add what I know and have already said! I believe that what’s active is the equivalent to our subconscious mind, while it is in a type of sleep or suspended animation, which carries out various functions for it. I think it brought the airplane down and for some reason wanted us here, especially by showing the structure to you in your scan of the island! And I think it has to be done by a physical contact!”

Bryson was left confused, and started to see the problem in more depth and that they could be stuck on the island and in the castle, where they would need to stay.

“I think we should try to enter it!” Mortimer announced, to their amazement.

“How will we go about doing that?” Bryson asked. “The thing is indestructible! They could not even scratch it!”

“We found a region on its side that has markings near it, which we believe is sensitive to reactions from something, and we believe that it’s to open it!”

“We could try using different things on it!” Parker replied, and started getting his scientists to start work on opening it.

One of the scientists suddenly moved over and whispered in Parker’s ear, and Parker suddenly looked aware of something and agreed with the scientist and he left to do something.

The scientist returned with other scientists and set up equipment at the region of the alien sphere with the markings and they activated equipment, and laser beams blasted at the region of the alien sphere where the markings were near, and started firing thousands of coded laser blast sequences at it.

“What’s it doing?” Bryson asked, wondering if they had found something somewhere.

“The Alien Source Code was advanced far further than you think! It analyzed the region near the markings and found that it was activated by a laser sequence code!”

 

Chapter 29

 

The Lost Time Machine

 

Bryson rested motionlessly against the padded control seat, preparing himself for what could be his last hour alive!

The echoes of the scientists and their last conversations haunted his mind. What the hell had he done? Why had he done it? Surely a robotic device could have been found to replace him, and give far more accurate accounts?

The ancient alien artifact voyager time machine was billions of years old and had not been properly checked anywhere, and they had only been able to check a few of its basic functions, which nobody had shown any proper awareness of the function of. Even though they had found a way to activate it, and that was the only final way of finding out what it was for.

They had fitted in the control seat with controls to activate it and give him some protection, and control their monitoring equipment and to give observations.

When he activated it he barely noticed anything. His mind wandered through all the occurrences that had led up to its discovery, and them digging it out and finally opening it up.

The vast unstable energy explosions blasted out across outer dimensions with so much force that they threatened to make space and time either unbalanced and warped or completely rip away and destroy the fabric of space and time, and he wondered what damage the Earth could be subjected to.

An explosion of blinding radiance left Bryson stunned and he firmly sat back calculating what problems he could face! Not just from its intensity blinding him but from the colossal powers surrounding him, and he sat firmly gripping the straps keeping him against his seat, contemplating the dangers and his chances of survival.

This mission was unbelievable and he wondered why he had even contemplated there not being real danger at one point.

The voyager was a perfect large black sphere, clearly of alien origins, with a round entrance point, which filled itself in to make a perfect sphere, for whatever it had been designed for.

An immense whirlpool of shifting outlines of energy globes magically shifted about and Bryson studied it for a long time, and suddenly realized that he had no body or proper presence any longer and was some form of force formation! He was swirling out into a vortex of reshaping energy patterns that replaced reality, in a surreal splendor of transforming elements and that the mind-bending display of displacements were altering to something that he could not recognize.

The voyager was still there about him but only frequently turned visible from being translucent, and the outside world that had been there had vanished, and he occasionally heard the voyager functioning and perhaps doing what it was supposed to.

He occasionally spotted what looked like the vast depths of the universe floating about his sides, with occasional radiating beams!

He realized that it could be telepathic visual transmissions created by something for something and wondered if it could create visions vivid and powerful enough to trick his mind.

A silent deep roar of colossal power blasted out and reality became a blur of swirling light etched in deep blackness.

The strange sounds and lights sent sensations through his body!

Sickening lurches of the voyager thudded and shuddered as it located itself at different points in space and time, making vast leaps right across the cosmos, vanishing and emerging in vast strange and mind-bending star regions, emerging about him as though he were floating through them, with the voyager being translucent and invisible, as it checked bright glowing star constellations from its records, exploring the whole new fascinating universe, checking all the altered variations throughout, from over billions of years, and he sensed its vast intelligence around him.

Mind-boggling technology and powers, with an accuracy and capacity inconceivable, it had explored the universe, even though it was an ultimate time traveler, and he sensed that it had been searching for something!

Everything around him altered into mind-bending visions and sounds of space and time displacements as the voyager completed its mission, and he lost consciousness as everything transformed into something.

 

Chapter 30

 

The Earth

 

When Bryson came to he was watching the blazing sun in a bright blue sky directly overhead through the airplane window, and he wondered how the hell he ended up there!

At first he thought he had been sent back in time to the airplane as it flew over the sea and the island had appeared.

Yet he spotted the island vanish behind the airplane, and he checked the airplane and found everyone there confused at where they were, with them starting to realize it was heading home.

The situation was astonishing! With all the people there simultaneously appearing there and suddenly realizing that they were on the airplane going home, and they all started checking things and confirming that they had all their possessions and findings on the island.

“Where has everything gone?” Merton moaned, scratching his head, searching about him, examining the airplane about him, unable to comprehend what had just happened, and Bryson realized that he had been asleep before he had arrived there.

“It seems to have returned us back to the Earth!”

“But what was it?”

“The ultimate time traveler!”

“Where’s the colossal treasures and ultimate technology?”

All about them the others gasped and started picking up objects and examining them, and Bryson laughed as he saw piles of colossal treasures and highly advanced technology appear about them, with large rare and valuable jewels and ultimate technology.

“So you made contact with it?” Parker asked, amazed that his airplane was in new condition again, and that they were returning home alive.

“Yes! I did!”

“Where the hell has it gone now that it has been activated again?”

Bryson considered it, and replied, “To the far future where it belongs and was built to function! Our future god has repaired itself after billions of years!”

“What will it do?”

“Look after space and time, and the future inhabitants of this planet, including all those people on the starship, who will be returned alive there, and it will be able to carry out its mission as the ultimate time traveler, which it was created to do!”

 

Epilogue

 

The Ultimate Time Traveler

 

The ultimate time traveler had originated as the world’s first time probe, a perfectly symmetrical black sphere voyager probe, and its creators had redesigned it throughout centuries with technology beyond normal technology and it had gained the ability to advance itself and work and think like a highly advanced entity, which it later became.

It had gained abilities to move and search outside space and time to a degree that had not been developed before, even by the most advanced civilizations, and it had gained the capabilities of programming and advancing itself and functioning beyond anything created in the universe, and gained incredible abilities to search the universe through space and through time.

Its main original program was a defense against the destruction of the universe, and the world where it had originated, carrying out its mission of searching through time and space for abnormalities, and transcendent entities with colossal powers and capabilities of destroying reality or its world.

Its form was an invisible complex mass of energy stored and hidden throughout an infinity of dimensions, undefined regions, and time zones, which had been created to last forever, and it kept its original perfectly symmetrical black sphere voyager probe nucleus, which became virtually indestructible as the rest of it.

Its stores of information were immeasurable and it had the ability to collect information and improve its capabilities eternally, and it had become an ultimate weapon of destruction against the destruction of the universe.

It had stored the technology and abilities of zillions of species, and on time and time travel, and it gained the ability to recognize and handle what it encountered.

At one point in the past it had unintentionally traveled far further than it had ever gone into the future and had been left staggered when it had encountered something of unknown origins that had damaged it!

It never had mind-boggling technology but it had powers beyond anything that it had encountered, and had a destructive nature that had been inconceivable, it had been exploring the universe in its own time zone destroying worlds and vast regions of galaxies, and it had been damaged by its magnitude!

It had not experienced any form of attack like it! The black force had seemed capable of destroying it and it had damaged regions of its consciousness, but it had escaped by using a time field that froze time and space and it, but it had been unable to use many of its functions in with the consequences of it almost colliding with a colossal star, but it had escaped through time to the prehistoric island on the distant early Earth, where it later had left itself buried away for billions of years!

It had still been able to function in many ways and had found that the black entity had nearly destroyed mankind and the Earth!

It had created technology from technology in its memories and it had given it the ability to create trillions of scenarios, with slight alterations, to check the outcome of scenarios.

By creating events occurring and vanishing from existence in trillionths of a second it had checked for a way to repair itself and finally destroy the black entity, and after many years it had come up with a plan that worked!

The plan had originally been unrealistic and it had continually checked it over, and it had programmed its subconscious mind to take it back through time to the beginning of the scenario if anything went wrong, and it had started by capturing the starship and putting itself below it, where it had finally allowed itself to go into unconsciousness with its subconscious mind carry out what it had programmed it to do, and it had later been surprised that the occurrences had given it more than what it had wanted.

It had added Bryson’s consciousness to its consciousness when he had activated the black time probe sphere and awakened it, and it had repaired its consciousness enough and in a way that allowed it to repair itself further and return it to its original condition, and it had even stored some of Bryson’s consciousness in its consciousness as it had been surprised at his abilities to handle the most deadliest and almost impossible scenarios!

After it had improved itself to beat the black entity it had vanished into the future and destroyed it, and repaired the damage that it had done.

It gained many abilities and explored inconceivable dimensions and powers in the universe, going far beyond its original knowledge and powers.

It created powers, going beyond anything known, and used the powers to transform it into a real ultimate time traveler that controlled the whole of time, and it had powers to build universes.

 

Part II

 

The Genesis Voyager

 

 

Prologue

 

The Lost Voyager

 

For billions of years the transcendent voyager had existed never wholly knowing what had created it or where it had originated, carrying out its mission of searching through time and space in its universe for abnormalities, unknown civilizations and species, and transcendent entities with colossal powers and capabilities and to destroy them if they were dangerous to reality and what its programming considered dangerous.

It had been designed and given technology beyond anything else that it had encountered and had the abilities to search its universe in a degree and with abilities that would not have been believed to exist by the most advanced transcendences and civilizations, and would have been thought of as magical powers, and it had the ability to search its universe throughout time.

Its form had been an invisible complex mass of energy, stored in many dimensions, that had been built to last forever, and it directly entered stars to energize itself and store its vast powers for extensive amounts of time.

Its stores of information had been vast and it had the ability to collect as much information on what it had been programmed for eternally and improve its defenses and other abilities, and it had become the ultimate weapon of destruction against the destruction of its universe.

It had stored the technology and abilities of zillions of species and had the ability to recognize and handle what it had been searching for within a range of its universe.

At one point it had unintentionally left the universe and had entered an outer universe that it had not known the existence of, where colossal amounts of universes had existed, and on its entrance there its programming had accepted it as the real universe and that it had to accept it as the universe that it had to carry out its mission in.

At first it had been unable to enter the universes and properly detect anything in them and it used all its information and studied how it had entered the outer universe and found a way to enter them and locate particular things in them, but infinite amounts of things of unknown origins existed in them.

In supernatural universes it had learned to open and use gateways that shifted it accurately to destinations. It discovered far more than it had ever realized could exist and it gave itself colossal magical abilities and energies and it had analyzed everything in a greater degree.

On its first entrances to this universe and world it had been left staggered when it had encountered something of unknown origins that had drained its energy from it!

Even though it had not done much in its damaged condition, with most of its vast abilities virtually unusable and it being trapped and buried away in a castle, it had been able to explore things through supernatural gateways into universes, going out into the strangest places, and it had even considered if there had been others such as it in the endless universes and if they had created it, and if it could get them to help it, and it had gained abilities to explore inconceivable dimensions and powers in the universes, far beyond its original knowledge and powers.

 

Chapter 1

 

The Supernatural Vortex

 

Energy beams exploded at Bryson as he gained consciousness, covering his entire vision with bright colored light, and he studied everything that he could see wondering where the hell he was! A colossal vortex of shifting outlines magically shot by and he analyzed it in greater detail and proved that he could not realize what or where it was, or even what he now was!

His presence was some form of force formation, and he swirled out into a vortex of reshaping energy patterns that had replaced reality, and he wondered if he could be trapped there for all eternity, and he ignored it and realized that he was no longer bothered and wondered what his future would be like.

He studied a surreal splendor of mind-bending displacements and saw that they were altering to something that he could not recognize. All of his knowledge of science and universe gave him little and it left him mesmerized! Was he even classified as being a life form? His knowledge of what was beyond the universe was little and he felt like he was about to explore something far greater and mind-boggling than he could have ever imagined!

Questions started emerging and he mainly wondered how he could observe anything? If it actually was light there what was he using to perceive it? Yet he recalled the mind-bending dreams that had experienced in the castle and being in a supernatural vortex, and he started to realize that it had to be it or something similar.

Even though he never actually had anything he still felt glad he had some form of recognition of what it was and tried to work out what it did, how it worked, and where it might go to!

While he was considering what would happen next he spotted a miniature circle of flames buried away in the central region ahead of him, and he grew more and more interested, and he started to recognize more detail as it grew and was astonished as he shifted into it, and within its depths he saw what looked like magnificent colossal stars, in a golden haze, blending into his surrounding brilliant colors.

Spectacular golden beams exploded out, and gold stars shot by, and he realized the tremendous speed that he was traveling at, and a region of golden space was expanding out all across his front, and he floated into it.

He saw his body emerge with a new formation and start transforming, and sensed there was something far more different about it, and he saw a strange transparent world formation emerge, with ghost images going through the swirling golden brightness.

Magnificent bright white and gold lights filled his entire vision everywhere, shifting around everywhere, as if he were floating into some form of cartoon cosmos.

Where was he now? Was he actually in one of his dreams he had been at the castle? It was incredible! Would he be able to solve all those queries he had accumulated? At an early age, when he had first visited the first castle, he had experienced the dreams and mysteries buried away there!

Large objects, he was sure were stars, dazzled him with their brightness. Their density together filled space everywhere and yet they never came into contact with each other, staggering him that they could even exist in their state, without being pulled together.

The whole of space around him had the objects shifting and visibly shooting around, and he observed them with curiosity, and as a scientist. He had to answer what was there as much as he could! He was sure that they avoided courses that would make them crash into other objects, and he finally spotted one actually altering its course to avoid hitting another and was dazed and confused that such an object, if they were suns or the size of suns, could have intelligence and the ability to alter their course through space, and he considered what they were and did.

He exploded with excitement when he searched behind him and saw the vortex he had come out of stretching across space, and he tried to grasp what it was and realized the immense speed that he had been traveling at, and was still moving away at.

The size of vortex looked close to the size of a solar system and the vision staggered him and stuck in his mind!

Over a great deal of time he dreamily partially entered a form of sleep state, shooting through the surrounding emptiness, through the surreal space, far from the universe, out beyond reality.

Obscure illuminations endlessly shifted as he wildly spun around, with no real awareness of anything, and a tranquil shape gradually emerged across his front, of something of brightness, and he came to sometimes to study it.

How had he managed to end up in such a far-out place? Where the hell was he? How could he survive this? He was barely a ghost/energy state in some far out mind-bending place, and he considered if he was actually in the castle in a dream state!

He felt as though he had been falling through something and he tried to grasp the concept, and where, and suddenly realized something was blowing at him from somewhere and he saw, hidden away in intense brightness, he was plunging down to some form of world under him.

He was over some form of water! He was sure of it! And he was falling out of its sky!

He prepared himself for everything that he could think of and a roaring and blinding surge of what looked like invisible water or form of energy hit him and he automatically put out his arms, swimming upwards and pulling himself out of the endless depths, where he saw star objects through at the other side of the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 2

 

The Mind-Bending Universe

 

He continually kept going over everything that had happened! All the supernatural occurrences that they had encountered as they had approached the castle, exploring the wood surrounding the castle, and the strange mists and lights there that haunted the place for centuries, and attacks by the things that emerged there, chasing them through the deep snow and into the strange tunnel that they had found that led them to the location of the castle.

Even now he could not explain what it was all caused by! What could be there and have created such a disturbance, which nobody could now deny existed? Yet he had worse things to explain now, and thought if he ever returned he would be spending the rest of his life trying to explain it all!

They had professional ex-soldiers, with Mitchell leading them, and every leading scientist in paranormal or anything connected to it, and he was a leading scientist too, with the two main psychic researchers there, Merton and Mortimer, who had explored the last castle, and found everything that they could have, and he was sure they could achieve something if given long enough.

Who had the killer of one of the ex-military men been? The police were exploring the whole region there now and he wondered what the outcome of that would be, and he gasped! They could not find a way to explain things to them to prevent them from doing something stupid there!

The most frustrating things were the search for the treasure and them finding more and more clues! They had only been searching the castle for a day and they had made discoveries everywhere! A chamber under the top floor with a tomb in it, with some strange writing on it, which he had not been given any proper time and proper examination of, and the strange skeleton inside, which had to be someone significant and be buried there for a reason – and with a ring that had a secret compartment with a map with a secret location marked on it that they had traced to a library where they had found a tunnel below – which the three of them had climbed down, with him following Mitchell down and one of Mitchell’s men following him, and then Mitchell had suddenly vanished below him and when he had climbed down had been transported into the vortex to where he was.

He had to find a way back and he constantly went over things trying to find something that he had missed!

He wondered where Mitchell was, and the other man if he had followed him there, and he wondered if it transported people to random locations? Was it the supernatural vortex that he had dreamed of in the castle? Did it have things trapped in it? Did things get transported back and forward through it? And if it did why could he not reenter it and return there?

The island, if it could be called an island, was fascinating and made of something similar to matter, and he constantly studied.

It was virtually translucent in places, as well as being slightly translucent in different degrees in other places with different colors through it, which he was sure was made of some form of new energy, with strange atoms replacing normal ones.

