Chapter 3-3 Holy Gemini!

The hallway lights up with the artificial candles.

Amelio and David carefully step pass the door and into the corridor. The corridor is filled with breathable air but is cold and had a horrible stench. From the markings and lack of it on the walls it is evident that the pathway was artificially made. Drilled with some sort of ancient but efficient machinery. David sends a beam to probe the depth of the corridor. Not too far away, just a kilometer. About a 15 minutes walk. The pathway had a rather gentle decline. Except for the sound of their footsteps there was total silence.

The artificial lights are rather intriguing because it means that there has to be some power source deep inside. But who or what is down there? Are there people living within this cave unknown to the outside world?

Amelio and David tread very slowly looking for any strange signs.
Twenty minutes past, they reached the end of the hallway which turns to the immediate right. The two had kept quiet all this time. David looks to the right into the next path. Amelio nods.

The two continue walking into the next leg. David uses his beam again. Half a kilometer this time.

Ten minutes pass. This time the pathway splits into two. They look identical except one had a ruby glow to it and the other had a bluish glow to it. Amelio shrugs his shoulder. David looks to the right with the bluish glow and points that way. Amelio agrees with a nod.

Again, David uses his beam to test the depth. But this time he isn’t getting any reading. David spanks his probe a few times to see if it is broken but it isn’t. Why isn’t the laser probe working?The two start to get just a little bit nervous. They already walked inside for thirty minutes. If there are monsters at the end of this hallway, they will have no way to escape. Now, why didn’t they think of that before?

The two men slow their pace down to just a pace every few seconds. There were still lights but there were some segment up front that seems dark.

Chapter 3-2: Temple of Hogfa

“Computer, set course to the outpost temple. We want to find out what that shimmering light is. Get me all the clearance I need to get in there. My ID…..here I keyed it in.” Says David to the computer.

The computer runs a few lights.

“David do we need to tell someone about this? We don’t want to alarm anyone.”

” don’t worry Amelio I tell them it is just a routine geographical survey. Anyways, it’s time that someone look at this place again instead of leaving it in ruins. It is odd that there is a shimmering light there. There are no transmission of electricity to this location. It has to be self generated if it is artificial. If it is natural……”

“Arriving at the temple, Master Sandler.”

David, acknowledges the computer by punching in a landing sequence to bring the craft gently down to a landing pad behind the temple which sits in ruin. He’s definitely not going to be home for dinner tonight, he thinks to himself.

The sun is just about to set so there is still a bit of twilight to see the whole temple.

The two scientists climb out of the cruiser and stepped on the ground. Sounds of flying creatures chirps in the background.

“Do we even know what sort of creatures live around here. We don’t have any sort of gears for a trek of this sort” Amelio laments.

“Gears? Did you say gears?”

David press a red button on the belly of the craft and opens a compartment. He pulls on a drawer handle and in the drawers are equipments that make any scientists drool.

“Here, a handheld geosensor. Tracks anything you can dream of….goggles, for night vision. I don’t think there will be light until tomorrow morning. And stunners, in case we meet some unfriendly beings. And we would want to stay warm with these jackets. Temperature here drops to near freezing at night.”

The two geared up and look at each others new bulky geeky look. And chuckles.

“From the last sighting, the shimmer should be on the west side of the temple. Lets go look.” Suggests Amelio.

The two heads toward the left side of the temple. It is shrouded by tall green grass. Vast open space of nothing.

“We’ll according to the map. We are right here at point x but I don’t see anything.” says

“Look around for some….these blasted grass. Too tall to see anything. Let’s clear them. Stand back.” Says David with a slightly louder voice. He pulls out his stunners and razed the top of the grass like he was shaving. A bit better but the ground was still not visible. But David made a noise with the stunner so loud that if anyone was there, they probably ran away.

“Crumbs. There’s too much grass and we are too low to see. There, step up there higher to see if can find anything.” David points at the stone wall of the temple that with a little agility can be climbed.

“Oh, you testing my muscles. I haven’t climbed in years…oh no matter. It’s not that high.” Amelio goes ahead and climbed up the wall and look on the just razed grass field.

“David, in front of you. Twenty steps. There is a cavity. No shining objects. It’s getting darker and I don’t….” Before Amelio finishes his sentence, David is already taking the twenty steps.

It’s a door of some sort.

