"Oh no, you can't be serious. We're actually going to
was not a happy camper.
"Why do you think I had you bring your
passport?" Peggie knew that she
shouldn't have been surprised, but she didn't think that they would
Joshua Watkins had proved to be a very suspicious
man. His slimy-weet
charm had been meant to throw them off the trail. He was quite handsome
was known to be a 'lady killer'. One look at these women and he knew what
must do. They were getting too close.
"Do you think Michael Patton is still
alive?" Miranda asked. Peggie
hesitated. She wasn't quite sure.
"I don't know, but I do know that something
dangerous is going on."
When they arrived in Mexico City, they had to figure
out what to do.
Somehow they would have to make passage to Guatemala and then on to Tikal.
But, until then, they decided to have some fun. What was considered fun
and anthropologist and an archaeologist's daughter? Why a museum, of
They decided to go to an Anthropology Museum. They came to a sign that
Museo Nacional De Anthropologic.
They had a very nice time looking at artifacts that
didn't really have
anything to do with their quest. While they were walking, Tamika slipped
arm through Declan's arm and it felt very intimate. Declan was busy
to read the signals, but failed.
When they were finished at the museum Tamika asked,
"What should we do
now?" Their footsteps echoed in the courtyard of the museum.
"Well, we have to get to Tikal and if I'm right,
someone will come to us
and provide us passage." Declan liked the look of awe that he
"How do you know this?" Declan smiled.
"Someone has been following us ever since we left
Tamika shuddered as she realized the magnitude of what
saying. Instinctively, he moved to her side and held her. She felt
knowing that he was there.
Next, Declan noticed that they hadn't seen any people
in the museum. He
had, at first, thought that it was because it was the middle of the
and that people were taking siestas. But, there were no tourists
was puzzled. They went to the offices. On the door, they saw a sign:
archaeologists are in the field."
They did see something before they left that would help
them on their
quest. It was a map of where they were to go. It was the Yucatan
They decided afterwards to walk around the
marketplace. They went from
stall to stall looking at all of the beautiful objects. While standing at
stall of beautiful headbands, a man approached them. His name was
"Ah, these headbands are beautiful, but the
headbands in Guatemala are
more beautiful. Do you need a guide?" They eyed him
they had not said that they were trying to get to Guatemala.
"Just how do we get to Guatemala?"
"Es muy facil if you have the proper papers.
You need only to buy
tickets." Tamika caught another chill as she recognized the words
nightmare. Her eyes held the terror of recognition as well. Declan
"My uncle is in the travel business. Here is
his address. He will help
you get to your destination." He was gone as quickly as he had
"Are you all right?" Declan
asked. Somehow her nightmare was coming
"What do you know about premonitions?"
she asked hauntingly.
"I know - a little." Declan replied.
"What if my father is in danger?" It
was highly possible that Michael
Patton was in trouble, but he didn't want to tell her that.
They went to the address that was given to them by
Jaime Rojas. When
they arrived, they were eyed suspiciously by Jaime's uncle. They were
to meet him that night at the main bus station at 8:30.
Declan and Tamika went back to the hotel to freshen up
and to eat and
arrived back at Mr. Rojas' at 8:30.
"Are you ready to leave?? he asked
hurriedly. Even though they felt
uneasy, they knew that if they didn't go no, they would not be able to go
"From here we go to Villahermosa, Tabasco and then
to Tenosique town.
It's on the river. This will put you in Guatemala quickly."
Declan was uneasy. He realized that he was
putting them both in danger,
but Tamika was determined to continue the search for her father.
As they bumped along the dusty road in the middle of
the night, Tamika
dozed and leaned heavily onto Declan's shoulder. It felt good having
there. He placed his arm around her and held her.
Jaime's uncle, Manuel, turned and looked at them.
He didn't know why
Senor Watkins wanted them brought to Guatemala. He just did as he was
Declan wondered if they were going to Guatemala of
their own free will
They drove across the great plateau of Central Mexico
to the state of
Veracruz. They entered the Tuxtla mountains. Declan noticed that
the mountains were actually active volcanoes. He could see them glowing
billowing in the distance. He looked at his 'hosts'. They didn't
seem to be
worried by the sight of the volcanoes.
When they reached a certain spot that he assumed was
They were joined by a Mayan named Chan, who brought food: black beans, and
Manuel left and they didn't see him for the remainder
of the night.
Tamika expressed concern.
"Do you think that we'll be abandoned?" she
asked as they ate their
beans and tortillas. Declan didn't know which scenario was worse:
abandoned or being with that Manuel character.
"We'll be all right." Declan answered,
but, he wasn't sure.
"I'll tell you what, if it makes you feel better,
I'll write a note."
He took a small memo pad from his pocket as well as a stub of pencil and
started writing. He was doing this solely to make her feel better.
"We'll say that we are being kidnapped and are
headed for Tikal. If
Manuel is reliable, we won't have to use it." He folded it up
and put it in
his shoe. Tamika knew that he was being silly, but she thought that it
sweet of him to try to ease her mind.
After a very uncomfortable night's sleep on the
hard ground, Declan and
Tamika woke to a breakfast of the same black beans and tortillas. When
finished eating, they were told that they could explore the area.
didn't waste any time. They began walking. Tamika looked hopeful,
Declan knew that they would not be allowed to explore if they could
"Look!" Tamika said excitedly.
Just ahead, they saw a group of archaeologists
working on a structure
with glyphs carved on a big stair. They started to approach one of
archaeologists, when Manuel suddenly came from the jungle.
"You moved a lot quicker than they thought you
would. We need to leave;
the pilot is waiting."
Once in the air, Manuel explained that they were
following the west side
of the Yaxchilan River.
"There was a lost city there. It used to be
my father's favorite site."
She tried not to let him see the tears in her eyes, but he did.
They entered the mouth of the Passion River and headed
"What's that?" Tamika asked pointing to
a group of people and trucks.
"It looks like a military checkpoint."
Declan answered. He mentally
memorized the area.
Again, Tamika slept, and after awhile, Declan
slept as well. He dreamt
that they were standing near a temple in the middle of the jungle. Tamika
was smiling and she was really beautiful. All of a sudden, three
came tearing out of the jungle and started tearing her apart. Declan
screaming and realized that Tamika really was screaming.
Tamika had been dreaming as well and was most probably
"It's okay. Shhh!" He held her
tightly and kissed her forehead.
"I'm here. You're safe." He
didn't know if that statement was accurate.
Tamika was now sobbing as she clung to him. He soothed her until she
finally able to go back to sleep. He had to get them out of here.
Ancient Man Pt. 5