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Remember that people get sick and quickly die if in darkness too long.
“Daniel, be careful!” Jennifer said with caution in her voice.
“Yeah, when there’s a big pit of dark doom right in front of me, I think I’ll consider being careful.” Daniel remarked without even looking at her.
With plenty of sunlight left in the day, the team, consisting of Daniel, Jennifer, Connor, and two other men, assembled together in the Deadzone where the scar of the ground had been found the previous day. The opening was just wide enough to fit an average sized man through, but its length extended to be about eighteen feet. Nothing could be seen when one were to look into it, as the thick darkness hid any light that might find its way in.
After peering down into the void, one of the team members spoke up. “You think there’s anything down there?”
Daniel took out his flash light and tried to see if anything of interest might be found. After giving it some thought, Daniel replied, “I’m not really sure. The opening is large enough where anything small might have fallen in. I doubt anyone has been down there, though. It’s pretty dark.” He looked around and found a rock the size of his hand next to him. He picked the rock up and tossed it into the hole. After but a moment, the expected sound of rock hitting natural ground did not return. Instead, an echoed sound of something hard hitting metal was heard.
The team kneeled over perplexed wondering about what they just heard. Connor spoke up. “That wasn’t exactly what I was expecting.”
Daniel peered in one more time and then put away his flashlight. “The light isn’t helping any. We’re definitely going to have to go down there.”
“I don’t understand why we don’t just head back into the city. It’s just a big hole in the ground.” Jennifer quickly responded. “Besides, it’s pitch black down there. Even with light equipment, there’s always a chance that something might happen and there’s no quick way out.”
Daniel started putting on some equipment that the team brought. “Well, that’s just a chance I’m going to have to take. Just a hole in the ground or not, there’s something down there not natural and I intend to find out what it is.”
The team had brought a modest amount of equipment and tools that were specifically designed to keep enough light on someone to keep them alive in even complete darkness. The equipment mostly consisted of transparent plastic tubes filled with a bright glowing blue liquid inside that wrapped around the person’s body. Among other items were other miscellaneous items such as flares and flash lights.
“Is everyone ready for this?” Daniel looked around and waited to see if there were any further objections, not that it would have mattered. “Connor, hook me up to the line.”
Connor fastened a thick metal wire that acted more like a rope around Daniel’s waste. The wire was attached to a pulley system so the team could let Daniel descend at a smooth pace and pull him up quickly if any trouble was to arise.
Daniel activated the equipment on him to ensure everything was running at optimal levels. Jennifer walked up and checked his harness. “Are you sure I can’t talk you out of this?” Jennifer asked.
“Jenny, don’t worry about it. I’ll be fine. If we can survive the night patrols, I think we can survive a hole in the ground.” Daniel replied.
“All right, let’s go!” Daniel placed himself into position and prepared for his decent into the darkness below. The pulley system activated and you could hear a soft hum as the machine started to slowly lower Daniel into the pit.
The vibrant light of the sun slowly faded as Daniel began to descend into the darkness. The only light that existed in that dreadful place was the light from the crack above and from the light equipment on his person.
“Okay, that’s good for now!” The machine came to a stop. Daniel started to get nervous as he was hanging in a black void of darkness with just the minimum amount of light to keep him safe. He felt as if he was dangling in an unknown dimension of a lifeless void without emotions, reason, or purpose.
Jennifer kneeled down and shouted, “Do you see anything?”
“No, nothing! It’s completely dark down here.” His voice was heard loudly and quickly. Daniel took out his flash light, but it did him no good. “I’d say it’s a rather small area. I feel cramped for some reason, and that rock didn’t fall far when I tossed it in.”
“I don’t think there’s enough light giving off. I’m pulling out a charge.” Daniel pulled out a small charger unit that is designed to give off a burst of energy to anything electrical. As the charge went off, it made a loud cracking sound. As Daniel’s gear brightened up, he commented, “No echo. This place doesn’t tunnel too far away.”
As Daniel started maneuvering himself into a different position, he suddenly came to a dead stop. Just for a moment, there was complete silence. “I’m not alone down here.” Daniel said in a low but increasingly nervous voice.
“What? What is it?” Jennifer exclaimed.
“Just get me out of here! Pull me up!” Just off in the near distance Daniel saw a pair of red glowing eyes staring him down.
“Hold on Daniel, we’re bringing you up!” said Connor as he quickly switched the machine to its retrieval mode. A moment later the machine began to pull him up.
“Wait! Hold up, stop the machine!” Daniel shouted. The machine came to a sudden stop.
Highly concerned, Jennifer leaned down and shouted, “Are you sure? Are you okay?”
“It’s not coming after me. It’s not moving.” Daniel made sure to make as little motion as possible, but the presence off to the distance remained motionless. “Move me over towards this direction.” Daniel started to make a motion with his flash light.
The machine started to slowly move the line over towards the direction of the eyes. As Daniel got closer, he began to breathe heavier, his heart pumping with both fear and excitement. Daniel directed his flashlight towards what was staring him down.