Avalon 7.1 Spirits Alight, part 2 of 6

Lockhart frowned.  He figured the family had probably been stuck there for some time and might know more of what made those creepy sounds.  He stood.

“We have wasted enough time, fascinating as ruins may be.  Pack it up.”

The travelers did not object.  The mule objected briefly to Yusef, but they got Yusef up on the buckboard to drive the beast while his wife Tama and daughter Aleah rode in the back of the wagon.  Until then, they had worked out a schedule for the married couples to take turns driving the wagon.  Lincoln and Alexis had the morning shift.  They tied their horses to the back of the wagon, and Lincoln played at driving a Conestoga across the plains, though he admitted it felt more like driving a chuck wagon for a cattle drive in the wilderness.

With Yusef driving, everyone could ride.  Millie and Evan, who were supposed to have the afternoon turn, volunteered to bring up the rear and follow the wagon.  That left Lockhart, Katie, Lincoln and Alexis to ride in front and get into some kind of conversation.  Boston and Sukki joined them now and then, but they mostly rode further out to scout the trail, while Decker and Elder Stow stayed out on the wings to guard their passage.

In this manner, they came down out of the heights, mostly on a poor dirt road of some sort.  In some places, the road got reduced to two wagon wide ruts, but even that was better than trying to drive through the rock-strewn hillside.  They had to be careful in a couple of places where the road got steep.  But their new wagon had a brake of some sort, and they showed Yusef how to use it to slow his descent.

When they got down from the highlands, they came immediately on the sea of Galilee, which the Greeks called, Lake Gennesaret.  Katie checked her amulet, but it did not help, not showing the details like Boston’s advanced model.  Katie could see the next time gate, where they were headed, but she would need a map to find Jerusalem.  Fortunately, she felt familiar with the area.

“We follow around the lake shore until we come to the Jordan River.  Then we follow the river south to Jericho where we can cut across country to Jerusalem, like we did the last time we came through here.”

Lockhart remembered.

Another half-hour, and they came to a fishing village.  The people there did not receive the travelers well.  Most of the people hid.  A few who were caught outdoors screamed and ran into their houses to peek out the windows.

“Not expected,” Lockhart said.  Lincoln sniffed at his underarm, and Alexis reached over to slap him.

“Gee,” Boston said.  “And we got Roman saddles and everything.”  She and Sukki had moved back to ride at the front of the column.  Decker and Elder Stow moved in to act as rear guard.

“Makes me think my glamour has slipped,” Elder Stow said.

Millie turned her head back. “No.  It must be something else.”

Fortunately, the village was not that big.  They were soon out of it, and on a rough, but better road, which unfortunately, led to several more villages where they got more or less the same reception.  The travelers began to get discouraged.

When they came to a Katie approved defensive place in the wilderness, between the villages, Lockhart called them to stop for the night.  They pulled the wagon off the road and set about caring for the horses and gathering wood for the fire.  Alexis and Lincoln walked back up the road to a farmhouse, where they bought a goat.  When they got back with the beast, and Decker and Boston butchered it, Alexis asked the obvious question.

“Where are Yusef, Tama, and Aleah?”

“We have been wondering that ourselves,” Lockhart answered.

“They seem to have disappeared,” Elder Stow said.  “And don’t ask me to get out my scanner, because I got it out when we went through that first village.  Given the reaction of the people, I wondered if there might be soldiers about causing trouble, and I thought they might have seen us as connected to the soldiers.  But when I checked the area, I did not find anything peculiar.  Then the scanner fell on our group, and I noticed Yusef and his family did not show up as being there.  It is possible the scanner has developed a flaw, but I checked several times, and they don’t register.”

“I know,” Millie interrupted.  “I Spent all afternoon trying to get Tama or Aleah to say something, anything.  They just stared the whole time.”

Boston looked up from her cutting.  “Oh, they’ve gone to sleep until morning.”  She went to wash up and would let Decker do the rest of the butchering, while Alexis and Sukki prepared the meat for the fire, along with what few vegetables they found.

“What do you mean, they’ve gone to sleep?  Lockhart wondered.

“Goat is not off the Jewish diet,” Alexis said.  “I just need to ask if I have to prepare it in a special way.”

