Primal Encounters

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Follow the story of a Marcus Decker as he leads a group of people into the distant past, to test a brand new and secret technology. Read along as they fight off prehistoric terrors, and fight for their very survival as an ancient volcano threatens to end their excursion before it even begins!

Primal Encounters

Chapter 1

 

 

The Washington Labs chopper approaches its destination, carrying a wide range of passengers, all have been hired and are on their way to the top-secret lab for their briefing and orientation before they embark on their journey. The team will consist of 8 people: A Team Commander, Two Security Escorts, 2 Engineers, A Doctor, and 2 Scientists. The chopper starts to land at the facility, its landing gear hitting the ground with a loud thump. An assistant walks up to the chopper and opens the door. First to get out of the chopper is Allen Ross the team Engineer. He is an older man, in his med fifties, short white hair, and in need of a shave. Wearing a red t-shirt with a vest and brown cargo pants, he walks toward someone wearing a Washington Labs coat who is waving him over. Next out of the chopper is Dr. Noah Smith, a world-renowned Paleontologist. In his early thirties, Dr. Smith is wearing his signature white cowboy hat and boots, as well as light blue jeans and flannel shirt, heads over to where Ross is standing. Then Dr. Amy Dells, the Field Medic walks out and stands with the other two team members. Wearing a white long-sleeved shirt and brown coat, with short black hair and brown pants. The Security Escorts, Sam Rygard and Jake Tobias get out next, wearing their uniform tan long sleeved button up shirts and black pants and combat boots.  Tobias has a crew cut and brown hair, and Rygard’s blonde hair can be barely seen sticking out under his brown bush hat. They go and meet up with the group as well. Dr. Benjamin White, the Paleobotanist steps out, carrying a big duffle bag, and shuffles over with the rest of the team. Wearing a black sweater light and also wearing light blue jeans, and has dark blonde hair. Last but not least, the team leader Marcus Decker steps out. Wearing a short sleeved black shirt, dark blue jeans and combat boots with his dark hair showing through the back of his old and worn black baseball cap. He also has a scar running down his right eye. He walks over and meets the rest of the group.

 

They are greeted by a short man in a lab coat.

“Hi, my name is Gerald, welcome to our facility. Follow me and I will show you all to the conference room.”

Gerald starts walking to the door, waving the group to follow him. They all start following him. They enter a long hallway, at the end looks like another door with a panel to the left. Gerald walks up to it and enters a code which revels a hidden thumb print scanner. He puts his thumb on it and it makes its usual whirring noise, then glows green to indicate that it has approved his ID. The door unlocks, Gerald opens it and revels a lab, bustling with lab techs and scientists. Gerald leads them right through the middle of it all.

“They have a lot to do, preparing for tomorrow and all. Corporate has all the labs in the building preparing for this once in a lifetime event.” Gerald says as he hits the going up button on an elevator. The door opens and they all walk in. Gerald hits the 12th floor button and the elevator goes up. When the door opens, they are again faced with a long hallway, with an open door at the end. Gerald walks toward it leading them to the conference room. Inside they are greeted by a tall man with short brown hair, wearing a lab coat.

“My name is Dr. James Prendergast, welcome to Washington Labs. I know you all are curious as to the specifics as to why you are here so I will get right to the point. Up to this point you have been told that our company has been planning a scientific expedition and are in need of your services. You also have been given certain details as to what your jobs will be. I to will be joining you, and I cannot wait.”

Dr. Prendergast turns on a screen behind him and dims the lights.

“For 10 years now, Washington Labs has been working a secret project that would change the face of science as we know it. A break though in Quantum Physics lead to the ability to create a machine that could theoretically let you travel through time, we call it the Time Sphere, due to the fact that the portal looks like a sphere.”

The group all start looking at each other in disbelief. Decker could even hear someone suppressing a laugh. Dr. Prendergast waits for everyone to stop chuckling to themselves before he continues.

“To put it in a way you can understand, the machine can open a wormhole in the spacetime continuum. Using a complicated series of calculations, we can set the machine to go wherever and whenever we want.”

Prendergast notices Decker raised his hand.

“Yes?”

“Look, this is great and all but what does this have to do with us?”

“I was getting to that. Once the machine was constructed and tested, we determined that an expedition was a viable option. After much deliberation, we began organizing an expedition. We first had to decide where we wanted to go. With such an extraordinary machine, we thought we should go where no man has gone before. Somewhere everyone at one point in their lives has dreamed of going. Prehistory!”

Dr. Smith and Dr. White almost jump out of their seats. Decker just stares at Dr. Prendergast in disbelief. Ross leans forward and puts his hands to his chin, absorbing what he just heard. Dr. Dells, Tobias and Rygard all are staring in amazement at the prospect of traveling to prehistoric times. Waiting a moment for his sense to soak in, Prendergast continues.

“The next step was to figure out what we needed for the expedition. We designed custom off road vehicles, high output tasers, and other field equipment that we will orient you all on.

The last step on organizing the expedition, was putting together a team that could handle the journey and what they would find on the other side. That’s why you all are here. The top minds in each of your fields, the best of the best. Any questions before we move on to field gear orientation?”

Ross raises his hand.

“Yes?”

“When do we leave?” Ross asks.

“Noon tomorrow.”

Dr. Smith Raises his hand.

“Yes?”

“You said we were going to a prehistoric time. When were we going exactly?” Smith asks.

“Good question. It was decided that the first time period man would go is North America, during the Pliocene Epoch, roughly 2 million years ago.”

“So no Dinosaurs?” Tobias asks.

“No Dinosaurs.” Prendergast responds.

When no else raises their hands, Prendergast starts walking toward the elevator.

“If you all will follow me please. I will take you to where they have constructed the field equipment.”

Prendergast hits the down button, motioning for everyone to join him. The door opens, everyone piles in. once everybody is inside, Prendergast hits the ground floor button, and the elevator begins its descent. Once the elevator has reached its destination, Prendergast goes to the left, walking towards a hallway with a big set of doors at the end. Everyone’s curiosity grows with each step, wondering if what they heard in the conference room could actually be true. Prendergast unlocks the door at the end of the hallway and pushes it open.

“This is where we have constructed and are keeping our field equipment. We have constructed three 4x4 custom armored 4 door, tan Toyota Tacoma’s. Complete with 5-ton winch, roof mounted lights and engine snorkels. We also have a Predator 6.6 off road RV. We gutted the interior and redesigned the inside to hold scientific equipment and other supplies.”

As everybody takes in the bustle of activity, dozens of workers making last minute modifications and last touches being done to the vehicles. Prendergast to the far left of the garage, towards yet another set of doors. He opens the them, reveling a large room, walls covered with large lockers and display shelves.

“This is where the rest of your equipment is stored. Most of it will be pretty straight forward, camping gear, scientific equipment that you will already be familiar with. There are a few items that I want to show you specifically. First are these.”

Prendergast opens a locker marked Weapons. Prendergast pulls out a Spas-12.

“For you who will be providing security, these are a new form of tasers. They are standard guns, but they fire newly designed high output nonlethal taser rounds. They are designed to stun the target, but not kill. There are three models of taser guns. What you see here the Spas-12, P-90 and a 380 Beretta. There are high, medium and low-level rounds.”

Prendergast then moves to a locker at the far end of the room. Unlocking it, he opens the door, reveling a device that looks like a advanced radio.

“This is a part of the Time Sphere tech. This device will be taken with us to our destination. Its function is to reopen the portal.”

“How?” Ross asks.

“Let me explain. The Time Sphere can’t stay open due to the tremendous amount of energy required, but we designed it to go to sleep as it were. One a portal has been established its power level can be controlled. We can set it so that it let big objects through, like vehicles or people, or we can scale it back to where only a something like a signal can go back and forth. This device can send a signal through to let the Time Sphere operators know to open the portal to let them through.”

“How do you work it?” Ross again asks.

“It’s simple.” Prendergast holds the device up so everyone can see it. “First you extend the antenna on the top right. Then you flip the left switch to prime it, the red-light indicator here on the top left corner will turn on, wait five seconds then flip the right switch to transmit. The light indicator on the top left corner will indicate if the device is working. If the red light is solid, then its not sending, if its blinking then it is sending the signal. After that, just wait for the portal to appear.”

Prendergast glances down at his watch, 6 pm.

“Its getting late, you all should get some rest before tomorrow. Breakfast is at 8. I will now show you to where you will be staying, your bags are already there. “

 Prendergast heads back out the to the elevator, with the rest if the group following him into the elevator. He presses the 7th floor button, the elevator jerks into motion.

“When will we get to see the time machine?” Dr. Dells asks.

“Tomorrow, when we leave.” Prendergast responds.

The elevator door opens up, reveling a long hallway, with doors both on the left and right. Prendergast walks to the end, there are a series of doors with the word Guest written on the front.

“You will be staying here, each Guest Quarters has a bathroom where you can wash up.” Prendergast says as he opens one door to show them the small room.

 

Everyone then heads back out into the hallway and picks a room for themselves. Decker picks the room at the very end of the hallway. He opens the door and walks in. he finds his bag neatly placed at the foot of the bed. He opens it and finds everything where it should be. He walks into the small bathroom and finds everything one would expect: a toilet, sink, small shower, and towels and other small bathroom items. Decker walks back to the bed, places the bag on a near back chair and then lays down, contemplating what the following day would bring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 2

 

 

Decker wakes up the following morning, gets dressed and heads for the mess hall. He walks in to find the rest of the group sitting at a table at the far end. Decker walks over to the self-serve bar. He finds an array of breakfast foods, everything from eggs to oatmeal and everything in-between. He pours himself a bowl of plain oatmeal, pours a cup of black coffee and walks over to where the rest of the group is eating. He sits down next to Dr. Smith and greets him.

“Morning doc.” Decker says before taking a mouthful of oatmeal.

“Good morning.” He cheerfully replies. “How did you sleep?”

“Fine. You?” Decker replies.

“It took me awhile, I am just so excited. This is every paleontologists dream, to go back in time and directly observe what we have done nothing on but speculate.”

“Well be sure to take lots of notes.”

“Oh, you can be sure of that.”

Decker takes a drink from his coffee, then looks at the group. He then notices Prendergast walk in the room, then he starts heading for the group.

“Morning everybody. I just wanted to let you know that final suit up will be at 11:30 pm. Level 2 at the Lab for the scientists, and level 3 at the armory for security. Decker, you will suit up with security.”

Everybody nods in acknowledgment. Decker looks at the clock, its 8 am. He’s got 3 and a half hours to kill. “Good thing I brought a book.” He thinks to himself.

Prendergast walks away. Everybody has finished their breakfast and are putting away the trays. Decker puts his away and begins walking to his Guest Quarters, with the rest of the group following suit.

 

Three hours later, Decker walks into the Armory. Tobias and Rygard haven’t shown up yet. Decker sees a long table in the middle of the room, with all kinds of tactical gear. Decker walks up to the right end where he sees three tactical vests and belts. Assuming this is the spot to begin, he grabs one and puts it on. He hears the door open, and Tobias and Rygard walk in. They see where Decker is and they do the same, starting with their tactical vest and moving along down the table. The next item are spare Beretta 380 clips. He grabs 3 and puts them in the pouches on the left side of his tactical belt. Then he sees a set of K-Bar knives, he straps one to his belt. Moving along the table, the next items are flashbang grenades. Decker takes a few and stashes them on his vest. Then he sees a set of pouches, three that look like they are supposed to hold spare p90 mags, and three to hold spare shotgun rounds. Decker takes the latter and straps them onto his vest. Next are three field medical kits. Decker puts it in a pouch on the back of his vest. Last, but not least are three canteens. He puts one on the back of his belt. Decker waits for Tobias and Rygard to finish gearing up. Decker then notices that somebody is waiting at the entrance. Once the others are finished, the man opens the door.

“I will take you to the portal room.” The man says gesturing for them to come out into the hallway.

He leads them to the elevator and presses a button with a sphere logo on it. The elevator immediately goes down. It goes so far that Decker figures that they must be underground. Once the door opens, decker sees an enormous room. He first notices all the three Tacoma’s and the Predator 6.6 RV all lined up. He then notices that at the far end there is a giant machine, it looks like a big generator. Along the top there are half exposed coils. There are a series of round gears along the side. At the front there is what looks like a giant circular fan. There is a long thick cable running from the machine to a giant ring in the center of the room.  Their guide then takes them to the center of the room, by the giant ring. The rest of the group is already standing there. Prendergast dramatically clears his throat to get everyone’s attention.  

“Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for being here on this day that will go down in history! Today we go where no one has ever gone before, to do what everyone said was impossible! We will go down in history as the first people to go somewhere only science fiction has gone. Today, we go into the past, to write ourselves a better future! Ladies and gentlemen, prepare for the journey of your life!”

