Professor Wilson filled up
on food, patted his tummy and then downed three mugs of Atlantean ale. He
stumbled over the bridge and headed around to the back of the temple
mount. “I’m going to be a rich man. Today’s my last chance. Foolish
Atlanteans. You have no idea what’s going to happen to you. I’m not going
to let all those gems, gold, and precious stones be lost forever.”
When he reached the secret entrance, he pushed the
button and the great door opened. He crept inside, though he was far from
quiet. Being drunk, he decided to sing a song at the top of his lungs. It
didn’t take long to alert the sleeping guards of his presence. Within a
few minutes he was captured and dragged down to the prison, deep under the
temple. He was thrown to the ground, but in a drunken state, he laughed
and then passed out, unaware of the trouble he was in.
Later that night, a clattering of metal upon metal
woke Professor Wilson from a deep sleep. His head throbbed as he tried to
stand. “Where am I?” He glanced around him. Three men sat on a wooden
bench at the back of the cell. One man stood near the bars, clanging his
tin cup against them “Would you please stop doing that!” The man turned
and looked at the professor, not understanding a word he said.
Professor Wilson opened his eyes wider and took in his
surroundings. Cave walls, damp and mildewed, were lined with barred cells.
Moans and guttural sounds floated towards him. A door opened at the end of
the cave and a man stepped inside carrying a tray. The other prisoners
pushed their way to the bars, holding tin cups out in eagerness. The
professor found his around his neck and shoulders. He too held it out. A
gray, slimy slop was spooned into each cup. Each man guzzled it down and
then settled back on their bench.
The others in his cell had long, greasy blond hair,
all the way down their backs and matted with feces, maggots and food. The
professor bent over and wretched, dropping his cup on the floor. The other
prisoners ran over to the spilled food and licked it from the floor.
“What have I gotten myself into?” He slid to the floor
and sobbed, feeling his empty pockets and praying death would come
* * *
As the sun rose for the
last time over Atlantis, Leith stretched and yawned. He nudged Sandy,
Fraser and Duncan. “This is our last day. There’s a lot to do. Come on;
The lads went on deck and
glanced at the calm sea. “It’s hard to imagine these calm waves will soon
turn into monsters and cover this entire island,” Duncan said.
Murray ran to the ship and scaled the rope ladder. He leaped onto the
A few seconds later
Mr. Wallace appeared. “Father? What are you doing here? I don’t
understand?” Leith grabbed hold of the railing, unsteady and confused.
“Your dad has been
here since we came. He saved our lives,” Murray said.
Millei’s heads poked over the edge. “We’re here too.” Millei smiled at the
“Father? Why are you
here? How did you get here?”
Mr. Wallace walked
over to his son. “Leith, I followed Professor Wilson and when he came
through the time warp, I did too. Leith, we need to talk. I have to
apologize for my behavior. All these wasted years…I’m so sorry, son.” He
reached for Leith, who fell into his father’s arms. “You’re a brave lad
and I’m proud of you.” The others turned away, allowing the father and son
a few moments of privacy.
“It’s all right,
Father. We can talk later. Right now we have to get these boats loaded.
Within twenty-four hours everything will die, or will be buried under the
sea.” Leith pulled back and wiped a tear from his eyes.
As they stood at the
railing in silence, they spotted the same whale creatures that had
swallowed them in Iona. “Look! It’s that squid whale. There’s more than
one. There are a dozen of them,” Murray said, pointing to sea.
“I hope they escape
safely,” Fraser said.
“Of course they will.
They’re sea creatures,” Sandy said.
“Sandy, why don’t
you, Fraser and Duncan go and help Catt with the fish deliveries. We need
money for food today,” Leith said. “Murray and I will warn as many of the
fishermen to leave as soon as possible. Father, would you and Paisley stay
here and help Zimon? Make sure they get as many books from the library as
possible. Whatever you do, do not allow Norindal on these ships.”
is Norindal?” Mr. Wallace’s eyes softened when he looked at his son.
my mother, but she’s evil and a murderess,” Millei said.
“Millei, you should go home and gather what things you’d like to keep and
then come back here and help Paisley.”
All agreed and ran
off to do their assigned tasks. Leith and Murray headed toward the docks.
Sandy, Fraser and Duncan had already started carrying the crates of fish
to the temple mount.
“So, it’s you,” Catt
said, standing on his fishing boat. He watched as Leith approached. “Not
helping with the fish deliveries?”
“I need to talk to
you.” Leith urged Catt to join him on the dock. Catt moved down the
“What’s so important,
boy?” Catt adjusted the hat on his head.
“You might not
believe me, but it is important you leave here as soon as you’ve unloaded
your catch,” Leith said.
“Why is that?”
“Please try to keep
an open mind.” Leith cleared his throat and began. “My friends and I are
from the future. We came to Atlantis to do a few things. By tomorrow
morning at this time, Atlantis will cease to exist. A volcano will erupt
somewhere nearby and send several huge tidal waves, so large that they
will cover the whole island, up to the top of those mountains. Nobody will
survive. You need to warn your friends to leave before nightfall and find
a safe harbor far away from here as you can.”
is this nonsense you speak of? Atlantis, the greatest kingdom in the world
destroyed?” Catt gazed into Leith’s eyes. Leith went on to explain the
whole story from the start. Catt stared at Leith, trying to absorb his
words. “It’s odd, but for some reason I believe you.”
