Shift in the Wind

We find Leonardo and Vector in a meeting with Outaforium at Leonardo’s Sapphire Bay house. “You have your operation here, but you will soon find yourself in a new situation in a few weeks. The question is how will you transform your wealth from here to where you are going without it disappearing into history” asked Outaforium. Leonardo looked at Vector who was in deep thought and then at Outaforium.

“I have a few options that comes to mind, but will need some more time to plan it out. Land is one of them, gold and silver another. What say you Vector since you have been where we are going and have a better idea of what to do” asked Leonardo. “I was thinking about stocks, bonds, gold, silver, land and art. Maybe some crypto currencies” replied Vector as he continued “It’s going to be interesting and there is much to consider in what should be done and how to do it.”

Leonardo gazed into the future with his gift of foresight when Vector mentioned crypto currencies to get a quick glimpse of the subject matter then turned to Outaforium and said “You may know this already of the monetary development that will happen in the years we are there. Any insights you would like to share Outaforium.”

“All I can say is health is your true wealth and be prepared for some trying times there in the future” remarked Outaforium as he placed both hands out in front of himself, then swung them outward in circular motion. A vision of the area where they will be going appears. “This is Panama City, four hundred yeas from now. There will be many changes that will happen so get uses to the idea of change and be prepared” said Outaforium with no person or vehicles in the image. He closed his arm as his hands met in a clap as the vision disappeared.

Leonardo looked over to Vector, then over to Outaforium and asked “Outaforium is there something happening there in the image. Has there or will there be something that will change civilization as we know it. Also I feel we are being used for some reason. Could you explain why is it that Vector has traveled through time and I and Florencia will be making the leaps across history.” “Very well, yes to your first question and this may seem odd, but it was Zeuyu our commander of the spaceship became fascinated with surfing in the 1960’s" then Outaforium looked up and continued.

"We were observing the competition between the US and the USSR in their space programs. Zeuyu happened to have caught a glimpse of surfing on a TV channel that was on our screen. He watched the surfers ride across the wave and became fascinated. Though he did not surf, he was interested in the sport. That thought of surfing has stayed with him since then. We had orders from our home base to go back 10,000 years and do some research of the people of Atlantis. So we went back and came to the island of Etobiius a satellite colony island of Atlantis.


That is where I met Vector and we became friends. There came a time when the island was about to erupt and I made the decision to remove Vector and his family to a different time period before the eruption. I sent Vector and family to a place in history where riches of the Americas were being sent to Spain and that he could profit from that experience. Zeuyu thought it best that Vector should work with you, and he also thought that Vector should learn to use one of our spacecraft and helped you grow and prosper” said Outaforium looking over to Vector, then back at Leonardo. “Well, what do you think Leonardo” asked Vector. “We have a lot of planning to do” said Leonardo.

After their meeting Leonardo and Vector were busy planning out the moves. It was getting close to the departure date when another alien race of this time period targeted Vector thinking he was an obstacle to their plans and needed to be eliminated. They went to his ranch and destroyed his spacecraft and house. But, before that happened Zeuyu had found out what was about to happen and had Outaforium meet with Leonardo, Florencia, Vector, Artemesia and their children and sent them on their way through the vortex to the planned event.

They stepped through the time vortex also known as a worm hole onto a deserted beach south of Panama City, Panama. They came from the end of 1600th century into the summer of 2019. In the distance they could see skyscrapers above the trees and vegetation. Walking along the water’s edge their footprints are embedded into the darker moist sands of the beach. A surge from a small swell rolls up the beach and erases some of the footprints as the group walked towards the city.

"What do you think Vector" asked Leo. "Well it looks just the way I left it a year and a half ago. Which was a week ago in real time. Up ahead a few hundred meters to our left is some stairs that leads to some beachfront stores" answered Vector pointing to the locations of the steps. Everyone looked ahead as they continued walking, after about 10 minutes they reached the stairs and the beachfront stores. A station wagon taxi was parked on the boulevard next to the shops. Walking up to the taxi Leo sees the driver reading a newspaper and says to him in Spanish “Excuse me senior, we would like a ride" Putting down his newspaper the driver says “Si” and gets out of the cab to help his passengers. 

"Where to" asked the driver. "Costa Topaz tres Flamingo" replied Leonardo looking over to Vector who nodded his head down and up. The driver looked at Leonardo with curiosity and said “Si Senior” and were off. Arriving in front of a gated mansion Leo paid the driver and thank him for the ride. Vector walks over to a secret compartment near the gate and enter the code to open the gate, They walk up on one of the driveways that led to one of two houses.