“Someone has a flare for the dramatic.” Tobias whispers in Smiths ear. 

Prendergast then continues. “All the gear has been loaded and the temporal coordinates set. All that remains is for us to get in the vehicles and drive on into the unknown.”

Decker then notices the glass up on the wall behind them. He realizes that it’s the control center, full of busy and focused workers trying to prepare for the moment they all had been waiting for.

“All right valiant leader, tell us where to go.” Prendergast says looking directly at Marcus.

 “All right, I’ll drive the lead Tacoma. Tobias will take the second and Rygard will take the third. Ross will drive the RV. Prendergast with me, Smith with Tobias, Dells with Rygard and White with Ross. Lets move people, we don’t got all day!” Decker orders.

Everyone moves into position. Decker gets in the lead Tacoma, keys already in the ignition. He starts is up, he sees a radio clipped to the dash board.

“Everybody ready?” Decker asks.

“Tobias ready.”

“Rygard ready.”

“Ross ready.”

Suddenly, there is a loud humming noise. Decker looks at the big machine and sees that the fan and gears have started moving. Then the coils along the top start to glow. The cable that runs from the machine to the ring also start to glow, and the ring starts to spin. It gets so fast that it looks like a sphere. Suddenly, a white light starts to envelope the ring, forming a sphere. The light then turns purple. And the humming noise starts to sound like a pulse. Then the radio crackles, someone starts to speak.

“Expedition team has the green light. Repeat, expedition team has the go ahead.” The voice says.

Decker puts the gear into drive, puts his foot over the gas pedal and presses down. The Tacoma lurches forward, heading straight for the purple sphere. Suddenly there is a bright white flash, and Decker feels an intense pressure, like he is underwater. Then, as quickly as it started, it was over. The pressure went away, and the bright flash was over. Decker looks around, the Tacoma was still moving forward. He is in a big field, the tree line is over a mile away. Decker hits the brakes, the vehicle comes to a complete stop. Decker looks in the rear-view mirror, he sees Tobias come out of the sphere and then stop behind him. Then Rygard comes out, with Ross right behind him. Once the entire caravan is ready, decker signals for them to start moving.

“Our first job is to set up camp.” Decker says into the radio.

The group keeps moving along, getting closer to the tree line. When they get closer, decker can see a small hill along the tree line. Decker turns the wheel, heading for the hill. Upon arrival, Decker stops and gets out. Inspecting the surrounding hilltop, he notices a menacing shape off in the distance. The shape of a volcano. Turning his attention back to the clearing. It has a good look vantage point to be able to observe the field below. Then looking at the tree line, Decker realizes that he doesn’t recognize what kind they are. Might be species that isn’t around in the 21st century.  He hears the team unloading the gear behind him. He turns around  to assist in the effort.

“Where are the tents?” Dr. Smith asks.

“Over here, in the RV.” Ross responds.

Dr. Smith walks in and grabs one of the tents for himself. Decker comes up behind him, grabbing a tent for himself as well. The rest of the team does the same. Before long, eight tents are set up in the small clearing on top of the hill. Once Decker has all his things in order, he opens a crate marked FOOD. Inside is jam packed with MREs. Decker sorts through, looking for something appealing.

“What are those?” Dr. Dells asks.

“Meals Ready to Eat. Or MREs for short. Military uses them. Looks like they have packed us enough to last 6 months.” Decker says in reply.

Decker grabs one marked Mashed Potatoes with Gravy. He walks over to his tent and sits down on a crate and begins eating. He notices Dr. White taking tree samples over by the tree line. Tobias walks over.

“So, what’s the plan?” Tobias asks.

“We will settle here for now, I will go take some of the scientists with me for a scout in the morning.” Decker answers.

“Sounds good.” Tobias says, walking away.

After his meal. Decker scours the immediate  area looking for fire wood for the night. After securing enough, he walks back to camp and digs a fire pit.

“Getting a fire ready I see.” Dr. Smith says

“Yep, it wouldn’t be a camp without a fire.” Decker replies.

“That’s for sure.” Smith says.

“So I was planning on taking you, Dr. White and Dr. Prendergast out for a scout tomorrow morning, see what is around.”

“Alright then, what time will we disembark?” Smith asks.

“Seven am.” Decker says.

“I will tell the others.” Smith says.

“Roger.” Decker replies.

That night, they hear a whole assortment of different animal sounds, but none of them sounded in anyway familiar. With the team huddled around the fire, they carry on in conversation, while Decker scans the surrounding area with a powerful flashlight. He moves over to the edge of the clearing where he can scan the field. As he moves the light beam around, he sees what looks like some kind of horse. Once he is satisfied that there is no immediate danger, he turns off the flashlight and moves over to his tent. He zips it up and gets comfy in his sleeping bag, almost immediately he falls fast asleep, listening to the strange sounds of the night.

Chapter 3

 

Dr. Smith wakes up to the smell of fresh coffee brewing. He gets dressed and unzips his tent. He steps out to the cool morning, the sun barley up yet. He looks around camp and sees Decker standing by a fold up table, with a camp site coffee maker.

“Your up early.” Dr. Smith says.

“Since 5 am.” Decker replies.

“Got anymore of the good stuff?” Dr. Smith asks.

“Yeah, here.” Decker says, pouring the coffee.

Later that morning, the rest of the team gets up. After having an MRE breakfast, they begin preparing for the day. Decker gets Dr. White and Dr. Prendergast and directs them to gather their gear. Decker walks into the RV and finds Dr. Smith and Dr. Dells. Decker walks over to the weapons locker, unlocks it and grabs a Spas-12. He grabs a case of taser rounds and loads it, putting the extra rounds on his vest.

“We will be back around 1 pm.” Decker says to Dr. Dells.

“Ok, see you then.” She replies.

Then Decker and Dr. Smith walk out and head over to one of the Tacoma’s, where Dr. White and Dr. Prendergast are already waiting in the back seat. Decker gets in the driver, and Dr. Smith in the passenger seat. Decker starts the truck, and they pull out of the camp site, driving along the tree line. They drive for a while, Dr. White taking notes on different types of trees they see as they drive along. After a couple of hours, they come across a herd of animals, Dr. Smith asks they stop to observe them. They climb out and walk to a safe distance from the animals. Dr. Smith and Decker each pull out a pair of binoculars.

“What are they?” Dr. White asks.

“Mastodons, prehistoric cousins of elephants.” Dr. Smith replies.

“How interesting.” Decker says.

After about an hour of observing, with Dr. Smith taking notes the whole time, totally consumed by this opportunity. The rest of the group are all bored out of their minds. Then Decker notices something.

“Hey doc?” He asks.

“Yes?” Dr. Smith replies.

“What do you know about giant birds?” Decker asks.

“What do you mean.”

“Well I just noticed a group of birds about ten feet tall, and they look like they are watching us.”

“WHAT! WHERE?” Dr. Smith exclaims.

“About 40 yards behind the Mastodon herd.”

“We need to get out here now.” Dr. Smith exclaims, packing his stuff.

“Why?” Dr. Prendergast asks.

“Their carnivores, very dangerous, and they are hunting us.”

“How do you know.” Dr. White asks.

“Because they won’t attack the Mastodons, they can’t bring one of them down, that leaves us.”

“RUN!!!” Decker suddenly yells.

The birds suddenly charge the group, running at high speed. The group run for the Tacoma, quickly climbing and starting the vehicle.  By the time they pull out, the birds are right on their tail. Decker floors it, but the birds keep up. He heads out into the field, past the Mastodon herd. The birds start to catch up, running along side the Tacoma. They start slamming the truck with their heads, denting the doors and breaking glass. Decker pulls out his sidearm, and fire three taser rounds into the closest bird. The bird jerks back but doesn’t stop running. The birds continue their assault against the group, forcing them to drive next to a nearly vertical hill. Decker fires again, but misses. With each head slam, they are forced closer to the edge of the hill. Suddenly the world starts spinning with a full-on body slam from a bird. They roll down the hill, coming to a stop and on its side, slamming into a boulder. Dazed, Decker looks around, expecting to be swarmed with the birds, but finds nothing.

“Everyone alright?” He asks.

“Never better.” Dr. Smith sarcastically replies.

“Why aren’t they attacking.” Dr. White asks.

“How should I know?” Dr. Smith says.

Decker grabs the Spas-12, looking out the window and finds the flock standing at the top of the hill. He then looks in the opposite direction, and sees their way out. He turns to the group.

“Here’s the plan. We are going to make a run for it, there is a river about 100 yards that way. I think if we can make it, we can cross and get away.” He explains.

“But we will never out run those things.” Dr. Prendergast says.

“That’s what these are for.” Decker says, holding out a flash bang grenade. “It will disorient them long enough for us to escape.”

“Well if we are going to do this it better be soon, cause those thing look like they are about to charge.” Dr. Smith says.

“Get ready to run for it.” Decker says, strapping the Spas-12 to his back.

Decker opens the door and quickly climbs out. The rest of the group behind him. At the site of prey, the birds charge. Withing 2 seconds they are nearly on top of them. Decker pulls the pin and throws the grenade. When it goes off, it stops the birds dead in their tracks, and the group take off for the river. As they approach the river, Decker notices something in his peripheral vision. Suddenly a bird comes out of the brush and bites down on Dr. White’s neck, killing him instantly. Stopping to enjoy its prize, it leaves the rest of them alone. They reach the river, looking down the steep embankment. With the flock recovered and closing in the on them, they jump for it. Rolling down the rocky embankment and into the river. They sting current swiftly taking them down river and father away from camp, but also away from the flock. 
 

 

Chapter 4

“Decker said that they would be back at 1 pm, and now its almost 5. I think we should be worried.” Dr. Dells says to Tobias.

“Alright, you and I will go out and look for them.” Tobias replies.

He walks to the RV, and grabs a p90 from the weapons locker. He climbs into one of the Tacoma’s, with Dr. Dells getting in the passenger seat.

“Stay here, in case they come back. If you don’t here from us by nightfall, start worrying.” Tobias says to Rygard.

“Roger that.” Rygard Responds.

Tobias and Dr. Dells pull out and follow the first groups trail. After a few hours of ridding, Dr. Dells notices something shining in the distance. Looking closer with a pair of binoculars, she realizes what it is.

“Over there, by the boulder.” She says to Tobias.

“Got it.” He responds, driving over to the object.

As they climb out, they begin inspecting the crashed Tacoma. Tobias notices four sets of tracks leading away from the crash, he follows them. He then notices something odd in amongst the tracks.

“I think they were attacked.” Tobias says.

“Why do you think that?” Dr. Dells asks.

“Because there is a completely different set of tracks in theirs. Like the others were being chased. We should follow these tracks and see where they lead.”

They follow the tracks, for about 56 yards, then they find a trail of blood to the left of the tracks. They start following the blood trail, it leads to a patch of brush. Tobias looks inside, bits and pieces of a body. On closer inspection he finds a piece of clothing.

“This look like Dr. White’s shirt.” Tobias says.

“Oh my.” Dr. Dells replies.

They return to the main tracks and continue following it. It leads them to the steep embankment, and the river below.

“They escaped in the river. You can see where they went down the embankment over there. At least they got away from whatever was attacking them.” Tobias says.

“What do we do now?” Dr. Dells asks.

“We tell base camp what we found, then we continue the search.” Tobias responds.

 

 

 

Further down river, the group just pulled themselves out of the river. They have traveled several miles downriver, just now stopping because the current calmed down. Laying on the bank, drying out, Decker, Dr. Smith and Dr. Prendergast are all exhausted.

“Everyone alright?” Decker asks.

“Yeah, I’m fine.” Dr. Smith responds.

“Me too.” Dr. Prendergast says.

“What the heck were those things doc?” Decker asks

“Phorusrhcus, or commonly called Terror Birds. Ten feet tall, bone crushing beak, and as you saw for yourself, very fast and very mean.” Dr. Smith answers.

“Well isn’t that just wonderful.” Decker says.

 “So, what do we do now?” Dr. Prendergast asks.

“We have to walk back.” Decker responds.

“But we are several miles from camp, and its almost dark.” Dr. Smith says.

“Alright, we will make camp tonight, then at first light, we will head out.” Decker says.

Decker looks around, taking in his surroundings. He gets up and walks over to the tree line and starts gathering wood. Once he has gathered enough wood, he sits down and pulls out a small case from his vest. He opens it and inside is a Zippo lighter.

“Wasn’t that ruined by the water?” Dr. Smith asks.

“No, I keep it in a water proof case.” Decker replies.

Decker lights the fire, and the group immediately huddles next to the small fire. Decker notices that the sun is starting to go down. soon, Dr. Smith and Dr. Prendergast lay down next to the fire, absorbing its radiant warmth. With Decker standing guard, the group slowly falls asleep, dreaming about the wonders of time travel.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, Tobias and Dr. Dells are traveling along the river, looking for signs of Decker and the others. They have already traveled several miles with no sign of life. Dr. Dells notices something along the river.

