While on the trail for Alexis and Mingus, the travelers first found the Kairos, Eliyawe, a skinny young girl in a mini skirt with nice long legs that she obviously liked to show off, who seemed to be suffering from ADHD, at the least. She had several men and women with her, as well as a floating coffin, but had yet to get through the introductions without interrupting herself.
“Boys,” Eliyawe’s voice grabbed their attention again. “Leave the fisherman alone. I want you to meet Roland, the hunter.”
“Hello,” they said before they ran to the horses. “What are these? Where did you get them? Which is the fastest? Can I have one?”
“Children, come and sit.” Eliyawe made them sit down where Elder Stow was building a fire. “Now behave so we can have a nice lunch.” Eliyawe turned to Boston and rolled her eyes in a very Boston-like manner. “Boys,” she said with a liberal dose of sarcasm.
“I understand,” Boston said and rolled her eyes in return.
Roland provided a deer, but it took time to cook. Elder Stow made a small force field around them so they could let the horses out to graze without worrying about them watering. Katie and Boston argued a bit about the cooking. Lincoln sounded morose when he talked.
“Alexis is a great cook.”
“And I am sure we will enjoy her cooking when we get her back,” Lockhart said. And he explained to Eliyawe and the others what they were doing. They expected to catch up, soon. Lincoln threw the grass he had yanked out of the ground, but he said nothing.
“Maybe we could help them?” Elias suggested with a look at his wife. Eliyawe squinted at him.
“I thought you were my husband,” she said. He nodded.
“So how far ahead of you do you figure,” Elias spoke to Lockhart and Eliyawe grinned and took her husband’s arm.
“Sometime this afternoon.” Lockhart said, but he looked at Roland for confirmation.
“Sooner than that,” Roland said. “I think they saw the Kairos coming from in front of them and with us following they scooted out between us and are hold up somewhere in the rocks there where the hills really start to rise.”
“What?” Lincoln sat straight up to look.
“Relax,” Lockhart held him back.
“So who is in the box?” Decker changed the subject when he could not suppress his curiosity any longer. He slept in an Agdaline box for 500 years, so he was curious.
“Osiris,” Elias answered and Eliyawe nodded.
“We are returning him to Egypt,” she said. “The nymphs of the swamps of Lebanon are doing penance and carrying the coffin.
“Nymphs?” The men reacted. Jonas and Elias looked embarrassed for some reason.
“Osiris?” Katie also reacted. “You mean, the Osiris?”
“Hey.” Lincoln looked at Elyawe with sudden curiosity. “Which ding dong the Witch is dead?”
“Tiamut,” Eliyawe said. “Set planned the whole thing so Osiris would snuff it away from Egypt. The Masters are working for Tiamut, more or less. They seeded the streams with the drug. Tiamut was hoping the gods would go crazy, but it just put them all to sleep for a time. Some universal default or something would be my guess.”
Atonas could not contain himself any longer. “You slew Chaos? You killed the great and terrible goddess?” He fell at Eliyawe’s feet and dared not lift his eyes.
“Not me,” Eliyawe said. “All I did was stab her in her big toe. Broke my best sword, too, and dern, it was my new one.” Eliyawe shrugged. “You want the slayer of Tiamut, look to Marduk and Assur.”
“The Marduk and Assur?” Katie started again but several people yelled at her in case she said something about the future that was best not to mention.
“I like that phrase, “The” Marduk and Assur,” Assur said. “But it would be better to say “The” Assur and Marduk.”
“Yes,” Marduk ignored his brother and spoke in feigned humility. “I slew chaos for all time.”
“Ha! I slew Chaos.” Assur countered, but Marduk had already jumped to his feet.
“There she was, a true titan, terrible to behold, but I found the courage to rise up into her face, the very face of death. I brought my great sword down upon her head and cut her in two so her brains leaked out. And by the fire in my loins, I set her mind ablaze until it became but ash to blow away on the wind.”
“Ha!” Assur had a counter story. “I rose up to her great maw that was swallowing the light itself and looked big and dark enough to swallow the very sun. I smote her breast and cut off the paps that fed the world with destruction. I bore a great hole in her chest and tore out her heart. This I crushed with my bare hands.”
“Her heart was only about this big,” Marduk pinched his fingers together to show how small it was.
“It was not.”
“It was too.”
Eliyawe whistled and Marduk and Assur fell silent. “Actually, Tiamut was about to step on me and squish me like a bug, and my boys found the courage to finish the job. Thanks for saving my life, boys.”
“Aw, hush. Think nothing of it. You are more than welcome. The least we could do.”
“Twins,” Lincoln said. “Identical.”
“So which is older?”
“Hey!” Eliyawe intervened before the argument started. “They were both born at exactly the same time, joined together at the top of their heads. Doctor Mishka had a hard time separating them. She had to re-grow the skulls and do some dermal regeneration and stimulate the hair follicles and voila! Better then a plate in their heads.” Eliyawe smiled until she saw Marduk open his mouth. “And they both got an equal number of brain cells down to the micro-nano level, so there.” Eliyawe stuck her tongue out at the boys.
Elias got Atonas back up and sat him between himself and Jonas. Jonas had to lean over to speak. “You know, I still only understand about one in three words your wife says. Very disturbing.”
“Ha!” Elias said in imitation of Assur. “What is really disturbing is I am starting to understand the most of it.” Eliyawe tightened her grip on Elias’ arm and robbed her head against his shoulder like a kitty All that was missing was the purr.
They all heard a click. Captain Decker had his rifle at hand. “Lunch is over,” he said. “Time to get our missing travelers.”
“Thank you.” Lincoln stood straight up.
Avalon 2.10: Retrieval … Next Time