“Good. Don’t even
worry about sending my friends with more fish. It won’t matter. Start
preparing your boat to leave and warn others,” Leith said.
“There’s gossip going
around the docks about how some children broke into the temple, and a
grown man too, and hung the royal princes from the sacred statue of
Poseidon. Another rumor is that a man, who doesn’t speak Atlantean, was
caught stealing from the royal treasury. He’s in prison. You don’t know
anything about that, do you?” Catt grinned.
“Actually I do. A few
of my friends and my father, who I didn’t know was here, were in the
temple last night. I hadn’t heard about the princes. As for the thief,
that would be Professor Wilson and quite frankly, he deserves prison.”
“He will die when the
floods come.” Catt adjusted his balance.
“That can’t be
helped. You must leave. Tell everyone not to take on a woman named
Norindal. She’ll be trying to get on a ship, any ship, to leave. She’s
capable of lying and deceit. It is vital to the future of the world that
she is not allowed to leave Atlantis. Can you do that for me?” Leith gazed
Catt studied the boy
and his words or warning. “I shall. Will you do me one thing?”
“I can’t return to my
family in time to save them. When you get back to the future, would you
please honor them? Place a peacock feather in the woods, somewhere quiet,
and say a few words for my wife and beautiful daughter.” Catt choked on
his last words.
“I’ll do that. I
promise.” Leith put his hand on Catt’s arms. “Please, go.”
Leith and Murray
turned and walked away, heading back to the beach. “I’m going to miss this
place. I wish we’d brought a camera and taken photos. I mean, look at it.
This is the legendary city of Atlantis. It’s beautiful. In a few hours it
will be gone and we will only have our memories.” Murray sighed.
“At least we’ll have
memories. All the people here will die.” Leith put his arm around Murray’s
shoulder. “Take one last look, Murray. This is the last morning. It’s sad.
I want to warn everyone, but we have to let things go as planned. There
are reasons for everything. I don’t know if I should have warned Catt. His
life may change the world in some way, but he’s a good man. It’s sad his
family won’t make it, but at least he and a few others will. I’m still
trying to figure out why we had to bring all those things from the ten
places. I know why, to get through the time warp to come here, but I
wonder what each thing symbolizes. I know they all interconnect. Maybe one
day when people have gone through all the books in the library at Iona,
we’ll understand more. Come on then. We need to help.” They ran off to
join the others.
Fraser, Sandy and
Duncan returned a while later with bags of food for the others. Each kept
a candol to take home. Murray picked up a few seashells and pocketed them.
After eating, they helped load crates onto the ships under Zimon’s
supervision. Mr. Wallace worked hard. His shirt was covered with sweat and
filth, but he kept going.
As the afternoon
passed Leith and the others stood near Uverlu Canal and watched Catt’s
boat pass by. One boat after another followed him in a line, all eager to
reach the sea and sail away to safety.
“They listened to him,” Murray said to Leith. “They
will all live; at least I hope so, if they don’t get caught in the tidal
“They won’t. I know they’ll make it.” Leith took a
deep breath. “It’s almost sunset. Everything is on board. Zimon and the
others are ready to leave.
A figure came walking towards them. “Oh no! It’s
Norindal,” Paisley said. “Zimon, she can’t get on your ship. Weigh anchor
now. If you leave she’ll be stuck here. Please go.”
Leith nodded at Zimon and the ships weighed anchor and
floated out to sea. Zimon waved goodbye. Leith waved back and then turned
to Norindal. “You’re too late. They’re gone and so has every other ship.
The navy ships left during the night for battle. You’re stuck here.”
“I have a fortune. If you will get me on one of those
ships, I will give it all to you. I know what is going to happen.” She
glared at Leith and the others.
“Sorry. You’re stuck here,” Paisley said.
“You have a way to leave. I will come with you, into
the future. I know all about you.” Her white hair glistened in the early
“No! Mother, you can’t go with us under any
circumstances. You’re a murderer. You killed my father. None of us are
going to let you leave this island.” Millei walked up to her mother and
stood right in front of her. “You are going to die here.”
Norindal waved her arms in fury. “Out of my way you
worthless child. I’ll get away. I’m going to make a potion. I know a lot
of spells. If I can’t go, you won’t either.” She pushed her daughter to
the ground and stomped off, heading for Atlas.
Leith pulled Millei up to her feet. “Ignore her.
You’ve got us now. Let’s go. We have to get to the tunnel. I’ve got the
missing piece of marble to fit into the pillar. Have any of you seen a
pillar with a missing piece?” Leith held it up.
“I know where that is. It’s in my house. We’d better
follow my mother.” Millei and the others chased after the wizardress.
