Time of Isolation, Chapter 11, Part 9

Coming in July – two new novels: Of Gods Strangers and Messengers, Science Fiction Adventure, and Unexpected Unplanned and into the Unknown, a Post-Apocalyptic episodic novel. Both will be available as paperback and in the EBook format.

The Harsh Lands is available as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-00-5), for Kindle (ASIN: B01N69YCCW), or in the EPub format (ISBN: 978-1-946179-02-9). This novel is the complete Survival trilogy in a single book with a length of over 1150 pages.

Time of Isolation: Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-06-1) Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-946179-07-4) and Epub (ISBN: 978-1-946179-08-1) and Desperate to Survive: Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-09-8) Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-946179-10-4) and Epub (ISBN: 978-1-946179-11-1) are available for purchase as of April 21, 2017. These releases are second editions with the novels revised and updated. At this time A Taste of History Past will remain as a first edition and EBook only with this being the final book in the Survival trilogy.

The Woman in the Snow 2nd edition. Contemporary Christian Fiction available now: Paperback (ISBN 978-1-946179-03-6) Kindle (ISBN 978-1-946179-04-3) and Epub (978-1-946179-05-0).

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Before getting to this week’s post I’d like to mention that here in the USA we will be celebrating Memorial Day this Monday after my Saturday post. A time of remembrance for all those who have sacrificed all to protect their family, strangers they’ve never met, and the nation where they were citizens. Being a veteran myself I understand why. Still any of us who have served in the foreign fields and wars always hope to come home to the ones we love and respect, but it isn’t something that is guaranteed. And many who expected to come home to those happy reunions, come home to be laid to rest never seeing their children, or family again – leaving an emptiness, and a sadness that will never go away.  Within this national celebration are the many personal stories, and tragedies that we never hear or will feel. So let’s honor our war dead and thank God for what we have.

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Last week we left the teams involved in doing a detailed search of the Alpha, and we specifically followed Stone and Sorrel as they worked their way through the gloom that is the cave where they first entered into the facility in the past. From what Stone can determine the vast cavern has the appearance of being worked sometime in the deep past. This leads to the conclusion that there has to be lighting here, but as of yet they haven’t found any switches. Of course in the gloom visibility is minimal. Eventually they discover what he considers to be either a steam vent or a lava tube, and again it has the appearance of being worked. As they work their way down this feature Sorrel accidently brushes a light panel turning night into to day and temporarily blinding them. Ahead they spy a doorway which is closed. And as they prepare to enter we close out last week’s post.

And as we have been doing in the last couple of weeks, this week we follow another couple of teams while getting up, close and personal, as they work their assignments. As is usually the case when people work together small talk between the members keeps things as normal as it can be. All are trying to answer the many questions, and to really learn the whys and wherefores of this facility. And with this onto part 9:

“You know Seirra, I can’t get used to this feeling that I’m falling every time we adjust our views from wherever these things are located. It almost makes me ill with; I guess you could call it motion sickness. And I swear whatever this is, that it is falling out of the sky – yet . . . We’ve done this a lot and they’re still there. So logically I know that they remain wherever they are. And this still makes me wonder what happened in the cities so that they forgot about this. I mean we all have seen the records here and now know the truth. But it has been so skewed in the cities and the way it is taught in the learning centers, that none of the truth is known.” Saar complained.

Smiling at him for his minor complaints, she really couldn’t blame him for his thoughts. And she had to agree that when they used these small sticks to adjust their view, it really did feel like she was falling. But what a tool, what a view, and it really showed her the beauty that this world had, albeit somewhere above this world. She’d been dazzled by the shear variety that she’d been shown. And also the shear size of their world – well not their world even though they had lived here for a few generations – really was a surprise. It was not surprising then that they had yet to find out where the alliance was headquartered. She felt that they could probably be here for days upon days and do nothing but search and barely touch all that was being revealed to them. “Well Saar, I know what you mean. It does take some getting used to that’s for sure. Hey, it surely is a great view. This world is just gorgeous, I never realized that at all, and so large. I haven’t even begun to recognize everything we’ve spotted so far. There has to be a better way of doing this. Not that I’m complaining, but we cannot even be sure at this point where we are looking. And I am worried about our people who still are living in whatever cities that haven’t been located by the primitives, and of course for the ones who have been captured, and probably been made slaves or worse.”

