Forgotten Records

   The brittle pages lay within a small chest: tucked away in a nook of a cave buried under rock and snow.  The entry starts and ends with a flowing, handwritten script in an unknown language — apparent notes about the printed text entries that make up most of the pages. Continue reading

A Chance Meeting

   “Come on, Em,” the young woman told herself as she stood at the entrance to the History Campus. “You’ve been at the Academy for nearly six years now.  It’s only a different department — not another planet.”  Her nervousness was to be expected, though: as Government and Public Administration student, she’d never had need to come to this part of the Academy and so in a way it did seem like a new world.  Em consulted a map on her tablet and made her way toward the History Department library. Continue reading

Two Records

   Kit Elstock had already wrapped up everything on her schedule for the day, but the evening would bring a round of social obligations that came with being head of the Archeology Department.  She believed this time it was a reception at an art gallery intended to woo potential corporate donors. But while the status and pay of being highly placed in the Athae Academy meant she had a comfortable life, Kit missed the actual work — the exploration and discovery – of archeology.  And so instead of heading home to  freshen up and change into a fancy gown and thoroughly impractical high heels, she remained at her desk examining two incredibly rare samples of pre-human text. Continue reading