It was firm in places but like being on a waterbed in other places and he was glad to be on it as he had spent hours wading through its sea, if it could be called a sea, as it was nearly like thick air and he only managed to float on it due to him also being made of a similar composition. He was sure gravity existed, at least! Or was it just something similar?

It was incredible! Through the sea and areas of the land he had seen the other side of the world, if it could be called a world, and its size was close to being the same as the moon and he saw similar islands to his in different sizes and shapes, some massive and others small like his island and they seemed to float around it.

The place never needed a sun and glowed brightly with all the surrounding lights or suns in the sky, virtually covering all the sky, and he had to search for black areas of empty space to confirm they actually existed there, which he was still unable to prove.

The world also generated its own light and heat, but he could not realize how! The strange thing was it had the many of the characteristics of the normal universe and it was like it was mimicking it and as though it had some of the same forces like gravity and had formed similarly with the forces governing it.

Though his survival was an important thing he wondered if he could actually die as he never needed any food or oxygen and he was made of the same indestructible or nearly indestructible substance that everything there was made of, and he was unsure how it functioned.

The sea surrounding the shore was barely visible but had colored matter grains in it against the shore, like sand, mixing through it, and the rhythms of its waves skimming up the surface of island gave sounds like real waves and blew the form of air there in gusts like something was breathing over him, and he wondered if something was there examining him!

There were vague things in orbit and mists over the upper atmosphere that shifted, with the world’s vague rotation, and he saw some signs of its faint rain having fallen. And he put the exploration of the island as his main activity, except he had to find a way to return home!

One time he dived deep into the sea, as fast as he possibly could, and admired the surreal abyss below and enjoyed the swim, going fast and furiously into it. It was a dreamland and he treated it like a holiday, especially compared to the conditions of the castle, and he realized how bad the conditions at the castle had been and that the warmness there was ecstatic compared to the cold and snow and he wandered around enjoying the solitude and bright light, and exploring an unexplored alien world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 3

 

Back in the Castle

 

Deep in dark regions and lights surrounded Bryson in his dream as it started ending and he started waking, and he caught sight of things shifting about with no form and wondered what they were or were doing there as he opened his eyes and examined the sun beaming into his castle room, and the snow falling outside.

After all he had been through the dreams still never made any sense and he still insisted in trying to examine it to find some clue to what he was missing.

The dream had been about nothing and eventually bored him, and he rested in his bed with his blankets wrapped tightly on him.

Yet the lights in the dream reminded of the supernatural vortex he had been in and he now wondered if it had anything to do with the supernatural or something else.

The dream had allowed him to forget all the events of the previous day and his return to the castle. It had been incredible! He had been exploring the shore of the island when he had found footprints, which could have only have belonged to a human put there like him, and he had traced them for hours, thinking it had to be Mitchell or his man who had been behind him in the tunnel, but he had been surprised that it had been another human.

They had talked for hours, and he had realized that the man was almost crazy in places from being stranded there for many years, and the man had loved hearing his accounts of what the outside world was like, and all the new technology that now existed, and Bryson had learned that he had been there for decades and from the Second World War, surprising Bryson with his young looks, and that he was far older and had clearly not aged.

Bryson had learned about him being in the castle and their search for the treasure there with great interest!

Even though Bryson had been surprised at his search for the treasure he was sure that he had not known much about it and had been there to help.

Both of them had thought each other had been dangerous at first but had slowly realized that they had finally met other humans, and though he had been amazed at Bryson’s accounts of the castle and the tunnel he had been surprised that there had been stairs in the tunnel and Bryson had realized that the man and his two associates had been in another tunnel and that they had been sure the treasure had been buried away there.

Yet one of the biggest surprises had been when the man finally remembered his own name again, as he had been so delirious for so long that he could not recall things about himself, and he had told him that his name was Pendleton, which Bryson had heard of in the accounts of some of the people who had vanished there.

The man’s view of the island had been startling and he had even thought that he had missed something as the man had not fully believed that he had been transported there through a vortex and had religious beliefs of what had occurred! He surely had thought he had gone into his own place in the afterlife and was unsure whether it was heaven or hell, and had beliefs that he was still being considered for both, and he had watched him regularly praying to be saved.

Yet after being there, and all that had happened, he almost felt like copying him, but had thought better of it. It clearly had not saved him for one thing!

One of the problems had been there was little to do! There was no need for food and they never got tired or slept! And if it had not been for the fact that they never felt properly bored, agitated, or, in fact, anything really, and he would have been worried!

One time they had visited a strange phenomenon on the island, which Pendleton had told him of, which was a large hole going into a hard region of the island, which seemed to go down into an abyss far below the island, which had actually looked volcanic, and had grasped Bryson’s attention as if it was volcanic it could have proven that the island had been formed in the same way as the world, and, of course, given him some form of insight into how the world had been formed and what it actually was.

Yet after a great deal of examination of the substance there he had still found nothing! There had been no sign of anything that remotely came out of volcanoes!

About a day later, when they had started to think about leaving there they had suddenly started vanishing, which had grabbed Pendleton’s attention first and the most as he had not experienced it before and he had prepared himself for years to meet something there and enter some other place in the afterlife.

They had both appeared in the castle, surrounded by scientists, to their astonishment and confusion!

How the hell did they get there? Neither of them could explain anything! Bryson could not explain anything and why they had not gone through the vortex and Pendleton could not explain anything either! And Pendleton could not even recognize the castle after such a long time! He must have been the only person in the history of the world to have been in such a place and have returned to the world after such a long time!

The simplest things confused Pendleton and his now normal human body staggered him, and he had a hard time adapting to it and having such things as feelings. He could not understand and remember what hunger was and why he grew tired, and even thought that he was ill most of the time, and occasionally gasped at what he had been missing – yet as he was still the same age as he been when he had left he still had the same amount of years that he would have had!

He also never recognized people, and they were different from what he had remembered them as, and he had not seen anything of the future! He was like a time traveler in a future world! He also thought of himself as having been put there to start over again and repent, in another attempt at entering his relished afterlife.

He spent most of his time studying everything that he met with in fascination – like he were an alien being visiting this world in the form of a human being.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 4

 

The Psychic Research Equipment

 

When Bryson had recovered and rested from everything that he had been through he decided to go and visit Merton and Mortimer in their new psychic research room, which was located behind the wall of the tunnel at the exact spot he and Mitchell had vanished into the supernatural vortex – where they were most likely to get the best response – and where all the action must be.

When he entered he was surprised at not only how advanced their equipment had become but at the capabilities of other stuff they had there. Their visit to the last castle had clearly given them far more of an insight and knowledge than he had realized. He was positive that they had found far more than they had indicated, and were keeping secrets from him.

What confused him the most was how they had managed to get him back to the castle! He had not thought of anything himself, and continuously tried to think of a good way to get them to tell him as they had avoided answering his and everyone else’s queries on it and were clearly hiding things. What sort of equipment could have taken him back into the castle almost instantaneously with Pendleton?

He recalled seeing Pendleton wandering around dazed exploring the inhabited region of the castle, getting use to his new body and life on the Earth. He mainly remained on his own the most of the time, as he had become use to, but was still excited to meet the others in the lounge. The police there had examined him wondering what he was doing there as they had been given strange vague replies and detailed explanations by the scientists, which had left them baffled.

Mitchell’s return had confused everyone as he had given them the strangest replies that he had heard from any of them, and he was particularly interested in where he had ended up as he had not arrived at the same place or even universe that he had, and he clearly was covering things up on what was there, which they had not been able to get why. It was in his nature not to say much and be secretive, and it was not apparent if there was anything they should know there and that he was really keeping something that they had not even imagined.

The other man, Mitchell’s man who had been behind Bryson in the tunnel, had seen and acknowledged everything that had happened in the tunnel and had returned to the top, which explained why nobody else had entered it, looking for them, and it had been him that had told the scientists what had happened and what he had seen happen, and they had immediately started work on getting him returned.

It surprised them and Bryson that only the three of them had returned, and he and them believed that the rest had all died a long time ago at where they had been located, and Bryson realized that it proved that there was no immortality in the places that they had gone and that the other places were vastly different, which could also be proven from what they had seen of the other events that they had heard of, and what they had seen existed.

Bryson believed from what he had overheard from some of the other scientists in the room that they had temporally deactivated, for a brief amount of time, what was in the tunnel with their own energy field in the room and had allowed them to return, and he was sure that it had been dangerous, which he believed was because it might cause whatever was in the castle to become more activated again as it had done at many times in the past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 5

 

Reverse Sequence of the Spectral Maelstrom

 

Bryson was growing in determination to find out what they all knew that he should know, so he was glad to see Mitchell and his man who had been in the tunnel turn up at the room seeking answers to what was going on there.

Bryson examined all their equipment for clues, and recalled reading about some of the work that Merton and Mortimer had done recently, after they had given out documents of some of their investigations on the paranormal investigations at the other castle.

Their stuff had been surprising, and even alarming in places, which had drawn his attention at the time, and he had just dismissed it later as them using it to advertise their work! At times he had thought they were deliberately putting the psychic research there to cover their real work and discoveries! They never mentioned anything on the other stuff that they did, which he had found existed at many occasions, and he had hardly even seen anyone even check what they did or had created. They ignored them as being fake ghost and alien hunters!

Merton and Mortimer informed him that they were checking for virtually all known forms of energy and matter disturbances in and around the void and gateway in the tunnel and he was sure that they could have reversed what was in the tunnel instead of what he had heard earlier from some of the other scientists who thought that they had just deactivated it. They could have caused a reverse sequence of the spectral maelstrom!

By the way that they reacted he believed that they might have something that could detect aliens, so they would know if there were any about. But he was unsure and he was sure that they were unsure if it worked, and at what distance from them would it work, and he wondered if they had anything that could be used to catch them, and even catch and kill the things in the wood!

Presumable their presence could produce effects to indicate them being there – such as altering air currents, gravity, magnetic fields, radioactivity, scent, sound waves, static, and the light spectrum …

Most of the equipment in the surrounding laboratory was there to check everything in a degree that had not been done before!

Bryson finally made a proper move to find out more and moved over to some equipment that he had heard them talking of, with suggestions that they might being able to detect aliens with, and he asked Mortimer, “Would this detect an alien at a distance?”

“It may detect temperature changes at really far distances! I am unsure what temperature readings aliens create though – or if they, in fact, have any temperature here! But we do have stuff here that we use to check a whole range of things to show us exactly what is occurring and what we may be missing. Information such as it is vital! We may be able to acquire some type of insight into what is happening – with the right information?”

Bryson realized once again that he was avoiding telling about things, as he had clearly heard them mention things that he had avoided telling!

“So are you using any of the equipment in the wood?” he quickly replied.

Mortimer strangely glared at him, and asked, “What take the stuff over there? Why should you want to do that? It’s too expensive! Besides we believe that we may get the opportunity to use it in the castle!”

“To find out if we are missing something out there! Those things could kill, and they have not come up with anything to destroy them with yet! And if things go the way that they are I am sure it will! Those police could enter there later at night … If you have anything, even if it just helps locate their position, then it will be of great use …”

Bryson glared and wondered how much he had exaggerated the situation – or if it was really far more.

“That may be a good idea,” Mortimer replied after some time, still considering it. “But are you fully sure they just want to kill?”

His reply surprised Bryson and he was sure that he had forgotten all the accounts of occurrences there, and he wondered what he thought those things in the wood had been up to. Did he think that they were just animals protecting their territory or something?

“I’ve a few good ideas about that you should know …!” Bryson warned. “So when was the last time you read up on all the deaths that have been occurring around here?”

“They may have been done by something else!” Mortimer firmly responded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 6

 

The Psychic Research

 

Bryson removed a container from his bag and poured the drink from it down his throat.

“Perfect!” he announced to Merton. “What type of surveillance stuff have you for detecting it then?”

“We have a great deal of stuff as we’ve already shown you! We specialize and experiment in detecting things! This is the best there is, and we love investigating anything extraordinary! Even if it is an assassin that could try to wipe us out … And we would love to help stop it …”

Bryson was surprised and wondered what he was talking about now! He knew they were hiding things, and were hiding what their equipment was and was for. Even the most craziest things that they had come out with had something!

There was something strange about the way that they insisted something of a paranormal nature existed and that it was entirely new, and had not existed in the last castle, especially after considering that he had not actually heard them come out with anything that existed there and that their work showed how accurate they were and always kept to the facts, only showing what truly was there and what they believed was there.

Bryson had a great passion for the new and fantastic and the investigation of the paranormal activity was really interesting even after him actually being in what he considered was a supernatural universe, even though he now had thoughts that it could be something else, and he was surprised that they never questioned him much, but he had realized that they had been affected by meeting Mitchell first and him avoiding saying virtual nothing about what had happened, which made Bryson very curious, and he noticed that they all had an interest in Pendleton for some reason, which he was convinced was to do with his free way of saying things, when he did talk to them. He had a hard time explaining what was there though!

The dreams of the supernatural vortex that Bryson had enlightened them about only confused them and he was sure that they thought he had imagined it and was exaggerating anything that might have existed.

The problem, he was sure, was that they never properly knew what they were up against, as it was a different castle with something else, and that they were not entirely sure what had been at the last one, and that it had not fitted into everything that they had known and had been trained to deal with, which was very vague, unexplored and unproven, and he was sure the vast amount of it had been created to fill the void of nothing occurring.

He believed there were strange phenomena that had not be fully explained everywhere and that the scientists there mainly knew it!

Could this thing they were considering as being from beyond the realms of the universe, and some form of supernatural being, actually be some form of alien? He had not fully proven that the supernatural universe that he had been in had been! Why could such things not exist with hidden science that they never knew of?

What was classed as supernatural? Anything could exist with the right science existing and he wondered if he could actually believe it if he fully encountered it!

It was incredible that nobody had fully proven and investigated anything of that nature, and that all the scientists only considered it when it was brought up, and the other castle seemed to be the only proper case of anything of that nature existing!

He and Merton and Mortimer always saw their point of view and that there was barely any real evidence! They could barely even establish anything and jumped at the chance of finding the slightest suggestion of something that actually was there, and finding new ways of detection! They were fanatics and crazy to achieve what kept proving itself as being fantasy!

They were there to investigate anything in that region that could have been missed, and missed out by other scientists who avoided checking or wasting their funds on it!

The two scientists were accurate in their investigations and checked everything that they could and had built up the most advanced paranormal research establishment that there was, containing the most highly advanced equipment that there was available, which they mainly had there.

On arriving there he had realized that they had something and that they had put together something, and they continued building a vast assembly of equipment fitted together on tables, covering the surrounding room with it, mainly surrounding and aimed at the tunnel behind the wall, with equipment and tools left everywhere, and it was clear that they had been at work building it for a great deal of time already.

The more he examined everything the more he saw and realized more, and that they might achieve far more!

All their assistants and scientists were still running about altering and adjusting things, collecting new information on things, getting old information from their records, and studying it.

Yet he could barely guess what parts of it were for, and it interested him greatly, especially with the interest of the scientists in it and their reactions to it, as though they had been waiting all their lives to create it and that they never had all their technology available before and had something with such incredible potential!

He wondered if what was in tunnel could damage the equipment that they were using and if they could fix or replace it in the near future? It was clearly expensive stuff and perhaps the only stuff available!

Other scientists were there to investigate what the scientists could not and do it to a greater degree than ever before, and he was positive by their reactions that they had never had their day and proper encounter with anything like it and achieved their goal, and that nothing surely would be left for the people who might follow their work someday, to find and be remembered in history.

If only they could just find something that had gone undetected by everyone else, with their detection methods and equipment, and have proper proof for the world!

He was staggered when he considered what they had come up with, as they had advanced far further than he had even imagined and the place was packed solid with every form of equipment possible, and it went beyond his imagination what they might do!

They had managed to transport him back there from the other universe or whatever it was, and must be the only people ever capable doing that!

It was like an experiment to them to see what would happen if they pushed further than ever beyond the boundaries of natural science and out into the supernatural.

The darkening winter night sky through the window revealed the abyss of the billions of light years of stars to Bryson and reminded him of the dangers of exploration into the unknown, and he considered what could exist in its depths, and what kind of aliens existed out there.

“Well, we have now finished our work on setting some of the stuff up!” Merton announced tiredly to Bryson, dragging himself away from his work.

It was incredible! He realized that he had been there for hours and that they still had not properly notified him what they were doing, and what it was fully for! He could not believe how long he had been there without barely noticing it and wondered if he had been damaged by being in the vortex and other universe, and he had seen that the others had seen differences in him and vaguely studied him now and then.

Merton marched over with a smile, while rubbing his tired arm.

“We are here to help!” he announced. “But we do not want all our work ruined and all our valuable stuff available everywhere before we have properly used it!”

Bryson was surprised by his reply and he did see their point of view, and considered what their thoughts of him there were!

He thanked Merton and for saving him from the tunnel.

“You now must be the most experienced on what exists out there!” Merton informed him and the others.

Bryson examined their scientists and the equipment carefully and tried again at estimating what they were doing and left it until they either told him or showed him its use, which surely was the latter and that it would be better for them to show it.

He watched them silently considering what to tell him!

“When we checked the tunnel behind that wall,” Merton stated, “we realized that we could come up with something better to use to check what it does … Well, especially after hearing and monitoring those sounds, which appeared all around this region, at specific points, and we realized that we should!”

