|They reached the pedestal and felt a strong force come from the book. Both of them sensed that this was the source of all the power and beauty of The City of Light. Dr. Steller was filled with childlike happiness and felt freedom of spirit as he had never encountered. It literally felt like he was floating on a cloud beneath a blue sky, above all Earthly things.
James was witnessing the same feelings well up inside him. He didn’t know how to restrain himself from the urge to open the book.
“May I open…”
“Be my guest Mr. Price.”
As soon as he opened the book an enormous blue light erupted from its opened pages. Both of them were thrown back by the burst of illumination that lit up the hall that cascaded and flickered on every surface in the cathedral including the high vaulted ceilings. They scrambled to their feet backing away from the power of the light.
Then the surge that came from the book appeared to abate just slightly until it gradually started to dim at an increasing rate. At last it came to a soft glow. Dr. Steller and James were mesmerized as they went to see what wonders could possibly be within its pages