Timely Discovery (Long and 200 Word Versions)

 

The helicopter flew over the thick canopy of the rain-forest.  The pilot announced to the anthropologists on board that they would arrive at the clearing, oh what an understatement, in about five minutes.  The scientists, cameras ready prepared for the sight.

How could it have been missed for so long?  The satellite images were obvious if anyone had bothered to look.  There in the middle of the rain-forest was a six mile wide clearing, perfectly circular and containing a mathematically precise pattern of paddy fields each bordered by a complex system of irrigation channels.  At the centre rose a pyramid and a collection of some five hundred dwellings.

As the clearing came into sight, cameras clicked and the six heavily armed soldiers escorting the scientists checked their kit.  In just a few minutes “first contact” with a lost remnant of Mesoamerican civilization would be made.

As the helicopter came to circle the pyramid/temple complex a man with an elongated skull and feathered headdress stepped from a passageway in the top of the structure brandishing a pair of day-glow paddles and using accepted international motions expertly guided the pilot to a flat circular platform atop the pyramid.

On landing, the soldiers left the aircraft and fanned out to form a protective arch for the scientists.  As they did, four jade adorned people, three women and a man,  came from the passageway.   The tallest of the women walked up to an elaborately carved stone wheel affixed to the temple wall.  She ran her finger along the hieroglyphic symbols and then smiling said, “You are on time, we have been expecting you.”  Her companions then translated her words into flawless Spanish, English, and Mandarin.

Padre

Inspired by FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER: WEEK #40 challenge but at 281 words far in excess of the 200.

Alternatively, the 200 word version (198 to be exact) is below:

The helicopter flew over the canopy of the rain-forest.  The pilot announced to the anthropologists on board that they would arrive at the clearing in five minutes.  The scientists, cameras ready prepared for the sight.  In the middle of the rain-forest was a six mile wide clearing, perfectly circular and containing a mathematically precise pattern of paddy fields each bordered by a complex system of irrigation channels.  At the centre rose a pyramid and some five hundred dwellings.  In just a few minutes “first contact” with a lost remnant of Mesoamerican civilization would be made.

As the helicopter came to circle the pyramid/temple complex a man with an elongated skull and feathered headdress stepped from a passageway in the top of the structure brandishing a pair of day-glow paddles and using accepted international motions expertly guided the pilot to a flat circular platform atop the pyramid.  Four jade adorned people, three women and a man,  came from the passageway.   The tallest of the women walked up to an elaborately carved stone wheel affixed to the temple wall.  She ran her finger along the hieroglyphic symbols and then smiling said, “You are on time, we have been expecting you.”  

Padre

FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER: WEEK #40

2 thoughts on “Timely Discovery (Long and 200 Word Versions)

  1. First contact. Shame about the guns. And they can’t be just for display and threat, for until they’re fired, how do the first-contactees know to be scared of them? Yet I can see it as the most likely scenario.
    But then, this isn’t the first contact, is it?

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