I panicked, didn’t know what to do, where to go. I ran back. Back onto the seabed. The edge of the room was visible now that there wasn’t any water in the tank anymore. I backed up, fearful. Realising that the Stilla couldn’t see me considering they were searching the domes. They were opening doors and trying to find whatever or whoever. I stood there, terrified, knowing that I needed to do something, anything. I looked at the exit once again. The Stilla were coming through one at a time to search the area. I knew I just needed to run through, and perhaps the momentum of this powerful suit will be enough to get me through. I got ready to run like I was a runner on the start line. Then the invisible gun went off in my head. I ran. I saw that the entrance cleared, space was being made,…

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The white room I recognised from my first visit began materialising around me. It faded in like an analogue channel being tuned on an old television. It felt strange to be back there. I wanted to breathe heavily as a sense of fear overcame me. The EMC had soon formed me, but the device wouldn’t let me go. My legs and arms were parted to be a little further from my body, then a suit began materialising around me. I figured it must be a space suit as the visor formed in front of my face. The suit was complete and the machine let me go. The suit added pressure within as it pushed against my body. It felt like it wanted to restrict my movement, but then I moved my arm and it moved dramatically. I didn’t need to put any effort into moving at all. I jumped and landed…

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It was early and I felt tired, although not hung over. The bed hung over me like a giant blanket, waiting to swallow me up. Something disturbed me, but I didn’t know what. I turned over to look over to the side of the bed only to find Periclum’s face staring back at me. My eyes wide fixed on his. His eyes turned into a smile and then it felt like he shouted good morning. I screamed and pushed myself back. Breathing heavy I turned back to Periclum as I realised what had happened. “Sorry James, I was trying to gently wake you up.”  he looked at me as if he had some great news to tell. “The Galactic Union have finished their investigation on the cargo ship you were on!” I looked at him confused “That’s great but why does that concern me?” Periclum continued, ignoring my apparent angry undertone, “They have told…

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It looked very much like every other building however it had more of an extravagant vibe. Like it was there to entertain. The other buildings that surrounded it were plain and minimal in comparison. This building was covered in small statue flowers painted gold and strange hieroglyphics shaped like dancing figures, dressed in a frame of that transparent material. There were windows everywhere in many shapes and sizes. I could see a variety of different rooms with different aliens inside. Some just dancing, some eating and some doing stuff I have never seen anything do before. It was all very bizarre. Periclum was holding the door for me, “Come on!” he shouted over. The doors were tall, even for me and made of some transparent material frosted in design. I entered a large extravagant hall with curved staircases either side of the room. Covering the walls of this hall were hieroglyphics depicting…

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The door closed behind us and then silence filled the air. No longer being able to hear wind, waves, birds, insects or anything else was a strange experience. There was a clean smell in the air like a fragrance of washing detergent. The corridor was empty and quiet. It was a weird feeling transitioning from that beach to a place so modern, so artificial. It felt different from the last time I was in this corridor. This time it felt safer, more homely.  Periclum was taking me down the corridors and led me through a few flights of stairs. I was led to a large observation room with large windows on one side and benches on the other. They decorated it the same way the corridors were, with a minimalist white look. We entered from a door that was right next to the window. Periclum went to sit down and told…

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I leaned my deckchair back and laid there sunbathing under the hot sun for quite a while. I was contemplating where I was, what was real, whether I was okay? A lot was going on through my mind and it took a lot to accept what was happening. After about twenty minutes of trying to empty my mind and relaxing, my chest began to feel tight. I struggled to breathe and felt afraid. Opening my eyes, I stared at the clear blue sky. I watched the birds flying above my head and then I sat up abruptly in the chair to look at the water. At that moment I decided I will swim to try to get away from this anxiety filling me. I was in that water for what must have been hours, swimming naked after leaving my boxers on the beach. Watching the fish swim under me as I was lazily kicking against the water.…

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I was running, running hard but wasn’t tired. All I felt was fear. Darkness surrounded me, weird sounds were loud and there were figures in the dark. An extremely large ant jumped out at me with its mandibles snapping in my face as I ran past. Big machine turrets lit up in the foggy dark, shooting out jets of light and sounding like wind. The floor became slippery and I attempted to run. But instead of moving faster, I just slowed down. Getting to where I was running but not going anywhere. The turrets shooting out light and sounding like wind started moving the light into my direction. I looked behind me and the ant was now chasing me, getting closer and closer. The sound of wind… no, the sound of crickets filling my ears and ouch. I slapped myself. Something had bitten me. My eyes opened and I stared at the ceiling…

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We first entered a small hanger area with what looked to be the same turret devices that materialised me standing on the sides of the room. They were being used to materialise similar camping gear they had given to me before. After which, we entered a corridor that looked fresh out of a science fiction show; I was expecting to find people dressed in bright uniforms around every corner. In some ways I was hoping it, wanting to find another human. Yet every corner we went around revealed just more empty corridors decorated with different doors. They made some doors out of wood, other’s metal, they had decorated others with gold, and others were plain. The corridor itself had strip lights either side of the ceiling and the walls were decorated with a horizontal wood strip. It had a minimalist look to it as if I was in an art gallery…

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I watched when the woman had asked all her questions. The creature would then go to another three Tuhingan that appeared to scan that individual. They used a strange device that stood at least eight metres tall with large boxes suspended down in four corners. The machine-made various mechanical sounds as an individual would stand in the centre. Afterwards, the humanoid creatures went to collect what looked to be camping gear in a box and ended up going over to a seating area with tables and chairs. They placed their box under their seat and received food and liquids. Each one was asked about their dietary requirements and what they drank. I was watching the creatures that sat at the tables, there was a lot of confusion. Some did something different from the others but most looked around then realised where to place their box and what to do. For…

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“Welcome to The Liberty, I apologise about you not being able to move, we will release you as soon as we can do a quick assessment of you. Some of you aren’t fitted with a BCI, don’t worry. We will also take care of that, however, I realise you didn’t understand that sentence.” That was the first thing I heard after I felt my senses, from what I can only describe as faded in. It was like I wasn’t conscious and there was darkness, but then the world faded in around me. Faded with the voice becoming loud. As my sight came back to me, I could see I was in this large hanger area, when I say large, I mean huge. It was so big that clouds blanketed the ceiling. My eyes were fixed on the ceiling watching the mist swirl. I wanted to move, I wanted to breathe.…

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