The man woke suddenly, gasping for breath, panicked. Shaking, he looked about him frantically, unseeing, scratching the dirt floor with his hands as he turned, unknowingly drawing alien symbols. Where was he? What happened? Something
terrible? But just what?
"Calm down, calm down, calm..." the man whispered to himself. "It...it was just a dream. Yes, a dream. That was all it was." He slowly stilled himself, calmed his quivering heart.
"A dream? It must have been a dream. But...what was it? What did I see that has me so scared?" He could not remember. He dearly wished he could, for in the terror of that dream he knew he saw something that he longed for. Something important. And so, he closed his eyes and thought back to the root of his unreasoning panic. Standing there, staring forward, an image began to form in his mind's eye, rising fr