The Problem with Riding Triceratopses (Hollow Earth Expedition Ssn1 ep13)

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.

The trouble with riding triceratopses is that it gets dull. Maia Parker had discovered that even when the gargantuan beasts charged at full speed, they didn’t buck like horses or sway like elephants. You got the wind in your face and the rush of acceleration, but you might as well have been riding a broad, flat barn roof. Worse, after their stampede had ended, the big gray dinosaurs became content to wander from one grassy patch to the next, not even bothering to notice the small human being clinging to their broad backs. If she had a hammock, she might have stretched it out between two of them, but she hadn’t travel through five hundred miles of solid rock to take a nap. She wanted action.

The herd of horned reptiles stumped along, their search for greener pastures taking them into an open area of the forest where the thick trees gave way to a riot of green vines and shrubs closer to the ground. Just before Maia decided to hop off and head back to the drilling machine, she spotted an ancient stone wall about a hundred yards away. It was perhaps a bit more than ten feet tall, and it curved away into the dark jungle to form the perimeter of what must have been an ancient city. Beyond this wall, she could see terraced pyramids, fat rectangular buildings, and, at what was likely to be the city’s center, a towering obelisk carved with strange symbols. Above this obelisk hovered an ominous black zeppelin displaying the unmistakable swastika symbol.

Maia adjusted her fedora to shield her eyes from the bright sun as she watched the zeppelin. Against the cloudy white backdrop, it looked like some kind of bloated black tick—a fitting comparison, Maia thought, because if the Nazis were here it could only mean they wanted to suck the lifeblood out of the land. They were just like the people who had taken everything from her ancestors. They were just like the teachers at the boarding school who had taken Maia from her family.

Forget returning to the drilling machine, Maia decided. Whatever these men were here to get, she would get it first. She was owed that much.

All she had to do was figure out a way over that wall without being seen.


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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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