“Boston.” Katie said, and put some insistence in her voice.

Boston scrunched up her face before she decided something.  She shouted to the trees.  “Sorry.  I have to tell.  Sorry.  But it will be all right.  You will see.  Everything will be all right.”  She turned to the group and sheepishly said, “They are ghosts.  Yusef asked me not to tell.  He was afraid you would drive them away, and they have to get to Jerusalem, or they will never be able to rest.  And in their condition, they cannot move far unless someone takes them.  It is complicated, but I said it would be all right.  Tama and Aleah don’t talk because they have given everything they have to Yusef so he can talk and drive the wagon.  You don’t mind if they go with us, do you?”  Boston took a breath.

Decker Spat.  “We put up with Carthair.  A few more ghosts should not matter.”

“That’s right,” Lockhart said.  “I forgot about him.”

Alexis worried about Sukki.  “Oh, Boston told me,” Sukki said, having made some peace with the idea.

“That was up in the alps,” Katie explained to Evan and Millie.  “Carthair was an early Celt who died in between the Greco-Roman and the German worlds.  He did not want to go to Hades.  He preferred the idea of going to Valhalla.  We took him into German lands.”

“But then he ended up going into the new Celtic jurisdiction,” Lincoln said.  “And he was not happy about that.”

“I remember,” Katie said.  “It was fascinating to watch.  The Kairos Danna, the mother goddess for the Celts was there, and Odin showed up.  They bargained right in front of us about dividing up the Celtic and Germanic people.”

“The Kairos lived as the Gaelic mother goddess?” Evan said, but quickly added, “I don’t know why that should be surprising.”

Avalon 4.7: part 1 of 6 King after Melchizadek

After 2052 BC, Salem.  Kairos 53: Yadinel, King of the Elohim

Recording …

The travelers went through the time gate and came out the other side seemingly unmoved in their location.

“I remember this rock,” Boston insisted.  “This very rock.”

“Lincoln, did you check the horizon?” Lockhart asked.

Lincoln nodded.  “It is the same horizon as far as I can tell.”

“How can you know this?” Elder Stow wondered.

“Way back, the very first time we stepped through a time gate, Lockhart and I heard the tower fall.”golan heights 1

“Babel,” Alexis explained.  “The Tower of Babel fell as we were going through.”

“I looked back and checked the time zone.  I thought I might catch a glimpse of the zone resetting itself,” Lincoln said.  “Ever since then, I have gotten into the habit of checking the horizon every time we go through a gate.”  He got out the database.

“Personally, I think it is a wonder you could focus on anything with Pluckman and his people all blabbering and shouting good-bye, and all,” Alexis said.

“Like munchkins,” Decker agreed, in his own way.

“Stop it,” Boston said.  “I was starting to like all those dwarfs.  They were cute and funny.”

“In an annoying sort of way,” Decker said.

“Like the forty-three stooges, maybe,” Lockhart agreed.

“Well, they aren’t here now,” Katie interrupted.  “So we must have moved forward in time, even if we are still in the same place.”  She looked at the back-up amulet she wore around her neck.  “This way,” she said.  “Same direction we were going.”

Lockhart rode up beside Katie.  Decker and Elder Stow stayed in close while Lincoln read whatever information he could about the Kairos in this time zone.  “Yadinel, the Elohim version of the name Daniel…”  He read the myth before he gave some particulars.  “He becomes king of Salem after Melchizadek and keeps the Jebusites out of the city as long as he is alive.  But, of course, there is no telling when in his lifetime we have arrived.  He could be a sage king with a long gray beard, or he could be a child.  It says when he was young, he went with his older brothers to find out what happened to Sodom.  It says Sodom was destroyed when an Anazi battleship broke up in the atmosphere overhead.  The resulting explosion was atomic in proportion, but after one massive blast of radiation, the radiation dissipated with no long term effect.”

“Darn,” Boston complained.  “I thought Sodom was destroyed by the wrath of God.”

“It was,” Alexis countered.  “Don’t make the atheist mistake.  God is not limited to divine fiat.  Just because there is an explanation, that does not mean it isn’t the hand of God.  I think God works through natural means and the natural world all the time.”

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Boston swallowed.  That was exactly what she was thinking, that somehow, if it was not some inexplicable miracle, it was not God.