“So you can properly check it further?” Bryson replied tiredly.

“We will be able to check it within other dimensions … And properly check those sounds …”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 7

 

The Dinning Room

 

Most of the people at the castle were sitting in the dinning room, chatting loudly and excitedly all around the dinner table, and Bryson walked in fascinated at how far they had cleaned the place up since the last time he had been there.

Bryson sat between Pendleton and Mitchell at the center of the large ancient circular wooden table and ate his food greedily, hungrily than he had in a long time, and realized that he and Pendleton were both eating and drinking crazily and were the only ones there doing it, and some of the others occasionally watched.

Mitchell now seemed more silent and inactive since he had left the castle and Bryson realized how much interest he had in where Mitchell had ended up, and he continually tried to think of a way to get him to say something and solve the puzzle.

Yet he could not think of anything and knew that he would avoid replying to everything!

They all jerked when two loud exploding crackles came off partly wet logs burning in the fireplace, directly in front of Bryson at the other side of the room. The heat from it could be felt warming the place and some smoke could be seen entering the room, giving the place burnt scent, which liked.

“Well, how are your two scientist friends doing?” Mitchell moaned, moving backwards in his seat, to see him better.

“They are making progress!” he replied firmly, watching Mitchell examine him and Pendleton and their eating habits.

Bryson anxiously took some soup and watched him at the corner of his eye with his chunky face examining him. For a moment, he wondered if he had found the answer to the clue or something else.

The hunt for the money was an exciting game to all of the men there and he listened to their tales of their searches for it with great interest and decided that he wished to pursue the treasure more than anything now. Mitchell’s men now seemed far too overconfident now, for some reason, and he could not establish why and realized that they were deliberately avoiding saying something, and it seemed to be Mitchell’s idea, making him wonder why. Were they on the trail of something and were they keeping things secret? But why worry about it! They would either find it or they would not. They had nothing to lose.

He was happy that they had not found it yet anyway, especially while he was not there! As he really wanted to be at least there, and perhaps hold some influence in its discovery.

There seemed be little findings and activity since they had vanished into the tunnel and he was not sure if it had been the fact that Mitchell had not been there, and perhaps him too, and that they had not known what to do without them being there or if it had been the fact that they had found everything that they could and hit a dead end, but he was sure that it had been both factors.

Why not have a good time there! Who knows they might get something else of great value at the place after all! There were many generations of eccentric owners of the castle! Things in it had been there for an immense amount of time! Perhaps some valuable antique existed hidden away somewhere!

He quickly phoned his friend on his pocket phone, and established contact with him and that he would continue his search of the castle for items and send him photos of them for him to establish if they were worth anything, and was surprised that he was still interested and excited, and told him the latest news about the murder at the castle and the police investigation there had come up with little and it was no longer appearing on the media.

Only one or two of the police were at the castle now and there because some of them wanted them there, because there was still great danger of there being a reoccurrence of the killing.

It emphasized the value of the treasure, if it still was there!

Bryson felt the warm air in the surrounding room now and relaxed against the back of his seat. The corridors and rooms were freezing compared to the room now, which he felt occasionally blow in through a gap in the door from someone further along opening an outside door.

He intermittently lifted his glass and tasted sweet white wine.

“Did they not find anything else with all that equipment that arrived here?” one of Mitchell’s men further along the table asked.

“They’ve not finished!” Bryson replied. “They were working on a lot of things! Like our return to the castle!”

“They’ve not finished their work?” Mitchell answered, reminding him again with how vague he was now.

Pendleton lifted his arm and allowed it to fall to his side, and examined a magazine that he had with him, which one of the scientists had given him, which he kept reading with fascination at the technology and things that now were available.

The whole place was mysterious to him, and Bryson also had many mysteries to solve.

Mitchell stretched his arms out, waking himself, and announced, “It’s time to start work!”

“Where are you working now?” Bryson quickly asked.

“We going to lift that tomb out … Then up through the floor from the hidden chamber … Then we’ll see if there’s anything else there! So if you’re interested …?”

Bryson nodded in agreement, realizing Mitchell wanted him there, as well as the two scientists being there, and realized that it would be a good idea to start there, where they had left off, and he recalled the words on the tomb and that he had not established what they meant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 8

 

The Clues

 

When they entered the library Bryson examined the tunnel entrance, dug out from the floor and now covered over with an ancient stone slab, and Bryson sensed something unusual. But he only grasped that there was snow falling outside.

Yet something seemed different and he watched the others grouping about the table with seats, in front of the books, and he made himself familiar with his new surroundings. Most of the people there were Mitchell’s men and the archaeologists.

Bryson wondered why the books had been hidden away there anyway – in a chamber hidden behind a false wall that opened out like a door – and why someone had gone to such lengths to build it? He knew why the tunnel was hidden out of view but not why they had hidden a small castle library there.

Yet the others that had looked through the books insisted there was nothing there and he took their word for it!

He watched Pendleton gasp as he saw the covered over tunnel, and quickly acknowledge it as a different tunnel entrance from the one that he had gone down, which they had not investigated yet.

Bryson suddenly realized that the books were uneven and hanging out everywhere and that when he had passed by the room earlier that the books had been neatly placed together by the archaeologists, who had been there last, who were the only ones interested in the books, mainly to search for historic accounts of there, and going by what the others had told them.

Somebody had clearly searched through them for something, and Bryson wondered who had been there, and what had the person been looking for? The majority of the people at the castle had been at the dinning room or with the scientists.

He examined objects in the room from different perspectives trying to see if there were anything altered, but never saw anything else and started examining the books.

He eventually asked the archaeologists, “Are there any books missing there?”

They examined through them but never noticed anything so Bryson ignored it.

He wondered where the killer had gone and if he was looking for the treasure, and he started wondering why he had been so desperate to do something? Why did he not wait? Was there a trail that led to it somewhere? Had the person been trying to get something to get to it?

The treasure could be anything and he even wondered if it was the same one that had been in the other castle, and that they would be spending all their time searching for something that they had found already! The treasure could have been there and had been taken by William Randall to the other castle with him! It was only logical that he would have had it near him! Why did he have two treasures anyway?

Bryson had never heard of people having two treasure before and he considered if there was more than one person involved and that there was a second person who had been at this castle who had been a friend or relative of William Randall, and again he wondered if it had been the person in the tomb buried in the chamber beneath the floor, which they would soon go to and remove from the chamber.

Who the hell had they been, and what had they been up to? He started searching through the books with the others for information! Something had to be there and he searched what the books were mainly about and what they were interested in, and soon found out that the books never belonged to them and belonged to later owners of the castle, and the earliest had only a few books that were virtually meaningless to him and gave little.

He was sure that if the map of the castle found in the ring on the person in the tomb proved the person had been with the original people and William Randall, and that if there was information about them, it might be there after all.

There was something about hunting for hidden things that he did not like and that frustrated him! There were far too many things that suggested where things could be and that could anywhere. The mind could almost turn anything into what looked like a clue just by staring at things for long enough, if the person wanted something badly enough! They could be following false clues all the time and make major mistakes there until they left if they were not careful! He was sure, if they had not already been doing it, that they would start doing it as soon as they checked the main places and clues at the castle, with there being no real ways of finding it left.

Here they were searching books for the answer to something that could be anything, and not even exist. The amount of things that the mind could conjure up and associate with it was vast. He doubted if the treasure seekers that he had seen in movies, who had chased after clues, could have answered the clues that they had been given. Why had he never heard of anyone chasing after treasure like it? As far as he was now concerned the people who had found things had been looking for them in ships with people who had found records of there having been treasure, and which had been aboard vessels that had sunk in specific regions that they could trace – and with them not solving strange riddles to them! People found them with knowledge and traced them with technology, and spent a long time doing it, and in most cases never found anything or virtually nothing!

Yet even though they had in the last castle solved the riddles and traced the treasure! And he tried to recall his line of thought when he had found it, and the way the people at the last castle had been that had helped him discover it.

He believed people that came across treasure were incredibly lucky, in the right place at the right time.

He had never proven that people had actually followed clues ever found anything, even though that was what he intended to do, and he thought what he had done at the last castle was more like solving an ancient mystery! People endlessly chased after treasures that never existed – or with fake or unsolvable clues.

Many people had found things while looking for other things though and he could not recall hearing of any of them finding what they had been looking for when it came to major finds like the Holy Grail.

Yet a long time ago things might have been different, and if people did find them he was sure that most people would have no real reasons to report finding anything! Why would they want to? Why tell that people had actually gone about hiding treasure, leaving maps and riddles?

Would real treasure maps be incomprehensible to anyone else? Surely people would try to stop someone else getting their hands on it? Why would they write down obvious places and names that other people would know of and allow them to find it? They could easily use codes and words that other people would not be able to understand, and miss out and muddle things up making sure other people would not be able to establish things – hiding if numbers were co-ordinates or paces. They could give false clues that could easily remind them of the real ones!

The main problem was that there were no real clues or evidence of the treasure existing and that made it incomprehensible to everyone! Yet somewhere there might be another map or mention of it! They might also be able to discover the treasure itself if they searched all the key places people would put it? The archeologists and scientists had very advanced equipment that could be used.

Yet he was unsure if they could cover the whole castle!

Bryson had also been starting to believe that someone knew something that at least proved its existence! He kept sensing it and, though he had not proven a thing, he was sure that it would not take long before they found out about it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 9

 

The Tomb

 

Bryson wondered how they were going to remove the tomb, as he made his way there from having something to eat. The tomb was made of solid heavy stone and he wondered if they could get enough of the men around it to lift it through the floor.

When he arrived there he was surprised at how far they had gone to do it, and knew right away it was Mitchell’s idea!

The floorboards of the majority of the room around the entrance were piled in the corner and the entrance had been increased in size to a size far greater than the tomb, surely to allow people to carry it up planks of wood, which were sloped down to the tomb to allow it to be pulled upwards.

By what they said Bryson realized that they had attempted to lift it and had been unable to get it and the men up the planks and through the entrance.

Now they were wrapping chains around the tomb and were putting metal poles across the planks of wood, going up through the entrance.

When they had finished preparing everything he watched them push and roll the tomb up the planks of wood over the poles while the others in the room helped pull the tomb up with the chains.

When it was finally up they lay about resting, and Bryson managed to get a proper look at it in the lighted room and tried to see what he had missed, but he never saw anything as the tomb itself was far too dirty and covered in debris.

What interested him most was what they intended to do with it as he could not realize why they were so desperate to get it out, as they had clearly examined it in the chamber with everything that they had, including all the scientists and archaeologists.

He started examining the tomb to see how valuable it might be, but he could not image it could worth much, unless it had historic value that he never knew about, and he wondered if they knew something there that he never and that the stuff had value somewhere. For some reason he could not imagine them being there if there was nothing with definite value there, even the treasure could be there, and he wondered if collectors might value it as being valuable for some reason that he never knew and he thought of phoning the guy he knew who was having him take photos of things to value there.

After taking a few photos of it from a few angles he sent the photos and a message to his friend, and soon received an acknowledgment of the receipt of them. He watched the others to see what their reactions would be but they just ignored him.

Archeologists arrived and got to work cleaning the tomb, and washing all the dirt from it, and Bryson wondered if they intended to make the castle famous and worth something and he wondered what would happen then – and what would happen if it remained haunted and people visited the place from all over the world.

Bryson realized that they were not properly searching the castle now! Yet even though they had agreed to concentrate in the right places and stay together out of danger it might be a mistake as they surely would start giving up after long enough! He was sure that they were best searching it as quickly as possible and covering as much ground as they could without putting themselves in too much danger, and he wished to discover all the key places and search there.

Therefore he started trying to realize where the key places were and wondered how he could safely wander about the rooms and corridors looking! Perhaps it would help solve some of the mysteries there that had accumulated over a long time and since they had arrived.

For a long time he had wanted to investigate somewhere like the last castle as he had missed it greatly and he could not believe he actually had another to investigate. He had always wanted to search the other castle when he had been younger! He had been unable to do it for years as the servants there had kept him in the lounge, on his only visit there, and had persuaded him not to go anywhere else, and he had been unable to visit there again when he had been older as his uncle had not allowed him back.

He felt that he had the freedom to roam this castle and he wanted to take full advantage of it when he could, without getting into any danger, but he was far more interested in finding everything he could about the tomb before doing anything else.

The others spent a long time tediously cleaning the tomb rock and he joined in and examined the writing on it again in case he had missed something, but never found anything. It was just ancient writing that was usually found on tombs and had nothing of interest or was to do with anything else.

Yet one of the archeologists washing and cleaning the end of the tomb uncovered some writing there, which had been covered over with dirt, and Bryson went there first to see what was there, but just before he got there the archeologist announced to his surprise, “It’s the identity of the person in the tomb … His name is William Randall!”

Bryson was staggered and did not know whether to believe it, but the other archeologists there confirmed that they were positive that it was and Bryson wondered what it meant as he had definitely seen the remains and tomb of his ancestor William Randall at the last castle.

Bryson had a hard time even remembering William Randall in detail, and what his skeleton had looked like, and started realizing that he could not properly prove the skeleton in the tomb was him or was not him! How could they prove anything? The lack of evidence annoyed him greatly and he could not prove anything and was like a blind man trying to recognize someone from someone that had not spoken, or had identified himself properly, or had any information about his identity revealed and met someone who never said anything that was being identified as the person! He remembered little about William Randall! Yet he had known what he had been like in places, but that was only basic stuff about him and other people like him at the time. If only they could find something that could give them something worthwhile about him and the people at the castles!

He tried to remember the accounts that they had put together to find the second castle and he tried to recall something about it. He could not remember much about it – yet he could recall that William Randall had been identified as being at the second castle and had been the person who had the second castle built, and he thought that he would have stayed there as well.

It was as though someone were deliberately trying to muddle the facts up and confuse them! It made him shiver thinking of it and what the consequences were and he would now have to accept that the other skeleton at the other castle was someone else. Yet what the hell difference did it make?

He examined the skeleton in the tomb wondering if it really was his ancestor and what difference it would make.

He wondered why they had buried him there under the floor of the castle? Why would someone bury him there? Was there someone after him, or the person there?

Mitchell marched over seeing his slight distress and examined him and seemed interested in something.

“Wasn’t William Randall mentioned as being at the last castle?” he enquired, trying to get some information from him.

“Yes!” he replied firmly and annoyed. “I saw his tomb there though! He was my ancestor that built the castles …”

Most of the people turned and stared, surprised that it was his ancestor that they were examining.

“Incredible!” Mitchell answered. “That’s right! I remember Sir Richard Randall was your uncle … And Robert Randall the current owner … It must be strange being in such a place and meeting one of your ancestors here?”

Bryson finished examining the skeleton and realized that it actually looked the same as the last skeleton!

“Perhaps they could have both skeletons examined to see if they are genetically linked to you?” Mitchell announced. “That should prove what one is authentic and what one is not!”

“That’s a good idea!” he replied, surprised that he had not thought of it.

“I can have it done for you …?” One of the archeologists firmly replied, examining Bryson’s features and comparing them with the skeleton, with surprise. “I’ve another friend over there … Near the other castle who can get something from the other skeleton …”

Bryson was astonished and realized that they had come up with the answer and he agreed firmly and thanked him, and Mitchell for coming up with such a great idea, and he wondered what the outcome of it would be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 10

 

The Second Death

 

Bryson studied the crumpled up remains of the body of the scientist, who he had worked with many times, trying to realize what had happened. His body was completely drained of water and of something else that he could not recognize.

He had just arrived there, at the remote region of the castle, with Mitchell and his men, and met with Merton and some scientists and police that had been there.

One of the other scientists who had been with the dead scientist earlier had gone out searching for him when he had not arrived to meet him.

For some reason everyone there took it that he had not been killed by the killer and by something else! By something so hideous, evil, and unearthly that they could not even imagine what! He tried to ignore how hideous it was, trying to look upon it as an artist would observe a crazy exhibit, but it was no use! Something was now out to get them! The things in the wood, if they were not the culprits, looked like nothing compared to it, and they now looked as if they had been playing with them and only scaring them away from their territory.

The complexion of the body showed it was drained of blood and showed the deadliness of the place, and their chances of survival had vastly decreased and danger could now exist there in the castle and during the day now and they never knew what they were up against and how to survive against it. They were becoming defenseless and they could not do anything about it!

Bryson was confused more than he could ever recall and he had difficulty discovering what was occurring because now he could not even imagine solving what had happened!

Strange thoughts of him leaving the cold confines of the place and that region gave him shivers of ecstatic pleasure. Yet the pleasure he could have if they solved all the riddles there would be far greater! He could return home or go on holiday to some hot place next to a desert and celebrate – after returning to reality – not on the brink of catastrophe – and he could return to solving normal everyday problems with the effortlessness that he had done for most of his life.

He attempted to work out the exact time that it could have occurred and where the room it was in was located, and wondered why the scientist had been there working alone anyway? At least it might show that the thing would not touch them in groups and in the inhabited regions of the castle.

He could not get why no sounds seemed to be heard from there, and why the death had not been heard? Some loud sounds outside could be heard miles away. Yet all the castle large stones could block even the loudest sounds!

Merton still seemed slightly shocked at it! He had seen him working with the scientist on many occasions!

They all stood about the body while the police examined things about the body. The scientist even looked as though he had tried to crawl over the floor before his death! But he was sure that it only looked that way and that he had been killed swiftly. But by what? And what had the thing done to him?

