Part three of what was written as one long song.
Wiping his eyes and holding his head, Chiman looks back at the instruments, which are signaling an incoming shuttle. He has ice in his veins and his hands begin to shake. Not knowing what to do, he paces the halls in anxiety, trying to find the words to say to whomever walks through the shuttle bay doors. The lights turn green as the shuttle reads as "docked." The anticipation and fear shoot through Chiman like an arrow as the doors slide open. An unassuming man in his early thirties enters the station. Chiman stares awkwardly at the man, who just stands there for a moment looking back. He's carrying a toolbox, and as he sets it down he proclaims, "It's time to go now, son. They're all waiting for you down there."
Chiman scarcely knows what to say. All he can think to ask is, "Am I still dreaming?" The man laughs and pauses for an uncomfortable amount of time. "You don't want to be late, do you?" the man gestures toward the shuttle bay, grinning slightly. Chiman takes a step forward, surprising himself. He stops a moment, considering what he's about to do. A few seconds pass. He nods to the strange man and proceeds forward through the bay doors and into the shuttle. He doesn't know where he's about to go or what's about to happen, but he feels a sense of curiosity and wonder at the prospect of it all. As the shuttle makes its way to the Other, the slight hum of its systems lull him to sleep once more.
He can't remember what his dreams were about, but he awakens with the echoing sound of a voice ringing through his head, seemingly saying only what sounds like the letter O. "Oh," he mutters as he notices that the shuttle is already in the process of landing. He's filled with terror and excitement as he touches down, settling gently on the landing pad. The doors swing open, and he is completely overtaken with emotion as he gazes out at his new world. Inexplicably, tears start streaming down his cheeks as he is greeted by a crowd of people all cheering him on. He walks down the steps, waving to them as he descends. The sun looks a bit different as it shines down on him, but its warm light gives him comfort. New courage fills him as his life begins anew once more.
"Welcome to ILOS"
What do I say?
Do I run or stay?
"It's time to go now,
O, don't be scared now
Go see what's out there!
They're all waiting down there..."
Where am I going?
Who's waiting for me?
What am I doing?
My thoughts are still soaring
Life can be something or nothing at all
Through all these synapses, some kind of call
Leaf on the wind, how I float to the ground
Wake to applause, hear that thunderous sound