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==Chapter Twenty-three==
 
==Chapter Twenty-three==
Tex wakes up still tied and realise they approach the Moon Child. When he regains control of his hands he tests the cord and manages to loosen it. He opens his eyes as the shuttle powers down. The 3 men had celebrated with Ching's whiskey and re intoxicated. Brody leers at him until Voorman steps in and tells them to go out. He has a few things to do before he calls them again to take Tex and execute him
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Tex wakes up, still tied up. They are approaching the Moon Child. He regains control of his hands and manages to loosen his cord. He opens his eyes as the shuttle powers down. The 3 men had celebrated with Ching's whiskey and are intoxicated. Brody leers at Tex but Voorman steps in and tells them to go out; he has a few things to do. Then he will call them back to execute Tex.
  
Tex grabs the empty whiskey bottle behind his back. When Voorman reappears, he says they need to have a talk. Then Tex stands up and brings the bottle down on his head. He then ties his hands and gags him with a shirt sleeve.
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Tex grabs the bottle behind his back. Voorman reappears, says they need to have a talk, but Tex stands up and hits his head. He then ties his hands and gags him with a shirt sleeve, and exits the shuttle.
  
Exiting the shuttle, Tex finds himself in an immense cargo bay full of vehicles and machinery. He walks and ducks behind vehicles finding his way towards an exit hundreds yards away on the other side of a lone watchtower. Tex finds a small foyer and enters one of the elevators. He notices that there are levels LL through 24 and then to 36. He randomly presses 13. At level 3 he is joined by three gorgeous women who ignore him, chatting about italian food. They stop at level 9 and Tex decides to follow them.  
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He is in an immense cargo bay full of vehicles and machinery. Ducking behind vehicles, he finds his way towards an exit on the other side of a lone watchtower, a 100 yards away. He finds a small foyer and enters one of the elevators, leading to levels LL through 24 and then to 36.  
  
The level is a restaurant complex with a cobblestone street. He passes by a pizza parlor, a Chinese restaurant, bakery, a mesquite grill, an ice cream parlor until he follows the women inside the Italian restaurant. Tex decides to satiate his hunger. He sits on a table and notices that the catalogue has no prices. He makes an order to the mustached waiter. But as he returns bringing the salad, he notices Tex' wrist. Tex notices that everyone is wearing a silver band, and he lacks one. As the mystified waiter returns to the kitchen, Tex runs away and returns to the elevator. He enters and is lost behind 10 people.
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He randomly presses 13. At level 3 he is joined by three gorgeous women who ignore him, chatting about italian food. They stop at level 9 and Tex decides to follow them. The level is a restaurant complex with a cobblestone street between a pizza parlor, a Chinese restaurant, bakery, a mesquite grill, an ice cream parlor and an Italian restaurant where they enter. Tex decides to satiate his hunger and sits on a table. He notices that the catalogue has no prices. He makes an order but as the mustached waiter brings the salad, he notices Tex' wrist. Tex realizes that everyone is wearing a silver band, and he is not. The mystified waiter returns to the kitchen, Tex runs away and returns to the elevator.  
  
The crowd stop at level 13 and Tex follows them to a revolving door marked Environ 3. He steps into an artificial forest full of trees, flowering plants and animal life, even a simulated blue sky, and breezes smellng earth and rain. Tex thinks that he hadn't experienced such things since being a little child. He follows one of tiny paths among the grass and rests on a rock by a brook. He wonders who created this and what can he do against them. He know noone and nothing and his only hope is the CAPRICORN mole, provided he is still alive, and he finds him among thousands of people.
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Tex hides himself behind 10 people. They stop at level 13 and Tex follows them to a revolving door marked Environ 3. He steps into an artificial forest full of trees, flowering plants and animal life, even a simulated blue sky, and breezes smellng earth and rain, things he hadn't experienced since being a little child. He follows one of tiny paths among the grass and rests on a rock by a brook. He wonders who created this and what can he do against them. He knows noone and nothing besides the CAPRICORN mole, provided he is still alive, among thousands of people.
  