“So what happened to Gomorrah?” Lockhart asked out of curiosity.  “No one ever explains about Gomorrah.

Lincoln took a moment to find the information.  “Plague.  Fallout from the explosion killed plenty, and then some Anazi plague.  A pox wiped out almost all the inhabitants of Gomorah and two other cities.  The fifth city, Bela, was the only one that made it well enough to gather the survivors.”

“Pox?” Alexis asked.

“It doesn’t say what kind.”

Decker nodded and moved out to the flank.  Elder stow took the other side, and Lockhart was glad that without the dwarfs dragging along, they could ride their horses.  Over that day, they came down out of the high country and moved through a deep and wide valley.  In the evening, they saw the sea of Galilee spread out in front of them.


GalileeThe following morning, the travelers moved down the west side of the lake, the opposite direction to the way they went once before.  “At least the water is drinkable this time,” Katie said.  “Last time we came through here the water was full of hallucinogenic substances.”

“I remember,” Lockhart said, and looked back.  Last time, Mingus had kidnapped Alexis and wiped her memory.  This was the place where they got Alexis back and Alexis got her memory back.  Mingus disappeared for several time zones, following with the back-up amulet that Katie now wore.  This time, Mingus was plodding along, not saying anything.  Even Boston had given up trying the get a word out of the elder elf.

Lockhart looked away to see what Elder Stow wanted.  The Gott-Druk rode in, alternately looking at his scanner and the sky.  That did not appear to be a good thing.

“Something overhead,” Elder Stow said.  “It is very big and appears to be dropping through the atmosphere, but coming in on powered flight.”

“Trajectory?” Lincoln asked.

Elder Stow pointed the way they were headed.  “Several miles down the sea side.”

“We probably should hurry up and maybe get there before dark,” Lockhart said.

They rode all out for a time, but finally had to walk the horses to rest them.  Then Lockhart had another question.

“Lincoln.  What might we be facing?  The Anazi, whoever they are?””

“Them or the blobs.”

“What happened to the Bluebloods and Sevarese?” Katie asked.

“According to the database, after wiping out the Pendratti, and they are now extinct by the way, the Blueblood and Sevarese fought each other to near extinction.”UFO Marzilotipan 1

“So who are these Anazi?” Lockhart asked

“A minor player on the side of the Sevarese at the end.  They helped the Sevarese wipe out the Bluebloods, and then turned on the few remaining Sevarese.  They are now the big players in this backwater of the galaxy. Um…” Lincoln took a minute to read.  “They are very central command structure oriented.  Even ship captains have to ask permission, get approval for actions, and follow orders.  Serious micro-management issues.  Individual soldiers are hardly allowed to think at all.”

“They sound like ghouls,” Mingus spoke for the first time in two days.

“No, well they may be…Oh, I see what you mean.”

“The hundred ghouls have one central figure they are all connected with in some psychic way,” Boston explained what she knew.  “The nine move on command of the tenth, and the ten move on command of the controller.”

“The controller doesn’t have very many tens left,” Lincoln sounded hopeful.

“forty or more, I would guess,” Lockhart said.  “Time to ride.”

Another hour, and Elder Stow and Decker came back in from the outside edge.  They made better time than expected.  It was only mid-afternoon.

“The ship should be just up ahead,” Elder Stow reported.  “Major Decker has a good idea about who it might be.”

People looked at Decker, but he smiled and said, “I’ll wait until we get there.”

Shortly the football stadium sized ship came into view.  It was a ship of unfamiliar design, until they got close enough to see the ramp and the goods scattered about like sales racks from a department store.  Alexis was the one who named the aliens.

UFO Birdman 5“Marzalotipan.”  It was not kindly said.  The Marzilotipan were the worst sort of merchants and sales people.  They dealt in advanced equipment, salvaged space parts, junk, weapons and weapons systems. and who knew what else?  Earlier Marzilotipan made offers for their horses, so there were likely all sorts of animals or animal-like or plant-like things in the ship, not to mention alien diseases.

“They survived the war…wars?” Lockhart asked.

“And probably made a good profit selling to both sides,” Decker nodded and smiled again, like he guessed correctly.

