The two officers traveled in silence until they reached level fifty-eight. As they embarked the car Gabriel commented to Katana,
“Do you have your handkerchief handy Major?”
Without a second thought she placed the scented cloth against her nose. As soon as she rounded the southern corner of the elevator shaft she saw what they had come to find. Hanging from the ceiling by his head was a naked man. His body was twisted and contorted in agony, but otherwise he was anatomically perfect. Five twos on either foot, two legs, male genitalia, hips, stomach, fingers, hands, arms, shoulders and neck were all exactly where they should be. His chiseled chin jutted forward from a jaw full of white teeth and his nose was straight. But that’s where the man ended and the roof began. The bridge of his nose, his eyes, the top of his ears, his forehead and cranium were encased in the ceiling cement. Blood had trickled from his nostrils, dribbled onto his chest and congealed. In death he had vacuated his bowels leaving a disgusting pool of excrement on the floor and dried faeces clinging to the hair on his legs. Drax leaned forwards to examine his fingers. The nails on each hand had been torn and his fingertips were raw and bloody.
“What do you think happened to his hands Colonel?”
Drax pulled a small, high-powered torch from his pocket and shone it at the ceiling. The concrete in the roof around the victim’s head had scratch marks on it. He spoke more to himself than to Major May when he replied.
“Looks like he tried to dig his face out of the roof before he died.”
Katana was absolutely perplexed.
“This is getting ridiculous Colonel. How the hell can this happen to a person?”
“I’m not sure Major but I think I see a pattern emerging.”
“What sort of pattern sir?”
“One more level to inspect and I’ll tell you.”
Coming soon Pine Gap Teaser 06(d) – An Inescapable Conclusion
Pine Gap © Matthew Green 2004