“Enter the Chamber.” the large voice charged. Sarah took a deep breath and straightened her spine. She had known this day was coming, but now that it was here, it felt surreal.
She grabbed the hefty door handle. It was ice cold. She began to pull but the door slowly swung open on its own. The chamber was pitch dark, except for the single spotlight in the center of the room. She took a few steps forward, but paused as she heard the huge door swinging closed. There was a soft hiss as it sealed which echoed throughout the chamber.
The room was frigid. She could probably see her breath if only there was enough light.
“Please step into the Lumecriton.” said the voice. Sarah made her way toward the light. Her head began filling with doubt even though everyone had told her she had nothing to worry about. Her entire family, including distant cousins, had made it through The Judgement. “We have solid DNA.” her Mom would always say. But what if she was somehow different.
As soon as she stepped into the light she felt its warmth on her face, much like the sun.
“Sarah Dunn” boomed the voice. “You are here today to seek Judgement.”
‘Seek?’ As if she had a choice.
“We are well aware of your family’s performance, but it will not be relevant here. You are to stand in Judgement, alone.”
‘Let’s just do this thing already.’ she thought.