“It’ll then go off within five minutes, unless you get to a substation and lock in your key,” explains Stone.
“Oh,”says Hall. He looks at the key.
TITLE: 5:10 P.M.
Announcement: “Delta Five to all levels – we are checking out wave band emergency communications. This is a test…”
Leavitt follows a woman on one side of a hallway, while the three men head for the other side of the hallway. The door behind them closes. It has a stencil on it that says “NO RETURN TO LEVEL 1 THRU THIS ACCESS.”
A jumpsuit gets dropped into an incinerator.
Another door, and a stencil that says “EXIT TO DECONTAMINATION & IMMUNIZATION”
“Proceed to infrared radiation / decontamination room One – D” says an announcement. The three men walk through the door, naked.
The men are in a blue room, seen through solarized distortion.
“Also, could be an organism from another planet,” says Dutton. “Released deliberately.”
“To wipe us out?” says Stone. “Really, Charles…”
“Just the opposite,” says Dutton, “To make friendly contact – – a kind of messenger to show us life exists elsewhere in the Universe. It could be benign-“