Bryson and virtually all of the rest of them, accept the police, gasped when some more of the police arrived and one of them asked, “Who would want to kill him?”

Everyone there shrugged and nobody seemed to be able to reply and Bryson did not know how they were going to explain the castle and the situation there if they had to! The police there refused to believe anything extraordinary could occur there.

Merton seemed to mutter, not being able to stay silent any longer, breaking the deep silence, but then was silenced by definitely not wanting to put his foot in it.

“What worries me more than anything,” Bryson muttered to Merton, with confusion, “is they don’t seem to have any clues!”

“They’ll find something!” Merton quickly replied.

“What kind of thing does that? It even looks like a vampire has drained him of blood!”

“That’s ridiculous! We should not have started entering the castle’s desolate regions on our own!”

“What do you reckon could do that then?”

“You’ve a point and I don’t have enough facts to say anything! It may be entirely new to us? They are best treating it as a normal killing until more facts appear.”

“You’re correct,” he muttered back, glaring through a window at the wood outside with interest, wondering how the police would handle the truth.

“How did his killer know that he would be here?” Bryson spoke louder, for the police to hear, startled by the thought that whatever it was could be watching them, perhaps now hidden away in the distant shadows.

“Perhaps that killer was lurking about and encountered the scientist on his own out here, and confronted him … We’ll have to stay in groups and only enter these regions when we need to.”

The police at the body seemed to realize the body was drained of something more and discussed having it checked further to discover what had happened to it.

“Why kill him? Do you think something has been removed from the body?”

“I do not know that! The body will have to be checked thoroughly.”

One of the policemen started using a phone to communicate information about the situation to someone, and eventually started talking louder to someone else who had him examine the body for him, and the police vigorously checked the body looking for a wound and they checked bruised areas trying to see it and finally seemed to give up disappointed, and the person on the phone seemed to react strangely to it and had them check the body again at other places.

The heavy thuds of distant helicopters arriving appeared in the distance and Bryson saw the others starting to leave there.

Persistent moans followed from the person on the police phone, who was trying to identify what it was, and it gave Bryson the impression that they never had a clue either and that the police at the body had not been entirely able to explain what had happened to the person on the phone, and that the person was being dragged away from another vital case to visit there.

Although he could not fully get what the person thought, as the occurrences on this occasion were far from normal, he was sure that they had not been able to explain the deadliness and unusualness of the death and that they were trying to persuade the person to investigate it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 11

 

The Blood Red Devil

 

The enormous blood red devil energy field shot through the thick stone castle walls, like they were mist, seeking to attack something with vengeance, and its speed increased and the walls altered to glowing flickers while it raged on.

The few people at the castle that rarely caught glimpses of its distant lightening materializations saw only flashes of red, and if it had been slow they would have seen red energy and devil features, straight out of the realms of hell, and realized that they were confronting the devil, with its giant demon shape glowing, altering, whirling, within hideous energy surges, while it consistently stopped itself vanishing from existence and back into its original place and energy states.

Parts of its composition frequently altered or vanished from view when it totally lost control of itself and it even formed other hideous things, and it would show its powers by forming itself into different versions of itself, like freaks of nature.

In ancient times people who had witnessed it had either just escaped with their lives and had given accounts of confronting the most deadly and powerful devil from the deepest depths of hell or had been brutally killed with many having their bodies drained of energy, with their remains being found in hideous forms, and some had even been found so unrecognizable that they had not been thought of as being human.

Sometimes it had lurked in the dark shadows of the castle doing unseen hideous things, and examining the formation of things.

At times it had seemed to detect their thoughts and try to understand what they were and be able to detect strange forms of energy or energy sources from somewhere and alternate, as though trying to imagine what it could be and that it wished to confront it if it could.

Its vast unstable energy explosions could blast out across outer dimensions with so much force that they threatened to make space and time either unbalanced and warped or completely rip away and destroy the fabric of space and time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 12

 

The Psychic Research Room

 

The psychic researcher’s room, beside the tunnel, was fantastic now and Bryson felt comfortable being there, and especially away from the murder scene at the other side of the castle, which was now packed with police investigators and the media that they had brought there and he was sure they were using the media to cover up making a mess of things somewhere.

It was incredible as at one point he had considered the room that he was in to be the most dangerous place there, with the supernatural disturbance just behind the wall in the tunnel, and which could well be the most powerful supernatural spot on the planet, and he now felt happy there with feelings of comfort from being away from the murder occurrences.

At one point he had been sure that they had been going to remove them from there or take them all away to interrogate them. Sounds of them could be heard away in the distance, as he watched all the scientists in the room about him doing their work and he considered what they could achieve there at the most – but again he still had too little facts to assume anything.

He had thought of getting permission from Merton or Mortimer to have their scientists inform him of any discoveries and information from the equipment as they monitored it, but decided not to disturb them as they would tell him anything important when it occurred anyway.

He frequently gave gasps like the scientists there when he considered what was behind the wall, and the power of it, with it being able to open powerful gateways out the universe and to beyond. It reminded him of sitting on a wall over hell or some hideous place. What was he missing? What were they missing?

He was sure that he could believe that anything could exist somewhere if it had the right means and he knew the powers of science could be used to create.

The situation was bad and the castle’s interior was very dangerous and he wondered if he was imagining that they could get out the place and situations alive, and that the place and supernatural disturbances was playing with them and when either they tried to escape from there or it was ready it would take action against them. The tension on them had clearly been increasing and some people in or near to the targeted areas reacted as if they were in war zones.

Bryson suddenly recalled recognizing some of the work that some of the scientists had done years ago, when he had been examining documents of theirs, and he recalled why he had remembered it all – as it had to do with them checking for the existence of paranormal for the military.

Their stuff was surprising and even more surprising with them working there with the psychic researchers and he recalled that he had even originally thought that they had been deliberately putting the paranormal research title on their project to cover their work and discoveries, as he had not properly seen anyone even check what they had claimed they had been doing or had created. He had thought that they had been checking an alien encounter or the possibility of an alien encounter having happened.

He questioned them on what they were doing and if they had found anything and they gave him documents that informed him that they were checking for virtually all known forms of energy and matter disturbances within and from the tunnel.

He questioned Mortimer about it and if they had detected anything occurring there or elsewhere when the death had taken place and he informed him that they had not and had acknowledged no differences.

He wondered if they could put something together that could properly detect anything emerging from it into the castle so they would know where it was located and they could warn the others. Their lives could also be in danger, especially at such a close range, and that they were not actually protected by anything, and he wondered if there was some reason that it never reacted to them being there?

“What do you have that can be used to detect that thing that killed one of your scientists if it reappears?” he asked Merton, when Merton entered the room, when he finally returned there, and Bryson watched him consider it as though he had been already for a long time and was now thinking of something to say about it, and come to some a conclusion.

“Presumable reactions and any presence might act on things and produce effects to indicate them being there,” Merton replied firmly, but not sure. “Such as it altering air currents, gravity, magnetic fields, radioactivity, scent, sound waves, static, and the light spectrum …”

“Most of the equipment here is to check everything in a degree that has not been done before!” Bryson replied. “To find out if we are missing something! That thing is starting to kill the people now and they have not come up with anything to destroy it. And if things go the way that they are it could kill far more people! We may even have to leave here in the end! If you have anything, even if it just helps locate its position then it will help …”

Merton glared at him and just laughed, and he looked as if he was wondered how much he was exaggerating things and if they should help.

“That may be a good idea if we can find anything,” Mortimer finally replied for Merton, considering it. “This is not the same as the last castle either! What I want to know is what does it wants here? Why has it not left here after such a length of time? And, very importantly, why does it do what it does?”

“We have an abundance of things as we have shown!” Merton continued. “We specialize and experiment in detecting things! This is the best there is and we love investigating anything extraordinary! Even if it is an assassin trying to wipe us all out … And we would love to help stop it if we can get it …”

Bryson started to grasp how advanced and undetectable the thing really was! And he wanted to see what they were up against!

“We barely even found it here,” Mortimer added, clearly trying to encourage them in their work again. “It was pretty well concealed!”

Bryson was confused and wondered what they were suggesting, and why they were so secretive again? Surely they would only really receive fame for their discovery? Scientists all over here could have announced whatever it was straightaway, without any hesitation, just to be acknowledged with the finders, yet they wished it to be concealed.

“We have found something new!” Bryson continued. “And we have not seen anything like it before. It is totally unknown and it has intelligence!”

“An existence that exists in other dimensions than the ones we’re in?” Merton replied.

“We do not know what it is or if it ever was a life form?” Mortimer continued. “Or what other form of life it could have been? But we are sure one of its properties is that it exists through other dimensions!”

“So you have equipment that can detect outer dimensions? I never knew all that stuff actually existed! I have not seen it proven to exist or anything that can enter or detect there!”

“Exactly! What about when you entered that vortex? We have ways of detecting it! It is confidential, of course.”

Bryson realized their point once again and heard them silently confide that they wished to keep their research as confidential as possible, especially with there being the media and so many not fully checked scientists there, and leading scientists, and they thought of having him to agree to a verbal contract agreement of not disclosing anything without their consent, which he agreed to anyway to show them that he would, and wondered what they could actually discover.

As they considered what to say next Bryson examined nearby equipment, and stuff that he recognized and that it was for detecting neutrinos, and he considered what they used it for, and guessed it was another way of detecting paranormal phenomena.

“Of course! But will you sell it? It could make a lot of cash and they may be able to advance the technology further along!”

“Perhaps!” Mortimer answered. “But it is new and needs to be checked out further and we may come up with other findings before anyone else does!”

“Alright! I get you now.”

“I am certain you’re thing, running about the castle, is connected to what’s in this tunnel!”

“That could explain where it came from!”

“Exactly! We have barely done any research on it and we have been at this virtually since we arrived here. We have barely slept! We have so little time!”

“You could contact someone to prolong the stay to carry out your work? And you may be able to advance the technology further along!”

“Perhaps we may! But it is new and it needs to be checked out further, and we may also come up with other equipment …”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 13

 

The New Scientists

 

Bryson had decided to keep their new equipment as secret as he could, even though he was not sure what they had, and what he had seen had been little and could be easily have been exaggerated by them either to keep the scientists all interested or cover up something else they never wanted to reveal!

When he arrived back at their paranormal research room the next day he was surprised to see that the place was packed with more equipment and even though he never knew what it was and had seen any of it before, and he was well updated in technology. The place looked transformed into something new, and he was surprised to see new scientists had arrived and by what they said he was sure that the equipment had been brought by them and belonged to them. Yet one of the biggest surprises he got was when examined it up close and saw how expensive and advanced it was! He could not understand how they could put it there with such value!

He decided he still liked being there, especially away from the other murder scene at the other side of the castle where things had become worse! Everywhere he had looked he had found investigators and people searching for clues, and examining him! He had listened to helicopters arriving all morning, and had been woken up by a loud one landing nearby.

What staggered him was what would happen if they found that the killer was of supernatural origins? Would they come up with another killer that was human to give to the public?

They had thought of telling them to see what would happen and realized that they would firmly believe that they were crazy, and perhaps check them out as suspects.

The situation was bad and could escalate, and them coming up with a fake culprit might do little. The tension amongst Mitchell’s men for one had increased! The people near the outskirts of where the targeted area seemed to react far more to it being a danger. And he wondered if most of them were hiding behind illusions that what was there would avoid the areas they were together in and he started considering in more detail why the others were so sure about it avoiding there! What could stop it going there? Yet he recalled he had been sure that it originated from the things in the wood not getting near the castle there!

Was there some form of rules to how it worked? Was it the same as vampires not being able to come out in the daylight? Were they missing the fact that these things actually existed? It was thought to be supernatural in nature and have originated from supernatural gateways.

Bryson recalled recognizing some of the work that one of the new scientists in the room had done, after Bryson had examined documents that they had given him.

Their stuff was surprising and far more surprising with them using it to work with the psychic researchers and he even thought that they were deliberately putting the psychic researching title on it to cover their work and discoveries, as he had hardly even seen anyone even check what scientists did or created in that region.

They informed him that they were checking for virtually all known forms of energy and matter disturbances.

Bryson imagined the presence of some mysterious entity there, existing in the tunnel, which they could not detect or account for, and wondered if it could be contacted through someone.

Some people thought mass killing was going on at the castle from the way the media was showing things there, and with them covering details of the occurrences, which the police had done as they had not found anything on how the death was so hideously done. To them it was like some group were carrying it out, and that it looked as though other deaths were to follow.

What was the true nature of the savage and brutal killings that threatened everyone there? What were the motives?

The quest for the treasure by someone seemed to have gone beyond the normal and they thought something else was occurring! Had some hidden occurrence taken place that had led up to the events? Unseen and unpredicted events could occur that had to be handled!

Why did the killer or killers continue on going even after all the occurrences and heavy police presence? Surely the person or people must be mad to continue in the mode they had?

Many people wanted more than investigations of the deaths and what was actually occurring there and Bryson realized that they could end their adventure there – and even accuse them of crimes!

What if it was proven that there was an actual alien there, what would they do? Would they call in the military to deal with it?

The paranormal scientists decided against going near or in the direct path of what was there, if they could avoid it, and they stayed located at places where other scientists and the others regularly occupied and where they could make a quick exit from if it appeared, and Bryson had heard them discuss using surveillance cameras and other equipment, which he was interested in and wondered if the police would consider it?

Whatever it was it was virtually unpredictable! And he wondered if it would turn predictable, as the things in the wood were predictable in their appearance, and he wondered if they were normally unpredictable? What if there were a lot more of them and these were the only ones that made predictable appearances? There could be a great deal of luck involved in encountering them, if they were unpredictable!

Eventually the paranormal scientists had consultations with the police, and the police gave them their accounts of the evidence that they had gathered and they now had left their minds open to what was there.

Bryson knew that all the scientists as a group did think it was of paranormal origins, even though the killer existed, and that he had chased him through a passage out into the wood.

Yet someone who had been there and seen a lot of the things there could easily have found a way to mimic what something there might do, for the person to cover up their crimes! Yet how would the person have removed what had been removed from the body? He wondered if he could have found something there to do it with? How did the tunnels in the wood get made? Where did the technology come from?

Bryson left it there as he never had enough information in what could have done it! He had not heard of anything that could do it or if it was even possible!

What surprised him and a few others was how they reacted and treated it, and that they had something at last that they had been waiting the majority of their lives for, and they were not going to ruin it on such an occurrence and that they had all decided to help the police with their investigations.

The occurrences that they had witnessed there astounded enough of them enough to believe that they were dealing with something supernatural that might have taken an ancient form and they consulted openly with the other scientists on what it could be – while leaving it open to anyone to add to and for other scientists to give their thoughts on – and they all agreed that they thought it was new and of an entirely new status.

After a great deal of discussion and surveillance of the tunnel, checking readings and observations of it through monitors from every form of surveillance, most of them remained set on leaving it open and claimed that it was more advanced than anything that they had seen and perhaps would see.

Another discovery was announced by one of the new scientists at locations around the tunnel, in the rooms going around it, and that faint sounds were emerging around the tunnel, which were being checked by various equipment around it, and that they showed something strange, and that with the sounds played around the scientists in the positions that they were recorded at around the tunnel, with the volume turned up, the sounds were appearing around something, at the other dimensions that they were appearing from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 14

 

The Treasure Tunnel

 

Bryson and Pendleton arrived at a castle room, deep in the danger zone of the castle, where they had to slip passed the police to get to, and Bryson still could not believe that they were going to such lengths to explore there.

It was the only way to find what was there! The police would not allow them to enter that region of the castle, and Pendleton had told him it was where the tunnel he had entered had been.

After consistently wandering around the castle Pendleton’s memory had returned and he insisted that he knew where the room where the hidden entrance to the tunnel was, on the top floor, but they could not get there because of there being so many police there, and they had gone to the floor and room below it. Bryson could not ignore it! If it was the tunnel that Pendleton had gone down there might be a chance that the treasure was buried somewhere nearby.

Thus Pendleton had a reason for wanting the treasure so much now! He had nothing now that he had returned as all his possessions were gone, years before, and Bryson had promised him a good share in it if he found it.

The room was an ordinary castle room, which had clearly not been entered by anyone for a long time.

He could not get why they thought the treasure had been there, and neither could Pendleton, but the tunnel had been there at the exact location they had traced it to and if it had not been for the supernatural vortex, like the one Bryson had entered in the other room, Pendleton was sure that they would have found it.

Pendleton could not believe he was back there, with the other two treasure hunters now gone, as he had fantasized many times on the island of it.

The wall grabbed his attention as its thickness was the same as the room the other tunnel was in. Even though many rooms had chimneys running through them!

If only he had taken some of the equipment the archaeologists had to scan the wall first he could have gotten a vague view of its interior, as well as of the floor. Yet the scans of the other tunnel had shown little! The technology would have to be improved!

Bryson repeatedly thumped his hand hard against the wall, intensely listening for anything, while he slowly moved over the bed. Then he suddenly halted and jumped back, as a chunk of stone crumbled and shifted in behind the wallpaper.

The destruction of a historical castle gave him slight feelings of guilt but he knew it could be easily repaired and if they got rid of the haunting there he was positive someone would do up the place and turn it into the expensive historic castle that it was supposed to be, and perhaps clear the region of wood surrounding it into gardens with lanes and a road.

He carefully shifted the awkward mass of stone out, in stages, from the wall, as Pendleton stayed ready to help him. Pendleton had little strength now, after being on the island for so many years and though his body was not old it was weak and he suffered from being ill a lot, especially with the intense cold.

