The power failed, plunging the room into darkness except for the strobing flashes from the rift. The room took on a hellish quality of flame and thunder as the lightning devastated everything about it. The emergency lighting turned on almost immediately, but failed to push back the dark.
Doctor Margaret Vo heard the scream of the alarm. She did not stop running. She did not know what was going on in the lab. She was afraid that one or both of the brilliant men within were dead.
The slick white ceiling reminded him of the walls in his lab. Staring at it made him angry. Something unexpected had happened and he desperately wanted to know what.