beautiful sunrise turned the temple walls and patio a peaceful
pink-gold as Will Marshall stepped through the stone door and
stretched, turning his face up to the warm breeze. Holly, Uncle
Jack and Cha-Ka were all still asleep, and Will wanted to surprise
them with giant strawberries and peaches for breakfast. As he
walked with the fruit basket through the jungle, Will thought
again of his Dad. It had been almost a year since the earthquake
that shook Dad through the time doorway, and he missed him everyday.
He knew Holly did too. The kids had been keeping a calendar on
the cave wall, and now on the temple wall, keeping track of when
the three moons would again line up, and they could go home in
the Moongiver Pylon. The time was close now, the moon alignment
should happen within the week, and all four of them were anxious
and excited, on edge and ever watchful. As Will walked back with
his fruit and dreamed of home, he heard Grumpy roar and ducked
quickly behind a thick fern. As he watched, Spot raced by with
the tyrannosaurus-rex in closing pursuit. Will breathed a sigh
of relief and started quickly for the temple.
that morning, as Holly and Will were collecting crystals in the
west jungle, they were discussing going home.
do you think it'll be like, Will? I mean, living back on earth
again, feeling safe, going outside and not having to run from
dinosaurs and Sleestak?"
it'll be awesome. We'll see other people, eat at restaurants,
watch TV again, and change clothes everyday! And, we'll go out
at night and not be afraid!"
Holly paused. "Will?"
you think Dad will be there? Do you think he's at home?"
reached over and put his arm on Holly's shoulders. "Yeah, I'm
sure he will be. That's all I'm hoping for." He smiled. "Come
on, let's get back to the temple. I bet Uncle Jack and Cha-Ka
have lunch all ready!"
sure have a lot of crystals collected." Holly commented as the
two walked back through the jungle to their temple home.
Jack wants to be prepared for anything when the moons are aligned.
It will be dark, so we'll need to have them to light or explode
against any Sleestak or dinosaurs we meet. And he wants to have
extras for.Holly! Get down!" Will grabbed Holly and pushed her
down in the sand. "It's Spike!"
he see us?" Holly asked. She knew well how dangerous the triceratops
could be when his territory was being trespassed upon.
think so! Shh!" Will leaned left to see around the huge tree trunk
that hid him and his sister and then stood bolt upright, half
carrying Holly with him. "Run! Holly, run! He's charging us!"
and Holly stumbled and ran, holding onto each other for dear life
as the triceratops charged after them, trumpeting his rage at
being interrupted at his lunch.
for the thick bushes! He can't follow us too far into the thicker
trees! Quick, Holly, run!"
am! Ow! These branches are really thick here, I think we can stop!"
yeah, he's not following.. anymore.. whoa.. that was too close!"
you alright, Will?"
get back to the temple! If I never see Spike again, it'll be too
supper that evening, the family sat outside and carefully watched
the moons. Every night the smallest one, Speedy, came closer and
closer to stopping in line with the other two. And when that happened,
the keyless Pylon would open and they would go home!
all ready to go." Uncle Jack said. "We have a good supply of all
the colors of crystals, rope and all the urgent supplies we can
take in our packs. Now all we do is wait." He smiled at Will and
reached over to touch Holly's hair.
beamed. "I think I'm going to burst! I just wish we could go right
honey, by the looks of it, Speedy should be in line tomorrow night."
Uncle Jack guessed.
and Holly exchanged excited smiles. Holly asked, "Are you excited
Cha-Ka? Tomorrow night we go home! We'll get to see Daddy!"
very excited! Miss Rickah!"
you worry about anything, Cha-Ka. We'll take good care of you."
Uncle Jack promised. "There aren't any Pakuni in our home, but
you'll be safe and happy."
Pakuni?" Cha-Ka looked at the kids. "Why?"
are only found here, Cha-Ka." Will explained. "That's just the
way it is. And since that bad earthquake, I think you're the only
looked sad, so Holly went and hugged him. "Don't be sad, Cha-Ka.
