Do not ask your Devil for reasons. He will lie to you. Do not ask God, for He will tell you the truth.
"Oh for Christ's sake!" Rick shouted, "Enough of this metaphysical shit!" He turned to the alien. "What's happening to us?"
Silence, eventually broken by the quiet woman:
"You're still studying us, aren't you?"
"We're going to wake up and this has all been a dream?"
"Are we dead? Are we waiting to proceed into the next life?" Tracey asked, hands covering her mouth as if she'd been afraid to ask.
There was no answer.