following 'Land of the Lost' story ignores all episodes after
the first third season episode: "Aftershock". The author believes
that the third season episodes are of insufficient quality to
accept them as canon. The time of the story is a few months after
Rick has returned home and Uncle Jack has joined Will and Holly.
I'm Lost, Find Me
by Gregson Vaux
granite columns rose from the stone floors to the arched ceilings
and Rick Marshall was given the feeling of being in a place almost
holy and perhaps in a sense it was a holy place if you considered
the pursuit of knowledge to be a search for deep meaning. In
the center of the enormous room was a mastodon or at least a model
of what someone had decided a mastodon should look like. Rick
reflected that maybe the model was right on because hadn't frozen
mammoths been found somewhere? Was it in Siberia perhaps? He thought
that he might even recall that some Russians had even eaten some
of the 20,000 year old meat. Talk about a case of freezer burn.
He decided not to question the people who had built the model
since they had likely had an actual carcass as a guide.
in the corner was a grouping of dinosaurs in various shades of
brown and green. There was an iguanodon which a puzzled and stupid
look on its face and some smaller bipedal dinosaurs whose names
escaped Rick. Rick searched his brain and decided that they were
called oviraptors but he was unsure whether that was what they
were actually called. He walked up to the life-size models and
decided that even though the people who had made them had never
seen a dinosaur, they had done a first rate job. The colors looked
right, the skin texture was right, and he laughed aloud when he
saw the next dinosaur, it was a perfect replica.
model of the baby brontosaurus was so life-like! It had a stupid
but eager look that made Rick want to find some leaves to feed
to it. Rick broke his silence and spoke aloud to the model, "Dopey,
if I had a giant strawberry, I would give it to you but all we
have here are the small variety". He thought that the display
was missing a harness and cart for Dopey and that he would complain
to the museum manager if he could find him.
dinosaur cannot hear you". Rick jumped at the words and turned
to see a man perhaps 45 or 50 with just a trace a gray hair left
on his shiny head. The man was dressed in a uniform that made
Rick guess that he was a tour guide for the museum except that
the uniform seemed a little out of place. The coat was of a strange
cut that almost gave the impression of being a smock. Rick guessed
that it was a Victorian costume to match the Victorian architecture
of the museum. The man's eyes were also strange, he wore thick
glasses that reflected the light and have the impression that
his eyes were made of huge pieces of glass.
was irritated and wished that the tour guide would go away but
responded anyway. "No, I guess that he cannot hear me but he is
so cute that I couldn't help myself. Besides, he reminds me of
my daughter". The guide looked neither surprised nor amused but
instead answered in a matter of fact sort of voice, " These creatures
elicit many responses from people but this may be a first". The
guide paused for a moment and bent in a stiff manner while moving
his arms in an equally rigid fashion before continuing, "this
model has triggered an unusual response in you, perhaps you would
like to see some other displays that might bring other thoughts
to the surface".
guide turned in his stiff manner and shuffled from the current
room to the next cavernous room while motioning for Rick to follow.
In truth, the next room was even larger and needed to be to hold
the dinosaur skeletons. There in front of Rick as though in mid
stride was a tyrannosaurus rex and right beside it stood a huge
brontosaurus whose tail extended the length of the room. "Grumpy
and Emily!" Rick blurted out. The guide next to Rick retorted
stiffly and unemotionally, "I do not understand why you give these
creatures those names when your people have perfectly suitable
and more apt descriptions". "Look", he gestured; "the plaques
clearly state that they are called 'tyrannosaurus rex' and 'brontosaurus'
the names that you have given them show once again how easily
you are governed by your emotions". Although the man was annoying
and condescending, Rick was glad he was there because he needed
a guide to help him answer some questions.
though on cue, the guide did what guides are supposed to do and
asked, "is there anything that I can help you find"? "Yes there
is", Rick replied. "I have seen Dopey, Grumpy, and Emily but I
want to see the rest". The guide again bent in his stiff manner
and waved his arms about while taking a dramatic pause before
replying, "You will find that this museum is quite complete".
He turned like a badly controlled puppet and began to walk toward
the next room. He was right; Rick could see a skeleton of Spike
the triceratops to his right and Torchy the Dimetrodon to his
next room did not disappoint. Rick saw an elaborate display of
early human ancestors. Behind a brass rail to keep the display
safe from the museum goers was a scene from some time in the distant
past but after the dinosaurs. A male and female stood each holding
a short spear and sharp expressions on their faces as though they
had hard lives and would like to take it out on someone smaller
than themselves. Rick had no idea what paleontologists would call
them; maybe they were Homo-erectus or Homo-hablis or something
else but Rick knew them as Ta and Sa. It seemed like everyone
was here but he wanted to see the rest.
and the guide made their way to other rooms with ancient plants
and various minerals but he figured that something was missing.
The guide anticipated Rick's words and asked, "Rick Marshall,
what do you seek"? Rick thought for a moment and hesitated before
replying, "where are the aliens"? "I do not understand" the guide
said. "This museum only holds the flora and fauna that can be
found on earth; there are no aliens here". "But there must be
aliens", Rick insisted. "You know, lizard men with glassy eyes
that walk slowly and hiss". "Ah yes", the guide said in a near
whisper, "the sleestak".
was lead to one of those displays that museums build to get the
visitors into the environment. The lights were recessed into the
walls to give an eerie feeling and the walls were made to look
like the stone walls of a cave. There were even hidden loud speakers
that produced hissing noises to go along with the lizard men behind
the brass railing. They looked pretty cheesy like poorly constructed
Halloween costumes but they scared Rick none the less so that
his heart began beating faster and his breathing became shallow.
"It's not real, it's not real" he whispered to himself. He looked
up and saw the tour guide as though for the first time but his
strange coat seemed to be made of an almost metallic fabric and
his glasses were revealed to be the eyes of a lizard man. "Enik!"
Rick gasped. "I told you, Rick Marshall, that everything here
is from the earth." Rick sat up in bed with his pulse still pounding
in his head from the dream.
were three moons in the sky and each of them was beautiful. The
Marshalls usually preferred to be safe in the temple after dark
but they had decided that it was time for a change. Instinctively,
all humans knew that monsters walked about by night and in the
Land of the Lost it was not just a silly childhood fear, it was
a truth to be taken seriously.
Marshall reflected that the Sleestak were monsters worthy of any
child's imagination. Their deep glassy eyes stared vacantly as
though their souls had been lost long ago or perhaps they did
have souls but they only showed them to friends; for enemies there
was only a vacant pitiless gaze. If the eyes were not bad enough,
the hissing would be enough to scare the bravest man. Jack Shuddered
at the thought. He was a brave man wasn't he? Still, the thought
of the hissing alone could send him into a near panic. What kind
of things hiss like that? Jack thought to himself. The only thing
that he could think of were snakes, lizards, and some kinds of
insects like the cockroaches that used to live in the basement
of his first house after college.
- Jack began to speculate that maybe the Sleestak really were
more like insects than lizards. After all, lizards like to sun
themselves on warm rocks while cockroaches and all of the vilest
insects live underground to avoid the sun. Yes, the Sleestak reminded
him more of insects than lizards especially with their hard skin
which seemed like an exoskeleton. However, they only had four
limbs instead of six and their mouths looked like a lizard's mouth
with no trace of all of those fiendish mouthparts that insects
have. Well, whatever the Sleestak were, they were best avoided.
that is exactly what Jack, Will, and Holly had tried to do for
the last few months since Jack had arrived in the Land; avoid
the Sleestak. However, there were two things that caused The sleestak
and the Marshalls to cross paths, the Lost City and Enik, the
Altrusian. Both of these things were too tempting as chances to
get back home. The lost city was full of ancient mysteries from
the Altrusian Empire and Enik was their best hope of ever understanding
any of it. For the chance to get home, they would risk being captured
by the soulless insect men.
smiled to himself, because he wasn't being completely honest.
It was more than that. Yes, they went into the lost city in hopes
of opening a doorway back to earth but they also went because
it was a wonderful place. In all his life, Jack had never seen
a time doorway, a matrix table, or crystal covered walls until
he had fallen into this place. Life here was mostly miserable
but it did have its moments of beauty and this is why they were
out tonight, to look at the moons.
few weeks ago, Jack and Will had carefully made their way into
Enik's lair within the Lost City and it was really not all that
hard to do. Of course if they were captured they could very well
end up dead but if they kept their torches lit or used some crystals
to keep the Sleestak at bay, then they would be safe. As usual,
they had invited Holly to come along but she did not seem to share
the men's interest in quests and adventures and had explained
that she needed to work on a dress anyway. Jack really could not
argue with that because she was quickly outgrowing her clothes
and the dress would soon be imperative. Thus Will and Jack had
set out leaving Chaka with Holly to serve as her half reluctant
dress dummy. Even now, Jack smiled when he thought of the look
on poor Chaka's face as Holly made him stand still while she struggled
to put stitches in the tough dinosaur leather. Chaka was a good
friend for Holly.
trip to Enik's lair had been rather uneventful with only a few
sightings of some small dinosaurs and absolutely no sign of the
Sleestak. It wasn't their time for hibernation but they could
be up to almost anything. Before they had reached Enik's actual
room, they called out to him so that he would not be surprised.
As usual, he looked as annoyed as a person can be who is unable
to make facial expressions or blink his eyes. Enik looked just
like a Sleestak and this along with his overall alieness absolutely
creeped out Jack but he was here for a reason.
Enik" Will and Jack said nearly in unison. The Altrusian looked
up from his matrix table and said in an annoyingly even tone,
"Jack and Will Marshall, can you not see that I am busy and that
your presence is causing me to be distracted? I have told you
before that my work is of a delicate nature and that I must be
left undisturbed." Will could always be counted on to react passionately
and he had responded with a mixture of outrage and pleading. "Come
on Enik, you can't always be busy. Don't tell me that you spend
every hour of every day waving your hands over crystals and peering
into the time doorway!" "Yes, Will Marshall, I do spend every
hour 'waving my hands' as you have so crudely put it" Enik had
responded. Only by manipulating the field flows and initiating
carefully timed sequences will I ever have any chance of getting
home. Now, why have the two of you come to disturb my work?"
had expected this but he thought that he might be able to get
Enik's cooperation. "Enik", Jack began, "your knowledge of this
land, the matrix tables, and the pylons is extensive and I was
hoping that you could teach us some of what you know. " Enik did
not seem to expect this but his irritation lead to a quick answer,
"Jack Marshall, how many times must I explain that I am busy and
do not have time to aid you. Although your plight is great, it
is of no concern to me so we have nothing further to discuss."
