Luiz was eleven. He knew more than these others, he thought.
Suzy and Randy were older kids, ages 13 and 15. Luiz doubted they knew anything about the tube.
"It goes to the other side," he said. "I've known a bunch
of people who went. They never come back. That much is true."
"We know about the tube," said Randy.
"Which way does it go?"
Suzy recognized this argument. These two had argued it
before. Luiz thought the tube went down, past the twirling pillars creating the gravity. The tube went down and came out
on the other side.
"It's glass," said Luiz. "Like our side."
Suzy believed the tube went up, through five stories of
glass, to be ejected into space. The speed of the ejected tube would be extremely fast. Into the bright, infinite world
beyond, believed Suzy.
Randy disliked having Luiz around. Randy knew about the
tube. It went to a better place. No one came back because they did not want to come back.
"That supports my idea," said Suzy. "If the tube is ejected
into space, it goes to a planet too far away to return here."
Out into space
Light, distance, loneliness
"I'm thinking about an old song," said Jake. "Out into
space. That means the tube is a spaceship that ejects upward from here."
"There are no planets nearby. Only Earth. To eject here
would be senseless."
"Then, the tube goes to the other side, past the pillars.
There is another part of the spaceship nobody knows about. That is the other side."
"And we never see them again," said Suzy.
"On that side," said Jake," everything is better. I know
it. Nicer apartments. Shorter work weeks."