“Leith, you have shown skills to me that most men
don’t acquire in their entire lifetime. You’re a man now. I think I had to
go through all of this to appreciate you.” His father sighed. “I’m so
sorry for all the wasted years and my unkind words. Somehow fame and glory
mean nothing any more. An entire civilization will be wiped off the face
of the earth and I worry what my co-workers think. How shallow a man I’ve
“Don’t apologize any more. I’ve learned a lot too.
We’ve got our lives to talk about this. Right now we need to finish up
here.” Leith ran ahead.
Leith and the others approached Millei’s house with
caution. Lights were on and people went about their lives, oblivious to
what was coming. “She’ll be in the basement. That’s where she keeps all
her witch things. One of us needs to capture her while the rest of us take
everything away and destroy them so she can’t use it. Mr. Wallace, you’ll
have to be the one to do that. None of us is strong enough. We’ll help
though. I’ll lure her into thinking I’m on her side.” They worked out a
plan and Millei went into the house.
They gave her a few minutes and then tiptoed inside.
Mr. Wallace opened the door and crept down the stairs, thankful none of
the wooden boards squeaked. He saw Norindal slap Millei across the face
and throw her to the floor.
“You’re not my daughter. You’re worthless. I hope you
die, and you will, because I’m not taking you with me. I should have
killed you like I did your father. You’ve been nothing but a burden and
curse to me your whole life.”
Mr. Wallace felt a twinge of guilt and pain, knowing
he had treated his son the same. He stepped out of the shadow and
confronted Norindal. “Keep your hands off that girl. If you lay one more
finger on her, I’ll break every bone in your body.”
“Do you think I fear you?
I fear nothing. I have a thousand spells in this book that can turn you
into a frog, or a snake. I warn you, do not interfere with me.” Norindal
spat the words at him.
Millei grabbed hold of her mother’s legs. She toppled
to the ground, landing on her face. “Get her, Mr. Wallace. Grab her and
don’t let go.”
Mr. Wallace wrapped his arms around the wailing woman.
She scratched, wriggled, and screamed. Leith, the lads and Paisley rushed
into the house and into the basement. They helped Mr. Wallace tie her up.
Once that was accomplished, they took everything from her workshop. Millei
took great delight in pulling the book from her mother’s hands. “I’ll take
this!” She laughed at her mother as she tore all the pages from it.
Norindal was in a rage. “I
will kill you all! I will come to the future, find you and destroy you.
You can’t stop me.”
Leith and Paisley walked
over to her. “Oh yes we can. We already have.”
Murray and Fraser broke
all of the glass vials of liquids. Sandy swept everything off the table
and jumped up and down on them. The sound of broken glass crunched under
his feet. Duncan tore her spell books in half. Once everything was
destroyed they climbed the stairs and locked the door, leaving the
screeching woman on the floor.
The ground shook, rattling
things on the shelves and hanging from the walls. “It’s begun,” Leith
said. “Millei, show us the pillar.”
She led them to another
room. “Here it is. I’ve asked my mother, I mean Norindal, about this
pillar and she always brushed me aside. I’ve wondered why she guarded it
so well and hit me if I went anywhere near it. Now I understand.”
Leith took out the piece
of marble. Just as he was about to place it in the right spot, the ground
shook violently, rocking the house back and forth. A gaping hole opened up
in the floor. Mr. Wallace fell in. When Leith looked down, he saw his
father holding onto a ledge.
“Go, Leith. Save yourself
and your friends. Go!” Mr. Wallace looked down. Lava was bubbling up from
within the earth’s crust towards his feet. An explosion thundered across
the island. “It’s the volcano. Leith, take your friends and go. Please,
Leith handed the piece of
marble to Paisley. “Put it in place and go. I’m saving my father. I won’t
go without him.”
“Don’t be so foolish, boy.
Save yourself.” Mr. Wallace pulled his legs up. The heat from the rising
lava was horrendous.
“You all go. I’m staying
until he’s safe. If I have to die, I’ll die with my father.” Leith wept as
he reached for his father’s hands. “Give me your hands, Father.”
Paisley leaned over.
“You’re not doing this alone. I’ll help you.”
The others went off to
find a piece of rope, or something to pull him up with. “We go together,
or not at all,” Sandy said.
A few moments later, Mr.
Wallace was standing with the lads and girls. “How can I ever repay you
“We’ll think of a way
later. Let’s get out of here.” Sandy turned in time to see Norindal coming
out of the basement. “She’s escaped. We’ve got to get out of here. Hurry.”
Leith put the piece of
marble in the pillar. The time warp opened. Duncan and Murray leaped
through. Paisley went next, followed by Sandy and Fraser. “You go next,
Father.” Leith watched as his dad leaped through. “Your turn, Millei.”
She turned to her mother.
“Help me, you useless girl. I’m your mother. Don’t leave me.” Millei
turned from her mother to Leith and with no hesitation leaped through.
Leith reached for her hand, but as he did, Norindal grabbed hold of his
foot and pulled him back.
“Go. Close the portal. You
can’t let her through.” Leith tried to wrench his foot free.
“Leith. Let me go! I must
save my son.” Mr. Wallace pushed his way past the others but at that
moment the portal closed. On the 8th of August, a mound of
water swept across the island, drowning all the inhabitants and locking
them forever in their watery tomb.