Again, Jack was not surprised but he had to try, "I am willing
to trade something if you will teach us", Jack had said. "We have
a number of items back in the temple that you might find valuable."
had begun to respond but then stopped with his mouth half open
and then cocked his head like an inquisitive bird. He had stood
perfectly still for at least twenty seconds which seemed more
like twenty minutes before finally replying, "Your offer is interesting
but I must ponder it further"
another word, Enik turned his back on Jack and will and began
arranging crystals on the matrix table. "Should we come back later?"
Jack hesitantly asked. "No Jack Marshall, I will give you an answer
shortly so you should wait here".
idea of shortly was not to Will's liking. Jack and Will had stood
silently for about five minutes when Will began pacing up and
down the chamber. Jack had been afraid that Will would anger the
Altrusian so he had silently motioned his nephew to stop. Will
saw the wisdom of this, shrugged his shoulders, and slumped down
the way that teenagers do to quietly sit with his back to the
wall. Jack thought this was a good idea so he sat next to Will
to wait for the answer.
had not checked his watch but the answer came after what seemed
like half an hour. The Altrusian was still arranging the crystals
when he suddenly sighed what seemed to be a very human sigh and
squared his shoulders. He turned to look at the two men and say,
"You are not of my people so I have no reason to aid you but I
do need assistance so I will accept your offer. You have nothing
in your possession that I value but I do need help in collecting
trace samples so I will teach you in exchange for the samples"
are trace samples?" Will had blurted out. Good question Jack had
thought to himself.
the end, it had turned out that Enik had wanted them to collect
a young succulent plant such as a fern sprout and a sample from
the oldest plant they could find as close as possible to each
of the pylons and some other locations that Enik had specified.
After three days, Jack, Will, Holly, and Chaka had collected all
of the requested specimens but Enik rejected them as inadequate
and told them to collect seven young plants and seven old plants
from each location. Holly and Will had complained frequently about
this but after two weeks they gave the samples to Enik and he
kept his end of the bargain - sort of.
must have somehow known that they had collected the samples because
he met them at the temple carrying a finely crafted wooden box.
"These trace samples are adequate so in exchange I have constructed
a telescope for you." "A telescope!" Jack shouted. "We have slaved
for you for two weeks and you give us a telescope! I'm sure that
it's nice but we want you to teach us how to use the matrix tables.
Will was always quick to protect his family so he angrily joined
in, "we want to get home and you want us to look at the stars!"
Enik's anger was now also beginning to rise, "you may look at
the stars if you wish or you may look at the moons but I will
discuss this no further. Your samples are adequate and the telescope
is adequate." He turned his back to them but when Jack and Will
tried to follow him but they were stopped by a force field that
the Altrusian had somehow put around them.
Jack! Will!" Holly cried. "Stop fighting him. Why don't you look
at his gift before you get angry with him?" Jack and will stopped
struggling and the force field disappeared.
it was evening, three days after their encounter with Enik and
they were waiting for the sky to get a little bit darker. The
telescope had turned out to be a wonderful gift. Inside the box
they had found a cube made of heavy wire about 10 inches on each
side with a clear crystal floating and rotating in the exact middle.
The only clue to how it worked was that the wire that made up
one of the faces was a more silver color while the other faces
were a gold color. They puzzled over it for a few hours until
almost by accident they discovered that if they gripped the silver
face firmly with both hands, an image would appear in the face
much the same way that images appeared in the time portals. It
was simple to use; one of the faces 90 degrees away from the viewing
face seemed to act as the 'lens' that collected the image and
it could be zoomed in and out by gently pushing or pulling on
were able to zoom in on distant objects and see them with astounding
clarity but it was Holly who had perhaps been actually listening
to what Enik was saying. "I think when Enik said that we could
look at the moons, he meant that we SHOULD look at the moons".
sat on a large rock holding the telescope while Will and Holly
stood on either side looking over his shoulder. The image of the
middle sized moon danced and jerked due to Uncle Jack not being
able to keep his hands perfectly still but then some sort of
correction feature took over and the image became quite still.
They could see the whole disk of the moon in the telescope and
it really did not look too different than Earth's moon, or Luna
as Jack liked to sometimes call it. Jack pointed to the image
and said to the kids, "The bright areas are most likely uplands
with craters and the dark areas are most likely lowlands that
had been flooded with magma and will be mostly crater free, well,
at least that is how it is with Earth's moon."
Uncle Jack", Holly whined, "Let's not have a science lesson; zoom
in so we can have a closer look." Jack zoomed in on one of the
bright areas and sure enough they could see craters and mountains.
"Gee", will exclaimed, "this telescope is really neat. You can
see how sharp those mountains are like they are made out of broken
looked at the mountains and craters for a while until Holly started
to get bored. "Uncle Jack, all the craters look the same. Can't
we look at something else?" "Sure, Holly" Jack replied "We can
look at the lowlands which scientists call seas because they used
to think that they were full of water." Jack zoomed out and then
zoomed in on one of the dark patches. Almost immediately he sat
up very straight and said, "what's this? Something is wrong here."
What's up?" will asked. Jack answered, "I don't know exactly but
the image seems to be moving like it has static or something.
No wait-I think that it really is moving. This can't be but I
think that there really is water up there in the moon! I think
that we are looking at an ocean!" "Well", Holly chimed in, "This
is the Land of the Lost and not home so maybe there can be water
on one of the moons." Jack zoomed in even further to see more
detail but this only added to the mystery because it was clear
too all of them that what had appeared to be water was really
something else entirely.
they could investigate further, a loud roar from the jungle awoke
them to their surroundings. "Big Alice!", Will shouted, "Quick,
to the temple". Most people running from a full grown allosaur
would panic or at least be out of breath but being chased by carnivorous
dinosaurs was all too common for the Marshalls so from long habit
they ran into the stone building and sealed the door behind them.
They would most likely need to wait a half hour or longer before
they could be sure that Alice had given up and wandered off to
find easier prey.
didn't look like water on the moon to me", Holly began as they
settled in to wait until it was safe to go back outside. "What
was it Uncle Jack?" I don't know Holly" he answered. "I keep thinking
about static since it looked like snow on a television but how
could there be television static in the moon?" Will Joined in,
"Maybe it was light from the sun reflecting off of shiny rocks
or maybe crystals like on a matrix table. Hey, maybe there are
huge matrix tables on the moons and that it what we saw." Holly
disagreed, "It didn't look like crystals to me and besides, Daddy
said that the moons couldn't be real anyway."
had begun to make some tea and looked up from the kettle he was
preparing. "What do you mean that the moons are not real?" "Daddy
said that since the Land of the Lost is a closed universe and
since we can walk completely around the land in less than a day,
then the universe is too small to hold the sun or the three moons.
He thinks that the sun and the moons are just pictures that the
pylons project." Will smiled at his sister. "Oh yeah Holly, I
had forgotten about that. He also said that he thought that the
sun wasn't real because the weather pylon controls how it moves
in the sky. Maybe we really were seeing static; maybe the pylons
don't do a very good job of projecting the moons on the sky and
we can see the static with our telescope."
was once again impressed with the kids and felt a small twinge
of jealousy towards his brother. Sure he loved Rick fiercely but
why hadn't he thought of that? Why hadn't he realized that the
moons must not be real? Since Jack was an engineer and his brother
was just a park ranger, he thought that he should be better at
science but Rick had always been more creative and his imagination
had allowed him to solve mysteries about the Land of the Lost
that Jack was not sure that he would have solved as easily. However,
he had not been there when the sun stopped in the sky so maybe
he shouldn't be so hard on himself.
is just one thing Will. If what we saw was really static, then
why didn't we see the same static on the mountains and in the
craters. Those parts of the moon seemed to be as clear as reality
so maybe the moons are real and the universe is only closed at
the ground level. Maybe the sky is real."
don't know", Holly said, "One time Daddy and Will lowered me on
a rope in the lost city. We thought that I would hit bottom at
some point but instead I wound up in the sky so I think that the
universe is closed in all directions and the pylons make the sun
and the moons". Jack again felt that since he had an engineering
degree, he should be coming up with the good ideas. Oh well, didn't
church teach us that humility is a good thing?
finished preparing the tea and proceeded to pour it into three
wooden cups that Chaka had carved a while ago as a gift. He missed
the Paku but Chaka was off looking for Ta and Sa and they didn't
know when he would be back.
you think that Big Alice is gone?" Will ask Jack. "I'm dying to
get back out to look at the moons"
replied. "We can take our tea with us."
always made a conscious effort to give the kids as much responsibility
as possible in case he ever fell prey to one of the dinosaurs
or the Sleestak so he gave Will a turn with the telescope. Although
the other moons were now up, Will immediately homed in on the
middle moon. It only took about twenty seconds for him to get
the seas on the telescope's view screen. As before, it looked
like static but Will proceeded to zoom in closer and closer. Until
the static was revealed to be something artificial. The seas seemed
to be made of huge rectangular blocks that were individually rising
and falling on the moons surface like stone pistons.
was concentrating so hard on the image that when he spoke his
voice came out as a dry croak. "Do you think that it is a giant
machine?" Jack suddenly had an idea. "If the moons are projected
by the pylons, then it is probably not a machine because a picture
cannot make anything. The whole purpose of a picture is to give
you information." "Sometimes a picture just makes you feel good
like a picture of Mom", Holly added. "That might be" Jack said,
"And maybe that is why the Altrusians put pictures of the moons
in the sky so that it would be pretty but the sun and the moon
can do more than that."
quoted from the bible, "Let there be lights in the expanse of
the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve
as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights
in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth."
wrinkled her nose and looked perplexed, "what does that mean?
explained, "it means that the Altusians wanted the moons to be
in the sky so they would know what time of year it was and they
most likely had special days like holidays and the moons would
let them know when the holidays had come. But why stop there?
