Meira III – The Gilgamesh Syndrome

sandLMeira III has become long overdue due, in part, to distractions in world events but more so to the increasingly obvious need for radical change to the capitalist democracies predominate in first world nations. Why should that effect a work fiction? Because Meira is our paragon of common sense unhindered by preconceptions and conformity. From the time Christopher Jordan first realised that the Ancients had good working knowledge of solar energy he knew established historians would never accept his conclusions. Rather than combat the existing order he decided to by-pass it with credible fiction which we centred around an heroine with exceptional powers – Meira.

Unlike the unbelievable sock, bam, pow, of the American superheroes Meira is a work in progress – she grows in skills and wisdom as her adventures carry her ever nearer to her destiny. She grew from the angry young woman in Book I, Looking for Father, to the adventuress harnessing the power of the oceans in Book II, The Seahorse.Tablet_V_of_the_Epic_of_Gligamesh

In Book III, The Gilgamesh Syndrome she progresses to the heiress proper – ultimately fulfilling her role and accepting the huge responsibility descending upon her.

While looking for answers in the ancient city of Aleppo is she caught up in terrorist activity but rescued by agents of her old enemy The Federation of Fossil Fuel Purveyors – FFFP. She returns to Mesopotamia, this time to Damascus, becomes entangled in the war raging there and is whisked away to southern Iran where a hidden city has been revealed by a commercial mining group. It is a staggering find of far greater value than of the city she visited in the Karakorum Mountains in Book I, and harnessing more power than the Sea Horse of Book II.

With her old friends, Ben and Peter, to help her, and her old enemy Commander Conway to protect them, she studies the architecture of the living city and the recorded texts only she can understand.

In Part II of Book III Meira is armed with knowledge of the Ancients stretching back to 100,000 BCE.

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Atlantis

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sandLThe road trip was, as Israel stated, just a little journey in a half track troop carrier that seemed to meander all over the place. The ascent by foot though, up steep trails and along barely passable trails, seemed long and arduous. She was glad when they rested, but subsequently amazed to see that even after a continuously steady climb that was, in reality, of a mere twenty minutes or so, they were now overlooking a long, sheer, drop – the bottom of which her eyes could not reach. “Careful,” Ben warned her. “You won’t be able to see the bottom, no matter how far you hang out.” She retreated to safety.

They continued for another five or six minutes until they reached what appeared to be the entrance to a cave. She followed Israel and Ben as they stepped in then stopped. It was cold and, to her surprise, a little windy. Flashlights came on as men nervously took stock of their surroundings. She felt comfortable though; she knew where she was. Breathing deep and slow she advanced into the opening without fear or hindrance from the rest of the party. With Ben beside her she lead the way to where she knew there would be a stairway. In fact they came to a sizable open area with light filtering down from openings high, very high, over galleries stretching up and around. She stopped to take it all in. No one spoke.

No one spoke until she broke the silence. “Have you ventured on the steps?”

“They found bodies, Meira,” Ben told her. “They found three men dead but no indication of what killed them.”

“Where are they now?’

“At the bottom of the drop.”

“Young, old? Modern, western dress?”

“Young. Turbans – Taliban style. No sign of violence. They were strong and well fed.”

“So?”

“Fear. These guys want the water, they don’t want authorities here, but they are scared of what might have killed them.”

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Inwardly she smiled. Perfect: An ancient solar city hidden by fear. Perfect. “What about the water?”

Ben signalled her to follow to the end of the hall where a short flight of steps opened out onto a gallery over what appeared to be a lake: only it wasn’t. It had stone sides, of maybe two metres, and stretched as far as she could see. It was cold – colder than the other place. She started to walk. “It’s about twenty minutes to the far end,” Ben said as if to stop her.

She looked back. “So?”

“There isn’t time.”

“Why?”

“We have to go back.”

She thought for a second or two then conceded. “Okay,” and followed him back to the others. Once outside the heat and sunlight hit them like a furnace door. “I need time here,” she said. “I need days and nights here.” The men’s faces said they were uncertain, anxious; that they wanted to leave. They weren’t just anxious, she realised; they were scared and they wanted to leave now – this very instant.

Ben said, “I’ll bring food and water.”

