“I’m sure Emit will not take too much longer with his research,” Amelia told the others as she and Amara led them through a wide-open, near-barren area.
Dennis tried to keep himself interested in the sparse surroundings as they all walked. “Well, he can take all the time he wants! I’m certain there’s plenty of this place that needs exploring by us.”
It was then quiet, save for a faint humming somewhere near all of them, along with their footsteps.
On a whim, Harwood looked behind himself to see what the rest of the city looked like at a distance. He started turning his head back, only to do a double take when he noticed something.
“I do hate to be the bearer of bad news, everyone,” he said in a raised voice to get their attention, “but I think we’re short a few heads…”
“Are you sure we won’t get in trouble for wandering off?” Shark asked Sinbad as the two of them along with Sagebear walked through a different part of the area.
Sinbad just shrugged. “So what if we do? We’re two grown men, I think we can handle it.”
While the two traversed the place, they came upon an abandoned houseboat. Though it showed signs of rusting and falling apart, nothing looked too dangerous about it.
Taking a step into the presumed entrance, Sinbad then extended his hand toward Shark to let him. Shark in turn picked up Sagebear and carried her in with him.
The inside of the houseboat was musty-smelling and very filthy. Cobwebs decorated the ceiling, and skeletons could be seen throughout the room they were in.
Sagebear sneezed loudly, apparently the result of dust in the stagnant air. Shark was startled by it, but kept a good hold on her.
“Wow…” He said to himself. “This place looks like it hasn’t been used in years.” He felt glass crunching under his feet, as Sinbad investigated the nearest skeleton.
“Yeah, looks like it. And it don’t seem like these people went quietly, either.” Sinbad noticed a hole in the skull, and ran his finger around it.
Petting Sagebear for reassurance, Shark bit his lip. “What do you think happened?”
“No idea.” Sinbad then pulled up the skeleton’s arm, and stuck its finger into its nose hole. This morbidly silly sight at least got Shark to chuckle a little.
Neither of them seemed to notice the Latin words carved repeatedly into the wall.
The rest of the group was now in search of the stragglers. Dennis and Blaise had a bag of dog treats out in case they could lure Sagebear out with them.
“Here, little girl! Ya want some Pup-peroni?” Blaise called out to her.
Dennis shook the bag just in case. “Come on, puppy! Don’t keep your grandparents worried like this!”
As they were searching, Marc sidled over to the twins. He tapped on Amara’s shoulder to get her attention.
“Yes? What do you need?” She asked him while tilting her head sideways.
Marc scratched the back of his head in embarrassment. “I got kind of a few weird questions: First of all, you ladies know your history, right?”
Both twins nodded in unison to this. “And would this extend to personal lineages?” Again, the twins nodded.
“One last question: Do you have any idea if I end up having descendants?”
Here the twins looked at each other almost coyly. Amelia then turned back to look at Marc with a knowing expression.
“We can say without a doubt that you will indeed have them.”
“Yeah! There’s nothing for you to worry about,” Amara added to confirm her sister’s words.
Under the watchful eye of a futuristic video recorder, Emit clapped a hand over his mouth.
From what he’d just read, it was indeed possible, though difficult, to prevent what would soon be happening.
Breathing a sigh of relief, Emit turned his attention to the recorder. He sat down in front of it, and readjusted it so it was facing him.
“I suppose my going into the past was not entirely a futile endeavor. I still should not have turned the entire town into crystal for moral reasons, but perhaps it is a blessing in disguise that I have done so.”
He went on, addressing his disciples just in case. “To Amara and Amelia: Make certain our guests are aware of what is currently unfolding.”
The entire time, Emit was not aware of the imminent danger he was in.