Run. Just… Run. (Hollow Earth Expedition Ssn1 ep17c)

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

Jack and Celeste dashed deep into the jungle where the tyrannosaur’s pursuit was slowed by the massive trees. Even so, their head start soon dwindled to a few yards, then a few feet, and all the while the dinosaur’s booming footfalls shook the ground under their feet.

With no warning, the forest floor dropped away into a wide, vine-choked canyon. Jack skidded to a halt and thrust out his arm to keep Celeste, arms pinwheeling in search of balance, from plummeting down the thirty foot drop.

“It’s too far to jump,” she gasped. “What do we do?”

“Hold on,” Jack said, pulling her close with one hand while scooping up a thick vine with the other. He launched the two of them backwards over the ledge and watched as the tyrannosaur’s maw rushing down at them. They disappeared below the lip of the cliff just as the terrible jaws slammed closed onto the open air just above their heads.

Feet braced against the canyon wall, Jack strained to grip the vine while repelling downward. The beast dipped its head over the cliff edge and chomped at them twice. Finally, it roared down at them, but for all its noise and power it had no means to climb such a steep slope.

“We’re alive!” Celeste squealed when they reached the bottom of the ravine. She threw her arms around Jack’s neck to show her appreciation.

“Let’s not get unprofessional, here,” he said, pushing her away gently. “We’ve still got a job to do, and that means staying alive.”

With his compass still malfunctioning, Jack made his best guess as to which direction would bring them back to the drilling machine. The two set off along the stream that trickled through the canyon floor.

“Where are we, anyway?” Celeste said as they pushed through a dense cluster of foliage. “I mean, this whole region is positively crackers. I’ve never seen animals like that, not even in nature films. I’ve never seen people like that either.”

Jack broke off a branch to clear their way through the thicket. The truth was, he didn’t know where they were, either—he had travelled to the four corners of the globe, but this land and its inhabitants were like no place he had ever seen. On the other hand, it ran against his upbringing to admit that he was lost, especially to a woman.

Before Jack could figure out what to tell the actress, a clanking of a rifle bolt stopped them in their tracks. Twenty feet up the canyon trail, the two surviving Nazi soldiers stepped out from behind a curve in the cliff wall and called for surrender. These soldiers were a little worse for wear, but they had their rifles, which was more than Jack could say for himself.

“What now?” Celeste whispered.

“Put your hands in the air, Princess,” Jack held his own above his head. “Looks like we’re about to become prisoners of the Reich.”

 

 

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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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