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The Stargate Source Code X1

 

 

 

The Stargate Source Code

 

V Bertolaccini

 

 

 

This edition published 2016 by CB

This is a Shakespir edition 2016

 

Copyright Victor Bertolaccini

 

ISBN: 978-1-3116-1614-2

 

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.

 

Part I

 

Ice Station X1

 

 

Prologue

 

The Visitation

 

The pale cold complexion of the Russian scientist entirely altered! Sounds he gave took strange tones everywhere as he started trying to explain, and Weaver strained his eyes trying to see him now, while he considered it, and the darkness in the room grew!

“Normal astronomers and observatories around the world never detected it, and would have studied it with great curiosity if they had at a far lower velocity, and would have been baffled, as it went at many times the speed of light!”

Weaver grasped at what it was and started to comprehend what he had been missing! He wondered what could detect such an object, and if they even had anything available!

“Its origins were undetected by the sources that had seen it and had been set up for high speed objects!” The scientist continued, biting his lower lip hard. “The detection sites were mainly created and functioned to discover and track any high speed objects for military detection systems and unidentified flying objects of any kind, and from all the accumulated sources known only Russian intelligence agencies investigated it further because of its tremendous velocity and the fact that the location of its descent was accurately traced into this place and region of the Antarctic!”

“My god!” Weaver gasped, realizing the mistake he had made and what the outcome of what was occurring could be!

“Yes! The location was traced to this top secret American military ice station base, where they investigated!”

“It must have been incredible!” Weaver answered firmly. “The impact must have been tremendous! Did that telescope here with its new technology have anything to do with it?”

“The scientists here, and in the underground telescope chamber, did not even know of its arrival! If it had been far slower they might have recorded it as an asteroid of immense proportions! It was only recorded as an immense explosion or earthquake of unknown origins, which had lasted seconds, and which had occurred during the night!”

Weaver was amazed that it actually landed nearby, and he believed it had to be the telescope that had been responsible, and he had detected that they had been up to something with it when he had discovered it in the secret chamber below.

“The magnitude recorded by their equipment had shown them the tremendous power it had!”

“Tremendous power!” Weaver panted, and considered what weight it could have and at what distance away it was.

“Russian scientists used examinations of satellite images to examine and trace the exact location where it had landed, and where it had entered the ice!”

“Like a crazy shooting star exploding out of the polar night sky!” Weaver continued. “At a velocity and force unheard of!”

“After a great deal of observations, research, and discussions by the leading scientists they agreed that the thing that they had found had to have artificial origins mainly by its appearance and its tremendous power! It also has to have vast technology, which may give its origins! They had to investigate it as far as they could! Even with this highly confidential American base being here!”

Weaver could not get what it could be or the outcome of such a scenario, and thanked the scientist for warning him of it!

“Space may be full of them?” the scientist continued, giving his opinion. “We have to investigate! The future of this world could be at stake?”

“So there could be more searching for where it came from? Do you think it was damaged landing?”

“We have to get anything that we can on it! We have to get as much details of it and its origins no matter what!”

“The technology could very well make it worthwhile!” Weaver sighed, thinking of how much it could be worth.

“Have they been able to make contact with it?” Weaver asked.

“As far as I know they have not!”

“Have they entered it yet?”

“As far as I know they have not! What it is made of is either indestructible or virtually indestructible! They have been trying everything that they have to get into to it!”

“Incredible!” He replied. “I never thought I would live to see one! Never mind confront one! What information have you on it?”

“There is little so far! It has a vague flying saucer shape and is about quarter of a mile across all around it, and about hundred and something feet high! They have uncovered most of it, except a region still under the ice! They have used everything available to check for places to enter it!”

“Is there positive proof that nothing emerged from it before they arrived?”

“No! But there have been no signs of it anywhere, and no encounters have been reported worldwide from it!

“Has there been anything on getting where it originated from?”

“They have nothing on its origins or destination, and if it had achieved its objective!”

“Have they found anything to indicate it has intelligence or if there is anything aboard?”

“They discovered its forces deliberately melted the ice and allowed the water to freeze over it, and that it hid itself away, and it is believed something deadly is buried away in its interior!”

 

Chapter 1

 

The Alien Encounter

 

Out of the silent empty Antarctic night high-powered rifle blasts were astonishing, especially in the fatal blizzard engulfing Willis! The explosions sounded so powerful he believed they were using some form of powerful explosive in the bullets!

Whoever was after him had to be crazy and out for the kill, and stupid for entering them into such a blizzard and fury of snow! He could not realize who was there and just accepted that they might be trying to kill him for being a leading scientist at the ice station!

Ice Station X1 had to be located in the coldest and most remote place on the planet! Even in the summer the place had been deadly cold to him! As far as he was concerned there was nothing there to kill for and nobody there that he thought capable of doing so! It and the coldness made him cringe, and blindly rush on through the blinding blizzard, lost.

A loud explosion blasted out and a bullet thudded somewhere nearby and he had to run through the dark snow landscape for his life! He dared not use his light and he could barely see anything!

The men could be heard over to his side and he realized that they could have infrared sights and he just dived into a pile of snow, and buried himself deep. Surely they would not find him!

Once he realized that nothing had happened he started to enjoy the rest and being free from being attacked. His mind raced through what had occurred! Yet he only realized that the location that he strolled into had been a region that nobody at the ice station went in, and he started to wonder what was there.

Why would they go to such lengths to kill him? What could possibly be there? What could be there in such a desolate place?

When he finally left where he was and started to return to the ice station, he started tracing where he had been where they had appeared and started looking around, and strolled around and found something buried beneath a region on flat snow, which he wiped the snow and ice away from and revealed a wooden cover.

Below it he found a vast hole going straight down deep into the ice below, which had clearly been hollowed out with some large powerful machine, which he had not seen there. Yet the region was vast!

Who had dug such a hole? And he wondered if it was by some foreign country that intended to destroy the secret military station?

It was then that he discovered an old rope and harness buried away in the snow, and knew he had a way to climb down, and he decided to investigate it, while avoiding being killed by them or the blizzard! He was sure it had been dug for a reason and that something was just below him!

He swiftly attached the ropes and fitted the harness around him and shifted in, and turned on his light, and covered the top with the wooden cover.

Mind-bending sounds and echoes from the haunting blizzard screamed down through the ice shaft with fury and left him stunned at the dangers, and no matter how he tried to shake it off and contemplate identities his thoughts never formed stable recognitions of what was occurring in the blizzard above!

The ice that the tunnel went through fascinated him as it was different from the regular ice below the ground there! It looked to him to have been formed from water that had melted and had been frozen quickly afterwards!

Clouds of powdered snow and snowflakes swirled down and through the beam from his light and he continued to release the rope, edging him down, seeking to discover what was below.

He realized that he had avoided being killed after all and wondered if he was going to be killed later, when he climbed back up and went outside.

He groaned as he moved down, realizing the mistake he was making and the trouble he would have getting back to the surface and trying to find the ice station in the dark.

He stopped and dangled about on his rope and examined how the tunnel had been cut, while glimpsing parts of the shaft above, and was surprised again at how large and expensive the equipment used must have been.

He had always wanted to investigate some great mystery and it had even helped lead him into becoming a scientist, at such a far out desolate location, and he wanted to explore more. He had wanted to explore and discover new things of value and greatness, and perhaps even be remembered in history somewhere!

What interested was why they had gone to such lengths to kill him, and why he had not known about the tunnel! Surely they had a way of examining below the ice and would have done it while constructing the underground ice station, especially with it being of so confidential and belonging to the military.

What treasures could be hidden away in such a region, with it being one of the last not properly explored regions?

What was he dealing with though? Why were they trying to kill him? Were they protecting something that they had hidden there?

Something of unfathomable unidentifiable nature could be under him and he had to explore it!

As he lowered himself progressively he started to realize the depth of it and that there could be something there!

Something could be secretively built there with the help of the Russian spies in the ice station, and to be used to destroy the entire ice station in an atomic war!

He realized the implications of the find and that he would have to check what was there, no matter what! He could not let it go, and he had to survive and give the information to someone.

Willis was blinded by the black abyss below him as he lowered himself down through the cold tunnel, uniquely drilled with an incredible precision.

He gripped the rope hard, but spun round, and fixed his foot against the tunnel wall to stop it, and looked up to the top of the tunnel and just saw darkness there now, and looked and listened to what was there, and realized that if he was caught there they could cut the rope and let him fall to his death at the bottom. If he never died he would starve to death there!

So far he had been unchallenged with his insistence in going down and he realized that he best increase his speed!

A silent thud echoed down from the top and eventually a cloud of snow came down making him gasp and search for anything, and consider putting his light out, but he saw that it was a freak gust of wind blowing into the cover.

He wondered why he was lowering himself so slowly down when they could easily fall down by freeing the rope and using his hand to slow and stop it, but it could be dangerous!

The dangers of being caught were greater and he did it, and raced down the shaft, with him continuously having to slow down, while also using his legs and boots against the ice to slow himself.

When the bottom appeared he stopped and stared in wonder, and considered what was in the blackness there, and considered the incredible trouble he would have climbing back up.

He was mainly confused as to what was there to be discovered as he made his way there slowly. The ebbing radiance of the light clearly was increasing and he realized how tired he had become, and he decided it was best sleeping at the bottom! Surely the men with the guns above would not come down at night? They would know the trouble it would be to get back up!

The coldness entering his throat gave him cough sensations, so he speeded up and unleashed the rope allowing him to fall faster.

What would the outcome of it be? Would he even find anything? What could be there? It could have belonged to earlier scientists, checking for something? The ice station was old, and a great deal of research had been done there!

Hazy echoes off his deep breathing broke the extraordinary silence and he examined the ice as he shifted downwards, and he started to find the cold air was damaging his throat and was harder to inhale, and he frequently stopped to gasp for air, while dangling with hideous expectations of plunging into something dangerous.

A distant upper rumble of wind eventually released chunks of ice and he realized how dangerous the place might become if solid ice came crashing down, and that the place the rope was attached to might not be able to support such weight after all, of him and the immense rope, and he considered how he could survive at the bottom if he fell down there!

In an instant the rope jerked and wildly oscillated and he spun uncontrollably around and a surge of blackness engulfed him, and he realized the light had been banged against the ice and had been turned off, and he realized what he had missed and what it would be like if he got stuck there in complete blackness, with him trying to climb back up!

He searched for the light switch while straining his eyes to see further down to the bottom and thought he saw something there, but there were no particular features.

When he had turned the dim light on the tunnel vanished into the darkness at the bottom, and when he arrived there the light was so faint that he was too busy focusing on the ice ground to properly see anything, and he only vaguely saw an immense dark cavity open out!

He hit the ground with a thud and in the turmoil he slipped over sideways into something heavy!

In the dim light he then saw a large artificial black object resting in the central region of the cavity, which went out and vanished in the distance, into darkness, and he examined what he could properly see, and tried to see the cavity roof fifty feet above, and it going higher further in, and he gasped and wondered what hell he was looking at!

He wondered how they had managed to get the equipment down to build such a structure and if it was safe!

They clearly had another way into the cavity to bring it in and he realized that he could get out more easily than he had entered!

He explored over to his side and discovered equipment and small vehicles and a colossal generator and examined the controls and realized how new it was, and he traced cables from it to more equipment and massive lights!

He activated the generator and it swiftly started, and when the lights brightened he gasped, slipped, and collapsed onto the slippery icy ground!

The cavity was immense and went into the distance, but what really staggered him was the black object at its center! It was immense and bigger than any manmade object that he had seen! It was circular and he estimated it went out for at least quarter of a mile in every direction!

He was staggered and exhausted and could not understand any of it! They surely could not have put it there? The construction of it there would have taken vast resources! They would have had to have vast amounts of men and vehicles being brought in!

How could anyone have been able to hide and carry out such an operation without being noticed?

Even if they had worked on it at night lights and sounds would be visible, and vehicles and airplanes taking in supplies would have left signs of activity everywhere.

The ice cavity above and around him also looked like the ice in the tunnel and as though it was different from regular ice! It seemed to him to have been formed from water that had melted and had been frozen quickly afterwards!

He realized that it could have been built when the large ice station had been constructed and that it could well have been a hidden part of it! Whatever it was it had to have been even more secretive than it!

What the hell was it? It staggered him when he thought of the nature of the ice station! The place had been built for atomic warfare!

Could it be an ultimate atomic weapon and doomsday device?

He realized the danger that he was in and he had to get out, and realized he would have to leave the ice station! It was far too dangerous and he considered if he should have it investigated!

While he started wandering up to the deadly black object he wondered how the thing could even lift off! The power behind it had to be colossal and new and highly confidential!

He quickly returned to where he had been and did his best to remove all signs that he had been there. Except the rope was still attached at the top of the tunnel and he had to ignore it and left! He would have to go into hiding for a month or two and hope that it might be forgotten!

He soon found a vehicle and sat in it and got ready to drive away. He was staggered at his original thoughts of what was there! It did not add up! What the hell was it doing there?

He barely even grasped why the ice station was situated there! The Antarctic was not near anything! Surely America had enough land and hidden places where it could be hidden away? It was located away out there where anything could happen!

He shifted the vehicle away slowly getting use to using it while examining the black object and its immense shape, but never saw anything on or in it, or marks of anything, which would had shown that it had been welded or parts had been somehow fitted together!

When he stopped to feel its surface he was surprised that it was not a type of metal and was some new unknown substance.

There had to be a way into it or something, and he raced along its side gasping at the immensity of it. Now amazed that there had been only two gunmen looking after it! How could it have been so hidden away?

The structure was circular and flat at the top and bottom, and he when he reached the furthest region he realized that it was a least quarter of a mile long all around it, and he was staggered!

Eventually he found an opening tunnel in the ice cavity where large vehicles had entered and left, and he followed a road slightly going upwards to the surface and discovered a vast metal door further up, and he failed to discover a way of opening the lock, and he realized that he was trapped in the cavity!

Once at the bottom again he continued going around the black object searching for anything strange, and slowly started falling asleep, still trying to find a solution to finding a way out and what he had discovered, and finally he allowed the vehicle to come to a standstill against a slightly different flattish region of the black object, which looked like the front of it, where he went to sleep and had strange dreams!

When he awoke a few hours later he had a throbbing head from the cold and he was dazed from his dreams, and he jumped out the vehicle and spotted and stared over at a hole in the black object, wondering where it came from!

It confused him and he even wondered if he was imagining it being there and that it was something else!

Where had it come from? He searched around looking to see if anyone had been there or was about!

How recently had the opening in it formed?

He tried to recall if there had been any marks on it or anything there, and again he wondered how long ago it had appeared? Were there people inside? And how dangerous was it being there?

He moved directly below it and listened into it. It was only a few feet above his head and was a perfect circle at the same size as his height!

It still confused him greatly as he did not have a clue what he was dealing with and he realized that he had to investigate it as he would not forgive himself for letting go a chance of explaining it or getting some information! He was a keen scientist and had also investigated everything of the slightest interest.

He shifted the vehicle correctly below it and stood on the highest part of the vehicle and hoisted himself up into it, fascinated at the dangers and the impact of such a discovery! He had been waiting his entire life to see something like it! Even though the dangers were tremendous!

Light dimly beamed through the hole only lighting a small empty area and he looked about and moved into the darkness further in, where dim black shapes became vaguely visible.

He could not recognize if it was a room or large hall and he strolled slowly and blindly into it, wearily resting, and got ready to escape if he heard or seen anyone and stayed observing what the black shapes were, while he let his eyes adapt to the darkness.

He was sure what was confusing him and stopping him grasping small details was what the whole object actually was! The material it was made of was clearly unknown and capable of withstanding tremendous forces, and nothing was familiar to him, which he had not done in a long time and in such a way!

He felt strangely shaped black things about his front in the blackness, and smelled a musty synthetic scent in the air. His eye pupils slightly adjusted, to the blackness, and he stared at places covered in lines and curves.

He moaned thinking his tiredness and disappointment at not receiving any answers to what was going on! Surely it was something? They gunmen were willing to kill for it! The size and cost was tremendous, as well as their bringing in such equipment and building such an immense structure there!

It startled him and he could not grasp the purpose of such a thing! A curved part of a wall had shapes on it and he tried touching them and seeing if they did anything, but there was no response.

He moved further along to another area and observed a dark shape and had a feeling of something being there, like he was being watched!

Something lifted him and he gasped, and it shifted him away, with nothing visible holding him, and he felt some force moving him away into the interior of the black object, and he realized slowly that it could kill him easily!

He tried to theorize about it but there was nothing he could grasp! All he saw was strange dark shapes!

Was it of military origins? It could be to camouflage the technology and confuse any observers? Whatever it was the cost and time behind it proved that it could take warfare to a new level!

Blackness covered his vision and he felt a strange sensation like he was floating through space, and something opened at his front like an energy curtain, and he felt as though he had entered something strange!

A strange blue radiance shone out so dimly that he could not properly see what was there. It shone like a faint blue star.

It swiftly shifted away and his emotions ran amok when he started seeing spectacular views of space, and he could no longer feel any floor beneath his feet or see any of the black shapes.

An eerie sensation gripped him! Something was not right! He sensed a weird presence of something, which he never recognized!

Nothing but space formed around him in stages as though he were standing out in deep space, and he stood staggered trying get how it was implanted within his mind, and he watched a sphere of light floating through the darkness and passed him, and he realized that it had to be telepathically transmitted into his mind, covering his entire sight with vivid visions.

Strange displays of visions and sounds altered and vanished about him, and they reformed into other things, and visions of space appeared and vanished like something was searching through memories for something, and he was sure something was trying to adapt it to him, so that he could understand it. Some of the strange sounds and lights gave him artificial sensations, which he could not grasp the nature of!

He was sure he was picking up knowledge of things but he could not understand what they were, and he then watched infinitely streaking stars, of solar systems, flickering by.

Suddenly he realized the black object he was in was a voyager spacecraft, which had a new form of propulsion, with mind-boggling technology and powers, and an accuracy and capacity inconceivable, and was built to travel into deep space, and he watched its voyage across star quadrants and through clusters of stars, exploring vast unexplored stars.

He wondered what it had been designed to do! Had they built it to make contact with something that they had detected? Perhaps the radio signals from it had been detected?

He wondered if it was in a probe of immense proportions, as there was no mention of any humans!

There were sights of it exploring worlds, but he could not grasp its mission. He knew that it had to be more than for doing what normal probes did and that alien contact and deep space exploration had to be part of it! Had something made contact with them? Did they have a real Star War program hidden away?

Why did this voyager end up there, embedded in ice in the Antarctic? Was it there as it would not be detected by the rest of the world? It surely would be detected coming down even at the Artic! Yet he could not even imagine such a large object not being detected coming down anywhere!

Willis gasped as new visions appeared and he saw nothing but a vision of blackness, and it hurtled through the outer limits of space and time, racing into this universe, and he watched, staggered, realizing that it had traveled beyond the universe, and he realized it had a way of making vast leaps through space with it, but it was inaccurate, and that star traveling was needed to carry out the majority of its voyage!

For some reason its form was a mass of energy and it became unstable and it created vast unstable energy explosions across space and time, which he realized were so powerful that they ripped at the fabric of space and time and made regions temporary unbalanced and warp, with only its protective energy shield holding it from the effects.

Star formations flashed by, as it continued its pursuit of something, with its sphere of white glowing energy floating by like a colossal ghost. Voyaging through billions of stars, while transforming its energy states further from their original states.

Willis watched the visions vanish and the normal surroundings there emerge, and felt himself being moved away and was left standing at the entrance hole, where he gasped and saw the two gunmen standing below at his vehicle, who aimed their guns at him and ordered him to climb down!

 

Chapter 2

 

The Secret Military Operation

 

Once the military aircraft neared Ice Station X1 the soldiers aboard swiftly fitted on their parachutes and adjusted their gear, while receiving updates for the mission from Commander Craven.

Weaver gasped considering the dangerous mission ahead, and gasped again at what had occurred already! Certain things that had occurred interested him greatly!

There was more action than he could believe! What were the events that they were on the trail of? Were the soldiers on the plane being intentionally secretive or covering not knowing things for reasons? What had he let himself in for?

He was to masquerade as a soldier to get into the Antarctic ice station and basically find out what was happening there without getting caught, and to take any action if needed!

Sunlight blasted through one of the windows of the plane, giving him some warmth. The Antarctic conditions were slowly entering the plane and digging deep into his body, and he gasped at the temperatures recorded there and at the fact they were at such a height, which increased it! Normally he did not mind the winter but he liked to get use to low temperatures, and he had not been anywhere as cold before!

So when the plane door was opened for them to parachute and the winds hit them he shuddered and put his helmet over his head!

He automatically dived out with the others gritting his teeth!

He started getting his body use to it, and could still hardly believe the location below and that he would be trapped there without help if anything happened! There was nothing for miles going into the flat white horizon! They had not even seen anything below since they passed the last ship over the sea.

He realized that they had made a mistake! They had been too keen to enter the mission and they had dropped down a greater distance away from the ice station than they should have! And he could barely even see it and only recognized it from the secret intelligence photos of the highly confidential underground base.

The fact that he had been a soldier and his military record and his keenest, fitness, and record of successful spy missions for the intelligence agency were the main reasons for him being chosen for the mission and to infiltrate the soldiers to enter the ice station.

They had given him little and he knew they had little to give! Basically they had little of what was happening and he was to get information!

He discovered little in what he had been told and really only knew that there were deaths occurring all over the ice station, and most had been killed by military weapons, which was why the soldiers were sent in to stop, and he was put there by intelligence agencies to find out more on.

Nothing added up! Who wanted to kill anyone at such a place? It was basically a military and scientist ice station and he could only think that another country was behind it! Yet who had done it and why had they been done it? There were no known cases like it on record, which they or he could find, and he had also unsuccessfully searched for comparisons!

Who could profit from it? They clearly would replace the people killed, and what good would it do for them! There had to be far more behind it! Surely other countries would not have any reasons or be able to profit from it with it being there.

It was there to cover that region of the world if needed.

Someone that he knew had been sure that they had discovered something and that the military and scientists there that knew about it were being killed, and if that was true he believed that he might be able to find something or someone with something.

He gazed over at the underground ice station gleaming with sunbeams and wondered what the hell was there! The case was important and something had to have occurred!

He recalled the immense size of it below the ground as he watched the others let out their parachutes, and he copied them and was left staggered when his entire parachute shot straight upwards, and flew away into the distance!

He gasped and examined the straps and saw that they had been deliberately cut!

He instantly dived towards the only person directly below him, where he could properly reach, and realized that the speed that he was traveling at by diving might be too fast to do anything, and that he would have only one chance and less than a second to grab hold of the other parachutist to save his life!

As he shot down he saw the plane vanish beneath the horizon and grasped the full dangers and loneliness of the Antarctic, and again realized the dangers!

He made himself move over towards the parachutist below and swiftly and powerfully grabbed his waist, and realized he could not hold on and swiftly grabbed a strap from him and tied it to the other soldier’s parachute straps.

Close to the ground he rested and considered his chances of survival and gasped! Someone clearly knew that he was there and had intended to kill him!

 

Chapter 3

 

The Gun Battle

 

Behind them, below the horizon, the sunlight vanished and the early Antarctic night engulfed the soldiers and Weaver studied his surroundings trying to explain why they had made such a mistake! The entire mission had been planned down the smallest detail!

The ice station was further away and the snow deep and terrain virtually impossible to get quickly through! It was incredible that they had actually not landed earlier than when the sun was going down. The incident with his parachute had been a major incident and he knew there was someone there against him and perhaps the mission, and he wondered who had access to the parachutes!

When a loud blast exploded out and a bullet hit and killed one of the front soldiers, beside Commander Craven, Weaver was not fully surprised, and realized that someone was attacking them!

It was lucky there was cover and they rushed below two small hills as bullets flew in hitting the snow all about them, and he realized that there were at least six of them, and that they had made the mistake of being too far away. The bullets were off and they had been lucky that they had hit the soldier.

None of them could see who was there though, and they were hidden away at different locations and moved around, and they were unable to recognize anything! Were they professionals and had planned the whole thing well before they had arrived?

The whole terrain was unfamiliar too them and they had the advantage over them! How could they move forward and get to the ice station without receiving many deaths?

He was unsure if they could survive there the night! They had no proper food or cover, and the temperature was dropping dramatically and none of them had adapted to the environment.

He wondered if they got lost if they could find the ice station there! The place was very hidden away! It was lucky they had seen it from the air and knew the direction.

He even wondered if it was the people from the ice station actually firing on them! If they had not known of their arrival and the situation there was worse than stated they could believe that they were being attacked!

He considered the region and what must be one of the most desolate regions of the world. They had not seen anyone since they had flown over the Antarctic sea, and was sure planes even avoided flying there.

What was staggering was that they were taking on so many soldiers! What did they actually intend to do? They surely could not expect to kill the entire group of soldiers, and if they had been informed about them they would have realized how trained they were! Yet could they be trying to scare them away? Yet that was absurd also, as they would have to go there! There was no where else out there to go to!

The mission now seemed flawed! Why had they not brought far more soldiers and more powerful weapons? The soldiers were shooting away unable to hit anything and their hidden enemy was ignoring it!

Yet they had put together a good team of everyone needed to carry out the mission at the ice station, and if they had landed next to it as planned nothing would have gone wrong! He wondered if it had been the captain of the plane who had landed them there or if it had been a mistake as it had looked at the time?

The adventure brought him back to life after such a long length of inactivity and lack of anything of interest. At times he still could not believe that there was anything out in such a desolate region, and that anything worthwhile existed there!

It was winter and deep snow shrouded everything around them, and he realized again that they would have to camp there. And having not slept outdoors in winter he gasped at sleeping in such thick cold snow, and considered if they would find his remains there one day, and wonder why they had done it. There had been accounts in history of vast drops in temperature and entire groups of soldiers and others being found frozen solid and dead! What if temperatures hit far lower than had been recorded, with there being no recorded proof or witnesses left alive!

The snow landscape was untouched by humans everywhere, and at times empty and hollow with no sound, and had a deep haunting silence that he had only heard before in thick winter snow landscapes. It reminded him of another world! An empty lost world absence of life with faint mists surrounding regions.

