Ancient Days Pt. 2
- Here they come in contact with some very wild
type of cavemen and cavewomen.
There were no trees around, no rocks on to
which he could have jumped - nothing strange or
unusual - the footprints just stopped. Some
people believed that he had been taken by a
spacecraft, but that could not have been, as
you will see later.
This poor man had quite simply been sucked
into the parallel universe.
"I remember", I said, "I did hear of that
particular case, but how do you know all
"You will find out later how I know," she
We were interrupted by the sudden appearance
of a group of people so bizarre that again, I
wondered if this was all a dream. About a
dozen men, accompanied by what seemed to be a
woman, emerged from behind a pile of rocks a
hundred meters from where we were. The sight
was even stranger, since these human beings
appeared to have stepped out of the pages of
prehistoric records. With the gait of
gorillas, they brandished enormous clubs
which modern man would not have been able
to lift from the ground. These hideous
creatures were coming straight for us,
howling like wild beasts. I made a move to
retreat, but my companion told me there
was nothing to fear and that I should stay
still. She put her hand on the buckle of
her belt and turned so that she faced them.
I heard a series of small clicks and five
of the strongest looking men fell to the
ground, motionless. The rest of the group
stopped cleanly and began moaning. They
prostrated themselves before us.
I looked again at Thao. She stood like
a statue, her face set. Her eyes were
fixed on those people as though she was
trying to hypnotise them. I later learned
that she was giving orders by t-lepathy
to the female of the group. Suddenly,
this woman got up and began, it seemed
to me, to issue orders in a guttural voice
to the others. They then helped remove
the bodies, carrying them on their backs
to the pile of rocks mentioned earlier.
"What are they doing?" I asked.
"They will cover their d-ad with stones."
"Did you ki-l them?"
"I had to."
"What do you mean? Were we really in
"Of course we were. These are people
who have been here for ten or fifteen
thousand years - who knows? We don't
have time to establish that and besides,
it is of no importance.
Nevertheless, it illustrates well what
I was explaining to you a few moments
ago. These people passed into this
universe at a certain time, and they
have lived in that time ever since."
"I agree. However it is part of natural,
and therefore universal, law. Furthermore,
they are dangerous because they behave
more like wild beasts than human beings.
Dialogue would not have been possible
between them and us, just as it is not
possible between them and most of the
others living in this parallel universe.
For one thing, they are unable to
communicate; and for another, they,
less than anyone, understand what has
happened to them. We were in real danger
and, if I do say so, I have done them a
favour just now, of liberating them."
"Don't look so shocked, Michel. You
know quite well what I mean by that.
"They are liberated from their physical
bodies and are now able to continue
their cycle, like every living being,
according to the normal process."
"So if I understand correctly, this
parallel universe is a c-rse - a
kind of h-ll or purgatory?"
"I didn�t realize you were religious!"
"I just make this comparison to show
you that I am trying to understand," I
replied, wondering how she could know
whether or not I was r-ligious.
"I know, Michel, I was only teasing.
You were right in explaining it as a
kind of purgatory but, of course, this is
quite accidental. In fact, this is one
of several accidents of nature. An
albino is an accident, and a
four-leafed clover can also be
considered as an accident. Your
appendix is just as much an accident.
Your doctors still wonder what use it
could possibly have in your body. The
answer - no use whatsoever. Now usually,
in nature, everything has a precise
reason for existing - that's why I
list the appendix among the natural
"People living in this universe suffer
neither physically nor morally. For
example, if I hit you, you would feel no
pain, but if the blows were strong enough,
although without pain, you could still
d-e from them. This might be difficult to
comprehend, but it is so. Those existing
here know nothing of what I have just
explained to you, and it is fortunate
because they would be tempted to commit
suicide - which, even here, is not a
"What do they eat?"
"They don't eat, nor do they drink,
because they don't feel the need to.
Here, remember, time has stopped - those
de-d won't even rot."
"But that�s terrible! In all, the greatest
service that one can render these people
would be to kil- them!"
"You raise an important point there.
Effectively it would be one of two
"What is the other?"
"To send them back where they came from
- but that would pose great problems.
Because we are able to make use of the
warp, we could return many of them to
your universe, and thus liberate  them,
but I'm sure you are aware of the enormous
problems that would create for the majority
of these people. Here, as I have already
said, you have people, who have been here
for thousands of years. What would happen
if they found themselves back in the
universe they left so long ago?"
"They might go insane. In all, there is
nothing to do." She smiled gently at my
"You are certainly the man of action we
require, Michel, but beware of jumping to
conclusions - you have much more to see."
She put her hand on my shoulder, having
to incline forward slightly to do so.
Although I didn't know it at the time,
Thao measured 290 centimetres, exceptionally
tall for a human being.
"I see with my own eyes that we made the
right choice in selecting you - you have
an astute mind, but I cannot explain
everything to you now, for two reasons."
"First, it is still too soon for such an
explanation. By this, I mean that you
must be instructed further on certain points
before proceeding beyond."
"I understand - and second?"
"The second reason is that they are waiting
We must leave."
With a light touch, she turned me around.
I followed her gaze and stared wide-eyed
with surprise. About 100 metres from us
was an enormous sphere, from which emanated
a bluish Aura. I later learned that it
measured 70 meters in diameter. The light was
not steady, but shimmered, resembling a
heat haze when one looks from a distance
at sand heated by the summer sun.
This enormous sphere "shimmered"
about ten meters from the ground. With
no windows, no openings, no ladder, it
appeared as smooth as the shell of an egg.
Thao signalled for me to follow her and
we set out towards the machine. I remember
that moment very well. During the short
time we took in approaching the sphere,
I was so excited that I lost control of
my thoughts. A constant stream of images
flashed through my mind, resembling a
film in the "fast-forward" mode. I saw
myself relating this adventure to my
family, and I saw again newspaper
articles I had read on the subject of
I remember a feeling of sadness sweep over
me when I thought of my family whom I loved
so much; I saw myself caught, as though in
a trap, and it occurred to me that I might
never see them again...
"You have absolutely nothing to fear,
Michel," said Thao. "Trust me. You will
be reunited with your family very soon,
and in good health."
I believe my mouth fell open in surprise,
triggering in Thao a melodious laugh, such
as is rarely heard among us Earthlings.
That was the second time she had read my
thoughts; the first time I thought might
have been a coincidence, but this time there
could be no doubt.
When we arrived in close proximity to
the sphere, Thao placed me in a position
opposite her and about a meters distance
"Do not touch me under any pretext,
Michel, whatever happens. Under any
pretext - do you understand?"
I was quite taken aback by this formal
order, but I nodded.
She placed her hand on a type of
"medallion" I had noticed earlier
"attached" at the height of her left
b-east, and with the other hand, she
held what resembled a large biro which
she unclasped from her belt.
She pointed the "biro" above our
heads and in the direction of the sphere.
I thought I saw a green beam of light
flash from it but I couldn't be sure.
She then pointed the "biro" at me,
her other hand still on the "medallion"
and quite simply, we rose, simultaneously,
towards the wall of the machine. Just
when I was sure we were going to collide
with it, a portion of the hull retracted
like an enormous piston in the core of
a cylinder, revealing an opening, oval
in shape, of about three meters in height.
We regained our feet, Thao and I, on
a type of landing inside the craft. She
let go of her "medallion" and with a
dexterity that suggested she had done it
often, she refastened her "biro".
"Come. We can touch each other now,"
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