Meanwhile, Peggie and Miranda wee having an adventure
Miranda happened to be walking past Declan's office, when she noticed that
the door was ajar. Thinking that he had come to his senses and returned
his foolish trip, she went in intent upon chewing him out.
"Oh my. . ."
She turned on the light and saw that Declan's
office had been ransacked.
"Peggie, I think Declan's in trouble."
Peggie shared her concerns.
"When did you last hear from Declan?"
"He was on his way to the University of
Pennsylvania. They went to see
"The Mayan were obsessed with the past and curious
about the future.
They thought that events in heaven were related to events on earth.
believe that history repeats itself and certain cycles of movements of
and planets occurred at the same time as changes in their realm. For
example, earthquakes. They also say that the world will end in
He was rambling on so that she could scarcely keep up.
She decided to
just show him her pendant. He seemed quite interested.
"There is a glyph symbol on here that we found
elsewhere that we thought
meant 'earthquake'. It is the earth symbol that is also one that
names of the days of the week. In some texts, this symbol was a split
it's not the day sign in those texts. We were checking to see if
prophecies had any basis in fact. We followed the prophecies that
the cracked earth symbol and we worked out the date to be February of
"There was an earthquake in Guatemala in
February of 1976." Tamika said
quietly. Declan looked at her with great surprise.
"How could you possibly know that?"
"That's how my parents met. My father was
there when the earthquake
occurred. He helped with the clean-up. That's how he met my mom.
Goodman, how did you and my father come to start working together?"
"Michael was looking for a lost city. He
wanted me to write a computer
program that took into account all of his clues and come up with a list of
alignments that we could plot on satellite photographs to try to locate
lost city. Michael said that it would save a lot of money knowing
where the city was." Leo Goodman looked as if he didn't want to share
next bit of information.
"Go ahead, Professor Goodman. I want to hear
Goodman continued reluctantly.
"A lot of other researchers resented your father's
findings. They felt
that research money could be put to better use. He and I ended up
The satellite pictures won't be released for three years because they are
part of military intelligence. Michael was impatient because he was
concerned about looters."
"So, you were urging him to wait?"
"Yes, but he decided not to wait for the final
calculations, and when
Joshua Watkins offered to finance his expedition, he went for
noticed the look of distaste on Goodman's face at the mention of Watkins'
"Do you know if my father had anymore notes that
we could look at?"
Tamika asked desperately.
"They are on loan to the Smithsonian Institute in
They had been given the name of Curtis White.
When they arrived at the
Smithsonian, they headed to where Michael Patton's pictures were on
As they were standing there looking at the pictures,
"Why did the Smithsonian abandon my father?" She wasn't asking
particular, but she was answered.
"The Smithsonian didn't really abandon your
father. His permit expired.
If he had stayed at Tikal, we would have continued support."
"Basically, you didn't condone him running off
looking for the lost
city." Declan added. Curtis White didn't catch Declan's biting
"Professor Goodman called me. We do have
your father's last diary."
They followed him to his office and he gave them the battered
They were sitting in Tamika's hotel room on her
bed. Declan was highly
"I am surviving as best as I can in this
dense jungle. The pendant
aware of where they were sitting and he tried hard to keep his mind on
they were doing.
"So, what does you father's last entry
say?" he asked. Tamika began
that I am sending to Tamika is a magnificent piece. It is too bad that
don't know where it was found, but had we known, the Guatemalan
wouldn't have released it to me. I feel that it is somehow important in
search in the rainforest.
The pendant is 3 3/4" wide, 2 5/8" high and
barely 1/2" thick. The
front is carved into a jaguar profile with a plant attached. The
includes glyphs. Now the latest discovery: We have searched the
vicinity of Temple IV. We don't know why the Stela fragment was not
before! Maybe because no one was looking for it. This new fragment
the Maya calendar date: 6 kan 17 chen - 188.8.131.52.4. Nothing else
Funds are running out, but I am reluctant to
leave. The looters are
getting more numerous. I feel that I must move quickly before they loot
There was a kind of silence when she finished
reading as the words from
her father sunk in.
"Well, where do you think we go from
here?" She was so wide-eyed and
innocent. He had to keep telling himself that she didn't want to move
further in their relationship, but his mind kept straying.
"Uh - well - um - I think we need to check out
that guy Watkins. You
know, the one whose name keeps popping up. Goodman didn't seem to care
him too much." Tamika agreed. They would see Watkins first
thing in the
"Right now, I'm starving!" Declan
"I can't believe we're running all over the
country looking for Declan.
We should have stayed home and waited for him to call us." Miranda
know what it was, but she had a bad feeling about everything.
"Look, the man at the university said that
they were headed to
Washington. While we're here on the east coast, we might as well
out." Peggie was not convinced.
When Declan walked Tamika back to her room, he
knew immediately that
something was wrong. Tamika's door was slightly ajar.
"Wait a minute." Declan
whispered. Declan gently moved Tamika back
behind him as he slowly opened the door. He listened carefully. He
to make sure that they weren't walking in on anyone. There was no sound
he moved silently into the darkness. Whoever was there, was gone
Declan turned on the light. The room had been trashed.
diary was still there.
"What were they looking for?" Tamika
asked. She was still whispering
even though the danger had passed. Declan didn't seem to know what they
Declan, can I stay with you tonight?" Any
other time, he would have
been turned on by that statement. He didn't think that when they
this adventure that they would actually be in any danger.
When they went to his room, they noticed that it
had been searched as
well, but it didn't look nearly as bad as her room.
"They must have figured that I didn't have
whatever they're looking
for." Declan said lightheartedly.
He looked at her. She was really scared now.
"I'll sleep in the chair. You can have the
bed." Normally she would
refused his gallant offer, but she was so tired all she could do was
at him weakly.
He sat in the chair, in the dark, and listened to her
thought about how vulnerable she had looked and how much she wanted to
her up into his arms and kiss her.
He knew what she was thinking. She was starting
to doubt whether her
father was really alive and if he was, were these people after him?
Suddenly Tamika began to thrash around in her
sleep. She was having
another nightmare. He got up and moved to the bed. He slid in and
and tried to calm her as best as he could. She was crying now -
quietly - and he held her tighter. Tamika instinctlivey put her arms
and held on to him. It was in this way, that Declan drifted off to
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