What was shocking was how easily they had trapped them, and he was unsure if they even knew how they could avoid any large amount of deaths. If only they had taken a small landing airplane, and kept it there, but they could not have traveled there with the amount of soldiers and at that distance!

There was nothing to recognize anywhere, and he watched some of the men attempt to use communication devices to the ice station, and when they failed they tried to see if there was anything to pick up on it!

Another problem was that they had experienced a long exhausting day and had got more exhausted wading through the deep snow, and a peculiarity he noticed was a distant hum, similar to a distant engine whirling, out at an unknown place, and it started to drive him insane trying to identify it.

It was no surprise that Commander Craven eventually made them blast them with as many well aimed rounds to force some form of reaction, but they seemed to ignore it, and he knew that they would have to hit them with something or force them away!

It was incredible when thick snow piled down, and he knew that they could use it as it was virtually impossible to see through in the dark, and he realized he had a thermal weapon sight in his equipment and he used it to see what he could find through the darkness and blizzard! Yet they were too good at hiding!

“What are we going to do …?” one of men finally spluttered, fighting for air, furious that they had been put in a situation.

Commander Craven stopped checking their weapons and showed how annoyed he was at his reply and at the way things were going, and walked towards him.

“We better agree to something …” he shouted, giving glances about at things and realizing the mess of his expedition, and decided not to continue.

“Where can we go?” a soldier named Reeves continued, who was near Weaver, and Weaver had become close to as he was his most trusted person as he had been able to check him out more than anyone else there, which he had done before the mission, as he checked them all as much as possible to find out anything that he should know, and he had checked for the people that he could most depend on.

“Well I’ve an idea!” Weaver forced himself to reply, seeing that nothing was going to happen, and watched Commander Craven gasp and look like he knew something about him, and he realized that even though he could know something that he was still reacting to what had happened with his damaged parachute and his way of saving himself.

“Do you think we should attack them then!” Commander Craven answered firmly.

“I’ve been monitoring them with my thermal weapon sight!” he swiftly replied. “None of them show themselves! So I reckon we could easily surprise some of them!”

“Good idea! But dangerous! You have to wade through that bloody blizzard and not be seen! Can you do it then?”

“Yes!” he answered. “Anyone want to join me? We can’t stay here all night!”

Weaver was surprised that nobody but Reeves agreed with carrying it out, and he realized that they never thought much of the idea! Yet he did see their point and that he would only be able to get one or two, and risk putting them in further danger. Yet deep down he really wanted to know who was there, and capture one and question him.

“So you’re going?” Commander Craven laughed.

“Yes!” he replied firmly, and started fixing himself up and preparing himself, and watched their blank faces examining him.

Once he and Reeves were ready he examined the region around his front and they rushed out and sneaked along regions that they would be unseen in.

He wondered why they had stopped firing anyway. Yet he realized they had probably realized that they were well armed and capable of killing them! How could they attack and beat them with them being so heavily armed? Then as he properly examined the area around where they were he realized that they were capable of attacking them at places that they were not hidden in.

He was still barely able to realize what the outcome of such a situation could be!

Reeves removed his communicator and established contact with Commander Craven and they moved on faster, and as they approached the place where the nearest of the gunmen had been he realized that he could not believe that this case could be solved easily. He just knew something would stop him getting any information from the gunmen if they captured them! This mission seemed to be going to be the worst and hardest!

He thought of the earlier battle and the death of the soldier near him and how ruthlessly they had attacked. He had never fully realized how desolate, deadly, and beyond civilization the Antarctic was, and how far from any help it was. If anything serous happened they could not get help! He wondered if a war took place there if they could handle it.

When they finally reached where the gunmen were he hid and examined the place and found it empty, and they moved in and checked for anything, and he barely found part of a footstep, which gave him no information.

They gave the information back to Commander Craven and continued to the other locations, going from one to another, checking for clues, until they had checked every hidden location, and they informed the others and they joined them.

Now all they needed to do was get to the ice station without getting shot, and they decided to use the darkness and blizzard and go sideways and move there from another direction!

 

Chapter 4

 

The Secret Ice Station

 

The next big surprise they discovered was that the ice station was covered over by deep snow, which they had spent many hours hunting for in the dark and heavy blizzard.

Once they found the entrance they started digging it out the snow, and Weaver was confused and bewildered again! How could they enter it, and he wondered how they managed to survive being suffocated! Surely places bringing in air would be blocked by deep snow! Yet he recalled seeing places that had melted the snow with heat, which were camouflaged and unrecognizable and looked part of the landscape, where they surely drew in air supplies. He examined one and realized it was virtual impossible to enter and it was taking in air.

It was incredible that such a place could exist in such an environment, and he spotted one of the soldiers had found something and he sensed that it was the way in! They thought only of survival and getting in!

The soldier showed them a communicator device covered in ice and snow and then large entrance doors that they uncovered.

Weaver realized that there had to be at least another entrance where they took in and kept large objects and vehicles.

Commander Craven was soon arguing with someone inside of his identity, and that they were expected, which he attempted to clarify, and Weaver realized that some of the scientists had arrived and that they sounded different, and the scientists realized the soldiers had clearly been out in the Antarctic blizzard a long time. They also sounded as though they had not had any proper communications with the outside in a long time!

They finally put a soldier in command in the ice station on and Commander Craven identified himself and they sent out some soldiers to get them.

Weaver could not blame them for being precautious after all the mysterious deaths there, and them being trapped out there, and with the gunmen being there! And he wondered if they were actually at war with each other, for some reason that they had not mentioned and that they had made it confidential?

Reeves repeatedly tapped the solid metal entrance trying to measure its thickness, and realized that it was abnormally thick, and Weaver realized that the entrance had recently been fitted and had replaced a smaller weaker entrance, and he noticed someone had been trying to gain entrance to it or the earlier entrance!

Weaver realized one main point and that the gunmen had to have a base somewhere, but he was unsure if it was faraway or nearby, and he knew that it could be a major clue to finding them!

Surely when it was light and the blizzard stopped they would leave footprints near there!

The entrance was slowly opened by two scientists and two soldiers from inside and Weaver gasped at the warm comforting air and the effect it had as it caressed his body, and he immediately rushed in with the other soldiers, and marched in through a long corridor going downwards, wondering what it would be like staying in such an ice station.

As he moved in at the front of the others he saw that there was better lighting further in and he felt delighted that he would soon be able to rest and be inside and away from the severe cold and blizzard, and be actually exploring an ancient ice station and doing his job that he was there for.

He wondered what the real people and conditions there were mainly like and if they were peculiar with being in such a place, as he had seen elsewhere. Yet the other places were old places and people living in harsh environments without any proper heating or comforts. He realized more than ever how much he had enjoyed exploring hidden secrets and places, and basically the unknown and unexplored, and he examined long corridors, untouched rooms, looking for evidence of anything.

He wondered what being on another world like it would be like, like being on the moon wearing spacesuits and what it would be like to be the first humans to visit another world! What would it actually be like? What would the surprises be? Could they grow food and create and find all their needs?

What magnificent wonders would exist there? Would people eventually start changing and altering to the environment?

At one floor below the ground long corridors went out to a incredible distance that astounded them, as the size was at least quarter of a mile in length with corridors and rooms all along them, with spiral stairs going downwards to the other floors, and their group explored them as they went along.

Weaver realized immediately that the place would be hard to explore and there may be far more people there than they had estimated, and he realized that the plans that he had seen of it had been wrong for some reason!

He sensed other things of danger and mysteries existed there from the scientists they met and the confirmations from the soldiers there! The soldiers were far different from them, and normal soldiers! He could not tell if they were carefree from being there or from having avoided doing anything and being confronted with any action. But they were glad to see them and have help arrive, and they did believe that they could be killed there!

They were taken along a corridor to a long line of sleeping accommodations to stay in with toilets and other needs, and Weaver took a room next to Commander Craven, and Reeves took a room next to him, and they started moving into their accommodations and unpacking their stuff, and Weaver examined his room and was glad to see that it had electricity and heating and other needs, and could be locked and had a key.

Their presence seemed to cause confusion amongst many of the scientists, who could not believe that they had arrived, and they came along the corridor to see and check them out in their rooms.

Some of the scientists started arguing with each other about things he could not grasp, and they stopped themselves mentioning things that were confidential!

The things that started to confuse him were what they were all actually working on there! What were they doing out there in such a large expensive place? There were no indications of anything!

He had expected there to be less of everything, and them just occupying a more normal structure! He wondered if they were funding vast amounts of useless and expensive science research, and if the place should have been closed?

Perhaps they were monitoring the environment for things like global warming? Could they be supplying much needed information about vast amounts of things, as well as looking after the military ice station? Though they could be working on highly confidential research that the military wished to be more hidden!

 

Chapter 5

 

The Extraordinary Encounter

 

Weaver was ecstatic with getting a good meal in the dinner room, with all the others there, resting into comfortable seats, with the scientists and soldiers from there giving them information everywhere, and things were looking up and he realized that his mission there could be a success.

“I know most of this place like the back of my hand!” one of the scientists claimed, and Weaver realized that he was working his way up to asking them what they knew about the place, and found on their trip there.

Suddenly a scientist leaped up knocking the whole table over, making soup fly over Weaver, and his heart leapt when he saw a figure entering the room in a form of spacesuit, which shifted out from the darkness outside the door, and one of the soldiers that had arrived with Weaver reached for his gun and kept his hand there and ready!

The scientists out of the way from the figure as it shifted slowly and strangely in, like in slow motion, and some rushed out the door behind it, and they all stared at the spacesuit figure and Weaver wondered what the hell they were taking about! It was as though the scientists there believed that it was supernatural or something, which he could not ever recall hearing before! What could possibly make such scientists react in such a way?

They all watched the strange figure move in engrossed at what the outcome would be! It shifted around lifelessly and he watched it pick up a seat and sit opposite him, and he watched shocked faces of the remaining scientists! Their reactions were incredible to him, and he still could not explain anything!

There was something strange going on and as though he was missing something! Something that he could not grasp, and he watched Commander Craven and his shocked reactions! It was like there was something there that should not be there!

He could not place it and he realized that they needed more rest and sleep, and to get use to the strange environment.

Weaver studied the spacesuit faceplate and could not see through the darkness inside, and the figure never reacted and just sat, like a robot, and he examined the suit it was wearing with amazement as he had not seen anything like it! It was far more advanced than he had seen before! It looked like something from the future!

“We’ll have to check it!” Reeves stated to him, after many minutes of intense silence, to unsaid questions.

It surprised him that he, such a logical soldier, and after all that he had been through over the past days could refer to it in the way he had, and he wondered what he thought it actually was!

“Who could it be?” one of the other soldiers asked loudly, confused.

“He’s not one of us!” another finally stated.

“That’s a good one!” Weaver replied, considered a way to get them to give their fantasies. “Who or what could it be?”

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

“It might be one of the killers of your scientists and soldiers here?” Reeves stated firmly.

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

“What does it want?” the scientist replied first. “That’s the question! Why does it want to meet us here? It could easily have kept itself hidden!”

Weaver had a shudder rush up his spine!

“What actually are we talking about?” one of the silent soldiers asked, who had sat out of the way, and he moved over to it, getting ready to do something, and was immediately stopped by Commander Craven.

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

“What do you want?” the soldier asked it, confused.

Weaver knew there would be no reply and that someone might do something, and might do something stupid and fire their gun there, and he rushed over before anyone could and slowly lifted the faceplate of the spacesuit, and stood back shocked!

It was the soldier that had been killed when the gunmen had attacked them, and they stood staggered, and the others that could not see its face rushed over see there.

The dead soldier was lifelessly dead and sat without moving in its seat, and they examined him in every detail and saw that his clothes were identical, and they wondered how it had moved!

“We cannot leave this!” Commander Craven finally moaned out loudly, showing his annoyance. “Great! How am I going to explain this in my report?”

While most of them sat down confused, trying to explain how the body had moved there, they watched it fade away and vanish!

 

Chapter 6

 

The Hauntings

 

The events were staggering afterwards! Some of the soldiers seemed to get crazy thoughts about what occurred and they gave accounts of there being something supernatural!

Weaver thought it was something to do with the scientists!

Scientists openly talked about their work researching it at the dinner table, and about mysterious occurrences in the corridors at night. They actually warned them about them, claiming that they regularly occurred in my regions of the ice station.

The way some of the soldiers there talked about it and warned them left them as unexplained deadly occurrences.

Yet the deaths there were worse and major scientists, as well as solders, had been found dead all over the ice station, but the vast majority were outside.

They gave detailed accounts of a group of scientists whose bodies were found scattered throughout a lower corridor, where nobody usually went, and now avoided after the incident.

Weaver was confused more than ever! Would the professional gunmen that attacked them carry out such an attack? Yet he had not heard anything like it! He was not sure if he believed that they had even entered the ice station! He and the others seemed to be protected from them there! Though there was a chance that they could enter by a hidden entrance! Yet they had not seen them or had one clue as to what they were like! Any manic could be given a gun and carry out what they did!

They could be trying to cover their identity, which they had done and he had proven it, and they could have panicked when they had seen their team of highly advanced soldiers coming down from the plane, and had attempted to annihilate the threat against them. But just what the hell was their motive? Maniacs never attacked military ice stations out in places like the Antarctic!

It also surprised him to hear that many of the scientists had been chased by swift-moving lights that had been seen shifting through metal walls, which they never had any knowledge of being possible.

Eventually Commander Craven took the soldiers out to get the dead soldier’s body and to check it, and prove it had not risen from death or whatever they had claimed.

It was far easier in sunlight and out of the blizzard, and they had men surround the area with guns and communicators ready to inform them of any attack, and Weaver wondered why they were not contacting the outside world of the occurrences as they had a form of communications to a satellite at least! Then he discovered that they had to put up a large antenna over the top of the ice station, which was folded away so the station remained strictly hidden away, which they only used when they gave out their communications and for extra supplies to be brought.

The soldiers eventually found the body under snow and soon realized that it had not been moved since the soldier had been killed, and they took it back to the ice station.

 

Chapter 7

 

The Scientists

 

He was glad that their investigation of outside for the gunmen had never revealed anything, as he knew it would have ended in many deaths by them, as they were not equipped to carry out such an operation, and he was sure that it would still have done so!

It had amazed him that they could not find any traces of them anywhere and that they just concluded that their base was miles away, and perhaps buried away underground.

Yet he could still not conclude what they were doing there with so many gunmen and who they were, and why the people running the ice station never acknowledged that they were outside. There were a vast amount of deaths and they were in an immense and major military ice station at the Antarctic with many soldiers and they had gunmen running around outside, who had attacked and killed their soldiers and they ignored it!

After discussions with the leader of the soldiers at the ice station they had found out little other than the fact that the soldiers there surely had nothing to do with the deaths and that they had been at the station too long and many of them had turned useless as soldiers, and others drank crazily into the night in loud parties into night!

His investigations for his intelligence mission had him all over the place meeting different people, and getting suggestions of other things that still never added up, which he was sure he was being denied as it would be dangerous. Something was being hidden and they were all avoiding telling him, and some even showed deep fear of something, which he never grasped! Were people being killed for saying too much? If so he may be able to find one!

The problem was he never knew what he was actually investigating, and he entered many laboratories and drank with many of the scientists and tried to work out what they were working on, but they normally just told him about what they were doing, and he would realize that there was nothing there. Yet there was always a suggestion that work was being carried out somewhere else, which they refused to say anything further about, and many times they belied he knew about it.

He knew there were scientists that knew something and he had to find a way to get them to tell him what he wanted!

He had some scientists show him around the ice station and tell him what was happening there, and in various laboratories, and he started removing things from a list of things he wanted to investigate.

The large aerial communication tower and a satellite disc for satellite communications, which were folded down to make the place hidden, were finally raised up to transmit communications.

It surprised him that the commander of the ice station at breakfast announced that a supply plane would arrive that day and he wondered why they had to parachute down when they could have arrived in it, and he later went up to see it land on a flat region, where their small vehicles had cleared a landing site, which looked just like a frozen lake.

Yet the thing he was surprised the most at was the size of the plane and incredible amount of food supplies that was taken from it into the ice station, and in the end he explained it as them building up their supplies perhaps for the dark polar winter.

None of the scientists ever mentioned the lower floors and he tried to question them and received little so he decided he had to go there and see what was there for himself.

Technicians fixed up a small vehicle for him and two scientists, which they used to transport themselves around the ice station, and they finally persuaded them to go to the lower floors of the ice station.

They went down different floors at a specially designed region for the vehicles, away at the end of a main central corridor, and when they started to get near the lower floors he started to see the deterioration in the corridors and rooms, and it was as though he were traveling in a time machine into the past, and at the bottom two floors there was so much deterioration there that rubbish and rubble, collapsed walls, dampness and rot was covering the entire corridors and rooms, and only a few lights were still working. And he started to realize that the killers, who surely had a highly desperate and ongoing motive to kill, could be outsiders and be hidden away there, and that they could be part of the gunmen group that had shot at them.

When he got out the vehicle he watched everywhere for movement and evidence showing that anyone had been there, and he and the two scientists marched through the bottom corridor and connecting corridors searching for anything, and anything lurking in shadows. The place was vast and went out to quarter of a mile forward and sideways.

Weaver had his gun, and army clothes on, and led them along occasionally entering rooms studying everything and things of interest, while curiously watching the reactions of the scientists to things, and he sensed that they had not been there and had been warned about the dangers of the killers.

He noticed that his surroundings suddenly seemed to get dirtier and dirtier and seemed to remain clean in the central region for some reason, and it became clear someone had cleared everything away from there to make a pathway.

There were too many unsolved mysteries! Another main one emerged and what the place was to do if a war broke out and it was to be used, as it had no real use in a war anywhere, and he could not see it even carrying anything out! They built such a massive building and kept the place going for nothing as far as he could see. Occasionally he heard loud deep thuds below and realized that the thick Antarctic ice was under there.

Further in he had to sweep away webs to enter rooms, and some hanged down from the roof overhead going across to the walls, and he would study ancient laboratories and apparatuses with deep interest wondering what they had been for, and what highly confidential discoveries they were researching and creating.

He wondered if they would have anything left to discover someday, and tried to find any books with details of the work and found little, other than old tattered sheets of paper with useless scribbles on them.

He even started considering if the place could be revived someday, and if the world in the future, hundreds or even thousands of years from then could increase their transportation and civilization to the Antarctic, and if they would have cities at the region and if they had to defend it in future world wars, and he realized that he was underestimating the future.

He realized that no real dampness and water had entered that area recently, and there were cracks in the outer places where the outer ice was.

“Well!” one of the scientists conclusively announced, breaking his silence. “We have searched! The rest of the place must be the same, as it is throughout the complex!”

They entered deeper into it and he turned on lights in some of the rooms to see there in more detail, and it looked incredible, and he realized that he had started to enjoy exploring there! It looked entirely different to anywhere he had normally been, and mysterious things kept him intrigued. It had preserved itself and it held all the past secrets, and perhaps hidden military secrets, and he wondered what kind of secret weapons they could have discovered that might not have been revealed to the world, and he wondered what the whole structure might have originally been like when built.

Then while approaching a corridor going sideways at his front, a white shape seemed to jump out, and he then saw a scientist in a white laboratory jacket march out in front of him, and mutter something to them and march off towards where they had come from, and the scientists with him shrugged and he watched the scientist curiously go to a spiral staircase to walk up to the higher floors, and he wondered what he had been up to, as the place should have been deserted, and he saw that he clearly had been actively at work at something somewhere.

Chapter 8

 

The Hidden Structure

 

The incident of the scientist’s appearance stuck in his thoughts for days and he kept going over it trying to grasp some clue and something that he had missed that he could not realize!

It baffled him as he sensed that he had been up to something and there was nothing there and all he came up with was he could have some animal hidden away there that he fed, as large animals were banned from being kept in the ice station, and going by many ice stations the isolation and environment made some inhabitants do strange things.

The scientist had clearly looked like he had been doing work though, but what had he been doing?

He investigated everything that he could about him and the main thing that he found was he was born in Russia, which surprised him, and he wondered why such places employed people from places that spied on them! So he decided to watch the scientist and he observed that he regularly left his normal work at the same time and went down the spiral staircase, which he was sure was to the bottom floor, and some times he did not return until it was late in the evening, which grabbed his curiosity more than ever, as what the hell was he doing there? The incredible thing he never grasped was why nobody actually missed him and asked why he was not doing his work!

In the end he returned to the bottom floor by himself and waited near the bottom of the staircase at the time he normally arrived, and was not surprised to see him stroll down smoking and head straight towards somewhere.

What the hell was he up to? This case was really fascinating him! There were things that did not add up and make sense everywhere, and he could not think of any equivalence! He had never even heard anything take place at an ice station, and the normal ones were nothing compared to this one!

He watched the scientist enter a nearby corridor and he rushed over to the corner, where he hid at the corner and glanced at him move along it, and waited until he got to the end of it, and watched the way he smoked and got ready to throw away his cigarette, and Weaver got ready.

When he looked again he was going around a corner and as he did Weaver moved out and rushed down the corridor not wishing to miss anything and he started to see the amount of footprints there that were visible!

At the corner he stood staggered as all there was there was a dead end! The corridor went ten feet sideways and came to a wall!

He stood staring at it in disbelief, resting, trying to realize what he had missed! The corridor was a dead end! For some reason it went sideways for ten feet and came to a dead end!

The scientist had to have gone somewhere and he saw the floor had no prints and was clear of any dirt and rubbish for some reason.

He clearly had not moved a trapdoor or anything on the floor and the roof was solid and fixed, as well as the two side walls, so he knew that he had gone forward and he examined the front wall and it felt as solid as the other walls.

He did not know what to do, because if he did find a way to move the wall what would be there! Was it just a room? Was he able to defend himself if the scientist was one of the gunmen and had a gun?

It had to be the most desolate and darkest place he had seen in a modern building, and it was even more still, silent, and empty as was possible! Should he go and get help from the other soldiers or at least tell Commander Craven! At least he would not die in vain!

Even with the lights on there were strange haunting dark shadows and glows that held secrets and dangers!

He started thinking of if he could catch him doing something and whatever he was doing there, and he removed his handgun from his bag and prepared it and himself, and started trying to find a way in.

At the edge of one side of the wall he saw a large crack that he examined and found light shining out from it and concluded it was the side that opened out, and by the fact it was in the same place as all the doors, and he searched for something there at the level of where there would be a door handle or lock for something to open it, and tried just pushing and pulling it first but that did not work. So he searched for something!

Eventually he recalled there was a flattened metal bar in the other corridor and went and got it and when he arrived back he discovered the door open, and saw a more modern and clean corridor behind it, which had clearly been cleaned by a cleaning machine like the corridors at the top of the ice station, and he examined the lock on the door and realized that he could easily have broken it open.

He swiftly moved through it wondering where it went and what the use of having it was, and he wished that he had informed someone where he had been and made sure his gun was ready.

The cost of it proved that if there was something there that it could have value!

He remained silent and wandered along the corridor in the one direction, going away out from the ice station and going directly under the ice, and found the entrance to an elevator and entered it.

He stood even more confused when it kept going down the depth of floor after floor!

At the bottom he gasped at the depth and watched the doors open and darkness appear outside and he walked out trying to see about him and saw nothing, and as his eyes adjusted he watched the elevator doors shut and the elevator return to where it had been, and in the darkness that engulfed him he tried unsuccessfully to find where the buttons were located for him to reuse the elevator when he wanted to return.

His eyes searched the abyss above, as he walked away from it.

A deep thud echoed down, from high above somewhere, and he wondered why whatever he was in was so large, and he could scarcely grasp the concept and he wondered if he was on the Antarctic land beneath the ice!

The depth by far exceeded his comprehension, and he could not justify there being just one compartment and not corridors. Sounds took strange tones everywhere as he started trying to hear more, and he strained his eyes more trying to see further beyond an area in front of him and he started to see a dark shape, but there were no features that he could recognize, but it seemed immense. Its shape vanished into darkness everywhere!

A swift explosion of light exploded out like a laser blast in blackness, silencing him, and all about him the darkness was lighted, and he saw more lights appear about him and scientists and soldiers started appearing.

Their abnormal antics captivated him, as well as mystifying him, and he only recognized a few from the ice station above. He repetitively studied everything, preparing himself for whatever happened!

The immensity of the cavity about him was staggering and the structure of the shape that he had been studying in the dark left him gasping and wondering what the hell it was, as the cost of it must have been colossal!

It was clearly highly confidential and hidden out there for a reason, but he just could not grasp what it was! It clearly was to do with space, and he even considered if it was a spacecraft of some form, and if they had been building a starship.

The scientist that he had followed there communicated with someone about him being there.

The thing was colossal, and he felt as though he had never seen anything so big, and tried examining different parts of it to identify it! It started to resemble some form of communications device, which stretched across to the end of the cavity, and he stared, staggered.

It was black and had golden areas, and lights on it were like stars in the depths of space, and tightly packed together in areas.

Nothing seemed to justify its presence to him, and he sensed from the scientist something mysterious existed there, and that he might not grasp it.

It was beyond comprehension how it managed to exist there!

Four of the scientists that seemed to be running things gathered into a group near him, and he listened to some of the things they said, but he only picked up some things and something about a possible first contact scenario, and he started to consider it.

“What the hell is it?” he finally moaned loudly, dazzled by the massive black shape of the object covering his vision.

“The world’s most advanced telescope!” one scientist replied.

“That’s a telescope!” he moaned.

“We’ve moved on since the days of radio telescopes!”

“Incredible! Is it American?”

“Yes! And we want it to remain only American!”

“Have you found anything with it?”

Suddenly all the scientists reacted, gasped and went silent!

“There could things hidden in the depths of space everywhere?” one of the scientists finally replied.

“Incredible! Such power! It does not even need to be out in the open – or on top of a high location!”

Strange objects about his sides vaguely captured his attention as they started to function and he saw that they were the main controls and monitors, and where the information was gathered.

