A car approached….
Somebody stepped out….
They had a torch, and shone it my way….
They called out….
Just Syl. I was worried for a minute there. Anyway, Elatha joined us near the base of the shack with Syl’s Mystery Stalker, whom Elatha is calling Barry. We entered the shack, we struggled to hold our meals down, Syl’s mystery stalker failed. We examined the area and Elatha asked about the book. I gave it to him and we left the shack, avoiding the vomit. We started walking towards the car when we heard a blood curtailing howl. Then another. Five werewolves came out of the darkness. Circling us like the predators they are, and we were their prey. I said hi. One suddenly grew in size and then shrank to human size, then loomed out of the darkness. They told us to leave but not very politely. Syl’s mystery stalker fled to the car and we followed. She couldn’t get the car started, but with Elatha’s luck she managed to despite what sounded like a flooded engine. She drove off like a woman possessed. It took me several moments to use my sonic screwdriver to reverse the polarity of her neural pathways to calm her down. After that Syl drove back to her place. Elatha started reading the book with my help. He pointed out a word that seemed to be standing out to him, so I helped them stand out and do a show tune for him. Vril. She let me inside, then took Syl’ mystery stalker home. I was fast asleep by the time she returned.
In the morning we woke, had breakfast and after some oblations we headed back to the desert. We stopped for lunch at the Lil’ Probe inn. It was a UFO themed restaurant that didn’t seem to mind strange orders. Syl order a hamburger, held it up, looked at it for awhile then put it down. She went to the restroom and we could hear her throw up. When she came back she grabbed a salad and went outside to make a call. After Elatha and I finished our meals we went outside, Elatha taking Syl’s hamburger outside with him. He sat there and started to eat it in front of her while she ate her salad. All of a sudden she dropped the salad and snatched the hamburger, scoffing it down in seconds. She seemed concerned that someone was influencing her mind. I took a look on the drive to Angelina. The ring she wears seems to be giving her a compulsion to be obsessive and addictive.
We arrived at Angelina, and headed straight to the library. Syl asked about a book called Vril, and I pulled it out for her. The book is a novel that centers on a young, independently wealthy traveler (the narrator), who accidentally finds his way into a subterranean world occupied by beings who seem to resemble angels and call themselves Vril-ya. The hero soon discovers that the Vril-ya are descendants of an antediluvian civilization who live in networks of subterranean caverns linked by tunnels. It is a technologically supported Utopia, chief among their tools being the “all-permeating fluid” called “Vril”, a latent source of energy which his spiritually elevated hosts are able to master through training of their will, to a degree which depends upon their hereditary constitution, giving them access to an extraordinary force that can be controlled at will. The powers of the will include the ability to heal, change, and destroy beings and things; the destructive powers in particular are awesomely powerful, allowing a few young Vril-ya children to wipe out entire cities if necessary. It is also suggested that the Vril-ya are fully telepathic. The narrator states that in time, the Vril-ya will run out of habitable spaces underground and start claiming the surface of the Earth, destroying mankind in the process if necessary. This could be related to Atlantis. I read in a newspaper recently about a cave being discovered under the Gant Bridge.
With a little luck we opened the door of Angelina looking out from under Gant Bridge. We heard a couple of guys trying to work out where the port-a-loo came from. Elatha went looking for a construction helmet. Syl and I walked out, incognito. One of the guys had just finished up talking to the Department of sanitation to get the loo removed. After a brief chat we found out that people went missing in the cave and one guy was still in a comma after being bitten by a white spider, two weeks prior. After he left Elatha found his way back with a helmet. I grabbed some lights and a rope and we headed into the cave. Syl slipped and fell down and out of site. We called out, and she said she was ok.
I wonder where this cave goes….