Skip to content

Zanzibar – Part 9

May 29, 2016

Zanzibar – Part 9

by Lori Carlson

“So there’s a way back to the Village?” Hemi asked.

The First Ones nodded their heads.

Hemi jumped to his feet. “Then we have to go get my friends.”

“I’m afraid not, dear lad.” Ethan bowed his head. “We can’t risk a rescue.”

Hemi slumped back down in his seat. “You won’t even try?”

Ms. Simone placed a hand on Hemi’s arm. “The Curator would know. We can slip in there at night, take a few items and slip back out again, but to stay longer than a few minutes… No, child. That would be too dangerous.”

Nellie scooted her chair closer to Hemi and looked him straight in the eyes. “You don’t understand the ways of things here, Hemi. We are only safe in the Smoke. The Curator doesn’t care about us here, but the Village is his special project. An experiment of some kind. Besides, if your friends haven’t turned up in the Smoke, then they may have already assimilated into the life of the Village.”

Hemi shook his head. “I don’t believe that! They wouldn’t. We are Motorheads. We don’t assim… assim.. what you said.”

Ethan sighed. “We don’t even know what section of the Village they are housed in. They could be anywhere. We can’t risk staying there long enough to find them.”

Suddenly, Hemi sat upright, a big grin splashed across his face. “I know a way. We have a code. It’s just symbols, but if we could put them in one location, maybe they will all gather there and wait for us to return again.”

The First Ones looked back and forth at one another. Finally, Ethan spoke up. “It’s still risky, but it just might work. Show us your code.”

Nellie grabbed a notebook and a pencil and placed it in front of Hemi. He glanced at each of them. Could he trust them? The code was the Motorheads only means of survival. They looked too eager to learn it. Hemi slid the notebook into the center of the table.

“No, I won’t show you the code. Take me with you on the next trip and I will place the symbols there myself.”

Ethan shook his head. “No, lad. Only the three of us ever go into the Village.”

Hemi slammed his fist down on the table. “You lot just want to keep me separated from my mates. First Ones. The Curator. The Smoke. The Village. What is this? Some twisted game of divide and conquer? I bet you’re all in on it together!”

Ms. Simone crossed her hands over her chest and glared at Hemi. “How dare you! You are just an insolent child.”

Ethan patted Ms. Simone on the back. “Now, now, dear. Calm yourself.” He turned his attention to Hemi. “We don’t need to know what the symbols mean. Just write down what you want us to place somewhere and we will do so.”

Hemi leaned back in his chair. He still wasn’t sure he could trust those three, but if he didn’t have to give up the meaning behind the symbols, perhaps it would be okay. He sat upright and pulled the notebook back toward him.

“You have to put them at child level,” Hemi demanded as he scratched out a row of symbols on the paper. “And in this exact order. Do you have something yellow to write them with? We have a special color code too.” Hemi slid the paper into the center of the table.

Nellie picked it up and studied it for a few moments. “I will do the writing since I am the shortest,” she informed the others. “I can make a yellow stain from some of the plants we have.”

“Leave it to us,” Ethan said and stood up. “We should all get some rest. We won’t be traveling to the Village for another fortnight.”


This is now a round-robin between Keith Channing and I.

If you missed a chapter, click to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8

or Jump ahead to Chapter 10

 

 

Advertisements
42 Comments

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. Zanzibar – Part 48 | Promptly Written
  2. Zanzibar – Part 47 | Promptly Written
  3. Zanzibar – Part 46 | Promptly Written
  4. Zanzibar – Part 45 | Promptly Written
  5. Zanzibar – Part 44 | Promptly Written
  6. Zanzibar – Part 43 | Promptly Written
  7. Zanzibar – Part 42 | Promptly Written
  8. Zanzibar – Part 41 | Promptly Written
  9. Zanzibar – Part 40 | Promptly Written
  10. Zanzibar – Part 39 | Promptly Written
  11. Zanzibar – Part 38 | Promptly Written
  12. Zanzibar – Part 37 | Promptly Written
  13. Zanzibar – Part 36 | Promptly Written
  14. Zanzibar, part 36 – Keith Kreates
  15. Zanzibar – Part 35 | Promptly Written
  16. Zanzibar – Part 34 | Promptly Written
  17. Zanzibar – Part 33 | Promptly Written
  18. Zanzibar – Part 32 | Promptly Written
  19. Zanzibar – Part 31 | Promptly Written
  20. Zanzibar – Part 30 | Promptly Written
  21. Zanzibar – Part 29 | Promptly Written
  22. Zanzibar – Part 28 | Promptly Written
  23. Zanzibar – Part 27 | Promptly Written
  24. Zanzibar – Part 26 | Promptly Written
  25. Zanzibar – Part 8 | Promptly Written
  26. Zanzibar – Part 25 | Promptly Written
  27. Zanzibar – Part 24 | Promptly Written
  28. Zanzibar, part 22 – Keith Kreates
  29. Zanzibar – Part 23 | Promptly Written
  30. Zanzibar – Part 22 | Promptly Written
  31. Zanzibar – Part 21 | Promptly Written
  32. Zanzibar – Part 20 | Promptly Written
  33. Zanzibar – Part 19 | Promptly Written
  34. Zanzibar – Part 18 | Promptly Written
  35. Zanzibar – Part 17 | Promptly Written
  36. Zanzibar – Part 16 | Promptly Written
  37. Zanzibar – Part 15 | Promptly Written
  38. Zanzibar – Part 14 | Promptly Written
  39. Zanzibar – Part 13 | Promptly Written
  40. Zanzibar – Part 12 | Promptly Written
  41. Zanzibar – Part 11 | Promptly Written
  42. Zanzibar – Part 10 | Promptly Written

What's on your mind? Let me know!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Healing Morning

My everyday approach to spirituality.

KARMA WAVES CONSCIOUS LIVING

CONSCIOUS LIVING THROUGH HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS

Keto Captain Blog

Your daily dose of healthy information

The Word Faucet

Welcome to my world where words flow freely

The_Unknown_Girl

Less Words,More Feelings...!!!

Project 642

Writing to find the Answer

Silicon Valley Girl

The Life and Times of a Gen-Xer

The Novel I'll Never Write

My attempt to make sense of the world through a random combination of letters & punctuation.

A Whistling Caravan

Write not to impress others,but to express yourself and inspire others!!!™

The Urban Mile

NYC Running & More

Business and Book

A Blog About the Book Industry and Relevant Business Issues

Sliver of Darkness

I'm the last words of a slain poet

A Strong Life: People Enhancing People

Will talk about what I'm passionate about: health & wellness, parenting, being an entrepreneur, etc.

Confusium

trying to make sense in a world that no longer makes sense to me

%d bloggers like this: