ECHOES OF THE PAST
James Lennord stirred from his slumber as the phone next to his bed rang, his eyes fluttered opened and tried to come into focus. He rolled to his
side, one hand moving towards the alarm clock and lifting it up; 4:30am.
This better be important.
His hand moved towards the cordless phone like a great weight was pressing down onto his arm.
"Hello?" James managed to murmer out in a half-awaken state, trying to keep quiet to not awake his wife.
"This is Fredrick Nillian, head of the archeology division of--"
"I know who you are..." Jame interupted the man mid-speech.
"...I'm sorry for calling you so early, but my team has just found an incredible find. We are looking for people with great expertise in the field
of ancient civilizations, and your name came up."
"I understand, but what is so important that you have to wake me up at the crack of dawn to tell me?"
"Well Doctor," Nillian paused. "It's something your going to have to see firsthand. We're offering you an exclusive contract and part of the
discovery, naming rights, and a 500,000 dollar paycheck."
"Thats alot of money for me coming out to god knows where to look at something."
"Yes well, our benefactors feel this discovery is very important. We have a private jet awaiting you at LAX, but we need you to leave
James' wife slowly stirred out of her sleep, heavy eyes opening slowly to look towards James, who was already getting dressed.
"Honey, come back to bed."
"Sorry, this is important. I think I just found the job that'll fund our research for a long, long time."
The jet ride was smooth, and with extravegent nature of the jet itself, he could tell that whomever these benefactors were, they were very
important. As the plane came in for a landing, he finally saw where he was, a sea of golden dunes and rough sand: The Sahara. The plane landed roughly
on a makeshift gravel runway, skidding to a stop as it bounced and rocked back and forth. James exited the jet slowly, squinting at the brightness of
the sun and absorbing the sudden change of the enviroment.
"Dr. Lennord! Dr. Lennord over here!" A man shouted over the loud engines of the private jet. The figure was squranny, some young intern waving his
arms about to motion over to James.
"You finally made it. I'm David, Professor Nillians assistant. Hows the jet lag?"
"I've had worse. So wheres the 500,000 dollar discovery?"
David motioned James to follow him as they made theyre way towards a large dune. Slowly they climbed over it, reaching the top. James eyes widened as
he looked down from the top of the dune.
"Amazing isn't it?" David said as he stood beside James. Below the dune was a massive crater, caved in to reveal a massive pyramid. Barely worn or
aged, somehow kept prestine in the dunes for centuries, if not millenias. The pyramid was built with massive slate bricks, leading up in a step
fashion all the way up to the very top, which was flattened out.
"Wheres your boss, I need to talk to him immediately."
A discovery of a lifetime...