March 1, 2010, 3:17 PM, Central Time Zone, GMT
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Before the open door of the alien ship.
Before they could react, uniformed, armed men dressed in full body armour came charging out of nowhere, led by Frederick Sutter, Professor Holcomb and the man in black.
Not knowing what else to do, fearing for the girls' safety, Jack ushered them into the ship, followed by Mike and Arley.
They found themselves in a dark unlighted space of unguessable size, but Jack judged by the sound of their echoing feet that it was a large chamber. There seemed to be a door at the far end to the left, dimly lighted to one side by what appeared to be its operating mechanism.
'This way!' Jack ordered, taking Carly's hand and practically dragging her along.
He had reason to be greatly concerned. In Sutter's hand he had seen Satu's weapon, and the man brandished it purposefully, murderous intent in his eyes.
'Where the hell is everyone?' Mike demanded as they came running up to the door and began trying to figure out how to open it. 'The place looks deserted.'
'Damn, damn, damn,' Jack cursed, staring at the dimly lighted panel to the door's right, trying to make sense of it. Behind him, drawing ever nearer, was the sound of dozens of booted feet.
'It's now or never, buddy,' Mike prompted, trying not to sound desperate.
'I can't! Jack choked, slapping the panel in frustration. 'I don't know how it works!'
The eight of them turned around as they heard themselves surrounded by their pursuers. It was over. They were trapped!
Even in the semi-darkness, Jack could just make out the lunatic glint of Sutter's eyes as he raised he alien weapon and pointed it at the centre of Jack's chest.
'End of the line, Moore!' he rasped as the armed men took up their positions. 'This ends, now!'
There was a collective intake of breath as he pressed the weapon's firing mechanism.