The travelers came to the beginning of history on a rescue mission. Now, in order to get home, two elves, two marines, one Gott-Druk (a Neanderthal from the far future) and three ‘Men in Black’ must follow the amulet of Avalon. They move from one time gate to the next, through time zones that center around the many lives of the Kairos, the Traveler (in time), the Watcher (over history), a person who never lives a quiet life.
They have unlimited vitamins, elf crackers, and bullets, ride mustangs brought back from the old west, and wear fairy weave clothing that they can shape and change with a thought in order to blend into the local culture. It helps that they can understand and be understood no matter the local language, because they inevitably have to deal with the human element, along with gods and monsters, spirits and creatures, space aliens and the great unknown. They have to try hard not to disturb history in the process. To be sure, all they want is to get home in one piece, but they are not the only ones lost in time.
It was Doctor Procter who explained.
“I spent the last three hundred years studying the lives of the Kairos. Now that we have the opportunity to walk through those lifetimes, one by one, and in order I might add, I am not going to miss that opportunity. Isn’t that right, Mingus?”
Mingus shook his head and sighed, and in that moment everyone got a good look at the difference between Mingus, a full blood elf and the Doctor who was half-human. The contrast was not startling but obvious. No plain human could have eyes as big, features as sharp or fingers as thin and long. “If you say,” Mingus muttered as he took the amulet and shook it once himself.
“What says the Navy?” Lockhart turned to look at the two who were armed and bringing up the rear.
“I’m to follow orders,” Captain Decker frowned.
Lieutenant Harper smiled. “I would not mind exploring a little while we have the chance.”
“Besides,” Roland spoke up while Lockhart faced front again and encouraged everyone to resume walking. “I have a feeling the Kairos would not mind if we rooted out some of the unsavory characters that wandered into the time zones without permission.”
“Oh, that would be very dangerous.” Alexis said it before Lincoln could, and she grinned for her husband.
“All the same…” Roland did not finish his sentence. He fell back to walk beside Lockhart to underline his sentiments to the man.
“Hey.” Boston came up. She had been straggling near the back.
“Boston, dear.” Lockhart backed away from the elf and slipped his arm around the young woman. “So what do you think? Do we run as fast as we can or explore a bit and maybe confront some unsavories along the way?”
“Explore and help the Kairos clean out the time zones. I thought that was obvious.”
“Well for the record,” Mingus said as he turned and walked backwards. “Though it may kill me to say it, I agree with that Lincoln fellow.”
“I haven’t offered an opinion,” Lincoln said.
“No, but I can read the mind of a frightened rabbit well enough.”
“Father!” Alexis jumped and there was some scolding in her voice. “I vote we explore and help.” She looked at Lockhart, and so did everyone else except the Doctor who was still playing with his amulet.
Lockhart nodded. “Okay,” he said. “But the number one priority is to get everyone home alive and in one piece, so when it is time to move on, we all move, no arguments.”
“You got that right,” Captain Decker mumbled.
Everyone seemed fine with that except Mingus who screwed up his face and asked, “And who decides when it is time to move on?”
“I do.” Lockhart spoke without flinching. The two stared at each other until Doctor Procter interrupted.
“Anyway,” he spoke as if in the middle of a sentence. “I would not worry about hunting unsavories. I don’t imagine it will take long before they start hunting us.”
Robert Lockhart, a former policeman, now assistant director of the Men in Black. He is charged with leading this expedition through time though he has no idea how he is going to get everyone home—alive.
Boston (Mary Riley), a Massachusetts redneck, rodeo rider and technological genius who finished her PhD in electrical engineering at age 24. Since the disappearance of Doctor Procter, she carries the amulet, a sophisticated combination electronic GPS and magic device that shows the way from one time gate to the next. She became an elf to marry Roland, but now Roland has disappeared, and may be dead, though she refuses to think that way.
Benjamin Lincoln, a former C. I. A. office geek who keeps the database and a record of their journey. He tends to worry and is not the bravest soul, but sometimes that is an asset. His wife, Alexis, was kidnapped by her own father Mingus and dragged back to the beginning of history. This prompted the rescue mission which got everyone stuck in the past with the time gates in the time zones as the only option to get home—the long way, as they say.
Alexis Lincoln, an elf who became human to marry Benjamin. She retained her healing magic when she became human, but magic has its limits. For example, it can’t make her father happy with her choices.
Mingus, father of Alexis (and Roland, making Boston his daughter-in-law) is an elder elf. He ran the history department in Avalon for over 300 years. He knows the time zones and the lives of the Kairos but tends to keep his opinions to himself. And he believes his children are being ruined by so much human interaction. He kidnapped Alexis in the first place to save her from being corrupted by the human mortals.
Captain Katie Harper, a marine whose specialty is ancient and medieval cultures and technologies. She is torn between her duty to the marines and her desire to be part of this larger universe she is discovering. She now carries the prototype amulet that Mingus once used to kidnap Alexis.
Major Decker, a navy seal, now a marine special operations officer who will do all he can to keep everyone alive, even if it means shooting his way back to the twenty-first century. He is a skeptic who does not believe half of what they experience—even if he does not know what else to believe.
Elder Stow, a space traveling, technologically advanced Gott-Druk (Neanderthal) from the future who was thrown back into the past and is forced to make a truce with these ‘humans’ to join them in their journey. He believes it is his only chance to get back to the future in one piece.
The Kairos. But that is a different person in each time zone.
Avalon Season Three coming soon to an Amazon and Smashwords (Barnes and Noble, Apple , E-reader, etc.) near you……………………
Tomorrow, Episode 4.0 begins the season. Happy Reading