“Yeah, I know, but there’s really little we can do. After all, considering what this alliance has accomplished so far, well whoever is in charge has successfully gathered many of the tribes and so far has been able to hold them together, has accomplished. We, who now know, what’s going on, well, you can count on the fingers of your two hands of those who know, and we are supposed to defeat that? I think the odds here are a little one sided, don’t you think?”

Looking down at the floor and then at him Seirra said. “Yeah, I know all of that. But what can we do? I mean, somewhere here we have to find an answer. We don’t know what happened to our own people. I am meaning the ones from our own home world, and it they were annihilated, wiped out, then, as far as we know, we are all that’s left. So somehow we’ve got to find a way to break this alliance, and finding it is the first step. So I guess instead of talking about it we should be a little more diligent and at least locate the area they are working from. Then we can decide what to do from there. I wonder if any of the other teams have found anything as of yet?” She glanced once again at the screen that was in front of her and noticed the small letters and numbers that were displayed at the bottom of the screen. “Saar?”

“Yes Seirra, what is it?” He asked quietly as he studied the images on his screen. He had to admit that she had been right. This world was much larger and varied than he ever imagined. When this search had started he thought it would be a simple thing. Since they could see from the sky it should be a snap to just see the gathered tribes. But he had been proven wrong. And all of them had been going over and over the images produced so far with no apparent success.

“Has anyone figured out what these letters and numbers mean yet?” She asked.

“Not that I have heard of. In fact someone guessed that it might just be a way to tell you, you were looking at a different image from wherever they are coming from – in space I guess. Why? Is there something about them that seems important? Or are they in your way, because if they are, I’ve been shown a way that you can remove them, or make them larger or smaller.”

Shaking her head she said. “No, no that’s not it. They are not causing me any issue at all. It’s just that there has to be a reason that our ancestors put them here, and I feel it’s not something to do with which view we are seeing. Look, if I shift the view to a different portion of this world from the area I am looking, then numbers change. So it has to be something more than just a way to identify the view we are seeing.”

“Ah, I see what you mean. But what it means I really have no idea. Maybe it’s something you can bring up tonight when we get together. It could be that one of the others has some idea, and right now I think I’m going to get us something to eat. Be right back, we can eat here while we continue our search.” He then pushed back his chair got up and headed out the door. On his way out he asked. “Is there anything special you would like me to bring back?”

Without turning around and continuing her search she said absently. “No, no not really . . . surprise me.”

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Sabryn and Star, because of their children, worked the facility around the areas of family living and schooling, while Staven and Seve concentrated on the areas that dealt with maintenance, and operation. Not that there would be a true chance of finding the area where the pack animals were kept, but there could easily be a reference to, or an alternate way, that could be located somewhere within the facility. Part of the reason for the search in these areas was to be able to say that they would have searched everything and covered every corner once they finished. And if in the end they came up empty, then there was a good chance that this idea of an alternate entrance was incorrect. “Whew! I think you just loaded your pants little one.” Star stated. “I guess we need to take a break here and change your pants.” Fortunately at the time they were close to what they had determined was the daycare area, and immediately headed that way. While there, Sabryn decided she would check her daughter’s diaper also. It probably would be a good time to feed them and put both down for a nap anyway. One of them would remain with the children and the other would move over to the terminals in the schoolroom and at least continue to search the files. “So Star, is everything going okay with you and Staven?”

“Yeah, no complaints. He helps where he can, but is a bit clumsy around the baby. But he’ll get better. Like all things it just takes practice – After all these things do not come with instructions. So it’s an on-the-job training type of thing. And as you know if you get it wrong, the boss here will let you know in no uncertain terms.”

Laughing she had to agree. If her child did not like what was going on she would let them know her displeasure immediately. “It’s funny how that works. You would think that because we are the parents that we would be the ones in charge. And that’s so far from the truth. Okay that’s done. I guess I’ll feed her now and then put her down, stay long enough to see her asleep, and then go do the searching – actually if both of them go to sleep, then we could prop this door open and both of us could work. How does that sound?”