“It’s a door of some sort,” yells David to Amelio. “It’s locked. Made of iron. Has a strange symbol on it. I can’t read it”

Amelio jumps down from the wall to take a closer look at the door. There are not one symbol on it but three.

“Wait wait….let me think. No these are not the same as the one on the paper found at your house. It’s an entirely different origin” Amelio rests his palm on one of the symbol. And uses his finger to trace out the pattern. “No, I can’t say I have seen these before” he lifts his hand from the door.

“Amelio, you left a mark on the door.”

Amelio looked and indeed his trace of the symbol is left on there. But after a few seconds, it disappeared. Amelio does it again. And again, the trace is there for a few seconds and then disappears.

“Aha, if that is the case then if I…..” Amelio starts tracing the symbols but the order of the trace confounded him. He tried it again and again, getting better at it each time. But each time he finishes , the tail end of he trace already disappeared.

“Amelio, it appears you need to trace it not only in the right order but fast enough. I don’t know anyone on this planet that can do this.”

Amelio smiles. He practiced a few more times and wahla! The trace lingers in its entirety glowing neon yellow and starts blinking.

“Shimmering! This is the shimmering we saw from the distance!” Yells Amelio in excitement. “Somebody or something must have done this very same trick and set off the shimmering.”

“Great but what now, super cowboy?” Asks David.

“We wait.”
“Wait for what?”

“What sign.”

“Any sign”

“Any sign”
“Look Amelio. It’s getting dark. We should find shelter. It’s nice tat thing is shimmering but it doesn’t open the door.”

“Something else is missing”

“What?”
“I don’t know. Maybe a sesame open sort of command.”
“That’s great. This is not Arabia on earth.”
“Maybe “yirszzzz hogfa”

All of the sudden the glow on the door increased intensity. But then decreased again.
“Yirszzzz hogfa” said Amelio again. David follows and repeated “yirszzzz hogfa” several time. With each mentioning, the glow becomes more intense and pulsing faster.
The two repeat the chant of yirszzzz hogfa many many times until all of the sudden the lock on the door clanged and opens!
“YES!”
The iron door swings opens downward, the corridor down becomes lit automatically with artificial candles.
At the entrance, there some ancient glyph.
“This is readable. Probably made by our earlier settlers of the outpost. “To temple of….. yirzzzz hogfa. Oh David this is getting very interesting.”

“We’ll interesting but don’t forget we are not here for vacation but to find your kid.”

Chapter 3-1 yirsza hogfa

[On a cruiser above the colony temple of zone 4]

Amelio terminates the transmission with her daughter Juno before she can catch on to his worry. He loves the kids, Brutus, Juno and wife Fiona. They made his life complete. Yet now Brutus is missing and the only clue he had is a piece of paper with an ancient glyph of a mountain. And Mt. Sediq seems like the most likely candidate because that’s the only one around. He doesn’t know that Fiona has gather up a rescue team to seek him out. He rather take care of the trouble himself. You know, let the guys handle it sort of thing.

Amelio looked at the archival pictures of the Zajim incident.
“We can’t access the control computing system too long. It will log you out automatically after 10 minutes,” David reminds Amelio.

“David, I’ve seen this object before.” Amelio shows David the object in the photo.

“Computer, enlarge area in the middle by factor of 2”

The computer display zooms in onto a hazy area of the black and white photo.

“Computer, false color with temperature interpolation. Can you reconstruct a 3D picture with the picture in the archives?”

“Yes, Master Hung but not with much resolution.”

“No problem, do the best you can.”

It took a few second for the 3D reconstruction to occur. In the zoomed area there is a large spherical object which is slightly translucent. It’s core having a high temperature and is mark by the red false color. All areas around it are cool blue colors.

“This David. I’ve seen this before”

“What is it Amelio? where have you seen it?”

“In earth history book. David, this is the same object as in the history books.”

“You mean…..”

“It was the discovery of these objects around earth in different locations that humans knew of a wormhole between the solar system and here. That very thing.”

“Database auto log out in 2 minutes,” reminds the computer.

“Wait computer, are there any audio files for this incident.”

“Yes there is, but it is classified beyond both you and David,” replied the computer.

“Dang those classifications. Computer who has clearance?” Amelio asks.

“Never mind. Then we just ignore this thing and go about our business and let you or whoever worry about he end of our settlement here.”

Computer lights started blinking as if it was in fear.

“Yes, computer if we go, you go. So I won’t worry about a super weapon possibly sitting beneath the temple there that can totally blow up this half of the planet. Oh no I won’t. You keep those sound files classified. That’s the best way to save yourself.”