At his feet, partly buried away in dust, he saw something glitter, and he crouched and realized that there was a hole in the floor, where it had been smashed by something heavy, and that there was a small fossil buried in the ground, which was the ground under the Antarctic ice.

 

Chapter 9

 

The Second Encounter

 

The drinks at the ice station bar were great and Weaver watched Reeves at the other side of the table drinking fast and laughing with another soldier beside him, and more of the soldiers arrived at the bar and he watched them.

It was incredible he had found the immense cavity below and all it had done was add more facts that never added up! What did a new telescope for searching for aliens have to do with anything! What were the Russian scientists doing there?

Had they detected something in space and were trying to cover it up? Or perhaps the technology behind the telescope was highly secret and had military uses and they were using it out in the Antarctic to hide it and the Russians were trying to get it!

He left it again, and saw he needed more intelligence, and he realized he might be able to get in with one of the Russian scientists!

He kept wondering why he never had memories of having such a situation. There was something far more unique about this case! Everything he had been confronted with had been new! They were all connected, and he did not know what to do! Surely something must exist about that could be triggered by something to surface for him to grasp the big picture?

While they sat there the soldiers drinking seemed to increase, and he recalled that many of them at the ice station seemed to drink more, especially with winter and the dark nights approaching.

One of the other soldiers seemed to provoke Reeves further and further, trying to achieve something, and Weaver watched on watching their reactions.

Reeves in the end laughed loudly and thanked him for it!

The other solider then started questioning Weaver about where he had been when Weaver had been down investigating the lower ice station and the telescope.

Then when he avoided replying he tried questioning him on various subjects, and it was clear that he was testing him, trying to discover something!

Reeves suddenly leaned over the table, with his face bright red, and suddenly removed his handgun, which was very dangerous and powerful looking in the bar, and Weaver did not know what he wanted to do!

Everyone stopped talking in the entire bar and stared at something behind Weaver, and he slowly followed their eyes!

Suddenly, at the side of his vision, he saw a faint mist surrounding something and people started examining what was there, and gasping, and instantly looking for a fire, but it was not coming from anywhere.

A thick cloud swiftly emerged from no visible source, like it was some form of gas condensing into a cloud, but when he examined it in detail he saw that it was made of some form of energy, with no visible source, hung in the center of the bar floor behind him, thickening in the air, swirling around in an intelligent way! He watched it confused and tried to see if was being controlled by something!

He saw straightaway Reeves knew something was going to happen and was reacting in an uncontrolled fashion! Though he knew he was mentally actually planning something! Weaver watched on confused, wondering if any of them knew something, which some seemed to give reactions to.

He was sure something had happened while he was in the lower ice station that he had missed!

H was not fully able to explain its presence and stayed still and where he was, ready for action, and to take any course of action that appeared and he could!

He recalled the ghost sightings and the dead man in the spacesuit that had walked in the dinning room!

The thing shifted creepily, forming a more turbulent thickening formation, and they started rushing over to the doors, while people from outside came in to check what the excitement was, and they stood pondering what was occurring.

Weaver went to the side of the door and listened to strange silent sounds, which were barely perceivable, which manifested everywhere about it!

It looked to him to be actually forming itself into something!

It resembled a mind-bending round life form that he could not recognize!

“Is it dangerous?” Reeves finally moaned, trying to grasp its nature. “Can it kill?”

Bursts of energy exploded through it and bright blinding beams of light blasted out, and its energy pulsated!

It or whatever was causing it seemed to Weaver to be trying to form something that it did not have either enough energy or ability to manifest, and he gasped realizing that he actually thought something of unknown origins existed!

Yet what was there had to be of unknown origins! Yet he was sure it was not of supernatural origins! Yet he was sure it was unbelievably advanced!

What was there? What had taken the body of a dead soldier and put it in a spacesuit and sent it to them? Just what was it trying to achieve? Was it connected to the ice station and what was happening there?

At the door they watched and filmed it as the formation formed into an acceptable ghost life form, which they were sure was supposed to be solid, which still took flashes of small shape alterations, and it floated away and passed straight through a thick hard wall, like light passing through a window, and as it was fully entering another room they watched it vanish!

 

Chapter 10

 

The Russian Scientists

 

The underground chamber fascinated Weaver and he did what the scientists working there had asked him to do and to remain silent about its presence, and he did, but he knew that he would eventually have to put it in his report to the intelligence agency!

They allowed him to visit the telescope chamber again, and he realized while there that they knew that he could not get anything on how it functioned and that the normal scientists there that had worked on it had only been given information on the sections that they had built or used and did not have enough to reconstruct it.

The Russian scientists there fascinated him and he could not grasp how Russian scientists had managed to get there and why they had not thought that they were a potential security leak! Yet after visiting a few times he realized that their knowledge and work had helped it to be built and that they were not capable of giving enough information away about it to be a security threat.

He sensed something and knew there was more and that they were doing something else that he could not figure out as he had to little to go on.

Eventually he started meeting with and talking to the Russian scientist that he had followed to the underground chamber.

Outside his room he met him one morning and told him that he had found information on him spying on them, and that he could be in serious trouble!

To his satisfaction he started confessing that he was not responsible for anything that had happened there!

“I have not given any confidential secrets!” he pleaded to him.

“But you work with people that have killed people here?” he replied, recalling all the deaths there, and he watched the scientist’s startled face.

“We are not responsible for the gunmen outside and the deaths that they carry out!”

Weaver knew he had finally made a breakthrough and he was connected to them and knew what was happening, and he could not let it go!

“The deaths in the ice station must be?” Weaver replied.

“They are by soldiers put here with us who are working with them! They are part of a Russian renegade group that has separated from our group! They are illegal! We do not know what they are after!”

Weaver knew that he was telling the truth! Yet he could not determine what was so valuable! Or if they would go to such lengths to get their hands on knowledge of how the secret telescope worked! If they got all the information from all the scientists and put it together surely they could put it all together and fill in the rest, or just find away of getting the information out of the people that had invented it!

“What about the telescope technology?” he muttered out loud.

“That is not what they want!” he moaned, looking at him as if he was acting crazy.

“If you give me something I’ll make sure you get away with it!”

The scientist slowly nodded in agreement towards him and offered to show him what it was, and Weaver suddenly noticed his appearance had changed and that he was up to something!

The scientist insisted in showing him, and he wondered what it was, and if it was just a waste of his time checking, but he knew if it was not that he would get him to tell what else he knew, and he decided also to allow him to think things over for a while.

When they arrived at the bottom of the elevator and entered the large cavity with the telescope he noticed he started playing his role as a scientist to the other scientists!

At a point at the furthest away point where there was a concrete wall, at the furthest point from the ice station above, where he thought there was only outside ice, he pointed at a hidden large metal door and they went to it and he started unlocking the door, which confused him again as he could not visualize what could be there, and wondered why the telescope was not the ultimate confidential prize!

Once he had opened the door he turned on lights and they entered a brightly lighted corridor and he took him along it.

Weaver stayed silent and wandered along the corridor after him.

He was confused when they reached a door at the end of the corridor and he watched him open it and darkness appear outside and they entered it trying to see about them and he saw nothing, and as his eyes adjusted and he searched the abyss above and round him, as they walked on.

A deep thud echoed down, from high above somewhere, and he wondered why whatever he was in was so large, and he could scarcely grasp the concept of there being another chamber there, and he realized that they had more stuff buried away there and he wondered what the hell it was this time!

 

Chapter 11

 

The Secret Military Chamber

 

A swift explosion of light exploded down as the Russian scientist turned on the lights, and it blasted into their vision out of the blackness, silencing Weaver, and he saw the most unbelievable and deadliest sight he was sure that he had seen!

Everywhere he looked he saw colossal atomic missiles going out, stretching away out until he could not see passed them, and going away up to the Antarctic surface above, and he gasped when the soldiers there started entering the chamber!

The expense of it had to reach many billions and he wondered what the hell he had entered himself into! He could not even believe that they had such military weapons at the Antarctic, as it was highly illegal! Then he realized that the Russians or someone might have something there!

The size and power of the missiles exceeded his comprehension, and he could not justify their size and tried to think of other uses for them! They looked like the rockets for the moon landings or deep space travel!

He even considered if they were actually starships, and what starships actually would be like, as they would need tremendous power and supplies of fuel.

Yet what the hell would they need so many for? Would they be going to explore vast amounts of stars? Or were they to attack and destroy an alien world?

He was surprised that the soldiers there removed his weapon and took him and the Russian scientist away to be interrogated!

When he left the chamber he examined one in detail and was staggered as they were the most advanced version that he had seen! They had to be atomic missiles for a World War 3!

They took him away into a small room and questioned him and they only got what they knew already, accept him interrogating the Russian scientist, and they met Commander Craven and Weaver was soon released.

Soon after it he went to the Russian scientist’s room and started questioning him about the base and he soon started to talk, especially when he showed him that he had a handgun, and he started off confirming that they were part of a massive defense system, and the missiles were highly advanced and that the telescope in first chamber was not only for detecting alien civilizations and it and their satellite system had the ability to detect objects in far greater detail and with smaller sizes, and the ice station helped covered it up, and what surprised Weaver was that he still was avoiding telling him things, and Weaver was now determined to get what he had.

The scientist tried to avoid all his attempts of getting an answer until he shouted at him that he would have to give it to him or he was not going to leave the room alive, and he sat down on his bed with his head in his hands!

“It is going to come out eventually!” Weaver continued.

“Why don’t you get it from someone else? I’ve given you what you need to know!”

“You’re the one!”

“I’ll only tell you if promise you will not tell anyone, and if caught you blame it on someone else?”

“I’ll not tell anyone of your identity! You’re not using your real identity, anyway! You can get away from here on the next airplane and go home!”

“I will do that! But what you are about to hear is highly confidential and I believe you may not believe what I have to tell you! I never believed it until they confirmed it!”

Weaver’s face went pale and he wondered what the hell he was talking about as he had not even described the missile chamber as being that!

Chapter 12

 

The Visitation

 

The pale cold complexion of the Russian scientist entirely altered! Sounds he gave took strange tones everywhere as he started trying to explain, and Weaver strained his eyes trying to see him now, while he considered it, and the darkness in the room grew!

“Normal astronomers and observatories around the world never detected it, and would have studied it with great curiosity if they had at a far lower velocity, and would have been baffled, as it went at many times the speed of light!”

Weaver grasped at what it was and started to comprehend what he had been missing! He wondered what could detect such an object, and if they even had anything available!

“Its origins were undetected by the sources that had seen it and had been set up for high speed objects!” The scientist continued, biting his lower lip hard. “The detection sites were mainly created and functioned to discover and track any high speed objects for military detection systems and unidentified flying objects of any kind, and from all the accumulated sources known only Russian intelligence agencies investigated it further because of its tremendous velocity and the fact that the location of its descent was accurately traced into this place and region of the Antarctic!”

“My god!” Weaver gasped, realizing the mistake he had made and what the outcome of what was occurring could be!

“Yes! The location was traced to this top secret American military ice station base, where they investigated!”

“It must have been incredible!” Weaver answered firmly. “The impact must have been tremendous! Did that telescope here with its new technology have anything to do with it?”

“The scientists here, and in the underground telescope chamber, did not even know of its arrival! If it had been far slower they might have recorded it as an asteroid of immense proportions! It was only recorded as an immense explosion or earthquake of unknown origins, which had lasted seconds, and which had occurred during the night!”

Weaver was amazed that it actually landed nearby, and he believed it had to be the telescope that had been responsible, and he had detected that they had been up to something with it when he had discovered it in the secret chamber below.

“The magnitude recorded by their equipment had shown them the tremendous power it had!”

“Tremendous power!” Weaver panted, and considered what weight it could have and at what distance away it was.

“Russian scientists used examinations of satellite images to examine and trace the exact location where it had landed, and where it had entered the ice!”

“Like a crazy shooting star exploding out of the polar night sky!” Weaver continued. “At a velocity and force unheard of!”

“After a great deal of observations, research, and discussions by the leading scientists they agreed that the thing that they had found had to have artificial origins mainly by its appearance and its tremendous power! It also has to have vast technology, which may give its origins! They had to investigate it as far as they could! Even with this highly confidential American base being here!”

Weaver could not get what it could be or the outcome of such a scenario, and thanked the scientist for warning him of it!

“Space may be full of them?” the scientist continued, giving his opinion. “We have to investigate! The future of this world could be at stake?”

“So there could be more searching for where it came from? Do you think it was damaged landing?”

“We have to get anything that we can on it! We have to get as much details of it and its origins no matter what!”

“The technology could very well make it worthwhile!” Weaver sighed, thinking of how much it could be worth.

“Have they been able to make contact with it?” Weaver asked.

“As far as I know they have not!”

“Have they entered it yet?”

“As far as I know they have not! What it is made of is either indestructible or virtually indestructible! They have been trying everything that they have to get into to it!”

“Incredible!” He replied. “I never thought I would live to see one! Never mind confront one! What information have you on it?”

“There is little so far! It has a vague flying saucer shape and is about quarter of a mile across all around it, and about hundred and something feet high! They have uncovered most of it, except a region still under the ice! They have used everything available to check for places to enter it!”

“Is there positive proof that nothing emerged from it before they arrived?”

“No! But there have been no signs of it anywhere, and no encounters have been reported worldwide from it!

“Has there been anything on getting where it originated from?”

“They have nothing on its origins or destination, and if it had achieved its objective!”

“Have they found anything to indicate it has intelligence or if there is anything aboard?”

“They discovered its forces deliberately melted the ice and allowed the water to freeze over it, and that it hid itself away, and it is believed something deadly is buried away in its interior!”

 

Chapter 13

 

The Renegades

 

The Russian scientist fascinated him now and he had to restrain himself from meeting with him again to try to get more, and to question him further on unanswered queries, and the opportunity finally arrived when another scientist was found shot, and he swiftly checked out the body with the other soldiers and found out that he had been chased by someone with a gun, who had shot him in the middle of an empty lower corridor.

Afterwards Weaver arrived at the Russian scientist’s room and began questioning him about it.

“I never knew him!” he replied firmly.

“But you know who is behind the killing!”

“It is some of the soldiers that are at the voyager spacecraft base!” he finally confessed.

“So the normal Russian soldiers are not involved? Who is all in it?”

“The normal soldiers and scientists just give them what they want! They kill them when they threaten to give them away! The problem is they cannot get anything from the voyager and it is stuck out there! It is eventually going to be discovered and we are not allowed to just hide it away. We have to watch it now for any activity, which may happen years later! We are stuck here, and we are lucky to have been able to remain hidden until now!”

“So they are trapped here?”

“Yes! And they will eventually find out about it and they do not know what to do! Can we afford to allow it to fall into the wrong hands! If it opens and the technology that is in it gets taken …!”

“So what has been happening? Can you clarify what is basically happening, without any details?”

“The soldiers are trying to stop it getting heard about! There are also renegade soldiers with us here that are killing scientists, who have other reasons for not wanting the technology being taken from them! We believe that they intended to profit from it! And many of the scientists are telling things about it and do not want anything to do with them and their theft of the technology of the voyager, which could easily fall into the wrong hands! That basically is what I know!”

“But you said before that they had not entered the voyager and that nothing had been discovered?”

Weaver gasped at thinking of the gun battle that they had had with the renegade Russian soldiers when he had arrived there, and what it had really been about! He wondered where the hell the voyager was!

He was stumped! Could they actually handle all their soldiers, and would he be making a great error telling Commander Craven and the intelligence agency of it at the moment?

They were a really bad problem! Going by what the scientist had told him about them, and the actual number of deaths and the fact that they were Russian soldiers things were at a new level and they had to avoid doing anything stupid or without thinking!

In fact the ultimate answer they would actually like was to have the whole voyager blown up!

He now thought of the Russians soldiers as split into two groups, with one half wanting to fight for it remaining theirs and the others going by the rules and perhaps even wanting to get rid of it. The thing could be a threat to the entire world!

He even wondered if a war could break out over such an incident, and who was the headman behind the Russians, which the Russian scientist entirely avoided saying, and he could not get if he knew. If the incident got out they would have to explain what the secret ice station was doing there, and with atomic missiles!

Chapter 14

 

The Blizzard

 

The blizzard blasted out of the Antarctic night with inconceivable fury that hit and froze his face giving him sensations of collapsing into the ground snow!

The Russian scientist looked close to being blown over or collapsing in a heap!

How had he talked him into this, went repeatedly through his mind! He could have been sitting in front of a nice log fire in the ice station lounge, and instead he was battling to survive against what must be the coldest blizzard on the globe!

Why had he had to agree to go to the Russian base? He had claimed that it was nearby, like a rush around some buildings!

The time had also tricked them as it had not seemed late or dark outside, and of course as soon as they had made it out the door and too far out to return the blizzard had arrived!

Out of nowhere high-powered blasts shook him out of his rigorous routine of shuffling on through endless deep snow! The sounds definitely were a rifle blasts and his attempt to persuade the Russian scientist into going back was dismissed! Yet if it was nearby they were better going there. Except if it was where the gunmen were, and they intended in killing them, it was stupid going there!

He was not even sure the scientist had acknowledged what was happening! They had to go on now, and he saw that they would have a bad time trying to see them.

It seemed far more astonishing within the mind-bending blizzard engulfing everything! Further explosions sounded so powerfully he believed they were walking straight into them, and he thought he saw powerful blasts from bullets hitting ice!

Whoever was after them had to be crazy and out for the kill, and it was stupid entering such a blizzard and fury of cold and snow! He could not realize how the hell they knew they were there, and realized that they must have guns equipped to see in the dark, and they perhaps had trigged something on their approach to the base, which only left why they could not properly hit them!

The place had to be located in the coldest and most remote place on the planet! Even in the summer it had deadly cold!

The men could be heard over to his side and he realized that he could surprise them, even though they could have infrared sights, and he was willing to risk it! They were too close! Surely they could find them there! It was a mistake just remaining there and he whispered in the Russian scientist’s ear that he was going to do something and he was to keep going the way he was.

He dived through the snow when he was sure that he was not being watched and rushed away at full speed going to an area behind him and them.

Again he could hardly believe the situation that they had put themselves into! He was not use to the environment and conditions! Soldiers would normally have avoided such a confrontation in such deep snow and blizzard, and at night!

The coldness made him cringe and not only was he not used to it he had never been in such a hellhole in his life! He was blindly rushing on through the now blinding blizzard, and realized that he could leave the Russian scientist and return to the ice station and that the gunmen would follow the Russian scientist.

A loud explosion blasted out and thudded somewhere near where the scientist was and Weaver ran through the dark snow landscape as he knew that they were closing in on the scientist! He owed the scientist it for what he gave him! He knew the gunmen dared not use lights and he would barely see them!

Once he fully realized that they had not noticed him breaking away from the scientist he started to enjoy being free from being attacked. He realized that the location that they had entered had been a region that nobody at the ice station went near, and he started to wonder what was there and what he was missing.

Could there be another reason for them killing them? What could it possibly be? What else could be there in such a place?

When he finally saw the men and realized that there were only two of them and that he could easily get them he decided to approach as close as he could and tried to sneak up on them! There was a good chance that he could miss in such conditions. For all he knew the severe wind and snow could alter the bullet’s path, and that could have been why the gunmen missed!

He started to rush, as he saw he could get them, from behind, and he was getting near when he saw the Russian scientist’s figure appear through a region of the blizzard that had cleared and he watched one gunman raise his gun and knew he would kill him and he fired at him first before he pressed the trigger, and before he hit the ground he rushed over with his gun aimed directly at the second gunman, and shouted at him to drop his weapon.

The soldier studied him for a second and dropped it and he rushed up to him and took his gun, and rolled the body of the other gunman over and checked he was dead, and called the Russian scientist over and they marched on with the gunman at the front, with his gun aimed at his back.

 

Chapter 15

 

The Secret Base

 

At large empty region of flat snow the gunman stopped and they allowed him to contact someone, and Weaver wondered where he was talking to!

There was nothing around anywhere, perhaps going out for miles everywhere, and he was communicating with someone, clearly near there, for permission to enter somewhere.

The Russian scientist checked what he said for him!

He was then shocked when the ground at their front burst opened with bright light exploding out, like an immense brightly lit ice cave opening out, and he saw a ramp going downwards into somewhere and that large vehicles had been driven down into it.

It was staggering that such a large underground structure could be built there under their feet!

The entrance closed behind them when they marched down the ramp going down into the tunnel, and he started to wonder why they had built it if the alien object was a cover up for something.

Yet what the hell would they be doing next to the ice station? Then he recalled the missiles and telescope and gasped, and was amazed at how he had gone along with it! Was this their attempt to exterminate him?

He decided to be on guard to the approach of anything and studied everything in front of them, and started to dismiss the gunman as being a useful hostage that would stop them killing him, and thought of ways to survive any confrontation there.

If he could only get to see the commander of the base, and persuaded the Russian scientist into taking him to see him! And he was surprised that was where they were going!

They marched through corridors virtually identical to the ice station, and he realized that they had attempted to make a miniature version of it.

They were mainly temporary accommodations and recreation places for personnel there and he started to see they were more normal than he had expected, except for the gunmen and their killings. Yet he had a feeling that there was far more there and the base was far bigger somewhere than he was imagining it!

At the base commander’s room they entered and were shown into seats and Weaver immediately realized that he spoke English and with a slight Russian accent and clearly wanted to talk to him.

“So you have caught one of our renegades!” he spoke firmly, examining Weaver holding his gun at the man, making sure he never did anything!

The Russian scientist spoke to the commander in Russian for a few seconds and the commander agreed with him, about something.

Weaver realized that they had agreement and they were trying to carry out a plan, and he considered what it could be.

“If you put down your weapon I will have him arrested! We will not do anything to you!”

“I’ll only put down my gun once you give me a communication device to speak to Ice Station X1 to inform them that I have completed my mission!”

The commander looked vaguely surprised and smiled and Weaver accepted that they might want to make contact with them and handle the situation, as they were trapped there, and that something was going to happen. They could not enter the alien object and they could not leave it, and they would surely be caught there, especially after everything that had occurred!

The commander contacted someone on his phone and waited for a few minutes and some men arrived with communications equipment. Then Weaver asked them to put him through to Commander Craven, and he was surprised when their people there got Commander Craven and he started communicating with him, wondering where he was and what he was doing, and for five minutes Weaver explained everything that he could to him and that he was at the ice station base of the gunmen and what they and it were, but missed out explaining what the alien object was.

The conversation finally ended with Weaver asking the Russian commander to allow them to bring some men there and he agreed and told them that he would have some of his men at Ice Station X1 bring them over to the base in one of the large vehicles.

 

Chapter 16

 

The Alien Voyager

 

The colossal black alien voyager rested shining in bright light, beamed from intense spotlights all around it, with vast amounts of classified equipment of the Russian scientists surrounding it, with them monitoring and trying to explore what was there.

Weaver and Commander Craven stood together stunned with their mouths open studying its dark form vaguely buried in the Antarctic ice, astonished at its colossal perfect symmetrical shape and its power!

The Russian scientists there continually told them of its powers even existing beyond the universe, in outer dimensions and time zones, which they claimed they had detected.

The Russian base commander shifted next to them, and also stood dazed as though he had not seen it in a long time.

“Have you the technology to communicate with it?” Commander Craven finally gasped, to the Russian commander.

“We still haven’t been able to create a proper first contact situation! We now believe that it was trying to communicate with visitations! Like the dead man in spacesuit that arrived at your dinner table, and the thing that tried to appear as an energy cloud!”

“All that stuff was created by it! Have you entered it?”

“We were unable to open it or even scratch its surface, especially when we attempted to create an entrance point! But one of your scientists helped us though! One of your scientists called Willis entered this cavity down here and entered it!”

“Willis?” Weaver replied.

The Russian commander called over one of his men and had him go and get him, and Willis soon arrived.

“Tell them what happened!”

“I explored the cavity and spacecraft!” Willis replied. “I fell asleep near what I believe was the front, and an entrance was opened when I awoke! I entered it and I transported into a region inside, where I became part of it and saw visions from its voyage!”

“Where did it come from?” Commander Craven gasped.

“I do not know! I was unable to realize much!”

“What happened then?”

“When I climbed out I was captured by some of the Russian soldiers! Who started questioning me! They believe it opened in response to my dream, where I mentally opened an entrance in it!”

“What happened then?”

“The soldiers were part of the same soldiers that were behind the shootings!” the Russian commander declared. “As you have been told, we were only to dig it up and investigate it, which we fully have not done! We are trapped here! We cannot leave such a dangerous object here!”

“So the deaths and shootings were done by a Russian renegade group that you told us of? Where are they?”

“They were after technology from it, which they were unable to get until Willis managed to enter it! They were stopping anyone for getting anything before they could get it! They managed to get something from it and have left! They left some of the soldiers working for them behind!”

“So they copied Willis and entered it again?”

“Yes! They copied what Willis did and sent a man into it!”

“What did they get?” Weaver gasped, wondering why they were all gasping at the incident so much.

“We are not fully sure what they got! They sent a man into it and we believe it tried to make contact again, but it seems to have not been able to do what it wanted! Which we do not fully know what! We believe it rewarded the man for the attempt by giving him something! We believe it could be a danger to mankind!”

 

Chapter 17

 

The Investigation

 

What the hell had they done? Had they contacted the voyager with the telescope beneath the ice station?

Now that Weaver knew the situation he realized that it was worse! The technology, power, and size of the voyager was far greater than anything he thought mankind could ever create, and he could not even explain its existence!

All the scientists from the ice station were there and staggered, and some looked as though they were making plans to abandon the Antarctic! The thing was a danger and indestructible, and had not been properly checked, and they had only been able to check a few of its basic functions from the two people who had entered it, and nobody had really shown any proper awareness of the function of it as far as he was concerned!

They had not found a way to activate its entrance into opening again and making contact with it, and that was the only final way of finding out what it was for. Yet they had Willis who was confident in doing it again, but totally refused to contact it unless there was a good reason!

He stayed with Willis and kept him near, and he knew if something was going to happen that he would be there, as he was sure it had chosen him for something and that they would need to use him for anything!

“We haven’t found a way to communicate with it!” a scientist with the scientists from the ice station underground telescope announced, as he walked over to him and Willis, as they stood next to where the entrance had opened on the voyager.