You're one of us!"
everyone," Jack said, adding more wood to the fires " we've got
a long day coming tomorrow, so what do you say we get to bed?"
the temple where the family lay safe in their beds, Grumpy roared
in the distance and two coelophyses screeched and screamed at
each other over a midnight kill, while the moons and the stars
glowed softly over all.
next morning dawned clear and hot.
Will and I are going to the Lost City to tell Enik that we're
going into the pylon tonight, and to ask him to help us by keeping
the Sleestak away from the pylon area tonight. I'm sure he'll
be glad enough to help. He'll see it in his interest to have us
out of here!"
Uncle Jack. Here, be sure to take this pendant. I only have two
since Daddy got out of the Land of the Lost while he was wearing
the third one, but as long as you and Will are together, I'll
be able to know where you are. We don't want anything to happen
to ruin tonight!"
honey. You and Cha-Ka stay close to home. We'll be back soon."
the Lost City, Jack and Will found Enik in the time doorway chamber
and told him their plan. Enik agreed to telepathically suggest
to the Sleestak that the area near the pylon was particularly
dangerous this night, and that their hunting should be done close
to the Lost City for safety.
wish you luck on your journey, Jack and Will Marshall. I'm quite
certain that your presence here in the Land of the Lost has been
disruptive to the time portals, and I'm hoping that with the Land
back to normalcy, that I may complete my journey back to my own
we wish you luck, too, Enik. I wouldn't wish upon anyone to be
trapped here." Jack stated. Will walked over to Enik. "Good luck,
Will Marshall." Will looked at Enik questioningly, not knowing
the Altrusian word. "It means, good luck, good life and good health."
you for your help tonight, Enik." Jack continued. "No offense,
but I hope to never see you again!"
and Jack carefully left the Sleestak tunnels and emerged into
the warm sunlight of the Lost City plaza. As they were halfway
to the jungle, Big Alice the allosaurus appeared before them.
We've got to split up! Alice has us blocked!"
go into the temple ruins, Will! I'll head the other way! Meet
back at our temple!"
Run! Be careful!" Will shouted.
stood bellowing and confused as the men split up, finally lunging
after Jack as he raced for the far left entrance of the Lost City.
Will, upon reaching the old temple ruins, turned and screamed
at his uncle.
as Will thought that Big Alice would catch Jack for sure, he saw
his uncle hurl himself through the Lost City entrance. Will breathed
a sigh of relief, and then saw that Uncle Jack must have tossed
a rock at the dinosaur to make her back up, because something
dropped from her huge jaw. Will drank in some deep breaths, and
then quickly started for home while Alice was far away. He would
have preferred meeting Jack and heading back together, but having
agreed to separate, he figured it was best to stick with the plan.
Jack had given him the pendant to wear, so there was no way to
know exactly where Jack was.
inside the Lost City, Jack gingerly touched his broken foot. The
rock that Will had thought that he saw was actually Jack's boot,
which Big Alice had snagged with a five inch tooth and yanked
off Jack's foot, breaking the bones and slashing a long cut into
the outside of it. Jack wished he had said to meet Will in the
jungle outside the plaza rather than at their temple home, because
now he was trapped and helpless. He ripped some material off of
the bottom of his shirt, and groaned with the pain as he tied
it around his foot to stop the bleeding. He inhaled deep breaths
as he fought the pain from squeezing the broken bones with the
bandage, then he crawled to the entrance of the Lost City tunnel
to look for Will.
Will? Are you there? Will?" he shouted. No answer. Big Alice suddenly
roared and looked into the tunnel entrance from where she had
been standing and mauling the unappetizing boot. Jack backed up
as fast as he could into the tunnel as Alice roared again. He
sighed. Great. Now what? "I'll just have to wait here for Alice
to leave and hope that Will can get back. Ahh, why today?" Jack
and Will and Cha-Ka waited anxiously at the temple as the afternoon
wore on. " That's it, Holly! Something is wrong! Maybe Uncle Jack
was captured by the Sleestak!"
go, Will! I'm scared! We're going to have to go to the far entrance
to the Lost City and start looking! And if we can't find Uncle
Jack, we'll have to ask Enik for help! We've got to leave tonight,
we've just got to!"
know!" Will said and knelt beside Cha-Ka. "You stay here, Cha-Ka.
