I open my eyes and feel disoriented.
I don’t know what is happening or where I am, but I can’t move and I see bright lights and sharp shadows in front of me.
I’m dressed in some kind of suit and my arms held wide open against the wall of what appears to be a large oval depression. In the dark sky I can see something approaching. It seems familiar but I can’t seem to recognize it.
Then it starts to come to me. I was discovered. The criminal that control this colony must have found out that I was here to investigate them. They must have drugged me and put me here to satisfy their sick appetites.
They want to see me squirming in fear, for I’m as good as dead. Even if I manage to get loose, it’s too late. I know what is happening. I’m tied to the inside of a cavity designed to receive the landing strut of a large commercial vessel. It will crush me as its mass descends on me and the magnetic clamps hold it tightly in place.
I know now that my death will be painful but it will be quick. So I steel myself for what I know is coming. I will not give them the pleasure of letting them see my terror. Death, I know, just heralds a new beginning. It will take me a while but I will return.
I can see the surface of the landing strut now. Darkness covers most of its underside. Soon I will not be able to see the darkness of space anymore. Then I feel the pressure on my chest. I can’t breathe anymore. The seals on my suit break and my air rushes out into the emptiness around me. I feel the pressure inside my head and my eyes. It would seem that I’m about to blow up but then it’s all over.
I feel myself leave my body. I can see that it’s completely crushed, unrecognizable. No matter, I must find a new body, make it grow, recover my memory and return.
I feel myself move quickly towards the planet above. There’s a womb waiting. I feel it’s comfortable darkness settle around me.
Now I must wait.