Why not make the moons be full of all sorts of information?"
didn't seem to be buying this. "are you saying Uncle Jack that
those millions of blocks moving up and down on the moon would
tell stuff to the Altrusians?"
Holly. Maybe those moving blocks are some sort of Altrusian writing.
We don't know what it says but Enik might. He gave us the telescope
because I wanted to know how the matrix tables work. Maybe those
are instructions like a manual for building a radio."
was sitting on the rock with the telescope on his lap and he was
starting to focus in in the smallest moon.
Holly cried out. "I want a turn. I think that I should get to
hold the telescope for speedy because speedy is the smallest moon
and I am the smallest person in the family."
shot his sister a mischievous grin and said, "I'm only protecting
you sis. Maybe there is a picture of a giant spider on speedy
and I know you wouldn't want to see a giant hairy spider".
only be afraid if there were a giant picture of your ugly face",
Holly shouted back.
stepped in, "enough Will, give your sister a turn with the telescope."
Will started to hand it to her but at the last second pulled it
out of her reach. "I said ENOUGH WILL. I don't want the two of
you horsing around with that telescope it might be delicate and
if your broke it we probably would not be able to get another.
We slaved for two weeks to get it and Enik probably worked hard
to make it."
smiled again and said, "I'll bet that big bug just found it in
some dusty cave." Jack admonished his nephew, "Even if he found
it and didn't make it, it is still a valuable tool so we must
a sense of victory, Holly took the telescope and sat on the rock
so the other two could stand behind her and see. Jack noticed
that she was not too sure in using it and he realized that he
and Will had been monopolizing it for the last few days.
first the smallest moon seemed to be less interesting than the
middle moon because it lacked the sharp distinction between the
highlands and the seas but as she zoomed in, details began to
emerge. There were pictures but not of spiders, this looked more
like a page from a geometry textbook. Holly zoomed in even further
and they could see shapes carved in to the surface of the moon.
There were rectangles, circles, cones, and a multitude of lines
joining everything together. Jack was very interested since he
had studied analytical calculus for several years at the university.
However, it didn't make a lot of sense to him just yet.
pointed to a series of cubes and lines and said, "I wonder if
these don't represent the pylons". "No, Uncle Jack" Holly disagreed.
"Those cubes all go together to make a bigger cube. Will gave
his sister a strange look, "What in the world are you talking
suddenly seemed very excited and continued, "I don't mean that
the cubes should be stacked on each other or put side by side,
I mean that the way these lines are slanting, The cubes should
be put together in a different direction."
further explained, Over here is a line that is pointing up while
over here is a line that is pointing left and here is a line that
is pointing into the center of the moon, but what about these
other two lines? These two lines are pointing in two other directions
which have to be somewhere else." "What directions?" Will demanded.
"Oh I don't know, like when you go into a pylon, you have the
feeling that there are more directions than just up, down, left,
right, or forward, and backward.
poked at his sister and teased, "you are so weird" but Jack wasn't
NOT SEE NOTHING LIKE THE MIGHTY QUINN!"
was shooting down the highway in his old pick-up truck and singing
at the top of his lungs. He had not driven this fast in years
and he had never listened to this kind of music on the radio before.
He had sifted through the stations to find something that he liked
but he ended up on one of those hippie stations. He had almost
turned it off when they started playing that annoying 'Joy to
the world' song about the frog but he sort of felt like a hippie
today and the next song was this song about an Eskimo.
knew he could not carry a tune but today he didn't care and he
would make up in enthusiasm.
BODY'S IN DESPAIR
GIRL AND BOY
WHEN QUINN THE ESKIMO GETS HERE
GONNA JUMP FOR JOY!"
in the world did those words mean anyway? Rick wondered for a
moment, but didn't much care because everything made sense today.
So what if he couldn't make out most of the words. The song was
about an Eskimo that made everybody happy just like Rick was happy.
had been a long time...how long since He had felt this good? Perhaps
the last time he had felt this was when his wife was still alive.
Since then, he had been forced to raise Will and Holly by himself
which was really a great thing to do but it was so lonely much
of the time without his wife. Oh, it wasn't that he and the kids
didn't have fun; they used to go on camping expeditions all the
time but he could only say so much to them. If only his wife had
not left him.
they had been yanked off to some dinosaur infested jungle where
the only other adult seemed to be a cross between a lizard and
a grasshopper. Was Enik the only other adult in The Land of the
Lost? There were Ta and Sa...no, they didn't count as adults.
There was the Zarn...Enik was strange but the Zarn was completely
bizarre. The Zarn was after all an alien and Enik was not! That
was what he had learned in his dream two days ago.
that was in the Land of the lost came from earth: the Pakuni,
the ferns, the strawberries, the dinosaurs, and even the Sleestak.
The only thing that was truly alien was the Zarn. The question
that Rick had was, if the Sleestak were from earth, then why hadn't
anyone ever seen any evidence of them? Did the Sleestak come from
the past or maybe from the future? Maybe they were going to evolve
in another million years. Well, Rick was going to find out when
he saw Enik again and there was no doubt that he would be seeing
Enik soon; he just knew it. Maybe that was why he was so happy;
finally he was going to be in control of his life again. Was that
why he had been sad for the last few years? First his wife had
left him to play a harp on a cloud somewhere, then he and his
children had been whisked off to a jungle prison to play tag with
dinosaurs, and then he had been whisked off again back home but
this time without his children. However, soon he would see them
again and they could all return to their lives.
ahead, the sign said, 'Grand Canyon 50 miles'. In less than an
hour Rick would be at the Canyon and sometime tomorrow he would
be searching for the door that lead to his family. Oh. it wasn't
that he hadn't tried before, four months ago when he had first
been yanked back home, he had searched the park for weeks to find
a way to rescue his children but had found nothing. What was different
this time? This time he knew that the Land of the Lost belonged
to Earth. It all made sense, everything there was from earth so
there must be a strong tie to this planet. When he had last tried
to find a door to the dinosaur world, he had assumed that doors
were rare because it was an alien place but now he knew that he
would find a door and he would get through.
was almost sunset when his old truck finally pulled up to a parking
area near the rim of the canyon. As a park ranger, this was the
life that Rick knew: sleeping in a tent, long hikes, riding a
horse or raft, consulting a map and compass, and finding lost
people. Two people were lost and this park ranger had no doubt
that soon he would find them. Boy he felt good. He couldn't wait
to hear about all the things that they had done in the past few
would have stories about Dopey the way she always did and Will
would talk about all the brave things he had done. Most men would
be afraid that their children would be dead if left in a world
full of reptilian dangers but Rick was not too worried. He had
trained them every day to live without him and he had seen them,
especially Holly, grow more capable and mature. Good grief, that
girl could ride a brontosaurus or escape from the Sleestak sacrifice
pit. Both she and Will were children that any father would be
able to boast about. He missed them so much but he was sure that
it would only be a few more days.
was perturbed. He had been on the Colorado river for two weeks
and there was still no sign of a doorway that would lead to his
children. He wasn't exactly angry, or afraid, or discouraged,
but he was impatient. They were nearby and it was just a matter
of time before he found them. What can I do to find the doorway?
Rick asked himself. This wasn't just a matter of finding the same
spot where they had disappeared before, the Land was hiding from
him and by gum he was going to find it. Where was the land hiding
and how were the pylons doing it? Those tricky Altrusians had
built a good puzzle but they couldn't fool Rick forever.
was getting late so Rick paddled his canoe to a pebble beach and
began to set up his tent. He would go to bed even earlier than
his usual early bedtime and continue the search tomorrow.
was dreaming again but this time he was in a cave in the lost
city. This underground network of rooms and passages was the home
of the Sleestak and the temporary lair of Enik. The cave was
definitely somewhere in the Lost City because it had the look
that he knew so well. The rocks were made of a porous light weight
mineral which almost had the look of Styrofoam but the real give-away
was the Altrusian sun symbol on the wall. It was of the same style
as the symbol over the City Entrance except that there was only
one ray coming out of it. The ray extended straight down to end
a few inches off the floor. Rick might have stayed to look at
the pictogram further but he felt compelled to move on.
walked to the next room which looked identical. The floor was
flat and mostly featureless, there was a passageway at either
end, and there was a sun symbol on the wall. Except that one thing
was different; the symbol was different in this room. While the
previous rock carving had been a sun with a single ray extending
to the ground, this carving had two rays going to the ground.
Again, Rick would have normally stayed to inspect the carving
further but he was compelled to move to the next room.
before, the next room was like the previous two except for the
sun symbol. This time it had three rays. "Aha!" Rick exclaimed
aloud, here was a pattern. He went from room to room and each
successive room had another ray on the sun symbol. That was boring!
Basically these were rooms numbered 1,2,3,4,5, and so forth.
Before Rick could explore this mystery further, he heard the noise
which he always expected and dreaded while in the lost city.
From the previous passages came the sound of hissing and it was
quickly growing louder. Darn! the Sleestak were coming and Rick
needed a quick escape route. Since this room like all the others
had only two doorways and was thus a series of rooms all in a
line, he could either run toward or away from the Sleestak.
ran to room nine, then ten, then eleven, but the sleestak were
still coming so he knew that he would have to think of something
else. What would Enik do if he were being chased and needed to
get away? He would most likely use some crystals to make a force-field.
Rick didn't see any crystals so he would need to find another
might also wave his hand and cause fear but Rick felt pretty sure
that he would never be able to duplicate that trick. Rick needed
to get away from danger and he needed an Altrusian trick. What
he needed was a matrix table.
ran to room twelve and in answer to his need, there stood a matrix
table in the middle of the floor. Ok, he had the Altusian technology
and he needed to escape from danger, what would an Altrusian do?
