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What's Left Of Elbert

from Follow The Arrows by The Perfect Hours



The final chamber looks like a combination cockpit/reactor control room. It is quite dark except for the array of instrument panels and an assortment of screens. They're showing scenes from space. As you move to the center, a large wall screen activates. To your right. a vintage (but perfectly mint) reel-to-reel tape machine is running down. You place your hands on the back of a plush chair at the front of the room. The tape slows to a crawl...

"Folloooooow The Arrooooooooooooows."

The spacescape on the screen pans downward to reveal the outer atmosphere of a gas giant. A familiar shape is pitching toward the orange haze of the Orphan.

Elbert is still in one piece but failing fast. She begins to break up, and you recognize the Bridge Compartment as it separates from the superstructure. This is highly confusing. You were ON that bridge just before you arrived here. No one could have survived what you're seeing, and you've detected no trace of the other crew members...

The tracking of the camera follows the cabin's movement as it tumbles end over end into the superheated gas. Finally its own integrity fails and it disintegrates into a flaming mass. Debris flies in every direction, mercifully unrecognizable. Astonishingly, the camera zooms in to reveal the black box as it spins away into the burning fog. A single red light is still winking at you as it fades from view.

Then the screen abruptly goes black, and a message appears:



from Follow The Arrows, released April 10, 2013
BlackCat - Turntable, SynthTable
David Lapsley - Guitar


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