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Okay, so we open the Ball.” Ghenilo took the smile as permission. “Theory one is the guy inside dies and we find out nothing. Theory two, he unleashes the Universe’s greatest plague, everyone dies, and we find out nothing. Three, he’s God, begins our final judgment by killing everyone, we find out nothing. Four, he’s Satan and really miffed, he destroys everything...”

And we find out nothing?”


Loren considered a moment. “So only one theory has us not all completely destroyed by what’s inside?”

You know, sir.” Ghenilo looked thoughtful. “If I were in charge... well, first, I’d be giving myself a big fat raise. After that, though, I’d rebury that thing and forget we ever found it.”

We’re fortunate that you’re not in charge then.”

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