Again in answer to his need, he received an answer. "You should
create a dimensional door".
stood next to Rick wearing his orange tunic and he seemed to be
there to give advice. "Ok, Enik, Rick responded, I will open
a door to get out of here." Rick walked over to the matrix table
and touched some crystals to rend the space-time fabric and open
a door to some place else in order to escape the sleestak. "Where
should we go?" Rick asked in a tense voice due to the immanent
danger. "Rick Marshall, if you open a door to a place very far
away it will require too much energy and you might not be able
to get back again. I would suggest that you escape the danger
by going someplace near by. That would be the Altrusian way."
he would not know how to operate a matrix table but Rick had no
trouble finding the sequence needed to push a hole through space
and time and open a door to another place. Rick could not see
the door but he knew that he had opened a door right in the middle
of the passage way so he stepped through into a room.
dimensional door had carried him into a room somewhere in the
lost city away from his pursuers. He no longer heard any hissing
and he felt completely safe. The question was, where was he? He
immediately saw a clue, in that on the wall was a sun symbol with
twelve rays. Oh darn! He had transported himself into the same
room he had just been in!
before there were two passages on opposite walls so he walked
through one to get to the next room and hopefully to safety. He
walked to the next room and there was the sun symbol with twelve
rays. Rick's brain suddenly felt a bit woozy as he tried to get
his mind around what had just happened. It was obvious that Altrusian
technology was at work and it was making it so that he could not
get out of the room. Perhaps no one could get in either and that
was why he felt safe.
he understood what had happened. He had created a dimensional
door in one passage leading out of the room that transported him
to the opposite passage leading into the room. Of course, every
dimensional door had an entrance that lead to an exit somewhere
else. In this case he had created an exit that left room number
twelve and entered the same room but from the other side.
was still standing next to him and if Rick did not know better
he would insist that Enik had a smile on his face. "You have used
a matrix table to created a room for yourself that is shut off
from the rest of the lost city, thus creating a sanctuary from
your enemies." "But Enik", Rick protested, "just because I cannot
get out how does that protect me from enemies outside?" "Let's
go outside" Enik Answered. What Enik meant by outside was room
number 11 which would be right next to 12. There on the wall was
the sun with eleven rays but the next room had thirteen rays.
The doorway that Rick had set up was so subtle that if anyone
walked through it they would end up in room thirteen without even
realizing that they had gone through a dimensional door. In fact,
if it were not for the sun symbols on the wall, no one would even
know that a room had disappeared from the lost city. No wait,
Rick thought to himself, a room could disappear from the face
of the earth.
the final thought, Rick awoke from his dream. He could still hear
a hissing sound but it was the sound of the Colorado River outside
his tent. In the morning he would get into his canoe to find everyone.
They were lost but now he knew how they had done such a good job
hiding. The Altrusians were so smart and had done such a good
job of hiding that they had managed to lose themselves.
awoke in his tent with a soft breeze blowing through the canyon.
It was still dark but he guessed that it would be light in maybe
an hour. He lay in his sleeping bag for some unknown period of
time just feeling good because he would see Will and Holly soon.
When it was light he would continue his search for the dimensional
they were so tricky. The Altusians had done a good job in building
their hidden fortress but Rick was on the verge of unearthing
them. "I found you!" Rick shouted out loud at the rock wall which
appeared to be about a foot and a half away but was in reality
more like ten miles away. Rick laughed for a long time until he
started coughing and tears were coming to his eyes. He started
marching around in the knee deep water and humming some song like
a crazy man. Rich was chagrinned to realize that he was humming
the hippy song from the radio. Oh well, he could be expected to
act like a fool since he had just passed his hand through the
was in a cave at the bottom of the Grand Canyon but this cave
was not supposed to have been found and as far as he knew, only
he and his two children had been in it for over a million years.
It had been opened by an earthquake over a year ago and then sealed
again by the same quake but Rick had found that it was not all
that difficult to unseal again. It had taken maybe three hours
of moving rock and dirt. Rick was a little surprised that no one
else had found it since the last quake but it was probably because
the entrance was right in the middle of a relatively fast section
of the river at the bottom of a huge cliff face.
He and Will and Holly has last been through this cave, they had
been in a raft, but this time Rick had to wade and swim through
the water to reach the back of the cave which ended at a rock
wall. This time also, the water was not moving because the door
was not open. Well, actually there was a dimensional door but
it opened on a rock wall, if the door were not there, then the
water would be free to flow into a land of dinosaurs and... his
children. Most likely the Altrusians had not intended to have
the Colorado river flow this way but the world had changed since
the land was built.
Rick put his hand up to the rock face and again he felt the subtle
change about a foot before his hand touched the rock. His hand
was halfway through a dimensional door that lead to a rock face
ten miles away but to his eyes, it looked like the rock was only
a foot away. The illusion worked so well because the light that
reached his eyes as well as the sounds in the cave all were passing
through the doorway to give a near perfect illusion that he was
in a small cave when in reality there was a ten mile wide world
between him and his hand. The blood that his heart pumped was
also making the jounrney through some dimension and then making
the return back to his heart. Rick shivered and quickly drew his
hand back close to his chest where it was safe. He had been afraid
that maybe the doorway would not work properly and he would be
left with a bleeding stump.
he needed to do now was to find a way to shut off the dimensional
doorway mechanism. When he did that, what would he see? Soon enough
he would find out, but how?
his fear that the doorway was not healthy, Rick again thrust his
hand to the rock face feeling the barely noticeable transition
through mysterious dimensions. He did this again, and again, and
again but got nowhere. How could he shut down the mechanism and
gain entrance to the land?
reached into the water he was standing in and felt for a large
rock. He picked it up and threw it at the rock face. To his eyes
it seemed to just bounce of and land near him but his mind told
him that it had passed through the doorway, bounced off bedrock
ten miles away, passed through the doorway again and then landed
in the water. How could he shut off this infernal machine?! How
could he reach his children?! He reached into the water, picked
up a handful of rocks, threw them at the rock face and did this
over and over again; each time growing more frustrated and more
angry. He began to yell at the invisible barrier. "Open up! Let
me see my children!". He ran up to the rock face and began to
pound his fists into it until they hurt. He kicked at the water
and shouted at the infernal Altrusians until he wore himself out
and came back to his senses. When he realized that he was standing
so that the dimensional doorway ran almost exactly halfway through
his body, the fear of it returned and he scurried through the
water to get away from it.
found a dry spot in the cave where he could sit down to think
things through. There must be some way to get through the dimensional
barrier into the land. He vainly looked for some sign of Altrusian
technology such as a matrix table or even a single crystal but
to all appearances this was just an ordinary cave in an ordinary
canyon. Ok, so it was the grand canyon which was far from ordinary
but it gave no sign that it really held a world of dinosaurs,
insect men, an annoying guy named Enik, and his children.
had they gotten through last time? Over a year ago the earth quake
had opened this cave and they had been sucked into it. The dimensional
barrier had been down which had opened the land to the river which
had then swept them in, but why had the barrier not been working?
What had been different then? Maybe the barrier was breaking down
and shut off from time to time? Maybe they had just been unlucky
or maybe the earthquake had shaken something loose.
it!" Rick's joy returned to him. Somehow the earth quake had shut
down the barrier and temporarily opened up the land. All Rick
needed to do was to either wait for the next quake or somehow
duplicate what it had done. Rick laughed out loud, steped back
into the water and began wading toward the cave entrance. He had
wished he could find a good piece of grass. He was lying on a
flat rock near the swamp gazing at the sky in the early evening
with Holly sitting next to him but it would be so much better
if he could just find a long piece of grass to chew on. Isn't
that what you were supposed to do on a warm evening after all
of your chores were done and you were just enjoying being alive?
The problem was that there really didn't seem to be any real grass
in the Land of the Lost. Will was picking his teeth with some
sort of small palm frond but it really wasn't the same.
discontent was very slight, however, because they had just finished
one of the best meals they had had in a long time and it was all
thanks to Will the great hunter. He had lately taken to hiding
in bushes near the swamp to ambush small dinosaurs with a flint
headed spear. He had been trying to catch one for a few weeks
now and finally he had found success the night before. The dinosaur
had been about three feet tall and had put up quite a fight, however
it had been well worth it because it tasted almost exactly like
chicken and they had been eating all the meat they could stomach
for the last twenty-four hours.
do you see Sis?" Will asked Holly. She was bent over the telescope
with a serious look on her face. For the past week, she had spent
every moment that she was allowed looking at the moons through
the telescope to study the tutorial diagrams and mostly ignoring
was beginning to think that he would not get an answer when Holly
looked up and said, "I'm trying to understand how time flows through
a crystal. According to this diagram, each of the different colors
of crystal has a different flow of time through it. By putting
them together in different ways, you can make different fields."
Will was a little bothered and a little amazed by how his sister
had changed in the past week. She and uncle Jack talked about
the diagrams on the moon and Jack told her about things like energy
fields and vectors that he had learned in college. She was still
his sister but he could feel a gap growing between them. She was
so excited by the diagrams and Uncle Jack seemed to really like
teaching her what he could. Uncle Jack might know how to add vectors
together but it was obvious that Holly understood what the diagrams
on the moon meant better than anyone else. It seemed to Will that
if anyone was going to get them home it might be Holly.
realized that he had been starting to daydream when he suddenly
sat up with a start, "What's that?" Will had suddenly jumped to
his feet and was pointing into the sky. "It's the sky" Holly said
dryly. "No, I'm serious", Will said quickly. "There's something
moving up there can't you see it?" Trying to be helpful, Holly
offered, "Maybe it a pterodactyl". "No, it's not moving like one"
Will said, "Give me the telescope so I can get a better look"
Holly carefully handed the precious device to her brother and
tried to spot what he was talking about. She looked in the direction
that he had been pointing but could see nothing but the sky. Either
he had better eyes than she did or else he just had a better imagination.
was hunched over and excitedly pushing on the sides to zoom in
and out. After a while he sat up and said with a little frustration,
"now I can't find it." "That's because it was never there", Holly
said in one of her more obnoxious tones of voice. "No, you can't
see it because you need glasses and you can't get them here" Will
shot back. "Do not", "Do to".
teasing might have turned into a fight but it was cut short when
Will triumphantly said, "there, I've got it!" Sure enough, on
the telescope's screen was an image of the sky and in one corner
was a small rectangular dot that seemed to pulsate and shake.