“Wait, I see something.” She says.

“What is it?” Tobias says as he stops the Tacoma.

“Something shiny along the riverbank.” Dr. Dells says

“Can you tell what it is?” Tobias asks.

“Looks like equipment of some kind, it could have come off of one the others while they were being washed down river.” Dr. Dells says.

“At least we are on the right track.” Tobias says. “It’s getting late, we should head back to camp, and continue the search tomorrow.”

 “Alright, I just hope they are ok.” Dr. Dells responds.

 

Chapter 5

Tobias wakes up early, before sunrise and gets ready to continue the search. He makes himself an MRE breakfast while he waits for Dr. Dells to wake up. He brews some coffee, and sits to watch the sunrise. He hears movement in Dr. Dells tent. Tobias pours her a cup of coffee. She emerges from her tent, following the coffee smell. Tobias hands her the coffee cup, and she takes a loud sip from it. Dr. Dells walks over to the MRE crates and starts sorting through them, looking for breakfast. Once she has eaten, she walks over to where Tobias is sitting.

“I’m ready to go.” She says.

“Alrighty then, lets go see if we can find our fellow time travelers.” Tobias responds.

They climb into the Tacoma and head to where they left off the previous day, where they found the shining piece of equipment.

 

 

 

Dr. Smith wakes up, the sun just barley visible. He looks around, and sees Dr. Prendergast still sleeping, but no sign of Decker. He then hears a twig snap behind him. He quickly turns around, expecting the worst, only to find Decker walking with an arm load of wood for the fire.

“Good morning sleepy head.” Decker says.

“Morning, what time is it?” Dr. Smith responds.

“About 6:30 am.” Decker says.

“Should we wake Dr. Prendergast.?”

“Let him sleep for another hour, then we’ll get on the move.”

“Alright. Man, do I wish we had some breakfast.” Dr. Smith says.

“Me too, we’ll get something to eat when we get to camp.” Decker responds.

“Never thought I would want one of those MREs.” Dr. Smith says

“You get used to them.” Decker says.

They sit by the fire, listening to the natural sounds around them. Decker puts another piece of wood on the fire when Dr. Prendergast wakes up.

“Good morning, we were just about to wake you.” Decker says.

Dr. Prendergast just moans in response, he then stands up and walks to a more private place to take care of business.

“Probably just taking a morning leak.” Dr. Smith says.

Dr. Prendergast returns, looking a little more alive.

“Better?” Decker asks.

“Yeah. So, are we going to head out?” Dr. Prendergast responds.

“Eager to leave, are we?” Decker says.

“Yeah, I’m hungry.” Prendergast says.

“Yeah, so are we. Let me put this fire out then we can leave.”

Throwing dirt on the fire, Decker extinguishes the fire. They gather what gear they have, then they head up river, in the direction of camp. Suddenly, an earthquake hits, shaking everybody to the ground. Its lasts for a minute, then it subsides.

“Wow! What a ride!” Dr. Smith exclaims.

“Hopefully that was just a fluke.” Decker says.

“What do you mean?” Dr. Prendergast asks.

“With a volcano just miles from our location, things like that earthquake could mean bad news for us.” Decker explains.

“You mean an eruption.” Dr. Smith says.

“Yes.” Decker Responds. “Come on, lets get out of here.”

 

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“Stop the truck!” Dr. Dells tells Tobias.

“What is it?” He asks

“I think I see their camp.”

Tobias stops the Tacoma, and they climb out. They walk to the riverbank, each looking through a pair of binoculars. Focusing in on the other side, at about 25 yards from the riverbank, they see what remains of a fire.

“At least we know they are alive. The question of is, where did they go from here.” Dr. Dells says.

“They probably are heading toward camp. Let’s head that way and see if we can find them.” Tobias responds.

They walk back to the Tacoma, but before they can climb in, Tobias notices something. He looks intently to the tree line behind them, and sees a giant bird.

“Dr. Dells.” He says.

“Yes?” She responds.

“Run for the trees and climb the first one you see.” He tells her.

“Why?” She asks.

The Terror Bird suddenly charges, quickly coming up on their position.

“RUN!!!” Tobias yells.

They run for the trees, quickly they climb the first one they come to. Just as Tobias gets out of reach of the Terror Bird, the beast hits the tree, making Tobias drop his p90. They continue to climb to they reach a good 25 feet in the air, well above the snapping beaks of the Terror Birds.

“Shoot them!” Dr. Dells yells to Tobias.

Tobias pulls out his Beretta 380 and fires four taser rounds at the closet Terror Bird, the bird jerks back from the shock, but doesn’t back down.

“Use your other gun.” Dr. Dells says.

“Can’t, I dropped it.” Tobias responds.

“Just great, now were stuck.” Dr. Dells mumbles to herself.

“We’ll have to wait them out.” Tobias says. He takes a closer look at their feet, and then realizes something.

“Well, I think we just meet the things that attacked Decker and the others.” Tobias says.

“How do you know?” Dr. Dells asks.

“Their feet look the same has the tracks we saw at the crashed Tacoma.”

“I could have done without meeting them in person.” Dr. Dells says.

“Me to, get comfortable doc, we’ll be here a while.” Tobias says.

 

 

As Decker and the others walk along the river, they come up on an impasse. Ahead of them is a 50-foot waterfall, with slippery and jagged rocks, being impossible to climb. Decker inspects the waterfall, looking for a way up, but when he doesn’t find one, the only other option becomes very apparent.

“We will have to take the long way around.” Decker says.

“You mean walking into the forest. No way man, who knows what’s in there!”Dr. Prendergast complains.

“No choice, that waterfall is to dangerous to climb. If we trek through the forest here, we should be able to find a way up and over.” Decker says.

Decker walks up to the tree line, pushing aside a fern, he walks into the forest. With the others following him, they trek through the thick foliage. Pushing aside various plants, they continue on. Soon they come upon a game trail. Decker quickly inspects it, looking for signs of life. But he finds none, so they follow it, hoping it leads up the hill and over the waterfall. They follow the game trail for a half mile before they encounter a rancid smell that stops them dead in their tracks.

“What on this earth is that smell.” Dr. Prendergast says.

“It must be some kind of animal.” Decker says, gripping his Spas-12 tightly.

They continue down the game trial, carefully keeping an eye out for anything that might be lurking in the dense forest. They come upon a small clearing, filled with a type of bamboo. In the center is a group of animals they astonish Decker and the others.

“What are those?” Decker asks.

“Gigantopithecus, a prehistoric species of ape. Over 9 feet tall and weighing 1,300 pounds.” Dr. Smith responds.

“Are they dangerous?” Decker again asks.

“Possibly, I wouldn’t get any closer. We should go around them.” Dr. Smith says.

“Good idea.” Dr. Prendergast says in agreement.

Decker begins to walk, closely watching the herd of Gigantopithecus. One of them looks right at them. The group freezes, waiting to see what the animal will do. It just lazily chews a bunch of leaves, clearly not caring about the beings just yards away from it. The group slowly continues down the game trail. Away from the magnificent beings they just encountered.

“That was amazing!” Dr. Smith exclaims.

“If you say so.” Decker unenthusiastically says.

“I do. Gigantopithecus is only know from a partial jawbone, not a full skeleton. So, seeing what they look like is a huge leap forward in our understanding of them.”Dr. Smith explains. 

“A lot of what you see here will probably do that.” Decker says.

“Why do you think I’m carrying this notebook.” Dr. Smith says. “Speaking of which, can we stop for a bit, I want to take a sketch of those guys.” Dr. Smith asks.

“Alright, but make it fast. I don’t want to wait around for long.” Decker says.

Dr. Smith sits down and immediately begins sketching. Decker and Dr. Prendergast also sit down, taking advantage of the opportunity to rest. Keeping an eye out for any danger, Decker’s head continuously moves back and forth, scanning for any threat. Dr. Prendergast fiddles with a stick while he waits for Dr. Smith to finish his sketch. After about 15 minutes Dr. Smith stands up, closes his notebook, and looks at the others.

“Alright, I’m done.” He says.

“Good, let’s get out of here.” Decker says, heading down the game trail.

 

 

 

After 4 hours of sitting in the tree, Dr. Amy Dells and Jake Tobias butts are very sore. The Terror Birds lost interest awhile ago, but they stayed in the tree just to be safe. Tobias continuously scans the area below them, trying to decide if its safe enough to go back to the Tacoma.

“Are we clear?” Dr. Dells asks.

“Let me climb down and find out.” Tobias responds.

Tobias begins to slowly climb down the tree. When he reaches the bottom, he grabs his p90 and chambers a round. He looks around, using the small pair of binoculars from his tact vest, he scans the distance and finds nothing.

“Clear!” He yells out.

Dr. Dells climbs down the tree as well. Once she meets up with Tobias, they walk to the Tacoma together. Once they reach it, Tobias grabs the radio to call in their situation.

“Base camp, come in, over.” Tobias says into the radio.

“Base camp here. We were starting to get worried about you there for a minute, over.” Rygard responds.

“Yeah, we encountered the creatures that attacked the others. They forced us up into a tree. That’s where we’ve been for the past 4 hours. They finally lost interest and left.” Tobias explains.

“Sounds like fun.” Rygard says sarcastically.

“We found what looks like their camp. We think they heading upriver, toward base camp. We are going to follow head that way and see if we can find them.” Tobias says.

“Roger that. Base camp out.” Rygard says.

“Alright then, lets see if we can find our friends.” Tobias says to Dr. Dells.

 

 

Chapter 6

 

Decker and the others come up on a small clearing in the forest. On the far side is a herd of elephant like animals, with longer tusks and thick matted fur.

“Doc, you’re up.” Decker says.

“They’re called Mastodons. Prehistoric cousins to elephants. They are thought to be generally peaceful animals.” Dr. Smith explains.

Suddenly, the Mastodons begin forming a circle in the middle of the clearing. With their young in the center, and the adults around the edge. They are swinging their heads back and forth, using their huge tusks to make an impenetrable formation.

“What’s going on doc?” Decker asks.

“That’s a defensive formation, they must sense that there’s a danger nearby.” Dr. Smith says.

“Are they just reacting to us?” Dr. Prendergast asks.

“I don’t think so.” Decker says.

“Why do you say that?” Dr. Prendergast asks.

“Because were being flanked!” Decker yells.

Dr. Smith and Dr. Prendergast turn around, and in front of them is a pack of large cats, with huge incisors teeth. Even Decker recognizes what is in front of them: a pack of Saber-Tooth Cats, the apex predator. The lead Saber lunges forward, claws out. Decker fires a taser round from his Spas-12. The Saber lands just inches from his feet, temporally knocked out form the shock. The rest of the pack circle them. Another Saber lunges at Dr. Smith, he tucks and rolls out of the way. The Saber lands just a few feet away from him. It turns around and swipes at Dr. Prendergast. The tips of its claws just barely reach him, ripping his jacket. Decker fires another taser round, and stuns the Saber. Suddenly, a Saber leaps into the air, landing on top of Decker. It attempts to bite down on his neck, but he uses his Spas-12 to block the death blow. He struggles with it, the Saber attempting to pull the gun out of his hands, and Decker struggling to keep it. Dr. Smith comes to the rescue, kicking the Saber off of him. Decker quickly turns toward it and fires, stunning the Saber. He gets up, and the three all put their backs to each other. The lead Saber gets up, and looks directly into Decker’s eyes. It lets out a ferocious howl, and the entire pack begins to slowly closes in on the three of them. Intensely concentrates, trying desperately to think of a way out of getting eaten. Then it dawns on him, the Mastodons!

“Run for the Mastodon herd!” Decker yells.

“What, are you mad!?” Prendergast yells in response.

Decker is already running for the herd, he clears a path, stunning two Sabers. Dr. Smith and Dr. Prendergast follows him closely. Decker shows them what to do, he tucks and rolls under one of the Mastodons. They follow him, each tucks and rolls. They reach the center of the circle, where the young are. Then Decker runs out the other side, putting a barrier between them and the Sabers. Dr. Smith and Dr. Prendergast do the same, joining Decker on the other side. They stand at the ready, but the Sabers don’t come, the barrier worked. Once the rest of the pack wakes up, they slowly creep off into the forest.

“Are they gone?” Dr. Prendergast asks.

“I think so.” Decker says.

“Thank goodness.” Dr. Prendergast says, letting out a sigh of relief.

“I need to make some notes on their hunting strategy.” Dr. Smith says, opening his notebook.

“You mean other than trying to eating us?” Decker says.

“This is important behavioral information that we just witnessed.” Dr. Smith says.

“Fine, 5 minutes then we leave.” Decker says.