“No,” she said. “I’ll come back on my own when I know more about this place.” She turned back inside. The men left.[one_half][/one_half]

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Inside Atlantis

She went quickly to the main hall then up the steps, all the steps, all the steps she could find until she reached the top. She thought she knew what she would find here and she was right, there it was, but not one, but five – five chambers each with its own huge, jet black, obsidian stone dusty from millennia of disuse and stained from previous millennia of continual use. She gasped at her discovery. This, she decided, must be the heart of the mother and father of all solar cities. This is Atlantis? It could be. If Atlantis is not just a place, if it’s a state of mind, then this could be Atlantis. She sat in the centre chamber and gazed at the huge doors to the outside world and wondered when last they were opened. In no time Catherine was with her.

This had been a successful community. There had been many, long, generations here. This place was built during the last Matriarchy, before the sea levels rose, before the catastrophic volcanic irruptions, and long, long before the religions stole the hearts and minds of frightened men.

Amina had been here. She had long memories from years in this city right up to the volcanic dust that covered everything killing most of the people and all of the animals. Amina had seen the floods, the falling mountainsides, and the freezing winds. She had seen all of this and survived long enough to continue the line but her daughters were frail. The climate and the pollution stunted their growth, shortening their lives to not more than sixty years, and their children’s children’s lives not much longer. This was the beginning of the long descent back to the survival of the fittest. Here, in Anima’s memory, was the end of the Matriarchy and the new dawn for the Alpha Male.

There followed the millenniums of the law of the strong: the taking and the killing; the deception and lies and desperate thrusting to prove that strength, and prowess, could overpower knowledge, truth, and reason. Gods were invented, religions born, wars proliferated and millions upon millions died almost as fast as they could reproduce. How sad. How sad that we are still there.

With the exception of the sealed, upper, chambers volcanic ash must have covered everything at one time: Its chemical content would have dissolved all animal and vegetable content and eaten into the floors and walls but she knew where to look. Beneath the thinner coatings on the upper walls she could make out the murals – not the reliefs and engravings of later artists – these were ceramic murals on a vast scale. This was the legacy of the Matriarchy at the apogee of its of it grandeur. She gathered some of the larger pieces of debris and broken pieces of staircases together to form a mound so she could climb higher, to the top of the walls where rich colours could be seen peeking through the grime.

In the lower chamber she explored the artificial lake. It was, she estimated, four thousand metres in length, about one thousand wide, and two metres deep. It could hold up to eight billion litres. There wasn’t that much water there now; now there was not more than a couple of hundred thousand – still, that was a lot of water, and from where had it come? She was tempted to climb in, test it for depth and temperature, but her instincts warned her against that. She needed tools, pumps, hoses, solvents . . . she needed a team of helpers and, above all, she needed secrecy because once the heavy mob arrived it would be impossible to care for, and preserve, this wonderful find.

Back at the camp she found Ben in an intense game of chess with Bill. Neither looked up when, hot and dusty from walking and climbing, she pulled a chair to the table and sat. All the others in the room were clearly alarmed, and giving her their full attention. “You walked? How did you know where we were?” Israel was clearly annoyed.

“Driving that half track around in circles is not likely to fool anyone Israel. Even in the bullet proof rear cabin one can see sunlight and shadows.” She sat down.

Israel recovered. “Yes, yes, I’m sorry. My manners, I’m sorry. So water?”

“Thank you. Do you have facilities here . . . showers, toilets, places to eat and sleep?”

Bill looked up as if from a coma. “First impressions?”

“It’s an important find. I will need help, tools, logistical support.”

“And the water?” Israel was watching her carefully.

“There is a lot there, but as to how old it is, or how it came to be there, needs analysis and testing.”

“Did you think to bring samples on your walk?”

“Think, yes; bring, no. Secrecy is vital. Only our own people, only our own, most trusted, people should know of this.”

“Indeed,” Ben piped up. “I will bring Peter. No one should leave.”

