Helene and Yogmi go through two other hallways and after a time, they arrive at a huge glassed door. This leads to a kind of platform from which they benefit from a view overlooking a huge room where aliens and some hybrids are hard at work on consoles. They are overlooked by an immense walls hanging slightly above them and serving as a projection screen. On this screen Helene can distinguish maps of the earth, maps filled with markings that she doesn’t understand and photos of another planet which seems akin to earth. There are also projections of our solar system and other nebulae, etc. There are some twenty different panoramas that are displayed at the same time on the screen.
The console operators nimbly move from one image to the next, marking some areas on the maps, and discuss among themselves concerning the listed information.
“We could say this is our meteorological and navigation office. We can observe all the changes in the Earth’s core. We interpret all the warning signs for tsunamis, earthquakes, sea storms and electromagnetic storms. We can also detect the presence of boats and planes on our radars. We can anticipate the weather and position our ships in range of these turbulent areas, close enough to intervene if humans do not rescue the crews in distress on time.”
“So, I understand that you can detect these disasters ahead of time. Something that we cannot yet do in a precise enough way, in many cases. It would be very beneficial, without a doubt, if you could share with us this knowledge. OH! How many human lives could we save if we could act early enough before these natural cataclysms strike?”
“This is part of the plan Ms. Fisher. Humans will soon benefit from these technologies. They will even be instructed on our science in matters of navigation.”
“And speaking of navigation how is it that we do not always see your ships in the sky?”
“Sometimes our ships are visible, but humans have a tendency to look at their feet rather than looking up at the sky. Early in the morning, they are all strangely occupied on monitoring their neighbors, dealing with traffic, reading their newspaper, talking or managing their emails on their mobile phones, everything but looking upwards. But it is best for us to move without being seen. For this we use infrared rays. Our ships are invisible to the naked eye, thanks to them. In many cases, it turns out better to do so, since humans usually surrender to their basic fears when they see our machines. And I suppose your governments would be only too happy to shoot us down, before we even have time to open our mouths. That’s what they always do. And if we were to strike back at this unprovoked attack from them, panic would quickly set in on Earth, and would snowball into a catastrophe even before we had time to prove to the population our peaceful intentions.”
“And the glass holes you were telling me about, is this where you can locate them?”
“Yes, look at the center, at the map of the Earth, with these pink curves which look a bit like a waterspouts, they are meteorological events that sometimes precede the formation of tornados. These are the different glass holes that are currently scattered on the planet. The problem is we do not see them like this in reality; they are virtually invisible to the naked eye, until we are sucked into one of them. At that time, it is already too late to escape the trap. You will notice that they seem to be concentrated in certain locations, such as the Bermuda Triangle, the North Pole and the South Pole. The displacement inside a glass hole is always unidirectional. You enter from one side and exit through the other. They are different lengths. Some of these glass holes lead directly into space. Evidently, the problem is that you do not yet know the exit points of these glass holes nor their entry point. Thus, the ships and planes that penetrate them, can never come back to tell you what they saw on the other side. Even before reaching the other side, most people who are caught in these vortexes suffocate and die quickly under too much pressure. The structures of boats and planes are too weak and they are crushed by this same pressure. The widest part of the cone is the entry point of the glass hole. Everything located within 300 feet of that opening is immediately sucked into the hole. Once inside, the vehicle starts moving towards the exit point at an extreme speed. Basically you could compare these glass holes to a high-speed train, such as the one in France, by multiplying the speed of the train by a factor of more than 600,000.”
Helene immediately attempts to estimate the actual speed of these infamous glass holes with the help of her notebook and her pen. Seeing that she seems to be entangling herself in her multiplication table, and before she wastes any more time, Yogmi adds:
“Well I admit that my example is not quite at the scale of time. But since a picture is worth a thousand words, as humans say so well, I would use it to better express this concept: Imagine a glass hole connecting Quebec to Paris. If you were a passenger in one of our vessels, you would arrive to your destination before even having shouted scissors. In less than thirty seconds, you would be in Paris.”
“Unbelievable!” Helene is amazed by these facts. It is hard to believe that the Planet Earth is home to such corridors and our scientists have not yet demystified these phenomena more clearly. Such a discovery would irreparably put in peril the commercial aviation trade. Then Yogmi resumes:
“We also use these glass holes to move quickly from one nebula to another, or between two planets. Even those who that are here on earth are very useful in our displacements. Our extraterrestrial astronauts are familiar with the behavior of these glass holes and know how to use them safely. We also have the equipment to identify them, well before their attraction force reaches us. Our machines are designed to withstand the pressure they exert. We use the velocity induced by the glass holes to propel us further, almost in the same manner of a sling shot which grants the projectile an acceleration that it could never have reached otherwise. All this allows us to save an enormous amount of energy and time.”
As Yogmi and Helene walk slowly in a hallway toward another sector of the research center, Helene tries another question:
“Tell me Yogmi, what kind of information do you need from all of these wrecked boats and planes? Do you not already know everything about us humans?”
“Essentially, our observations are mostly used to accurately measure the development level of humans. Our ancestors have carefully planned out your entire evolution cycle. Most of the time, we have noticed that humans react as predicted by the plan. Thus, we can confirm that you are following the planned evolution curve. However, humans can also prove to be very unpredictable in other circumstances. Their behaviors can be very surprising at times. Sometimes humans make choices that we could not have anticipated at all. For example, humans have delved into the nuclear domain too rapidly, before they had matured enough to use it for their own good. It’s a bit like giving a 3 year old a lighter in one hand and a dynamite stick in the other. So we must remain vigilant and monitor humans closely, in the interest of the entire planet’s survival, including us. Moreover, even after the slaughter perpetrated by the Americans at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we just recently had to disable some of their machines that were getting ready to drop more bombs. We had to stop any new attempts by your governments to drop any more bombs on enemy territories. Simultaneously we also sent a dire warning to your governments which I can interpret as follow:”
Even if you do not always see us, we are always here watching you. We will not let you do as you please with nuclear power. With a single strike of our laser and with a perfect aim, we have disarmed each of your engines, and this, in spite of a heavily armed presence of soldiers armed to their teeth, without being noticed by your radars, no matter how sophisticated they might be. If you continue in this direction, dread us, we have the necessary technology to neutralize you if it became inevitable in order to save the planet.
After such a speech, Helene prefers to stay quiet. The situation is a bit tense because of the lingering threat in the air. Yogmi seems to believe that the aliens are behaving as vigilantes towards the malicious humans. It is a role reversal that is very difficult for Helene to believe, especially since she has always seen the aliens as belonging to the invaders clan.