“I see it as if I’m falling down a long shaft. Maybe a cave, I dunno, but it’s dark. Eventually, I see the floor, but it’s not lit by anything, it just sort of…glows, a bit. It looks smooth, manmade I guess, with lines almost like an oyster shell. There’s a little curve to it. The dream always ends before I reach it, but as I get closer, I hear more voices. I can’t understand what they’re saying, it’s like a bad radio connection, but it gets better as I go down.”

Maria kept her shoulders slumped once she finished.

“You think it’s down there?” Candi said. “In the catacombs?”

“I think whatever it is, it’s dangerous.” Maria looked at her hands. “I think whatever it is, it’s going to kill everybody.”

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