They were both obsessed and Bryson’s clambering resumed until he finally had to stop – feeling a sudden loss of energy, with his legs starting to collapse under him, with much discomfort to his hands and arms being cut and bruised at where he had been tugging the boulder out.

His eyes occasionally fell on the mess under him with little interest! The thick layer of stone and dust fragments scattered across the room was nothing now!

With a sudden heave he incredibly wrenched the boulder out and dropped it over to his side, where it bounced off the bed onto the floor, where a loud bang instantly came from the floorboards, which even collapsed in with the weight.

In the large black gap left in the wall, where the stone block had blocked, there was nothing visible and he waited for his eyes to adjust to the darkness. But it stayed dim and showed him nothing!

Pendleton handed him one of the most powerful lights that they had brought to the castle, and which was another reason why they were there as the lights that they had used in the tunnels had been weak and showed nothing because of their limited range.

He turned on his light and confirmed that it was the tunnel and he poked his head in and crawled into the hole towards it.

Once further in, with his arms out in front, he pulled himself into the tunnel, with his head facing downwards, and he shone the powerful light down the tunnel. Where he saw the tunnel going deep down below, and as his sight adjusted to it he saw nothing and started to wonder if it was a large chimney.

Yet it seemed too large to be a chimney and there was no trace of soot or anything that would surely be there, even if they had it cleaned. Although there was the chance that nobody had really used it and that any marks were hidden below. But again it was not in the right position to be one! And he was sure that there were no fireplaces below to be connected to a chimney!

He saw its true size the more he looked and that it went further down to the bottom of the castle. His breathing echoed into it, and its coldness made clouds of steam pour out of his mouth into it.

Suddenly sounds started emerging below and he wondered if he had activated it! They started sounding mind-bending and started screaming through the shaft until they had a fury that stunned him, with some sounding like screams and others like wailing spirits.

Clouds of powdered dirt and stone fell about at different points around boulders far below as though the tunnel were being shaken by an earthquake. Dust swirled through his beam of light as he wondered where the treasure would be buried away!

He imagined Pendleton and the other two treasure hunters there years before, during the Second World War, hanging on their ropes, just over the disturbance, which he tried to locate and realized he could find something there by watching what was happening below carefully, which he had not been able to do when he had been in the other tunnel on the steps, surrounded in darkness, and he realized that he had actually avoided being killed there after all, and wondered if he was going to be killed later instead and was unsure what was worse.

He groaned and grabbed hold of part of a castle boulder he was resting over, with his head and arms sticking over into the tunnel, glimpsing parts of the shaft below, and he wondered what William Randall, his great ancestor, builder of the castle, had done and built there? They had clearly gone to great lengths to build something! At times it had felt like the whole castle was something else – created for some function that he could not even imagine – which went beyond his understanding.

Yet going by the stories something happened that had killed them all! So if it was true then what happened then and how did it end up in the tunnel and in the other tunnel, and was it there in other dimensions, and what was there below? Why had it not moved away into the other dimensions? What was keeping it there? Surely there had to be something there that they were missing? Perhaps it was disguised as something or had been hidden? Such advanced technology could achieve virtually anything and it could be something that he had not even considered possible?

He had always wanted to explore and discover something new of value and greatness in science, and perhaps even be remembered in history!

What interested and alarmed them was why it was hidden in such a place and created such occurrences! What was it they were dealing with anyway? Why was it in such a far out place?

Something of unfathomable unidentifiable supernatural nature sounded as though it were under him trapped in some form of magnetic or energy field, trapped and trying to free itself from something, ultimately escaping to another location of liberty, and he tried imagining some form of spirit trapped there every night for hundreds of years.

“Have you found if it’s down there?” Pendleton shouted in, in an alarmed state, with a combination of annoyance and confusion, and Bryson realized that he had been trying to get his attention, and he gave him the impression that he might be on the edge of considering doing something extreme, beyond the normal.

“It’s that disturbance below! I need more time here to examine the tunnel and see if I can discover something!”

Bryson again started to realize the implications of the find and that they might have to check what was there someday, and he better start finding information about it.

Pendleton shouted loudly, “Good idea!”

Bryson was confused at what they would do if he found the treasure there below? How would they go about getting it? What was there could be guarding the treasure, and why nobody had got it? William Randall could have left it there to guard his treasure while he was away? Yet if that were the case how would he have gotten the treasure himself and how did he put the thing and the treasure below?

Bryson felt that he had finally found something that might even be above his understanding and he wondered if he was going pay for his encountering the thing below?

It amazed Bryson, from what Pendleton had told him, was that they had been trying to get the treasure there in the middle of the night, in what had been a haunted castle buried away in a wood. Yet he believed that they were good – as they had traced the treasure there and found the location – and had survived getting through the wood.

He imagined them shifting into the shaft and making their way down, with their ancient lights.

Bryson looked up and saw ventilation shafts entering the tunnel and realized that they must run through most of the building.

“What else could it be?” Pendleton asked, trying to get some information on the tunnel, and Bryson ignored him.

The height of the castle was incredible, especially with it having been built when it had, as well as the length being so massive with rooms and corridors going out everywhere – and he could hardly believe that they had built it and he wondered if it was built by something else – and he remembered that he had not thought such a construction had been possible at that date. It was also unbelievable that somebody had managed to ship the construction over to there when it had happened, in such large sections and fit them together.

How could people spend so much on such things at the date it was built? It was a disgrace and offense that such a work of art and construction should end up derelict out in such a desolate wood? He really wished to solve the mysteries there and put them out in the open for everyone to see.

He gasped as he recalled the legends and what had already happened there and wondered if this could be his final encounter!

For a moment he considered if it had actually come from Transylvania and had vampires or something – and that was what they were missing! At times he had thought it had similarities to castles over there!

“You could send down a camera with a light attached down?” Pendleton announced, to his surprise, and wondered why the scientists had not done it and recalled that he had heard some of them mention exploring the tunnel with equipment, and remembered that their stuff had vanished.

Sounds were now screaming up at him and he realized how loud they had become, as if a gateway into hell were there, with him balanced over it.

He jerked when he heard some sort of almost human scream as though from out of in a distant strange place, and he searched below where the bottom of the castle was and saw blackness, like it were really located out in space.

Some of blocks of stone about him resembled smaller versions of stones in Egyptian pyramids and he even wondered if they were the same and there for some reason. They were strange things to use to build with as their weight was immense and they could easily have decreased their size and made them easier to shift about and work with, but they were hard to penetrate and were needed in a good castle.

He realized some sounds were now not emerging from far below him but were coming from somewhere just below him, and then he thought he heard one emerge next to him and he listened intensely with confusion.

Sounds manifested everywhere as though they were invisible unidentifiable things surrounding there, and strange glowing and swirling forces seemed to form in the blackness below, and he saw something that looked like a transparent rectangle black shape.

As he tried to see what was going on about him he noticed that light across his front was moving upwards and he fixed his eyes onto a strange orb of light floating upwards.

With a loud thud he banged his shoulder against the side of him and clouds of gray dust flew about almost blinding him, going into his face and lungs, and he rushed back into the room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 15

 

The Mist

 

Early the next morning Bryson awoke in the deep silence of his room and opened his eyes to see that it was starting to get light, and realized something was somehow different and instead of seeing peaceful surroundings of his darkened room he slowly focused upon a faint mist about him and he instantly started searching for signs of a fire.

Yet there was nothing there to burn as the castle was virtually entirely made of thick stone and was as non-flammable as it could be! So he considered what could be burning!

Could smoke reach there from the lounge, dinning room, or kitchen? Perhaps one of the chimneys caught fire with all the rubbish stuck up in them, from years of being there, with small trees and vegetation covering the outer walls and roof? A hole in a chimney from it crumbling away could let smoke in!

Yet there was no sign of the scent of smoke or anything, and he sat upright in bed and watched a dark shadow from the mist creep over the walls, while cold swirling currents of mist shifted about in a hovering shape, and a wild beast’s blood-chilling screech came from a distant place, hidden out in the landscape, and he considered what it was.

When his eyes adapted and his vision grew in strength he saw a cloud drifting about over the floor that was moving around as though there were no gravity and he considered if it was real or something else. He proved that it was not made of smoke and only looked like it – and was really something else that was unidentifiable that was very faint that he could hardly see – and he looked about to find its source and where it was being generated, but never saw anything and he checked if it was a mirage, and some form of light illusion and reflection off something, and he checked all possible sources. Yet there was nothing visible to him that could produce it and it hung in the air over the middle of the room and swirled about, and seemed to be actually doing something. He was unable to explain its presence, and he stayed where he was, and started to grasp it could be one of the supernatural disturbances there, like the mist in the wood, and he realized that it could be dangerous.

When it thickened he started shifting and grabbed his clothes, without entering the central region, and he moved right up to it and watched it forming a turbulent cloud formation, with it forming shapes in itself, like something was forming itself into a life form, and, even after seeing all the things on the previous day in the tunnel, he still tried to prove that it was something else and he started thinking of other things that it could be.

It was forming itself into something that was unidentifiable and he knew Merton and Mortimer would love to see it and started to work out a route to the door without entering it and realized that he would have to go through one of its edges.

He strained himself and prepared himself to handle what could happen if it reacted and did anything. Though he could not really see it doing much as it was only in a mist formation!

Then within it he spotted what looked like a head and he sat dazed trying to figure out what it would form into, confused at what would happen when it did! What if it formed some form of dangerous life form or something else?

The color of the head region was white, with a far more dense shade than it had been minutes before, and it clearly was now forming at an accelerated rate, and he decided to go and get the others and rushed to the door and out into the corridor and looked out for others but never saw any of them about.

When he knocked on Merton and Mortimer’s doors he wondered if he had imagined what it was and he informed them of what had happened and they both dressed quickly and rushed over with him to his room.

They stood dazed examining it at the doorway, searching it for clues to its identity, trying to see what it could do.

“What the hell is that?” Mitchell said, announcing his arrival from behind them, from the side of the doorway. “Is it dangerous?”

“We don’t know yet?” Mortimer replied first, examining it more than the others. “What I want to know is why it’s in your room and why we have not seen this anywhere else?

“What did you do yesterday? Did you go out into the wood or something? I noticed you were away for a long time …”

Bryson considered what to say and whether to tell him, ignore him, or tell him something else.

“We went to find the other tunnel where Pendleton entered …”

“Was that over there where the police banned us from going?”

“Yes! And we found it! Pendleton recalled where it was – as he now has an interest in the treasure …”

“That could have been dangerous!”

“Did you find anything?” Mitchell said, startled at the mention of someone making a major move to find the treasure without him knowing of it. “What was there?”

“We only found another tunnel like the other one under the library!”

“Where is it then?”

“I’ll have to show you!”

“Alright! Show it to us later!”

“I think it is transferring itself here!” Mortimer announced, staring at the formation forming in the center of the area in front of the bed.

“What will we do with it?” Bryson muttered, wondering if it had a means of understanding them.

“Wait here!” Mitchell replied, and he rushed off to get his men at their rooms.

“It is becoming more powerful!” Merton stated, staring at its large head shape that kept reforming into something, which it was clearly putting most of its time and energy into.

Bryson spotted that it had transformed into normal matter in places and that yellow slime dripped from its head into the carpet, and a slight human/animal odor scented the air.

The thing seemed to sense something somewhere, perhaps danger, and increased how fast it was building itself, and Bryson wondered why it had chosen his room – which the others thought was connected to his visit to the tunnel – and he wondered why something wanted to visit him and he realized that it could have easily formed itself somewhere nearby!

The main questions had to be was it dangerous and what did it want to do there?

Mitchell arrived with his men and their weapons, and moved Bryson and the two scientists out of the way, and stood at the doorway aiming their guns at it, waiting for the opportunity to fire at it.

Bryson wondered if they could kill it in its original state as the bullets surely would have gone straight through it, and now it could keep repairing the damage.

“What are we going to do with it?” Merton suddenly announced emotionally, realizing something about it, deliberately grasping Mitchell’s attention.

“What we need to do now is decide what to do with it if it does not attack us?” Mortimer continued, wondering what Merton had noticed, and he studied it in detail.

Bryson looked at where Merton was staring, at its head region, and he suddenly noticed that it was taking the shape of a human head, and realized that they could be in trouble if they destroyed it in the form of a human.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 16

 

The New Species of Human

 

Once it had completely formed into a human the men dropped their guns down and stared at it with their mouth open, and they acknowledged that they had to have witnessed a miracle.

Surprisingly Bryson had to be the most startled and if not certainly the most confused as it was identical to him, and he realized he was now going to meet himself.

The men seemed happier that they were not now in any apparent danger, and they could destroy it or take it prisoner.

Bryson started to wonder if it had any of his memories and wondered how much of a danger it was to him? Was it intelligent? What did it want? Why had it deliberately done it in front of him, and when he awoke?

Did it have a mission? Was it connected to the thing or was it the thing itself that he had encountered in the tunnel the day before? And was it the same thing that had done the killings there?

They all seemed confused and wishing for answers, and a few of the police, some of Mitchell’s men knew, had passed there and had tried to explain what had been happening, and now never understood why there was another Bryson about.

They watched it put on some clothes one of Mitchell’s men got for it and stand next to them at the doorway, and Bryson realized that not only had it put on clothes that it had done it in the same way that he normally did, and he gasped at the thing knowing all his thoughts and memories and he tried to work out how dangerous it could be.

Yet the supernatural thing could have read and got his make up from the first seconds that he entered the supernatural vortex, and perhaps even before then when he had arrived at the castle.

What was the answer to this problem? None of them knew what they were dealing with! Was it more than one thing? Were the rest things that it had picked up through the vortex? And what was it up to? Was it part of the thing in the tunnel that he had visited the day before?

He did think it had some connection to the thing in the tunnel as it had looked as if it had wanted to make contact or something with him, but he did not risk it as he could have end up in a worse place and situation than the last time!

Yet why had the thing in the tunnel wanted to make contact with him when he must have made contact with it going into the other tunnel and going through the vortex? The thing would have got all the information that it had wanted there and could have communicated with him! Was there two things – one in each tunnel – or perhaps more?

Bryson watched the copy of himself and realized that he could learn a lot of things from it and about himself, and saw all the advantages of it being there. If it was there to do harm why did it not just kill him?

His first thing to do was try to communicate with it and somehow get information about its mission.

Merton and Mortimer took Mitchell further up the corridor and communicated in whispers with him, decided on something and returned, and they took him and the thing down to the empty dinning room, and closed the door behind them, and offered the thing food that Bryson normally ate and they all ate their breakfast, with Bryson sitting opposite them directly in front of the thing, occasionally watching it with some amazement. He had never fully known what he had been like until now – even though it had a great deal of different reactions – mainly due to it being a stranger and unfamiliar with many things – and Bryson slowly accepted it was something else in his body, and realized the potential again, as well as the others as well, and them actually getting information from the thing haunting the place.

Yet after more observations he realized that it could be something else – and not the thing haunting there!

None of them said anything to it and waiting for something to happen, and Bryson wondered what would happen and sat chewing pieces of his food, considering what he would do if he was it in different scenarios and when he finished he considered what the others would do, until he felt that he had considered everything, and was surprised that something else actually happened instead and the dinning room door swiftly swung open and two archeologists entered with startled faces – and stared at the two versions of Bryson facing each other across the table with amazement and laughed – and even thought of changing what they had planned to do but went through with it anyway.

Both of them sat next to Mitchell and one of them removed some documents and placed them on the table in front of him, and Bryson recognized him as the archeologist that had been at the tomb when they had taken it up into the room and found the tomb had the name William Randall engraved on it.

“We had both skeletons examined to see if they are genetically linked to Bryson’s blood sample you gave us?” the archeologist announced. “To prove what one was William Randall and what one was not William Randall!”

“As William Randall is marked as being in a tomb at the other castle and in the tomb here …” Mitchell continued further, vaguely amused, watching the thing along the table from him.

“That’s correct!” he replied, almost laughing hideously for some reason that baffled Bryson – who wondered which one had been the authentic one – thinking the archeologist would now tell them that it was neither.

“We even had the results checked again after receiving them!” the archeologist firmly replied.

“And what …?” Mitchell moaned.

“Well! They are both William Randall!” the archeologist announced, handing the documents over to them, shrugging and wondering again why the stranger looked like Bryson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 17

 

The Two Randalls

 

Bryson recalled examining the features of the skeleton in the tomb at the top floor and comparing it with the other skeleton at the last castle and knew that they had been the same.

The other version of him had seemed to react for a brief moment when it had been told!

Bryson was astonished and realized that there had been two William Randalls and that they had not been twins! Mitchell had suggested that they had been twins and that the accounts of them had for some reason missed out details of them, which was common in historical accounts as Bryson had learned on many occasions, but the archeologist had firmly declared that they had not been twins and had been identical – and that the documents affirmed that they were of the same person.

It was strange as he now had to think of there being two William Randalls at two castles and he wondered what had happened to create such a situation? How did the William Randall at the top floor die? And why had he been put where he had been? And what had people at the time thought of it, and he wondered if they had thought of it as witchcraft? There had been accounts of it at the last castle, and he even thought the occurrences there had been responsible for putting so much accounts of witchcraft into the history books – as they had been the only proper accounts of witchcraft happening – as far as he was concerned!