Keep the fires going, and if Jack comes back, tell him we've gone
to the Lost City to find him. Tell him that if we can't find him,
we're going to ask Enik for help. Tell him not to leave if he
gets here, okay, buddy?"
Wira and Ah-ree find Uncle Jack?"
we'll find him. Now, don't you leave, poo?"
poo. Cha-Ka stay here."
boy! Come on, sis!" Will grabbed Holly's arm and they headed out
through the jungle, keeping a sharp ear out for dinosaurs.
they were more than halfway to the Lost City, Will quickly pulled
his sister down behind a huge boulder when they spotted Grumpy
feeding on a carcass in the clearing ahead of them.
fat rats!" Holly whispered. "Now we're going to have to circle
and be quiet about it, too! Come on," Will said, pulling Holly
up to a standing crouch "let's go. Carefully!"
and Holly carefully made their way around the tyrannosaur, walking
through the jungle and leaving a good distance between themselves
and Grumpy. Unfortunately, avoiding Grumpy forced them farther
in the jungle and before they could reach the Lost City plaza,
they came straight into view of Torchy, the fire-breathing Dimetrodon.
know! Stay still, he may not see us!" Will put his arm around
Holly, ready to run and drag his sister with him. "Between Grumpy,
Big Alice and now Torchy, I can't go ten steps today without running
into a dinosaur! This is ridiculous! What is it, is there a convention
he's going to charge! Run, run!" Holly screamed as she and Will
raced through the trees, running for the Lost City as Torchy charged
toward them. "We can't make it! Will!"
running, Holly! Torchy can't run very far!" Will kept his arm
around his sister, holding her with him and pulling her along.
Wait, there's a water hole off to our right! Let's head there
and dive in!" Holly gasped.
kids could feel the heat of the dimetrodon's flame as they ran,
branches slapping against their heads and the sounds of Torchy
snapping small trees and crushing bushes right behind them.
Holly! The water hole! Run, Holly, run!" Will cried.
of the jungle and into the clear the kids raced and dove into
the water, submerging and rising to the top to fearfully look
for Torchy. He stood with his feet at the edge of the water and
bellowed and shot his flame at them, but turned and bellowed and
started away then, giving up on the chase and heading for a yummy
group of carbon rocks he could smell nearby. Holly and Will slumped
in the neck-high water and caught their breath.
are you alright?"
Just beat. You?"
Boy, I wasn't sure if we were going to make it, or if we'd end
up as two pieces of toast!"
know. What's wrong today, Will? It seems like the dinosaurs are
don't know, but you're right. It's not safe anywhere. Maybe it
has something to do with the moons."
Jack. You don't think anything bad..."
think anything, sis. That's what Dad always said. Come on, let's
try to get to the Lost City without any more trouble!" Will helped
Holly to the shore and boosted her up onto the sand, then climbed
out himself as Holly grabbed his arm to help him out. "Okay, come
quickly across the Lost City plaza, Will and Holly kept their
eyes open for Big Alice the allosaurus. She was nowhere in sight.
goodness! I don't think I can stand another dinosaur threat until
at least after supper!" Holly looked left and right as she spoke.
Boy, am I glad to see you!"
Jack!" Will and Holly ran the last few steps into the tunnel where
their Uncle sat.
What happened! Your foot's bleeding!" Will and Holly knelt beside
their Uncle in the bright sunlight just inside the tunnel entrance.
Alice caught my boot with one of those steak-knife teeth of hers.
Pulled the boot right off and I've got broken bones and a big
slash on the side of my foot."
never should have left you! Never! As soon as I saw that you weren't
running to me and home I should have gone looking!"
Will, you did the right thing! A plan must be followed once it's
made, and if you'd come in these tunnels, I could have slipped
out one way and you could have gotten lost or captured. Now, let's
get out of here before some Sleestak come along! That sun is getting
pretty low in the sky."
you walk if you lean on me?" Will asked as he and Holly pulled
their Uncle up to a standing position.
with you on one side and Holly on the other, we'll be home in
of the kids stood on either side of Jack and supported him and
as quickly as possible he hopped with the kids' help into the
relative safety of the jungle.
very quiet, keep your eyes open and hide if you see anything!"
