A short time later, I found myself in an underground tunnel, riding in a golf-cart sort of vehicle next to The Colonel, as he explained to me what was going on. Sorta…
“Area 51 is, of course, completely fake. We made it up to divert attention from the existence of Areas 1 through 50,” he explained. “Each area researches a different unusual item or occurrence. Area 1 has the Ark of the Covenant, Area 2 has the Crystal Skulls, etc.. Area 23 was designed to examine the recovered item from Roswell.”
“The crashed UFO?”
“No, that’s just what we tell everyone. It keeps the nutjobs at The History Channel off of our backs.”
“So, what is it, then?”
We came to a stop in front of a set of massive steel doors, with red emergency lights flashing on either side. The soldiers on either side came to attention as The Colonel jumped out of the cart and gestured for them to open the door.
Inside was a huge chamber. In the center, about 5 feel above the floor, floated a silver disc-shaped object, about 50 feet across. It looked like two plates, one turned upside-down and placed on top of the other.
“I thought you said it wasn’t a Flying Saucer?”
“No, I said it wasn’t an Unidentified Flying Object. Granted, we haven’t identified it, and it does fly, but…” As his voice trailed off, he took a coin out of his pocket, and tossed it at the Saucer. It went clean through it and hit the far wall.
“It’s not an object,” I said.
“Exactly. We have no idea what it is, but it isn’t solid. Most items go right through it.”
“MOST items? What doesn’t?”
“People. They just vanish when they touch it.”
“Well, okay then,” I said, as I grabbed the duffel bag from the soldier who had brought it in, and turned to start walking toward the Saucer.
“Stop! You don’t know what’ll happen to you!”
“True, but it can’t be any worse than what’ll happen if I can’t stop this,” I said, as I touched it…