“What have you been trying?” Weaver asked curiously, amazed at all of the scientists crammed around the voyager, and into the massive cavity.

It was incredible the way the scientists from the ice station had all burst into life when they all had seen it, and he and most of them were astonished at the experience and knowledge the Russians had on the things to do with the voyager!

It was as though the scientists had been waiting all their lives for the opportunity, and that they never knew the deadliness of it!

“It has not replied to anything we have done!” the scientist continued, showing all the equipment that they had brought over from the ice station. “We used the telescope and the telescope equipment over there to communicate with it! We have finally got a chance to test out stuff and it is not replying!”

“Incredible!” Weaver gasped.

“We have also gone by all the instructions given in the Alien Source Code – which is a combination of old and updated procedure put together for basic first contact situations!”

“So we are still trying to find a way to talk to it!”

“Correct!” he replied firmly, hoping for an answer from Willis.

“Well!” Willis answered. “I’ll add what I think! I believe that what’s active is 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 is either part of the voyager or attached to it! And for some reason it wanted us here, especially by crashing into this world and at this exact site! And I think it was unable to do something when it made physical contact with me!”

Weaver was left confused, as he started to see the problem in more depth and that they could be stuck with it.

“I think we should find another way to enter it!” a scientist from another nearby group announced, to their amazement.

“How will we go about doing that?” Weaver asked. “The thing is indestructible! They could not even scratch it!”

“We found the place where the entrance opened and found some faint markings near it, which we believe is sensitive to reactions from something, and we believe that it could be another way to open it!”

“We could try using different things on it!” Weaver replied, and the scientists returned to working on finding a way to open it.

A scientist suddenly moved over and whispered in a nearby Russian scientist’s ear, and he suddenly looked aware of something and agreed with the scientist and left to do something.

The scientist returned with other scientists and set up equipment at the region of the entrance with the markings and they activated equipment, and laser beams blasted at the region where the markings were near, and started firing thousands of laser blast sequences at it.

“What’s it doing?” Weaver asked, wondering if they had found something somewhere, and wondered what would happen if they forced entrance to its voyager!

 

Chapter 18

 

The Helicopters

 

The massive helicopters lifted up and rushed off into the distance and Weaver rested into a seat at the back of one, with the other soldiers, preparing himself for what could be his last day alive!

They were Russian military helicopters and they had been hidden away in one of the Russian base’s underground chambers.

They had discovered where the renegade Russian soldiers had gone! By using recorded satellite information they had been able to trace their path to a distant secret Russian ice station, where they were going to hide out and wait for a plane to arrive to take them away.

If they had a plane there already or it had just arrived they would have escaped, and he was sure that they would never see them again! They could easily make it to some part of the world where they would not be able to find them, or be able to do anything to stop them.

He wondered if they had not shot the people that they had if they could take what they had taken from the voyager back off them? Who owned an alien artifact?

The scientists that had been near them had claimed that they had called the artifact that they had taken an alien sphere and that they had claimed it was some form of ultimate weapon, and the Russian base commander had given them the use of the helicopters and information about the secret ice station and the arrival of the airplane there.

If the mission was successful they would get it off the gunmen, and he wondered if they could destroy it or what they would do with it! Would it cause immense future problems?

He had realized that the scientists mainly wanted the voyager to leave as it was a great danger to the world. There could be many future problems with it being there!

The voyager seemed unwilling to let them aboard, but they were still working on opening it and he wondered if it was the scientists themselves that were the danger! It was them that invented atomic bombs and had them introduced! Perhaps the scientists were secretively worried of what other scientists might do if they got the technology!

 

Chapter 19

 

The Russian Ice Station

 

The massive helicopters rested behind them, below small hills, and they watched the light from the sun vanishing as the early night engulfed the region and the soldiers rushed on faster, to avoid being caught in the dark.

It was lucky that it was not night and there were no signs of airplanes having landed there, and Weaver wondered if they would land in the dark and studied his surroundings repeatedly trying to explain why such an occurrence could happen! The entire mission had been planned down to the smallest detail!

What was it that they had taken from the voyager? How had they persuaded what was there to give it to them?

He had tried questioning Willis about what he had come into contact with and he had been unsure, and never saw anything of it, and it only replied to some of his responses with things like mental images of things. It had originally been activated and opened by his dreams and thoughts!

The Russian ice station was further ahead and small and looked ancient and from a century ago, and he imagined figures like Captain Scott arriving there.

When they finally got near enough to see it properly they started to see buildings had been burnt down, and some smoke and steam still coming off them, and being blown around in gusts of cold polar winds, while gusts of snow blew around them.

Some form of battle had clearly taken place there! There were bodies lying around everywhere! The snow around Weaver was too deep and the terrain virtually impossible to get quickly across!

It was incredible that they had actually not landed later than when the sun was going down.

What had happened? It looked like the seen of a small battle!

They approached slowly and they saw that many of the Russian renegade gunmen had been killed there! It proved that they were more maniacs than he had predicted! They could easily have met and held up the inhabitants of the ice station with guns. Instead they had a battle with them!

He was also sure that they had not been able to do what they had intended! He was sure that someone had warned them about their arrival!

He believed the pilot and airplane that was to land was with them, and would see them if it appeared and landed.

They swiftly shifted about the small ancient building structures, searching for signs of them, and found that they had all gone into one building, which was the largest there, and they searched all the other structures and about the base and surrounded the building.

He thought of the incredible operation the Russians must have carried out getting the voyager at the other ice station and wished that he had been part of it, and the digging up of the black object beneath the ice, and them digging out the cavity.

The amount of equipment and men they must have used must have been tremendous, and they must have gone to incredible lengths to get people into the ice station, and to monitor it and prevent them discovering what they had been doing.

He wondered how long they had been there trying to enter or make contact with it, and then a stray scientist from the ice station entered the cavity and simultaneously made it into the voyager.

He recalled when one of the Russian scientists had told him and that Willis had entered it and it had shown him its flight in space!

He was sure that it had wanted something, and perhaps it wanted someone to pilot it, and he was sure he never gave it what it had wanted.

He went over and over it through his mind trying to grasp some clue that would show him what it wanted.

He examined the soldiers ahead of him moving in closer, preparing themselves for action and were ready.

A loud blast of a gun exploded out and he saw one of the front soldiers beside Commander Craven was hit and Weaver swiftly moved behind a wall, preparing for the gunmen to attack.

The bullet had instantly killed the man and he was heaped over the snow and he realized that someone had blown their cover and they had given away their element of surprise, and he realized it was one of the Russian soldiers from the Russian base that had given them away! He then realized that they could very well be in it with them! The Russian soldiers with them had not been checked out and had even been with them!

It was lucky there was cover for all the soldiers and they rushed into position and he watched the Russian soldiers and what they did and wondered what he was missing about them.

Suddenly soldiers rushed forward fast shouting at them to throw down their guns and started blasting at them with everything, and bullets flew out everywhere hitting the snow all about them, and the gun battle stopped and they shouted to them the gun battle was over and they all moved in.

He rushed in the building and realized that there were only six of them left, and two were dead on the floor!

A Russian soldier with them translated what the Russian gunmen said and they started questioning them, and Weaver noticed that he was holding a hidden conversation with them as he asked their questions and gave their replies.

“Where and when will the airplane land?” Commander Craven asked them, and the Russian translated what he said and replied.

“It is not going to land until they ask it to! They cancelled it landing until the alien sphere was found!”

“What does he mean by that?” Commander Craven replied.

“After their battle with the people at this ice station the person that had it was killed and someone took it, and nobody saw who or what he did with it!”

Weaver listened confused! How can someone lose an alien artifact? Then he considered what size it was!

“How what size was it?” Commander Craven asked, amazed, wondering what the hell it was.

“He does not know!”

“How did you see anyone carrying it?”

“No! It was in one of the dead men’s pockets!”

It was clear that the people that saw it were now all dead, except the person that took it!

Commander Craven was staggered, and clearly wondered how they could they possibly have an ultimate weapon capable of destroying the world in someone’s pocket?

Someone there took it so they searched all their pockets and belongings, including the bodies, and they found nothing and decided to stay the night!

 

Chapter 20

 

The Battle

 

They had been at the Russian ice station two days searching everything and had not found the slightest clue to its whereabouts, while they curiously watched the Russian soldiers with them!

There clearly were soldiers amongst them that thought they could get hold of the alien sphere and sell it!

Their mission was a disaster, even though they had killed or captured the remaining renegades!

The ice station, huts, and buildings were small and cold and he had never slept in anywhere so cold, which was exaggerated by the coming winter! He could see now why the people that stayed in such places and conditions were rugged and hardy.

The Russian food supplies were feeble and left them longing to get out of the place, and to find the alien sphere!

Who the hell took it? What had they done with it? Where had it ended up? And what the hell was it? Its size made everyone gasp! What if they got its technology and increased its size?

People were now investigating each other, and he had been watched by just about everyone, and he himself had listened in on others and followed their movements!

He noticed some of the places in the structures were dirtier and in many he had to sweep away webs and he realized that the place was not being searched as much as they were making out, and he eventually put it down to them concentrating in the main areas! So he started looking in the areas that they missed and looked for signs that someone had visited there and hid it.

Reeves joined him searching an old hut with a rusted discarded snow vehicle in it, and they rummage through the junk!

“Well,” Reeves announced, breaking his silence with him. “We now know that the guy that took it has not been here!”

The place looked as though it had been untouched for decades and he examined different things to see what they were, and their uses, and if they had been recently used.

“Look at this monster!” Reeves announced, jumping into the worn seat of the vehicle.

“Any fuel?” he replied, wondering if it could be used.

“What’s that!” he spoke, looking closely at the controls. “Someone has recently checked it! The fuel meter has been cleaned recently!”

Weaver checked it to see the petrol in it and saw it had been checked, and realized the person had been planning to use the thing and checked it and the mess that it was in! There was so much rust and dirt over it that it looked unusable.

It was like being at an ice station on another world with the strange sun and snow, and appalling coldness. He recalled a story that he had once read of Artic explorers all being found frozen to death! Which made him consider if there was such a condition that could instantly freeze people and everything at the one time? He had seen things there that had suggested it! There were immense waves that were entirely frozen! How could you freeze an entire large falling fast moving wave without instantly freezing it! There were cases of large amounts of animals and humans being found frozen at the same time!

The place was like it was haunted at times; creaking and rustling from huts, ice shifting, and strange whistling breezes.

He thought of all the years of people living there and it interested him. What kind of life did they have? Why did they stay in such places?

The place must be one of the most empty and empty of life places that there could be on the planet! He wondered what it was like at its worst, freezing in drifts of heavy snow, silent and empty of life as was possible. Even indoors with the lights on at night there were strange haunting dark shadows and glows that held secrets and dangers!

They finished searching the rubbish and structure and moved out together and wandered about before joining the others having their meal.

Most of the people around the dinner table looked startled and tired and looked as if they wanted to leave the place, and he realized again the difference there was at the proper ice station.

Even the Russian base looked as though it had things wrong with it and that many of them would have preferred going home, when their mission was complete.

He noticed that Commander Craven looked happier, but still depressed, as though he had achieved something, but he could tell that it was not enough. Yet he still looked the happiest there!

“Anything new?” one of the soldiers finally asked, smiling.

“We think we may have who was behind taking the alien sphere!”

Everyone looked up, and Weaver gasped at the attention that it got from them, and especially from the Russians there and he sensed how desperate they had become!

“Where is he?”

“He was one of the dead! We searched him and everywhere he was seen!”

“Have you anything on what he was like?” another soldier asked curiously, looking at the Russians for reactions, jokingly.

“I got some information about him from the X1 Ice Station, and from the Russian base, and from civilization!”

He showed them a sheet of printed paper, and when the others had finished looking at it blankly Weaver managed to get a look at what was on it and realized there was little there. Yet as he was handing it back he realized it said that he had an interest in vehicles and rebuilding them and he wondered if he had been the one that had cleaned the petrol meter on the vehicle, as he surely would have been the most likely person for wanting to leave there!

They had other vehicles there and he wondered if he might have hidden it on one with other things, which he intended to take if he left there in it. Would they actually look there?

Suddenly he noticed that some of them thought that he had found something and he realized that he had reacted too much, and he decided to play safe and not check there until at least the following day. Even if there was a chance that someone found it first! The Russians there were desperate and would try anything, and he wondered again what Commander Craven was up to allowing them to stay there! They were a menace to them and threat to their lives, and the end of them if they got unlucky!

He tried to work out what Commander Craven wanted with them and was sure that they he might consider at least one of them knew where it was!

 

Chapter 21

 

The Search

 

When he finally searched the vehicles he was on his own and he started to realize the true danger if he found it! What the hell were they actually looking for anyway, and what would he do with it?

He finally started to lose interest and just completed his mission anyway, by checking the vehicles swiftly and intensely and finished by checking the vehicle with the cleaned petrol meter, and never realized how dark it had actually been there and had a bad time seeing properly!

When he finished he wondered why the petrol meter had been cleaned anyway! Then he started to realize that he could have thought the petrol tank was a good place to hide it and Weaver removed the petrol cap, which looked like it had been loosened, and he wondered if he could have traveled with it in the tank, without it stopping with it there! Not many people would search a petrol tank for something!

He used a thin pole to probe inside and heard something rattle about, and felt it move about, and he looked about him and found a second thin pole and used them to grasp the object and pull it out the tank.

Once it was out he saw it could not be it and that it was just a ball of rusted metal in a ripped up plastic bag and he threw it away, and fitted the cap on and cleaned himself up, and went for something to eat!

He realized that the ice station was a bad place for a party or for an active life, and that there was little to do there!

He wondered what would happen next! They had to leave there, and the object would be lost and could be discovered months or years later!

They could send in a team of people to search everything, with specialized equipment.

Later when he was eating at the dinner table one of the Russians burst in the door and started arguing loudly with other Russians there, in Russian and so they could not understand and come to any conclusions, and Weaver noticed that he had a hidden handgun that he had not shown before, and he watched him start an argument with Commander Craven!

The scene was incredible! None of them knew what he was talking about and he avoided saying anything and blamed him for something that he refused to say what! It was strange also as they reacted differently at the cold desolate lost ice station! They seemed to want the conclusion of what was going to happen more!

To their surprise he removed the handgun and shot the roof, spraying pieces of the ceiling over the table and them, and stood shouting in Russian! The explosion left them stunned and they all considered him mad and that some form of ice station isolation madness existed!

People from other rooms rushed along to the doorway with guns and he started shooting them or at them as they avoided them! Then one of the younger soldiers suddenly rushed out and shot him dead, and he fell over and hit the floor with a thud!

“What the hell was that about?” Commander Craven moaned, looking at the dead Russian innocently.

He then lost his temper and demanded that the Russians tell him what he had spoken to them about, and demanded again that they better tell him!

One of them finally came forward and announced that he had something to tell them!

“Well!” Commander Craven moaned. “Tell us before it’s too late!”

“I believe he knew where the alien sphere was located and it was taken!”

“Why did he not tell us?”

“He did not know if he could trust you!”

“Well! Where the hell was it?”

“Only he knew where it was! One of the six Russian renegade soldiers that survived, after your battle with them, who was taken away as a prisoner, knew where it was and told him where before he left!”

“So the alien sphere does exist and we are now looking for the person who took it!”

 

Chapter 22

 

The Conclusion

 

The whole place seemed to go into madness and transform over night and many of the soldiers started to get heavily drunk, and many arguments broke out! Everyone there was a suspect to the crime, which could hold the fate of the human race! Nobody came forward with the alien artifact and they now knew that nobody would be allowed to leave the ice station until it was handed over or special investigators arrived to find the person.

Commander Craven had sent out messages about what had happened and their replies had arrived! The object was far too valuable and dangerous and the military was going to go to any lengths to get it!

Weaver even wondered if he would be tortured or something by them until they got it, and he wished he had stayed with the others at the other ice station.

Everyone there seemed to be the source of all the trouble! Even Commander Craven looked a suspect, because of the Russian’s direct attack against him!

The final conclusion to the problem was staggering to Weaver, and he never realized that he would be the one with it in the end and that he would solve the problem!

While the Russians had all been silently eating their meals Weaver had passed the dinning room and he realized that they knew more! So he returned and they offered him a seat beside them, and he grabbed something to eat, and he started talking to them and asking them about what had happened!

“Where do you think he had the object?” he asked one them, who properly translated it to the others.

They all discussed it and he heard some replies in English and some Russian words but he got little.

“They are not sure!” the Russian replied, which interested him as it suggested that they knew something.

“Where did he go before he entered the dinning room and pull out the gun?”

They all went silent and he saw one react strangely and knew that he might get what he wanted after all, and was surprised when he described that he had gone into a hut and that it was the one with the vehicle that had the petrol meter cleaned by someone!

He realized that it could have been there all along. He tried getting more from them but they never had anything else. He knew there was something, but just could not grasp what! Was Reeves capable of taking it and selling it? It was worth a vast amount of money if he found a place to sell it, which he might be able to do through someone to the military!

He decided to tell Reeves and Commander Craven about it and take them to the hut and the vehicle to look for it, as perhaps the person that took it had hidden it somewhere else there and they might find something altered and see where he could have put it!

When they entered the hut he and Reeves saw straightaway the place around the vehicle had been altered and that the Russian had smashed parts of the vehicle with something!

“Well!” Commander Craven groaned. “This is where he had it hidden!

Reeves started examining the vehicle and Weaver realized that the object had to have been on the vehicle and he should have looked in other places on it.

“For some reason he seems to have smashed the bottom out of the petrol tank?” Reeves stated.

Weaver gasped and stood staring at it!

“It looks as though it was in the petrol tank!” Commander Craven confirmed.

“I checked there though!” Weaver replied, and realized that it might have been in the petrol tank all along and that someone had taken it before him or that it had been hidden in some secret compartment area of the petrol tank.

“So you checked there and never found anything at all?” Reeves continued.

“There was an old piece of rusted metal in the remains of a plastic bag!” he answered.

“Where did it go?”

“I threw it over there!” he replied, pointing over into some rubbish.

Reeves swiftly bent over the rubbish and searched through it until he found it, and cleaned what Weaver had thought had been a piece of rusted metal, and showed them that it was a sphere of some type, which he proved was the same material as the voyager, and that it could not be damaged!

 

Chapter 23

 

The Alien Sphere

 

The black alien sphere rested in his hand and he played with it! Wondering what the hell it was! None of them had worked out what it was!

They had earlier arrived back at Ice Station X1, and left the freezing old Russian ice station behind, and they had just taken the alien sphere into the cavity with voyager to show the scientists, and they still had not solved what it was and all of them had repeatedly examined it!

All the scientists there were working away on various projects, and they had clearly been making progress in many regions!

The whole cavity seemed alive with action, with scientists and technicians discussing things and doing research, and monitoring equipment that was carrying out various functions.

The commander of the Russian base took the alien sphere and examined it trying to grasp what they had been talking about and what all the fuss had been about. It definitely was the real alien sphere! The people that had admitted seeing it also confirmed it! The soldiers all were astounded with it and that it was such a deadly ultimate object, created by the vast advanced alien technology that had created the voyager!

How could such a small device have such vast powers? Perhaps it used powers from elsewhere or created something like a chain reaction that could destroy the planet!

Many of the scientists examined it and could not find anything, and he noticed Willis knew something so he finally showed it to him and he examined it.

“What do think of it?” Weaver asked. “You’re the one that has been in contact with it!”

“I think it could function by thoughts!”

Willis concentrated his thoughts on the object and closed his eyes, and tried to do something! Then Weaver started to wonder about the dangers of it! What if it was activated by the mind? That could mean anyone there could activate the thing. And they could do it deliberately or accidentally!

To their surprise the alien sphere split in half, opening up, and at first Weaver thought that it was empty but when he looked closer at it he started to see a small piece of something, which Willis removed carefully and they all looked at what looked like a slide for a small slide projector, and they stared at it bewildered.

Weaver examined the sphere shell and found nothing else, and it was only a container for the slide!

“The thing is empty!” one of the scientists announced, and Weaver put it away in his pocket, and they examined the slide.

What the hell was a slide doing there? If it was a slide? They had become so engrossed in finding an ultimate weapon and finding it that they just stood staring.

“There’s a lens over there!” a scientist announced, and marched away to get it, and quickly returned with it and they used it to see the slide.

Willis examined it first and swiftly passed it over to Weaver for him to examine.

“It’s definitely a slide with something on it?”

“It’s a microfilm!” Weaver confirmed, but he could not see what was on it, and started to realize that it could be more valuable than he thought.

It surely had to be the plans of the ultimate weapon! If they actually had the weapon they might not have been able to construct another or even find out how to use it! The material it was made of was indestructible and they would not have been able to open it and would have only had one of them, which might not have been as deadly as they imagined anyway. If the plans were there they could construct it and discover how it worked and use the technology for other things! And as far as he was concerned it was worth far more and he wondered why he was allowing all of the scientists and Russian scientists to see it, and he started to realize how dangerous it was becoming, and how much it actually was worth and why the renegades had been killing so many for it!

He decided to remain silent as they were unable to see any detail on it, and he started trying to find a way to get it.

As he watched the reactions of the Russian scientists and soldiers and their sudden aggressive communications and their reactions starting to become hostile he started to realize that they surely were going to get hold of it and he could tell by Willis’s behavior that he was thinking the same thing. He even thought of running away with it and hiding it away and calling in some more intelligence agents to help him. But that would be incredibly stupid as they had cameras and surveillance all around there now.

The person that looked the least interested in it was Willis who only tried to examine it further to clarify some point, and he wondered what he had planned. He kept showing he had more interest in the voyager!

To their surprise Willis looked at the Russians about him aggressively and removed a lighter and set fire to the microfilm, and they all just watched it burn away into nothing!

Weaver watched in amazement and surprise as all the scientists about them started clapping their hands, and the Russian scientists started clapping louder and he joined in and he realized that they never wanted anyone to have the weapon!

 

Chapter 24

 

The Final Solution

 

The voyager was tremendous and they had surrounded it with all their equipment, even embedded through the ice below, as they attempted to study it as far as they could. Its powers were immense and it was found to have many other powers existing beyond the universe, in outer dimensions and time zones.

A Russian scientist announced to Willis and Weaver, “We have the technology to communicate with it!”

“I will still have to create a first contact situation mentally with it!” Willis answered firmly. “It is not going to easy!”

“So what’s happening?” Weaver asked, anxiously waiting for a reply to what was occurring, after days of watching them at work, and Willis preparing himself.

“I’ll tell you what I know!” Willis stated, wishing Weaver to know what was happening. “It was damaged and the controller/entity crashed it into this world and next to the ice station, mainly due to the transmissions from the equipment and telescope that they have below the station that has been repeatedly transmitting first contact messages throughout the stars for many years! I believe it intended to repair itself or have us do it for it! Even in its dormant state it attempted to revive its voyager! Its energy was also exhausted, and it crashed deliberately, where it believed if it was not helped either that it would be revived someday if it remained on a world like this! They would find a way to revive it or something!

“It chose me and in its dormant state had shown me what had happened to it, but it had been unsuccessful in what it had intended to do.

“It chose to allow one of the Russians to make another contact attempt to check if it had missed something in its dormant state and it was unsuccessful again, and it had rewarded him with what he had wanted and an ultimate weapon that could win world wars.

“It could not use him or me in the state we are in! It could not alter us without killing us! It is far too weak to think properly and control the voyager and needs an altered human that will be able to do what it wants, and I believe that it has enough energy to get to a powerful energy source to revive its energy supplies and its own energy and repair itself.”

“Did you get that from it?”

“I got most of it through communications and from experiences with it! I am ready and I am going to persuade it to take me aboard again!”

Willis rested and concentrated on thoughts that he had accumulated and moved near the voyager, and where the entrance was located, and they all watched the entrance hole appear and they fitted a ramp under it and he climbed up into it.

Weaver gasped and felt something from somewhere like something incredible was about to take place.

“I believe that what’s active now is the equivalent to our subconscious mind!” a scientist announced from Weaver’s side, sitting at some equipment monitoring what was happening. “While it is in a type of sleep or suspended animation, which carries out various functions for it.”

Weaver was left confused in what Willis intended to do and started to see the problem in more depth, and it might not work.

“I am picking up communication thoughts from it!” the scientist announced. “I believe that he is persuading it to make a copy of him for some reason! No! He wants it to make an altered version of him that can carry out what it wants! It has accepted it and is creating the copy!”

Weaver watched all the scientists stop work all around the voyager, waiting for something to happen!

Chapter 25

 

The Voyager from Beyond Reality

 

Colossal explosions of energy blasted out with so much force that they threatened to start doing damage to the physical universe, and he imagined space and time becoming unbalanced and warped, and he wondered what damage the world could be subjected to!

Echoes of conversations haunted his mind as he considered why they had not moved away when they had activated it!

The vast powers surrounding them were staggering and Weaver wondered why he had not considered the entity as being dangerous and he felt sorry for Willis and wondered if he could escape alive, and he contemplated the dangers and his chances of survival!

The voyager had formed a perfect energy form of itself, clearly of transcendent origins, and pulsated in the center of the cavity, as all the scientists sheltered around the rim of the cavity, and he wondered why nobody attempted to try to make it to the doorway into the Russian base, and looked there and saw people near there were rushing there.

An immense whirlpool of energy lines magically began shifting around it like the rings around Saturn, and he studied it for a long time and realized that it had no proper presence there any longer and was some form of force formation, while the rest remained in other dimensions! There were signs of the vortex reshaping by its energy patterns!

The voyager frequently turned visible in a translucent energy state, and he heard it functioning, and he had sensations and visualizations of the depths of the universe.

Everything around him seemed to alter into a mind-bending dream of altering displacements as the voyager completed its mission, and he felt dizzy as everything transformed and the voyager vanished, leaving emptiness and a massive empty cavity.

For a moment he had a weird sensation about something happening, and he saw Willis walking calmly up towards them, along the cavity edge.

He watched some scientists nearby calibrating their equipment and anxiously checking what their equipment had recorded!