“Like a good idea to me. But we’ll see if he will go down. At times it just seems like all he wants to do is go.” Starr responded, “But it doesn’t allow me to do much when he’s like that.”

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It appears that Saar and Seirra have the security duty, and while there are searching the images created by the cameras that seem to be above this world, Seirra notices that there appears to be a series of numbers and letters associated with the images and asks if Saar knows what they are and what they mean. He doesn’t, and states he can remove them from the screen if they are distracting. Meanwhile Starr and Sabryn are looking into the archives specifically the ones for the educational section. It makes it easier to take care of their children. And as is usually the case when women get together their children and mates do come up in the conversation. Have a great week and God Bless! (http://www.fdbrant.com/)

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Time of Isolation, Chapter 11, Part 8

The Harsh Lands is available as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-00-5), for Kindle (ASIN: B01N69YCCW), or in the EPub format (ISBN: 978-1-946179-02-9). This novel is the complete Survival trilogy in a single book with a length of over 1150 pages.

Time of Isolation: Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-06-1) Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-946179-07-4) and Epub (ISBN: 978-1-946179-08-1) and Desperate to Survive: Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-09-8) Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-946179-10-4) and Epub (ISBN: 978-1-946179-11-1) are available for purchase as of April 21, 2017. These releases are second editions with the novels revised and updated. At this time A Taste of History Past will remain as a first edition and EBook only with this being the final book in the Survival trilogy.

The Woman in the Snow 2nd edition. Contemporary Christian Fiction available now: Paperback (ISBN 978-1-946179-03-6) Kindle (ISBN 978-1-946179-04-3) and Epub (978-1-946179-05-0).

Last week we left the team continuing their search for answers with Saige and Shellian working the hidden valley. While they are doing this they discuss what they know, what they hope to learn, and then look at the impossibilities that are still ahead. With the new discoveries dealing with the security system where they are able to see this world from the skies, plus seeing the possible herds their ancestors might have used, they have some reason to feel somewhat positive. Still with as little as they’ve learned they know that to succeed they still have a very long way to go. This week we begin by following another team searching another area within this large hidden facility:

“This cavern is really big,” Sorrel said, “and there just has to be better lighting somewhere.”

“Probably, but I suspect that there is really only lighting in the work areas. As you said this place is huge. And if they only used a portion of it why light the whole thing? I know that they had portable lights, but none of them work now, and none of us are really good at working those industrial replicators, so we haven’t figured out how to make new ones. So I guess we just will have to search in this gloom. At least there is some lighting; otherwise I suspect that it would be pitch dark in here.”

“Yeah that’s probably true, but wouldn’t you think that there would be some type of emergency lighting just in case they had to come here? I mean even though there’s a little light here; it’s so dim that one could easily get hurt by stumbling over, or into something that can’t be seen.” Yeah I know you mentioned the portable lights they could carry, but there has to be something better than that. “I guess all we can be is careful. I don’t need something else to happen to me. That last time I was close to death, and I for one do not want to repeat it.”

“How much do you remember of that anyway? I’ve meant to ask but, something always came up or I would forget. But if you don’t want to talk about it that’s okay too.”

“I really haven’t thought about it a whole lot. I remember leaving our first cave, sneaking out without anything. I felt that it would be too dangerous to try and steal something to help. I knew where the next cave was and headed for that one. But by the time I reached it I was weak and I could feel a fever coming on. I had no choice once I got there but to continue. I was desperate. I couldn’t go back and I didn’t know where you guys had gone. Sometime after I left that cave the fever hit and really don’t remember much of anything – just waking up in the infirmary, and being informed that I had lost my baby, and that I was lucky to even be there at all. When I found that I had lost the baby I was devastated and really didn’t want to live. Well, from there you know the rest.” She shrugged before continuing. “I don’t know, maybe not remembering is the mind’s way of protecting us. But that’s the best I can do, and who knows, maybe later more of it will come back. But at the same time, it may never.”