"Zoom in on it!" Holly demanded. "I know" Will snapped back.
Will turned the telescope slightly in order to put the pulsating
rectangle in the center of the screen and then pushed on the sides
in order to zoom in. The rectangle now filled the screen and the
Marshall children could see that it was not a perfect rectangle
but that the top and the bottom were very slightly curved. The
sides were straight but not parallel in that they were ever so
slightly closer together at the top than at the bottom. The rectangle
itself had a mostly reddish hue but rainbows danced on its face
and pulsated very slowly.
do you think it is?" Holly asked Will. "I'm not sure but it looks
like a door to me" Will answered in a hushed tone. Holly felt
shivers run up and down her spine and the hairs on the back of
her neck stood up. There was something about the image on the
screen that frightened her. If it was a door, what might come
through? Maybe a giant spider would fall into the land or maybe
it would open into empty space and all of the air would be sucked
out, killing them all. If it was a door, then big things were
most likely about to happen. "We'd better get Uncle Jack" Will
announced. To Holly that sounded like to only right thing to do
but she thought that maybe someone else should see this so she
added, "Let's get Enik too".
was back in the cave. He had driven like a madman to the university
to try and find Professor McBroom of the geology department. He
knew him from working with him a few times before when the professor
had come out to the canyon to look at rock strata. Rick had found
McBroom in his office munching on a big submarine sandwich and
paging through some sort of geology catalog filled with pictures
of rock hammers and other sorts of thing that geologists want
to get for their birthdays.
had tried to make small talk to start the conversation but just
ended up blurting out, "How can I make an earthquake?" The professor
had begun by talking about demonstrations for classes but Rick
interrupted him by explaining that he wanted to make a rock face
experience an earth quake. McBroom hadn't understood what Rick
meant at all but they ended up talking about what happens to a
particular rock during an earth quake. It shakes, it is heated
if deep underground, and it would be exposed to low frequency
sound and e-m waves. That had seemed right to Rick and he had
asked how he could make these low frequency sound and e-m waves.
The professor had said that the e-m waves emitted during earthquakes
were not very well understood but that a signal generator could
make almost any wave that you want. Rick had promised several
favors and had written a check for several thousand dollars as
a deposit (which he knew that he could not cover and McBroom most
likely knew this too) and had driven back toward the canyon with
the signal generators and several car batteries in waterproof
it was time to try and break down the Altrusian barrier by any
means necessary. If this did not work, Rick was ready to come
back with as much dynamite as he needed. His children were lost
in the land and nothing was going to stop him from getting in.
set up the equipment on the raft as McBroom had shown him and
connected the batteries. He felt his way toward the rock face
until he could sense the dimensional doorway and planted the equipment
right in the middle. The earth quake had done something to shut
down the door and just maybe he could do it a second time. He
switched on the signal generator, the amplifier, the sound generator
(really a fancy speaker), and the e-m generator (really an antenna).
There was a steady hum which the gauge showed as sixty hertz.
The professor said that earth quakes gave of frequencies that
were lower so Rick lowered the frequency until he could no longer
hear what was coming from the speaker but no matter how much he
fiddled with the frequency or the wave form, nothing happened.
was thinking about giving up and trying dynamite when he suddenly
remembered to try the amplitude knob. This was basically a volume
control for the speaker and made the e-m signals stronger. Rick
turned the amplitude all the way up until his ears hurt from the
sound coming out of the speaker. He again slowly started lowering
the frequency until the sound was too low to hear. At one quarter
hertz, Rick was rewarded. Suddenly in front of him there was a
red wall with rainbows dancing across its surface.
you overgrown bugs!" Rick shouted. "You thought you could hide
but I found you. I FOUND YOU!" Rick walked up to the wall not
knowing what to expect. Would it be solid like a force field,
or would his hand go through it and to where? Rick was about to
touch it when he suddenly thought that maybe it was dangerous.
He had always trusted that the dimensional doors were safe but
this one was different in that it was either broken or in the
process of breaking. Maybe there would be a discharge of power
and he would be killed or perhaps if he were to put his hand through
it, it would be mangled in some way.
picked up a rock and threw it through the red dimensional wall.
Would the rock go into the land or be transported ten miles away
to the bedrock and then bounce back to him? The rock left his
fingers and sailed through the air and into the dimensional door.
As it passed through, the red wall pulsed and flickered as though
he had thrown the rock through red water and it had caused ripples.
In just a moment the rock was through and he heard it bounce off
something solid on the other side. It seemed like the rock had
been transported as before to the rock face.
he heard the rock bounce, it also meant that the sound waves were
being transported from the rock face ten miles distant. However,
and this was promising, the light was no longer being transmitted
the way it had before. Before he had turned on the signal generator,
the light had come in from outside the cave, passed through the
dimensional door to hit the rock face ten miles away and then
been transported back to Rick's eyes so that it looked as though
the rock face were right in front of him but Rick had a small
victory, the light was no longer being transmitted the way it
rummaged through the supplies in the raft until he found his long
flashlight. He didn't want it for the light but just as a way
of probing the dimensional door. He poked the flashlight slowly
through and saw how it made the rainbow colors than danced on
the surface move about even more quickly. The question was whether
the flashlight was entering the Land of the Lost or being transmitted
to the rock face. Rick slowly pushed the flashlight further and
further in until it came in contact with the rock wall which was
either a foot away or ten miles away depending on how you thought
the flashlight really was entering the Land of the Lost and coming
in contact with a similar rock wall. If this really was the same
dimensional door that he, Will, and Holly had passed through before,
then there was not a rock face on the other side but a waterfall
that dropped down about a thousand feet so the flashlight was
most likely being carried ten miles away just like the Altrusians
thought about the waterfall that they had encountered before.
The source of the water was the river that he was standing in
right now. Normally there was no waterfall in the land and the
only time that it existed was when the dimensional door was not
working and the water was allowed to pass through. Rick gasped
at the thought. If this door were to stop working and the land
were to open up, then he would be at the top of a thousand foot
waterfall and he would most likely be swept to his death. It was
obvious that he should take precautions but he was prepared. He
reached into the raft and put on the parachute that he had brought
with him. He was going to be seeing his children very soon. Rick
guessed that the barrier was now weak and it would not take much
to shut it down.
began to strike at the barrier quickly with the flashlight. Since
the barrier was still operating, the flashlight did not hit anything
solid but each time it passed through, the red colors and rainbows
dancing on the surface would pulsate and flicker and pulsate which
gave Rick hope. He continued hitting the barrier with the flashlight
for a long time hoping that it would weaken and break. However,
several times he let the flasklight go too far through the barrier
and hit the rock face. After about half an hour of trying to assault
the barrier and occasionally striking the out of sight rock, the
flashlight finally broke into several pieces. "Damn!", he screamed,
"Damn, Damn, Damn!" Rick blushed at his language. He was always
telling Holly and Will that a person could be judged by how they
spoke so he switched to something more suitable, "Snapjackets!"
was furious with the Altrusians who had built this prison that
was holding his children and at the barrier itself for not breaking.
He began to pound at the barrier with his bare fists not thinking
about whether his hands would be amputated in some sort of dimensional
accident. However he cursed again when his hand went too far in
and painfully struck the hidden rock face. Out of instinct more
than anything else, he slowed down a bit so as not to hurt himself
and for just a fraction of a second he saw through the red barrier
to a new sight; In a flash of an eye he could see that beyond
the red wall was a great open expanse and that his cave was perched
high up in the air. Down far below was a green jungle, but then
the moment passed and the red wall became solid again.
the next morning, Jack, Will, and Holly walked across the Lost
City's plaza to the entrance under the sun symbol. Jack had joined
the children without hesitation when they had run into the temple
telling him that a door way had opened in the sky. They had not
seen Enik since he had given them the telescope and there were
suddenly too many reasons to risk the Sleestak to see him. There
was the issue of the diagrams on the moons and Holly's abilities
to understand them and even more urgent was the sudden appearance
of the dimensional door.
to their surprise they saw a figure standing in the entrance to
the lost city which turned out to be Enik himself. He hurriedly
shuffled over to them with his unusual gait and immediately demanded
answers. "Jack Marshall, what have you done this time to upset
my matrix table? Perhaps it was you Will Marshall, or you Holly
Marshall. I can understand your desire to get home but you are
wreaking too much havoc."
on Enik" Jack began but Will interrupted with, "It wasn't our
fault a door opened in the sky all by itself".
turned to better look at Will and said, "A door in the sky? describe
what you saw."
did his best to explain. "We were using the telescope to look
at the moons when it suddenly appeared. It was so small that we
usually would have missed it but when we looked at it with the
telescope, it turned out to be red with curved edges."
you mean that it was circular? Enik inquired.
really" Will continued, "the top and bottom were curved while
the sides were straight."
was always hard to read Enik's facial expressions being that his
face moved very little but it was hard not to conclude that he
looked worried. Enik turned again to look at Jack and said, "this
could be very grave indeed, I want you to retrieve the telescope
from your residence and meet me and the children in the place
where they saw this door. We may be in greater danger than you
kind of danger?" Holly asked but Enik almost cut her off with
his quick reply. "There is no time to discuss this. If you value
your lives you will do as I say."
put a hand each on Will and Holly's shoulders and instructed,"We
need to listen to Enik, I will get the telescope and meet the
three of you near the swamp.
three humans and the Altrusian vainly stared into the sky looking
for the dimensional doorway but so far they had not had any luck.
