Monday, April 27, 2015
Chose the ending! "The Mastodon's Heart" Pt 1
YOU are an archaeologist/paleontologist with a few special powers. You have moderate super strength, telekinesis and you sometimes get visions. No one knows about your powers yet. Following in the steps of your late Father, you seek relics of the past in many ways. You are about to embark on a dangerous journey. In your satchel bag, you have an array of tools common to your trade along with your father's knife and .38 revolver. You keep a few snack items and a bottle of fresh water as well.
The helicopter pilot smiles at you, and you wish he wouldn't. His teeth are yellow. He shouts over the engine; something about how hard it is to get to this location. You could care less. You've been to more remote locations than he's ever thought about. This spot in Siberia will be no different.
"Shouldn't you have a coat or something?" The pilot asks.
"I'm a tough girl. I can handle it." You respond, wishing you could just jump out now.
He says something about liking his girls that way as he brings the chopper to the ground. You can hardly wait to get out. You ignore the pilot as you throw the door open and hop out. There are two men waiting for you. One is a short and wearing wire rim glasses. He's old enough to be your grandfather. The other is a tall regal looking Arabic man. His long black hair is tied back in a pony and his suit is far too clean for a fossil site.
"You must be Professor Sigmund." You hold out your hand to the smaller man who gently shakes it.
"Yes and this is Amikam. He works for the investors. I'm so glad you could make it on such short notice."
You shake Amikam's hand. He doesn't say a word.
"Not a problem. Where is the find?"
"You want to go right to it? I could understand if you need a rest after all that travel."
"I prefer to get right to work. From what you said, this sounds exciting."
"Oh it is and quite puzzling." The Professor leads you to a wide dug pit where you can see a arrangement of fossilized ribs jutting from the side wall of the dig. All three of you walk down a dirt ramp. There are four other people moving dirt and digging. You quickly stride over to the ribs. After a cursory observation you turn to Sigmund. "What is this? It's not a mammoth."
"No. It's not. It appears to be an American Mastodon."
"In Siberia? How is that possible?"
"I was hoping you could tell us. I'm going to get us some tea. Would you like some?"
There's a young woman standing by the remains. She's eager and perky, two things you don't care for.
"Professor, I can get that for you." She offers.
"No, no, Jessica, you assist our friend here."
You pass on the tea and take a closer look at the ribs. The center ribs are embedded in a black stone unlike any of the rest of the remains. You take a closer look at it. There are tool marks that don't match anything being used today. From what you can tell, the stone is just as old as the remains. That means they were embedded in the rock intentionally. You reach out and touch the stone. Your mind is flooded with a vision. You see a glowing red stone as large as a football. Then the scene shifts to the body of Professor Sigmund with Amikam leaning over. There is blood on Amikam's hands. You jolt back to reality as Jessica's perky voice sounds in your ears.
"So, what do you think?"
Well? What DO you think? What do you do next? Put your answer in the comments!
Some possible actions include:
1: Run and warn the Professor
2: Run and confront Amikam
3: Inspect the big rock with the ribs embedded in it.
Or come up with your own idea.