Declan came over to her. She was trembling. Declan felt
really bad about
letting things go this far. He thought that he could handle things.
been wrong, and now look where they were. He put his arms around her
held her tightly.
"I am so sorry." he said quietly.
Tamika looked up at him. She could
feel the emotion behind his words.
"Declan, it's not your fault, it's my fault for
bringing you on this
crazy quest." They both laughed nervously and then suddenly got
Declan cradled her face in his hands. He sighed heavily. He knew
Tamika had originally wanted to put their relationship on hold. He looked
her now; he wanted her.
She looked at him. She understood what the look
on his face meant.
"Declan, I. . ." she had been going to
say that she wasn't ready yet,
but she realized that was not true. She wanted him.
It was Tamika that made the first move, in fact, Declan was
surprised when she began kissing him. Her kiss was so sensual,
shuddered with emotion. He knew that once he started, he wouldn't be
to stop. He pleaded for sanity.
"Tamika, are you sure, because I'm not sure that I
can stop." She
looked into his eyes and said, "I am sure." That was all
that needed to be
said before Declan started kissing her. He was lost in her arms; he
that it would be this way. He murmured sweet nothings in her ear and
stopped to look at her.
"I love you." He said
breathlessly. He could barely make out the tears
in her eyes. He brushed them away and began kissing her again. This
Tamika stopped. He had, at first thought that she had changed her
looked at her questioningly, Tamika moved to remove Declan's glasses and
them safely out of the way. She continued kissing him as he pulled her
on top of him.
Your Love Pursues:
It's me again
I know you know
I wandered off but I've nowhere left to go
So many times
Why do you forgive
And take me back no matter what my story is
Yes, I know, you love me so
What can I say
I wanna love this true
I wanna run to you
Tell me, how can a heart refuse
I wonder what you see
That you would run to me
Oh, I love that your love pursues
Through ups and downs
I fall away more than I am following
If I were you
I'd have given up
But you chase me down with your unrelenting love
Yes, I know, you love me so
What can I do
I hear you here, say
"Have no fear
Don't be afraid"
Turn me around
I'll turn around
I won't turn away
Written by Jason Davis, John Di Grazio & Grant Cunningham
(c) 2000 Infinity Music / ASCAP / River Oaks Music (admin. by EMI Christian
Music Publishing) /Imagine This Music (admin. by EMI Christian Music
As she slept, she saw herself surrounded by
jaguars again. They were
closing in when suddenly she saw herself looking up. She had found
stones and was stacking them one on top of the other and she was climbing
toward the ceiling and away from the jaguars. She was up near the
now, when she saw a small hole. She started digging until the hole was
enough for her to fit through. She ran into the arms of her father.
Tamika awoke with a start and slipped on her
clothes. Hearing her,
Declan woke up as well.
"Tamika, are you all right?" he asked
sleepily. She was fully awake.
"I know how to get out." she said
suddenly. Declan, who was not fully
awake, followed Tamika blindly. She had begun pulling rocks and dragging
boulders over to the center of the room.
"W-What are you doing?" Declan
asked. She was struggling to pull the
big rocks over.
"Help me, Declan." This seemed to wake
Declan up a little. He started
helping her. They worked silently for a few moments until the stack
"Are you going to tell me now what you're
doing?" he asked.
"There's a way out up here in the ceiling."
Together, the two of them made a huge rubble
pile. They finally reached
a wooden beam high in the vault. The beam was too rotten to stand on,
they pulled and pulled until it fell away from the wall. Part of the
came away with it half burying Raul's body and causing Tamika to lose her
balance. She landed hard on her knees causing her jeans to rip and her
to bloody. Declan was immediately concerned.
"I'm all right. Just push as hard as you can
on that spot." Tamika
climbed back up to help him and together they pushed the capstone until it
"We did it!" Tamika said excitedly as
they scurried through the hole
they had made.
They traveled a little ways along the path where they
"They wanted it to look as if we came here on our
own." Declan muttered.
"Let's follow this path." Declan said
as he retrieved his flashlight
from his pack.
On the path now, Tamika found something else.
"It's a hat. It's my dad's hat."
In the meantime, Declan had seen
"Look up there. There's a light on top of
the pyramid. This trail
leads there. Let's go!"
Two hundred feet above Tamika and Declan, Manuel and
Watkins watched the
light that suddenly appeared on the trail below.
"Who the hell ___" Manuel hissed.
"I don't know," Watkins
"We can only wait and see."
Both men watched as the light bobbed up the trail
closer and closer.
Declan and Tamika continued to the summit as if they
were being pulled
by Patton's light.
On top of the pyramid, Tamika saw her father.
"Dad!" she cried and burst into tears.