For a moment they had all silently watched the other him at the table as he had finished his meal and Bryson had started going through the problems that might surface and that they might keep identifying it as being him and vice versa, and he had wondered what would happen if it started claiming it was and how he could explain to people who had not witnessed what had happened what was happening? They could barely explain anything there to the police already and they insisted in knowing everything there!

He wondered what it was classed as? If it had not been for the strange appearance it had made in his room he could have taken it for something else! He might have thought the disturbance had done something with time and allowed an earlier or older version of him to appear!

Bryson could not realize who was more amazed him or the others, and he dared not let the other him out of his sight in case it did something that he would get the blame for!

“Just tell me – what the hell you are?” Mitchell demanded once, finally trying answer at least one of his queries.

“I do not know!” it announced, clearly not knowing.

“I never knew you had a brother?” Mitchell continued, amused, trying to think of what he was missing. He clearly thought there was a hidden joke!

“I don’t remember anything!” it continued, not knowing what to do now.

“What? You lost your memory? Where did that happen?”

“On my way back here!”

“Back here!” Mitchell replied, and laughed loudly. “What? You are claiming you were here and left …?”

“Of course! I awakened – up there!”

The stranger pointed over in the direction that that had come from, from Bryson’s room, and Bryson tried to detect if it was now following an act to cover up its identity.

Mitchell heard a noise from his communication device and picked it up and started talking to someone.

Bryson wondered what would happen if the thing made copies of all of them? They would be breaking the law if they tried to do anything to them! What could they do with them? Could they prove that they were aliens?

Bryson decided to keep the thing near him! But not to near! He was not going to sleep with it near him! Yet the thing could have easily have already killed him in his opinion!

“That’s strange!” Mitchell announced, leaving the room. “A lot of the stuff on the people here has been erased from our files!”

Bryson immediately wondered why Mitchell had files on the people there, and as if they knew about it. It was strange! They had brought Mitchell there to find the treasure and basically help them with anything dangerous – and he was now running things further than anyone else – and seemed to have connections in the police as well as in the military, where he seemed to be still a major figure for some reason, which he had claimed he had no longer anything to do with – and all the men working for him had treated him as being far more than ex-military, and some had even given him a high up military title and salute.

Bryson watched Merton and Mortimer follow him out and leave him alone with the thing, facing him across the table.

“So what’s your name then?” Bryson finally asked jokingly, realizing that he had to talk to it and he had been in far worse situations there already – like going through the vortex …

“Bryson!” it joked back, making him gag for a moment.

“We could be twins?” he replied, not just joking but seriously trying to solve the problem of what to do with it, for the moment.

“Alright!”

“My name is Bryson so you’ll have to choose another …”

“Call me Thomas!” it replied, making him gasp again, knowing it had deliberately used his first name knowing that it had not been told to it, and he thanked it for letting him know it.

“Choose another!”

“Call me William then!”

“Alright!”

“Maybe we can do each other a favor … We could have information that we both want?”

“You are perfectly correct!”

Bryson observed how human and identical it really was and tried to establish the differences in it to establish what it was really like and he saw differences in the way it used its features.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 18

 

The Thing from the Tunnel

 

Bryson wondered if the thing was automatically carrying out a programming given to it by what was in the second tunnel, even though it was capable of being human and doing human things it was like it was carrying out a plan, which he never fully knew what and left it as it wanting to gather information.

It seemed to like finding information on what it could and checking for anything of interest, abnormalities, and he watched it examining things. And even though he could not get if it was hiding anything he avoided questioning it.

He was starting to think Mitchell was part of scheme to carry out some very illegal activity there. Yet what could he be up to there? Unless he intended to take the treasure away and disappear with it?

He even considered there was something of else of value there and if he intended in taking it back without anyone knowing of it! But what was it? Perhaps he had heard of something being there from accounts of there – which had been hidden away from them? Pendleton and his two treasure hunters had known things that had not been told to them! Yet that was not an illegal activity and it was even up to him whether he told anyone of it – and he was sure that it was something else!

Though he would be bothered if he did take the treasure without him knowing about – even if he never got any of it – as he wanted to find it and see what it was more than anything!

Many items there were being kept and sent out by many of them that thought that they had great hidden value, but he knew that they never as he had them checked out by his friend and Bryson had not found anything worth taking except for glamorous and curious ornaments to remember the place.

They started searching the rest of the top floor and the area the police had warned them not to go in, and searched everything while checking nothing deadly was there.

He started noticing Mitchell had more interest in the William Randall tomb and insisted in having it removed from there – by having the windows of the room removed and having it lowered down to the ground on ropes, where it was taken away by a helicopter. All the people he had contacted about it valued it as of being of little value and he wondered if he was going to have it checked for something, and it having something hidden in it.

He was sure that he would even discard it before they left there, especially if they found something of real value. Since he had been at the last castle he had gotten to know many explorers, who had made explorations all around the world, as it interested him greatly, especially after him finding the last treasure, and he had started to believe there were treasures about and he was amazed that a lot of treasure hunters and people interested in exploration had met with him after hearing of his discover of the treasure, and they had him recollect and give his account of what had happened.

Mitchell was an explorer and had heard of his accounts and had been told many things about him by the scientists.

Bryson was unsure how far they would go there and how it would end, and wondered if they would keep going searching there for months and wondered how long he would stay there until he had enough of it and was positive that there was nothing there, and if they could solve the disturbances there.

He knew how valuable the place was though and would try to get what he wanted somewhere before he left.

There had to be something of value there and they were all keen to find what was hidden away there enough for something to happen, and he briefly wondered if what existed could be let loose on the world? Nobody knew what was holding it there or what it really was!

Bryson searched the rooms with William and watched him search and how he did it. Yet he still could not grasp some major thing about him, and never really knowing what he was doing or looking for being that thing, but he still could not believe it actually was it. It surely was created by it, separate from it, to carry out work.

If it was seriously dangerous, and it started doing things against them, they would have to do things legally against it – because as far as everyone there was now concerned it was human – and he also thought it was human now and that they could end up having serious problems.

What if it really was different and an alien and could breed? Could such creatures start to take over the Earth?

While they were searching a room Mitchell had appeared at the door, and started searching objects there, like he was checking if they were missing anything.

“Do think there is anything here?” Mitchell asked it, trying to get his views about it.

It just laughed like Bryson, over some hidden joke, either about it or about him, or something that they had not grasped.

“I have checked almost everything here,” Bryson replied. “Nothing here is anything of value! What do you think William? Could there be anything of value about here?”

It looked over at him, still slightly amused, with its amused expression, and replied, “Out here! I don’t think so!”

His reactions were little! If he was what he claimed why did he not act more like him? Yet why was he not like a twin and even doing things differently? It once had him searching his memories of his relatives that had been like him!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 19

 

The Killer

 

Bryson stood at a room window and watched the snow come down heavily and he knew that it was the start of another blizzard hitting region, and watched it cover the wood in front of the castle.

Somewhere in the lower castle he heard a heavy thud that sounded like an explosion of something and he felt its shudder go through the castle stone.

As he started to wonder what had caused it a strange black figure, covered all over in black clothing, rushed out the castle at a speed he thought was staggering, and he wondered if he was an eminent sprinter.

Then he watched the figure enter the wood faster than he thought possible and wondered what he was missing, and stood more confused when another figure appeared below and started blasting rounds of bullets at him in the wood with one definitely hitting him – especially going by the confidence of the policeman and the way he stopped and his various reactions.

Bryson left and put on a thicker jacket and rushed down to the lounge and to the front door, where he saw a group of policemen who recognized him immediately as they were the same police that he had followed into the tunnel and out into the wood after the killer.

One of them turned and even gasped when he saw him, and Bryson was sure something was going to happen there as they were getting ready to do something.

They rushed out into the wood and invited Bryson to follow them and Bryson followed them, checking that it was not going to turn dark, but he was sure that they had at least an hour before it did turn dark.

He immediately started showing his presence and went up to the front of the group to question the policeman that recognized him, that he remembered talking with when they had chased the killer into the tunnel.

While they scrambled through the snow he heard two policemen in front of them giving panic-stricken replies and he wondered why?

They clearly believed that they were chasing the killer out into the wood, and they were glad to see Bryson there again and knew that he knew the ground more than them.

The man had been in a large hooded black jacket that he had used to cover his face and nobody had seen his face, and he had shot and killed one of the policemen in the castle.

It was believed that he had entered the castle and police surveillance equipment, put there to catch him, had alerted them to him being there!

A blue light flashed over the wood from behind them and he watched it illuminate the wood slightly, making him realize it had become dimmer, and he wondered if it was entirely the snow falling, thick trees, and heavy clouds doing it.

It turned worse than he had imagined as the police were rushing about back at the castle getting ready to begin a full-scale operation in the wood to get the guy. Yet he realized that though it could have them out there in the dark that a police helicopter could catch him!

The killer confused him as nobody yet had seen his face, which was clearly covered up, and the speed of the man was incredible and that of a top athlete. Had the guy increased his running speed to get out of being caught and he wondered how long he could run at that speed and he knew that the police about him thought that he would slow down eventually.

The speed of him was the main thing that they had underestimated the last time and that he had managed to get out into the wood and have his footprints covered up by the snow, and with them running after him fast through the tunnel.

When Bryson saw his footprints he was surprised again! Though they were normal shoe marks their placement was strange and placed differently than he had seen before! Yet it could have been him rushing through the deep snow and through the blizzard, and he still seemed to Bryson’s disappointment to be still traveling at a fast pace and he wondered where the hell he was going to out there anyway.

He had survived in the wood the last time and seemed to know it and where he was going. If only the helicopter would turn up!

Their confidence was suddenly increased by the discovery of the killer’s blood on some of the snow, showing that he had been wounded and that they had not imagined it, and they collected some and examined it and Bryson was amazed that it actually looked different and as though the person had something on the wound that had altered it somehow – and he wondered if they would trace and catch him if he got away.

Through one of the police communicators he listened to the police back at the castle communicate with the police somewhere else and he listened to their exchanges with interest and heard them mention a helicopter coming out.

When it finally appeared it was far darker and they saw its light racing over the trees, going towards the castle, and he wondered how long it would take to reappear over them. He wondered where the guy was going to and why he thought there was no danger being there in the wood at night? Had the guy originally intended to stay in the castle at night? And where was he going to now?

He decided to accept that the person knew of the disturbances and deaths that had occurred in the wood and wondered if he had made a mistake being there at night or if he had some means of avoiding it, and Bryson started considering all the things available to him. Yet there were few and going by the direction that they were going in that he might pass part of one of the tunnels or there might be another, if there was an entrance to it there.

When he saw one of the police with a map of the region he examined it and saw that there was a small place about twenty miles out across the wood in front of them and he wondered if the guy intended to go there, and he thought he might have made a mistake as if he reached there surely they could be waiting for him. Yet would the guy attempt to get there at night or did he have a hiding place?

The heavy blizzard, going deep into the thick wood, started obscuring their view the darker that it got and they tried to catch up with the guy more.

The snow glowed brightly in their lights, from their lights beaming out, and Bryson spotted the beam of light from police helicopter beam through the wood as it followed their path to them, and he wondered what would happen?

It was turning too dark and he grew tired from the evening spent searching the castle and he remained confused at what the police knew about the disturbances there and if they would make the mistake of staying there in the dark night and he could not think of a proper way to tell them of the dangers that existed there!

To his disappointment the helicopter flew straight overhead blowing up all the snow at them and throwing the blizzard about it, and it raced away into the distance, and he tried to hear what one of the others in front of him was talking about on his communicator, but could not, and was happy to see the helicopter return and stop at a place ahead of them – where he saw it land on an empty region of ground in the trees.

Away in the distance they watched three of the police using their lights to search for something beside the helicopter, and the police around Bryson all tried to see what was happening, through all the trees, and they raced towards them.

The policeman with the communicator hollered to them to go faster – now with his communicator blaring out at full volume with the frantic voices of the police over at the helicopter.

Another policeman eventually grabbed it and started to use it to speak to one of the men there, that he knew, who told them to come over as fast as they could.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 20

 

The Death

 

Bryson rushed over to the helicopter, going in front of the rest of the police, determined to find out what happened, and was blinded by the helicopter’s bright light blasting through the blackness and he waited until he saw where the police from the helicopter were and moved over to them, standing away in the distance around something in the vegetation.

Bryson rushed over, sensing that it was needed for some reason, almost blinded by the mixture of intense lights and darkness, considering everything that he was up against and attempting to observe every place at the one time.

He listened and all he noticed was the wind blowing the trees about the police ahead, with snow blowing around wildly.

Then just before he reached them he darted over to them and one of them turned and shone his torch over him, and one of the other police there acknowledged that he knew Bryson and that he was with them.

In all the footsteps in the snow Bryson suddenly noticed the killer’s footprints and that they staggered around and he saw that he had collapsed where the police were standing around, and he saw a trail of blood to him, from him clearly being shot by them.

They had attempted to fix his wound with bandages, and when Bryson stood beside them he saw that he was close to death.

Yet the police still had their hands on their guns at their sides!

By their reactions he was sure that they did not have a clue what they were dealing with for some reason and he searched for the reason. It was dark, within the grounds of the castle, and they had chased a vicious killer and had shot him.

From the helicopter they had easily traced him out into the dark wood, blanketed in deep snow.

The clothing of the killer was thick and wrapped around him, almost entirely covering him, and Bryson froze trying to see his face – expecting him to pull out a gun and start a gun battle.

When he saw that he had been handcuffed Bryson moved to his side to see what the problem was, and saw his face, and watch heaps of snow falling about him from the pine trees.

Bryson’s heart exploded, beating faster than he had ever felt it beat, when he saw its facial features!

He watched the figure almost fall over sideways, barely able to stay alive, and he saw its blood and that it was different.

The other police that were with Bryson strolled there, not shining their lights there – as though not daring to – approaching in wonder as though they were going to meet the devil himself.

When one of the police standing around him shone his light there they all were dumbstruck, and wondering what it was?

Bryson stared down in horror at what he was positive was a genetic cross between a human and some sort of alien, crippled on the ground!

It resembled some form of ghost, with it giving weak splutters from its form of mouth!

“Do you know what it is?” one of the police muttered, slightly shivering and gritting his teeth with the cold.

And they waited for Bryson to say something!

“I want to talk to it first!” he pleaded, and they moved back as he knelt down beside it.

“A scientist!” its weak voice muttered, and Bryson nodded in agreement, knowing that it could speak his language.

“Where did you come from?” he asked confused.

“A gateway threw a few of my species here years ago! They were trapped here, unable to return. I’m one of their experiments, and crossed with them and your species! I am the last of them! They were unable to return after all! They also made me to handle your species, communicate with your species, your outside world, and I was to find a way for them to return home! They built those tunnels you used to find the castle! They were built to get about the wood safely!”

“Were you watching us?”

“I used their technology to detect you and follow where you were going …”

“Why did you kill the people here?” one of the police finally asked, amazed at what it was. “And where were you going to?”

“They could’ve killed me …! My species were killed here …!”

“There was a skeleton in a large dome cavity within the tunnel,” Bryson continued. “How did that happen?”

“Some of the people of my race still worshiped ancient gods! They gave the sacrifices to the gods, believing that they had been punishing them putting them here!”

Bryson saw it was weakening and decided to alter the subject!

“What were you looking for in the library that he found? You left all the books disrupted!”

“I have been trying to find a way back to my world to tell them what happened – and you found more information, which I had to check …”

“Did you discover anything?”

It pulled out a crumbled bit of paper and allowed it to fall at its side, unable to move any further.

Bryson instantly picked it up and examined it.

“It’s a page from a diary? There’s nothing really on it?”

“It’s more! It’s definite proof of the diary of your ancestor – William Randall! I’ve been searching for it for most of my life.”

He stared down at its body cringing onto life, with blood pouring from its mouth, and it fell over dead and Bryson strolled away watching the confused faces of the police, wondering what they really thought of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 21

 

Another Death

 

At a top floor room window Bryson observed most of the police leaving in helicopters and was amazed to see the body of the alien being put aboard a military helicopter and Mitchell shaking hands with a high-ranking officer and Mitchell handing him his report and being handed documents and his orders.

Bryson knew there was far more behind it and Mitchell, and the military being there, and he left it there as he knew he was going to get information about it! Mitchell was being far more open than he had been, and would be if he intended to be secretive, and he wondered what Mitchell would have put in his report for when he had gone into library tunnel and through the vortex.

He even considered searching his stuff to have a look at what he had put down! What had happened to him? Had it been just the same? He thought of ways to get him to reveal what he wanted, realizing that it might not be secretive any longer.

What was their story? Why was he there? Why did they not send in an entire military group to search the place? It would take them far longer for them to get results the way that they were working there!

He felt amazed at actually meeting an alien and one of the builders of the tunnels out there, and the killer that they had been hunting for, with the police everywhere and the story being covered by the media in such depth.

The problem now was he never thought the other death was the alien killer and that something else had completely drained the body of water and of something else that they could not recognize.

A glance into the corridor once again showed him that the archaeologists were scanning regions of the castle with their equipment as they had said they would.

Bryson was amazed at the destruction some had made and they had removed the lower ceiling to reveal the original ceiling, made of solid oak beams, and he considered what it would be like being upon the castle roof and wondered why they never searched there?

The wires from the lights had rot and webs over them and had been easily broken and were in bits scattered over the floor, and he eyed up the mess wondering why they had not left it and if someone intended to fix it as they would have no lights there if they were not repaired.