Will instructed softly. "Jack can't run, and all I want is to
get to the temple in one piece!"
Holly chimed in "I'm so nervous that I'm sweating! All I want
is to jump into that pylon and to go home!"
kids, let's get on with it." Uncle Jack looked quite pale with
the pain, but he hopped along as quickly as Holly and Will could
walk. Finally back at the temple, the Marshalls collapsed on the
steps and just sat still, catching their breath and silently uttering
prayers of thanks for their safe arrival. Will got up and bent
to examine Jack's foot. It was a swollen, purple mess. "Holly,
boil some water would you? We'll clean Uncle Jack's foot and put
on a fresh bandage." Holly went to work and shortly returned with
the hot water for Will to start his first aid.
should have a light supper and head over to the pylon." Jack said.
"We'll wait in the jungle right there and then go in as soon as
Speedy aligns with the other two moons. As I figure, it should
be between two and three hours from now."
and Holly exchanged a nervous glance, then Will smiled as he finished
up Jack's bandage.
Marshalls grabbed their packs, took a last look at their temple
home and helped Uncle Jack through the jungle to the crevasse,
across the stone bridge and back into the jungle on the other
I'm so nervous I'm almost shaking." Holly was on her Uncle's right
side, while Will supported most of Jack's weight on the left
keep your eyes open and stay very quiet. Do you hear those roars?
Lucky for us, Grumpy's down by the swamp, probably harassing Emily."
goodness! This is one night we really don't need to meet that
big bully!" Jack added.
there?" Cha-Ka asked. "Cha-Ka tired."
can see the pylon now, Cha-Ka. Just a bit farther." Will promised.
pretty dark, Uncle Jack. Look! There's Speedy, he's starting up
to meet his big brothers!" Holly's eyes were wide with excitement.
Will opened the packs which Cha-Ka had carried and checked their
crystal supply. All the colors were ready and waiting if trouble
came up. As they watched the moons and waited, the dusk passed
and night fell. Holly snuggled up next to Uncle Jack and he slipped
his arm around her shoulders.
won't be long now." Will said. "No more than ten or fifteen minutes,
they waited, there was a crash of thunder and pink lightning slashed
the sky. They looked up and Cha-Ka grabbed Will's leg and clung
to him in fear.
let's help Uncle Jack up and over to the pylon door. Cha-Ka, it's
okay, it's just thunder." Will reassured the little Paku. "Here,
Holly, get Jack by the arm and now lift!"
hopped between his nephew and niece and leaned on the pylon.
during that clap of thunder, did you hear something else?" Holly
asked, looking around worriedly.
What do you..look! The pylon door! It's opening!"
no, it's Grumpy!" Holly yelled as they all saw the tyrannosaur
lit up in another flash of pink lightning. He roared and roared
again, and then started toward them.
Holly, Cha-Ka, quick, get into the pylon!" The kids helped their
Uncle into the pylon and almost before Jack was in, Will reached
into his pack and brought out some crystals and threw them at
the approaching tyrannosaur, halting the beast and forcing it
back a step.
hurry, into the pylon!" Will shouted and threw another handful
of crystals at Grumpy, who roared and stepped back again, just
as the thunder crashed loudly again.
of running into the pylon, though, Cha-Ka screeched and turned
in panic and raced into the jungle.
Will yelled. "Cha-Ka, this way!"
No! Come back!" Holly screamed.
get in here fast, the door is going to close!" Uncle Jack roared.
Will, hurry!" Holly was crying and stepped out of the pylon, grabbing
her brother's arm and pulling him backwards into the pylon. "Cha-Ka!"
Holly cried again. "Cha-Ka!"
fell back into the pylon as Uncle Jack grabbed Holly's arms to
steady her and the door materialized itself shut as Holly sobbed
for her little Pakuni friend and Will and Jack stared in shock
at the now sealed door. But there was no time right at that moment
to mourn for their little friend.
before in the Moongiver pylon, a column of circling lights descended
to surround the three Pylon Express riders as Will quickly pulled
Holly close to stand between Jack and himself in a tight group.
