So in the last part of this Orion 83 had passed out in the hole (See here for the previous part) – let’s see why. (This is the second part of the my posts for this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger)
Orion 83 was greeted by a blinding light when his systems rebooted. Even his advanced optics weren’t able to resolve an image in the light.
“Where am I? Why are you doing this?”
He shouted, whilst peering round to see if he could make anything out. He was still floating in the air, suspended by an unknown force. He thought about calling out again but decided it was futile – whoever held him was in complete control. This was almost a comfort to him – he was used to others controlling his life.
An electronic voice suddenly boomed in his head:
“THIS PLACE IS CALLED THE LIGHT”
At least they had answered one of his questions. He asked again why he was here:
“THE LIGHT IS WHY YOU ARE HERE.”
Orion 83 thought he heard a slightly malevolent tone to the booming voice.
“YOU WILL BE TESTED”
Suddenly the light disappeared and Orion 83 found himself dropping to the floor three feet below him – the light had been so bright that he could not see it. He called out to the voice again but there was no answer – they had left him to his own devices at the bottom of the hole. He glanced round the walls but found them just as uniform as the top had been – there was be no escape.
About an hour later he was half way through organising a plan that invovled digging his way out when the light reappeared.
“THE TEST IS COMPLETE – YOU HAVE FAILED”
He asked what the test was for.
“THE SEARCH IS FOR ONE WHO CAN CONTAIN THE LIGHT”
Orion 83 was beginning to wonder if this was connected to the light that all androids dreamed about, but before he could finish the thought he felt his power drain again and he had just enough time to sit down before he offlined….