It seemed that the doorway had closed for now and it could not
be known if it would even reappear. Jack looked from the sky
to Enik and asked, "What do you think this door is, and why are
we in danger?"
paused for a moment as if thinking and then responded, "We should
discuss what you have seen further when or if it reappears but
now I have another topic to discuss with you. You say that Holly
is able to understand the diagrams on the moon, I would like to
hear more about it".
could tell that Enik was trying to avoid the subject of the door
but was too interested in the telescope and Holly so decided not
to press it any further. Holly chimed in with her version of the
events, "you told us that we could look at the moons so I thought
that maybe you wanted us to look at the moons and just weren't
saying so because you usually don't say things the easy way. We
found that there were moving rocks in some places which Uncle
Jack thinks is writing and in other places we found diagrams of
crystals and matrix tables and lots of other stuff."
understand those diagrams?" Enik inquired
Holly replied. "there are some that show how points become lines
and how lines become three dimensional shapes which become fourth
dimensional shapes and so on" The concept of dimensions was new
to Holly but Uncle Jack had been teaching her words to go along
with what she already understood. "There are also diagrams that
show how the matrix tables extend into five dimensions and how
they are designed to connect to form a five cube. I think that
there are also some explanations on the largest moon of how crystals
can be made but those are the hardest for me to understand so
opened his mouth in an almost comical expression of surprise.
"Holly Marshall, I did not expect anyone except your uncle to
understand even the simplest of the tutorials but I most certainly
did not expect any of you to even recognize the instructions for
making crystals. If what you say is true, then you have a talent
which is rare for my people and I did not even believe existed
in your people. We will need to..."
up there!" Enik was cut off by Will who was now pointing up where
the door was expected to be and sure enough all of them except
Holly could see a faint red dot in the sky. Will picked up the
telescope and began to zoom in on the distant red rectangle. He
rapidly adjusted the image so that the red dimensional door filled
the whole screen and they could see that something appeared to
be coming through. Near the middle of the door was a very faint
disturbance which Will was attempting to focus in on. Will was
increasing the size of the image when Uncle Jack pointed out to
everyone that they had no scale to judge how big the door really
was so they were not sure if the disturbance was the size of a
house or a kitten.
disturbance repeated at regular intervals as a sharp change in
color at one point which spread out to the edges of the door and
then reflected back to their origin as though something on the
other side was trying to get through by force. This repeated over
and over again and suddenly pandemonium broke loose among the
Jack was loudly explaining that the disturbance seemed to repeat
about once every five seconds while Will was saying, "it's coming
through! it's coming through!" Enik, on the other hand looked
very agitated and was saying in a number of different ways that
they were in grave danger. Holly, meanwhile, was transfixed by
the image on the screen but then she started screaming.
image on the telescope's screen showed an object suddenly break
through. It was a huge fleshy monstrosity covered with sparse
hair and long jointed appendages like a peach colored spider from
a nightmare. This only caused the chaos to increase as Holly screamed
even louder and Enik switched over to some unknown language which
Jack and Will guess was the Altrusian tongue. Jack shouted to
Will to zoom out, which he did and the image suddenly made more
huge fleshy spider was actually an over-magnification of a human
hand most likely belonging to an adult male. The hand reached
forward so that an elbow appeared and then a shoulder. Finally
the head poked through.
Holly squealed. Sure enough the telescope showed them that high
up in the sky Rick Marshall had somehow opened a door and was
looking down at the Land of the Lost from a great distance so
that he would have been invisible if not for the telescope. They
all watched in stunned silence as Rick Marshall's head and shoulders
poked out into the sky while the rest of his body was hidden behind
the red door. He seemed to be looking around and preparing to
do something. Holly broke the silence by calling out, "Be careful
Daddy, or you are going to fall". Of course he could not hear
her but maybe he should have because that is exactly what happened.
rest of his body plunged through the door and into the Land of
the Lost's sky so that he fell out of the view of the telescope.
Unseen to them, he was falling to his death. The children's father
and Jack's brother had come to rescue them only to die from falling
out of the sky.
at that!" will exclaimed, his sharp eyes has picked up a new object.
Slightly below the door, a white shape bloomed like a flower and
began to slowly fall from the sky. "Will you look at that", Jack
marveled, "he has a parachute. Not only did my brother find us
but he knew that he was going to appear in the sky."
began to run toward the parachute as quickly as they could; Will
in the lead followed by Jack then Holly and Enik taking up the
rear. However, they all noticed that something else was happening,
something terrible. At the point in the sky from which Rick had
fallen, an ugly splotch was growing. It slowly and unevenly began
to spread with a reddish dun color. It did not look like a cloud,
nor did it look like a shadow, it seemed as though a hole were
being burned in the sky by some terrible fire.
all continued running to meet the man who was falling into the
land, the man who had somehow caused a disease to consume the
sky. Holly ran to her father's arms with cries of "Daddy! Daddy!
we missed you" While Jack shouted out "Darn it Rick you found
us". Will looked like he had a lot to say, but for the moment
was just grinning like a fool.
was soaked from the water fall and the other three were rapidly
becoming wet also. The surprising thing was that moments ago there
had been no water fall but now the water crashed down near them
and was rapidly creating a new stream that looked as though it
was doing its best to make its way to the swamp.
was much to say but Jack addressed the immediate question. "where
did this water fall come from?" Rick patted his brother in welcome
and asked, "Where did you come from? Everyone at home thinks you
are still looking for us. It never occurred to me that you succeeded
in finding The Land of the Lost".
not really sure if I found this place" Jack responded. "It is
more the case that it found me and pulled me in during an earthquake.
course" Rick said. When I realized that earthquakes weaken the
barrier, I figured that I could get back in if I only found a
way to make an artificial earthquake."
if we do not restore the barrier, we may very well be destroyed."
They all turned to look at Enik who being much slower had only
just arrived. "Rick Marshall, I am pleased to see that you have
been reunited with your family but we are in very great danger.
If we do not find a way to correct the damage you have done. This
reunion may very well be the beginning of the end."
who had been listening with growing confusion jumped in, "Dad,
what is Enik talking about? What is the barrier? and where did
this waterfall come from?"
Altrusians built this place in order to hide." Rick explained.
"The barrier is what makes this place a closed universe cut off
from the rest of the earth. No one can get out or in. The barrier
is made of dimensional doors all around the land so that if you
try to leave you are transported to the other side of the land
without knowing it. In the same way, if anyone tries to enter
the land, they are transported to the other side still on the
outside also without knowing it. It has worked almost perfectly
for a long, long time but it seems that earthquakes weaken the
barrier and allow people to get in and out."
what about the waterfall Daddy, where did that come from?" Holly
asked her Father.
that" Rick replied, "We rode it here when we first came. It's
actually the Colorado River. Normally the barrier would keep it
if we do not restore the barrier, soon" Enik interrupted. "the
river may begin to fill the land and drown us. Look at what has
all stopped to look and see what had happened. The cancerous hole
had by now consumed the sky and for the first time in a long time
the Land of the Lost was open to the rest of the world. Where
once had been a blue sky, a great rock dome stretched far overhead.
They could see that all they had known was contained in an impossibly
huge cavern below the earth. All that remained of the dimensional
barrier was a lattice structure of Altrusian metal and fist sized
crystals that had generated the portals that enclosed everything.
The structure looked much like the latitude and longitude lines
that cover a globe but these were stuck to the inside of the enormous
cavern. The rails and stiles if the structure intersected to make
rectangles that were each about fifteen feet high and twelve feet
wide and it was a dimensional portal that Rick had succeeded in
weakening and thus turning red that had appeared in the sky.
impossibly large cavern that now lay exposed was about ten miles
across and several thousand feet high at its highest point. As
the group looked up they could see far overhead the cave that
was the source of the waterfall and from which Rick had jumped.
They could also see that the sun was still being projected by
the pylons thus keeping everything in apparent daylight but it
all seemed eerie and unreal being that the sky was made of stone.
had an expression on her face which looked as though she was not
sure if she should be happy, or frightened, or puzzled, or all
three at once and perhaps this was how they all felt. "I don't
understand Daddy, how could we have been in a cave all this time
but it felt like we were outside?"
Rick answered, "The Altrusians were good builders and their pylons
made nearly perfect images of a sun, moons, and stars but what
really made the Land of the Lost so convincing was the barrier
that surround us. Light, sound, and weather were all moved around
by the dimensional doors of the barrier so that if felt like we
were in a world that was much, much larger. "
did the Altrusians build this place?" Jack joined in.
think they were trying to hide from something." Rick said to his
brother. "But I think we should be asking Enik since he knows
better than I do.
seemed to be ignoring the conversation and was instead slowly
turning in a circle and looking at the sky but he began to answer
Jack's question anyway. "You are correct, Rick Marshall. We needed
a perfect hiding place to escape the enemy so that we would not
be destroyed. We built this place so that we could be attacked
by anything and it would pass right through us. Even if the sun
were to explode, we would be safe from the force of the explosion
because everything would pass through the barrier and appear on
the other side. Indeed, everything in Altrusia was destroyed but
we have remained here ever since."
did not seem convinced but he was doing his best to accept the
impossible situation they now found themselves in. In truth, everything
in the Land of the Lost was impossible. "If you were trying to
hide, why did you decide to build this place inside of the earth,
why didn't you hide on your own planet.
sighed and looked at Rick instead of Jack and addressed Rick in
a way which made him think that perhaps Enik was in a greater
state of shock than anyone else. "I did not understand until now
the true nature of our relationship. "Rick Marshall, you have
forced me to see all kinds of unpleasant truths and today is the
greatest of all. To answer your question, Jack Marshall, we DID
build this place on our world and we filled it with the plants
and animals which are important to us. I never comprehended until
today that the plants and animals that are in my world are also
from your world. I see now for the first time that what I call
Altrusia is what you call Earth. The creatures that you call Grumpy,
Big Alice, and Emily are all important to my people. They were
the ones who walked above while we walked below but when the enemy
came to destroy us we built this place under the earth because
we have always dwelt under the earth."
was always the first to become angry or to disbelieve and Enik's
explanation was not sitting well with him. "Enik, you must be
wrong. If you lived on Earth during the time of the dinosaurs,
then humans would have found Altrusian fossils and Altrusian cities
but none of us have ever seen anything like Sleestak, or Altrusians,
or pylons before. You must be mistaken.
Will Marshall, I am not mistaken this time. The Land of the Lost
is exactly where we left it. The enemy was far more powerful than
you can imagine and they removed every trace of our existence.