Looking down at the dirt floor he thought once again. She’s really is a strong woman. And maybe it is good that she doesn’t remember. I know from what Saar stated, she had almost died at least three times, but something in her, some hidden strength kept her going, and now I find that I have grown close to her. So I for one am glad she is alive. “You’re right it’s probably a good thing, a way for someone to protect themselves. After all if you don’t recall anything, it can’t come back to haunt you and give you trouble later on.” They continued on quiet both in their own thoughts walking carefully through the twilight that the cave provided. As they proceeded the cave began to narrow, and they finally located the far wall. From there they moved along it briefly in both directions finding nothing to tell them that it went any further, they turned around and began to retreat back but then stopped. Out of the corner of their eyes they caught what looked to be another dim light in the distance off to their right. It was so dim that at first they were not sure if they had indeed seen anything. It might even be a crack admitting sunlight from the outside. Turning to Sorrel, Stone asked, “Well, what do you think? Should we try and find the source of that light I think we are seeing, or just head back?”

“We were sent out to try and find out more, so I guess we should just go ahead and look. I suspect that all we will find is a crack and its light from outside. But if we don’t check it then I guess we really haven’t done our job,” She looked down in that direction, “I must admit that it’s pretty dark in that direction and it would be easy just to skip it.”

“My thoughts also – okay then we’ll go do it, but very carefully.” With hands on the wall they headed in the direction of the dim distant light. Shortly the wall on their left closed in and they found themselves in a narrow passageway that if arm in arm they could reach out and touch both walls. Still it was close to pitch black as it could be with only the dim light ahead of them in the distance. At first it appeared to be receding from them, but that was impossible so it had to be an illusion, a trick of the eye. Finally it appeared to brighten a little, but not enough to light their way, so they continued their careful approach. Then her hand brushed against something and instantly the area they were in lit up, temporarily blinding them. “Ouch! That’s really bright! What did you do Sorrel?”

With her eyes screwed tightly closed and watering from the change in light, she whispered. “I really don’t know. But I can’t open my eyes yet, it’s just too bright.”

“Know what you mean.” He then found that he could slowly open his eyes without it hurting too much, and finally they adjusted to the brightness, and he breathed out a sigh of relief. “That’s better. Now let’s see what happened.” Turning around and looking back from the direction they had just traveled he could see that the passageway they had just entered in the twilight was now lit. “I wonder where the switch is on the other side, since it only makes sense that there would be more than one. It would suck to have to come all the way here in the dark just to turn on the lighting.”

“True. Look there it is, a panel built into the wall here. It’s what I must have put my hand on. And look ahead of us, doesn’t that look like a door?”

Before going to that closed door, Stone retreated to where they left the cavern and had entered the passage, he then said. “Sorrel come here, you’ve got to see this.” She had briefly remained behind as he had retraced his steps not knowing exactly what he was trying to do. She then joined him and then shook her head. If they could have found the companion switch to the one she had accidentally found, then coming to this side passage would have been a breeze. On the floor of the cavern was a double row of lights shining up from the ground towards the hidden ceiling above. The lights formed a path that led directly across the cavern floor to where the bright lights in the passageway were presently shining. As she looked closer she could see that some of them were partially buried under the loose soil that made up the cavern’s floor. “That would have been nice if we had found the other switch that’s for sure. But now I am wondering where that door leads?”

Shrugging and smiling he said, “You women, always curious. I guess we should go and find out, now that we can see everything. Lead on, oh lady of mine.” He then bowed to her and motioned with his hands for her to lead. She giggled slightly and took the lead back into the passage, with a stately walk. They both arrived at the door at the same time, as there was room enough for two to walk abreast and still be comfortable. Looking at the walls as they proceeded towards the closed door Stone said. “You know this looks like it was widened. I suspect that the original passage was a steam vent from this old volcano, but there definitely are signs of additional work here and see as we approach the door the area has been enclosed and constructed so that this ending wall and door would fit.” Shaking his head he thought. This really is fantastic work. And considering how old it is, it really was built to last. If I didn’t know it’s age I would have thought that it truly was not that old. Hmmm, I really wonder what other secrets this place holds. They stood there staring at the door not sure if they really wanted to open it or not, but finally Stone reached out, turned the handle and opened the door.