Dr. Smith sits down and begins writing. Decker stays on guard, in case the Sabers come back. After Dr. Smith is done writing, they continue down the game trail, following the river. Suddenly another earthquake hits, just as strong as the last one. Decker and the others fall to the ground again during the shaking. It lasts for a minute before it subsides.

“I don’t like the fact that we are getting all these earthquakes.” Decker says.

“Neither do I.” Dr. Smith says in agreement.

“Hopefully that volcano stays dormant until we can get out of here.” Decker says.

“What do you mean.” Dr. Prendergast asks.

“I mean as soon as we get back, we are leaving.” Decker responds.

“Why?” Dr. Smith asks.

“Because I have a bad feeling that these earthquakes are related to the volcano.” Decker responds. “Alright then, lets go.”

 

 

 

Back at base camp, Ross and Rygard are playing a game of cards to pass the time. They stare intensely at each other, trying to figure out the others next move.

“Do you have any 5s?” Ross asks.

“Go fish.” Rygard responds.

“Dang.” Ross says.

Ross picks up a card. He then looks out toward the field, and sees something odd. It appears to be an animal coming toward them fast.

“What is that?” Ross asks.

Rygard grabs a pair of small binoculars from his vest and takes a closer look. Upon closer inspection, he sees that its some kind of bear, coming straight for them.

“Get back. Whatever that is going to be here in a matter of seconds.” Rygard says.

Ross stands back, while Rygard grabs his p90. In an instant the bear is walking into their camp. Rygard stands at the ready, his p90 pointed straight at it. The bear is massive, standing 5 feet tall at the shoulders, and with long front legs, this beast is sight to behold. It lunges at Rygard and Ross, using its long front legs to swipe at them. They duck out of the way, dodging to the left and right. Rygard opens fire on the behemoth, but the taser rounds have little effect. The bear stands up on its hind legs, reaching a height of 11 feet. It takes another swipe at Rygard, its paw so fast that he doesn’t have time to duck. With one blow, it disembowels Rygard, his lifeless body falls to the ground. Frightened, Ross takes off for the tree line behind base camp. When he reaches the trees, he looks back and sees the bear dragging Rygards body off the way it came. Ross runs further into the forest, seeking shelter from the dangers that have become ever so apparent.

 

 

Chapter 7

 

 

Decker steps over a log, approaching the river. They come up on the riverbank, where the current is low enough to cross. As they cross, the water goes up to their knees. When they get on the other side, Decker notices something. He bends down to inspect further. He realizes that he is looking at a set of tracks.

“Hey doc, come take a look at this.” Decker calls out.

“What is it?” Dr. Smith asks.

“What animal do these tracks belong to?” Decker asks.

“They belong to the Terror Bird.” Dr. Smith Responds.

“Oh great, not those guys again.” Dr. Prendergast whines.

“Well head for those trees.” Decker says, pointing to a near by tree line. “we will follow it from here back to base camp.”

“Well, let’s not sit around and wait for those Terror Birds to find us, lets get on the move.” Dr. Smith says.

The group makes a bee line for the cover of the forest, continuing their trek for base camp.

 

 

 

About 15 minuets later, Tobias and Dr. Dells walk along the same location as Decker and the others crossed the river. They are inspecting the mud looking for signs of that the others crossed.

“I think I found something.” Tobias says. “I found three sets of boot prints.”

“Can you tell which way they are headed?” Dr. Dells asks.

“Looks like they are headed for the tree line.” Tobias responds.

“Then let’s go.” Dr. Dells says.

The two of them head back to the Tacoma, to follow the before something else does.

 

 

 

Walking along the tree line, they have almost reached base camp. Decker gets a whiff of something rotten. After a little while more of walking, they come upon a carcass. Dr. Smith inspects it closer, seeing that its some kind of deer. Decker looks out toward the field to their right, and sees something big coming toward them. He pulls out his small binoculars and takes a closer look. He sees a massive bear coming at them.

“We got to leave now.” Decker says.

But before they can leave, the massive creature is upon them. It immediately goes on the offensive.  Decker empties his Spas-12 at the bear, it stumbles backward from the shock. But it suddenly lunges forward and swipes the Spas-12 from Decker’s hands, bending the barrel in the process. The bear starts to walk toward Dr. Smith, Decker runs in front of it, screaming and waving his arms in an attempt to keep it focused on him. It looks back and forth, as if deciding who it wants. It then lunges after Decker; Decker runs for it. But the bear is faster than Decker. He darts to the left to get out of the way. He then notices that Dr. Prendergast is running toward the forest. The bear has noticed this as well, and is pursing. Before he can do anything about it, both Dr. Prendergast and the bear are in the forest. Decker draws his Beretta, and follows them in. He follows the trail the bear left in its wake. He then hears a scream not to far ahead of him. He rushes forward, pistol at the ready. Once he gets to the spot where the scream came from, he looks for signs of Dr. Prendergast. He notices that there is a pool of blood at his feet. He follows it, until he reaches another clearing. He scans it, and sees the bear running off, dragging something with it. Decker takes his Binoculars and sees that its Dr. Prendergast. He heads back to where Dr. Smith is. Once he gets there, he sees that Tobias and Dr. Dells are also there with Dr. Smith.

“Looks like we’ve been rescued.” Dr. Smith says.

“Where’s Dr. Prendergast?” Tobias asks.

“He’s dead.” Decker says with a shake of his head.

“Let’s go.” Dr. Smith says,

As they approach the Tacoma, a great earthquake suddenly strikes, accompanied by a large explosion. Everyone falls to the ground. The earthquakes goes on for 2 minutes. As everyone gets up, they look in the direction of the volcano, and realize their worst fears have come true. It has erupted!

They scramble to get in the Tacoma. Tobias starts it up and heads off in the direction of base camp. As they drive along, the sky darkens from the massive cloud of ash from the volcano. The volcano starts erupting lava bombs from its mouth, they go for miles around. One crashes near the Tacoma, but Tobias swerves out of the way. He dodges three more lava bombs they come crashing down out of the sky. He swerves out of the way of one that crashes right in front of them, but goes right into the path of another one. It takes out the driver side wheel, causing the Tacoma to crash. Decker gets out first and looks behind them. The lava is flowing out of the volcano now, along with more lava bombs crashing all around them. Decker then notices something else. All the commotion around them has flushed out the Saber-Tooth Cats. The pack is off in the distance, but is closing in on them fast. The group is at the back side of the hill that base is camp is on. They begin climbing the hill, scrambling to get to the top. Decker looks behind them and sees that the Saber pack is on their trail.

 

“The Sabers are almost on us.” Tobias says

“Tobias and I will stay to distract them, while Dr. Smith and Dr. Dells head back to base camp and get the portal running.” Decker says.

“Sounds like a plan.” Dr. Smith says.

Dr. Smith and Dr. Dells run off for the top of the hill. Tobias ready’s his p90, and Decker draws his Beretta. The Sabers close in. The first of the Saber pack charges at an incredible speed. They fire, stunning the beast, but more a re right behind it. Decker and Tobias start backing up. Three Sabers close In on Decker, forcing him to the edge of a steep slope. Looking for Tobias, Decker sees that he has been forced further up the hill. Closer to the edge, Decker has no where to go. One of the Sabers leaps for him, and hits him squarely in the chest, knocking him over the edge and sending him tumbling down the slope.

 

Just a few dozen yards away from base camp, Dr. Smith and Dr. Dells push through the brush. Suddenly, Dr. Smith runs into Ross, who was hiding.

“What are you doing here?” Dr. Dells asks.

“We were attacked, Rygard is dead.” Ross responds.

“Attacked by what?” Dr. Smith asks.

“Some kind of bear, it was huge.” Ross says.

“Sorry to hear it.” Dr. Dells says.

“Come on, we can’t stay here, we got to get back to camp and get the portal going.” Dr. Smith urges.

“Alright, lets go.” Ross agrees.

They continue pushing through the brush, when they all suddenly hear a distant howl of the Saber-Tooth’s.

“What was that?” Ross asks.

“Saber-Tooth Cats, they are hunting us.” Dr. Smith Responds “Lets go.”

They get to base camp, they run for the RV. They open the door and rush in. Ross grabs the Time Transmitter and turns it on, sending a signal back home for them to turn on portal. Dr. Smith looks out the window and sees a Saber stalking the tree line. He grabs a pair of cutters and chops the lock on the weapons locker. He grabs a Spas-12 and loads it. A bright white light appears in the center of camp. They look out the window and see the portal is activated.  Dr. Smith opens the door, Spas-12 at the ready. The three of them slowly make their way to the portal. Suddenly a Saber jumps down from the roof of the RV. 4 more surround them. The 5 Sabers start to close in on them. Dr. Smith fires a taser round and stuns the first Saber. The rest charge, catching them off guard. Dr. Smith Fires two more taser rounds, stunning two more sabers. One jumps of the back of Dr. Dells, but Ross kicks it off, while the other pins down Dr. Smith. He struggles with the beast. He manages to get the barrel pointed at the Saber and fires, stunning it. He gets up, and they run for the portal. They jump through, instantly landing back in the departure room at Washington labs.

“CLOSE IT!!!” Dr. Smith yells, the portal closes.

“What about Decker and Tobias?” Dr. Dells asks.

“We will just have to hope for the best.” Dr. Smith Responds

 

Back in the prehistoric North America, Tobias struggles to keep ahead of the Saber pack. He hops over a log, trying desperately to get to base camp. He hears something to his right. He swings his p90 over in the direction he heard the noise. With the ash falling, visibility is near zero. He waits to see if anything jumps out at him, but nothing does. Suddenly, something hits his back, Tobias falls to the ground. He tries to get up, the whatever has him is keeping him pinned down. He hears a low growl, close to his head. He feels a searing pain in his back, he realizes whatever it is, is digging its claws into his back. With one final effort, he pushes himself up with all his might, and manages to roll over. He now faces his attacker, a Saber-Tooth cat. It bites down on Tobias’s shoulder, he howls in pain. He tries to pry the jaws open but they are clamped shut. It lets go, Tobias tries to get up, but the Saber knocks him down again. It towers over him, with a look of victory in its eyes, before it goes for the neck. For Tobias, everything goes black.

 

 

 

Decker lands on his back, feeling something crunch under his weight. He gets up, realizes it was an egg that he crushed. He hears a high pitch squeal behind him. He turns around and sees a Terror Bird towering over him. He ducks, avoiding its sharp beak. He reaches for his Beretta, but is not there. He rushes for the hill, hoping to lose it in the brush. He can it hear it pursuing him through the brush. After a long climb up the hill, he reaches the top. He stops to listen if the Terror Bird is following him. He then smells something odd. He follows the smell, until he finds the source, Tobias’s body. He hears a crash behind him. He spins around and sees the Terror Bird coming after him. Decker takes off for base camp, trying to stay ahead of the Terror Bird. He comes into base camp and heads for the RV. He hears a howl behind him, he realizes that the Sabers must be coming his way. He turns around to see if they are already at camp, and he is confronted by a Saber-Tooth.  He tucks and rolls out of the way of the incoming Saber. He gets up, and confronts the beast. Just before the Saber can pounce, it is hit midair by a Terror Bird. It flies through the air and lands on a stack of crates. Decker slowly backs up, trying to get out of the line of fire, but the Terror Bird turns its attention to Decker. It charges and attempts to bite his head off. But Decker ducks to the right, and bolts for the RV. He is cut off by the Saber, it lands right in front of the door. Decker runs to the left and puts a Stack of MRE crates between him and the Saber. He happens to look down and sees the Time Transmitter. He grabs it, and looks up in time to see the Saber and Terror Bird fighting. He takes the opportunity and turns on the Time Transmitter. He ducks down, trying to hide. Suddenly a bright white light appears, then a purple orb appears. Then a loud cracking sound explodes from the volcano. Decker looks and sees a pyroclastic cloud comes out of the volcano. A super-heated cloud of ash and debris several hundred degrees in temperature, traveling at the speed of sound. Decker realizes he only has a few seconds to get in the portal. He runs for it, with the Saber right behind him. He jumps for the portal, traveling thousands of years in a fraction of a second. He lands on the floor of the Washington labs.

“CLOSE IT NOW!!!” Decker Yells.

The portal starts to glitch, flashing yellow and blue. The technicians trying desperately to close the portal. The portal suddenly disappears, just in time before the pyroclastic cloud reaches the portal.

“Where’s Tobias?” Dr. Smith asks.

“He didn’t make it.” Decker Responds.

“At least the nightmare is over.” Dr. Dells says.

“Now what?” Ross says.

“I guess we go back to our lives.” Decker says.

“I’ll be glad to go back to doing something where you don’t get attacked over other hour.” Dr. Smith says.

“Me too.” Dr. Dells says in agreement. ‘

“Well I guess this is goodbye.” Ross says.