Tex starts feeling tired and a feeling of withdrawal. Everything he can do against the cult seems to be in vain and ponders whether it's time to play along and join them but he wouldn't comrpomise his principles and self-respect.  
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Tex starts feeling tired and withdrawal. He can do nothing against the cult and ponders whether it's time to play along and join them, but he wouldn't comrpomise his principles and self-respect. He dozes off to sleep. He wakes 6 hours later by a light rain shower simulated by a sprinkler system.
  
He dozes off to sleep and wakes 6 hours later by a light rain shower siulated by a sprinkler system.
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He leaves the garden and sees another crowd lined for the elevators. No less than a half hour pass before his turn to enter. They all gather to the top level (36), an enormous space with a stage, where Rev. Sheppard is going to appear. It has an ornate podium with throne-like chairs and an enormous screen.  
  
He leaves the garden and outside sees another croud lined for the elevators. He joins them and passes no less than a half hour before his turn to enter. They all gather to the top level (36) which is an enormous space with a stage, where Rev. Sheppard is going to appear. Tex notices an ornate podium with throne-like chairs and an enormous screen.  
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The vast expanse echoes the "Ode to Joy" while it fills by continuously gathering streams of people of all ages, characteristics and ethnic diversities. When the space is almost full, the lights dim. The cult leaders appear on the stage and sit on the arranged throne-like chairs. Sheppard approaches an ornate podium and gives a sermon. The crowd applauses in adoration and Tex joins in so that he doesn't attract attention.
  
The vast expanse echoes the "Ode to Joy" while it fills by continuously gathering streams of people, representing all ages, characteristics and ethnic diversities. Eventually the space is almost full when the lights dim. On the stage, the leaders of the cult appear and sit to the arranged throne-like chairs. Sheppard approaches an ornate podium and gives a sermon. The crowd applauses in adoration and Tex joins in so that he doesn't attract attention.
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Sheppard reveals that the Crusade follows ancient beliefs, and that those present were selected to prepare the Earth for a golden age. They will remain on the Moon Child for 40 years while Earth is purified, beginning at midnight. Mumbles and confusion arise from the crowd as not all the Crusaders knew they were part of such a plan.
  
The leader then reveals that the Crusade follows ancient beliefs, and that those present were selected to prepare the Earth for a golden age. They are supposed to remain on the Moon Child for 40 years while Earth is purified. Mumbles and confusion arose from the crowd as not all the Crusaders knew they were part of such a plan. The purification would begin at midnight.
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Tex starts walking discreetly towards the stage. He is halfway there when Sheppard mentions the presence of a traitor. Tex freezes in terror, but realizes that the traitor is being already brought there, none other than Voorman. The crowd boos as the guards take him away. Tex waits for Sheppard to turn away when he makes his move: he climbs to the podium and shouts to the crowd that the "purification" is going to exterminate humanity, and that everyone there should stop it.  
  
Tex decides to make a discreet walk towards the stage. He is halfway there when Sheppard mentions to the crowd the presence of a traitor. Tex freezes in terror, but realizes that the traitor is being already brought there, none other than Voorman. The crowd boos as the guards take him away. Tex waits for Sheppard to turn away when he makes his move: he climbs to the podium and shouts to the crowd that the "purification" is going to exterminate humanity, and that everyone there should stop it.  
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Tex is grabbed and taken into a corridor. Between kicks and punches, guards carry him to a room and tie him onto a mechanical chair. 2 security guards are left with him, a bald man and a beautiful blond woman. Then he is approached by Lowell Percival.
  
Many hands grab Tex and take him into a corridor. After kicks and punches guards carry him to a room and tie him onto a mechanical chair. Two security guards are left with him, a bald man and a beautiful blond woman. Then he is approached by Lowell Percival.
 
 
==Chapter Twenty-four==
 
==Chapter Twenty-four==
 
Percival greets Tex and gives his villain speech. He staged his death in the explosion to be safe, but (as he is the Phoenix) returned from his ashes. He suggested Murphy to the cult in order to be hired by "Countess Renier" and fetch the Habuh. Finally he mentions the advantages of living in the Moon Child with the elect, and invites Tex to join them, or die.  
 
Percival greets Tex and gives his villain speech. He staged his death in the explosion to be safe, but (as he is the Phoenix) returned from his ashes. He suggested Murphy to the cult in order to be hired by "Countess Renier" and fetch the Habuh. Finally he mentions the advantages of living in the Moon Child with the elect, and invites Tex to join them, or die.  

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