All the scientists there seemed to realize that it had worked and that it had achieved its mission!

“What happened?” he immediately asked Willis as he arrived at where they were. “Did it fully work?”

Willis smiled brightly, and replied, “Yes! It has returned to where it came from!”

“Wherever that is?” Weaver gasped, and felt deep excitement!

He realized he had survived it, and the most dangerous mission he had undertaken so far, and at the bottom of his pocket he felt the two parts of the alien sphere, where the microfilm had been, and he wondered if they noticed! The material was the material the voyager had been made of and the indestructible material, and he considered what value it would have if they recreated it!

 

Part II

 

The Martian Antarctica Discovery

 

 

Prologue

 

The Martian Discovery

 

Loud explosions and blinding flashes from the crash haunted Anders as he watched the remains of his rocket vehicle burn out and vanish into the dark desolate Martian night.

The vehicle had come down to the surface of Mars too fast and the two astronauts had hardly been able to land manually in the darkness, and they had just escaped as the vehicle had started exploding, and sat at different places against piles of rocks, watching its fuel burn away furiously, and he wondered how long their oxygen would last.

He felt painful bruises covering his entire body and checked his oxygen supply again, and checked for any escaping air in his spacesuit, while watching Robertson, the scientist, repair a hole in his with a small repair kit from his suit.

He realized that they had to find another way of landing on Mars, and that it was far too dangerous! Although it had been their fault in carrying out the unscheduled ludicrous landing, in search of wealth! They had gambled and had lost!

Robertson claimed incredible diamonds of immense value were on the surface, in the unexplored region of the south pole, and they had made a great mistake in landing in the dark, as it had been their only real opportunity to carry it out without being caught, and they would not know of them being out there as they had not used any communications to the space stations and Martian ground bases, and there were no satellites overhead!

Mars was not like what he had imagined it and it now felt like he was on a world in another solar system buried away in the deep depths of the universe as he stared out into the depths of space, in the dark night sky, and at what seemed to look like the furthest stars of the universe, and he watched them wondering what horrors existed there, realizing what they had encountered there, which had also made them crash!

There were billion of light years of stars out there and he gasped just thinking what could be on the nearest stars, and they had just had an encounter on Earth’s nearest world.

The world about him seemed a flat stretch of ground full of nothing but space dust and piles of rocks, with no real atmosphere, resembling areas on Earth’s moon in the dark, and some large asteroids had clearly hit areas nearby.

He wondered if their crash remained undetected and unregistered by them if their skeletons would be found lying there by future astronauts, and he considered if such an occurrence could really happen, over a long time, and if he could end up in a museum back on the Earth, or if his ghost would be trapped there forever on the desolate lonely planet!

The last burning region of the rocket was a sphere of light floating like a ghost in the darkness, and he realized that something had been there, right there on Mars, and he had telepathically felt its presence!

A silent roar vibrated through the ground and he expected a sudden explosion, and he thought of it as a tremor from some fault line, and a blur of light swirled in the blackness from an area of the space vehicle and he realized it was the last of the fuel dwindling away.

Memories of its strange sounds and lights sent sensations through his body and he realized how close to death he had been!

The world seemed unique but there were trillions like it through the unexplored galaxy.

He recollected a full vision of what could have attacked them and he felt his blood explode through his veins, and he realized how little oxygen he had as he was starting to feel like fainting!

A dull yellow and red radiance gleamed from the remains of the rocket and illuminated his shadow casting a crimson shadow like a hideous devilish figure, with peculiar features, and he thought of it as what had attacked the vehicle.

He glared unmoving at the silhouette in shock, studying it, almost hoping it would come alive and answer what it was.

The blackness was so deep and vivid as the light and flames vanished completely, and the thing there felt so real, and alive, he felt deep horror – and he thought of it as they had first discovered it up in space – and he was surprised that he started to see something in the blackness, and he realized that he just wanted to die, and its glowing shape floated towards him, and he watched Robertson react to it.

For an instant it altered formation and he wondered what the hell it was! Where the hell had it come from? What was it doing there in such a desolate place?

It lunged over Robertson first, like the grim reaper, taking his soul, and he watched him go lifeless, fall over, and collapse, and it moved to him, with its black shadow shape shifting over the ground, and he felt its vibrations go through the rock, and he sensed its powers, and he clung to jagged black rocks and its swirling mist shifted over him, and shifting outlines magically formed about him, and he realized how painful death would be from slow oxygen starvation, and he welcomed death, and as he did he realized it was Christmas and that the star he was gazing at was really the Earth.

 

Chapter 1

 

The Antarctica Encounter

 

Something startled Commander Cronenberg and he struggled to grasp what and focused on the deformed sun, as it went below the Martian horizon at the side of the shuttle, and he gasped as he watched the golden landscape below grow dark!

They had to land! Soon! Surely they should not take the risk continuing to fly to their destination at night! The shuttles were new and recently completed and they were trying it out for the first time, and testing it for the first time over Mars!

Something staggered him about the mission and he sensed something was going to occur, and had seen it approaching, edging its way towards him, which he knew he could not avoid! He had to go through with it! He believed he could survive if he did everything he could and avoided any deadly mistakes!

It was Mars! It was the new dangers there! It was exploring where nobody had been, and the great deadly environment and hidden dangers! The region they were in was the least explored!

They were approaching the south pole, the legendary Martian Antarctica, and he now sensed there was something strange there! Something he had not encountered before! Something that could only exist in such a place, in such a place, and in the depths of space, which might not be able exist on the Earth, and it gave him chilling and peculiar sensations, but he could not grasp what!

As the shuttle accelerated on he increasingly felt a presence of something, somewhere, in the chilling darkness of the alien world around them, and it started to become visible that the five other members of the crew of the shuttle.

At a distance the shuttle resembled a highly advanced early twenty-first century space shuttle, but far larger, and was designed for the exploration of worlds, especially Mars, and future explorations in the solar system.

Most of the crew, including him, were also scientists and explorers, wanting to see the universe and discover new things, and were testing and improving the space vehicle, like the other twenty space shuttles being tested on Mars, and were from Base One, the largest structure in space and on Mars and the headquarters of all the operations, bases, and space stations on or over Mars.

The commander of the base and Martian operations was Base Commander Clarke, an associate of Commander Carl Cronenberg.

All the information from the shuttles was being gathered and transmitted to the base, and studied mainly by the shuttle builders and scientists.

The other five members of the shuttle crew were Orwell the shuttle science officer, medic, and biologist/exobiologist, Stanley the shuttle pilot, and an expert shuttle pilot and navigator, and Lyndon the co-pilot, navigator, expert on most of the Martian world, landscape and locations, and expert on shuttles, like most of them, and Deputy Commander Tom Campbell head flight engineer, and an astrophysicist/planetary geologist, and Rosenberg a flight engineer, and an astrophysicist/planetary geologist, and all basically checking the performance of the shuttle and findings the new detection equipment aboard gathered, especially in the unexplored regions they were entering.

Cronenberg knew that they were finally properly exploring Mars, and they were properly filming and mapping the landscape, and entering regions never properly explored.

He had recollections of seeing the shuttle for the first time, and its abilities, and ability to fly in the almost empty Martian atmosphere, and he knew they were a breakthrough that could lead to immense discoveries and the proper exploration of the smaller but vast world.

Their explorations of the whole world had been little so far – with only probes and satellite explorations – and he grasped the chance to be a part of it, but the dangers had not been apparent until he had started their mission.

After hours of intense training, medical examinations, and every form of screening, the astronauts were finally carrying out the first mission, and future missions.

“This technology is a scientific breakthrough!” Orwell announced to Cronenberg, as he sat monitoring newly installed equipment, over at his side, which was to survey the ground, and had a clear image even in the darkened landscape.

“It’d be a mistake not to use it to its full potential for science!” he replied.

“They’ve been redoing scanning and carrying out tests for months, back on the Earth, and seem to have progressed the technology far further than we thought. The views and information received is far greater …”

Cronenberg wondered if it was good enough to detect what was there, and realized whatever it was he had sensed there might be reacting to it and he considered having it turned off.

He was starting to suspect that some of them had discovered signs of something of unknown origins somewhere, and were either not sure and leaving it until they had enough evidence or they did not want to confront what was there, and, of course, it could be both.

Finally Rosenberg muttered to him, “There’s some form of powerful magnetic influence – or something of that nature – around here somewhere!”

Cronenberg swiftly checked it to see what it was and moved away, and considered what it was, and if it belonged to Mars.

From a side window he watched shades of light play with his vision in animated motions, as the shuttle rushed on, and he watched the crew at work, constantly examining the new technology, getting use to using it.

The Antarctic had a great potential with the ice and its other features and he wondered if any of it had been there for millions of years like the Antarctic on the Earth! If Mars had seas or large lakes there could have been amphibious or even prehistoric creatures that could be buried frozen away there!

For a few seconds he watched blankly as crew members gave reactions about something unbelievable, and he reacted when he spotted the equipment showing strange reactions that he could not comprehend, and he considered if it was because things were too vague, with insignificant reactions, which could be off anything, but he was sure something nearby was creating a disturbance or being detected for some reason.

The problem was they had not fully checked everything with the equipment, and its reactions to everything, even though it had been tested back on the Earth, and they were sure that something was ahead! The equipment was more powerful and sensitive at detection than ever before, and had even been modified before the trip, for detection at distances, which they had to work at there, which would speed up future searches of the vast terrain.

The shuttle rushed on across the immense desolate landscape and the equipment gave increased strange reactions and accounts, and they checked for equipment problems, and they gradually perceived that there was definitely something ahead that had similarities to something artificial with immense proportions

 

Chapter 2

 

The Attack

 

Cronenberg never got who was the most baffled by the situation, and if they were in danger, and how they should proceed to deal with what they had! No danger to them had arisen and nothing showed they would crash but they sensed something!

They had gradually realized something was emerging, with them studying the slightest reactions created by it, while still trying to prove the new equipment had nothing wrong with it.

Nothing seemed to be visible ahead and where the disturbances had been found to be generated.

Was it a coincidence that the equipment was malfunctioning at the same time? He knew there could easily be still hidden flaws in the technology! It was valuable and might still need to be advanced further, in its new state!

He checked Deputy Commander Campbell’s map, which he claimed was the most accurate up-to-date map available, and Rosenberg helped, but they found little ahead, and the facts showed little existed there, and the region had not been explored by anything other than satellites.

Their records showed nothing had been recorded of such a disturbance, even though he was sure there had been mentioned past events discovered on the Earth, but they were too vague and too proven to be false for him to be believe.

It was then that he realized that all the communications from and to the outside world had gone and the pilots reported it to him when he asked, and he expected them to offer help or at the least their scientific theories, and they just looked confused.

They just left pilots on their own to handle all the problems themselves, with the shuttle’s flight! They were better off without them being in the way.

It was incomprehensible and crazy, and would surely be recorded as such a discovery! Investigations proved that nothing could be there!

Would they even survive to see what was there? The equipment and plane had increasing signs of being dangerous, at an alarming rate, as they advanced forwards, and they surely would have to land, and their constant attempts to turn back had failed.

Something was either wrong with the shuttle equipment or something was taking them forward, and its power was increasing as they went forward, and the pilots seemed to lose more and more control, and he kept on believing it was the new equipment, and even considered if they had deliberately invented the situation to test their ability in handling such a scenario and were also trying to test the shuttle, or someone needed the information.

Shudders and fluctuations ripped through the plane and him and the others as what seemed like strange unknown energy surges swept through the region, threatening to rip it to shreds and scatter it and them across Mars, and he imagined his remains being recovered days later half buried away in sand.

The rest of the crew also started to realize it and that they might not even see what was there, but he decided to insist in ignoring it! He gasped when he realized that they should have turned back as soon as there had been evidence something was occurring, and even because it was getting dark! Surely there was a way to change the course of the shuttle, and the new shuttle and equipment had only confused them! Perhaps it was a built in programming that had been somehow activated, which had not been known by them, and had perhaps been on an earlier version of the programming or was used for some other reason.

He considered what it could be and what would happen and how to combat the occurrence! Whatever it was it had control of controlling the shuttle!

He decided to ignore the dangers and to examine everything that was occurring to try to explain things, and fit things together and get a proper picture of what might happen, and if they could do anything. In the past he, and surely the others, had pulled themselves out of dangerous and tricky situations, and he thought that they could do it once again, even if there was a slight chance.

He examined the strange alterations, with erratic characterizations, in the equipment and realized there had been a change, and they all started examining how it was now affecting the shuttle and its performance, and he checked the pilots and saw that they had seen something in the increasing darkness ahead and wondered what the shuttle was going over, and was surprised at how fast it was getting dark and he managed to adjust his eyes and followed one of the pilot’s eyes to a location ahead.

He joined in examining there in detail. It was incredible! There was nothing visibly there but he knew there was something! He had seen nothing like it! At that distance it seemed normal though, and he was left confused as he was sure something was going to happen there, and he and the pilots started preparing for something to occur, and he decided to ignore the dangers and to handle everything he could as best as he could as it appeared.

The area was not properly charted and there was nothing shown there, and the satellite photos showed nothing but another area of Mars, and he suddenly wondered what was there and where the hell it had come from!

Areas surrounding the region had a volcanic appearance, and it was definitely old.

Campbell discussed it with Stanley the pilot and tried to get anything he could from the pilot.

“We should get someone to check out what’s there as soon as our communications return!” Stanley replied. “It seems to be where the disturbances are from!”

“That looks empty?” Orwell announced, looking into the front window with high powered binoculars, hardly able to see in the blackness there.

Campbell took the binoculars and searched where he was looking, and stood confused, and replied, “What happens now? How the hell could anything be there?”

“I think we’re going down …” Stanley shouted, and the shuttle started going downwards.

“I’ve recovered control of it!” he gasped, after a few minutes of struggling to control it.

“We’ll have to land!” Lyndon announced, checking everything about him, preparing himself.

Cronenberg gasped at the situation and rushed into his shuttle commander’s seat, one of their impact protection seats, designed for him, and the shuttle started reacting crazily and viciously shuddered, as if caught in some force, and they started descending swiftly and he realized like most of the crew that the worst outcome could become real, and he saw them reacting and preparing themselves for their worst fears.

He copied positioning himself in his seat and prepared for what was ahead, and considered using something for violent impacts.

As it hurtled downwards he spotted the last shreds of sunshine illuminating the sky on an area of the horizon, and he spotted the startled faces of the two pilots recalling emergency procedures, and others swiftly securing equipment or themselves.

He wished he had a better view at a main window of what was happening! He imagined it bursting into flames with the powerful fuel and the entrance being blocked.

The last shades of weak light pulsated, in various motions, through the front pilots window, and he considered what could happen! Would it ruin everything if the shuttle was destroyed and they survived?

Yet they had revealed something, and with incredible powers, powerful enough to take down a powerful large shuttle, with such high technology, and he wondered if they could discover what it was and save the day! If they survived to see what was there!

All they could do was wait for the outcome, and try to do everything they could, and he realized he was actually part of a real drama and occurrence, perhaps for the first time in his life!

He started realizing how professionally skilled and proficient the crew actually were, and how far they had gone out of their way to get them and carry out the Mars operation, and he realized why they had chosen him, and had realized the dangers!

Everything on the shuttle appeared in order, and it was only being influenced by something clearly below, somewhere, and he wondered if it was a natural phenomenon, and if it could be a danger to flights over that region. He was sure it was forcing them to land – or was it their imagination, and some force like gravity, and he wondered if there were disturbances like it on the Earth.

He saw that they were having a hard time controlling the speed of their descent!

How could anything take control of such a powerful shuttle, and at such a distance? What form of technology was behind it? Could they use it in warfare? Was it a form of military technology? Could they figure out a way to block and stop it?

Surely there had to be a way to obstruct it or just weaken it?

One of the crew called out, “It’s not increasing in power!”

He realized that some of them were holding back information about it, and he considered if he should try and get it!

The pilots tested and did what they could perceive and he realized that it was a more interesting trip than he had even imagined! Nothing anywhere seemed enough to understand it, and he was sure none of them had anything to properly explain it!

There had to be something irregular, visible, and solid behind it, and he wondered if he could get it if he had long enough and the right means!

“We’ve still lost all contact with the base!” Campbell confirmed loudly, as he examined his equipment.

He noticed as it got lower to the ground the crew started avoiding looking at each other, with occasional horrified glares, realizing they that they were going to land soon and they might not be any longer in control of their fate!

“I don’t get this!” one of the pilots uttered, as he looked up startled. “It is as though something kicked in there and has started landing it, and I cannot discover why and why it is going to a different destination than we were set to land!”

“Is there anything visible there?” Cronenberg asked curiously.

“Nothing visible! It seems to be carrying out some form of alternative plan – to land us!”

The shuttle shifted down low, but still at a regulated pace, almost as though it were being overwhelmed by something.

Occasionally the crew started monitoring what was happening about them as it happened, and Cronenberg realized that they liked to handle things rather than ignore them, and they were not fully confident of surviving!

Even the most professional pilots on the Earth would have a hard time finding a landing site below, and they were allowing it to land them there.

The shudders from turbulent energy surges made them jerk forwards and backwards, making them all go silent and stop silent conversations, and they started putting on their spacesuit helmets.

At times he felt as if he were drifting down to a hideous death!

It plummeted and suddenly administrated what was an almost perfect landing, but smashed hard into something, and his eyes bulged brightly, and he barely believed the destructive forces lashing out at the shuttle.

When he realized that they had avoided dieing, when it stopped, flames bursting out, and an alarm blared out, and a sudden explosion smashed it with tremendous force!

Then as he caught sight of something in the obscurity out in the distance, through a window, he heard them all trying to escape and realized that the shuttle had acquired serious structural damage and fuel was leaking out and had ignited.

 

Chapter 3

 

The Crash Site

 

After the astronauts had jumped onto the Martian soil Cronenberg and copied the others lifting out oxygen tanks and he rushed away from the crash site with them, and he had a strange sensation and thought that he was somewhere far more than an uncharted desolate region of Mars!

It was as though they were entering somewhere else, and making the first step for mankind to something!

He did not know what their next biggest problem would be!

Was it even dieing of starvation? Or was there something there after all, which had brought them there, which was getting ready to kill them all or what?

They never had any communications with the outside world and the shuttle was damaged beyond what they could repair and the last of the fuel was burning away, and they were lucky as the shuttle had been designed right and it did not have a fatal explosion, but they never knew if what had taken them there would allow them to leave, be found, and allow them to live!

The next peculiarly that they saw was the strangely tinted night sky, and nobody could recall seeing anything like it but they had not been outside the base at night that much.

Yet he was sure it had not been there when they had landed!

There was sand and rocks everywhere, unhampered by humans, and it was very dry and he watched the astronauts return and get fire distinguishers and help control and put out the flames, while others removed equipment and things they needed outside the shuttle, and he watched their speed increase, and slow when the flames started going out, and their reactions when it was annihilated, and they started moving back in the shuttle and fixed its lighting and heating.

They eventually all started resting and went to sleep to conserve energy supplies, and left everything for the morning.

Cronenberg woke early, after sleeping too long, and examined the outside world lighten up as the sun rose above the horizon, and he watched the other astronauts slowly awaken, eat, and start work checking the damage.

“There’s some form of powerful energy influence,” Rosenberg announced, after checking things, “and it’s still stopping us scanning what’s out there!”

“Just as it was on the airplane?” he replied.

“Well, it seems to have altered – and we could have found another encounter and it’s tremendous!”

“What could it be?” he moaned, confused, and wondered if he had known something of it before the shuttle had come down.

“It could be that on the shuttle we were not able to properly check anything as it was so far away and there was too much disturbances! Now that we have landed we are detecting it and it is also more powerful this close …”

“Is it near us?”

“I don’t have a clue where it is! It could be anywhere! I will try to get the information on it!”

He handed him some readouts and Cronenberg stared at them with amazement, gasping, and muttered, “What the hell could create such power? It’s colossal!”

“It’s also like someone is playing around with something out here! Has anyone got any science or military establishments or anything at all out here?”

He considered it for some time and was amazed that someone could build something like it there, but he could not grasp what or why it would be put there.

“Nobody has been near here as far as I’ve heard!”

“But it could be confidential?”

“Yes! But why would it be built out here? Why would they be using anything or experimenting on anything?”

“Perhaps they are using or creating something too dangerous to be activated in an inhabited zone!” he replied firmly.

“That would explain it being so secretive and at an uncharted region but it does not explain anything of its use!”

He kept going, curious in what the scientists would make of things if he pushed them further.

“How did they manage to hide something of its size and power though?” he moaned. “Nothing seems to add up here!”

“They surely would have to have technology beyond anything we’ve heard of!”

Cronenberg stood still, staring out at the Martian landscape through the front shuttle window, unable to grasp it!

“What could create such power and what is its use?”

“It could be someone using a natural phenomenon or something? Like someone harnessing and manipulating energy in the planet’s core or something?”

Nothing added up though, as it was only used to control the shuttle and take it there, and they could easily have hidden away, and never be found, and they would be found out eventually.

He could not realize what it was and realized that the real solution to what it was would be far more unbelievable and crazy than what they would come out with, and he wondered if he could get what it was, and it could be far too ridicules for them even to assume existed.

The night before when it had taken control of the shuttle he had detected something of unknown origins, and it had been like that when it had made a full appearance.

Yet there clearly was no evidence of anything and only someone making a ridicules mistake would add anything to what had been said, and he filled in his account of what had occurred on the flight, and going by what all the crew about him indicated it was a crazy occurrence and they never had any proper facts anything was there.

“To discover whatever is here we’ll need more reasonable and solid clues!” he finally announced, especially to Rosenberg, who seemed to be the most interested and knowledgeable on it.

They eventually left the shuttle through the airlock wearing their suits with extra oxygen tanks on them, and they started to go further out from the shuttle to a nearby small hill with a view of the surrounding view, where they blankly viewed the surrounding area, and Cronenberg looked back and down at the shuttle, which resembled an airplane brought down in a desert region like the Sahara, surrounded by bright reddish sand and rocks in bright sunlight, in a cloudless white blue sky.

The surprising thing was his spacesuit’s high temperature and the surrounding view combined to give the impression of it being incredibly hot, instead of incredible cold and at the Antarctica of the world, and he even considered if any of them were capable of making some form of mistake because of it.

The adrenalin of the crew was visibly rushing through their veins, overwhelming them, as they checked their new surroundings, and most realized where they were, and he thought he saw the Earth in the sky.

All around them they examined things like they were strange new phenomena, and he wondered what they thought they were discovering.

Even though they had been exploring areas of Mars, especially about the base, they had not been to an unexplored area like it, and they moved over to an area where it looked like a cold region like the Antarctica, and they looked for ice and water.

“Look at all this!” Campbell explained, picking up a strange rock, and none of them could recall seeing it before, and he then looked as if he recognized it.

“What do you think brought us down now?” he asked, curiously. “There’s nothing out here! Nothing can grow!”

They all discussed it and it was apparent none of them properly knew, and they started examining the landscape and giving facts and their thoughts of it, and Cronenberg and Rosenberg examined the best map they had of the region and discussed it, and they all then discussed what to do.

Rosenberg pointed at the highest hill, buried away in the landscape, in a southerly direction, in the direction of the southern pole, where they had been traveling to, and he examined why most of it was covered up and saw small sand hills in front of it, covering up most of it, and what was below.

“There’s a better chance of finding water there!” Rosenberg announced.

The more Cronenberg examined what was there the more he thought it was a good place to go and he announced that he would like to go and check there.

It looked familiar to him, as a place with something, and he was sure it was where the shuttle had been going.

“It’s as though it has formed differently, by some means, by something else …” Campbell mumbled, looking at it through his binoculars.

“Could be a fault line?” Rosenberg replied.

They all examined it and avoided replying, and Cronenberg wondered if they agreed or disagreed!

 

Chapter 4

 

The Haunted Hill

 

Cronenberg leapt onto his feet when a strange explosion shattered his sleep and he stared out into dark Martian night!

They had wrongly calculated the distance and time it took to get to the hill, and they had only been able to leave late in the evening, and it had become dark on the way and they had rested and had fallen asleep below the hill. The long day and march over small hills in the thick heavy spacesuits, marching through deep regions of sand carrying large amounts of equipment, including oxygen tanks and supplies, had tired them, and they were unable to do anything but sleep anyway.

Cronenberg was staggered when he considered what the noise was, as it had sounded like an artificial explosion, and he stood trying to explain how it could be there, and he wondered how the atmosphere could even carry the sound through it, and he realized Mars was different, and it might even be some form of volcanic disturbance from below, blasting up through a vent.

The other two astronauts, Rosenberg and Campbell, who had accompanied him either ignored it, or were asleep, or had not heard it, and he examined them through their dark helmet faceplates but could not see what they were doing.

When a second explosion blasted out he stood shocked, as he had just started to ignore the first and had considered it to be his imagination, and the powered rifle blast exploded into the empty silence staggering him, and the explosion sounded so powerful he believed it had some form of powerful explosive in the bullets!

The other two astronauts at first never reacted or even moved and he finally spotted Rosenberg opening his eyes, and watched him looking startled and realized he had also heard it and had been trying to ignore it.

“What the hell was that?” he finally asked, as he stood.

“It sounded like a gun!”

“We don’t have any guns on Mars though?”

“There’s nobody out here either!”

Rosenberg yawned, and replied, “It has to be something else!”

Rosenberg went back to where he was sleeping and tried to go back to sleep.

Whoever was there had to be crazy or up to something and he realized he might even get the answer to what had brought them down there and decided to investigate it.

He silently crept away, and tried to creep up on whoever it was to observe them and realized that if there was someone there that they surely had to have left traces of themselves, as there was sand everywhere and there had to be footprints or something.

It felt silly looking for someone there, in such a desolate place, where nobody should be! He could not realize who was there and just accepted that they might be trying to do something! Perhaps it was the shuttle they wanted, as it was priceless and its technology highly confidential on the Earth.

It had to be located in the coldest and most remote place on Mars, and its southern pole! Even in the summer the place was deadly cold without the spacesuits!