“I guess so.” Dr. Smith agrees.

“Until next time.” Decker says.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Primal Encounters

Chapter 1

 

 

The Washington Labs chopper approaches its destination, carrying a wide range of passengers, all have been hired and are on their way to the top-secret lab for their briefing and orientation before they embark on their journey. The team will consist of 8 people: A Team Commander, Two Security Escorts, 2 Engineers, A Doctor, and 2 Scientists. The chopper starts to land at the facility, its landing gear hitting the ground with a loud thump. An assistant walks up to the chopper and opens the door. First to get out of the chopper is Allen Ross the team Engineer. He is an older man, in his med fifties, short white hair, and in need of a shave. Wearing a red t-shirt with a vest and brown cargo pants, he walks toward someone wearing a Washington Labs coat who is waving him over. Next out of the chopper is Dr. Noah Smith, a world-renowned Paleontologist. In his early thirties, Dr. Smith is wearing his signature white cowboy hat and boots, as well as light blue jeans and flannel shirt, heads over to where Ross is standing. Then Dr. Amy Dells, the Field Medic walks out and stands with the other two team members. Wearing a white long-sleeved shirt and brown coat, with short black hair and brown pants. The Security Escorts, Sam Rygard and Jake Tobias get out next, wearing their uniform tan long sleeved button up shirts and black pants and combat boots.  Tobias has a crew cut and brown hair, and Rygard’s blonde hair can be barely seen sticking out under his brown bush hat. They go and meet up with the group as well. Dr. Benjamin White, the Paleobotanist steps out, carrying a big duffle bag, and shuffles over with the rest of the team. Wearing a black sweater light and also wearing light blue jeans, and has dark blonde hair. Last but not least, the team leader Marcus Decker steps out. Wearing a short sleeved black shirt, dark blue jeans and combat boots with his dark hair showing through the back of his old and worn black baseball cap. He also has a scar running down his right eye. He walks over and meets the rest of the group.

 

They are greeted by a short man in a lab coat.

“Hi, my name is Gerald, welcome to our facility. Follow me and I will show you all to the conference room.”

Gerald starts walking to the door, waving the group to follow him. They all start following him. They enter a long hallway, at the end looks like another door with a panel to the left. Gerald walks up to it and enters a code which revels a hidden thumb print scanner. He puts his thumb on it and it makes its usual whirring noise, then glows green to indicate that it has approved his ID. The door unlocks, Gerald opens it and revels a lab, bustling with lab techs and scientists. Gerald leads them right through the middle of it all.

“They have a lot to do, preparing for tomorrow and all. Corporate has all the labs in the building preparing for this once in a lifetime event.” Gerald says as he hits the going up button on an elevator. The door opens and they all walk in. Gerald hits the 12th floor button and the elevator goes up. When the door opens, they are again faced with a long hallway, with an open door at the end. Gerald walks toward it leading them to the conference room. Inside they are greeted by a tall man with short brown hair, wearing a lab coat.

“My name is Dr. James Prendergast, welcome to Washington Labs. I know you all are curious as to the specifics as to why you are here so I will get right to the point. Up to this point you have been told that our company has been planning a scientific expedition and are in need of your services. You also have been given certain details as to what your jobs will be. I to will be joining you, and I cannot wait.”

Dr. Prendergast turns on a screen behind him and dims the lights.

“For 10 years now, Washington Labs has been working a secret project that would change the face of science as we know it. A break though in Quantum Physics lead to the ability to create a machine that could theoretically let you travel through time, we call it the Time Sphere, due to the fact that the portal looks like a sphere.”

The group all start looking at each other in disbelief. Decker could even hear someone suppressing a laugh. Dr. Prendergast waits for everyone to stop chuckling to themselves before he continues.

“To put it in a way you can understand, the machine can open a wormhole in the spacetime continuum. Using a complicated series of calculations, we can set the machine to go wherever and whenever we want.”

Prendergast notices Decker raised his hand.

“Yes?”

“Look, this is great and all but what does this have to do with us?”

“I was getting to that. Once the machine was constructed and tested, we determined that an expedition was a viable option. After much deliberation, we began organizing an expedition. We first had to decide where we wanted to go. With such an extraordinary machine, we thought we should go where no man has gone before. Somewhere everyone at one point in their lives has dreamed of going. Prehistory!”

Dr. Smith and Dr. White almost jump out of their seats. Decker just stares at Dr. Prendergast in disbelief. Ross leans forward and puts his hands to his chin, absorbing what he just heard. Dr. Dells, Tobias and Rygard all are staring in amazement at the prospect of traveling to prehistoric times. Waiting a moment for his sense to soak in, Prendergast continues.

“The next step was to figure out what we needed for the expedition. We designed custom off road vehicles, high output tasers, and other field equipment that we will orient you all on.

The last step on organizing the expedition, was putting together a team that could handle the journey and what they would find on the other side. That’s why you all are here. The top minds in each of your fields, the best of the best. Any questions before we move on to field gear orientation?”

Ross raises his hand.

“Yes?”

“When do we leave?” Ross asks.

“Noon tomorrow.”

Dr. Smith Raises his hand.

“Yes?”

“You said we were going to a prehistoric time. When were we going exactly?” Smith asks.

“Good question. It was decided that the first time period man would go is North America, during the Pliocene Epoch, roughly 2 million years ago.”

“So no Dinosaurs?” Tobias asks.

“No Dinosaurs.” Prendergast responds.

When no else raises their hands, Prendergast starts walking toward the elevator.

“If you all will follow me please. I will take you to where they have constructed the field equipment.”

Prendergast hits the down button, motioning for everyone to join him. The door opens, everyone piles in. once everybody is inside, Prendergast hits the ground floor button, and the elevator begins its descent. Once the elevator has reached its destination, Prendergast goes to the left, walking towards a hallway with a big set of doors at the end. Everyone’s curiosity grows with each step, wondering if what they heard in the conference room could actually be true. Prendergast unlocks the door at the end of the hallway and pushes it open.

“This is where we have constructed and are keeping our field equipment. We have constructed three 4x4 custom armored 4 door, tan Toyota Tacoma’s. Complete with 5-ton winch, roof mounted lights and engine snorkels. We also have a Predator 6.6 off road RV. We gutted the interior and redesigned the inside to hold scientific equipment and other supplies.”

As everybody takes in the bustle of activity, dozens of workers making last minute modifications and last touches being done to the vehicles. Prendergast to the far left of the garage, towards yet another set of doors. He opens the them, reveling a large room, walls covered with large lockers and display shelves.

“This is where the rest of your equipment is stored. Most of it will be pretty straight forward, camping gear, scientific equipment that you will already be familiar with. There are a few items that I want to show you specifically. First are these.”

Prendergast opens a locker marked Weapons. Prendergast pulls out a Spas-12.

“For you who will be providing security, these are a new form of tasers. They are standard guns, but they fire newly designed high output nonlethal taser rounds. They are designed to stun the target, but not kill. There are three models of taser guns. What you see here the Spas-12, P-90 and a 380 Beretta. There are high, medium and low-level rounds.”

Prendergast then moves to a locker at the far end of the room. Unlocking it, he opens the door, reveling a device that looks like a advanced radio.

“This is a part of the Time Sphere tech. This device will be taken with us to our destination. Its function is to reopen the portal.”

“How?” Ross asks.

“Let me explain. The Time Sphere can’t stay open due to the tremendous amount of energy required, but we designed it to go to sleep as it were. One a portal has been established its power level can be controlled. We can set it so that it let big objects through, like vehicles or people, or we can scale it back to where only a something like a signal can go back and forth. This device can send a signal through to let the Time Sphere operators know to open the portal to let them through.”

“How do you work it?” Ross again asks.

“It’s simple.” Prendergast holds the device up so everyone can see it. “First you extend the antenna on the top right. Then you flip the left switch to prime it, the red-light indicator here on the top left corner will turn on, wait five seconds then flip the right switch to transmit. The light indicator on the top left corner will indicate if the device is working. If the red light is solid, then its not sending, if its blinking then it is sending the signal. After that, just wait for the portal to appear.”

Prendergast glances down at his watch, 6 pm.

“Its getting late, you all should get some rest before tomorrow. Breakfast is at 8. I will now show you to where you will be staying, your bags are already there. “

 Prendergast heads back out the to the elevator, with the rest if the group following him into the elevator. He presses the 7th floor button, the elevator jerks into motion.

“When will we get to see the time machine?” Dr. Dells asks.

“Tomorrow, when we leave.” Prendergast responds.

The elevator door opens up, reveling a long hallway, with doors both on the left and right. Prendergast walks to the end, there are a series of doors with the word Guest written on the front.

“You will be staying here, each Guest Quarters has a bathroom where you can wash up.” Prendergast says as he opens one door to show them the small room.

 

Everyone then heads back out into the hallway and picks a room for themselves. Decker picks the room at the very end of the hallway. He opens the door and walks in. he finds his bag neatly placed at the foot of the bed. He opens it and finds everything where it should be. He walks into the small bathroom and finds everything one would expect: a toilet, sink, small shower, and towels and other small bathroom items. Decker walks back to the bed, places the bag on a near back chair and then lays down, contemplating what the following day would bring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 2

 

 

Decker wakes up the following morning, gets dressed and heads for the mess hall. He walks in to find the rest of the group sitting at a table at the far end. Decker walks over to the self-serve bar. He finds an array of breakfast foods, everything from eggs to oatmeal and everything in-between. He pours himself a bowl of plain oatmeal, pours a cup of black coffee and walks over to where the rest of the group is eating. He sits down next to Dr. Smith and greets him.

“Morning doc.” Decker says before taking a mouthful of oatmeal.

“Good morning.” He cheerfully replies. “How did you sleep?”

“Fine. You?” Decker replies.

“It took me awhile, I am just so excited. This is every paleontologists dream, to go back in time and directly observe what we have done nothing on but speculate.”

“Well be sure to take lots of notes.”

“Oh, you can be sure of that.”

Decker takes a drink from his coffee, then looks at the group. He then notices Prendergast walk in the room, then he starts heading for the group.

“Morning everybody. I just wanted to let you know that final suit up will be at 11:30 pm. Level 2 at the Lab for the scientists, and level 3 at the armory for security. Decker, you will suit up with security.”

Everybody nods in acknowledgment. Decker looks at the clock, its 8 am. He’s got 3 and a half hours to kill. “Good thing I brought a book.” He thinks to himself.

Prendergast walks away. Everybody has finished their breakfast and are putting away the trays. Decker puts his away and begins walking to his Guest Quarters, with the rest of the group following suit.

 

Three hours later, Decker walks into the Armory. Tobias and Rygard haven’t shown up yet. Decker sees a long table in the middle of the room, with all kinds of tactical gear. Decker walks up to the right end where he sees three tactical vests and belts. Assuming this is the spot to begin, he grabs one and puts it on. He hears the door open, and Tobias and Rygard walk in. They see where Decker is and they do the same, starting with their tactical vest and moving along down the table. The next item are spare Beretta 380 clips. He grabs 3 and puts them in the pouches on the left side of his tactical belt. Then he sees a set of K-Bar knives, he straps one to his belt. Moving along the table, the next items are flashbang grenades. Decker takes a few and stashes them on his vest. Then he sees a set of pouches, three that look like they are supposed to hold spare p90 mags, and three to hold spare shotgun rounds. Decker takes the latter and straps them onto his vest. Next are three field medical kits. Decker puts it in a pouch on the back of his vest. Last, but not least are three canteens. He puts one on the back of his belt. Decker waits for Tobias and Rygard to finish gearing up. Decker then notices that somebody is waiting at the entrance. Once the others are finished, the man opens the door.

“I will take you to the portal room.” The man says gesturing for them to come out into the hallway.

He leads them to the elevator and presses a button with a sphere logo on it. The elevator immediately goes down. It goes so far that Decker figures that they must be underground. Once the door opens, decker sees an enormous room. He first notices all the three Tacoma’s and the Predator 6.6 RV all lined up. He then notices that at the far end there is a giant machine, it looks like a big generator. Along the top there are half exposed coils. There are a series of round gears along the side. At the front there is what looks like a giant circular fan. There is a long thick cable running from the machine to a giant ring in the center of the room.  Their guide then takes them to the center of the room, by the giant ring. The rest of the group is already standing there. Prendergast dramatically clears his throat to get everyone’s attention.  

“Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for being here on this day that will go down in history! Today we go where no one has ever gone before, to do what everyone said was impossible! We will go down in history as the first people to go somewhere only science fiction has gone. Today, we go into the past, to write ourselves a better future! Ladies and gentlemen, prepare for the journey of your life!”

“Someone has a flare for the dramatic.” Tobias whispers in Smiths ear. 

