“You told them the plant was still operating at half power?” No matter how much she shifts her chair, Castor cannot help but feel the two hooded figures keep closing in.
“I did. They said not to worry, shutdown would resume shortly.”
“And did it?” Both hoods are speaking as one now, two bodies but only one deep, rumbling, terrible voice.
“Not immdeiately, no,” she tells them, “ It was still several hours before the load dispatcher gave the green light to continue.”
“And in the meantime....?”
“The power levels fell dramatically below a safe operating level. The crew made some effort to raise them, but all to no avail. Then, at around eleven pm, the green light was given,and everybody seemed to forget about the danger. They continued the shutdown, regardless of their own concerns about the state of the reactor.”