They even destroyed every animal that was similar to us. There
were once other creatures who looked like us but they are now
all gone and will never again exist.
looked to be near tears by Enik's story. "Enik, that is so sad,
now that your enemy is gone, why don't you come with us?"
don't understand young human, the enemy may not be gone. They
succeeded in destroying all traces of us on Altrusia and they
may still be looking for us. For the sake of my people, and for
the sake of your people, we must restore the barrier before the
enemy returns and destroys us all. I must stress that we need
to act quickly.
wait" Will exclaimed. "If we help you restore the barrier, then
we will again be trapped in the Land of the Lost. We need to leave
before the barrier is turned back on."
Enik exclaimed. "You have been cut off from your time for too
long. This land exists in a separate time due to the dimensional
barrier. If you try to leave here you will be passing directly
from one time to another. There is a good chance that you will
either revert back to the period when you entered and lose your
memories of being here or you may age very quickly. I cannot be
made Will even more agitated and he argued more vehemently. "But
that can't be. Dad just came through the barrier and he is fine.
You are just saying that so we will help you. Besides, the barrier
is now down so there won't be any time effects."
are correct that I need your help," Enik replied, "but what I
say is correct." Your father has been unaffected because he left
the land through a time portal which is tuned to protect against
the unpleasant time effects. In my language we talk about the
many ways that you can travel through time. Some of the more common
ways to travel through time are: 'straight path', 'curved path',
and 'same path' and there are others. When your father left the
land through a pylon time portal. He took a curved path route.
If you just walk through the barrier, you will be taking a straight
path route and you will suffer for it. Although the barrier is
down, the Land of the Lost and the rest of the Earth still exist
as separate times. If the barrier stays down then they may come
to equilibrium but even that could be unpleasant. Time is a dangerous
and powerful force which is not to be taken lightly."
you must be wrong," Will said in an angry almost whining voice
which made Rick wince for his son, "Dad just came through without
seemed to be losing his patience. "You are speaking of things
that you know nothing about. Your father passed from a huge universe
to this small place and thus was unaffected. You will be passing
from a small place to a huge, there is a difference which cannot
be overstated. If you walk through that barrier you may very well
die. The only person who can walk through that barrier is you
father. The rest of you will need to go through time portals controlled
by matrix tables."
was not yet done and had one last argument. "But you have told
us many times that you can't send us home."
can now, because I now know exactly where your home is. Now that
I realize that your world exists right outside the barrier, I
will be able to send you there without any trouble. What seemed
impossible to me yesterday is now easy."
had followed Enik's advice and were now outside the Lost City
facing a huge army of Sleestak.
Jack and Rick screamed almost in unison. They watched in horror
as a crossbow bolt sailed through the air and struck her in her
thigh. She screamed out in pain and collapsed to the ground. Jack
and Rick were happy to be together again but the circumstances
had suddenly changed for the worse. They ran over to the fallen
girl and checked to see how badly she had been hurt. The bolt
had penetrated her jeans and cut into the flesh of her leg about
three inches above her left knee. Rick felt a rage rise in himself
toward the sleestak while Jack mostly felt a wave of nausea at
the sight of the deep wound. Enik walked over and said matter
of factly, I believe that she will live and when we reach my residence,
I will be able to heal her so that it will be as though she had
never been injured.
felt a wave of separate and conflicting emotions rise in him as
he cradled his only and precious daughter in his arms. He wanted
to kill all of the sleestak for injuring his daughter and he wanted
to slap Enik for being so cold as his daughter bled. However,
he also felt gratitude for the Altrusian because he knew that
Enik was good for his word and that he would be able to heal Holly
if he said so. He also knew that Enik's way of showing emotions
were different than theirs and that he had a strong sense of duty.
happened next almost made the whole incident worth it because
he saw a side of his daughter that he sometimes feared was not
there. He expected her to cry and be helpless from her serious
leg injury but she instead rose to her feet with obvious pain
and said that they had to keep moving to get the barrier back
were trying to get into the lost city to reach a control room
that Enik said they could portal to from his chamber. He explained
that the control room was usually inaccessible by portal due to
anti-intruder fields but since the barrier was down, the control
mechanisms would determine that the matrix tables would need to
be adjusted and thus the room would be able to be reached from
his matrix table.
it was obvious that the land was in serious trouble because the
skylons had appeared in the sky flashing a signal which Enik said
was a call to the control room. The skylons were much like diamond
shaped signal lights that would appear in the sky when the pylons
needed to be adjusted, and it seemed that the barrier being down
was a serious maladjustment as far as the Land of the Lost was
looked up at the skylons and shouted, "we are trying to reach
your blasted control room but your people won't let us. If the
land is destroyed, is will rest on the heads of the Sleestak."
not so sure." Jack said to his brother, "the Sleestak know that
something is very wrong and they think that we are going to make
it worse. They may be vicious and warlike but they are also trying
to protect their home."
crowd of Sleestak was greater than any of them including Enik
had ever seen before. They swarmed at the entrances to the lost
city with their crossbows ready to fire. Enik tried several times
to approach them but each time was driven away by a volley of
bolts. Finally he spoke saying, "The land is in great peril and
my only choice may be to kill large numbers of my brethren. There
is an outcropping close to us which contains a large number of
crystals and I will be able to construct a terrible weapon. It
is regrettable to kill so many of them but we must act of we are
to restore the barrier and keep the enemy at bay."
seemed ready to go along with this plan but Holly was horrified
at the thought of killing so many Sleestak. "Daddy, you can't
let Enik build his weapon and kill the Sleestak. I hate them but
they are only trying to protect their home just like Uncle Jack
don't know if we have a choice" Rick replied to his daughter.
"If Enik is right and there is an enemy waiting to destroy the
Altrusians, Sleestak, and maybe even all of Earth, then we have
to act quickly to get the barrier back up. I am afraid that this
may all be my fault. I had no idea that when I entered the Land
of the Lost, I would also destroy it."
assessment may be correct" added Enik. "I believe that when you
came into the land by force, you violated a number of temporal
principals which further weakened the barrier and caused it to
Holly said with a huge smile on her face despite her serious leg
wound. "I just had an idea: "The Skylons are flashing in the sky
that we should go to the control room and Enik said that the anti-intruder
fields are down, maybe the Land of the Lost really wants us to
get the barrier working again. Maybe the control room will do
its best to make sure we get there so maybe if we walk into any
pylon we will be able to get to the control room"
was the first to respond. "Holly Marshall, you have shamed me
by being so thoughtful while I was rash. It was anger which caused
the Altrusians to become the Sleestak and I am afraid that I have
just know shown a similar weakness. I almost killed a number of
my people while you have remained calm."
walked over to his sister and lightly punched her on her shoulder
with a big smile on his face and said, "good thinking Sis."
moment was suddenly shattered by a loud roaring and stomping.
Holly screamed out. "This is the worst time possible for Big Alaice
to show up"
and Rick both shot Holly reproving looks. Rick spoke with slow
calmness, "Honey, I know that this is a serious situation but
it is never an excuse to swear."
gave a sheepish smile and corrected herself saying, "well Fat
seemed puzzled by this exchange but added, "I understand that
you are disturbed by the allosaur but this creature is well known
by my people and we have an agreement with it."
Alice entered the plaza outside the lost city like a monster from
a b-grade movie. She towered over everything and bellowed twice
as her huge form lumbered toward the group, Enik fearlessly walked
up to her and stood silently. She paused for a moment as though
unsure what to do next and then lowered her head until it was
right next to Enik. It seemed as though she was listening to the
Altrusian but what she heard him say could not be fathomed and
Enik would not tell them when they asked him later.
had been right, when they had entered the pylon closest to the
lost city, they had immediately seem that a dimensional portal
was opened to a room containing five matrix tables arranged in
a pentagon. When they stepped through the portal they immediately
found themselves in the control room deep within The Lost City.
The room was circular and about twenty feet in diameter without
any sign of doors or passages what-so-ever. Enik commented that
the only way in or out of the room was with a dimensional portal.
The only source of light for the room seemed to be a large clear
crystal that hung suspended in the air between the five matrix
speaking, Enik took some crystals from one of the Matrix tables
and passed them over Holly's leg which was healed almost instantly.
Then Enik walked purposefully to one of the far matrix tables
and passed his hand over the many colored crystals that were arranged
in a square on its surface. Immediately, the clear crystal floating
in the center of the room glowed more brightly and various images
appeared on the walls most likely projected by the crystal. In
addition, a section of the floor near Enik rose up to a height
of four feet forming a table roughly two feet by two feet.
new table seemed to be made of some sort of stone and contained
thousands of smaller squares each about a quarter centimeter on
a side. These smaller squares rose and fell forming patterns that
looked very much like the writing which Jack, Will, and Holly
had seen on the moons with their telescope.
is that writing?" Holly asked.
Enik answered. "It is the writing of the people who built this
do you mean, 'the people who built this room'?" Will asked "I
thought that YOUR people built this room."
do not have time to discuss this matter because the barrier must
be restored without delay but I will tell you that the people
who built the barrier and this room were Altrusians like me but
they lived long before my time. Now we must all work together
to again hide this land from the rest of the universe."
instructed each of the four Marshalls to stand in front of a matrix
table so that none were left unoccupied. Rick suspected that it
was more than coincidence that the number of tables matched the
number of people in their party but he had no idea what forces
were at work and he could tell that Enik would not be answering
any more questions.
of them had in one way or another had operated a matrix table
before but this was most likely the first time that any of the
Marshalls felt that they were doing more than trial and error.
Enik gave instructions and they did their best to follow them.
The center crystal projected all sorts of geometric shapes and
diagrams on the walls while the writing table seemed to provide
all sorts of information that Rick was at a complete loss to understand.