Prendergast then continues. “All the gear has been loaded and the temporal coordinates set. All that remains is for us to get in the vehicles and drive on into the unknown.”

Decker then notices the glass up on the wall behind them. He realizes that it’s the control center, full of busy and focused workers trying to prepare for the moment they all had been waiting for.

“All right valiant leader, tell us where to go.” Prendergast says looking directly at Marcus.

 “All right, I’ll drive the lead Tacoma. Tobias will take the second and Rygard will take the third. Ross will drive the RV. Prendergast with me, Smith with Tobias, Dells with Rygard and White with Ross. Lets move people, we don’t got all day!” Decker orders.

Everyone moves into position. Decker gets in the lead Tacoma, keys already in the ignition. He starts is up, he sees a radio clipped to the dash board.

“Everybody ready?” Decker asks.

“Tobias ready.”

“Rygard ready.”

“Ross ready.”

Suddenly, there is a loud humming noise. Decker looks at the big machine and sees that the fan and gears have started moving. Then the coils along the top start to glow. The cable that runs from the machine to the ring also start to glow, and the ring starts to spin. It gets so fast that it looks like a sphere. Suddenly, a white light starts to envelope the ring, forming a sphere. The light then turns purple. And the humming noise starts to sound like a pulse. Then the radio crackles, someone starts to speak.

“Expedition team has the green light. Repeat, expedition team has the go ahead.” The voice says.

Decker puts the gear into drive, puts his foot over the gas pedal and presses down. The Tacoma lurches forward, heading straight for the purple sphere. Suddenly there is a bright white flash, and Decker feels an intense pressure, like he is underwater. Then, as quickly as it started, it was over. The pressure went away, and the bright flash was over. Decker looks around, the Tacoma was still moving forward. He is in a big field, the tree line is over a mile away. Decker hits the brakes, the vehicle comes to a complete stop. Decker looks in the rear-view mirror, he sees Tobias come out of the sphere and then stop behind him. Then Rygard comes out, with Ross right behind him. Once the entire caravan is ready, decker signals for them to start moving.

“Our first job is to set up camp.” Decker says into the radio.

The group keeps moving along, getting closer to the tree line. When they get closer, decker can see a small hill along the tree line. Decker turns the wheel, heading for the hill. Upon arrival, Decker stops and gets out. Inspecting the surrounding hilltop, he notices a menacing shape off in the distance. The shape of a volcano. Turning his attention back to the clearing. It has a good look vantage point to be able to observe the field below. Then looking at the tree line, Decker realizes that he doesn’t recognize what kind they are. Might be species that isn’t around in the 21st century.  He hears the team unloading the gear behind him. He turns around  to assist in the effort.

“Where are the tents?” Dr. Smith asks.

“Over here, in the RV.” Ross responds.

Dr. Smith walks in and grabs one of the tents for himself. Decker comes up behind him, grabbing a tent for himself as well. The rest of the team does the same. Before long, eight tents are set up in the small clearing on top of the hill. Once Decker has all his things in order, he opens a crate marked FOOD. Inside is jam packed with MREs. Decker sorts through, looking for something appealing.

“What are those?” Dr. Dells asks.

“Meals Ready to Eat. Or MREs for short. Military uses them. Looks like they have packed us enough to last 6 months.” Decker says in reply.

Decker grabs one marked Mashed Potatoes with Gravy. He walks over to his tent and sits down on a crate and begins eating. He notices Dr. White taking tree samples over by the tree line. Tobias walks over.

“So, what’s the plan?” Tobias asks.

“We will settle here for now, I will go take some of the scientists with me for a scout in the morning.” Decker answers.

“Sounds good.” Tobias says, walking away.

After his meal. Decker scours the immediate  area looking for fire wood for the night. After securing enough, he walks back to camp and digs a fire pit.

“Getting a fire ready I see.” Dr. Smith says

“Yep, it wouldn’t be a camp without a fire.” Decker replies.

“That’s for sure.” Smith says.

“So I was planning on taking you, Dr. White and Dr. Prendergast out for a scout tomorrow morning, see what is around.”

“Alright then, what time will we disembark?” Smith asks.

“Seven am.” Decker says.

“I will tell the others.” Smith says.

“Roger.” Decker replies.

That night, they hear a whole assortment of different animal sounds, but none of them sounded in anyway familiar. With the team huddled around the fire, they carry on in conversation, while Decker scans the surrounding area with a powerful flashlight. He moves over to the edge of the clearing where he can scan the field. As he moves the light beam around, he sees what looks like some kind of horse. Once he is satisfied that there is no immediate danger, he turns off the flashlight and moves over to his tent. He zips it up and gets comfy in his sleeping bag, almost immediately he falls fast asleep, listening to the strange sounds of the night.

Chapter 3

 

Dr. Smith wakes up to the smell of fresh coffee brewing. He gets dressed and unzips his tent. He steps out to the cool morning, the sun barley up yet. He looks around camp and sees Decker standing by a fold up table, with a camp site coffee maker.

“Your up early.” Dr. Smith says.

“Since 5 am.” Decker replies.

“Got anymore of the good stuff?” Dr. Smith asks.

“Yeah, here.” Decker says, pouring the coffee.

Later that morning, the rest of the team gets up. After having an MRE breakfast, they begin preparing for the day. Decker gets Dr. White and Dr. Prendergast and directs them to gather their gear. Decker walks into the RV and finds Dr. Smith and Dr. Dells. Decker walks over to the weapons locker, unlocks it and grabs a Spas-12. He grabs a case of taser rounds and loads it, putting the extra rounds on his vest.

“We will be back around 1 pm.” Decker says to Dr. Dells.

“Ok, see you then.” She replies.

Then Decker and Dr. Smith walk out and head over to one of the Tacoma’s, where Dr. White and Dr. Prendergast are already waiting in the back seat. Decker gets in the driver, and Dr. Smith in the passenger seat. Decker starts the truck, and they pull out of the camp site, driving along the tree line. They drive for a while, Dr. White taking notes on different types of trees they see as they drive along. After a couple of hours, they come across a herd of animals, Dr. Smith asks they stop to observe them. They climb out and walk to a safe distance from the animals. Dr. Smith and Decker each pull out a pair of binoculars.

“What are they?” Dr. White asks.

“Mastodons, prehistoric cousins of elephants.” Dr. Smith replies.

“How interesting.” Decker says.

After about an hour of observing, with Dr. Smith taking notes the whole time, totally consumed by this opportunity. The rest of the group are all bored out of their minds. Then Decker notices something.

“Hey doc?” He asks.

“Yes?” Dr. Smith replies.

“What do you know about giant birds?” Decker asks.

“What do you mean.”

“Well I just noticed a group of birds about ten feet tall, and they look like they are watching us.”

“WHAT! WHERE?” Dr. Smith exclaims.

“About 40 yards behind the Mastodon herd.”

“We need to get out here now.” Dr. Smith exclaims, packing his stuff.

“Why?” Dr. Prendergast asks.

“Their carnivores, very dangerous, and they are hunting us.”

“How do you know.” Dr. White asks.

“Because they won’t attack the Mastodons, they can’t bring one of them down, that leaves us.”

“RUN!!!” Decker suddenly yells.

The birds suddenly charge the group, running at high speed. The group run for the Tacoma, quickly climbing and starting the vehicle.  By the time they pull out, the birds are right on their tail. Decker floors it, but the birds keep up. He heads out into the field, past the Mastodon herd. The birds start to catch up, running along side the Tacoma. They start slamming the truck with their heads, denting the doors and breaking glass. Decker pulls out his sidearm, and fire three taser rounds into the closest bird. The bird jerks back but doesn’t stop running. The birds continue their assault against the group, forcing them to drive next to a nearly vertical hill. Decker fires again, but misses. With each head slam, they are forced closer to the edge of the hill. Suddenly the world starts spinning with a full-on body slam from a bird. They roll down the hill, coming to a stop and on its side, slamming into a boulder. Dazed, Decker looks around, expecting to be swarmed with the birds, but finds nothing.

“Everyone alright?” He asks.

“Never better.” Dr. Smith sarcastically replies.

“Why aren’t they attacking.” Dr. White asks.

“How should I know?” Dr. Smith says.

Decker grabs the Spas-12, looking out the window and finds the flock standing at the top of the hill. He then looks in the opposite direction, and sees their way out. He turns to the group.

“Here’s the plan. We are going to make a run for it, there is a river about 100 yards that way. I think if we can make it, we can cross and get away.” He explains.

“But we will never out run those things.” Dr. Prendergast says.

“That’s what these are for.” Decker says, holding out a flash bang grenade. “It will disorient them long enough for us to escape.”

“Well if we are going to do this it better be soon, cause those thing look like they are about to charge.” Dr. Smith says.

“Get ready to run for it.” Decker says, strapping the Spas-12 to his back.

Decker opens the door and quickly climbs out. The rest of the group behind him. At the site of prey, the birds charge. Withing 2 seconds they are nearly on top of them. Decker pulls the pin and throws the grenade. When it goes off, it stops the birds dead in their tracks, and the group take off for the river. As they approach the river, Decker notices something in his peripheral vision. Suddenly a bird comes out of the brush and bites down on Dr. White’s neck, killing him instantly. Stopping to enjoy its prize, it leaves the rest of them alone. They reach the river, looking down the steep embankment. With the flock recovered and closing in the on them, they jump for it. Rolling down the rocky embankment and into the river. They sting current swiftly taking them down river and father away from camp, but also away from the flock. 
 

 

Chapter 4

“Decker said that they would be back at 1 pm, and now its almost 5. I think we should be worried.” Dr. Dells says to Tobias.

“Alright, you and I will go out and look for them.” Tobias replies.

He walks to the RV, and grabs a p90 from the weapons locker. He climbs into one of the Tacoma’s, with Dr. Dells getting in the passenger seat.

“Stay here, in case they come back. If you don’t here from us by nightfall, start worrying.” Tobias says to Rygard.

“Roger that.” Rygard Responds.

Tobias and Dr. Dells pull out and follow the first groups trail. After a few hours of ridding, Dr. Dells notices something shining in the distance. Looking closer with a pair of binoculars, she realizes what it is.

“Over there, by the boulder.” She says to Tobias.

“Got it.” He responds, driving over to the object.

As they climb out, they begin inspecting the crashed Tacoma. Tobias notices four sets of tracks leading away from the crash, he follows them. He then notices something odd in amongst the tracks.

“I think they were attacked.” Tobias says.

“Why do you think that?” Dr. Dells asks.

“Because there is a completely different set of tracks in theirs. Like the others were being chased. We should follow these tracks and see where they lead.”

They follow the tracks, for about 56 yards, then they find a trail of blood to the left of the tracks. They start following the blood trail, it leads to a patch of brush. Tobias looks inside, bits and pieces of a body. On closer inspection he finds a piece of clothing.

“This look like Dr. White’s shirt.” Tobias says.

“Oh my.” Dr. Dells replies.

They return to the main tracks and continue following it. It leads them to the steep embankment, and the river below.

“They escaped in the river. You can see where they went down the embankment over there. At least they got away from whatever was attacking them.” Tobias says.

“What do we do now?” Dr. Dells asks.

“We tell base camp what we found, then we continue the search.” Tobias responds.

 

 

 

Further down river, the group just pulled themselves out of the river. They have traveled several miles downriver, just now stopping because the current calmed down. Laying on the bank, drying out, Decker, Dr. Smith and Dr. Prendergast are all exhausted.

“Everyone alright?” Decker asks.

“Yeah, I’m fine.” Dr. Smith responds.

“Me too.” Dr. Prendergast says.

“What the heck were those things doc?” Decker asks

“Phorusrhcus, or commonly called Terror Birds. Ten feet tall, bone crushing beak, and as you saw for yourself, very fast and very mean.” Dr. Smith answers.

“Well isn’t that just wonderful.” Decker says.

 “So, what do we do now?” Dr. Prendergast asks.

“We have to walk back.” Decker responds.

“But we are several miles from camp, and its almost dark.” Dr. Smith says.

“Alright, we will make camp tonight, then at first light, we will head out.” Decker says.

Decker looks around, taking in his surroundings. He gets up and walks over to the tree line and starts gathering wood. Once he has gathered enough wood, he sits down and pulls out a small case from his vest. He opens it and inside is a Zippo lighter.

“Wasn’t that ruined by the water?” Dr. Smith asks.

“No, I keep it in a water proof case.” Decker replies.

Decker lights the fire, and the group immediately huddles next to the small fire. Decker notices that the sun is starting to go down. soon, Dr. Smith and Dr. Prendergast lay down next to the fire, absorbing its radiant warmth. With Decker standing guard, the group slowly falls asleep, dreaming about the wonders of time travel.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, Tobias and Dr. Dells are traveling along the river, looking for signs of Decker and the others. They have already traveled several miles with no sign of life. Dr. Dells notices something along the river.