Then the lights circled up again. "Oh!" Holly breathed.
it's working." Will whispered.
pylon door opened and the three looked out into a snowy mountain
like before!" Holly said.
Will added "then the pylon made about three more stops and we
saw earth!" The door closed when no one stepped out and again
the small lights circled the family and ascended again.
is just like what happened to you before?" Jack asked.
we'll hopefully have that door open into earth and hop out then?"
Jack questioned and rested his arm across Will's shoulders for
support. "This is getting pretty exciting." Jack wore an excited
but wary look on his face.
door opened again and the family looked out into a bright jungle
world with bright blue sky and a searing hot sun.
stop." Jack stated the obvious.
the kids looked worriedly out, the pylon door closed and again
the small lights circled the family in a descending column and
rose again. After a few silent moments the door opened and everyone
saw the Lost City, but in it's time of greatest success and richness.
Thousands of Altrusians stood in the distance, dressed in robes
like Enik wore, but in all the colors of the rainbow. Crystals
dotted obelisks throughout the plaza and vines and greenery were
displayed in eye-pleasing settings.
time!" Holly guessed as the family stared out until the pylon
closed once again.
I almost didn't recognize the place." Jack said as he and Holly
and Will watched the column of lights circle them once again.
you think earth might be next, Will?" Holly asked.
hope so. We'll know when we see it!"
the door opened once more, they all gazed out at a water world.
Sparkling aquamarine water covered everything as far as the eye
beautiful!" Holly said. "Do you think its earth?"
hope not because we don't have a boat and.." Will began.
in blazes is that?" Uncle Jack interrupted.
giant, snake-like head rose out of the water, followed by the
top of a scaly, black body, and gigantic, orange eyes stared coldly
at the strange, triangular pylon that floated before it on the
screamed. "This isn't home! Close, door, close!"
reacted, grabbing his sister and pulling her to his side to protect
her, but the door was already closing as the monster swam toward
them. Holly slumped against Will and looked at her uncle with
uh, lights," Uncle Jack addressed the column of lights as they
surrounded them "could you maybe open into earth next stop? I
think we've all had all the surprises we can take for one day."
He raised one eyebrow at the kids and shrugged. "Can't hurt to
ask!" he explained.
it's same, soft hum, the door opened and Will, Holly and Jack
looked out at a grassy park surrounded by oak and palm trees.
A couple strolled along hand in hand and a teenager threw a stick
for her collie dog to fetch.
Will cried ecstatically.
Uncle Jack took a hop forward. "Kids, look, hurry, let's step
out of here!"
Marshalls stepped out onto their own earth for the first time
in years, supporting Uncle Jack on either side.
Ohmygosh! Real, normal people! Oh, it's so beautiful, it's the
most beautiful thing I've ever seen! Look, Uncle Jack, no one
is even looking at us! They must not be able to see the pylon
like that dinosaur fish thing seemed to!" Holly turned around
to make sure the pylon was still there and saw the door closing.
"Look!" she cried.
and Jack turned to see the pylon slowly fade into nothingness.
Will breathed. He looked at Holly and grinned from ear to ear
and Holly bobbed up and down and laughed.
can hardly believe we're home!" She laughed, but then her face
fell. "Cha-Ka. Will, why did he run? He's all alone. He must be
dropped his gaze sadly. "I don't know, Holly. He was so panicked
by Grumpy and the thunder that he wasn't thinking straight, I
guess. And we had to go, we had no choice."
squeezed his niece's shoulders. "I'm sorry about Cha-Ka not making
it with us, honey. But maybe it's for the best, you know, the
Land of the Lost is Cha-Ka's home, and it would have been hard
for Cha-Ka here. Plus, we did see Pakuni tracks after Ta and Sa
disappeared. I bet Cha-Ka will find some of his people again."
nodded and wiped her tears away.
Holly, you know what? We can call Dad! All we have to do is find
a phone and we'll be talking to Dad! As long as he's okay." Will
wiped a last tear away from her eye and smiled at Will and the
three headed across the grass, the kids supporting their uncle.
