A blazing layer of stratus clouds from an impending sunrise -- something that looked its best for barely five minutes on Oct. 31, 2012. The foreground streetlight isn't THAT powerful, but I also made it a true morning light in silhouette.
Revelations, Pt. 12 of 13. Cecilia and Wendy were still struggling in the horizontal passage and straining to resist their basic need to breathe. The air in their lungs was over half a minute old, and the pressure and surrounding cold were increasingly difficult to endure. Furthermore, Cecilia was not a very good swimmer underwater and had frantically moved a short distance beyond the ceiling fissure of the spring. Wendy pulled her back with much effort beneath a bright white light nearby and saw her blurry image already starting to lose precious air. Seeing small gleaming bubbles emerge rapidly from her nose up close, she put her warm hands against the panicking woman's cheeks and held her face steady until she briefly became more calm. "Hmm-mph!" she grunted.
Wendy tugged Cecilia's nearly weightless form into a darker area under a narrow crack and helped her up into it first before following. The gap
Revelations, Pt. 11 of 13. Tokanon pressed three square buttons in a row on the small nearby panel as he glanced at Wendy and Cecilia, who moved toward the other sliding door, but just after going all the way in the external chamber, Jeremy saw a sly smile form across the alien's face as the door was being slowly closed. He swiftly shoved the weight of his body against the glass with his shoulder to force it open, and outside the confinement again, sharply said, "I had a strong feeling you were going to try something stupid!"
He heard Wendy scream his name while turning around and closing the door behind him fast. It sealed tight afterward with a short hiss, and cold clear water started to rapidly fill the chamber. His clever adversary backed cautiously away, watching the frightened woman beat her fists against the barrier and continue to shout at him. She objected to him staying behind but could not be heard anyway as th
Revelations, Pt. 10 of 13. Jeremy and Wendy looked into a nearby cask and saw an symmetrical shape moving about inside, as if it was at least trying deliberately to get their attention. Another one right next to it was barely in motion and had a darker black color; both were tightly enclosed in thin clear film and appeared embryonic. Cecilia turned her face away from the hideous sight, and Jeremy demanded an explanation of greater detail and truth. However, he was not sure of receiving either.
"The forms you see encapsulated inside the containers are outcast members of your kind and other captured fauna of your world. Our seeker probe abducted them for temporary storage here," Tokanon said. "They can however be restored to their original morphology yet, or left to eventually dissolve into the solution within. No pain is incurred."
"You . . . you bastards! I ought to blo
Revelations, Pt. 9 of 13. Wendy saw Jeremy disappear between two large computers and was glad the outcome of the battle went to his favor. However, a third alien technician was still in the complex laboratory and emerged from behind another row of the casks to grab her while she walked closer toward him. She let out a short loud scream as its tenacious hands and arms wrapped around her fear-stiffened body, but before any firm grip was established, she twisted around and swung her blade wildly about, slashing through its snug uniform and into more delicate flesh superficially. With light olive-green blood oozing rapidly from the long cut across its chest and upper left arm shortly, the alien backed away against the end of a shelf of accessory equipment and raised its hands after seeing Jeremy approach fast.
Jeremy came up beside her and pointed his weapon directly at its face ready to use it again. "You made a big
Revelations, Pt. 8 of 13. When the cylindrical elevator stopped, Jeremy held his gun forward, poised for action, and Wendy stood tensely behind him. The door opened with a sudden hiss that surprised the two security personnel, who never expected it to ever open. Their lipless moths fell open as they abruptly stopped in their tracks, and he fired his weapon at one before any of them could react. Both were only on a routine patrol in the upper level of the ship, and as the first one dropped to the floor, the other drew his sidearm -- to late.
Jeremy yelled at the alien to stop, not to move, but it seemed to instinctively try to defend itself anyway. He had to use his weapon and fired a little lower -- at the abdomen this time. Wendy showed much concern while running quickly around him and knelt by the downed guard still trembling beside the other on the floor.
"Where is Cecili
Revelations, Pt. 7 of 13. Jeremy led Wendy carefully past the debris, across the spacious room, and into the entryway of it. She felt more calm with him again, but just temporarily. When he moved into the main passage with her, both of them heard a steady faint hissing sound from above and behind. They turned and saw two shiny metallic globes with short antennae out of the top of each and rings of small red lights around their middle hovering near them. Two circular dark depressions, along with other sensory projections were on their bottom hemispheres. The dispatched hunter probes had found them.
Wendy opened her mouth in surprise and slipped on the smooth wet floor while trying to get in his arms and uttered a short grunt. The globes started honking out a loud alarm from each depression, and their lights simultaneously began to blink a bright eye-irritating blue. He crouched down, told her to s
Revelations, Pt. 6 of 13. Wendy was nearly at the darker opposite side of the eerie subterranean room. From previous careful exploration, she concluded that the place was some kind of old research lab or quasi-medical facility. However, without glasses, her limited vision do not allow her to clearly see all the finer details in the dimmer areas and understand for exactly what. Everything otherwise looked like it was underwater -- blurry. Otherwise, she would have been able to learn more precise characteristics of the room and report back to Jeremy faster. Things were much more distinct in better lighting only close-up, and her sense of touch had to reveal better what her eyes could not.
When she looked down, blurry white insect-like creatures scurried away from her sheathed feet and out of her path. They looked very small, like flowing rice, but each was harmless and accustomed to living in inky darkness: ali
Revelations, Pt. 5 of 13. Wendy was first in finding a switch that provided ample light in most of the room she entered. From one side of the place to the other, there appeared to be a long row of cabinets with thick clear plexiglass doors, a row of narrow tables in the central portion, lifeless broken computers, and other large analytical machines along the wall to her right. Some of the scientific equipment and smaller accessories and debris was scattered on the floor under the tables and between the two open aisles also, but not blocking her view completely. A less distinct pentagon-shaped wall at the darker far side of the room with a black opening in the center was where the tunnel system continued on, and she cautiously moved in further to explore while hoping the square lights above would stay on.
Jeremy had less luck finding as much light as his lovely spouse but did find something much more important -- old charts, da
Revelations, Pt. 4 of 13. Wendy was very relieved upon seeing her husband alright but entered the stagnant water more hesitantly. She took slow careful steps toward him and felt the water become deeper. The smooth bodysuit acted like an additional layer of absorbent skin, as with him, and seemed sensitive to the cold water and warm air about. Each contoured their bodies, as if they had been dipped in latex, and despite their considerable physical exertion, both still felt remarkably comfortable as it absorbed their perspiration, except from their opoen faces. Otherwise, they hardly felt them on but more frequently wondered what purposes each served.
Wendy saw his indistinct image continue to signal her forward, and when she moved toward the curved wall to better stabilize her questionable footing and balance, her shapely sleek form abruptly went down below the surface of the pool a few meters from him, as if dropped.