Eventually, we got up the courage to make a short exploration trip to the ocean and see what we could find there, since we were all anxious about keying ourselves with the Portal on time. The path was an easy slope down sand dunes like topography on earth, winding down to the beach. There was much plant life all around, very thick, almost jungle or rainforest like growth. At the top of the hill the plants were much smaller, but grew taller as we descended to the beach.
The place was beautiful and looked almost like any place on earth. I thought out loud if this was earth at some other time or were we transported to another place on the planet. <You are on another planet,> responded Diamond. <Look at the moons. We believe that they may have something to do with the portal, but the K-Dwellers are very secretive about the whole thing.> <All we know is that the keying to our bodies do not last very long outside the portals,> offered Alpha, <except for Midnight.> That was Michael’s companion who had blue eyes.
<Maybe the color of his eyes has something to do with?> I asked. <Could be, but the K-Dwellers control the portals, that we are sure about, and they do have green eyes,> she said. <And we do know that the blue eyed ones have special powers; but not on earth as far as we know.> <Well, we will find out what powers they have on this planet,> Michael seemed eager to find out.
We investigated the beach area but did not find much except for a fire pit; we hoped that it was not used very often. Eventually we walked up the beach; looking out from the cave towards the ocean that would be to the right, heading to the south. There was not much in way of land formation except for a small hill formation heading out into the ocean like a natural breaker to the waters. What lay beyond that would take too much time to explore, especially since the best route would be to cross over the small hills or dunes to get a better look. As we headed back to the place where we came from, we all noticed something very strange; we left no foot prints in the sand!
<Look! Where are our footprints? This is very odd!> the Professor exclaimed. <Maybe we are not yet adapted to the planet yet?> Sarah offered. She was the most excited, especially when it came to something new, but she was also the closest to the mark when trying to figure things out or come to conclusions. <We have noticed that before, but never made the connection until now,> Midnight mentioned. It seems his gifts did not include making connections. <What do you mean,> Sarah asked. <From our home planet,> Midnight said, <we noticed that this happened after we had been on earth for a while, but did not notice it until much later.>
<After a while our prints became clearer, almost like we had gained weight and the impression became deeper.> Diamond also added, <But it is hard to tell when one first arrives unless you walk on mud or sand.> <It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few days,> the Professor said. <I take it that we will be staying here for a few days?> I asked. <Just long enough to take our bearings. But we will be back. There are too many things going on here for only us to investigate. We need help from the other teams,> he said. On the way back to the cave we were constantly checking out our footprints, but nothing was happening yet. They were clearly not making any impressions. Slowly we climbed back up the sandy path to the cave, trying to find an easier way up the path.
All of sudden we looked up and spotted four young men in gliding machines heading our way. It seemed like they were trying land on the flat area at the top of the dunes that led to the cave. We quickly jumped out of the way so as to not be knocked down. We were all thinking at once, <What was that?> and <Don’t want to be seen. Was it too late?> and <Don’t want to get caught outside the portal since we do not how long the keying will last on us humans and the wolves.> After we ran for cover, we noticed that Sarah was still standing and staring at them. That is when we noticed that they were naked, almost naked. We were sure they saw Sarah, but seemed to take no notice of her. Finally she ran for the cover, but almost casual like.
<I don’t think they can see us!> she thought excitedly. <Maybe it is like our footprints, we just are not visible yet.> <What is going on here?> the Professor thought out loud. <I can hear them in my mind, my thoughts, but they are not talking, or I can’t hear them yet.> <Now you know what you sound or think like to us,> said Alpha. <Remember, words are just vocal symbols and do not necessarily give the whole or clear picture.> <Wow!> was all Sarah could say. I think she was still caught up with the sight of the naked men in their flying machines. <I can hear them think, but it is like thinking in pictures,> she thought in her reveries.
It seemed like they were hunting for small game, because they all carried arrows and they each had one arrow ready. I was hoping that something would come out of the forest just so I could see them in action; flying and shooting arrows would be quite a feat. But eventually the wind caught their sails and they gained altitude and they just circled around. I was hoping they would be waiting for more game to show up or come out of hiding and then swoop back down for another try.