A middle-aged man approached them and asked, "Excuse me, but I
notice you have a bad foot. Is there any way I can help?"
couldn't stop staring at the man, hardly believing that she was
back home. The man noticed her happy stare and offered a kindly
you point us to a telephone?" Will asked, also having trouble
taking his eyes off the new face. He wanted to ask what city,
what state, what country they were in, and what year was it, what
month! He was so full of questions, but he managed to stay silent.
course, there's a telephone right at the end of this path to our
left. May I assist you? I see you're foot is bleeding and you
don't look too well." The kind man edged in beside Holly and took
Jack's arm for her.
very kind." Jack thanked the man. "I'm sure I've broken some bones
in the foot. Uh, this may seem like a strange question, but my
family and I are just passing through. What city are we in?"
you're in Gold Hills. It's very small, easy to miss the signs."
only about one hour from Haydn, isn't it?" Jack asked. Haydn was
about six hours from where Rick lived, and closer to Jack's home.
right. Well, here's the phone. I believe you'll be alright from
here." The man smiled.
so much! It sure is good to meet you! You can't imagine how glad
we are to meet a friendly face!" Holly beamed and reached to shake
the man's hand.
the fellow walked off, Will took Holly's hand. "Hey, come on,
let's phone Dad!" The two ran the few steps to the phone. Will
picked up the receiver, laughing to himself. "Oh, boy, this feels
good!" He reached for the dial, but had to pause for a second.
is it?" Holly questioned.
smiled. "I had to think of the number for a second!" Will dialed
the operator and asked her to connect him to their number. He
and Holly waited, hardly daring to breathe.
ringing!" Will said with an excited, nervous smile. Holly grabbed
Will's arm with both hands and bit her lip.
came the voice through the receiver.
took a deep breath. "Dad? Dad, is it you?" He knew it was, but
the moment seemed almost surreal.
Son! Will!" Tears ran out of Will's eyes and down his cheeks as
Holly pulled the receiver to her ear.
Daddy?" Will put his arm around Holly and leaned down to the receiver
to listen as she spoke.
oh, Daddy!" Holly sobbed happily. "Daddy, we came home! We came
home in the pylon when the moons lined up and Uncle Jack is with
God, Holly, honey, I.. where are you, honey? Where are you?"
in Gold Hills Dad!" Will told his Dad. "We're in a park in Gold
I can't believe I'm talking to you both! I've never stopped searching
for you, all these months I've been home. I was going to leave
again in the morning! I'm going to get in the car now and I'll
be in Gold Hills in..well, I guess four and a half to five hours!"
Daddy, I've missed you so much!" Holly was sobbing and laughing
at the same time.
I can't wait until you're here! We hoped and believed every day
that you'd gotten home, but we couldn't be sure!" Will added.
see you as soon as I can kids. I love you both so much. You said
Jack is with you?"
came into the Land of the Lost the same day you left! That temporal
regulation rule that Enik was always telling us about, I guess."
better plan a place to meet. I want to see you as soon as I arrive!"
Will said "Uncle Jack's foot was injured before we left in the
pylon, so we're going to need to get him to a hospital. We might
as well meet there."
son. I just..I can't wait to see you all!"
love you, Daddy!" Holly called into the receiver, which Will still
see you soon, honey."
Will hung up, Holly hugged him. "He's okay, and we'll see him
Will said, hugging Holly back. "This is all so unreal! I'm so
happy, it feels like a dream!"
if it is, I don't want to wake up!" Holly announced.
know what you mean!"
kids returned to Uncle Jack, who smiled at their shining, happy
time we found a doctor for you, Uncle Jack. I told him we'd meet
him at the hospital. It will probably take about five hours for
him to reach us."
if you and Holly can help me through the park, we can probably
get directions and a ride to the nearest hospital."
Jack hopped and the kids supported him and wore their backpacks,
Jack started planning. "You know, kids, I think we'd better get
a story lined up. I really don't think we can say what really
happened. We might find ourselves in the psychiatric ward of that
hospital rather than the emergency!"
never really thought of it, but I guess you're right. Well, what
should we say?" Will asked.
we've got our packs, so let's stick as close to the truth as possible.