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As we follow the second team consisting of Stone and Sorrel, we find their assignment is to search the large caldron or cave that once had been part of a large volcano. It shows signs of having been worked. So the two figure that somewhere in this vast cavern there must be working lights, but are in darkness instead. They have yet to discover any of the portable lights (flashlights) so must carefully search in the gloom. Eventually they find a passageway that Stone figures must be either a steam vent or a lava tube, but shows additional signs of being worked. As they work their way down the tunnel Sorrel accidently brushes a light panel turning on overhead lights that leaves them temporarily blind. And once they are able to see spy a closed door ahead of them, and with this we close out part 8. Have a great week and God Bless! (http://www.fdbrant.com/)

Time of Isolation, Chapter 11, Part 7

Before I begin this week’s post I’d like to wish all you mothers out there an early Happy Mother’s Day, which is celebrated here in the USA tomorrow Sunday. Yours is one of the toughest jobs that there is. You personally are responsible for the next generation, and much of the way they will see the world.

The Harsh Lands is available as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-00-5), for Kindle (ASIN: B01N69YCCW), or in the EPub format (ISBN: 978-1-946179-02-9). This novel is the complete Survival trilogy in a single book with a length of over 1150 pages.

Time of Isolation: Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-06-1) Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-946179-07-4) and Epub (ISBN: 978-1-946179-08-1) and Desperate to Survive: Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-09-8) Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-946179-10-4) and Epub (ISBN: 978-1-946179-11-1) are available for purchase as of April 21, 2017. These releases are second editions with the novels revised and updated. At this time A Taste of History Past will remain as a first edition and EBook only with this being the final book in the Survival trilogy.

The Woman in the Snow 2nd edition. Contemporary Christian Fiction available now: Paperback (ISBN 978-1-946179-03-6) Kindle (ISBN 978-1-946179-04-3) and Epub (978-1-946179-05-0).

Last week we left Saige and Stone experimenting with the different settings on a dial in the security office. With their knowledge still being limited they aren’t sure if what they try will affect the monitoring system resulting with the whole system crashing, or will reveal what they are searching for. Still it’s important as they are still attempting to answer questions. And as they set the dial to different settings they begin to see different images, including images from space, as well as the base of the mountains, with one of the rotating series of images showing a herd. Saige believes that this just might be the very herd that their ancestors maintained. And with this we move on to part 7:

As they watched, the images continued to rotate, Saige said, “It really cannot be too far away. They’d need access to it from here, and we really don’t have any idea yet how many teams they would have sent out. But again looking at the size of this facility, and the number of different tribes or clans that are out there I bet there would have to be many teams. And I would guess that a team was a minimum of two – one that would go in, and then one would monitor the situation from a safe distance. You know kind of like how we were doing it before the city fell. And since we now know that there never had been plans on staying here, I suspect that very little has changed. And the way we have been doing it probably came from our ancestors originally.”

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That night at the group gathering and meeting both Stone and Saige went over what they had discovered, with Seve and Sabryn adding to what they had researched and discovered. But the discovery of being able to see their world from space excited most of the team and they wanted to see it for themselves. So after they finished with the meeting they all filed into the small security office where with all of them there, there was barely standing room. Then Stone and Saige demonstrated what they had found and how it all worked. He had Stone also go to the last position so that the other members could see the secondary areas that could be monitored from the security office, and had asked the rest if they had recognized the area where the herd animals appeared to be. Unfortunately no one did, so the location was still a mystery. Then each member wanted to try the new settings and as the night continued to advance, eventually one by one they left until only the one who had the duty there tonight remained, and for the first shift that would be Staven.

Saige now undressed and ready for bed talked with Seirra who was already in bed. Breathing out heavily he asked. “What do you think about what was located today?”

She was silent for a moment and then said, “I think we have much to learn about who we really are, and that goes double for who our ancestors were. Now come to bed, I need you close to me tonight. It has been a surprising day.”

“Surprising? How so?” He asked as he continued to sit on the edge of the bed.