Bill stood. “I will have Peter brought here, and whoever, and whatever, else you need. You are correct Ben: no one should leave. Especially not you or I.”[/one_half_last]

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Peter Under Atlantis

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Peter had walked the passageways to the end of the subterranean reservoir where a staircase had taken him down, down, ever down into cool air maybe a kilometre underground. He reached a landing, about a three metres square, with archways in two directions, each enticing, each unnerving in its darkened mysteriousness. Looking up he could see two of what must be many of the narrow roof openings that brought light from the surface to go all the way down all of the steps. Venturing to the archway straight ahead he saw more steps that seemed not to be lit from the openings above, but from lower down. He turned, went to the other archway where he saw more steps leading down to another landing that appeared much wider than the one on which he stood. He started to descend, noting as he went that the steps grew ever wider until the last one was half the width of the landing. In the middle was a hole – about the same size as the upper landing with a low peripheral wall not more than forty centimetres high and about ten thick. He walked around the wall, peering as he went into the dark hole. He was comfortable, he noted, able to walk easily because the air was fresh, cool – there was ventilation and there was light, but not in the hole. Looking over and down he could neither see, nor smell, anything to suggest its purpose except, perhaps, the square appeared perfect, and the walls were flat and smooth.
He returned to the first landing and took the other archway. There was plenty of light which was increasingly mysterious because there were no roof openings above these steps. Again he travelled down, and down for another kilometre or more before the area opened up and there, high on four marble columns, was the source of light. He was stunned. Standing back he leaned against the wall to take stock of a huge dish, about ten metres across, resting atop four marble columns so its upper edge appeared to be a metre and half from the roof. Surprising as it was to find such an object in such a place that wasn’t the source of his amazement; it was the light coming from it, extending all over the ceiling to illuminate the chamber in a soft white, that stunned him. He stood upright again and stared. It wasn’t clear as to from where the light was coming but it had to be from the surface. It had to be from a light, and, or, a ventilation, shaft reaching up, maybe a mile of more, to the surface, yet it was pleasant here. It was cool and clean; how could it be clean? How could it be free of dust and dirt and volcanic ash? That didn’t make sense but there it was. He was standing in a comfortable, clean, well lit, chamber a mile underground that was devoid of any kind of machinery. He decided to sit, to contemplate, to give his tired legs a rest and his addled brain a chance to assemble the pieces.

 

When he awoke Meira was there, only she wasn’t. She was there, in his head, but not, physically, present. How could that be? He let it go, sat up, stretched, stood, and started to walk. Where? Where was he going? Another archway to another passage and it was lit. How was that? There was no obvious light source here, where he was walking to no conscious purpose, but he continued and continued and continued until – until he stopped at what appeared to be a concrete box between four stone columns stretching to the roof. He stepped into the box and waited. For what? He didn’t know. He didn’t know why he was here or where he was going when slowly, and by no means quietly, the box began to rumble up between the columns. He wasn’t alarmed – even

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as it went through the roof to another chamber and through that roof and another and another until it stopped – he wasn’t alarmed. He simply stepped out and walked through an arch to the first landing he reached on the way down. He wasn’t surprised at that. He should have been. His head told him he should be amazed, but he wasn’t. Instead he walked up the first set of steps until he was back at the big reservoir where he rested again.

 

Meira and Peter Communicate

“I can reach you now – from anywhere. I can reach you wherever you are.”

“I know.” Peter was calm: in total acceptance of the changes.

“Don’t you think it’s wonderful?” Meira stared into his face.

“Fuck. I’m not sure. I don’t fucking know what I think.” He paused, ruminated, “If you can reach into my head you can read my mind. That’s frightening.”

“No, I can’t read your mind. I can send guidance when you ask, and can read your face and eyes when I’m with you. You should be happy. You can reach out for help from me. I can reach the Old Ones so you, too, can reach them. That’s wonderful. That, as you would say, ‘Is fucking, fan-fucking-tastic.’” She looked at him: Long and hard she looked over his face and eyes. “Innit?”

He relented. “Yeah it is. It fucking is.” He grinned, smiled, slapped his leg, walked in a circle, stopped, looked at her. “Yes it is. I have a goddess.”

“No Peter – none of that nonsense. I am a well developed human making good use of my mind. Soon you will make better use of yours.” She watched him.

He thought a little more then turned to say, “Wish we had some champers.”

“We will. We’ll have oodles of champers and caviar, and smoked salmon and pâté de foie gras and oodles and oodles of pheasant and grouse and vin du pay.”

“Oodles and oodles?”

“Oodles and oodles and oodles.”

“Always the last word.”

“Who’s goddess?”

“Bitch.” He hugged her, held her long – gave her all his love.

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