“Wait, I see something.” She says.

“What is it?” Tobias says as he stops the Tacoma.

“Something shiny along the riverbank.” Dr. Dells says

“Can you tell what it is?” Tobias asks.

“Looks like equipment of some kind, it could have come off of one the others while they were being washed down river.” Dr. Dells says.

“At least we are on the right track.” Tobias says. “It’s getting late, we should head back to camp, and continue the search tomorrow.”

 “Alright, I just hope they are ok.” Dr. Dells responds.

 

Chapter 5

Tobias wakes up early, before sunrise and gets ready to continue the search. He makes himself an MRE breakfast while he waits for Dr. Dells to wake up. He brews some coffee, and sits to watch the sunrise. He hears movement in Dr. Dells tent. Tobias pours her a cup of coffee. She emerges from her tent, following the coffee smell. Tobias hands her the coffee cup, and she takes a loud sip from it. Dr. Dells walks over to the MRE crates and starts sorting through them, looking for breakfast. Once she has eaten, she walks over to where Tobias is sitting.

“I’m ready to go.” She says.

“Alrighty then, lets go see if we can find our fellow time travelers.” Tobias responds.

They climb into the Tacoma and head to where they left off the previous day, where they found the shining piece of equipment.

 

 

 

Dr. Smith wakes up, the sun just barley visible. He looks around, and sees Dr. Prendergast still sleeping, but no sign of Decker. He then hears a twig snap behind him. He quickly turns around, expecting the worst, only to find Decker walking with an arm load of wood for the fire.

“Good morning sleepy head.” Decker says.

“Morning, what time is it?” Dr. Smith responds.

“About 6:30 am.” Decker says.

“Should we wake Dr. Prendergast.?”

“Let him sleep for another hour, then we’ll get on the move.”

“Alright. Man, do I wish we had some breakfast.” Dr. Smith says.

“Me too, we’ll get something to eat when we get to camp.” Decker responds.

“Never thought I would want one of those MREs.” Dr. Smith says

“You get used to them.” Decker says.

They sit by the fire, listening to the natural sounds around them. Decker puts another piece of wood on the fire when Dr. Prendergast wakes up.

“Good morning, we were just about to wake you.” Decker says.

Dr. Prendergast just moans in response, he then stands up and walks to a more private place to take care of business.

“Probably just taking a morning leak.” Dr. Smith says.

Dr. Prendergast returns, looking a little more alive.

“Better?” Decker asks.

“Yeah. So, are we going to head out?” Dr. Prendergast responds.

“Eager to leave, are we?” Decker says.

“Yeah, I’m hungry.” Prendergast says.

“Yeah, so are we. Let me put this fire out then we can leave.”

Throwing dirt on the fire, Decker extinguishes the fire. They gather what gear they have, then they head up river, in the direction of camp. Suddenly, an earthquake hits, shaking everybody to the ground. Its lasts for a minute, then it subsides.

“Wow! What a ride!” Dr. Smith exclaims.

“Hopefully that was just a fluke.” Decker says.

“What do you mean?” Dr. Prendergast asks.

“With a volcano just miles from our location, things like that earthquake could mean bad news for us.” Decker explains.

“You mean an eruption.” Dr. Smith says.

“Yes.” Decker Responds. “Come on, lets get out of here.”

 

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“Stop the truck!” Dr. Dells tells Tobias.

“What is it?” He asks

“I think I see their camp.”

Tobias stops the Tacoma, and they climb out. They walk to the riverbank, each looking through a pair of binoculars. Focusing in on the other side, at about 25 yards from the riverbank, they see what remains of a fire.

“At least we know they are alive. The question of is, where did they go from here.” Dr. Dells says.

“They probably are heading toward camp. Let’s head that way and see if we can find them.” Tobias responds.

They walk back to the Tacoma, but before they can climb in, Tobias notices something. He looks intently to the tree line behind them, and sees a giant bird.

“Dr. Dells.” He says.

“Yes?” She responds.

“Run for the trees and climb the first one you see.” He tells her.

“Why?” She asks.

The Terror Bird suddenly charges, quickly coming up on their position.

“RUN!!!” Tobias yells.

They run for the trees, quickly they climb the first one they come to. Just as Tobias gets out of reach of the Terror Bird, the beast hits the tree, making Tobias drop his p90. They continue to climb to they reach a good 25 feet in the air, well above the snapping beaks of the Terror Birds.

“Shoot them!” Dr. Dells yells to Tobias.

Tobias pulls out his Beretta 380 and fires four taser rounds at the closet Terror Bird, the bird jerks back from the shock, but doesn’t back down.

“Use your other gun.” Dr. Dells says.

“Can’t, I dropped it.” Tobias responds.

“Just great, now were stuck.” Dr. Dells mumbles to herself.

“We’ll have to wait them out.” Tobias says. He takes a closer look at their feet, and then realizes something.

“Well, I think we just meet the things that attacked Decker and the others.” Tobias says.

“How do you know?” Dr. Dells asks.

“Their feet look the same has the tracks we saw at the crashed Tacoma.”

“I could have done without meeting them in person.” Dr. Dells says.

“Me to, get comfortable doc, we’ll be here a while.” Tobias says.

 

 

As Decker and the others walk along the river, they come up on an impasse. Ahead of them is a 50-foot waterfall, with slippery and jagged rocks, being impossible to climb. Decker inspects the waterfall, looking for a way up, but when he doesn’t find one, the only other option becomes very apparent.

“We will have to take the long way around.” Decker says.

“You mean walking into the forest. No way man, who knows what’s in there!”Dr. Prendergast complains.

“No choice, that waterfall is to dangerous to climb. If we trek through the forest here, we should be able to find a way up and over.” Decker says.

Decker walks up to the tree line, pushing aside a fern, he walks into the forest. With the others following him, they trek through the thick foliage. Pushing aside various plants, they continue on. Soon they come upon a game trail. Decker quickly inspects it, looking for signs of life. But he finds none, so they follow it, hoping it leads up the hill and over the waterfall. They follow the game trail for a half mile before they encounter a rancid smell that stops them dead in their tracks.

“What on this earth is that smell.” Dr. Prendergast says.

“It must be some kind of animal.” Decker says, gripping his Spas-12 tightly.

They continue down the game trial, carefully keeping an eye out for anything that might be lurking in the dense forest. They come upon a small clearing, filled with a type of bamboo. In the center is a group of animals they astonish Decker and the others.

“What are those?” Decker asks.

“Gigantopithecus, a prehistoric species of ape. Over 9 feet tall and weighing 1,300 pounds.” Dr. Smith responds.

“Are they dangerous?” Decker again asks.

“Possibly, I wouldn’t get any closer. We should go around them.” Dr. Smith says.

“Good idea.” Dr. Prendergast says in agreement.

Decker begins to walk, closely watching the herd of Gigantopithecus. One of them looks right at them. The group freezes, waiting to see what the animal will do. It just lazily chews a bunch of leaves, clearly not caring about the beings just yards away from it. The group slowly continues down the game trail. Away from the magnificent beings they just encountered.

“That was amazing!” Dr. Smith exclaims.

“If you say so.” Decker unenthusiastically says.

“I do. Gigantopithecus is only know from a partial jawbone, not a full skeleton. So, seeing what they look like is a huge leap forward in our understanding of them.”Dr. Smith explains. 

“A lot of what you see here will probably do that.” Decker says.

“Why do you think I’m carrying this notebook.” Dr. Smith says. “Speaking of which, can we stop for a bit, I want to take a sketch of those guys.” Dr. Smith asks.

“Alright, but make it fast. I don’t want to wait around for long.” Decker says.

Dr. Smith sits down and immediately begins sketching. Decker and Dr. Prendergast also sit down, taking advantage of the opportunity to rest. Keeping an eye out for any danger, Decker’s head continuously moves back and forth, scanning for any threat. Dr. Prendergast fiddles with a stick while he waits for Dr. Smith to finish his sketch. After about 15 minutes Dr. Smith stands up, closes his notebook, and looks at the others.

“Alright, I’m done.” He says.

“Good, let’s get out of here.” Decker says, heading down the game trail.

 

 

 

After 4 hours of sitting in the tree, Dr. Amy Dells and Jake Tobias butts are very sore. The Terror Birds lost interest awhile ago, but they stayed in the tree just to be safe. Tobias continuously scans the area below them, trying to decide if its safe enough to go back to the Tacoma.

“Are we clear?” Dr. Dells asks.

“Let me climb down and find out.” Tobias responds.

Tobias begins to slowly climb down the tree. When he reaches the bottom, he grabs his p90 and chambers a round. He looks around, using the small pair of binoculars from his tact vest, he scans the distance and finds nothing.

“Clear!” He yells out.

Dr. Dells climbs down the tree as well. Once she meets up with Tobias, they walk to the Tacoma together. Once they reach it, Tobias grabs the radio to call in their situation.

“Base camp, come in, over.” Tobias says into the radio.

“Base camp here. We were starting to get worried about you there for a minute, over.” Rygard responds.

“Yeah, we encountered the creatures that attacked the others. They forced us up into a tree. That’s where we’ve been for the past 4 hours. They finally lost interest and left.” Tobias explains.

“Sounds like fun.” Rygard says sarcastically.

“We found what looks like their camp. We think they heading upriver, toward base camp. We are going to follow head that way and see if we can find them.” Tobias says.

“Roger that. Base camp out.” Rygard says.

“Alright then, lets see if we can find our friends.” Tobias says to Dr. Dells.

 

 

Chapter 6

 

Decker and the others come up on a small clearing in the forest. On the far side is a herd of elephant like animals, with longer tusks and thick matted fur.

“Doc, you’re up.” Decker says.

“They’re called Mastodons. Prehistoric cousins to elephants. They are thought to be generally peaceful animals.” Dr. Smith explains.

Suddenly, the Mastodons begin forming a circle in the middle of the clearing. With their young in the center, and the adults around the edge. They are swinging their heads back and forth, using their huge tusks to make an impenetrable formation.

“What’s going on doc?” Decker asks.

“That’s a defensive formation, they must sense that there’s a danger nearby.” Dr. Smith says.

“Are they just reacting to us?” Dr. Prendergast asks.

“I don’t think so.” Decker says.

“Why do you say that?” Dr. Prendergast asks.

“Because were being flanked!” Decker yells.

Dr. Smith and Dr. Prendergast turn around, and in front of them is a pack of large cats, with huge incisors teeth. Even Decker recognizes what is in front of them: a pack of Saber-Tooth Cats, the apex predator. The lead Saber lunges forward, claws out. Decker fires a taser round from his Spas-12. The Saber lands just inches from his feet, temporally knocked out form the shock. The rest of the pack circle them. Another Saber lunges at Dr. Smith, he tucks and rolls out of the way. The Saber lands just a few feet away from him. It turns around and swipes at Dr. Prendergast. The tips of its claws just barely reach him, ripping his jacket. Decker fires another taser round, and stuns the Saber. Suddenly, a Saber leaps into the air, landing on top of Decker. It attempts to bite down on his neck, but he uses his Spas-12 to block the death blow. He struggles with it, the Saber attempting to pull the gun out of his hands, and Decker struggling to keep it. Dr. Smith comes to the rescue, kicking the Saber off of him. Decker quickly turns toward it and fires, stunning the Saber. He gets up, and the three all put their backs to each other. The lead Saber gets up, and looks directly into Decker’s eyes. It lets out a ferocious howl, and the entire pack begins to slowly closes in on the three of them. Intensely concentrates, trying desperately to think of a way out of getting eaten. Then it dawns on him, the Mastodons!

“Run for the Mastodon herd!” Decker yells.

“What, are you mad!?” Prendergast yells in response.

Decker is already running for the herd, he clears a path, stunning two Sabers. Dr. Smith and Dr. Prendergast follows him closely. Decker shows them what to do, he tucks and rolls under one of the Mastodons. They follow him, each tucks and rolls. They reach the center of the circle, where the young are. Then Decker runs out the other side, putting a barrier between them and the Sabers. Dr. Smith and Dr. Prendergast do the same, joining Decker on the other side. They stand at the ready, but the Sabers don’t come, the barrier worked. Once the rest of the pack wakes up, they slowly creep off into the forest.

“Are they gone?” Dr. Prendergast asks.

“I think so.” Decker says.

“Thank goodness.” Dr. Prendergast says, letting out a sigh of relief.

“I need to make some notes on their hunting strategy.” Dr. Smith says, opening his notebook.

“You mean other than trying to eating us?” Decker says.

“This is important behavioral information that we just witnessed.” Dr. Smith says.

“Fine, 5 minutes then we leave.” Decker says.

Dr. Smith sits down and begins writing. Decker stays on guard, in case the Sabers come back. After Dr. Smith is done writing, they continue down the game trail, following the river. Suddenly another earthquake hits, just as strong as the last one. Decker and the others fall to the ground again during the shaking. It lasts for a minute before it subsides.