Shaking her head she said tiredly. “Oh come on Saige. It made sense that they had security set up to monitor everything close to this facility. But to have set up everything else that we’ve seen took some time and effort, let alone the cost. And then to do whatever they did to be able to see the world from space. All these things were unknown to us, and in my mind unexpected. Think about it Saige, if we knew that we could see any part of this world from space, don’t you think we could have had a better warning that our cities were going to be attacked like they were? I mean we’re beginning to have a larger mystery here as to why none of this was known by the cities or the ones in charge. You’d of thought that this information would’ve been there somewhere in all of them . . . Yet, not a word, not a hint, just nothing. Now enough of this, come to me now would you?”

Her questions were thought provoking, but those would have to wait, as he then climbed into bed and got really close to Seirra.

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After a communal breakfast the orders of the day were quite simple. Find out where this other area could be. The research that Seve and Sabryn had performed the day before had really turned up nothing new as far as the location of the husbandry area. They were able to read many of the field notes left by the researchers, and the mention of going and picking up an animal as they prepared for the next portion of their research. But for the ones who had written these notes the area was a known. And from the tone of the notes the area wasn’t too far away. With time moving much too fast, and not really knowing how many other cities had been located by the primitives, and then attacked, they needed to move. There, of course, was still much that needed to be done. They really wanted to find a way they could return the favor to the alliance that had formed. It now was obvious, either they survive, or perish as a people. And they wanted the former not the latter. Yes, if all the cities were lost then their small group might, and that was a slight chance, survive and be able to begin to build again. But with only ten of them would it be enough variety in the gene pool to avoid genetic problems? As this was not their field of expertise, none of them could truly say.

Staven, Starr, Seve, and Sabryn would search the main facility to cover areas they had not searched before. With Saar and Seirra working the Security office, at least through the morning to early afternoon, Stone and Sorrel would continue their search of the large cavern, which they now knew as the spaceport, where the shuttles would bring in supplies and take out the research data and whatever other items that were slated to be returned. Saige and Shellian, because they had been trained as a team, would work the valley itself. This was to be the most thorough search of the facility they had made to date. And yes, while there were both maps and schematics of the facility, not every area was properly represented. The maps were more a fire or emergency evacuation plan, than a detailed layout. Again, they suspected that, somewhere within the computers that information existed, but so far none of them could find it. They also suspected that the layout was something that was commonly used throughout any of the areas where their people needed to set up both a working and living area. It only made sense to do it this way. By using a modular system, then all that would have to be done beyond this would be the standard stuff like water, waste disposal, and foundation, and there was even a possibility that only leveling of the ground may have been required. Yet from what they had seen so far, these units were also built to last. Of course the maintenance bots could have something to do with that. Yet they also sensed that once a project had been completed that these units could then be pulled out, serviced, and placed in storage or sent out for use somewhere else.

As Saige and Shellian worked the valley Saige asked, “Shell’, how’s it going with you and doc? I mean with it as busy as it is we haven’t had much of a chance to just talk, other than business I mean.”

“It has been crazy hasn’t it? And here we are now in summer, although I have to admit that summer here in the mountains is more like a cool spring day down below – and it rains a lot too. I think even with the heat I prefer the lowlands where we came from. But to answer your question we are quite happy. Of course it would be a better situation if we didn’t have to deal with the possible extinction of us.”

Stopping by the man-made pond, and picking up a small flat stone Saige skipped across the water until it sank out of sight. Then taking a deep breath he said. “Yeah, there’s always that. We have Saar and Seirra trying to locate the base where the alliance is working. And if they don’t find it, then the rest of us will continue to use the surveillance system until we do. But right now I still haven’t a real idea how we are going to be able to stop or break up this alliance with so few of us. I know that everyone is trying to come up with something that will work. I suspect that we will only get one chance at this. So whatever it is that we do it has to work the first time and be totally successful.”

“Gee, you don’t want much,” she said as she laughed, “but you are right. We are not going to get a second chance.” Then smiling Shellian said. “No pressure here. We must pass this class with a perfect score, and tell me Saige, how many classes that we have taken over time have we’ve passed with a perfect score? I was good in some of them – actually great in one or two, but perfect, never happened.” But what choice do we have? Our people are out there dying, and they really don’t have a clue. This alliance has been successful because they haven’t let anybody escape. She thought. Well until we did, and right now we are almost useless anyway. After this brief stop, both left the pond to continue their search of the valley floor for something that may have been overlooked or missed.

