It would have made significantly more sense if the voice had been recorded and placed within the confines of the wall on a digital loop, or even set to alert an intruder by tripping a wire. Motion sensors and digital recording had progressed to the point to make this possible, but it still didn’t seem to be the cause of the voice. The simple words were spoken, only once, as if to enhance the effect. No matter how many times he passed by the same exact spot, he never heard them again.
“What would the purpose be of speaking those words aloud,” Harjen surmised. “I always imagined it was only the human condition that had me feeling so contrite. Either I have convinced myself the answer can be discovered externally, or this is all a hallucination.”
Not only was he now thinking himself in circles, but he was speaking out loud to nobody in particular. Winding through the cavern, he came right to the precipice of the giant inner cave and stopped suddenly. Although his eyes were now becoming pretty well adjusted to seeing in the pitch black, the true size of the room was elusive. He grabbed his smartphone from his pocket and flipped the flashlight on to see.
To be continued…