We were camping in the Grand Canyon and got lost. Very lost."
three years?" Holly asked doubtfully.
just go one step at a time, Holly. When we see your Dad, we'll
see what he's said, and go from there."
the family arrived at the edge of the park and saw the street
busy with mid-morning traffic, the kids eyes were wide and they
stared, drinking in the sights of the city. Uncle Jack was exhausted
and they helped him to a stone plant holder where he sat to catch
hailed a woman as she passed them and asked her where a hospital
said the hospital is across town. We don't have any money for
a cab." Will looked at Jack.
a lot of cars parked along the street. Maybe one of them will
give us a ride. Especially if I ask and tell them Uncle Jack's
foot is broken!" Holly volunteered.
guess we'll have to try that, Holly. Here comes a young fellow
now. Go ahead."
approached the man as Will and Jack looked on.
me?" The young man stopped. "My Uncle has a broken foot, and we're
on our way through town and don't have a car. Would it be possible
for you to drop us off at the hospital?" Holly looked hopefully
at the man, who seemed to be just a few years older than Will.
sorry, I'm not driving today, none of these cars are mine, or
I'd certainly give you a lift." The young man explained.
well, thanks anyway!"
could take the bus. The stop is right across the street." The
young man suggested.
we don't have any money." The man gave Holly a strange look. Holly
quickly added, "What I mean is, my Uncle only has travelers checks."
Well, here. Here's fifty cents. That should get you across town
and a cup of hot chocolate to boot!" The stranger smiled as he
handed the girl the coins.
beamed. "Thanks! It's great to be meeting such a nice person!
The nicest people live in Gold Hills!"
told her Uncle and brother what had happened as they crossed the
street to the bus stop. Jack smiled. "There's no place like home!"
many minutes after, the bus picked the three up. Holly giggled.
"I can't believe all the people around us! I just want to shout
out hooray and to ask them if they know how lucky they are that
they don't have to run from tyrannosaurs and Sleestaks!"
laughed. "I know what you mean! See that kid over there with the
hotdog? If he only knew how much I want to grab it out of his
hands and wolf it down! My mouth is watering for some real food!"
too! But we don't have any money." Holly said, and made a wry
worry, as soon as we meet Dad, we'll have a celebration supper!
Burgers, fries, and chocolate malts!" Will patted his stomach
just thinking about it.
bus dropped them off outside the emergency entrance of the hospital
and they helped Jack in.
going to have to explain that Rick is bringing money, and that
we'll stay here until he comes, and convince them to set my foot
first, if there's a problem." Jack told the kids. Will nodded.
the ER, a nurse escorted Jack and the kids into a room and told
them a doctor would be right in.
the doctor arrived, he asked how Jack had injured his foot. "This
is a nasty gash you've got here."
glanced at Will and Holly. "I caught the foot in some rocks and
a jagged edge got me when I was pulling it out."
we'll have to x-ray this, but I can tell by the swelling that
you've got broken bones. Sit here and there will be a nurse along
to wheel you to the x-ray department. Then we'll bring you back
and set that foot." The doctor smiled.
and Will waited as Jack was wheeled up and then when he returned,
they joined him again in his temporary hospital room. The doctor
returned and bandaged Jack's cut and set his broken foot in a
cast. As the doctor started out of the room, Jack said, "Ah, doc.
I'm afraid that my brother is bringing me money, and he won't
be arriving for a few hours. You see, we were camping when this
The doctor paused. "I see. Well, this is a bit of a problem."
assure you, I'm sticking around, because this is where I told
him to meet us."
doctor smiled. "I trust you. Why don't you and the kids go on
up to the cafeteria and have some lunch? It will help the time
pass, and I noticed your daughter's tummy growling once." Holly
turned red and Will laughed.