“Wait wait” says the computer, “the sound files are now declassified.”

Amelio looks at David with a smile.

“See, computers can be reasonable” says Amelio.
“We’ll, don’t bet your life on them,” quibs David. “The central computer are buggy these days. Uptime is now only 2 weeks. And have to be rebooted. We get all the crappy hardware from earth. Parts people don’t want. Trash. it sucks”

“Computer, we don’t have all day. Please play the sound files now? Before the sunsets?” Hurries Amelio.

“Playing the first track…”

“Computer, you need to denoise that. High pass filter. There is a signature frequency I am looking for. See if you can isolate that.”

“Master Hung, I am only a class 4 computer. You are asking to do things with my limited processors.”

“Tough it computer, we are in danger so do the high pass filter and show me the sound diagram.”

The computer shows a bunch of wiggles on screen.

“Run a Fourier for repetition frequency.”

Computer blinks a few times quickly. And returns with an answer.

“At the boy, that my good computer” says Amelio.

“There is a ver low frequency repetition at 10 seconds per cycle”

“Okay extract the sound at that frequency and filter the rest.”

Computer follows the instruction and returns with a cleaned sound………

“Yyyyyyyirssssssszzzzzzz……..hogggggggggfaaaaaaaaaaaaa………..”

The sound echoes in the chamber of the cruiser as they race toward temple.

“David, the yirsz hogfa sphere. I think it is still here. I have a bad feeling about this.”

“You think it might be linked to Brutus’ disappearance.”

“No, I don’t know that. But that shimmering light. There isn’t suppose to be anyone here at all let alone a shimmering. This place has been evacuated and forbidden for decades.”

“Yyyyyyyirssssssszzzzzzz……..hogggggggggfaaaaaaaaaaaaa………..”

“We’ll, lets find out Amelio.”

“I don’t think our wifes’ will be happy about this.”

“What? An adventure? We will be back for dinner”

“That is if we don’t become the dinner” says Amelio quietly.

Chapter 3-0: story thus far

Recap

In the year ….man sends the first group of colonists to exoplanet beta Geminorium b orbiting Pollux 30’some light years from earth via a wormhole traverser.

Earth was tremendously populated and have started colonizing the moon, and nearby transform able areas of solar system. However, looming in the background is the increasing restlessness of seismic activities on the planet causing frequent food shortages and disruption of global trade. Theories of earth instability has been large dismissed as ridiculous but a group of scientists sought to find proof and and solution. Little do they know that the solution isn’t on planet earth but on beta Geminorium b.

Amelio Hung was born as the the descendant of the second wave of colonists to the exoplanet….

In the first Season, Amelio and David heads off to toward Mt. Sediq in search of his missing son Brutus. On their way there, they passed by Zone 4 and spotted an anomalous shimmer near an abandoned colony temple. Pulling old sensitive records from the Central Computer System with permission from friend and geophysicist David, Amelio discovered some shocking facts about the Zajim Incident that caused the evacuation. Juno, Amelio’s daughter suddenly sensed her papa is in trouble. She contacted him briefly only for her papa to hang up, assuring her that everything is under control. Juno doesn’t think her papa is safe and want to find him right away.

In the second season, Amelio’s wife Fiona, having not heard from Amelio, decided to embark on an rescue mission with friend Sarah, Flo and the school robot ADA. But her vehicle was mysteriously hijacked from the school parking lot. Flo was abducted as well when she attempted to stop the theft. Major Andante, friend of Sarah, offered some clue about who might have stolen the vehicle but was lost to what would be the cause. He thinks it might be the work of one of the famous tradesman on the planet since only they have access to tractor beams.

Sarah offered her vehicle and the trio head to pick up Juno. Miss Jane, the school teacher and Max, Juno’s classmate and a telecom whiz kid, also joined in. The six of them first head off toward the last spot Amelio’s communication was recorded. But as night time approaches, they opted to stop by the Dragon Inn. There, they were coldly greeted by the inn keeper Juba and a mysterious caped shapeshifter. They head to the room above but during their sleep, Fiona was waken by distant sound near the river behind the inn. She barely can make out the figure to be the caped shapeshifter as she secretly pry from the hotel window. But the sharp eye of the shapeshifter caught her. Surprised, Fiona waked Sarah and the two try to figure what to do next.

And now, for the third season of Constancy….