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With the meeting that night everybody became excited by the prospect of seeing their world, or this world from space. The next morning, with assignments made, Saige and Shellian begin a detailed search of the grounds inside the hidden valley where the Alpha resides. Here they discuss much of what’s been happening and what they still must accomplish, and in the end this seems impossible, yet somehow they must make the impossible doable. And with this we end part 7. Have a great week and God Bless! (http://www.fdbrant.com/)

Time of Isolation, Chapter 11, Part 6

The Harsh Lands is available as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-00-5), for Kindle (ASIN: B01N69YCCW), or in the EPub format (ISBN: 978-1-946179-02-9). This novel is the complete Survival trilogy in a single book with a length of over 1150 pages.

Time of Isolation: Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-06-1) Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-946179-07-4) and Epub (ISBN: 978-1-946179-08-1) and Desperate to Survive: Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-946179-09-8) Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-946179-10-4) and Epub (ISBN: 978-1-946179-11-1) are available for purchase as of April 21, 2017. These releases are second editions with the novels revised and updated. At this time A Taste of History Past will remain as a first edition and EBook only with this being the final book in the Survival trilogy.

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Last week we left the team searching the facility, and using the recently located codes to discover what truly is here in the databases. It is during this time that one of the team members comes up with a possible conclusion stating that their ancestors, during their research of the primitives, may have gotten up close and personal. And probably the best method to do this would be for them to travel between the tribes and clans as traders. That way they wouldn’t be affiliated with any particular group, making it safer to do their research. This leaves Saige asking Stone to assist in trying to determine if the monitoring system would have a secondary lower priority circuit that could reveal such a place where herds might be maintained. And with this we now move on to part 6:

Stone had moved over to the questioned panel and studied it for a moment. “I don’t know. There really is very little here – nothing labeled, of course that’s not a surprise since most of the stuff in here wasn’t labeled, and really only this dial.” Looking closer at it he could see that it had different graduations marked outside of the dial itself. A closer inspection revealed a white mark on the dial nob, which corresponded to one on the markings outside of the dial. “I wonder . . .” Stone reached down and turned it to the next mark on the panel, and turned to Saige and asked. “Did that do anything?”

Saige had been watching Stone and quickly turned back to the monitors and was silent for a moment. “Stone come here and look. I think you found it, but look at what’s on the monitors right now.”

Stone came over and was surprised to find that now they were watching the base of the mountains and all of the approaches. Again like the other view that showed the direct approach to the facility where there were more cameras than monitors, two of them rotated images. On one of the areas they could see hunters working the herds. “Let me try a different setting and see what we get”, he said excitedly. But before they could, the monitors changed their views. “Wait . . . what’s happening here?” They both watched as the monitors shifted their views with one automatically taking over the views of the priority circuit and then another taking over the views of the secondary circuit they had just opened. The rest of the monitors went blank as if waiting for something. Both Stone and Saige looked at each other surprised by what had just happened.

“Stone, let’s put it back in the first position and see if things go back to the way they were. I’d hate to lose this because of something we did.”

Nodding, Stone had to agree. He then turned the nob back, and in a short time all the monitors were back to the way they were before. “That’s a relief. So it looks like, at least from the first experiment here that each position changes how the monitors work and what they then receive. Okay, do you want to try the other positions on this switch to see what is here?”

“I guess, now that we have confirmed that once we reset it back to the original position that it works like it did when we got here – yeah go ahead.” Stone switched back to the previous setting that they had just tried, waiting, while the monitors adjusted once again, to the new command. Once there, he moved it to the third position. Here the two monitors that sat in front of the chairs showed signs of picking up something, and what they presented was a complete and unexpected surprise. “Can this be real?”

“You’re asking me? Come on here, how would I know?” Stone responded. They both stared at the two monitors as the images changed. “It surely does look like it’s coming from above our world, but look at the quality of those images, and look there; you can actually see a really large herd on the move. This has to be real.”