Uncle Jack began "we don't.."
any money? Not a problem. Just tell Mary at the register to put
it on Dr. Schuyler's bill."
you so much." Jack replied sincerely. "Since my niece and nephew
and I arrived in Gold Hills we've met the nicest people! It does
the heart good."
the cafeteria, the Marshalls enjoyed their first earth meal in
years. Will and Holly savored their dreamed of burgers, fries
and chocolate milkshakes, while Jack luxuriated over his three
cups of coffee and Salisbury steak.
Will grinned, "that was heaven! I don't think I've ever had a
better meal in my life!"
you're right, you're right, Will. Listen, why don't you kids go
on out and tour around the city? I know you're itching to see
everything all at once, and your Dad won't arrive for almost three
a great idea!" Holly enthused. "I just can't see enough of home!"
be back in a couple of hours." Will promised. "Will you be alright?"
I'll be fine. I'm going to make a phone call. There's a woman
I was going around with before I got lost, and, well, I guess
I'm wondering if she might still be thinking of me."
nodded. "I saw a paper in the waiting room. It's May 1975. We
left on our vacation in July of 1974. Only ten months has passed
here, but we were in the Land of the Lost for almost three years!"
nodded. "And I wasn't there as long as you. To my friend, I've
only been gone less than six months." He raised an eyebrow hopefully.
smiled and patted Jack's shoulder. "Make that call. I bet your
friend will be ecstatic!"
and Holly walked around the city, reveling in the sights and sounds.
They spoke to kids their own age in a park near the hospital,
gazed in the bakery and clothing store windows and laughed at
not having to be on constant alert for man-eating, prehistoric
said with a happy sigh, "I can't wait to have a long, hot bath,
with bubbles! And change into new clothes!"
picked up the thoughts next. "And sleep in a real bed, in our
own house! Hey! Look, Holly, a TV store! Let's cross over and
have a closer look!" Holly nodded and eagerly led the way.
it's your favorite show!" The kids watched the TV show until a
salesman poked his head outside and smiled. The kids smiled back
and continued on up the street.
should head back, Holly. Dad should be here in just over an hour!"
can't wait! Will?"
think it will be weird to see our friends and our neighbors again.
I mean, everything has been so outrageous for us, being in another
world, and dinosaurs.."
took Holly's arm and they started up the street. "I know. We'll
see what Dad says, but Uncle Jack is probably right, we probably
will just have to say we got lost in the desert."
if we can't tell, I'm going to write a book about it someday!
That way, I can tell the truth and pretend it's a story!" Holly
laughed. "Yeah, and make a fortune from our adventures in the
Land of the Lost!"
little over an hour later, as the family sat and discussed the
kids' exploration of the city, the front door of the hospital
lobby opened and in strode Rick Marshall.
Holly cried, and jumped up and ran to her father, with Will right
Holly!" Rick's face broke into an ear-to-ear smile and he started
toward his children and wrapped his arms around them as they both
hugged him. Tears ran down their faces as they laughed and clung
to each other. Rick caressed Holly's hair and kissed her cheek,
then gripped his son's shoulder. "I've looked for you both every
day since I was pulled through the time doorway. I've been up
and down the Grand Canyon twenty times. I didn't know what to
do, but I had to do something. Thank God you're safe!" Rick looked
to his brother then, and with his arms around the kids, he strode
over to greet him. The brothers exchanged a heartfelt smile. "Jack,
thank you. There's no way I can ever repay you for keeping my
children safe." Rick clasped Jack's hand.
been a wild ride, but I couldn't have had any better company.
These are some pretty great kids." Jack said fondly.
on everybody. Let's go home." Rick smiled, at peace at last with
his family safely returned to him.
brother," Jack started "I'm afraid there's the matter of a bill
for the doctor putting this cast on my foot, and, after these
kids being without junk food for three years, a rather large bill
for the cafeteria!"
threw his head back and laughed and the others all joined him
as they silently thanked God that their adventure was over and
that they were all together.
My name is Lisa Marie Bell and I very much enjoy writing short
stories! I currently have a poem published in the hardcover Poetry
Guild book called Moments in Time. The poem is called "Poem of
A Daughters Love" and can be found on page 211.
am also awaiting word on whether another story I wrote will be
published for an Ontario inspirational project.
dedicate this story to my family, who are always there for me.
I hope you enjoy it!