As far as he was concerned there was nothing to be there for! The hidden coldness around him at times made him cringe, and he, almost blindly, rushed on to where the sound came from, and for some reason when he reached a specific region he realized it had to be where the noise came from.

Suddenly a loud explosion blasted out and a bullet thudded somewhere nearby and he automatically switched off his light and ran through the darkness for his life!

He dared not use his light now and he could barely see, and regularly tripped up and continued!

He realized that he could have an infrared filter on is faceplate, to see in the dark, and he searched for the switch to activate it, and realized it was a different version that had it, and he just dived into a pile of sand behind some rocks, and hid himself. Surely he would not be found there, and he had not left any footprints nearby and had changed direction a few times!

Once he realized that nothing was happening he started to enjoy the rest and being free from being attacked, and he considered how to get back to the others, and if it was actually safe there. His mind raced through what had occurred! Yet he only realized that the location that he strolled into had to have something, and he started to wonder what was there.

Who would go to such lengths to kill him? What could possibly be there? What could be there in such a desolate place? Was there another space vehicle there?

Suddenly he saw something buried in a region of the darkness to his side, and he shifted behind a large boulder at his side and hid from there, and his heart leapt as he studied the dark spacesuit figure shifting lifelessly forward, and it shifted out from the darkness into where some starlight was beaming down, and he studied the figure not realizing what would happen!

He felt like moving away from the figure but he would be spotted for one, and he studied the gun and it looked like an old one, and he wondered who the hell was there and where he had got the spacesuit and gun, and noticed that the spacesuit was an old version.

There was something strange there that he could not grasp and he studied everything over and over trying to grasp something, going over everything he could think of, and it was like there was something there that should not be there, but it was there!

He studied the spacesuit faceplate and could not see through the dark shiny material, and the figure never reacted, and he wondered what would happen if he rushed towards it

He sensed he could do something stupid and he studied the faceplate of the spacesuit more and more, and stood back shocked!

He thought he saw a skeleton, and it moved away, and realized that there usually was a name on most spacesuits, even the old ones, and he tried to see it and though saw it he could not see the letters properly, and as it vanished into the darkness he thought he saw it said Anderson.

He was confused, trying to work out what they should do, and what it might do, and what could happen!

When he finally returned to where the others were he soon found the other two astronauts at exactly where they had been, but noticed that their positions had altered as though they had done something and returned to where they had been.

While he rested over the ground he wondered what the hell an astronaut, or even a ghost astronaut, was trying to shoot him, or what he was actually doing, and realized again that the shuttle was unbelievably valuable and worth it, but why had they not just taken it, as they never had guns, and he realized they might be just after its technology and he considered if they could take it without them suspecting it.

 

Chapter 5

 

The First Death

 

Once the sun rose above the horizon Cronenberg went out and explored where the other astronaut had been and was surprised that there were no marks anywhere, and found where he himself had been there and where he had been behind the boulders and found his own footsteps in the sand.

He searched everywhere and started to think he had imagined it, and he examined the hill over at his side in the sunlight and realized it would be quick to climb and decided to go up and explore the region from the top, as he had intended.

If he needed the others he would return and go back up, and he quickly climbed up and at the top stood staring at the fascinating view, with Mars stretching out into the horizon all about him, and he spotted the shuttle, and spotted a large short message beside it, written in the sand and with boulders, with a SOS message, showing their destination and they had crashed, and he was sure the satellites would spot it, and most could spot any changes in the landscape and environment and detect anything unusual and take close up photos, which would be sent back to the base – and they would be looking for it after the communications stopped!

He examined everywhere with powerful binoculars, including where the southern pole was, for anything unusual and for water if they got trapped there but never saw anything and realized they would have to be saved by the others shortly or they would die of oxygen starvation.

Yet as he was about to move away he wondered where the hell the thing that had taken them there was, if it actually existed, and he removed a device he had brought and checked for any traces of it and found nothing and wondered what the hell the outcome of it would be, if they survived, and if he would always wonder what they had encountered there.

When he arrived back where the other two astronauts were he discovered Campbell still asleep and Rosenberg gone, and he began watching Campbell strangely, and his lifeless unmoving figure, and realized that he had not moved since he had left, and he considered if it was just his spacesuit that made him not move, and he started to wonder if there was something wrong and rushed over and showed himself to him, moved up close, and examined his unmoving face and gasped when he saw his hidden mouth expression, as if he was screaming at something.

He firmly shook him, still not believing anything was wrong, and shook him hard, and he unzipped and removed his glove and felt his cold hand and arm for a pulse, and saw his cold lifeless complexion, and was amazed that there was no pulse, and that he had been dead and had not noticed anything.

He searched his spacesuit for any rips or holes, and wondered if it had been a fault in his spacesuit, and he realized that he had best record a message on their camera of the incident and gave a record of the occurrence, and checked the various functions of the spacesuit, and had its computer check him further and was surprised his death had not been oxygen starvation.

In the end he removed his helmet and whole spacesuit and sat back staggered, as large sections of his body were gone, as though something had removed them viciously, as though a wild animal had attacked him.

Suddenly he spotted marks on the ground where something had obviously happened.

Rosenberg suddenly rushed out from behind him and gasped, and crouched over the body, and he observed him examining the body, and fall back with blood covering his gloves.

 

Chapter 6

 

Anders

 

What astounded him was how deadly and vicious whatever it had been was! If it was what had taken them there!

What the hell was it? How could it be so advanced and vicious? Was it some form of alien animal that got its prey with special powers? Yet how did it manage force an entire shuttle into going there and what form of prey did it live on? The planet was virtually empty of life!

In the end he realized he could not believe it without more evidence, and whatever it was it would have to be left until they could check it out.

What also surprised him was that Rosenberg had been away, and looking about like him, since he woke up!

He was also surprised that he had found something hidden away in the distance, which he never knew the identity of, and Rosenberg took him over to a region at the other side of the hill, from where he had gone, and he showed it to him and they examined it with their binoculars, and he realized it was artificial, and that it had been there some time and partially buried in sand, and was hidden behind a small hill from where the shuttle was, and from it being observed from where he had been at the other side of the hill, and on the above hill there.

After examining it he was surprised that it was at about the same distance away as the shuttle and virtual in a straight line with it from there, and just hidden away from it, and he wondered how the hell it could have ended up so close to it. The planet had hardly anything on it and the south pole even more so.

The chances of two objects coming down there was immense, and after examining everything he wondered if it could be just space wreckage. Something from some space station or rocket had been discarded and had fallen there.

Rosenberg wanted to check it, before they returned to the shuttle, and so did he! But their main problem was their oxygen was running out, and they only had a little left, even after taking Campbell’s, and they swiftly left, and left Campbell where he was, for investigators to find him, and they saluted him, at where he was, and went away from the hill wondering what had happened.

When they finally approached the place they both started to gasp as they realized that they had lost more air than they had thought they would, and Cronenberg even thought his last tank was empty a dozen times, and felt like collapsing, and he approached the site struggling to focus on what was there, seeing a distorted form of the sun, shimmering around, and he again adjusted the hot temperature that built up in his spacesuit, and wondered what had happened to its stability and ability to control its temperature, and he realized it could be him, and his struggle to get there faster, and he sighed as his spacesuit adjusted and he felt its coolness cool his body, with ecstatic pleasure.

The site looked incredible as they staggered into the area, a miniature valley, and crater in the landscape, hidden at three sides from areas further out, and only visible from where they had seen it on the hill.

It had resemblances to volcanic desert region and Rosenberg started analyzing and taking soil samples about him, while he inspected what was there and found the wreckage of a space vehicle, and on a closer approach he saw that most of it was buried in the ground, and had structural damage from an explosion, and fire.

The heat from the explosion had had more of an effect on it than he had realized further out! Things somehow took a different perspective than the damage of a normal fire.

He asked Rosenberg for his advice, recalling Rosenberg was experienced in space vehicles, as well as being one of the flight engineers like Campbell was, and he had some experience in the old stuff.

They rushed around and investigated everything, thoroughly.

Cronenberg examined it in detail and half-heartedly observed the soil and rocks – while looking out for traces of anything within the layers of ground.

Rosenberg examined things, as swiftly as he could, clearly running out of air and trying to quickly finish the investigation so they could rush away to the shuttle.

Suddenly he yelled out and Cronenberg rushed over and found him standing next to a partially buried spacesuit, stuck in the sand, with the top part resting over boulders, and they examined the helmet faceplate and Cronenberg lifted it up and saw a skeleton inside and he followed its stare going up into the Martian sky, and he read the nameplate on the suit, and realized it his name was Anders, and he recalled his name.

“Did he not go missing?” Rosenberg gasped.

“Years ago! They never found where he went …”

He recalled reading about it when he was younger, and him thinking of becoming an astronaut.

“This place is incredible!” Rosenberg announced. “What are the chances of two space vehicles coming down here?”

He nodded back amazed and examined the rocket vehicle, and wondered what it had been like, and Rosenberg rushed away and continued his investigation of the crash site.

Cronenberg started examining the pockets and contents of the spacesuit and was surprised at how preserved the things were and that one of the items was an old map, with names and locations on it, which clearly had been used a lot by Anders, and he studied the area on it and realized it was the area they were at.

 

Chapter 7

 

The Rescue

 

While they marched swiftly back to the shuttle Cronenberg kept going over the events trying to piece them together but he could not grasp something! Something hidden or obvious! Some clue that they had not noticed!

The heat from bright sun shining straight into their faces, through the thin atmosphere, resembled the blazing sun in space, with its high radiation, and it exhausted them, especially with lower level oxygen they had altered their spacesuits to.

He thought of Anders and the way his body had been resting and his stare and he looked there now, to the location in space, and was surprised to see the Earth.

What surprised him was another large object raced passed it, and faster than it should go, and he slowed, shaded his eyes, and struggled to focus on it, covering up a distorted form of the sun, shimmering around, and he recalled where his spacesuit helmet’s polarization adjustment was and adjusted the polarized faceplate to compensate for the extra light, and started studying the object’s incredible velocity and shape, and even thought it looked like a small alien spaceship.

When Rosenberg stopped and stood dazed he knew it was something big, and when he rested he realized its true identity and that it was one of their shuttles, and they both rushed on.

Their speed increased vastly and he knew he would not die before they reached the shuttle, and knew he had to go faster, and he was surprised when they got over a hill and saw their shuttle was resting at the bottom, and they watched the other shuttle come down from the sky and land next to their shuttle, and they ran down the hill as fast as they could, not wishing to miss anything and to get a new supply of fresh air.

At the shuttle he was so out of air and suffocating that he ordered them to get him into the shuttle, where he removed his helmet and collapsed over the floor, recovering from the run, and breathed the incredible air in, and Rosenberg copied him, and he realized how wonderful it was not to have the helmet on, after sleeping in it, and he studied the amused face of Stanley sitting in at his pilot chair, and he wondered what had happened while they had been away.

He was surprised beer cans were lying over the floor, and tried to work out where they came from, and if anything had occurred.

“Did you manage to contact the base?” he panted, curiously, breathing in the sweet air, seeing the remains of the food they had been eating, and discarded food containers lying about the floor.

“So you made it …!” Stanley murmured, grinning at him, and at the state he was in, lying over the floor.

“When did you know that the shuttle was coming?”

“Just before you arrived! It was lucky! Our oxygen is starting to get real low!”

“Whose idea was the SOS message over the ground?”

“That was Orwell! He claimed he had seen it done before! And calculated the size it had to be to see from up in orbit! We all worked on making it!”

“It worked! Any food?”

The pilot jumped up and removed a container of food he knew he liked, and gave it to him, and got a drink dispenser!

He watched Cronenberg and Rosenberg sitting on the floor eating through the food hungrily.

“Where’s Campbell?”

Cronenberg gasped and nearly choked, and saw Rosenberg look startled, and watched the others look up with looks of astonishment, knowing something had happened.

“We found him dead!” Rosenberg announced. “Something here kills humans! When we woke we found his body and that he had been partly eaten!”

“What! Something ate him! And neither of you heard anything?”

“The spacesuit and the thin atmosphere don’t carry much sound, and we were heavily asleep in our spacesuits!”

They all seemed to consider what had happened astonished!

“Perhaps that’s what took us here! To eat us!” Lyndon gasped.

“What did you see over there on that hill?” Stanley asked, curiously, examining them, and the state they were in.

“I saw little!” Cronenberg confessed.

“Where you there early in the morning?” Stanley asked.

“Yes!” he replied.

“I thought I saw you! I got up early! The top part is visible from over there!”

“Find anything else? Why did you come from over there …?” Lyndon asked

“We found another space vehicle over there!”

“Where did you find it?”

“He found it!” Cronenberg pointed at Rosenberg.

Rosenberg replied, “I searched the other side of the hill! I saw it over there, hidden away … It was in a direct line with here!”

They looked at him confused, wondering what it was.

“We found a crashed space vehicle there! It was an old rocket spaceship! We found two pilots! One was called Anders!”

“I recall him!” Stanley replied first. “He vanished with another astronaut on Mars years ago!”

As Cronenberg thought of Anders he realized he had looked identical to the ghost astronaut he had seen in the night over at the hill, which he had searched for signs of in the morning before he climbed up the hill, and he wondered what the hell it meant, and he decided not to mention it unless there was more evidence of whatever it was existing.

They all looked up and watched pilots from the other shuttle enter their shuttle, and them examining everything about them, and one trying to check the damage done to the shuttle.

Cronenberg got up and watched one at work, and recalled him, and his job, and realized he was the best person for the job.

“You’re Commander Cronenberg! What happened before you landed here?” he asked, curiously.

“Something attacked the shuttle and took control of it!”

He looked up, and stared at him with surprise.

“Are there flights records that can confirm that?”

“And we can to!”

He looked confused, wondering what it could be.

“Wait until you see the other space vehicle …!” he told him, still amazed at the find.

“What other vehicle is that?”

He pointed over in the direction of it, and replied, “Did you not see it while landing? It’s away over there!”

“What could it be?”

“Anders! Remember him! It’s an old rocket vehicle …”

“I remember him! What do you think he was doing out here?”

“I don’t have a clue!” he announced, and he thought about it and realized how intrigued he was, and realized he really wanted to know, and what was there and what was going on there, and why he had seen a ghost astronaut.

Cronenberg went over to Orwell, the shuttle science officer, to see what he had.

“Did you get anything on what happened to the shuttle, and how it came down here?”

“A few things! It sure as hell was not the shuttle itself. I checked records, and also proved it could not have done what it had. There had to be something else that did it!”

It surprised him that he was also questioning what had happened had happened! He also realized Orwell knew that they were also going to have a problem explaining what had happened to them. Would they accept what they told them, and if they did not what would they do about it?

He could try to get a full investigation, as they had been nearly killed, and the highly expensive shuttle could have been destroyed, and it might cost a lot to get it properly repaired.

“There was a strange magnetic phenomenon detected …!” Orwell gasped.

“I wonder what that could be …” he asked, confused, copying one of the rescuers investigating it, to see what he replied with.

“Something of incredible magnitude created a form of powerful magnetic influence, or something of that nature!”

“What could create such power? It had to be tremendous!”

“Someone may have been playing around with something somewhere! I was thinking if it was not from around, as we have seen, then something could have created it somewhere else, by some unknown means!”

“Why would they be experimenting on something out there though? Could it be the southern pole creating a magnetic influence?”

“How could it have controlled the shuttle and carried out what it did!” he moaned, confused. “Someone may be playing around with something in this region!”

“Why would they be experimenting on something out here though?”

“Perhaps they’re creating something big to influence Mars itself!”

“In what way?”

“They could want to alter Mars!” he mumbled to himself. “If they could move it close to the sun or use it to melt all the ice here they might be able to create immense lakes of water and create an atmosphere. They might be able to colonize it one day!”

The idea surprised Cronenberg and he realized that he might even be suggesting it was a secret government or group of governments plan, and he considered why it would be so secretive.

“What are your assumptions?” Orwell uttered, breaking the deep silence, seeing him thinking it over.

“I’ve not drawn any proper conclusions!” he confessed, considering how he could check if it would work. “Whatever it is – it has incredible power! We need more reasonable clues.”

“Even with all our technology, unknown and unexplained phenomena still exists! Who knows what exists out there in the depths of space – and even unseen about us – which could very well be beyond our detection methods and comprehension.”

Some strange thought was going through Orwell’s mind and he was figuring through possibilities and Cronenberg could not fully understand why his view of things had so vastly altered and he wondered what had happened when he was away.

He also occasionally had the look of a person who somehow sensed an oncoming consequence, and was checking ways to tackle it.

Had he found something? Or had he dreamed of scientific finds far too many times?

“At any rate, there might be other mentions of such occurrences on the Earth!” Orwell continued. “Even if most are antiquated and mythological! For instance there are zones like the Bermuda Triangle! Which was reputed to cause a similar effect – before ships and planes vanished! There could be some sort of mass of something around – perhaps a mass of magnetic iron …! Our detection methods on Mars and even the Earth may be small, and far smaller than we think …The magnetic field of the globe has been found to have altered in many ways over Earth’s existence!”

Orwell searched his face, wondering what he thought, and Cronenberg was sure he was thinking of questioning and getting answers from him.

“I have not heard of it properly doing anything though!” Orwell replied. “Though not altogether investigated – it is very unlikely to have such an intensity and nature – even in northern regions …”

“Okay!” he replied firmly, determined to force Orwell into giving him something. “It’s coming from somewhere and we all know it exists … And it will be beneficial to check the disturbance – which cannot be explained by normal science – and find what we can on it.”

“I’ll attempt to find out if someone had something around here, or was using something capable of doing it!”

“Did you find anything while I was away?” he finally replied.

“I checked all the records and found one thing and just before it took control of the shuttle something appeared and flashed on and off, and was just recorded, which I think was unintentional, and I took a photo of the unusual formation, which was buried away in the blur of flickers!”

Cronenberg was surprised when he produced a photo of a complex sphere, which was clearly artificial and of a highly advanced nature, and he realized it looked of highly advanced alien origins!

 

Chapter 8

 

The Lost Library

 

Eventually, after hours of searching records, Cronenberg entered Base One library, after being given recommendations to go there, and glared at vast bookshelves, covering the library walls, as he entered, and gasped at how empty of people it was.

It amazed him that such libraries once were the source of information for the human race, and as he approached the books it became clear that it had a great deal of unidentifiable information, and he put it down to laziness that the stuff had not been added to the computers.

At first he had dismissed that there was a library, as the others had not been aware of there being a book on the entire base.

He had just grabbed some books and sat down when Orwell marched in smiling, and marched up to him and sat next to him.

“I saw you coming in here at the end of the corridor!” he laughed, and picked up a book off the table, at his side, and flickered through the pages. “What you looking for?”

“I’ve checked everything about Anders everywhere and have not found anything!” he moaned back.

“Anders!” he replied, surprised. “What do you want to know about him for?”

“Why was he there, for starters? It’s an incredible coincidence he crashed at the exact same place, in a desolate region covering such a vast region, and it was one of the only crashes on Mars!”

“You’re correct! What’s the connection though? Why do you think he was there, anyway?”

Cronenberg just shrugged back.

The furniture about him held his attention, and amused him, and was clearly used to make it look like an original Earth library, to give it authenticity, like many of the rooms and objects about the station, to give it the look of a normal place, as the astronauts had to live there for a long time, and stay indoors, without seeing a normal world.

The vast size of Base One was incredible now, and had been slowly built up over decades, with many countries helping build sections, and them wanting to increase the inhabitants on Mars, and explorations there and in space. It was as though they were on the Earth most of the time, even after being there for years! The military and police had recently been increased to compensate for increases in the inhabitants!

It was now like a small town, in a strange place, and Cronenberg kept realizing how little he knew of the inhabitants, as many he had never seen, and many left and many were new there, and he realized how little of it he had actually seen.

He still regularly returned to the Earth and visited places like where he had been born and the people he knew back there!

The library now had the look of an ancient study, and he started examining bookshelves, and he even wondered if the books were mostly all too old.

The furniture there grasped his attention as it looked expensive, and he realized that they had lowered the production costs and amount of materials used in the furniture about the base, and he was surprised at the quality of it and how far they had lowered the quality and he realized the seats and other furniture there were also far more comfortable and usable. It gave the whole room an atmosphere that was not elsewhere and he considered trying to use it in his apartment at the base and considered where he could get it and if it was still available there.

He soon started examining bookshelves searching for anything on Anders, astronauts, things of that era he was in, and he and Orwell worked away for hours searching, and started speeding their search up and he soon realized that there was nothing there, and he slowly grew depressed and started trying to consider other methods of getting what he wanted.

It was then he spotted a closed door at a hidden part of the library, which had ignored as it had looked like another entrance into the outer corridors or just a locked storeroom.

On his close approach he realized it was something else and grabbed at its stiff brass handle, and felt it had been that way for a long time, and he realized how long the place had gone unused and how aged it was, and he gave the door a hard jerk to make it budge, and it creaked open, and a black switch became faintly visible on an interior white wall and he activated the lights, which flickered and grew bright.

It took a few seconds for the sight before him to sink in, and he stood steady, glaring at shelves of books there, covering its walls, realizing that they were far more different and what he was looking for.

It was clear it was a small room of information about Mars and its history, and detailed information that was not available elsewhere and on the computers, and he found official documents about the base and bases, findings about Mars, explorations, and astronauts, and he started searching for information about Anders and Orwell joined him, and he was surprised at how interested in it Orwell became after reading it.

They started to realize most of the stuff had been classified stuff that they would not have been allowed to read, due to their low classified status, as their line of work never warranted it, and the stuff had declassified stamped on most of it and that the rest had been declassified without stamps, and they sat for hours at a table there examining the fascinating stuff they never knew existed and had occurred.

They were even to astonished at some of it to mention it to each other, and they realized the mistake they had made in leaving the material there for anyone to read, as they clearly had not fully read through it all, and it mentioned things that were still classified, and about their introduction, with them only missing out things of what their current state was, and some of it gave away stuff that had been highly illegal and deadly, of a military nature, which they surely had been breaking laws creating, and it gave away the nature of their current classified material.

He searched for anything at the region that they had crashed at and anything they worked on or had found that could have caused what had happened, and of what Anders had been doing there, as he suspected he had been doing something there.

He even thought, after reading one paper on some military research, that they had created something there!

He jolted when Orwell called out that he had found something and he dropped what he had and rushed over!

If an answer to what existed actually existed he knew that it could well be there! Even though most of it seemed to be only outdated.

What he found was about Anders and his disappearance and he collected all the material he could find on it to read afterwards, and they searched everything that they could, and he scribbled down notes about what he found, and added any interesting facts that he noticed, and he grew determined to do something and carry out his mission. If he could find out more about Anders, and what subjects he had been interested in and had been doing, and doing there, he might be able to discover what he had been like and what he had been doing when they crashed.

He started to consider that they might have something over there, at the southern pole, and that it was still highly classified, and that they might find suggestions of something from before it was created, and perhaps what had led to its introduction.

 

Chapter 9

 

The Lost Treasure

 

Cronenberg reluctantly dragged himself away from all the files he was studying, which he had been going through for many hours, for over a week, and he watched Orwell march in the library, for the first time in days.

Orwell was still fascinated at why he was so obsessed with searching the information, and only seemed to turn up occasionally answer it, and seemed be trying to answer other unanswered questions, and he believed that he wished to know what had nearly killed them and took control of the shuttle, and why, and perhaps why they survived. What had the whole episode been about? Nothing seemed to add up!

“Come over here …!” he called out to Orwell, and Cronenberg moved over to the end of the table and removed a pile of files, and returned to where he was and dumped there.

“What are they of?”

“I’ve put together everything with the information I want on the table, and all the files about Anders and things associated with him and that site, and I’m going through it all searching for the slightest clues …”

“What’s the point? You’ve searched through the main stuff though!”

Cronenberg had realized that he would have to let someone else in on what he was doing, as he could not do everything himself, and was sure that he could answer stuff he could not, and he had checked him out everywhere, and he knew him more than anyone else there.

A glance into the main library showed it was empty, and he listened to the deep silence, and he listened into the deepest depths of the base, and outer corridor, once again, and it showed him that there were still only workmen building a new ceiling in a nearby apartment, replacing an original ceiling, with modern materials.

The wires from the electrics had rot and webs over them, and had been easily broken, and were in bits on the floor, and he had studied the room and people.

He had been surprised that spiders actually existed at the base years before, and must have been in things brought to Mars.

“So what is it?” he asked Cronenberg, sitting at his side. “If you find something you’ll have to let it out eventually!”

“I think Anders was looking for valuable diamonds!”

Orwell gasped and his face showed he was startled by the final reply, and he sat thinking it over, and then looked confused, and finally asked, “What makes you think he was looking for them?”

“I’ve found various things … I still have not proven anything though! But I believe that was why he was there! And it made him the only person in history to steal a rocket vehicle, with such an expense, right under their noses!”

“Ah! He stole that vehicle, with another astronaut …”

“Who, according to this, they both managed to cover up where they went, but crashed in the end, and they even thought he got away with it, which was why they never searched here for him! They believe he could have been working for another government and had taken it and its highly advanced technology for them – as they might have not been able to get hold of anything on it!”

Cronenberg removed a document that he had marked and handed it over to him, and he started looking for another.

Orwell read it swiftly, examining things, and put it down over the table, thinking about the stuff in it, and Cronenberg handed part of an old newspaper with part of the story in it, showing where they believed the vehicle had been taken.

“What he was after must have been incredibly valuable?” he silently moaned to himself. “Are you sure it was diamonds?”

For a moment he never seemed to accept the space vehicle had been taken – not believing such a fact. But the official documents confirmed what had occurred, and he had not seen such documents and information being wrong.

“There is still a small chance it could have been something else though?” he finally confessed.

Cronenberg just nodded in agreement.

“Are you saying the diamonds are at where they crashed?”

“That’s what I’m searching for! If only we can find something on it! We need a location!”

Cronenberg never said anything of the map he had found in Anders pocket, and a mention of diamonds on it, and though he had not found the location on it he decided to try and keep it that way, if he could.

“So you think we should start looking for it?”

“If we find a more accurate location!”

