Jack & Rajiva: Can't stay here
- ((Khyber Pass))
Jack de Montfort and his accidental companion, Rajiva, had come out
of the "time nexus" cave in the year 1854. They had encountered a
lady named Hadara Khan and her Circassian bodyguard, a man named
Jack tried to explain things to the pair.
Hadara Khan, clearly the boss between herself and Iskandar, looked at
her companion, who nodded.
"Indeed, Madam Khan," he said, "strange things do happen in 'the
It occurred to Khan that she could ask what had happened between 1854
and 1871, but then it occurred to her that to know the future would
run the chance of disrupting what must be, if, indeed, anything must
be. At the very least, she, with such knowledge, might do something
which would interrupt the interconnected sequence of historical
events which was necessary for the birth of the two people she and
Tabas had just encountered. And, what if the future were terrible?
Did she want to know that?
"Mr. de Montfort, I think it is dangerous for you to be in the past.
You must go back to the cave and try to get back to your time."
"I understand what you mean, Madam Khan, but the phenomena in the
cave is random. This is not our first destination. Our first
destination was a parallel world, a parallel history, which I will
refrain from describing."
"I understand, but you cannot stay here. There is too much of a
chance that you and your companion will, even inadvertently, disrupt
future history, even to the extent of canceling out your own lives."
Finally, Rajiva said something. "What is she saying, Jeck? Must we
go back into the cave of demons?"
"It is not, I think, a cave of demons but a cave that has a phenomena
that involves time travel. We are not harmed, just taken to
"That is true, Jeck, but I do wish we could go back to our own home."
"We will try again, and if we come to our own time, we will seal the
cave. It is dangerous, though I can't help but think that others
know of it."
Khan and Iskandar agreed. They waited until night, then escorted
Jack and Rajiva back to the cave. The light was there. Jack grasped
Rajiva's hand, promising not to let go, and they let themselves be
engulfed, disappearing from view. The shimmering light faded and all
"Well, this is one event that we shan't report!"
"Indeed, Tabas, indeed. Now, we must away to Peshawar, or at least
to the village."
They ended up spending the night in the village of Ali Masjed. The
next morning, before they left, Madam Khan, who, among other things,
was a brassware merchant, sold some of her wares to some locals. One
man, named Singh, purchased some baubles for family members,
including a bracelet for his daughter Parvati and a necklace for his
newborn daughter Lakshmi.
Jack de Montfort, MIA