by Terri Herman-Ponce
David Bellotti’s only focus is to find his abducted twelve-year old daughter. When he sees her on a news segment with her captor, a renowned archaeologist who’s made a major discovery, David sets out to bring her back home. But the search leads him to a secret message that could alter man’s history forever.
A message David and his daughter inscribed twelve-thousand years ago.
A message that will prove dangerous in the wrong hands.
Protecting this powerful information seems simple until David realizes some people will use his daughter against him to get it, at whatever the cost. Now David must make a choice. Protect mankind from a secret past that must remain hidden, or save his little girl.
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Lottie remembered the magazine interview well, which followed her first regression through Ancient Egypt and her past life as a royal sister to Pharaoh. “Dr. Arroyo, who discovered my tomb in the Valley of the Nobles, says it will take years to study all the artifacts they’ve found. So I’d agree that this is only the tip.”
“It was a double tomb, if I remember,” Dr. Berzet said. “For you as Shemei and your lover, Bakari.”
Dr. Berzet hesitated, and the sudden widening of his eyes caught her attention.
“Is something wrong?” Lottie asked.
“No, no.” He cleared his throat. “It is just that you are a very striking woman. Your dark eyes, your olive skin, your long black hair…you have the exotic look of someone who could have walked right out of a temple in Ancient Egypt.” He smiled again. “And I suppose in a way you did.”
Lottie couldn’t help but smile again. It wasn’t the first time she’d heard someone say that.
Dr. Berzet released a sigh. “This whole scenario is fascinating. Absolutely fascinating. To have actual oils and tools and jewelry that you once used…to have your history carved out on those walls…to have proof of your previous existence…” He shook his head. “I cannot even begin to know what that must feel like.”
Strange, Lottie wanted to say but instead told him, “To be honest, Dr. Berzet, I don’t know how much help I can be to you. David, as I mentioned when you phoned the other day, is away and I can’t make a commitment to do these interviews without him. And, to be honest, I don’t think he’ll agree.”
Dr. Berzet picked up a pen and twirled it between his fingers, drawing attention to the tattoos between them. The pen had a purple barrel and purple ink. “You realize this is important to a lot of people, yes?” He waited a few seconds for Lottie to answer before going on. “Do you realize how groundbreaking this study would be? What we, as a people, could learn from what you know? Where you have come from? What you have experienced?”
“It’s David’s work.” Lottie shrugged. “Your study could potentially make him too high profile and that could be dangerous for him.”
“I think it is already too late for that,” Dr. Berzet said, tapping the Current Psychology magazine with the pen.
In some ways that was true, but Lottie had made a promise to David and she would keep it for as long as possible. They both knew their past lives would become more prominent to the public over time, but hopefully later rather than sooner. More than that, they separated three years ago because of broken promises and painful lies, and when they got back together they swore to never let that happen again. Lottie intended to keep it that way.
Dr. Berzet switched hands and kept twirling the pen, and went quiet for a long while. “There are many studies out there, Lottie. May I call you Lottie?”
“And so many theories about reincarnation, and why and how it exists. There are believers and non-believers.”
“I know that.”
“This will change how humans view their world. Do you realize the impact your history will have on our history overall? Of the entire planet?”
Terri looks for any opportunity to make stuff up. She thinks anything that can’t so easily be explained is worth an extra look and often makes a great story. She loves red wine, scotch, sunrises, Ancient Egypt, the beach—and a host of other stuff that would take too much real estate to talk about. The youngest of five children, Terri lives with her husband and son on Long Island. And, in her next life, if she hasn’t moved on to somewhere else, she wants to be an astronomer. Terri’s fascinated with the night skies almost as much as she’s fascinated with ancient Egypt.
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