PURPOSE IN LIFE
full moon glistened down upon two figures who were emerging from the darkness
of the mountain. Both paused and looked up at the stars. It was apparent that
the more shapely figure was the mother of the other.
is time you knew." The son looked to his mother as if she had kept a very
large secret from him. "Your father is missing, perhaps even dead. It was
because of his devotion to a cause that he was last seen heading off through
space. I see little future hope in what his true cause was. The son was now
quite confused. "It all started some time ago, when your father and some
of his unique friends were doing some traveling. In searching for a return
route home, he came across our civilization. My, and in part, your, people
were being torchered from an energy drain of our dimension, though not really
so much a dimension, but more of a place not in this universe. In short, we
fell in love."
boy interrupted. "Do you mean that I am not a human?"
are part human and part Knophisghtian. Because of that, there are things that
I need to tell you. Walk with me back to the Timecave." Together they
walked into a cave which was their home. The walls glowed with a white light.
The floor was polished like glass and seemed to fade into infinity. "Your
father built this because of my life span in this time and place (if those are
the right words). The time cave acts as a type of time buffer. In it years can
act like seconds or seconds like years. Unfortunately, it can never do the
impossible, which is reverse time. My span is almost complete.
people have little hope for a future because the energy is draining them off
little by little."
are you telling me this mom?"
I feel that you must know what life has in store for you. You are an
experiment. No one knows what you will be like in the future, but I am very
proud of you. We, your father and I, studied you very carefully and aged you
with extreem care in the Timecave. You should know that we estimated your span
to be approximately 436.27 Earth years. Secondmost, your knowledge and logic
are far superior to either your father's race or mine. The Records have taught
you well. You have learned well. I love you, son...." She walked out of
the safety of the cave and layed down on the ground. After a few hours, the
son never forgot the fading to nothingness of his beloved mother.
boy felt he must travel to where part of him belonged. The cave told him of
the only route he could follow and a little of its own history. The cave was
built by the direction of his father to a robot with extreem capabilities.
However, some of the parts needed were only found within the robot itself.
Therefore, the robot had canabilized itself to the point it became part of the
cave itself. The boy directed the question of what was his father like to the
cave. The cave's only response was, "You are to be called Enad the
Encephalon by direction of your father. It is a well chosen name and your
capabilities show." Enad felt the name was a little too much, but, ah
well, respect is respect. With that the boy's voyage began.
* * * * *
traveled to the ancient space center of the B.P. period. He hoped to restore a
ship to travel through the blackhole, a possible entrance to one of his
worlds. The place was covered in years of dust. No one had been here since the
Plague. Enad searched and examined various rooms such as the control tower. As
he entered the medical center, a dim light in the corner of the room caught
his attention. It was a person in cryogenic suspension. With a quick
examination of the operation panel, he deactivated the device. When the panel
was open it revealed a very shook person. She was about the same age as Enad
and very beautiful.
am I?" was the first thing said. Enad calmed her and explained in a very
brief detail about her cryogenic nightmare. Her name was Megan O'Shaughnessy.
As her name indicated, she was Irish. She explained she was a scientist who
was working on experimental space vehicles. This was truly exciting to Enad
because he was rather upset at the prospect of restoring an ancient space
shuttle. Hours of conversation and exchange of information passed. Enad
learned of times before the Plague and Megan learned of the nightmare she had
been put into. Trying to save herself from the Plague, she put herself totally
out of place in a world so different from her former. All she could do was
stick with Enad in hope of...something.
took up the challenge of trying to restore the experimental ship. After minor
reconstruction, they were able to pilot it back to the Timecave. Here, after
months of major constructive surgery with Megan's abilities and knowledge
combined with Enad's, a masterpiece was created. They had updated the craft
even farther than their capabilities had forseen. Megan found Enad's
sophicated equipment canabalized from the cave quite interesting and
impressive. The craft was on the smaller end of the scale. It looked somewhat
like an upgraded aerodynamic shoebox with two pontooned wings attached to each
side. The drive system was created from parts of the cave. It was a very
sophicated magnetic light drive. The sensor, communication, tractor, weapons,
and other such systems were also remarkable. Four turrets were placed on the
pontoons. Each end of the pontoons came to a point in an antaenna-like way.
This was for the shields. The time had now arrived to test the ship.
first thing to do was cristen the ship. In hopes of the sought for qualities,
the name Cantible was chosen. Enad test-piloted the ship alone. He took
a short trip through the Ocean, then hopped over to the moon. Her control,
speed, and accuracy were truly amazing. But of course minor calibration was in
need. Within minutes, he arrived back at what was left of the Timecave. After
making necessary adjustments, they sat down in front of a fire to watch the
sun set. They planned to embark early the next morning.
sat next to Enad. She was deep in thought, as had been most of her appearance
since her release from her suspension. She knew about Enad and his background.
Months of conversation had found that out. Now she was hesitant. "I'm
scared and..." as quickly as she could blurt out "...I am in love
smiled. "I know what you are thinking. I only know of one possible
difference between us. My life span is much longer than yours. It could lead
to a painful ending."
know's what your span will be like in the other place." She was right.
Should he let himself go. He was very unsure, because his devotion to his
"purpose" was all he had thought about since his mother's death.
subject was quickly changed. Fireside tales were told. There was the one about
the witchdoctor that Enad particularly liked. Other tales were told for the
other's enjoyment. Slowly, as Megan was talking, her mood was turned to the
sad past. She told Enad of real events even scarier. The Plague... the Keys...
Enad was taken back by the mention of the Keys. He only thought they were old
folklore. Perhaps he did find a key to his problem. Perhaps the Keys could,
with all their power, hold the energy drain at equilibrium. But the Keys, how
could he obtain and use them? Enad's thoughts faded with the sunset.
| ||© 1984, ||K. Blaire, L. Charles, D. Conrad, Enad the Great, J. Pierce, B. C. Randolf, and T. G. Taft|