The place would have to be cleaned up anyway or left if the place remained with its disturbances, as many more deaths would follow, and he wondered how the hell they would handle the situation? Would the military make it a forbidden zone?

Bryson marched along the corridor occasionally looking into rooms, which the others had clearly rigorously searched through, and he made an occasional search of anything that looked interesting to see if he could spot anything that they had not.

Bryson decided to go and see William, and left the top floor, and was amazed to see the police rushing up the stairs on the next floor and going out to the scene of another death, and he decided to follow to discover what had happened.

At the door of a room, where the police had gone in, Bryson studied a crumpled up body of one of the police and gasped and realized that all the police would be returning there, and he realized that he recognized the policeman and had seen him a few times at the lounge and he tried to see if he had missed anything about the death and if there was anything different this time, and as he did he realized that the police there thought the alien was the culprit – and that they thought there was another there.

Again the body was completely drained of water and of something else that he could not recognize and he saw why they had blamed the alien, and he even considered if it had been. The alien in the wood had been a genetic cross with a human! What if the proper alien was far different? The genetic cross version was clearly adapted to meet and talk to humans.

According to the alien they had advanced technology – and had built the tunnels – and had made human sacrifices to their ancient gods. Yet it could have lied to cover up there being aliens there, or were there others that it had not known about?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 22

 

The Invasion

 

Only a few days had passed and six more deaths had occurred in the castle, and Bryson realized that there must be at least a hundred policemen there now.

The entire castle and media to Bryson seemed to be going crazy – mentioning and thinking of the occurrences at the castle!

The deaths were unbelievable and all done in the same hideous fashion leaving the victims drained of energy! The police could not realize anything new now! And it seemed something was killing people all about them, right under their noses, which was totally unbelievable, and it was like someone had come up with something to make a fool of them all and ruin their methods of detection and representation. All their leading people from all over the country were trying to solve the mystery! The most advanced surveillance methods and equipment were everywhere monitoring the place night and day.

Yet the problem with it was that they never put it in people’s rooms or in the rooms that the people were working in – but in the main places and corridors that any person would have to through to get someone, including the outer building.

Yet most of the people now had phones and were sharing rooms and could hear any sounds from the rooms next to them, as well as having the corridors monitored by the police and soldiers guarding them.

What annoyed Bryson was nothing indicated and gave any clues to what it was!

William seemed confused and to be in danger like the rest of them and Bryson and everyone else watched him everywhere, and he just gave confused remarks.

There were stories being put on television for days and mainly because it was the only real occurrence that was happening! Everyone seemed to be taking an interest in it and their safety! Most, Bryson believed, wondered what would happen if it started occurring everywhere – and they could not even control the region of the castle!

Everyone took it that it had been a human killer and not something else, which was only suggested, clearly because of the castle! Surely something so hideous, evil, and unearthly that they suggested could not exist? He tried to ignore how hideous it was, trying to look upon it as an artist observed a crazy exhibit, but it was no use! Something was now out to get them! The things in the wood, if they were not the culprits, were nothing compared to it and they now looked as if they had been playing with them and only scaring them away from their territory.

The thing, whatever it was, played with their imaginations and they were not allowed to get anything about it and if it had been something like the aliens that had built the tunnels in the wood. There still was no connection and anything in the castle!

He had thoughts that it could be what had caused all the deaths through the centuries and that the thing had been thrown out of one of the gateways, vortex in the tunnel, or from what had put the aliens there. It could have been trapped there, and perhaps not been such a killer, and it could either have gone mad or something had happened to it to make that way.

The only real evidence that existed was what had happened to the people killed by it! The complexion of the bodies showed it had drained them of blood and showed the deadliness of the place, and their chances of survival had vastly decreased and danger could now exist there in the castle and during the day.

They never knew what they were up against and how to survive against it! They were becoming defenseless and they could not do anything about it!

They were confused more than he could ever recall seeing the police and they had difficulty talking about what was occurring because they had so little!

Strange thoughts of him leaving the cold confines of the place and whole region gave him shivers of ecstatic pleasure once again!

Yet the pleasure they would get if they solved the case and showed it to the world was far greater, and it was clear in the things that they said, especially in the dinning room when they were not working. It was a classic new scenario and there seemed no way to solve it! Something had to happen? How could they stay there with more and more deaths occurring without what was behind it being caught?

Bryson kept thinking of it at two angles and that he could leave and go on holiday to some hot place next to a desert or when he realized what was happening that he quite definitely would have to be forced into leave there as he did not want to miss what happened there.

He worked out the exact time the deaths occurred and asked the police what their times for the deaths occurring were and they all closely matched, and he recorded all the times, and he tried to compare the times with each other to see what they all had in common. What had been happening there when the deaths had occurred? Were they at the same times of the day or were they at times something happened?

Yet after a great deal of investigation he only proved that they were random times! He also checked the people who had been killed and what they had in common, what they had been doing, and at the time of their deaths, and what locations they had been in and he established that there were no real connections other than that they had been on their own and mainly in places that people had not been near, which showed whatever it had been had deliberately hidden itself, which he considered might show that it might be destroyed.

Was the thing only being safe, preferring solitude, or did it have weaknesses and could be destroyed? The thing could be anything though? It surely was not of this world! It could have been a normal powerful alien life form turned into one of the most deadliest entities, still with reactions of its original self, and he considered how they could use that? Could they find a way to scare it from there? Could they persuade it to do something else?

The police still unsuccessfully tried to discover how the killer had drained the victims of water and energy, and there was a suggestion a scientist was thought be involved or the technology of one had been used. Yet Bryson never believed anything to do with any scientists was involved, and he knew that the thing doing it did not really need what it was taking from them – unless it was some form of vampire.

He believed it was using the best way it could to kill them, and silently and quickly!

The rooms that most of the victims had been found in left them wondering why they had been there working alone!

Most of them still felt safe in the inhabited regions of the castle!

He could not get why no sounds seemed to be heard from the attacks? Why the deaths had not been heard? And he knew that the castle and its thick stones and strange formation could alter sounds – making silent sounds travel further at some places and stop even the loudest sounds being heard at some nearby places!

The police seemed to have secrets concerning the alien killer that they had killed in the wood and many of them thought there were more – and that they clearly had the technology to carry out the deaths. They had built the tunnels there!

Why kill them though? The alien in the wood had done it to survive and not get caught! The only logical reason, other than it liked it, was that it was determined to destroy them or scare them away from the castle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 23

 

The Military

 

Bryson was amazed when he entered the psychic researcher’s room, at the tunnel with the vortex, where the scientists were still setting up equipment around the wall where the vortex was behind, and that their equipment had gone beyond anything that he had seen, which was immense and powerful, and the power supply there had been increased immensely to it with large cables being fed into there from massive generators.

He had not even been able to get near Merton and Mortimer, who now were just advisors on things! They had so much work that they had not slept in a long time!

The military scientists there had full control of the situation, and they clearly knew the equipment far greater than any of them.

The military’s mission there seemed to be a death or glory scenario. He was sure that they really wanted answers to what was there – and not to free the castle from what was there – and get any new technology or advancements there were a far greater achievement. Their interest in the aliens there was tremendous and far more than he had thought! They were checking out all the tunnels there and the alien that the police had killed, and where he had been staying and everything about him.

They had seen the story all over the media and had decided in sending in more people to investigate. Yet there was still much confusion on what was happening there and what was there, and they could only really investigate things as far he was concerned.

Some high-ranking officers had arrived and were being escorted around places by Mitchell, which Bryson gave occasional gasps at, thinking of what was killing people there. There had been two more deaths, unseen and unsolved again, and three sightings of other things of paranormal that resembled ghosts. The disturbances were clearly increasing and Bryson and the other scientists were working away to solve the situation, and find a solution, and he had been surprised that the treasure there was being forgotten, for the moment anyway.

Bryson was amazed when Merton and Mortimer handed him a military report and other documents, which they insisted he saw, perhaps to give his opinion on.

Documents told of investigations there going back to the start of the last century, before Pendleton and his friends had arrived there, and of police investigations that had told of paranormal disturbances, and why they and the military had left the place, and gave major investigations in the sixties that had ended with all the scientists there being killed and their bodies being found later, and that they had fenced the entire region off, and not allowed anyone near there, and that it had been left for people of the future to investigate someday with proper technology and ways of investigating and handling what existed there.

Again Bryson realized that all the scientists there were in danger, and that he would be lucky to get away from there alive!

Bryson knew there was far more behind Mitchell and the military being there, and he left things there. He wondered again what Mitchell would have put in his report about his entering the tunnel and going through the vortex.

In the end the paranormal scientists had decided against going near or in the direct path of the alien if they were able to detect where it was, which was what they were attempting to do, and to locate the vortex and everything with it in other dimensions, and find out what was there and build up an illustration of it and what they were dealing with.

The problem was getting their equipment to work as their attempts had so far failed there, and the stuff had never been fully and properly tested as not very many things existed in other dimensions.

If anything attacked them they had a procedure to escape from there, which Bryson thought was all they could do at the moment!

He wondered if it would turn predictable, since it could beat their weapons and had killed large amounts of soldiers, and mainly intended to wipe everyone out and scare the living daylights out of them.

All the paranormal scientists had recently had consultations with all the other scientists and the military and they now entirely left their minds open to what was there and would happen.

Bryson was surprised that when one of the scientists started cheerfully calling them over to a computer screen and showed a blurred view of the vortex in the tunnel, which Bryson was sure was of the vortex in another dimension as it was normally invisible and he had only seen it when he had entered it in an altered state in another dimension.

“This is entirely new!” Mortimer stated, considering it from various perspectives, and he watched it as if he had been waiting all his life to see what was there, and gasped slightly.

“What do you make of it?” Mitchell asked, walking over to them. “We so far have had nothing properly put forward on what its identity is?”

“How about calling it a vortex?” Bryson stated, realizing that Mitchell had entered the vortex too.

“You’re right! It can be called some form of vortex!”

“Well, it’s a start!” Mortimer continued. “The visible part of the vortex has been detected in another dimension! We should be able search what else is there. For instance what is causing the vortex to exist, and what it really is? Maybe even places it leads to!”

They were there to investigate what other scientists had not and to do it to a greater degree every time and Bryson was positive by their reactions that they had never had their day yet and they now never considered that they might never come upon anything, and achieve their goal, and that it would not be left for the people who followed them someday to find and get marked in the history books for.

If only they could find something there that had gone undetected by everyone else, with their detection methods and equipment being improved!

He gasped when he considered what they could come up with if they had something that really worked – as they had advanced far further than he had even imagined, and the place was packed solid with ever form of equipment possible and it went beyond his imagination what they might do.

It was like an experiment to Merton and Mortimer to see what would happen if they pushed beyond the boundaries of natural science, and out into the supernatural.

The dark sky of the place through the room widow now showed him the abyss of billions of light years of space, and the dangers of their exploration, and he considered if they would find anything if they used the equipment at night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 24

 

The Interdimensional Surveillance

 

Once they had moved all the equipment that they needed over to a room at the second tunnel the other scientists joined them, and Mitchell arrived, and stood wondering, looking slightly annoyed and watching the equipment.

The scientists decided to check the second tunnel at the same time as the other tunnel with their improved outer dimensional scan, to see if they were connected to each as the majority of the scientists believed, which Bryson also wanted to find out.

It was morning and the scientists had increased the power of the dimensional scan and had started exploring the other tunnel.

Bryson sensed that there was something that they were not saying, but he knew he would only needed to wait for them to tell what it was as they were in danger and needed to give all the information that they could, to survive there.

While he considered what could happen next the scientists started examining the information on their screens on the equipment, and he wondered if the stuff worked anything like the stuff for detecting neutrinos, and he considered what it did.

“It’s found something new!” Merton announced, updating Mitchell and the other scientists on what they had found. “I’ve not seen anything like it! It is unknown and looks like it has intelligence!”

“An entity/life form that exists in there,” Mitchell announced, examining the wall, where the tunnel was behind. “What’s it like? Is it that thing that’s killing everyone here?”

“We do not know if it is a life form – or what it is – but it exists in many other dimensions!”

Bryson was fascinated and realized that it was what had tried to make contact with him, and surely had made William appear.

All the scientists were fascinated and confused at what they were going to end up with – another incredible find or disaster!

“Well, what will we do now?” Mitchell enquired. “Do you make contact with it?”

“It might have made some form of contact with us already!” Bryson announced.

“When did that happen?”

“William! His appearance occurred after I entered this tunnel, where I was sure something was trying to make contact!”

“William does not know what he is or is doing? But according the other scientists document on him he had to have been put here to check us out …”

“But he would have to be doing it without knowing it … As he would have said or we would have noticed him checking things. He also ignored many things – and sources of information put near him that would have been of interest!”

“Perhaps it is both!” Merton replied. “It was put there to make contact and check you! It might have underestimated and thought we were something different and had not understood what William was and capable of! There are suggestions in the all the accounts of it in the past from its first appearance on this world that it never fully knew what it was doing. It is surely far different and not from this universe in other dimensions and is mentioned as arriving here to check out the other the thing at the other castle, which it’s mentioned in trying to make contact with. It could very well be designed to make contact, but damaged itself!”

“That’s the best and most explained solution that I’ve heard since I heard of this whole affair!” Mitchell replied, thanking him.

Bryson was surprised and decided to keep it as what Merton suggested until anything else appeared.

Like some phenomenon occurred the instruments scanning the alien showed it in outer dimensions with incredible levels of energy, and all the scientists studied the recordings that they gave them fascinated.

“So this thing really exists and is in other dimensions!” Mitchell announced, taking out his communicator to call the military control center of it and all the other findings.

Bryson noticed some form of powerful magnetic influence from it being registered on some of the equipment, and realized that it had confused them, and that he would get answers on it later.

“What could create such power?” Mitchell asked, observing them understanding the information more.

“This thing is tremendous!” Merton stated. “I can now see why they could not destroy it. The majority of it is in the other dimensions – and it is not made of normal matter. It is made of energy to us – but it is far more in its own dimensions.”

“What do think it wants?” Mitchell asked.

“That I am not sure of!”

“Could it just be evil?” Mitchell asked, trying to see if they thought of it as the paranormal entity that it looked like. “And if it’s not what is killing everyone here for?”

“I cannot fully answer that! But I think at one point when it arrived at the castle it had to defend itself and created things to defend it – and it did not fully know what it was creating or was up against – as with William, and it does not fully know what it or William is doing here – if it even knows about it at all – as I believe it is not fully conscious! There are mention of it and other things altering and going dormant. It must have been damaged or its energy source grows weak, or both? It surely has not seen anything like us! That can be proven by its original behavior and it trying to adapt itself to here. I think it still tries to learn and collect information though!”

“That’s very interesting” Mitchell answered firmly.

Mitchell began talking to someone on his communicator, and asked Merton, “What form does this multidimensional take in this dimension, and as a whole through dimensions? And what do you call it, if you had to give it some form of identification?”

“I am not sure I can answer all that yet – as it is through dimensions – and our equipment has not been adapted for that yet – and has different energy states in them all. It is more an entity! We have not fully realized what it is! It is in what is like the depths of space, at the most different region from our environment as it can get. So I doubt I can properly compare it at the moment! We have so little, and know so little about its identity …”

“And they may not fully believe you?” Mitchell moaned, as he listened to the response from the military control center. “And they want to know if we can properly back up the claims you made already?”

“Exactly! They will need to know everything that they can about it – as they will need to destroy it!”

“We need as much as possible in detecting it and capturing it – if we cannot destroy it! And they can throw it back out there in space or something, where it belongs!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 25

 

The Treasure Expedition

 

Bryson and Pendleton arrived at a room at the virtually unexplored ground floor, without anyone seeing them going there. It was where the bottom of the second tunnel was, and came to an end, which Pendleton occasionally gasped at.

Bryson still could not believe that they were still coming across highly potential unexplored spots, where the treasure could be buried away.

After a great deal of thought and information from the scans of the tunnel Bryson started realizing that William Randall could have buried it at the bottom of the tunnel, with the thing in it to scare away anyone going there. Pendleton’s memory had returned and he insisted that the other two treasure hunters with him had insisted that it was there and that it was buried away at the bottom.

The room was an ordinary castle room, which had clearly not been entered by anyone for a long time by the webs covering it everywhere, and he also noticed that no footprints were on the dust on the carpet.

Bryson could not get why the others never thought the treasure had been there on the ground floor, and neither could Pendleton.

The tunnel had been there at the exact location they had traced it to, and Pendleton was sure that they would have found the treasure there and he was sure that they had only entered the tunnel at the top floor as it had looked the best place!

The wall grabbed their attention as its thickness was the same as the other rooms the tunnels were in.

The archaeologists had given up scanning walls and had found nothing with it. Their scans were not good and their scans of the other tunnel had shown little! Their equipment needed to be improved!

Bryson repeatedly thumped his hand hard against the wall, intensely listening for anything, while he slowly moved across it.

Bryson easily located the tunnel behind the wall but instead of finding the boulders at the spot he discovered something larger, and peeled away the wallpaper with Pendleton until they revealed what looked like a solid block of stone, the size of a doorway, surrounded by castle boulders.

Bryson stood amazed at how he and so many others could have missed such a thing! How could they have found the tunnel in the library and not even bothered going to the bottom of it? It even made him gasp as he wondered if they had avoided going there for a reason? The thing up there was hideous, even if they were now thinking of it as a normal life form trying to escape from its confines, and having advanced intelligence.

