lifted his right hand over his head. The stone bench he sat on
melted back into its original shape with the control panel overhead.
He pulled it down and forward and it came to life with a low rumble of an
engine. Dozens of jewel encrusted geometric designs joined by
flowing ribbons of gold ivy adorned the table. To one who had not
used such a device before this would look like a form of art, but to his
experienced eyes, the symbols and jewels were powerful tools. He
pressed a few and a soft female voice came from the control panel in an
ancient language, “Hyper-jump activated.” The air filled with an
where to next? He pulled the scroll out of the inner pocket in his
cloak and looked at it. Ancient words surrounded a hand drawn map
that represented the continents of Epi though the mapmaker could use a
lesson in proportion. Seven stars dotted the map, somewhat evenly
spaced across the globe.
lifted up his head in a short prayer asking for guidance. Then he
pointed to one in the western hemisphere near Cah Bel. “That one.
An old friend awaits his destiny.”
humming had grown and divided into harmonic beat patterns. It turned
into a high pitched whine and the vessel shook a little. With a
couple more adjustments on the table he sat back and smiled.
a bad morning’s work. It was sure good to see the old place
dome shaped exterior of the POD reformed and the wind stirred. The
hum increased in pitch and the POD faded into an outline. It whipped
fallen leaves into little swirls. The wind grew, gathering the
little swirls into a larger whirlwind around the silhouette of the POD.
Sparks of light jumped between the flying debris. The silhouette
shimmered and disappeared. A high pitched noise faded with a
lingering pulsating beat.
was as it had been in the beginning except for the unconscious Shadow
Knights lying among the ruins of Cah Bel. The ruins, like a silent
witness to all that had transpired, fell asleep once more.