In awe Saige just stared at the images. There was no doubt that they had to be coming from above their world. It meant that their ancestors had placed these cameras in orbit, and from the views they were seeing it had to be an orbit that kept them in the same location monitoring a large swath of the planet’s surface. To see their world from space made them appreciate the beauty of their world, well, their world now, since they knew that they originally were from somewhere else. “I wonder what our home world looked like from this type of a view?” Saige asked. “I’ve never really seen anything like this and it really is beautiful.”

When Stone had placed the switch in the third position another panel lit up that sat between the two monitors. They both looked at this panel that until now had never been active, and saw that there were twelve active switches, and on either side was a small stick like device that they all had played with but until now, seemed to serve no function. Again looking at each other both seeing the same questioning look, Stone asked. “Okay, now what?” He could see Saige just shaking his head and shrugging.

“I guess we should try one of the buttons that just lit up on this panel, and since you’ve been the one to discover this, I’ll let you do the honors, Stone.”

Not sure it was such an honor since they were treading unknown territory here he hesitated, then reaching a decision shrugged, and pushed the first button and immediately both monitors settled on only one image from above. Saige then reached for that stick that had been standing next to the panel, and there were two, one on each side, and moved it. Immediately the image moved in closer to the surface, and as he continued to move it, it continued to get closer. It almost felt like they were falling towards the ground from a great height. He quickly let loose thinking that he might be bringing something down on them since the image they ended up with was of the mountains where this facility was located. But once he released it the image returned to its original view. “What the heck was that? I mean, you did see that didn’t you, Stone?”

“Yeah I saw it, and like you I thought, what did we just do? Did we bring something out of the skies that was going to fall on us? But when you released it everything returned so I’m thinking that somehow it, whatever it is, doesn’t move, but enlarges the area its viewing so that one can get a closer look at something that it can see. Let me try the one I have on this side and see what it does.” Stone pushed a different button then moved his stick and the image changed location. This apparently let the operator shift views, and so between the two sticks they could bring an image in closer and then look around. “Why not use your stick again and I’ll see if this one can change the angle of our view.” So Saige pushed the stick again and brought the image in closer to the surface. Then Stone moved his and indeed it changed the perspective. It allowed them the freedom of searching a complete area that was under the view of this camera, wherever it was located. Again once they released the sticks the image returned to the original position. Now both were excited with the prospect of what these images could do for them. They looked at each other and both began to speak, stopped, and then laughed. “Go ahead Saige, I think we just came to the same conclusion.”

Smiling Saige said, “Probably. But before we jump to any conclusions let’s try some of the other buttons.” Which is exactly what they did, and each provided a different view of their world. “This is great! I think we can use these to find out where this alliance is, and it will provide a great way to monitor any of us once we really learn how to use this tool. Is there any more settings on that nob?”

Stone turned back to the original nob and then said. “Only one more, but I really don’t know what would be left since what we just viewed kind of covers everything.”

“True, but try it anyway.” Stone set it to the last position, and immediately images of areas around the facility that normally didn’t show up on the priority channel came into view. As they watched the images flow by one of them showed a meadow with a herd in it. “I wonder . . .”

“Wonder what Saige?” As the new images continued to flash by on the monitors seeing areas they had never witnessed before.

“I bet you that scene we just saw is the herd we have been looking for . . . Now if we can only figure out where it is.”

“I don’t know if there is a way to lock on just one image yet, when they just rotate like they are now. There, it came around again. Nothing about it looks familiar to me, not that I know whole heck of a lot about these mountains yet. This range is huge and I can see why our ancestors would have picked it. It’s a place where it would be easy to hide something so it never could be found, and with all the natural caves, caverns and such, it’s an ideal place to use for exactly what they used it for, hiding this facility.”

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As Saige and Stone continue to experiment with the different settings, eventually they do discover a secondary lower priority circuit that presents a number of images they’ve never seen before. Still part of the problem they face, besides where is the location these images are presenting, is the fact that they have yet to discover how to lock the system, (other than the images from the sky Which seems to remain with a single changeable view) so that they can view a single camera and the images it presents. And one of those rotating images they’d love to view is showing a hidden meadow with a herd in it. Unfortunately it’s an unknown, in both location, and distance. It could be anywhere. And with this we close out part 6. Have a great week, and God Bless! (http://www.fdbrant,com/)

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