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The pendulum. <Music> <Speech_Music_Male> Eight thousand years <Speech_Male> must have passed <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> before the sky again <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> showed life <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> over the dead Earth <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> <Speech_Male> a silver <Speech_Male> bullet of space <Speech_Male> dropped from the clouds <Speech_Male> steaming <Speech_Male> and hovered over <Speech_Male> the dead city <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> were now <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> only a few <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> solitary robots <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> performed their <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> tasks. <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> In the Gathering dusk, <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> the lights of the <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> Metropolis glimmered <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> on <Speech_Male> other automations <Speech_Male> appeared <Speech_Male> on the ramp ways <Speech_Male> like spiders <Speech_Male> on twisting <Speech_Male> web screwing <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> about <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> checking oiling <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> working in <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> their crisp mechanical <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> Manner <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> <Speech_Music_Male> and the creatures <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> in the alien <Speech_Male> projectile found <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> <SpeakerChange> the time mechanism <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> the pendulum <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> swinging <Speech_Male> up and <Speech_Music_Male> down <Speech_Music_Male> back <Speech_Music_Male> and forth <Speech_Music_Male> up and <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> down. <Speech_Music_Male> <Speech_Music_Male> The robots <Speech_Male> still cared <Silence> for it <Speech_Male> oiled it tinkering <Speech_Music_Male> <Speech_Music_Male> a thousand <Speech_Male> years this pendulum <Speech_Male> had swung. <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> Made of glass the <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> Round Disc at the bottom <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> was <Speech_Male> but now <Speech_Male> when <Speech_Male> food was lowered <Speech_Male> by the robots through <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> the tube <Speech_Male> it lay <Speech_Male> untouched. <Speech_Male> <Speech_Male> Later, <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> when the vacuum tube <Speech_Male> came down and cleaned <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> out the cell <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> it took that very <Speech_Music_Male> food with it. <Silence> <Speech_Music_Male> <SpeakerChange> Back and <Speech_Music_Male> forth up <Music> and down. <Speech_Music_Male> <Speech_Music_Male> The visitors <Speech_Male> saw something inside <Speech_Male> the pendulum <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> pressed <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> closely to the side <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> of the cell was <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> the face of a white <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> skull <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> a skeleton <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> envisage <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> that stared out <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> the city with <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> empty sockets <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> and an <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> enigmatic smile <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> wreathing. It's <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> lipless teeth <Speech_Male> <Speech_Music_Male> back and <Speech_Music_Male> forth <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> up <Speech_Music_Male> <SpeakerChange> and down. <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> The Strangers from <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> the void stopped <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> the pendulum in its <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> course <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> ceased <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> it's swinging <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> and cracked <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> open the glass <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> cell <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> exposing the <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> skeleton to view <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> off <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> and in the gleaming <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> light of the Stars <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> the skull face <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> continued it's <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> weird <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> grinning as if <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> it <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> knew that it had conquered <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> something. <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> had conquered <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> time <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> <SpeakerChange> <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> the prisoner of <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> time level <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> had indeed <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> traveled along <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> <SpeakerChange> the centuries. <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> <Music>

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