The room smelled of sweat and fear. Cuttings of material and plastic lay on the concrete floor along with litter and rodent droppings.
The whine still hung in the air even though the big machines were quiet now.
The world had stopped when they walked into the factory. Just on the other side of the door, the men had heard the sound. It was a cacophony of clanging and whooshing. Voices reverberated over the noise as the workers yelled to each other. Yet the room stood silent and empty except for the dust floating in the rays of the sun.