 

Chapter 10

 

The Investigation

 

Cronenberg could not believe the police investigation into Campbell’s death! The strange way they had approached it was unbelievable and surreal! And it left him gasping at what would happen, as they insisted he was killed, and they believed there were no animals outside the base.

How could an animal or anything live there? He and Rosenberg had a hard time explaining what had happed to them!

There had been barely a killing in space or there, and the crime was low, and it was mainly made up of scientists and other professionals working there.

He was baffled! What the hell had killed the flight engineer, and how had it made it into his spacesuit?

There was only one explanation and it was what had taken them to the destination! Yet what the hell could be that advanced and that savage? And why had it only attacked him?

Orwell soon started asking questions, after he told him of what occurred, and he wanted his thoughts on it.

His first question was, “Who found him dead?”

“I did!”

“He managed to stay alive until the morning?”

“We were with him up until the morning! And I’m sure nothing happened while we slept …”

“When was the last response or movement you saw from him?”

“It was at night when we went to sleep! We hardly moved while sleeping in the spacesuits!”

Cronenberg avoided telling him and them about the ghost astronaut he had seen, as it was not linked to the incident, and he was now unsure if he had imagined it.

“How did he die?”

“He looked as if he had been eaten by something!”

If it had been one of the others in the shuttle, who had followed them there, and how could the person have done it? They had been in a group!

And it could only have been done while Rosenberg was away investigating the other side of the hill! He believed there was something out there, which had to be with what had taken them there or it was it itself, which he had explained to the police, and he had told Orwell and he agreed it could have been, as what had happened to the shuttle was far stranger and difficult to occur.

He realized that he only needed to explain what it had been, and he realized it might have taken samples of Campbell’s body for some reason, and he wondered why.

Had this infernal place a killer alien or not? Yet why would it want anything from him?

Still nothing about it made sense – and neither did anything else there – it was obvious it could have attacked all of them.

From the looks that he caught from the police he knew that the incident had affected them! The police were now aggressive! And he was sure that they had not found any other clues.

His killer, whatever it was, had to be ruthless and carefree to have done it in the way that it had been done it.

He wondered if something was on the southern pole that did not need proper supplies of oxygen, and had been there from when Mars had an atmosphere and water, and had adapted to survive in the harsh climate!

Fish survived with barely any oxygen in water, and lived off miniature life forms, he wondered if it had tried what they had been like as a food supply, and he wondered if it liked it!

Yet that was fantasy, and they had not found anything like it, and why had they not found anything like it and what would it have normally have consumed? Yet was a big planet and they had hardly explored the surface and there was water and life forms that froze and dried out and returned to life, including plants …

He and Orwell marched along a corridor to the library, for their regular visit and they occasionally looked into rooms with their doors open, as it interested them what people were like there.

“It’s also incredible,” Orwell muttered, “that most of the people that investigated the body thought it was some form of animal!”

They then entered the library, and he asked Cronenberg, “Have you found anything else?”

“I found a photo of a newspaper article of Anders, found in his apartment, about a scientist that found something, which I’m sure was the diamonds … I’ve been trying to trace information about him and what he was doing.”

 

Chapter 11

 

The Deaths

 

It was almost a week later when he saw Orwell again and he thought he had lost interest and was glad to see him and was surprised that he had been searching elsewhere in his spare time, and had arrived with some news.

Cronenberg search in the library had just about become exhausted when he saw him enter the outer library, marching over to him, and he studied him trying to see what he was up to.

“What you got?” he swiftly asked.

“There’s been another death!” Orwell replied, making Cronenberg gasp.

“What happened?”

“The person was found in the same condition as Campbell! Large regions of the body were eaten! And they’ve found Campbell was definitely eaten in the same way.”

Cronenberg was confused, and wondered what was going on about, as the day earlier he had found declassified material in the library showing similar attacks and deaths at the base and that they had covered it up.

“I’ve also found stuff on deaths here!” he replied, and flicked through a pile of documents he had at the end of the table, and handed him over two documents about it, which were of deaths occurring there over a decade, five years from then.

Orwell searched through it in surprise, and stood confused, staring a section of one document.

“In one case they were unable to find out if it was an animal or human!” he finally replied, and put the document down.

“We could have been followed there, by someone?”

“Or there are things of Mars that kill? They might have been covered up? They might not have declassified the stuff!”

Cronenberg nodded his head, and agreed it could be the answer and he wondered why they had not been warned by some means about there be a possibility of them being there, and he gasped when he realized that they could enter the base.

“Found anything new about the diamonds then?” Orwell finally asked, after a few minutes of stunned silence, with Cronenberg realizing he could have been the one.

“Yes!” he replied, firmly, searching through another pile of documents, and pulling documents out.

“What you go there?”

“I found stuff on the scientist that found the diamonds! It seems he was working with a new satellite, at the time, that could magnify into areas of the Earth and Mars far greater and clearer than before, and he was the first to use it on Mars! I think he found the diamonds with it!”

“From up in orbit! I never knew that could be done!”

“I reckon he knew where to look for diamonds and that he discovered them!”

“So if we managed to get the use of it we could explore the area where the shuttle went down for them …”

“Or where the diamonds may be under the ground …”

“I’ve not heard of any diamonds being found on Mars yet!”

“Exactly! And their value would be great!”

 

Chapter 12

 

The Satellite

 

Cronenberg could not believe the length Orwell went to find and get the use of the satellite, and he was sure they were now being watched by security agents, and was sure the satellite was still highly classified, even after decades, and perhaps vastly improved and used for some military purposes.

He was sure that he only gained use of it for them to get what he was up to, and he realized why they had started watching Anders, and he had also highly illegally taken an expensive classified space vehicle.

Orwell had updated himself on where to look for diamonds, and techniques used to locate them, and he searched the region where the shuttle had gone down.

Cronenberg was invited to join them and welcomed it and he became sure they had little on them other than they were trying to use the satellite for a project, and if they found the diamonds, they were an interest to science and their missions there anyhow.

They used it to search everywhere they could on and around the hill, searching there in such incredible detail that he was sure he would never think he was not being watched outside again. It was incredible and he managed to examine where the shuttle had come down, and the massive amount of footstep and vehicles marks left there, and where the shuttle had been and had been repaired and taken away, and he studied where Anders had been, and the remains of the rocket, which had been dug up and examined, with its interior searched.

He realized it was the ultimate way of searching for it, as he could search everything there, hill by hill, but realized that where the diamonds had been may now be buried deep beneath the sand, but the area looked unchanged to him, and the sand was not as deep as it seemed, and he proved that they could not be properly hidden away.

Eventually he returned to finish the last of his research in the library, and searching through the last of the documents.

What was peculiar was he somehow sensed that there was something missed out in the documents! So he was not surprised when he found it, and it was hidden away in the last of the documents, and it was a document about security services watching Anders’s wife and he was sure they believed he intended to meet her at some point, and it never happened, and he found a photographed letter from her to him, which was her last letter to him from the Earth to him on Mars, which mentioned his search for something, which he was sure was the diamonds, and that he intended to return to the Earth for good, and it mentioned the map and Anders’s belief that the scientist, who actually was the astronaut with him, had recorded the location wrongly.

Cronenberg discovered suggestions that the map, which had been made by the scientist, had more information hidden on it, and Anders thought he was up to something!

 

Chapter 13

 

The New Mission

 

For an instant Cronenberg thought he could die a hideous death, and he even considered what it would be like being a ghost trapped out there on the desolate world.

They had to land! Soon! Surely they should not take the risk continuing to fly to their destination at night! The shuttles were still new and the repairs on theirs was only recently completed and they were trying it out for the first time, and testing it for the first time over Mars, and he was sure they had hardly even tested the thing out before they had given them it back!

Loud explosions and flashes had suddenly appeared from somewhere out in the dark Martian night sky, and had sent the whole shuttle shaking about, and he realized it had to be some form of storm, created by the weak Martian atmosphere, and he heard the other astronauts talking about it and announce it was, from the information from their equipment.

The entire crew was the same except for Campbell who was replaced by Deputy Commander James Mitchell as the new head flight engineer, and who incredibly resembled Campbell, and had the same experience and was an astrophysicist/planetary geologist, and was being helped by Rosenberg the other flight engineer, and they were all basically checking the performance of the shuttle and findings the new detection equipment aboard gathered, especially in the unexplored regions they were entering.

He realized the shuttle might not be designed for the storm and it could be far different from Earth storms, and have incredible wind speeds, and he realized the shuttle could go down and again crash on the surface of Mars.

Though he could not imagine the empty atmosphere coming out with a powerful wind, even though a high speed wind could be generated, and he considered what had actually taken them down the last time.

The sky outside, over the space vehicle, was so peculiar and strangely colored that he was sure that it was no longer in the universe, and at the outer limits of the universe, floating outside it somewhere.

The problem with the mission was that they were ordered to stick to the route they were given no matter what, and he realized that if they were confronted by a storm ahead that they would go straight through it.

He recalled the shuttles were now shielded to stop anything, after being taken down at the Antarctica the last time, and they thought it would stop anything taking control of the shuttles, and he thought it might help protect them from the powerful energy disturbances in the outer storm.

He switched on a small powerful light over him, to properly see the booklet he was given with his orders and the mission described on it, and he stared out one of the windows at the surrounding darkness, and into visible stars there, and started properly examining the details in the booklet to see if he was missing anything he should know.

It was the perfect time of the year for the mission, for it to be light enough in the Artic and Antarctica, and the mission was for all twenty shuttles to go to and assemble at the Martian Antarctica, going there at their different sections, and the first sections to leave would cover the current daylight region of the world, would do their first scan, and a practice scan of Mars from the Artic to the Antarctica – as all the shuttles were to scan a section of Mars from the top to the bottom, over many months, and they would all scan an equal amount of Mars, and map it in more detail than had ever been done before, giving people the ability to study anything on the surface of the world back on the Earth, and someday people on the Earth would completely explore the whole of Mars!

They had to properly check all the shuttles were working and giving them the exact information they needed, and satellites would make sure they followed the exact routes and control them.

If successful it could be used to explore many worlds and moons, and in other solar systems, and he wondered if someday they would replace them with computers, and create the ultimate probe voyager that would scan entire worlds.

It was an incredible piece of luck for them as they were getting to scan every square foot of the world and they could use it to find the diamonds there, at whatever location they were at.

He was positive it was located at the southern pole though and he was starting to believe it could be at the pole itself, and Orwell had agreed and they had eagerly joined the new mission.

The world that they were exploring was like it had no sun, and it was like there were billions of light years of space between them and the nearest stars.

 

Chapter 14

 

The South Pole

 

Something startled Cronenberg, when he stepped out the shuttle and stepped onto the south pole, and he struggled to grasp what as he focused on the bright sun, over the Martian horizon at the side of the shuttle, and he gasped as he watched the glowing landscape.

Other shuttles were resting behind the shuttle and he saw that five were still landing, making it all twenty being there.

Something staggered him about the mission and he sensed something was going to occur, and he shivered, and examined the ice around him, and that it was hard and had been there a long time, and he realized how ancient the world was.

He saw the sun edge its way along the horizon, and he realized he could not avoid whatever he was going to encounter! He had to go through with everything! He believed he could survive if he did everything he could and avoided making any deadly mistakes!

The world about them was a flat stretch, with occasional large asteroid dents.

“What a place?” Orwell finally moaned, and tried laughing, and moved close to him, and Cronenberg watched him, wondering what he was talking about.

“There’s something not right about this mission!” Cronenberg confessed, considering if he could give him anything that he might have missed.

He realized it could be just Mars affecting them! It was the new things and hidden dangers there! It was exploring where nobody had been before, and the great deadly environment and mistakes they could make being somewhere with such an environment for so long! The region they were in was the least explored!

It was the legendary Martian Antarctica, and he still sensed there was something strange there! Something he had not encountered before! Something that could only exist in such a place, and in the depths of space, and it gave him chilling and weird sensations, but he could not grasp what, and he wondered if he was destined to die on the remote world.

As the shuttles completely turned silent he watched the rest of the crew rush about observing the whole south pole, and he increasingly felt a presence of something, somewhere, in the chilling distance of the alien world, and it was clear that the five other members of the crew said anything about it.

A silent vibration went through the ground and he expected to hear a sudden explosion sound in the distance, and he knew it was only a tremor, but it gave the world a feeling of being unstable.

All the crew slowly vanished behind the shuttle, over where the main shuttles were, and Orwell walked around its edge to see what was happening, and stood with his mouth open and Cronenberg wondered what it could be and if it was his reaction to nothing, and he went over to him, and he then stood with his mouth open.

All the astronauts from the shuttles, a hundred astronauts, were standing in a group discussing something and he suddenly realized, from their communications from their spacesuit communicators, that it was a search for the diamonds and he wondered how the hell they had heard of them and started watching Orwell and he realized he had to have been behind it.

But he then knew he had not by his reactions! But he had to have unknowingly done it!

He was surprised when two of the other shuttle commanders looked directly at him and started discussing something, and he gasped and realized his luck was vanishing.

Cronenberg marched in close and observed all their spacesuits standing about a central area, where there was a large meteorite boulder, and he anxiously started listening into their communications.

After a few minutes he showed a glint of humor, followed by some sadness, as he realized that they never had any real information about the diamonds he then realized that they could gain knowledge of what they had.

“Are you saying that you think that there’s treasure here too?” one astronaut that had not properly heard them asked with amusement and astonishment, wondering what they were really talking about.

Everyone listened, and some stopped doing things.

“There’s a page missing from this,” one of the astronauts broke in the conversation with, and Cronenberg watched him with astonishment holding a diary.

“Yes, and I found it,” one of the other shuttle commanders, called Tom Eagle, forced himself to reply, walking out of the crowd of astronauts, and he stood in front of them all, and they formed into a crowd in front of him, and Cronenberg and Orwell rushed over and stood at the side of them.

Eagle took the diary and held in up and took the missing page out of his pocket, and continued, “It was on the bottom of the bookshelf, where it was found!”

Cronenberg wondered what the hell he was talking about as he had not heard anything until then and he knew that they had something, and he could sense something was coming, and Eagle even seemed to warn him of it.

Eagle took the page and spread it out in front of him, and all their eyes seemed to go on it at once, and he muttered, “It refers to a clue that the scientist with Anders gave! It says it is on a map that Anders managed to get from him!”

 

Chapter 15

 

The Treasure Hunt

 

Now Cronenberg entirely apprehended how complicated and messed up things had really become, and that things had gone far further than before, which he had originally not been able to accept, and he started disbelieving what he had thought as fact and what was fantasy.

He did not know if he believed there were diamonds as when he read all his notes and checked documents looking for the mention of a diary by the scientist he found nothing and there was even a suggestion there was none and he started to realize that all the information showed little of if the diamonds existed, as there was barely a proven fact in them, and the scientist could easily have been wrong or up to something else, like many of the documents claimed that they wanted the rocket vehicle.

Commander Eagle seemed to have talked every astronaut there into seeking the treasure, even though most were unsure what they were going to find or were even doing, and most seemed to think he was going to take them for himself at some point.

All the shuttles in their sectors had left as the day went on, carrying out their first scan of Mars, as the sun moved over their sectors of Mars, and Cronenberg had finally left to do his, and had sat confused in his seat, examining facts over and over, and realized that Orwell had to have let out the information about the diamonds and the map out, and he could not fully realize what he had intended to do and if he had even deliberately told them to carry out some elaborate plan, but if he had was he crazy doing it or had he made a mistake in depending on Commander Eagle?

He was surprised when Orwell approached him, when the rest of the crew were occupied, and started apologizing for his mistake, and for what Eagle had done, and Cronenberg realized that he had known the shuttle commander before they had gone to Mars, and he recalled it and that they were both connected to other influential people, and at the base.

“What was your agreement?” he asked, confused at what the situation was.

“Well, he is a distant relative of mine!” he replied, surprising Cronenberg, and he watched his face and saw his resemblance.

Orwell rested against a wall, and looked at him.

“I told him only about there being diamonds and we were searching for them! I figured we would have a better chance of finding it, as for starters we only cover one small sector of the area of Mars being checked.”

“You’re correct there! We will have to search through all the stuff recorded …”

“Exactly!” he swiftly replied. “And if we’re not able to find it on the recorded stuff we’ll not get it! But now all of them are searching with their detection equipment, which can’t be used on the map, and could very well spot something …”

He realized that it was a good point and that they could all together detect something, and their chances of finding them alone were low, and he was sure the method the scientist that originally found them had used to get them with the satellite were unknown.

He thought of how long it would take to map the entire world and rested back into his seat, and he wondered what would happen, and if he had really blown it, giving the information Orwell and to every astronaut there, and he realized that Orwell could have made a mistake and that he should have had them looking for something else, and he realized that it was Eagle that had ruined it and he was sure he never realized what he was doing.

He thought over what he had said and realized that Eagle had only known the diamonds were there, and could be found, but he had found the scientist’s diary, and Cronenberg recalled that there had been other libraries at the base, but small ones and were not for the public, and he recalled what he had said and that the diary said it was on the map and he wondered what information was in the diary and wondered if it gave how the scientist had located the diamonds on the satellite.

Cronenberg had searched the map repeatedly for the clue, after he had read a mention of it on Anders’s wife’s letter and he decided to try to find it later and started searching for information on the scientist and other scientists of that time, on his computer, and how they might have hidden it away.

 

Chapter 16

 

The Missing Shuttle

 

Cronenberg was almost asleep when an urgent communication was received and he partially grasped one of the pilot’s urgent voices and he rapidly realized it was something important and started to comprehend what it was to do with!

“Our mission has been cancelled!” Lyndon, the pilot, called out.

“What?” he moaned.

“For the moment! One of the shuttles has just vanished, and they’re starting to search for it!”

“Whose shuttle?” he called back.

“Wait a minute! I’ll ask! Whose shuttle? It’s Commander Eagle’s shuttle!”

Cronenberg gasped and jumped up and saw all their faces lit up, after Eagle’s name was mentioned, and he watched Orwell slowly move over to him, and he considered what to do.

“Tell them we’ll search for it too!” he announced, and he asked them to go to the location where the shuttle was last seen.

He was amazed when he replied, “They’re at the location we went down at!”

“What at the exact location?” he gasped, considering changing the order, considering them crashing down again.

It was a dangerous mission and he just had to go there and investigate what was happening, and he wondered why the hell Eagle had chosen that route, and he realized that the diamonds could be there and hidden at some place he had not noticed.

“It’s not the exact location!” Lyndon replied, looking over at him, and searching his face. “It’s further south!”

After a few minutes considering it he noticed he knew something else, and asked, “Is there any other information, and anything unusual you can find?”

He announced, “We’ve detected the shuttle! I cannot discover if it is damaged but there is no communications from it, and no information from anyone aboard! It seems dead!”

“If you detect anything trying to take control of this shuttle turn back! We cannot afford to crash again! We can go there later!”

“They want to explore what’s there – if nothing happens – and check what’s happened!”

 

Chapter 17

 

The Second Occurrence

 

In the distance he spotted the crashed shuttle, and it rapidly expand in size, and Cronenberg saw their crash site over at their side, and watched the hill he had stood on, where Campbell had died, and he sensed something, even though there was no sign of what had brought them down, as well as Eagle’s shuttle.

When they reached Eagle’s shuttle their acceleration automatically decreased and they flew in a circle around the shuttle, and he spotted damage to the shuttle, and signs that a fire had damaged it, and he saw there were no signs of anyone, or anyone leaving it.

It looked as though it had been brought down the same way as them but had sustained more damage, and he asked Lyndon to try to contact them again, and was immediately replied with there was nothing there to contact.

He struggled to grasp what was there and saw that the whole area was just a flat area of ground, similar to a desert region, with the hill he had stood on behind them and another hill at the same distance in the opposite direction, towards the Antarctica, and where Eagle’s shuttle had come form, and he focused on the deformed sun below the window, as it went along just above the horizon, and he gasped when the pilots announced the other shuttles in their group were arriving, in the distance, and he ordered them to land!

There had to be something there! He wondered if it was the hill after all! It was exactly in the middle between Eagle’s crash site and their crash site!

He looked for the diamonds and anywhere he could see that looked like where they could be and realized he could not see anything, and even wondered if they really existed.

The shuttles were new and recently built and they were still testing them for the first time over Mars!

Something staggered him about the mission and he sensed something was going to occur, and had seen it approaching, with it edging its way towards him, and he felt he could not avoid it! He had to go through with what was going to happen! He believed he could survive if he did everything he could to avoid any serious and deadly mistakes!

He watched the pilots do a perfect landing next to the shuttle, and he put on his spacesuit, and followed Orwell out the shuttle, and marched over to the other shuttle, and he wondered if they were still alive, as it looked like they had landed to fast and hard, as the shuttle looked embedded in the soil.

 

Chapter 18

 

The Second Hill

 

What had he done? Cronenberg completely realized his mistake and gasped, and examined the dark Martian landscape about him, with some amazement, astonished he was on another world!

Out of the silent empty Martian night high-powered rifle blasts were astonishing, especially in the deep darkness engulfing him, threatening to totally blind him! The explosions were so powerful that he believed a powerful explosive was used in the bullets, and again he was staggered that he could hear anything in such a thin atmosphere!

Someone definitely was trying to kill him, and as he rushed furiously away through thick reddish Martian sand, with his legs sinking deep, deeper and deeper in regions, threatening to impede him completely, and even turn to some form of quicksand!

Why he had been so stupid as to leave the shuttle without anyone else, and without saying anything, and even without any form of communications, and he wondered why he kept doing such things on Mars, which he never did on the Earth!

He had left the two shuttles, on his own, and as it was getting dark, and he had entirely underestimated the depth of the sand there, and that there was even anything there, which had impeded his speed for a long time and by the time he reached the hill, in the southerly direction, south of the last hill he had climbed, when they had crashed there.

He had to see the hill as he was sure it was really where there was something, and he was sure it had been where Anders and the scientist had intended to land, and he had known that he would never have a chance to search there again!

More high-powered rifle shots blasted out and hit the ground behind him and he realized how deep the darkness was now, and why he had survived, especially when the person had been close!

His pale cold complexion had entirely altered now and his face was bright red! Sounds of his heavy breathing and outer sounds took strange tones as he started trying to explain what they were, and he strained his eyes trying to see in front of him, and in the darkness he spotted the mountain stone was nearby, and that he would entirely escape the sand there, where he would have to escape from the gunman behind him!

While he rushed furiously on he thought of the injured state the survivors of Eagle’s shuttle crash had been in, and their account of what had landed them there, and he thought of all the things they said, and when he had realized that something had definitely landed them there, as the they had approached from the south, and he had worked out the distance that they had claimed it had taken control of their shuttle, and then the distance it had been taken control of at the other side, as they had approached from the north, and he had worked out where the central point was, and the hill that he was going to had been directly in the middle, and he was sure it was where there was something, and that it had been only able to use its powers on both shuttles at a certain distance, at either side of it.

Though there was no sign of the diamonds being there he was sure they had to be there somewhere, and he wondered what the hell the connection was between them and what had made them crash there.

The solid ground ahead of him increased in size, as he slowly got nearer and nearer, and he considered using his light, by flashing it, to get a brief view of what was fully there, and where to run, but he decided not to as the person would see him and could easily shoot him.

He was sure it had to be someone from one of the other shuttles, as he had the same reactions, and he realized how desperate they had become to get the diamonds and he blamed it all on Eagle and his scheme to get the treasure, and have all the shuttles search and have himself go to that site, and crash.

Something staggered him about the mission and the fact that from the very start he sensed something was going to occur, and had seen something approaching, edging its way towards him, which he knew he could not avoid! He had to go through with it! And he somehow thought he could survive if he did everything he could and avoided a deadly mistake!

It was unexplored Mars! It had new dangers there! It was exploring where nobody had been before, with its great deadly environment with its hidden dangers! The region they were in was the least explored and the great Antarctica!

He could hardly believe he was at the legendary Martian Antarctica, and he still sensed there was something strange there! Something he had not encountered before! Something that could only exist at such a place, out in the depths of space, which might not be able to exist on the Earth, and it gave him an even more chilling sensation of something he could not grasp!

As he accelerated on, closing in on the dark stone of the hill, he increasingly felt a presence of something, somewhere, in the chilling darkness of the alien world around them, which he realized never existed earlier.

Whoever was after him had to be stark raving mad and out for the kill, and was stupid for going to such levels to kill him, as if they found his body, which they would surely discover, as they would find his footsteps in the sand from near the shuttles and would be able to trace him, and the other person’s prints, and there would be someone that noticed the person had not been around, and he could not realize who was there and just accepted that he was trying to kill him to get the diamonds, which might have been detected by them!

The place had to be located in the coldest place he had been in and he detected it in places all about him, and it had the look of being the most remote place! Even in the summer the place was been highly deadly to any form of life!

He could not grasp why the person was so positive that there were diamonds, and could go so far to get them!

The dangers and the coldness made him cringe and blindly rush on through the blinding blackness, almost lost, and he wondered why people took such risks and gambled so far.

A loud explosion blasted out and a bullet thudded somewhere nearby and he had to jump through the sand into the dark landscape for his life! He dared not use his light now, and he could barely see anything!

The man could be heard over to his side behind him and he realized that he could have an infrared sight and was playing with him and when he reached the stone area below the hill he just dived at it and ran as fast as he could into the darkness, going straight to an area of small hills nearby, at the bottom of the hill, and that was covered up from being seen by the gunman, and once there he rushed round a hill and rushed towards one of another five hills, which he chose randomly, and immediately rushed around, and realized he had finally got away from him, and with delight saw many more small stone hills going over to the base of the large main central hill, and randomly kept rushing through different hills, covering up any sign he was there, and made sure his footsteps were not visible and he was not being watched, and he saw the gunman had vanished behind him.

Once he realized that he had escaped he started to enjoy going slower and being free from being attacked, and he thought through what had occurred!

Why would he go to such lengths to kill him? Surely the diamonds were not worth that much? There had to be something else! What else could possibly be there? What could be there in such a desolate place?