However he was pleased to see that several times Enik paused for
a moment to explain something to Holly and she seemed to understand
at least part of what he was saying.
gathered that the barrier was somehow powered by a dimensional
doorway that lead directly into earth's sun and that one thing
that they were doing was to open a new door there to provide more
power. He also suspected that Enik was sending new instructions
to whatever sort of machinery that ran this place so that the
barrier would no longer be weakened by earthquakes. However, mostly
Rick and the others did their best to touch the crystals in the
sequences that Enik instructed.
warning, a dimensional doorway opened in one of the walls of the
control room and Enik announced unceremoniously that he had opened
a doorway to the Marshall's home. The view showed that it opened
to the rim of the Grand Canyon.
that they were at last faced with a way home, each of the Marshalls
found that their emotions were not what they had expected. Will
spoke first, "Enik, we can't go home just yet, there are things
we need to do first like find Chaka and collect our stuff from
the temple. Now that you know how to send us home, you can do
it any time."
joined in to support her brother, "Yeah Enik, we can't leave now
and besides, I want to learn more about dimensional travel from
Enik said firmly, "None of you has ever belonged here and your
presence has always been a threat to the safety of my people.
I will say that I have grown to respect all of you but this is
not your place. I also must remind you that this control room
is normally inaccessible to me and I will not be able to open
this door as easily from any other matrix table. Besides, I plan
on returning to my time shortly after you have exited to the other
side of the barrier. Your presence in the land had been causing
a temporal pressure that has also kept me here. With you gone,
my passage will no longer be obstructed. If you want to show
me any gratitude, you will leave now."
instantly, Holly began to cry and the other felt much the same
way but were unable to be so open with their emotions.
Enik" Holly sobbed, "we were always thinking about leaving but
we are going to miss this place and we will miss you. We won't
get to eat dinner with Chaka again and we won't get to pick strawberries
with Dopey. Heck, we also won't get to burst in on you anymore
and tell you that something is wrong with the pylons. Won't you
miss us too?"
gave one of his smiles that had always made him popular at school
and said to Enik, "she's right, we are all going to miss you and
The Land of the Lost. You have helped us many times and we owe
Will Marshall" Enik intereupted. "I speak truly when I say that
my obligation to you is greater than your obligation to me. Yes,
I have helped you several times but your insights have shown me
that my people are doomed unless we act. My people have been dying
for longer than this land has existed and I believe that you have
shown me the way to save them. It is against the customs of my
people to help others outside of our group but I have seen that
we must change. That is why I made you the telescope. I am forbidden
to tell you many of our secrets but I was permitted to exchange
one favor for another and even though I could not tell you about
the matrix tables, I was able to give you a way to find out for
yourselves. Perhaps it is time for us to change some of our customs
otherwise we will be doomed for eternity to become Sleestak."
stepped forward and extended his hand for Enik to shake. Enik
hesitated for a moment and then returned Rick's gesture stiffly.
Rick said with a slight catch in his voice. "It's time for us
to let you go home to your people. Good luck."
also shook Enik's hand and said good bye and then they all knew
that it was time to go. They turned to the dimensional doorway
and were about to step through when Holly ran back to Enik and
threw her arms around him. "I don't want to leave the Land of
the Lost and I want to learn more about the pylons. No one back
home will be able to teach me anything."
stood stiffly with his hands out to the side as though he was
unsure what to do but said. "Good bye Holly Marshall, Goodbye
Will Marshall, Good bye Rick Marshall, Goodbye Jack Marshall."
time Holly was ready to leave, so they all walked through the
doorway in time and space and returned to the Grand Canyon and
their earthly lives.
appeared on the rim of the canyon and were dazed by the sudden
change in scenery. Without speaking, Will walked a few paces to
a large rock and sat down on it and the others joined him. Moments
later, everything began to shake violently and they all held on
to the earth which was suddenly not solid ground. Yet again they
were caught in an earthquake but their guess was that Enik was
behind this one. It went on and on and just when they thought
it was over it began again but more violent than before. The
shaking stopped but the rumbling went on and a huge cloud of dust
rose out of the canyon.
had a suspicion as to what had just happened so he ran to the
edge and looked down. Sure enough, far below he could see through
the clearing dust the Colorado river but there was now a huge
pile of rubble almost blocking it. The pile was probably millions
of tons that would never again be moved. The pile lay directly
over a spot that Rick recognized as the cave that had lead to
the Land of the Lost. Enik wanted to make sure that humans would
not again invade the land and had sealed off the only possible
entrance. He had strengthened the barrier but he apparently did
not want to take any chances.
readjustment to their old lives was easy for some and hard for
others. Jack had quit his engineering job to search for his brother
and the kids but his professional reputation was good and he quickly
found another job which he enjoyed more than the last one and
had a much higher salary.
and Holly returned to school but Will found it easier than Holly
to resume his old friendships. His easy smile and friendly laugh
ensured that he would always be popular. Everyone had thought
that Holly would want learn math but it did not excite her. Mostly
she fell into a routine and earned decent grades but she never
mentioned what had happened to them in the Land of the Lost and
only once when she saw a big dog did she mention Dopey.
perhaps fared the worst. He liked being with his family again
but his park ranger work no longer held much interest for him
and he slept too much. Jack thought that maybe a party would cheer
up Rick and Holly so several months after they had returned from
the Land of the Lost, Jack invited his brother and the kids over
to his house for dinner and games.
was feeling wealthy from his new job and had ordered all sorts
of delicious food from a nearby restaurant. They were just finishing
up dessert when a hum started to fill the room. At first they
thought that it was some sort of problem with the house's wiring
but as the pitch changed and it began to become a more complex
sound. Holly shouted over the increasing noise, "it sounds like
a pylon! I think a door is going to open!"
tension and excitement grew until several seconds later a dimensional
doorway opened and Enik stepped through. He looked different than
they had ever seen him in that he seemed to have grown larger
and was wearing a floor length robe made of white fabric. He wore
a crystal pendant around his neck and what looked like a tiara
on his head. Over his shoulder he carried a sack which gave him
the vague look of being some sort of Father Christmas.
am pleased to see all of you again" he announced. "This doorway
is difficult to open and took much work. The temporal forces were
hard to overcome. However, my debt to you was too great so I am
open the bag he was carrying and pulled out a clear cylinder about
six inches high and four inches in diameter which he handed to
Jack. "Jack Marshall, this is a tool used by Altrusian Engineers
and I am sure that you will find it most useful."
took the tool and marveled at its heft with obvious pleasure.
Even if it were to do nothing at all it would have been a thing
of great beauty but Jack felt great anticipation at finding out
how it worked. He turned it over several times in his hand and
was happily startled as a sudden flash of color began to dance
within it. "how does it work?" he asked Enik. The Altrusian replied,
"It would take me too long to instruct you, but it is simple enough
to use and I am sure that you will have mastered it within a year."
looked like a big kid on his birthday and thanked Enik several
times but Enik corrected him by saying, "my debt to you is great
and this is my way of thanking you."
he walked up to Will and said, "My gift to you is to tell you
what I see. All of my people are telepathic but I am the most
powerful telepath that has been born for as long as anyone can
remember. I cannot see what someone does not want me to see about
themselves but I see in your mind what you are destined to be.
You will one day lead others and people will look to you when
they need to do tasks they do not think they are capable of. I
as an Altrusian do not know how Humans lead but your people have
schools that will teach you what you need to know. If you go to
one of the schools that teaches people how to wage war, you will
become a man who ends wars."
was immediately lost in thought but much as Enik had grown since
they had last seen him, Will suddenly appeared as though he too
had somehow grown larger.
Enik walked up to Holly and with some amount of hesitation awkwardly
hugged her. "Your customs are unfamiliar to me but I have spent
some time recently studying your people."
reached into the bag and pulled out a finely crafted wooden box
a little over ten inches on each side. Holly squealed with delight
and quickly opened it to pull out a cube roughly ten inches on
each side with a crystal floating in the center. "It's our telescope!"
she said sort of laughing and crying at the same time.
Enik said. "Your people already have telescopes which are as capable
as the one I built and you could easily acquire one of those.
I am giving you something which is forbidden, but I was able to
convince my people that your need is greater than our laws. This
device is much like a book and it will show you many of the diagrams
and tutorials that you saw on the moons of the land. You must
promise never to show this to anyone except for your father, brother,
and uncle. If you ever show it to anyone else, we will remove
it from your ownership immediately."
promise to keep it safe" Holly vowed.
showed his gratitude by saying to Enik, "I think that you have
just made my daughter very happy".
do not think that is correct" Enik said in a much lower tone.
"The people who study these diagrams and take on this life are
not what you would call happy. However, they would all agree that
it is the best course for them because they cannot find contentment
elsewhere. Your daughter will be alone much of the time but her
gifts will not allow her to do anything else. Perhaps she will
be happy but not in the way that you were thinking."
turned to better face Rick and said, " I have no gift for you
Rick Marshall, instead I have more to ask from you. My people
and other people are in grave danger and we need someone to help
us find some things. Before you came to my land, your job was
to go out into the wilderness and find lost people. You also spent
much of your time doing things that your people would think was
responded in disbelief, "Enik, I was just a park ranger."
Rick Marshall, you have done many things that your people would
be amazed by and I have seen you do many things that are impossible
for my people. I have a job for you that will test the limits
of your abilities but you are my best candidate".
like your offer" Rick said, "but I have a family and I cannot
confidently replied, "you have expended great effort to teach
your children to be independent of you and you have succeeded.
If I am correct, you son is of the age to leave you and your daughter
will also be fine. In addition, you will be able to return to
them frequently and they will be able to come with you at times
if they wish."
are a step ahead of me", Rick conceded, "but I thought that you
said you had difficulty opening this door. How will I be able
to return to my family whenever I want?"
is true that I cannot come here easily but you and I have different
spatial-temporal signatures. Travel here takes great effort for
me but it will not be the case for you. Now that we know the location
of your home, it will not be difficult to return."
could see that his brother needed a push so he said, "Rick, I
will be here to watch Will and Holly so I think you should go
with Enik. You have not been yourself since we got back. You have
always loved adventure or 'expeditions' as you call them. besides,
I suspect that we will be with you from time to time."
and Holly looked at each other with big smiles because it suddenly
felt more like everything was beginning while yesterday everything
had felt like it was over.
couldn't help but smile so wide that it almost hurt. "Well Enik"
he said, "I guess that we are going to be seeing quite a bit of
one another" He was surprised to find that he was humming a song
under his breath.
Land of the Lost and all of its characters are copyright by Kroftt
story is copyright 2002 by Gregson Robinson Vaux