He was sure the ancient historical castle had many hidden secrets and treasures buried away and wondered if they might find anything else there.

At first he thought that he would have to force the slab in or destroy it completely but when he pushed it he saw it was a door, made of stone, and he carefully shifted the awkward mass of stone in, in stages, into the wall, as Pendleton stayed ready to help.

They were both obsessed and Bryson had to push it further with all his weight and strength, as it became stuck with dirt and stone around its edges, and his clambering resumed until he had it out of the way and they could enter the tunnel.

His eyes occasionally fell on the mess under him with little interest! The thick layer of stone and dust fragments were scattered across the ground and he started brushing it away with his shoe to see what was below, and found more castle stones!

He turned on his light and looked further, and he wondered if the scientists working above would detect their presence there, with amusement.

Bryson was sure that the thing above only reacted to things at certain distances, but he was unsure about them being below it!

Yet why did it not work through the walls? He had been in the rooms behind the wall with the other scientists and nothing occurred there!

He turned the light upwards and examined the tunnel going upwards. What was it? What was there? He had put together everything that they had found and he now could barely believe most of it! Was there something else there hiding itself?

He shone the powerful light straight up the tunnel, where he saw the tunnel going up to the castle roof, and as his sight adjusted to it he saw nothing and started to wonder what it was built for?

Yet it seemed too large to be a chimney and there was no trace of soot or anything that would surely be there, even if they had it cleaned. Although there was the chance that nobody had really used it and that any marks were hidden now.

His breathing echoed into it, and its coldness made clouds of steam come out of his mouth going up into it.

Suddenly sounds started emerging above and he wondered if he had activated it!

They started sounding mind-bending and started screaming through the shaft until they had a fury that stunned him, with some sounding like screams and others like wailing spirits, and he wondered if there were other dangers there at the bottom that were not at the top? Could the thing come down and escape? And get them outside the tunnel?

Clouds of powdered dirt and stone fell about at different points around boulders above as though the tunnel were being shaken by an earthquake. Dust swirled through his beam of light as he wondered where the treasure would be buried away? And he sheltered it going into his eyes.

He imagined Pendleton and the other two treasure hunters there years before, during the Second World War, hanging on their ropes, just over the disturbance, which he tried to locate.

He watched what was happening carefully, which he had not been able to do when he had been in the other tunnel on the steps, surrounded in darkness, or when he was above sticking his head in the tunnel, and he wondered how dangerous it really was and if he was going to be killed by it.

He lost his balance and grabbed hold of part of a castle boulder he was resting against behind him and it came away in his hand, and he glimpsed its dark shape and felt it wondering what it was, and he finally shined the light over it and saw something that resembled a piece of wood from the building of the castle.

He then realized some sounds were now not emerging from lower down than they had been and he saw that something was coming downwards, and he thought that he heard one emerge just above him and he listened intensely with confusion.

Sounds were manifesting everywhere as though there were invisible unidentifiable things surrounding there, and strange glowing and swirling forces seemed to form in the blackness.

While he tried to see what was going on at an area he noticed that light was moving downwards and he fixed his eyes onto a strange orb of light floating down, and it all swiftly vanished, and he stood wondering what had happened to it all?

Bryson turned sensing something was in the room and saw William standing blankly staring at him, beside Pendleton, and Bryson walked into the room and shut the stone doorway, blocking the entrance to the tunnel, and saw William and Pendleton staring at the thing that he had in his hand, which he had thought had been a discarded piece wood from the building of the castle, and he realized that it was an ancient book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 26

 

The Diary

 

The page that the alien had given Bryson, when it had died in the wood, fitted into the diary and confirmed it was authentic!

When he started reading it William’s appearance at the tunnel haunted his thoughts, making him wonder why he was there? What had the entity put him there for?

It was as though he should not be there! He could not tell them or explain how he knew they had been there at the tunnel. Only that he had to go there, and Bryson was amazed at the way the thing in the tunnel had vanished when he had appeared.

What was the connection? If the thing there had made him, what did it want him to do? It clearly took control of him at times and used him to do things!

The ancient book was incredible and he had known it was something by the way William had reacted and had waited for him to read it, and Bryson had been more than fascinated when he had read it and found it was William Randall’s diary! He had actually found William Randall’s diary! It had been left upright in a gap in the wall, where it had resembled part of the wall, with a withered cover that resembled a dirt covered stone.

It felt like he had been waiting all his life to find it and that everything else had been the build up to it. What it contained he could not even guess, and he guarded it greatly, and he did not want to show it to anyone until he had ruthlessly checked it.

He soon realized that it was not a normal diary and that it had strange things scribbled through it, with a quill pen, and he conjured up images of his ancestor wearing ancient clothes at a desk writing it.

The more he read it the more important it became and the less he thought of his ancestor writing it, and it even gave him details of the hidden treasure.

There was no doubt about it the book explained occurrences at the castle, and he wondered what his thoughts of the castle had been at that time in history.

At times it was like the whole castle was something else – created for some function that he could not even imagine – which went beyond his understanding.

As he read it he repeatedly wondered what the people in the past would have given for the book that he had in front of him, and what the aliens, who had built the tunnels in the wood, would have given for it?

He recalled all the accounts and things that he had heard!

What had been the truth about the stories that had said something had happened that had killed them all? So if it had been true what had happened and how had the entity ended up in the tunnel and in the other tunnel? Why had it not moved away into the other dimensions? What was keeping it there? Surely there had to be something there that they were missing? Perhaps it was disguised as something or was hidden away? Such advanced technology could achieve virtually anything and it could be something that he had not even considered possible?

He had always wanted to explore and discover something new of value and greatness, and even be remembered in history!

What interested and alarmed them was why it was hidden in such a place and had created such occurrences? What was it they were dealing with anyway? Why was it in such a far out place?

Something of unfathomable unidentifiable supernatural nature sounded as though it were there trapped in some form of magnetic or energy field, trapped and trying to free itself from something, ultimately escaping to another location of liberty, and he imagining some form of spirit trapped there for centuries.

Bryson again started to realize the implications of the find and that they might check what was there someday, and that he better start finding information about it.

The book started by stating facts that were given in the accounts that Bryson had read and that the origins of the entity had occurred in 1620 when fishermen at a fishing village had witnessed its materialization, and that it had appeared over the morning mist over the sea as a bright light of immense magnitude, and that everybody that had witnessed it had realized that it had been something of great power and intelligence, and that they had seen it landing and that they had followed it to where it had crashed.

William Randall had thought he had seen everything until he had been shown it by the fishermen and it had fascinated him, and though he had been a scientist of that time he believed in forms of magic and witchcraft, especially after his encounter with the first transcendent and its artifact at the first castle, and the entity had powers going beyond anything he had seen.

Something had damaged it before it had crashed and it had continually altered, and had been made of energy, and altered from something and had been trying to adapt to something and had been trapped in something invisible to them.

At one point they had believed it would vanish completely from existence but it had been later perceived that it had entered some form of damaged or dormant state, surely exhausted of energy from either its extraordinary manifestation, impact with the world, or it not having existed in their form of existence.

The original transcendent at the first castle had died before he had taken it to the castle, where it had slowly altered into something that they could not understand, and they had tried to use its magic.

They had found some ways of communicating with it when it had created the second William Randall and they had used it to build the second castle with its powers.

Through the second William Randall they had learned that it had traced the original transcendent and artifact there into this universe, and it had occasionally attempted to mimic it and make contact with it and analyze it. It had been unable to repair itself and had been trapped and could not fully achieve its objective and fully understand.

At the second castle they had tried to use it for magical purposes, and it had foreseen some future occurrences, but had unsuccessfully tried to accumulate its powers to use themselves.

They had used it to create castle defenses when they had been threatened with annihilation by an army, which they had not been able to do properly, and had improvised and as a result of it had turned the castle into what it was, which had killed all of the people there, except William Randall who had been at the other castle when it had happened, and he had found out about it later when he had gone there, and it had entered a dormant state.

The second William Randall had been killed there and they had put him in the tomb at the second castle.

They had not been able to deactivate it and had split it into two parts to weaken its powers and they had put them into the two ventilation shafts.

Bryson finished the diary realizing that it had left the deadliest menace in the world at the castle and he tried to work out how they could possibly approach it without being killed, to return it to where it had originated!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 27

 

The Voyage Beyond the Cosmos

 

For a moment Bryson sensed a weird sensation as though something had happened and something else was going to happen!

The scientists were calibrating their equipment in the room at the second tunnel and Bryson watched them gasp, and even Mitchell stood dazed, as they realized what was going to happen. It was absurdly dangerous beyond anything that Bryson could realize and he had not heard of anything like it being done before.

William had been found to be able to communicate properly with the entity in the second tunnel at a close distance, and they had used it locate the two parts of the entity in the ventilation shafts, which had been discovered to be solid matter.

They had used William to stop it from attacking or throwing them into gateways going beyond the universe and they found that they were small black slabs like shiny black stone, measuring three feet by three feet with a thickness of half a foot, which were fitted above the entrances into the tunnels, disguised as the castle stones there.

It had surprised Bryson that William Randall had persuaded the entity to make itself into solid matter! Bryson had been able to touch them without being killed or thrown out of space and time into some other world, and the scientists found a way of joining them together by using the entity and William and it had formed into a rectangle black alien artifact identical to the rectangle transparent black shape that he had visualized in the second tunnel, when it had tried to make contact with him.

They had found ways to increase the communications between William and the entity by using specially designed equipment, connected to the alien artifact.

William was in a seat where he had objects covering his head connected to equipment that monitored him and his thoughts and transmitted his thoughts to the alien artifact.

Bryson realized that they had been correct in informing the entity that the other transcendent and its alien artifact at the other castle no longer existed, which it had been stuck there trying to make contact with, and it had told them that it had detected it was. It had been designed to meet it and destroy it if it was a danger to it or its creators – and it had been unable to do it as it had been damaged by having its energy source damaged, which had happened so fast that it had not realized what had happened.

They had all watched it activating their equipment – which they had taught William how to use and how it worked.

All the scientists had stood back as it burst into life – using massive amounts of energy fed to it through attached cables – with the sheer energy making the castle about them vibrate and lurch!

Even though it was a great deal of energy to them it was little to the entity – but enough to allow it to do what they had told it to do – and to open a gateway through time to itself before it had entered this universe, just before it had made its appearance on this world where it had failed to get enough energy.

All the scientists there realized immediately that it was working and that it had achieved its mission – and that it could use the energy supply from itself in past!

Bryson realized that they had actually found out from their questioning of it that it was partly programmed, but nothing like their computers, or from this universe, and that it mainly functioned carrying out what it had been created for and that it had been a form of time probe – which they had not been properly able to deduce – as vast amounts of information that it had could not be translated or understood, and had no equivalent.

For a moment Bryson wondered if it could change history and do something like stop itself from entering the universe in 1620, when the fishermen at the fishing village had witnessed its materialization and bright light exploding out of the early morning mist over the sea, like a crazy shooting star.

Suddenly William and the alien artifact vanished and Bryson realized the hideous reality of the situation and that they had let it loose on the universe and on the whole of time!

In the first place it had been virtual mad when it had been split in half! It surely had been altered by William Randall and his men’s experiments – and them altering it to believe in tales of witchcraft, magic, demons, and hell – and the other transcendent haunting the other castle that it had mimicked – and there was no proper proof that it was undamaged by its entrance into the universe, and it crashing into the world!

Though they all soon sensed that it had not and felt its power and intelligence, and how sane it was, and that it was far more than anything that he had ever thought existed!

Light from it exploded everywhere all over the world showing them its new existence – and entities in the form of large bright globes appeared around them and slowly vanished.

When it finished Bryson felt vaguely confused but knew that it had left the universe and that they had done everything that they could for it, and the world.

He then wondered if William had told him the truth earlier that day when he had told him that William Randall had got his treasure from the entity, which had collected it from many sources, and that he had only removed part of the treasure to the other castle – which had been what Bryson had found at the other castle – and that the remains of the treasure had been buried away in a secret chamber under floor of the second tunnel.

When Bryson investigated it he was staggered to find Pendleton there already, digging up the ground under the second tunnel and that he had just uncovered the secret chamber, and both of them climbed into it and found an entire room full of treasure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epilogue

 

The Transcendent Voyager

 

For billions of years the transcendent voyager had existed never wholly knowing what had created it or where it had originated, carrying out its mission of searching through time and space in its universe for abnormalities, unknown civilizations and species, and transcendent entities with colossal powers and capabilities and to destroy them if they were dangerous to reality and what its programming considered dangerous.

It had been designed and given technology beyond anything else that it had encountered and had the abilities to search its universe in a degree and with abilities that would not have been believed to exist by the most advanced transcendences and civilizations, and would have been thought of as magical powers, and it had the ability to search its universe throughout time.

Its form had been an invisible complex mass of energy, stored in many dimensions, that had been built to last forever, and it directly entered stars to energize itself and store its vast powers for extensive amounts of time.

Its stores of information had been vast and it had the ability to collect as much information on what it had been programmed for eternally and improve its defenses and other abilities, and it had become the ultimate weapon of destruction against the destruction of its universe.

It had stored the technology and abilities of zillions of species and had the ability to recognize and handle what it had been searching for within a range of its universe.

At one point it had unintentionally left the universe and had entered an outer universe that it had not known the existence of, where colossal amounts of universes had existed, and on its entrance there its programming had accepted it as the real universe and that it had to accept it as the universe that it had to carry out its mission in.

At first it had been unable to enter the universes and properly detect anything in them and it used all its information and studied how it had entered the outer universe and found a way to enter them and locate particular things in them, but infinite amounts of things of unknown origins existed in them.

In supernatural universes it had learned to open and use gateways that shifted it accurately to destinations. It discovered far more than it had ever realized could exist and it gave itself colossal magical abilities and energies and it had analyzed everything in a greater degree.

On its first entrances to the universes it had been left staggered when it had encountered something of unknown origins that had drained its energy from it!

Something had virtually absorbed all its power instantly on its entrance of the Earth’s atmosphere, only leaving it with some of its energy in other dimensions, which it had not considered possible as it had not been possible in its own universe, and it could not get proper amounts of power in other dimensions and had to fight to survive and had continuously tried to alter and adapt to something that it could survive as, and it had to create dormant states and ways of collecting energy from small sources and storing it until it had enough to reactivate itself, and work on finding a source powerful enough for it to use to leave there.

Even though it had not done much in its damaged condition, with its vast abilities virtually unusable, it had been able to explore things through supernatural gateways into universes, going out into the strangest places, and it had even considered if there had been others such as it in the endless universes and if they had created it, and if it could contact them to help it, and it had gained abilities to explore inconceivable dimensions and powers in the universes, far beyond its original knowledge and powers.

The humans had helped it and it had used its powers to help them and it had created things for them, including defenses and entities to protect them, and it had created things to hide itself away, even though it had almost damaged itself by splitting itself into two halves.

The humans had become far more advanced and it had been surprised that they had actually found a way for it to restore itself!

On entering the outer universes it had repaired itself and immediately made sure nothing could drain it of energy again and gave itself abilities to create energy in new ways anywhere, and it altered most of its programming to adapt.

It created colossal supernatural powers, going beyond anything known, and used its magical powers to transform it into something beyond anything that it had ever encountered and it gained powers to build universes, and others, and found far more than it had ever realized could exist and another universe beyond there.

 

The Lost Alien Artifact

V Bertolaccini

 

Throughout history a secret chamber is buried away at an ancient desolate castle with something unearthly inside, waiting to be revived, haunting the place – opening gateways going beyond the universe.

Newspapers and legends, over centuries, captivate people and tell unexplained and mind-bending tales of horror, of deaths, of mutilated remains of travelers scattered throughout the woods – of people being attacked and chased by evil mysterious magical forces and transcendent monsters, with fearful sounds and swift-moving lights, shifting through trees.

A group of people are forced to stay at the castle for a week and are fanatical with hunting and getting the treasure hidden away there, which they believe has been left there by the late owner, and they explore the immense haunted castle and vast estate in a remarkable treasure hunt adventure with the characters racing to get it first, even after televised murders.

 

The Alien Sphere

V Bertolaccini

 

A high quality mind-boggling action-packed sci-fi thriller, and pioneering contribution to action thrillers!

Scientists stumble upon a mysterious metallic sphere with a pulsating vibration and unlock it to reveal its forces by the manipulation of gravitational forces are suspending a black hole, and while experimenting on the black hole an accident occurs and scientists enter it and travel out beyond the realms of the cosmos into a mind-boggling deadly universe.


The Genesis Voyager 2

A high quality science fiction/horror action-packed thriller of explorers encountering deadly mind-bending/ultimate voyagers in outer universes! In The Transcendent Time Machine explorers detect and uncover a perfectly symmetric black sphere voyager of transcendent origins, and only find its true origins and it being an ultimate time machine/voyager when they activate it, and it explores the whole of space and time as an ultimate time traveler searching for something! In The Genesis Voyager a voyager probe of inconceivable magnitude and origins explores time and universes and detects something of unknown origins in this universe and emerges into this world, and after it has been buried away for centuries, warped and haunting an immense castle, explorers uncover the deadly mind-bending supernatural voyager!

  • ISBN: 9781311925244
  • Author: CosmicBlueCB
  • Published: 2016-07-01 10:35:23
  • Words: 67895
The Genesis Voyager 2 The Genesis Voyager 2