“I don’t like the fact that we are getting all these earthquakes.” Decker says.

“Neither do I.” Dr. Smith says in agreement.

“Hopefully that volcano stays dormant until we can get out of here.” Decker says.

“What do you mean.” Dr. Prendergast asks.

“I mean as soon as we get back, we are leaving.” Decker responds.

“Why?” Dr. Smith asks.

“Because I have a bad feeling that these earthquakes are related to the volcano.” Decker responds. “Alright then, lets go.”

 

 

 

Back at base camp, Ross and Rygard are playing a game of cards to pass the time. They stare intensely at each other, trying to figure out the others next move.

“Do you have any 5s?” Ross asks.

“Go fish.” Rygard responds.

“Dang.” Ross says.

Ross picks up a card. He then looks out toward the field, and sees something odd. It appears to be an animal coming toward them fast.

“What is that?” Ross asks.

Rygard grabs a pair of small binoculars from his vest and takes a closer look. Upon closer inspection, he sees that its some kind of bear, coming straight for them.

“Get back. Whatever that is going to be here in a matter of seconds.” Rygard says.

Ross stands back, while Rygard grabs his p90. In an instant the bear is walking into their camp. Rygard stands at the ready, his p90 pointed straight at it. The bear is massive, standing 5 feet tall at the shoulders, and with long front legs, this beast is sight to behold. It lunges at Rygard and Ross, using its long front legs to swipe at them. They duck out of the way, dodging to the left and right. Rygard opens fire on the behemoth, but the taser rounds have little effect. The bear stands up on its hind legs, reaching a height of 11 feet. It takes another swipe at Rygard, its paw so fast that he doesn’t have time to duck. With one blow, it disembowels Rygard, his lifeless body falls to the ground. Frightened, Ross takes off for the tree line behind base camp. When he reaches the trees, he looks back and sees the bear dragging Rygards body off the way it came. Ross runs further into the forest, seeking shelter from the dangers that have become ever so apparent.

 

 

Chapter 7

 

 

Decker steps over a log, approaching the river. They come up on the riverbank, where the current is low enough to cross. As they cross, the water goes up to their knees. When they get on the other side, Decker notices something. He bends down to inspect further. He realizes that he is looking at a set of tracks.

“Hey doc, come take a look at this.” Decker calls out.

“What is it?” Dr. Smith asks.

“What animal do these tracks belong to?” Decker asks.

“They belong to the Terror Bird.” Dr. Smith Responds.

“Oh great, not those guys again.” Dr. Prendergast whines.

“Well head for those trees.” Decker says, pointing to a near by tree line. “we will follow it from here back to base camp.”

“Well, let’s not sit around and wait for those Terror Birds to find us, lets get on the move.” Dr. Smith says.

The group makes a bee line for the cover of the forest, continuing their trek for base camp.

 

 

 

About 15 minuets later, Tobias and Dr. Dells walk along the same location as Decker and the others crossed the river. They are inspecting the mud looking for signs of that the others crossed.

“I think I found something.” Tobias says. “I found three sets of boot prints.”

“Can you tell which way they are headed?” Dr. Dells asks.

“Looks like they are headed for the tree line.” Tobias responds.

“Then let’s go.” Dr. Dells says.

The two of them head back to the Tacoma, to follow the before something else does.

 

 

 

Walking along the tree line, they have almost reached base camp. Decker gets a whiff of something rotten. After a little while more of walking, they come upon a carcass. Dr. Smith inspects it closer, seeing that its some kind of deer. Decker looks out toward the field to their right, and sees something big coming toward them. He pulls out his small binoculars and takes a closer look. He sees a massive bear coming at them.

“We got to leave now.” Decker says.

But before they can leave, the massive creature is upon them. It immediately goes on the offensive.  Decker empties his Spas-12 at the bear, it stumbles backward from the shock. But it suddenly lunges forward and swipes the Spas-12 from Decker’s hands, bending the barrel in the process. The bear starts to walk toward Dr. Smith, Decker runs in front of it, screaming and waving his arms in an attempt to keep it focused on him. It looks back and forth, as if deciding who it wants. It then lunges after Decker; Decker runs for it. But the bear is faster than Decker. He darts to the left to get out of the way. He then notices that Dr. Prendergast is running toward the forest. The bear has noticed this as well, and is pursing. Before he can do anything about it, both Dr. Prendergast and the bear are in the forest. Decker draws his Beretta, and follows them in. He follows the trail the bear left in its wake. He then hears a scream not to far ahead of him. He rushes forward, pistol at the ready. Once he gets to the spot where the scream came from, he looks for signs of Dr. Prendergast. He notices that there is a pool of blood at his feet. He follows it, until he reaches another clearing. He scans it, and sees the bear running off, dragging something with it. Decker takes his Binoculars and sees that its Dr. Prendergast. He heads back to where Dr. Smith is. Once he gets there, he sees that Tobias and Dr. Dells are also there with Dr. Smith.

“Looks like we’ve been rescued.” Dr. Smith says.

“Where’s Dr. Prendergast?” Tobias asks.

“He’s dead.” Decker says with a shake of his head.

“Let’s go.” Dr. Smith says,

As they approach the Tacoma, a great earthquake suddenly strikes, accompanied by a large explosion. Everyone falls to the ground. The earthquakes goes on for 2 minutes. As everyone gets up, they look in the direction of the volcano, and realize their worst fears have come true. It has erupted!

They scramble to get in the Tacoma. Tobias starts it up and heads off in the direction of base camp. As they drive along, the sky darkens from the massive cloud of ash from the volcano. The volcano starts erupting lava bombs from its mouth, they go for miles around. One crashes near the Tacoma, but Tobias swerves out of the way. He dodges three more lava bombs they come crashing down out of the sky. He swerves out of the way of one that crashes right in front of them, but goes right into the path of another one. It takes out the driver side wheel, causing the Tacoma to crash. Decker gets out first and looks behind them. The lava is flowing out of the volcano now, along with more lava bombs crashing all around them. Decker then notices something else. All the commotion around them has flushed out the Saber-Tooth Cats. The pack is off in the distance, but is closing in on them fast. The group is at the back side of the hill that base is camp is on. They begin climbing the hill, scrambling to get to the top. Decker looks behind them and sees that the Saber pack is on their trail.

 

“The Sabers are almost on us.” Tobias says

“Tobias and I will stay to distract them, while Dr. Smith and Dr. Dells head back to base camp and get the portal running.” Decker says.

“Sounds like a plan.” Dr. Smith says.

Dr. Smith and Dr. Dells run off for the top of the hill. Tobias ready’s his p90, and Decker draws his Beretta. The Sabers close in. The first of the Saber pack charges at an incredible speed. They fire, stunning the beast, but more a re right behind it. Decker and Tobias start backing up. Three Sabers close In on Decker, forcing him to the edge of a steep slope. Looking for Tobias, Decker sees that he has been forced further up the hill. Closer to the edge, Decker has no where to go. One of the Sabers leaps for him, and hits him squarely in the chest, knocking him over the edge and sending him tumbling down the slope.

 

Just a few dozen yards away from base camp, Dr. Smith and Dr. Dells push through the brush. Suddenly, Dr. Smith runs into Ross, who was hiding.

“What are you doing here?” Dr. Dells asks.

“We were attacked, Rygard is dead.” Ross responds.

“Attacked by what?” Dr. Smith asks.

“Some kind of bear, it was huge.” Ross says.

“Sorry to hear it.” Dr. Dells says.

“Come on, we can’t stay here, we got to get back to camp and get the portal going.” Dr. Smith urges.

“Alright, lets go.” Ross agrees.

They continue pushing through the brush, when they all suddenly hear a distant howl of the Saber-Tooth’s.

“What was that?” Ross asks.

“Saber-Tooth Cats, they are hunting us.” Dr. Smith Responds “Lets go.”

They get to base camp, they run for the RV. They open the door and rush in. Ross grabs the Time Transmitter and turns it on, sending a signal back home for them to turn on portal. Dr. Smith looks out the window and sees a Saber stalking the tree line. He grabs a pair of cutters and chops the lock on the weapons locker. He grabs a Spas-12 and loads it. A bright white light appears in the center of camp. They look out the window and see the portal is activated.  Dr. Smith opens the door, Spas-12 at the ready. The three of them slowly make their way to the portal. Suddenly a Saber jumps down from the roof of the RV. 4 more surround them. The 5 Sabers start to close in on them. Dr. Smith fires a taser round and stuns the first Saber. The rest charge, catching them off guard. Dr. Smith Fires two more taser rounds, stunning two more sabers. One jumps of the back of Dr. Dells, but Ross kicks it off, while the other pins down Dr. Smith. He struggles with the beast. He manages to get the barrel pointed at the Saber and fires, stunning it. He gets up, and they run for the portal. They jump through, instantly landing back in the departure room at Washington labs.

“CLOSE IT!!!” Dr. Smith yells, the portal closes.

“What about Decker and Tobias?” Dr. Dells asks.

“We will just have to hope for the best.” Dr. Smith Responds

 

Back in the prehistoric North America, Tobias struggles to keep ahead of the Saber pack. He hops over a log, trying desperately to get to base camp. He hears something to his right. He swings his p90 over in the direction he heard the noise. With the ash falling, visibility is near zero. He waits to see if anything jumps out at him, but nothing does. Suddenly, something hits his back, Tobias falls to the ground. He tries to get up, the whatever has him is keeping him pinned down. He hears a low growl, close to his head. He feels a searing pain in his back, he realizes whatever it is, is digging its claws into his back. With one final effort, he pushes himself up with all his might, and manages to roll over. He now faces his attacker, a Saber-Tooth cat. It bites down on Tobias’s shoulder, he howls in pain. He tries to pry the jaws open but they are clamped shut. It lets go, Tobias tries to get up, but the Saber knocks him down again. It towers over him, with a look of victory in its eyes, before it goes for the neck. For Tobias, everything goes black.

 

 

 

Decker lands on his back, feeling something crunch under his weight. He gets up, realizes it was an egg that he crushed. He hears a high pitch squeal behind him. He turns around and sees a Terror Bird towering over him. He ducks, avoiding its sharp beak. He reaches for his Beretta, but is not there. He rushes for the hill, hoping to lose it in the brush. He can it hear it pursuing him through the brush. After a long climb up the hill, he reaches the top. He stops to listen if the Terror Bird is following him. He then smells something odd. He follows the smell, until he finds the source, Tobias’s body. He hears a crash behind him. He spins around and sees the Terror Bird coming after him. Decker takes off for base camp, trying to stay ahead of the Terror Bird. He comes into base camp and heads for the RV. He hears a howl behind him, he realizes that the Sabers must be coming his way. He turns around to see if they are already at camp, and he is confronted by a Saber-Tooth.  He tucks and rolls out of the way of the incoming Saber. He gets up, and confronts the beast. Just before the Saber can pounce, it is hit midair by a Terror Bird. It flies through the air and lands on a stack of crates. Decker slowly backs up, trying to get out of the line of fire, but the Terror Bird turns its attention to Decker. It charges and attempts to bite his head off. But Decker ducks to the right, and bolts for the RV. He is cut off by the Saber, it lands right in front of the door. Decker runs to the left and puts a Stack of MRE crates between him and the Saber. He happens to look down and sees the Time Transmitter. He grabs it, and looks up in time to see the Saber and Terror Bird fighting. He takes the opportunity and turns on the Time Transmitter. He ducks down, trying to hide. Suddenly a bright white light appears, then a purple orb appears. Then a loud cracking sound explodes from the volcano. Decker looks and sees a pyroclastic cloud comes out of the volcano. A super-heated cloud of ash and debris several hundred degrees in temperature, traveling at the speed of sound. Decker realizes he only has a few seconds to get in the portal. He runs for it, with the Saber right behind him. He jumps for the portal, traveling thousands of years in a fraction of a second. He lands on the floor of the Washington labs.

“CLOSE IT NOW!!!” Decker Yells.

The portal starts to glitch, flashing yellow and blue. The technicians trying desperately to close the portal. The portal suddenly disappears, just in time before the pyroclastic cloud reaches the portal.

“Where’s Tobias?” Dr. Smith asks.

“He didn’t make it.” Decker Responds.

“At least the nightmare is over.” Dr. Dells says.

“Now what?” Ross says.

“I guess we go back to our lives.” Decker says.

“I’ll be glad to go back to doing something where you don’t get attacked over other hour.” Dr. Smith says.

“Me too.” Dr. Dells says in agreement. ‘

“Well I guess this is goodbye.” Ross says.

“I guess so.” Dr. Smith agrees.

“Until next time.” Decker says.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


Submitted: December 24, 2020

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