Atlas dragged the large, unconscious Benton Mulhauser to the end of the hallway. Some evacuating EMA employees happened upon the group. Atlas flagged one of them down.
"Hey, c'mere a sec," shouted Atlas. "Do me a solid and take this fat sack of dump outside where it's safe."
Two EMA employees grabbed Benton's arms and dragged him into a freight elevator.
"Jess," said Atlas, "Are you sure about this? We don't know what will happen."
Atlas handed Jess another bottle of nano-tech suppressant pills. "We're really gambling here. When this thing blows, we don't know what's going to happen to the adepts, let alone you."
Jess nodded. "I'm willing to take that risk, Atlas," she said.
Atlas, Jess, and Renk ran as fast as they could to the large room that contained the sphere. Jess took a couple of the pills and finished sealing up her space suit. Renk also took some nano-tech suppressant pills and put his space suit back on, too. Atlas put his helmet on.
"We have to make contact with the sphere," said Jess.
The three of them walked up to the sphere and placed their hands on it. Atlas could feel the heat through his space suit's thick gloves. It began to glow a bright white, just as it had when Benton Mulhauser first disappeared back on the asteroid.
Atlas closed his eyes tightly. "I'm not the prayin' type but please please protect my wife and my friends," whispered Atlas.
The white light engulfed the three and filled the room. The temperature increased as their space suits protected them. Atlas noticed that his space suit was registering greatly increased radiation levels, although the suits were protecting them from that, too.
The light became so blinding that all three of them had to close their eyes tightly and put down their extra-vehicular visors.
Atlas heard Jess begin to scream in pain, followed by Renk. Even Atlas began to feel a strange, horrible burning inside his body.
In an instant, the blinding white light vanished, leaving only a black void. A force that felt somewhat like gravity forced the three outward from where the sphere had been.
"Jess?!" screamed Atlas. "Renk?!" Atlas was unsure if his voice could reach them. He couldn't see anything in the darkness. His radio link seemed to be functional again, but silent.
"Please... someone... ANSWER ME!" screamed Atlas, into the void.