Patton stood looking at them dumbfounded. His
first thought was that
he was hallucinating. Here before him was his daughter and a young man.
When her father didn't respond, she had a chilling
feeling. It was
happening just as in her dream; he didn't recognize her. She wanted to
the strange spell.
"Dad, we've got to get out of here. Watkins
is going to kill us.!"
Hearing Watkins' name, seemed to bring Patton
back to reality. He was
not hallucinating after all.
"Tamika!" he ran to her and enfolded
her in a bear hug and then reached
out to shake Declan's hand.
"Dad, this is Declan Dunne. He has helped me
all along the way and is
very special." Patton gave Declan's hand an extra squeeze when he
meaning of Tamika's words.
"I want details, but not now. There's
something that I have to do this
minute or I won't have another chance." Michael Patton began running
checking his instruments and his watch. Tamika, clearly, did not
what was going on.
"But, Dad, we're in danger. You don't
understand. . ."
"I do, believe me. Bear with me for just a
few more moments."
In the east, they could see a billion stars, so it was
easy enough to
find the horizon as he looked through the telescope to find what he
All he had to wait was a minute or two, and then a bright star winked
sight above the tree line. It was Venus, the morning star. The Maya
called it Xux ek, "The Wasp Star" or Chac Ek, "The Red Star"
it a bad omen.
Patton looked through the telescope at the bright star
and noted the
precise angle on the degree dial. He rechecked the angle and began
in a small notebook. He unfolded a large map and, using a
began to pencil in the angle readings.
"Dad, if we stay, Watkins will find us. We
have to go."
"It's almost time. I can't go now, or I
won't have all the data I need.
I don't want to risk your safety, so you and your young man go down
path. It leads to the Jungle Inn. Tell them everything; they'll
"Sir, we don't want to leave you here."
Declan said after he saw the
concern on Tamika's face.
"Fine, fine but stay close to me. I
just need to take this transit
The first sunbeams of morning were touching the rooftop
As he stepped onto the transit, he looked out onto the horizon. He
checked his telescope one more time.
There on the horizon, almost too low to be seen, was a
solid shape. It
wasn't a tree; it was more like a mound and with a tiny patch of white.
was stone. That's a mound, he thought. It's far - about twenty-five
"That must be it." he said aloud.
"Either that's the Jaguar City, or
there's a site line there that will lead beyond to the lost city."
Patton drew away from the transit and blinked.
The sunlight was too
strong; everything seemed to be bathed in blue light. When he turned to
at Tamika, he was staring down the barrel of Manuel's rifle. Behind
covering Tamika and Declan, stood Watkins.
"Congratulations, Professor Patton, on the
greatest discovery of your
career. Now, hand over your notes and the map, please."
"Damn you, Watkins," Patton said and handed
the items over.
"At least let my daughter and her friend go.
They don't know what this
"But, you see, I can't do that now; however, I'm
not an unreasonable
man, I will return your daughter's little trinket." He tossed the
pendant toward Tamika.
"Let's all go down now. Manuel first, then
you and them." He called to
Tamika was visibly shaken as she pressed against Declan
Her fingers trembled with emotion as she placed the pendant on Declan's neck.
"I love you, Declan." she whispered.
Before Declan could respond, he heard Manuel say,
"Senor Watkins, a
"That's odd." Watkins said glancing at
the large helicopter coming
across the treetops.
"Hurry up!" He motioned toward the
rubble trail as the sound of the
helicopter reached them.
While Watkins and Manuel were preoccupied with the
"You and Declan hang back with me. We'll be
safest up here. The Maya
knew. . ."
Emiliano Guzman was on top of Temple III. He had
remained idle since
giving the signal that Patton was approaching, but that had been hours
before. He had started to become more active when he saw Tamika and
approach, but he now saw that things were under control again. When he
that they were preparing to descend, he started to descend as well.
Halfway down, Emiliano paused. He noticed that
the bushes were
quivering, but there was no wind. The movement was coming from below him
if from the very depths of the earth.
Suddenly, part of the mound broke apart and the rubble
downhill pulling Emiliano with it. Dios mio, thought Emiliano, un
Earthquake! He hurriedly ran off into the
As he reached a certain point, he stopped for some
reason. Suddenly, a
huge tree uprooted and fell. Before he could get away, his leg was
He frantically tried to remove his leg, but to no avail. Then, he
someone approaching. It was a woman - a Mayan woman.
"Thank God you are here." Emiliano
cried. He turned his head to see
her better, because Rosana Uc said nothing. The last thing Emiliano saw
the hate reflected in Rosana's eyes and the piece of tree limb that began
swing toward his head.
Ancient Man Pt. 7