“Well, they have been warned off this planet.  Earth is off limits.” Lockhart spurred his horse forward and the others followed.

Avalon 2.10: Born To Be Wild


After 3383 BC in Caana/Southern Lebanon  Kairos life 30: Eliyawe


            The travelers exited the time gate by the sea of Galilee and headed north, which was unexpected.  Lincoln had read from the database that Eliyawe lived her whole life not too far east of Salem, about where Bethlehem would be one day.  He suggested they might come out near the Dead Sea, or travel too it from the north, but that was not the case.  They were headed toward Lebanon instead, and Lincoln was searching the database to find out why.

            This was hot, dry country, full of sand even as far in the past as they were.  But it was also grasslands, suitable for simple agriculture and animal husbandry, and still sparsely populated enough so families could do very well.  They saw smoke rise from a village up ahead, but first they came to a small stream that ran into the lake.

            Boston got down and walked to the water.  She was thirsty because she was still healing.  The others and the horses waited, all having had their fill on tributaries of the Danube in the last time zone.  They took the time to look around while Elder Stow got out his scanner to get a reading on the water.  It was their habit to check the streams and ponds before drinking, just to be safe, and though they all had the necessary equipment in their bags to do so, they found it easier, and more accurate to let the Gott-Druk do it for them.

            The reading took a moment and Boston sipped a little from her hand until Elder Stow shouted, “Hold!”

            “What?”  Boston froze and looked at the Elder while other heads also turned.

            “There is something in the water.  A very complex molecule.  Give me a moment.”  Boston dropped the water from her hand and backed up.  “Ah!”  Elder Stow smiled.  “Lysergic acid diethylamide.  Not what anyone would expect.”

            “LSD?”  Lincoln spouted even as Boston started to throw-up.  Roland was right there to hold her.  Katie commented.

            “Looks like those Gaian healing chits are still doing their job, ejecting the poison.”

            Lockhart got down from his horse to hold on to Roland’s and Boston’s horses.  “Yes, but that has to be painful.”  Boston was holding her stomach where she had been wounded.  “Keep the horses back,” he added.

            “But I thought air and light were enemies of LSD,” Lincoln spoke up.  “And in the water it has to be terribly diluted.”

            “A derivative,” Elder Stow suggested, “with added properties the scanner is still analyzing.  It can occur naturally in some forms of mold that attack certain grains like rye and barley.”

            “Common grains to this part of the world,” Katie said.

            “Look.”  Captain Decker had his binoculars out and interrupted everyone as he pointed.

            Katie Harper got her binoculars and took a look before she handed them to Lockhart.  There were rabbits, a whole warren on a rise beside the stream, but they were fighting each other, and drawing blood.  Several looked dead.”

            “Madness,” Elder Stow breathed.

            “And more madness up ahead, I’ll bet,” Lincoln handed the binoculars back to Decker.

            “We are ready.” Roland helped a shaky Boston get up on Honey’s back, and they rode on, eyes open.

            They found cattle outside the village chasing their tails.  “I’ve seen this in Africa,” Lincoln reported.  “There is a kind of fly that crawls inside a cow’s ear to lay its eggs.  The larva eat the cow’s brains.  They will collapse from exhaustion after a while.”

            “But no such flies here,” Katie said.  “I hope,” and suddenly her ear itched.

            They saw no people at all when they first entered the village.  They paused at the center only when they heard yelling.  Two naked men came from behind a building and ran across the village center without so much as noticing the strangers.  They were followed by a half-dozen almost equally naked women with hoes and pitchforks.  Only one of the women stopped, turned and stared at them like she was trying to bring the picture into focus.  When she did, she screamed which got the attention of the others.

            “Monsters!”  The woman screamed the word and pointed at the travelers up on their horses.  The other women all dropped their farm-implements and scattered.  The men ran off across the open field.

            No one said anything.  What could they say?  Boston said she was feeling better and as far as she knew she was not hallucinating.  Lockhart mentioned the Gaian chits again, but otherwise they simply moved on.

            Outside the village, where it edged up to the sea of Galilee, there was a fisherman who waved to them and kept a big smile on his face. “Friend,” he said.  “Friend.”  It was Elder Stow who realized the man was speaking in English.


Avalon 2.10:  Friend … Next Time