The two Surveyors made their way up to the console. Alexandra made it up first, climbing over the side and making her way to the supervisor. Robert angrily climbed up by himself, visibly upset that Alexandra wasn't there to help him up.
"Good work," the Supervisor said as he looked at the console, "We're getting a clear image. The engineers are currently moving the loader. Altman be praised at their progress. They are just barely ahead of schedule."
Robert got a good look at the screen. Sam Caldwell was currently pulling the loader on the track using his Kinesis Module. The Marker seemed to be glowing slightly brighter as the loader was brought in close.
"This is Cooper to Maxwell. You reading me, surveyors? Over."
Maxwell raised his right arm and punched the button on his comms module. A hologram vidscreen revealed the face of an engineer on the other side.
"This is Maxwell," the Supervisor said, "I read you."
"We're starting the five-down in a few seconds. Whether you have your equipment ready or not, I'm going to be turning it on. You have everything ready? Over."
"Everything's ready, Cooper," Maxwell said with a satisfied smirk, "I wouldn't miss this moment for the entire galaxy. Altman be praised."
"Yeah, yeah," Cooper said, "Cut the Unitology crap. I've had enough about that already."
"I wouldn't want you upset about the greatest moment in history, Cooper," Maxwell said, "You may start anytime."
"Fine. I don't need your permission. Over and out."
Robert stifled a snicker. At least he wasn't the only one upset about this.
"Robert, you have one final task," Maxwell said, "Aim the hologram projector over to the Marker and keep it steady from the wind. I want this whole event recorded with the Marker in the center."
Robert sighed. Turning his ERM's safety on, he walked up to the large, turret-like hologram projector and aimed it carefully. Placing his eyes over on the eye braces, he looked inside and made sure he aimed it so that the whole recording could be seen on the screen.
Damn waste of time trying to grab some glowing rock, Robert said to himself.
"Stand by, everyone," Cooper voiced on the comms, "I'm starting the five-down."
Robert watched carefully. As he gazed at the Marker, he heard something like some far-off voice. It seemed to sound like creepy whisperings. He shook the thought out of his head and watched as Sam came up and pressed a button on the loader screen.
Cooper's voice seemed to grow distant. Robert couldn't believe his eyes as the Marker began to spark red lightning at its base.
The loader's arms began to reach towards the Marker. Sam seemed to notice the lightning and stepped back in surprise.
The Marker glowed brightly as lightning shot up its surface. The loader arms almost grasped its base.
A great glowing sphere suddenly formed atop the Marker. Lightning covered it completely by now. Were Robert and Sam the only ones noticing?
As the loader's arms grasped the Marker's base, all hell broke loose as the sphere exploded in a blinding flash.