Deus Ex Scrumtumbler (Hollow Earth Expedition Ssn1 ep12)

This is an ongoing story about a lost world of hungry dinosaurs, sinister villains, and non-stop action. If you are new to Hollow Earth Expedition, I suggest starting at the beginning of the story.

Scrumtumbler rolled over and yanked helplessly at the ropes binding his legs, but his hunters had already caught up to him, fingering their stone knives and hatchets. They smiled cruelly down at him, revealing teeth that had been ground down into triangular points, a clear sign that their tribe had adopted a diet that consisted only of flesh.

One of them raised his hatchet high in the air and Scrumtumbler shut his eyes, convinced that the finest scientific brain of his generation was about to be spilled onto the jungle floor. But the cannibal paused.

Scrumtumbler opened one eye to see his hunters listening to something in the forest. Then he heard it, too: a screaming and a thrashing coming their way.

Before any of them knew what to do, Celeste crashed out of the underbrush and right past them. She was a blur in her red dress, not stopping to question the cannibals or investigate their decorative scars. Her screams demonstrated a perfect Doppler effect, declining from its peak frequency and volume as she rushed down the game trail.

The cannibal, still holding his hatchet in the air, exchanged confused looks with his peers.

Then the velociraptors burst out of the foliage. They had been chasing Celeste, but they did not hesitate to set their sights on the cannibals, who scattered into the underbrush like frightened rabbits. In a moment of shrieks and confused footfalls, the predators and the prey disappeared, leaving Professor Scrumtumbler alone and blinking in amazement.

“Deus ex machina!” he declared, holding his fists over his head as though he had just won at the dog races. As he worked to free his legs from the entangling ropes, he muttered to himself, “maybe soon I’ll have to invent a Scrumtumbler ex machina. Yes, a Scrumtumbler ex machina would come in handy.”


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About Sechin Tower

Sechin Tower is a teacher, game developer, and author of MAD SCIENCE INSTITUTE, a novel of creatures, calamities, and college matriculation. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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