After 3146 BC in the Alps. Kairos lifetime 34: Lucas
“Who are you talking to?” Elder Stow looked around in the dark but saw no one. “Are you talking to me?”
Major Decker stopped unpacking his things. “The ghost here. Don’t you see him?”
Elder Stow shook his head. “I see nothing. No ghost, certainly.”
“Ghost, you got a name?”
“Carthair,” the ghost said, but he wasn’t paying attention. He was watching the couples who were making up for being in the land without love. “I used to kiss my wife like that. I remember.”
“Never,” Decker said. “Unless we were naked or headed in that direction.” He looked at Elder Stow. “Ours was a relationship of mutual lust, my wife and I.”
The Gott-Druk shook his head again. “I do not understand you homo sapiens.” He went to set up his tent for whatever remained of the night as Lockhart and Katie came over to the clearing.
“Who are you talking to?” Lockhart asked. Lockhart had his arm around Katie and she held on to his waist. It was not uncomfortable, but still a bit awkward letting go. Back home they would probably start dating.
“He has a ghost,” Elder Stow spoke up.
“You don’t see him?” Major Decker was asking to be sure, but he made it a statement because he understood Carthair was not on most people’s radar. Lockhart and Katie shook their heads, took one more look at each other and began to unpack their horses in the dark.
Lincoln and Alexis came next, arm in arm like the old married couple they were. They were made young again, but they still had many of the habits of age which mostly consisted of being very comfortable with each other. Lincoln started to unpack the tent, but Alexis felt something. She squinted at Decker.
“Alexis, surely you can see the ghost. Carthair, this is Alexis.”
“Ghost.” Alexis squinted a bit more.
“Ghost?” Lincoln’s eyes widened. He could not see anything, but thinking about it was worse in his mind.
“Ghost,” Alexis repeated, and with the magic inside of her she was able to perceive the vague outline of a man. “Carthair?”
“Yes,” Carthair said, though Alexis did not hear him.
“Roland!” Alexis called and said an aside to Decker, her husband, and she supposed the ghost. “Those two young lovebirds would be there all night if I didn’t interrupt them.”
“What?” Roland shouted back. He and Boston were standing in a bit of snow, holding tight to each other and not inclined to let go.
“What?” Roland and Boston came over and Roland saw the ghost right away. Alexis had to show Boston how to use her magic to see, but when she did, Boston saw the ghost clearly and heard him as well.
“Carthair,” the ghost introduced himself
“Glad to know I’m not crazy,” Decker mumbled.
“I see him,” Boston shrieked. “But what is he doing here?” she asked Roland.
“A fair question,” Roland said.
Carthair looked at his feet where he did not really have any feet. “I died here somewhere on the Alpine path and I haven’t been buried. I think I’m stuck.”
Roland repeated what the ghost said so everyone could hear before he spoke again, “Hasn’t an escort come for you?” Roland asked before he explained for the others. “There are little sprits of the Kairos that are charged with collecting and escorting the spirits of the dead to their resting place.”
Carthair shook his head. I am in an odd place, I think, like on the border the gods argue about. I don’t belong to Hades. I grew up dreaming of entering the halls of Vrya, the great Vanheim goddess of love and war or maybe Valhalla, but now I think I need to go west, like there is a new house I never heard of. All I hear are the Children of Danna.”
“Carthair,” Katie spoke up after Roland repeated the words. “Probably a very early Celtic name. The Celts will move west over the next couple of millennia to fill France, Northern Spain, the low countries and eventually the British Isles. They will belong to the house of the Don.”
“I didn’t know that,” Carthair spoke softly.
“Maybe we can find his body and see that it is properly buried,” Alexis said.
“Cremated,” Lincoln said. “The people of the urn were all about cremation.”
Carthair looked up, and while the ghost face would never quite settle down into a clear picture, those who could see saw hope there. “Only not tonight,” Decker interrupted. “We all need sleep. So tell me, do ghosts sleep?”
“Yes. No. I don’t know,” Carthair said and he flew up into the trees and vanished from sight.
“I won’t sleep,” Lincoln told Alexis who smiled at his words. Of course, Lincoln slept very well.
It was six in the morning, not long before dawn, when a bear wandered into the camp. Decker woke to the sound and looked carefully from his tent door before he rushed out into danger. He saw the bear pick up a log and place it on the fire. He decided to stay where he was and peek out from the dark when he heard the bear talk.
“Little Fire is not doing her job here.”
“I think she is doing just fine.” He heard the woman’s voice before the woman appeared, a beauty beyond telling. Decker could not really look at her without trembling with desire. “She snuck out of her tent to be with Roland since he is alone without his father to keep him company.” The woman made the cutest face. “I like sneaky sex.”
‘You like any kind of sex,” the bear said. “And you leave my elect alone.”
“Don’t worry. They haven’t finished cooking.”
“Humph,” the bear said and changed into a woman, also a beauty, but a rugged beauty of the kind that was almost worse for Decker. “These poor people have a long way to go on the Alpine road. I’m concerned that there are so many people up here hunting right now, if you can call it hunting.”
“I don’t know why. We all know Lucas is out of reach,” the first woman said. “Safely in the arms of the Oread on the other side of the mountains. Even Hades can’t go there without an invitation from Asgard. Vrya would kick his butt.”
“Uncle Hades is just stubborn.”
“And you aren’t?”
The two women looked eye to eye before the one that was a bear spoke. “Aphrodite, you wouldn’t dare.”
Aphrodite smiled before she shook her head. “Dear Artemis, keep your bow and arrows, but I am putting Uncle Hades on the list. He needs to loosen up.”
Artemis looked like she was not sure she believed her sister, but she did not press the point. “She better be special.”
Aphrodite simply nodded with a look that suggested she already had someone in mind. She did not say so, but instead turned to the tent door and pointed right at Decker. “And you are on my list, too.” Then she vanished.
Decker stuck his head out of the tent. “No, please.”
Artemis laughed at him and looked up. “Carthair, you can come back now.” And she vanished as well.
Avalon 3.1 is what on television would be a two part episode. It will be posted in seven posts, four this week, M, T W & Th, and three next week, M T W. Let me urge you to stick with the story to the end. I believe you will find it an enjoyable read. MGK