Jonah walked toward the light, so to speak. He trailed behind the white robed priestess who was still ahead of him by several steps. “But jeez, why the hell was this little journey taking so damn long?” thought Jonah. He looked at the dirt beneath his feet. It was red. Tightly packed and gave off little or no dust.
Why should that matter? It didn’t, he was day dreaming as he walked. He looked up now feeling eyes upon him. But from whom?
The people inside this kiva seemed to be keeping back now. A safe distance? Moving to the back of the room perhaps? Were they getting out of harm’s way?
Did they know something was coming that might not be that safe? Jonah looked to his right and saw a man. A peculiar man. This man was looking at him.
Not so much watching Jonah just for the sake of it but the man had a look of mutual familiarity on his face. What? How was that possible thought Jonah.
Oh this had been a long journey. Jonah was starting to see things.
See things? This whole damn day had been nothing but unusual things to be seen. Wait a minute. Jonah now realized that the odd man was dressed in period clothes from another time.
Wait a minute. Jonah realized he knew this man. Not because they had met or were somehow acquaintances. It was because Jonah knew this man was Percival Lowell.
Jonah’s idol. Percival Lowell. Long dead. More mythical than real. Legendary professor known for discovering Pluto. Well he also said that the lines on the surface of Mars were calls left over from a long dead civilization. Now seeing recognition in Jonah’s eyes Percival Lowell smiled, kept walking in the same direction Jonah and Marlin the cat were walking in, towards the light. And now Jonah watched as Percival Lowell spoke to him. What?
Although the crowd in the kiva had backed off somewhat, and even the mumbling of their voices had ceased, he could not actually hear what Percival Lowell was saying. But yet he understood. Jonah realized he was lip reading. “Oh yeah of course that online lip reading course I took last summer” thought Jonah. He had not taken on online lip reading course. Last summer or ever.
Add it onto the pile. The pile of all the weird shit that had happened this day. Lowell was telling him things it seemed. Jonah suspended his disbelief and shock at this new event and got down to try to make out what Lowell was saying.
“There are high concentrations of magnetic materials in this place. Especially in those rocks where we are going to at the front of the kiva. The rocks around my tomb in Flagstaff also have high concentrations of magnetic material perhaps more than these kiva stones.” Jonah thought about what Lowell was telling him. “Magnetic rocks. BFD. What does that matter?”
Lowell continued his silent speaking “It is because of these deposits that we are here. It is because of these deposits that we are able to, in a sense, to walk through time.”
Again Jonah thought about what Lowell was telling him. Okay. Magnetism. Rocks. The tomb. A talking time traveling cat and now here the ghost of a long dead scientist and astronomer.
Jonah stopped walking and just stood in place. As if in response to this the light in the room dimmed slightly, then recovered to it’s former level of illumination. The people who were here in this kiva seemed to take a break in their collective breathing. Like they were holding their breath as one. As if somehow the fact that Jonah had stopped moving had also stopped something else. The progress of their walk towards the light.
What the hell? Jonah looked at Percival Lowell again. Lowell had stopped and turned slightly towards Jonah. He kept talking. “The priestess is also a time traveller. In a sense all of us, you, me, the cat are on one side of what is happening here. She is on the other side.” As soon as these words had been spoken Lowell resumed his walking. “Side? What side?” thought Jonah.
Another thing, it seemed as if Lowell had heard Jonah’s thoughts, Jonah for some odd reason had not spoken to Lowell. He was too intimidated. Too confused. Too gobsmacked by everything.
So was Lowell a mind reader now? “Not a side per se. Team. She is on the other team. And our team is the correct one to be on. We are in a competition to gather what is important from this place, other places on the globe, and other time periods.”
Oh great. Jonah had the feeling that this was not a friendly competition. This was not a game. Why was that? “Oh who knows. Probably just my feminine intuition.” thought Jonah.
And with that Jonah looked to the priestess. She was now almost to the place of light, the place of the entrance into the earth. With this Jonah thought “To hell with this.” And he began to run towards the light. And towards the priestess.
Out of the corner of his left eye he saw Marlin. And now Marlin let out the loudest “meow” Jonah had ever heard come out of a cat before. Oh that did not sound good.