As his eyes fluttered open, he had to blink several times to adjust to the light. Slowly, he hoisted himself off his bed. He was staring directly at a wall of glass, and through that, a timer that was ticking away. Fifty-seven, fifty-six, fifty-five... Turning, he saw a television. Resting on top of it were a clipboard, a brown coffee cup and an oddly shaped radio, playing pleasant music softly. To the left of it lay a toilet, and to the left of the toilet was a bed. Turning around again, he saw a timer placed above a solid block of steel. The steel was only slightly taller than a regular door, but when pressed against, it didn't budge.

Then, he heard a quiet beep! preceding a female voice. It was calm, monotonous, slow and spoke in a crisp, clear manner. "Hello, and, again welcome to the Anthropology Science computer-aided enrichment center. We hope your brief detention in the relaxation vault has been a pleasant one. Your specimen has been processed and we are now ready to begin the test proper." What? Test? "Before we start, however, keep in mind that although fun and learning are the primary goals of all enrichment center activities, serious injuries may occur. For your own safety, and the safety of others, please refrain from-" then, sparks flew out from the light, causing the room to darken for a second, and the voice continued so fast it was undecipherable as to what it was saying. Then, there was a bzzt... and "-nd back," was heard. "The portal will open in three, two, one..." There was a brilliant flash of light, and a hole ripped open from the steel. It was a bright orange color, and almost appeared as it was a ring of fire...

He grabbed the clipboard and placed it on the edge of the hole. Nothing happened. The specimen tossed the clipboard behind him, and walked through the hole.

Once outside, he looked only to find a room exactly identical to the one he was in. He turned around, only to find nothing. He searched to find the other piece of steel outside the room only to find it ripped open with a blue hole, or should he say, "portal." Shaking his head, he continued. Walking past the room and to the right, he found a circular door. It was closed. Now that he had time to stop for a second, he noticed how cold he was. He was dressed in a faded orange suit. Its sleeves went down until they reached his hands, and they rolled up just below the knee on his legs. Maybe it was just him, or the environment was chilly. It didn't really matter. He had on white shoes, though he couldn't firmly place his feet on the ground. And he found out why. attached to the balls of his feet were a pair of black... cords? Rope? He couldn't come up with the right words. They traveled up to the top of his tendon, and made walking fairly difficult as they made him bounce slightly when we walked. As if on cue, their purpose was explained to him.

Beep! came the female voice. "Before proceeding to the first test chamber, keep in mind that although your clothing seems... questionable, it is purely for safety purposes. The velocity challenge braces attached to your feet will not only give you massages, but their buoyancy will also allow you to fall from great heights and land undamaged. In addition, you will be able to jump considerably higher. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to take off either the velocity challenge braces or your shoes, as doing so shall risk your safety." Beep! And just exactly why would he have to be falling from great heights? The door opened, and after the specimen walked through it, it closed behind him. Other than a slightly raised piece of flooring with a button, another circular door, and a black, glass case attached to the ceiling, the room was vacant. The walls and floors were gray, as were the ones in the previous room were. After passing a blue line near the case, it opened and closed, dropping a cube. He picked up the cube. It was gray with bits of white plastic attached to its corners. After he stepped on button, the door opened, but when he stepped off, it closed. Oh, so now he was a puzzle solver? Because the puzzle wasn't very puzzling.

He placed the cube, about one foot around, on the button and the door opened. Beep! "Excellent. Please proceed into the chamber lock after completing each test!" Woah, woah, woah. How many tests were there? Because he wasn't going to do them forever. He was approaching an elevator, but in front of it was a substance that acted like a shield. The way it was virtually transparent except for some flickering power gave the impression that it was a gate of some sort. "First, however," the voice continued, "note the incandescent particle field across the exit. This Anthropology Science material emancipation grill will vaporize any unauthorized equipment that passes through it. For example, the Anthropology Science Weighted Storage Cube." Beep!

Cautiously, he took the cube off the button, making sure he was there to replace it, and threw it with all his might.

The cube flew, fell with a clunk! , rolled past the grill and fizzled out, turning black, breaking apart, and disappearing entirely. All in the matter of seconds

The case attached to the ceiling opened up and offered a new cube.

After completing the test again, he cringed as he passed the grill, but nothing happened. The elevator opened by itself, and closed once he entered.

Only after being encased in the elevator did he realize he had no idea why he was even here. He certainly didn't volunteer to become a "test subject."

Soon, I'm going to find some answers, he thought. And then get out of here.

How did you like it? Good? Bad? Meh? Let me know! The story will improve, I promise, when the main conflict is introduced. It will get funnier from here. I guarantee it. Thank you for reading! :D

~Bookwormvideogamer~