Suddenly it was like he recognized the place and mysteriously followed routes through different hills, and was constantly surprised that he knew things were there before he arrived and went around corners, and felt he could find somewhere to hide there and when he finally found a hiding place at the hill itself, in a small tunnel in a large pile of large boulders, and he rushed into the small tunnel going through and around the boulders until he reached the hill itself and found himself surrounded by a small hidden cavity, where he hid, and faced outwards, buried away in the boulders, seeing if he could see anything, and checked for any gaps in the boulders, and when he found there were no holes or places light could escape he turned on his light and quickly checked his oxygen supply, and spare tanks, and realized he could escape in the morning, before it was light, and realized the person would eventually return to the shuttles, if he never found him, as he saw the person never had extra oxygen tanks.

He rested and started going over everything and what had happened and he wondered if something else was occurring that he never knew of, and why they had been so determined to get the diamonds as there was no real proof of the diamonds existing, anyway, and he had seen the diary Eagle had, which had belonged to the scientist, and the diary had virtually nothing in it as far as he was concerned, and he recalled Eagle mentioning that that the location was hidden away on the map and he realized that Orwell had to have told him, and convinced him there was definitely something there, but Orwell never knew of the map, and he had not told anyone, and he had been sure Eagle thought he had it, and he recalled that someone did know he had it, and it was Rosenberg, as he had seen him take it out of Anders’s spacesuit!

 

Chapter 19

 

The Light in the Night

 

Cronenberg’s dreams were strange and as though he was floating through mist, which shifted about beneath him, and he never recognized anything, and he was too tired to awaken, and he observed it all with amusement, and an annoying whispering sound that he kept listening to, from some unseen place, which sounded artificial when he firmly listened.

The events of the past days haunted him and he kept wondering where things were going, and it was incredible as he had not done anything like it in years, and even then it was nothing like it!

Lights twinkled through thick areas of mist on the horizon. A bright light suddenly appeared, deep in the vapor. It oscillated and intensified.

He tried imagining the astronaut who had chased him as he tried to realize something that he could not grasp about him and he was surprised that he appeared and how authentic he was, and he studied the perfect copy in detail, with the strange light there glowing over him.

He resembled someone! He could not grasp! He realized no face features had been visible, and the person was somehow different, and he nearly grasped it when a strange loud gurgle came from somewhere. He sensed the presence of something mysterious somewhere nearby, or existing about him, and he felt danger existed and he swiftly opened his eyes and was surprised to see a light in the cavity, and he rapidly searched the tunnel where he had come in and saw there was nothing there, and turned to where he had been facing while dreaming and adjusted his blurred eyes, and sat upright staring at it trying to see what it was, and realized it was there and was not projected there, and he wondered if it was some form of volcanic disturbance, and a crack into some form of volcano, where there was molten rock, and realized it was Mars and things were different and that molten rock might not explode out, as the lava flow was nothing like on the Earth

It was not there before he went to sleep, as he would have seen a crack there, and the crack was too new looking, and he realized that it must have appeared about when he started dreaming, and he tried to work out why and he decided that him being there, and his weight and frantic rush into the cavity might have altered the weakened rock and allowed it to break, and he realized that if it got worse it could breakthrough.

A deep thud appeared within the rock and he heard a familiar sound and realized it was the annoying whispering sound in his dream that he kept listening to, from some unseen place, which had sounded artificial, and he listened to it with his ear against the rock and he heard it was a powerful vibration from something, and when he firmly listened he was sure something was breaking through, and he checked his watch and wondered if the astronaut with the gun was still about outside, hunting him down, and he examined the crack in the rock and was surprised when he checked it lower down and his eyes adjusted and he saw a cave there and the powerful light was coming from something strange in the distance.

What amazed him was before he checked he knew he could enter the cave, and he grabbed the edge of the crack and started pulling chunks of crumbling rock away, opening the gap wider and wider, until he had a hole large enough to enter, and he stood blinded by the bright light beaming out into the dark night, and surrounding cavity, and prepared to enter it, and was surprised at the formation of the cavity and it looked almost artificial made.

As he swiftly entered the hole he was surprised that it was a very long tunnel and he cautiously marched along it, going deep into the hill.

Mind-bending sounds and echoes from what he was sure was volcanic activity increased and came through the shaft with fury and left him stunned at the dangers, and no matter how he tried to shake it off and contemplate its full identity he never formed stable recognitions of what was occurring there, and why the light was so powerful, and almost like laser light or light from the sun!

The vibration going through the rock reminded him of a fault line and he accepted it had to be some form of volcanic activity, and he slowed down and prepared himself to run if he anything came towards him, and he probed his way through the large hole in the hill, and as he went along he realized that there was some form of breeze blowing from ahead and he realized the dangers he could be in and that there could be highly explosive volcanic gases, and that if he never caused a spark it could be ignited by the volcanic activity, and he checked the walls and ground around him searching for signs of it having occurred before, and if the lava had been through there, and he saw nothing, and there was no sign of scorch marks or anything, other than it was as if something had blasted its way through it.

 

Chapter 20

 

The Alien Sphere

 

A loud screech ripped through him and he nearly leapt off the floor, and he stood dazzled by the bright light blasting into his eyes, and he had to recall what had just occurred, and that he had sleepily just staggered straight into the blinding light, in an immense cavity, situated at the center of the bottom of the hill, and he tried to grasp what was in front him!

The thing resembled a magical sphere, and he tried to grasp what was really there, and why it was there!

In the blinding light he could not grasp if it was just energy or what, and he saw a blast of stars exploding by him, as though he was shooting through space in some strange galaxy, and he gasped again, and wondered if it was causing him to imagine things.

Its formation seemed to constantly change, as though unstable, and he watched it shift around a central region, of the cavity, as though trapped in something, and some force field, and for a moment something seemed to form in it that seemed alive, and its formation kept altering, as though its energy was constantly altering and trying to control itself, and altered and whirled within occasional hideous energy surges – while it kept consistently stopping itself from vanishing.

It looked like something had been caught in some energy field there and had altered itself to survive, and he was staggered at the power the field had and what was caught in it!

It surely had to be artificial, but he could not prove it, and nothing was normal or familiar, and the cavity looked natural, but unusual, and he tried to establish if it had alien origins but could not, and he believed if it was it was of a highly advanced species of some sort.

For a few seconds he was sure something formed in it and looked out at him, and into to his very soul, and for a second recognized something, and he tried to place it and realized that it had reminded him of what had landed their shuttle, and had made them crash, and for some reason he felt it had not deliberately caused them to crash and he wondered if it was trying to communicate with him or state information like a computer.

Surely the sphere could not create such a thing!

But he was sure it was something artificial and decided to leave it until he had slept and he considered staying in the cavity, and he realized that there was air around, which could be breathed, and for some reason he unlocked his faceplate and opened it and breathed air there, which was fresh and he wondered where it had come from, but could not find anything anywhere, and he decided to leave and closed his faceplate and went back into the tunnel, and back to where he had been sleeping, considering if it was sort of entity/life form combination, trapped there, and he wondered what the scientists at the base, and the Earth, would think of it, and he realized he would be famous and remembered in history books for the discovery, and the biggest discovery ever find in outer space, and he wondered what would happen to the energy bubble – and if they could remove it what would happen? Surely they would fully check the energy bubble before it was taken to an inhabited region of the Earth!

 

Chapter 21

 

The Scientists

 

The cavity was full of scientists, technicians, and archeologists going in a circle around the energy sphere, crowded around it, in groups loudly and excitedly discussing hundreds of scientific details, not going passed a white painted line circle going around its sphere, where alterations to things had occurred, and Cronenberg went behind them and took a seat at a table beside some scientists, and with the astronauts of his shuttle, and he watched the astronauts startled faces, still recalling his arrival back at the base, and his description of it, and they had immediately sensed that it was something immense of alien origins, of a highly advanced civilization, and had only been slightly surprised that he had gone to the hill.

Who had the gunman astronaut been? Who had wanted to kill him? He even wondered if someone had known of the alien sphere, and had tried to stop them finding it for some reason!

What had astonished him was that none of the astronauts had actually left the shuttles, and they were positive of it, and he had even proven nobody had sneaked away by recordings of them on the shuttle recordings, and it had left him bewildered.

He had been told confidentially that there had been occurrences at that region of the Antarctica before their shuttles had been brought down, and they had been highly classified occurrences, and Anders crash had been recorded, but they had not found their remains and wreckage.

The events of that week were incredible and he saw the whole base react to the alien discovery, and the information had appeared all over the media there, and it had finally reached the Earth, and he had even become famous there for finding the discovery, and had returned to see it with the other astronauts, and they had told them of the occurrences that had taken the shuttles down, which the scientists believed it had been responsible for the occurrences, and they believed that the sphere had something wrong with it, which nobody fully understood, and that it had not been able to take the shuttles where it had wanted and had landed them where it was safe to land, and that the rocket vehicle Anders and the scientist had been in had been too hard to land properly, leading to its crash.

They believed it had tried to take them to where it was to have them find it, and he was positive of it now, and also going by the accounts the scientists there gave of things that had happened since they had entered the cavity, and it later enlarged the tunnel into the hill, and the appearance of strange things!

They believed it was trying to make contact with them, but nothing had been established, though it had communicated with many of them, as he had done, but they had been confused by it and had not achieved much and it revealed little, but he was surprised that the astronaut with the gun had been seen the night before and he had questioned the scientists that had seen him and they gave him a photograph of him and he had identified it as the astronaut, and they were sure it had used the generated astronaut copy to get him to go to the cavity to the discovery, which he surely would not have gone to if he had not been chased!

But he also thought it generated it to do things and they were there for some other reason, and nobody had given a full and proper explanation of why, and they never fully got the alien sphere’s actual function, or if it was just an advanced life form and what it was really like, and what it was doing there and what environment had it originated from, and what it really wanted, other than the fact it had wanted to be discovered!

The scientists were mainly involved in trying to monitor and analyze everything they could about the sphere!

 

Chapter 22

 

The Cavity

 

A panoramic spectacle view of the Martian landscape stretched out all the way around Cronenberg as he rested on the top of the hill, almost over the cavity, and he watched the fascinating rugged golden shapes of the world beaming in bright sunlight everywhere, and in the thin blue sky he studied stars, and where all the vehicles and shuttles were below, and below where the archaeologists were working away, checking if there was anything in the ground everywhere, and he heard their excited conversations, talking of the discovery, which had to their ultimate find, and perhaps the best find in centuries.

He liked archeology, especially there, and liked exploring the past and the occurrences that had taken place.

The world below now looked like it had been frozen in time, and was a fantastic surreal prehistoric times world, and he recalled why he had even wanted to be a paleontologist. It conjured up great visions of the original primitive worlds of the universe, with its astounding untouched magnitude.

While he moved over and rested against a large boulder he occasionally examined clouds of dust from the stone and debris, the archeologists sifted through, and he still listened for anything of interest to him, and he watched the sky in a place that he had not examined before and wondered what existed there and what other strange worlds there were to explore, and he started to realize he was starting to like the world more than his own, and that he would miss being there if he left, and the stars on the Earth would not be the same.

The cavity had fascinated everyone there and he watched them dig away the hill, enlarging the tunnel out, more and more, to allow them to get proper large equipment in.

An image was still in his mind! Something about the astronaut with the gun fascinated him, as if it had tried to kill him, and he wondered if it meant the alien sphere was a killer life form, and was it waiting for its chance to do something?

He could not grasp why it had not shown it intended to do harm, but he was sure it used the astronaut to get him there!

What had eaten Campbell and the other people at the base though, and yet the alien sphere could not reach the distance of the base and he began to suspect there was something else!

The entire outside of the cavity and the boulders there were destroyed and their remains removed, and everything there and further out was being checked by archeologists, as they searched for the remains of anything that could give them the slightest clue to the energy sphere’s origins or anything else.

It was incredible that with the entire incident he had forgotten about the map and the diamonds, and he was amazed that he was actually sitting on the spot where he had intended to look for them, and he still had not done it!

He looked over to where the other hill was, where he had climbed up when they had crashed there, and looked over at where the shuttles had been, where Eagle’s shuttle had crashed, and the shuttles had landed, and examined all the mess it had left.

Eagle and the other astronauts had now entirely lost interest in the treasure map, and that made him happy, and he recalled Rosenberg knowing of the map, when he saw Cronenberg taking it out Anders pocket, and he was sure it was him that had told them of it, but he had not gone near Eagle anywhere.

He spotted where Anders’s rocket vehicle had come down, and where their shuttle had been over at its side.

He removed the treasure map and studied it, and the entire region about him, sure that it had to be out there or about him somewhere, and he was surprised at how bright the map was there and how details on it became visible, which were not visible before, and he studied it with some surprise, and in an entirely new light, seeing the entire area and map properly, and as not the vague jumbled muddled scrap of paper as it had been, but as the scientist had made it, as he knew what he was like now, now that he had all the information of the scientist, and how he did things!

To his surprise he spotted a mark, like a vague small hill with a cross marked on it, and it was surely the hill he was on, and he started searching about the hill for the place, and for anything that looked like it, and went to a slightly higher point behind him and he measured the hill and mark on the map and saw the place close to him, to his surprise, and he searched where it was marked at, and spotted a bright gleam nearby and rushed over to it.

 

Chapter 23

 

The Awakening

 

Cronenberg stopped dead, confused, bewildered, and he rushed down the hill, gasping hysterically for air, thinking of the diamond in his spacesuit pocket, and in the deep silence of his spacesuit it sank in that something else was occurring simultaneously with his incredible discovery, and the discovery of the first diamond on Mars and with an immense size he had never seen before!

Saliva poured down his mouth, and he had to calm himself, and rest, to see what he was missing!

When he had rested he examined everything over at the cavity entrance and watched scientists rushing out, and falling about, and technicians and archeologists swiftly removing expensive equipment, as though something deadly of immense proportions was occurring, and he tried to recall what they had been doing.

He stood baffled with his mouth open, as he had not even seen them react anything like it before!

What the hell was going on? He did not know what to do? Would he lose what he had found?

The diamond had astounded him! It was just lying out in the open, shining in the sunlight, embedded in a strange form of Martian rock, which he used a tool to hack out.

He sat down, still exhausted, thinking of all the things he could use the cash on back on the Earth and slowly started realizing the ground was vibrating and dust and stones were shifting about him, and the intensity of it was increasing, and he started to see something unbelievably dangerous was going to happen, and large boulders at his side started rolling about the hill, and as he stood he started falling about as though in an immense earthquake, and saw and heard boulders rolling down and smashing into things on the ground, and he ran down at full speed as he saw the ground starting slide down and form a landslide.

The bottom of the hill was now being smashed with more and more large boulders, and everything was collapsing about him, and he searched everywhere until he saw a place that was free from the destruction and he swiftly took the safest route across to there, and fell over, over and over, and kept immediately rushing back on his feet.

Once on the ground he used the last of his energy to escape from the hill, but he collapsed against a pile of boulders, with his eyes still on the hill, and he grasped what the incredible force behind it was like.

To his shock he spotted all the scientists and others still running and escaping for their lives – and they were further out than him – and he rushed away on his weakened limbs and ran away from the site as fast as he had ever tried to run, and he even thought of removing the lower part of his spacesuit to get away!

When he heard the explosion he just dived straight over some boulders, to an area behind them, and covered himself by burrowing himself below the boulders, and covered his ears as the blast intensified and he felt the blast hit the other side of the boulders, and he gritted his teeth as he waited for the powerful impact to kill him!

 

Chapter 24

 

The Artifact

 

Once the dust cloud slowly vanished, with no sign of anything else occurring, they all started returning to the remains of the hill, and mainly in rubble heaps across their front.

Cronenberg watched the dead and injured being taken away in undamaged shuttles, and he wondered what was going on, and swiftly approached scientists he knew.

“What did you do?” he moaned to one, and he just laughed back, feeling his arm trying to find how damaged it was, from a rock that had hit it, as they went back to where the alien energy sphere had been.

A horrendous sensation struck him as he felt energy from something pulsating through the ground – the same energy that he had felt from the energy sphere, going through the ground, but it had far more power and energy to it. He was so startled that he was not able to exhale properly and he checked his oxygen supply, and wondered what they had done to the energy sphere.

“They never did anything!” one scientist replied, and stared at him.

“What happened then?” he replied firmly.

“Nothing! They were trying to dig it up and we were setting up equipment, and massive energy surges appeared, and the ground everywhere started shaking, and we detected something was going to occur, and we had to run out and escape as the hill started collapsing everywhere …”

When they approached where the center of the hill was they all started slowing and examining there and Cronenberg saw it was different from everywhere else, and as they moved closer saw all the rubble had been pushed away from the central region by some force, and that the energy sphere was there, hovering over a black artificial object, which had been buried away under the rock, and that it had clearly used the force to free itself from beneath the hill, and they all approached it cautiously now seeing the dangers of it, and that it had clearly taken the whole hill down on top of them, killing and injuring people there.

Though as they approached it he sensed that it had not purposely killed anyone and had done its best to avoid it!

At the edge of the energy bubble, altering wildly, gleams of light shone like bright miniature stars were being held there motionlessly, and some scientists filmed it and studied it, and started recording information about it, and he heard one of the scientists give the exact time the disturbance started and he was surprised that it was the exact time that he had removed the diamond at the top of the hill, and he realized that it had been directly above it.

 

Chapter 25

 

The Strange Black Object

 

For days he watched the archeologists at work removing the black object beneath the energy sphere, and he watched them discover it was made of something they could not recognize, and none of the scientists had any proper theories what it was, as there were no clues anywhere to anything, and the energy sphere refused to give any proper communications, and most of the things it gave were beyond their understand, and it became clear to him that every time he appeared it started to give communications, which he originally thought he was imagining, and then he thought it was the scientists doing something that they wanted to do when he was there, and then the scientists started questioning him about it!

They questioned him about everything they could and never got anything, and the only proper theory put forward, by a leading scientist, was it had connected itself to him for some reason, and perhaps because he found it and perhaps it trusted him, and it had allowed him to find it, and he was the chosen one to make communications with, even though it answered them while he was there, and they tried occasionally to discover why, without much success, and they could not grasp something.

The work continued for days, and they all accepted that there was an existing danger from it, and its form altered – and shrank to nearly fifty feet across from every side – and was suspended over the artifact, in a large cavity that was dug around it.

The entire top region was covered in equipment and scientists studying the alien object and energy bubble above, trying to find what connected them, as there had to be some form of communication between the two, but they never found anything and it was agreed that it was either undetectable to them or it connected when the object was activated in some way, and some thought that the energy sphere had to be created by the object below as nothing was found that could give its vast powers.

Detection equipment was everywhere all around it and at the end of cables entered into areas of its field, where they found it could now be entered further, and the scientist reacted immediately when they received results, and one time they found that digital numbers were frozen on an atomic clock entered into its field, and even created multidimensional forms through the air, and they studied the suspension of partially transparent layers, and saw them vanish somewhere.

Paranormal scientists were even brought in and were left staggered and bewildered at what it was, and there was in fact little that was identifiable, and even after immense amounts of experiments little was found, but vast amounts of research and recordings were done, which might be used to find a solution to its identity one day, and they were sure if they could grasp some clue about its identity that they might be able to start solving their unanswered questions.

One day Cronenberg got up early in the morning with his shuttle crew, as they were to return to the base for the first time in a long time, and he was surprised to see the scientists monitoring the equipment in large shuttles there, and had just been woken up and had started checking information on what was happening, and he was about to announce that they were due to continue their mission of mapping Mars when he spotted that they had raised the object below the alien sphere.

The size of the cavity beneath the object below the energy sphere had been increased and they had removed the giant block and raised it up over the Martian landscape.

Cronenberg and his shuttle crew stood by its side examining the object with amazement.

“It must weigh tons …” Rosenberg gasped, checking the equipment that they had used to lift it over the ground.

“Well, they’ve virtually carved the entire block out!” Mitchell continued. “It was not as deep downwards as they expected, and they’ve tunneled under and around it to get it up. It’s incredible! It resembles a black version of the flying saucers they use to claim to see years ago on the Earth!”

“What the hell is it though?” Cronenberg replied, making all of them gasp, and look above it to the energy sphere floating over it, and he felt the surface of it and felt a firm vibration from something, showing it was functioning.

“It’s like there is something missing from it!” he replied. “It’s as though it’s somewhere else at the same time – and we are only seeing this part of it …”

“That could explain why they got so little information from it!” Orwell answered firmly.

 

Chapter 26

 

The Gateway

 

Cronenberg sensed something strange that he could not grasp, when he returned to the alien energy sphere, with his shuttle crew, and he tried to get what it was but failed!

Before he had left on his mission he had returned to the energy sphere and he and the rest of the crew had immediately seen the energy sphere had altered completely, and its outer fringes had a sphere of energy accelerating around it at an incredible speed, and the ground below vibrated furiously, and he felt there was something about to happen.

He shuddered as he studied its powerful sphere shape, with no blemishes or openings, vibrating with colossal powers.

The abnormal antics of the scientists also captivated him – mystifying him with the depth of their nervousness – and their fear of something colossal! They repetitively studied their highly advanced equipment and an immense sophisticated laser, with alarm, and he realized it was all new stuff there, and that it had just been brought in from the Earth, and was of a highly confidential nature, and he and the others with him knew it was there for a reason, and whatever that reason was it surely was dangerous, and he finally talked a scientist into getting a leading scientist to come over and explain what was happening.

“We have successfully communicated with it!” the leading scientist announced. “There was a first contact scenario put together to handle first contact situations, and one of the outcomes was an alien source code, designed to communicate with any extraterrestrials through communications, which has been vastly improved, and we used it to make communication with it.

“Well, special equipment here was used and we found out a few things! Even though we never got what the energy sphere and artifact was we discovered how to activate it!”

“Activate it!” Cronenberg gasped.

He and the other astronauts stood stunned with their mouths open, realizing the true situation!

“You’ve the technology to properly communicate with it …” Cronenberg moaned. “What will activating actually do?”

“Perhaps make a first contact situation occur!” he replied, making them gasp more, and wonder what the hell they were going to contact and how dangerous it was, and Cronenberg gasped when he realized that the thing was attached to him and he might be made to make contact.

“Another classified element of it is we communicate with it telepathically!”

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

“We’ve just started, and we needed you here to go further!”

They watched scientists activating equipment in front of them, with the energy sphere in front of them, and the artifact below resting over the ground.

A swift flash of light exploded out and a highly advanced strange laser beam blasted into the energy sphere – silencing all the scientists all around them.

In the blinding light, with him shading his eyes, he saw something was going to happen and he prepared himself, and watched it trigger it to unlock and open the flying saucer shaped black artifact below it and with a deafening bang he watched it split in half and the top half lift upwards into the air, until it was a certain position above the bottom half, which if the area between the top and bottom was filled in would make the whole artifact a perfect sphere, and they watched an energy field in the gap become visible.

Cronenberg with surprise watched the alien energy sphere above it shift down and enter the energy field, and fill the gap between the top of the artifact and the bottom, and it became a black central region between the top and bottom, and he knew it was complete and detected it from it, and from its central region where the energy sphere was.

It left them staggered, at what it was, could be, and the sheer power of it, and he watched the scientists communicating with it, and some rushed away to do things.

The whole artifact looked a perfectly symmetrical black sphere, and scientists and archeologists shifted a ramp over to it, which had been used to climb on the artifact, and they lowered it to where the alien energy sphere was in its central region.

What surprised him was they were now able to go right up to the energy sphere region, and they knew they could, and they started putting equipment there, and he spotted scientists removing what looked like a highly advanced probe of some sort and taking it to it and he realized that they intended to send it in and investigate what was there.

While the scientists were away Cronenberg and the shuttle crew decided to take what might be their only opportunity to check it and they marched up the ramp to examine it, and stood in front of the region the alien energy sphere was, and examined it inches away, and its now motionlessly perfect surface, and he tried to detect anything from it but could not, and realized that it had to be what had taken the shuttle down, and he recalled his original thoughts of it when he had sensed it in the shuttle going towards the Antarctica, and he realized it was it!

The echoes of things the scientists said about it in their last conversations haunted his mind.

What the hell had he done? Why had he done it? Surely he should have just left the thing in the cavity! They had no idea what it was, and it could be the end of mankind!

He watched the probe and a robotic device they were maneuvering there!

It had to be some form of ancient voyager, which could very well be billions of years old, which they had only been able to check a few basic functions of, which nobody had shown any proper awareness of the function of.

Even though they had found a way to activate it could they finally find a way of finding out what it was for?

For some reason, without thinking, he felt the diamond in his spacesuit pocket.

He tried to communicate with the alien sphere like he had done when he had first found it in the cavity at the center of the hill and tried to find out what its function was and what it wanted.

He thought of all the occurrences and facts about it, as he tried to grasp something he had missed, and he felt its powerful energy, like it went out across space and somewhere else, with so much force that it even threatened to make space and time warp or completely rip away, and he wondered what damage the Earth could be subjected to.

A sudden explosion of energy blasted out at him and the other members of the shuttle crew, from the energy sphere, and left them stunned, and by its colossal power surrounding them, and they contemplated its vast dangers and that they could not escape.

The strength of it was staggering, and they plunged into its confines, hurtling into a black abyss, where only a strange faint existence existed, and an explosion of movement, frenzy of activity, located them at different points in space and time, making vast leaps across the cosmos, emerging in vast mind-bending star regions, with a capacity inconceivable, searching for something!

 


The Stargate Source Code X1

An action-packed thriller of mind-bending alien encounters in Antarctic regions! In The Martian Antarctica Discovery astronauts crash at the Antarctica on Mars after an encounter with an unidentified force, and are left marooned there with something hideous! Something buried away on Mars! Something hideous with tremendous powers, as ancient as the universe, that has been waiting on their arrival on Mars since the beginning of the universe! In Ice Station X1 something has buried itself deep beneath the ice near an Antarctic ice station! Something of inconceivable alien origins emerged out of space and crashed at a tremendous velocity and Russian intelligence agencies uncover it first! They uncover a deadly mind-bending supernatural voyager and try to make contact with what is there!

  • ISBN: 9781310428883
  • Author: CosmicBlueCB
  • Published: 2016-06-30 15:50:16
  • Words: 51405
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