The liquid was slowly emptied from the tank. When his eyes opened for the first time in five years, he was almost blind. The intense shine from all the heavy machinery was giving him strong headaches. Cryosleep, you gotta love that shitty feeling!
He slowly walked down the long corridor to the locker room. He quickly put on his clothes. They were standard working uniforms. The only thing he loved about them was that he could use his black leather jacket. Oh, how i missed you buddy. He also equipped his hand gun. The Astraeus was a simple cargo vessel, but with so many former smugglers aboard one could never be too sure about his safety.
He made his way to the control bridge. On his way he noticed everything seemed empty. There was no one on the corridors or the halls. Hell, maybe they are throwing a surprise party. One would expect that given the circumstances!
As he entered the control bridge and stared into the emptiness of space his face became red with anger.”Astraeus, please respond!”
The small screens around him, started beeping and streaming information. A mechanical female voice started talking to him. “Welcome back, captain Edwards. I hope you had a good sleep! I made sure to customize everything to your liking!”
“The sleep was not my problem!” The captain’s voice echoed through the bridge. “It’s the awakening i’m worried about. You had especific instructions to wake me up when captain Matthews finished his cycle and we were on proximity to Earth! Instead i’m looking at empty space! And where the hell is my crew?”
“Captain Matthews has finished his cycle. This ship is ready for your command to land on Earth base-2.”
It’s like she is not even listening to me! “ I can’t see Earth. There is no Earth here! Please direct me to my crew, maybe i can ask engineer Tyler to fix you up!”
The voice responded with it’s typical frigid tone. “ I have 0% malfunctions in my system. Trying to contact crew cycle 4... Not receiving info on their current status... Searching for Cryopods... I’m sorry, my records show no life signs from crew cycle 1,2,3 and 4.”
What? She can only be kidding me! “You are telling me every single person on this ship is dead?”
“Not every single person! I detect two lifeforms aboard this ship. One is you Captain!”
“Right, and the other one?”
Every single monitor on the bridge turned red. “Classified Information!”
“What do you mean by classified information? I am your captain and you respond to me. Where is it located?”
The ship took a few minutes to process. “Lifeform detected in cargo Bay! Also, captain...BZZZT” The interference sound got louder and louder, until every single light on the ship was turned off. “T minus 30 minutes” This time it was a male mechanical voice who said it.
What the hell is happening here? “Who are you? 30 minutes to what?”
“T minus 29 to Event!”
This does not sound good! Edwards grabbed a flashlight from under his console. He ran to his personal cabin. He started gathering supplies he might need. Ammo, and his personal pills were among these. He looked at his watch. Oddly enough, time was moving backwards. Now i am really fucking confused! How do i get to the cargo Bay? I remember i need to go through the engineering decks! All right, no time to loose then!
“T minus 26”
Yes alright i know! Gotta move fast! If i get to this someone maybe i can tell what’s going on. Edwards ran as fast as he could through the engineering decks. The ship was all dark. On any other time he would have been scared stiff, but this was a time for action. Whatever it was that was about to happen, it was definitively not a good thing.
“T minus 24”
What is that? Edwards stopped midway through one of the decks. It’s Matthews! He was lying on the floor. When Edwards got close to him he started smelling the blood. He was certainly dead. But he had used his blood to write something on the floor. He seems like he was stabbed. Who could have done that? Then he noticed what happened around him. He couldn’t believe his eyes. Men impaled on the ceiling, shot, lying dead in the corners. He was moving so fast he barely noticed them. There was a riot! They killed each other, but why?
Matthews had written Gen on the floor, looks like he didn’t have time to finish it. There was also a drawing from one of the crew. It looked like some sort of black hole. What have they seen that made them do this? And where am i now? We should be on our system!
“T minus 12”
Dear god, i nearly forgot it. Edwards ran to the cargo Bay. When he finally arrived he was trembling, scared beyond what he had ever been on his life.He saw the crate. It was the only one there. I really thought we were carrying a lot more.
“T minus 9”
He heard sound from within the crate. It seemed like a wild animal. The sounds were only getting stronger as he got near.
“T minus 7”
You can do it! Come on! With one push he opened the crate.
w-what? WHAT THE HELL IS THIS? I’M DOOMED. WHAT THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO DO NOW? Captain Edwards burst into tears, as he reminded all the years he spent trying to get back home, to his family, to his friends, to his own life.
Inside the box was a cow! A living cow, it appeared she had been woken up from cryosleep. There was also a crucifix, a bible, and all kinds of religious items Edwards did not recognise. There also looked like there was some kind of black box for recording everything that happened on board.
The voice came back “T minus 0! Event starting”
A big bright light covered the empty space, an incredibly powerfull schockwave followed,. When the ship was hit by the shockwave, Everything, burned, exploded and melted away in a living nightmare of heat and radiation.Captain Edwards gave one last stare to his ship as he melted away into nothing.
“It worked! We recovered today the black box. It was a good call to use that material your lab boys came up with, it survived without a scratch!
The man sitting behind the desk smiled. “You do know what kind of data is contained in here? After the ship crossed the unidentified wormhole , the people on board went crazy, there is reports of a captain edwards being able to survive the riots. I bet he had the front row seats to one hell of a show!”
The other man, dressed in a lab coatsat down: “So this is it? The beginning of everything, on our hands.what will we do with this kind of knowledge?”
“Anything we want!” The other man replied.
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