Sandra remarks to her mother that the schoolwork has become
so easy. Mrs Crabtree arrives, and they wish each other
happy day. She has news that Professor Brake and his son
are to be received that evening. Sandra remarks that
the two must have been feeling so alone.
Back at Hendrick's house, Matt and Adam go over what they
know about the circle so far. Matt remarks that maybe the
black hole is turning the villagers into Happy Dayers.
Adam thinks maybe Hendrick is using it to extract something,
man's ability to think for himself, the thing that makes him
Matt reckons that Hendrick would still need split second
timing to predict when the black hole was going to be over
the house. The digital clocks? They must be driven by a
master signal, maybe they could feed in more pulses and
get Hendrick to process them before the black hole is
actually in position - they would gain time.
They find the feed for the clocks, and Adam wonders where
their luggage is with all the equipment. Luckily it
has been brought into the house, and they manage to get
it into the room. Adam taps into the digital clock
source and connects a signal generator to it. He asks
Matt to cacluate what frequency of pulses would have to
be fed in to gain about 5 minutes before dinner. They
set up the equipment and hide it behind a chair - the
clock ticks perceptibly faster.
Outside, Sandra and Margaret join the ring of chanting
people outside the house. Looking out the window,
Adam and Matt see them. Matt suddenly realises that they
have got it all wrong. It's the other way up. The
energy, whatever it is, doesn't start at the black hole.
It's transmistted from the circle upwards. Adam wonders
where the energy could come from for such a transmission,
and Matt reminds him of the ley-lines bringing psychic
energy. Link arrives announcing dinner is served.
They arrive in the dining room at the top of the house.
Hendrick bids them to sit and eat. Outside, the people
are chanting. Adams asks Hendrick what they are celebrating.
As he is explaining, he notices that time has moved on quicker
than he thought, and begins the ceremony at once.
'Anger the fire, fire of speech, breath of knowledge,
render us free from harm, return to us the innocence
that once we knew, complete the circle, make us at one
with nature and the elements. It is time'
A hole opens in the ceiling, and Matt and Adam look at each
other nervously. Had they given themselves enough time?
After a short time, Hendrick's chair turns round again.
Link relights the candles in the room which had been blown
out by the wind. Hendrick tells them to arise, and tells
them they have no more guilt, they are free. Adam and
Matt wink at each other, unseen by Hendrick. 'Are you happy?'
Hendrick asks. 'So happy' they reply. He tells them to go
outside and join the circle.
Once outside, Adam touches Margaret's hand, and the spell
over the people is broken, they all awake from their
trances. Link runs up to Hendrick and tells him that
the circle is broken, his protection is gone. Suddenly
the beam of light rips out of the table. Hedrick is
wracked with pain and is transformed into a bearded
Outside, anyone who looks at the light coming from the house
turns to stone. Adam shouts at Matt to get Sandra, and not
to look. Margaret and Sandra have both looked, and they both
become pertified. Adam and Matt run from the village and
up to the Sanctaury. They stay there all night.
Next morning, Matt and Adam wake up in the Sanctaury to
find Dai sharpening knives. It's not quite the same Dai
as before, something is different. He doesn't know who
they are, and tells them to get out.
They go down to the village, and at the museum, Ms Crabtree
and Maragret are pleased to see them. Margaret is strangely
different. She asks if they are still determined to leave.
Adam says 'if we can'. They shake hands, and say goodbye.
Outside the cottage they find the car, undamaged, with
luggage in the back. They get in and drive off.
As they approach the edge of the circle the stones appear
to loom close to them. They cross the edge of the circle
with a great sigh of relief. Safey outside the circle
they stop the car and lopk back. Did it happen, or didn't
it? Matt wonders if it's still going on for the people
inside the time trap. Adam asks him if he wants to go
back and find out. They laugh and drive away.
As they drive on, they pass an expensive car coming in the
opposite direction. The car pulls up outside Highfield
house. The driver introduces himself as Sir Joshua Litton,
recently retired from the city, and looking for somewhere to live.
Link, the butler shows him around the house, which is up for sale.
On the hill, the stones watch.
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