Going inside Leo and Flo’s house, Leonardo tells everyone “Vector and Artemesia’s house is next door situated across the backyard garden” pointing at the building on the other side of the koi pond. “Artemesia and the kids can get settled in. Vector and I will go over to the bank and take care of business. We will be back in about an hour" said Leonardo going over to a cabinet where the keys to his car and truck are located. “We will go shopping while you two are away. Take the truck and we will go in the car” said Florencia knowing what she had to do while they were arriving to their new residence.

After explaining where what is and how to turn things on and off Leonardo and Vector drove off to the bank. They are discussing their financial holdings along the way and what ever else was on their minds. After arriving at the bank Leo opened his account and had Vector transferred funds from his account into his. The paperwork for his vast land holdings and the key to his catamaran had been placed in a safety deposit box at that bank by Vector. He had used his spaceship flying in and flying out of the centuries prior to being in the 21st century to set it all up.


“The key to your catamaran is at the bank’s safety deposit box. Where do plan on sailing to” asked Vector. “I was thinking about going to Hawaii for a few months and then to the Marquesas for about a month or so. After that I will have a better idea of where else to go” said Leonardo.

After taking care of business they drove over to Golden Rock Marina to see Leonardo’s catamaran that Vector had purchased and had delivered to Panama. It was built by boat building company in China and design by a firm in California. “Follow me” said Vector who knew where to go. "There she is” said Vector pointing to Leo’s catamaran. “She’s fast, comfortable and has the latest computers with all the bells and whistles, you will be happy with her" said Vector as they continued walking.


“What have you named it” asked Vector. “Go with the Flo” answered Leonardo. Vector noticed that Leonardo was looking around the harbor then back at the city. “What is it Leo, you seemed distant for some reason” asked Vector. “I was looking into the future and could see something that is going to happen next year” said Leonardo. “And that is” continued Vector. “I will explain later” said Leonardo as Vector nodded his head down then up. Vector had flown into that time period and already knew what was on Leonardo's mind, but wanted to hear what Leonardo would say about it. 

It wasn't long before they were at the slip of his catamaran, walking up the transom on the portside of the catamaran to the cockpit. Leo gets out his key and unlocked the sliding glass doors. “There is going to be a major slow down in the economy next year. Let go inside and discuss this some more” said Leonardo as he and Vector walked into the salon.

​Moving pass the salon tables and the galley Vector and Leonardo walk over to the navigation and computer station which is on the starboard side. “I only know a fraction of how to use the software and we can go over what I know later. There are tutorials on the system you can use to get up to speed. I can help you with the computer’s operating system. Once you get the basics you can research more by using google and you tube” said Vector.


“Ok, Flo and I will do just that” replied Leonardo looking over to the monitor screen, key board and mouse. “She is a really nice for a 55 footer, the port hull was designed as your stateroom and many amenities were added. The starboard hull has a forward berth and the stern area had a workshop that could convert to a berth. I know you and Flo will like her just as you planned” said Vector. Going to the galley and looking at the arrangement and pulling out the doors to the refrigerators and freezers before stepping outside to the cockpit and sitting on the lounge seats.


“You might want to start preparing to sell your stocks, looks like the Stock Market may take a crash next year” Leonardo mentioned to Vector. “Yes, will do that and bonds before the end of the year” said Vector. “I’m thinking about selling the place here and relocate to New Zealand” said Leonardo thinking of whats going to happen. “New Zealand you say, I have a 100 acre ranch on the North Island with a running stream and a lake next to it.


I purchased it back in the 1970’s which was a few weeks back. My art collection is there” replied Vector. “Whose paintings do you have” wondered Leonardo. “I have many from different time periods, some from the impressionist era with a few Monets, van Goghs, Gaugains and a Cezanne. I bought them very cheap and now they are worth millions. I even have a sketch by da Vinci” said Vector pausing for a moment and remembering how he got it.


“So you have plans to sail to Hawaii and the Marquesas, what about Tahiti” asked Vector. “Yes, not sure of the date, but sometime next year” said Leonardo. “Ahoy there mateys, can I come aboard” said a stranger on the dock. Both Leonardo and Vector turned to see who it was, they see Outaforium.


“Outaforium what brings you here” asked Vector. “I was sent by Zeuyu and have a message for you. He has another spaceship, which was sent to us from our planet for you to use. Similar to the one you had previously, but with more features” said Outaforium. Leonardo looked at Vector who had a smile on his face. Then Outaforium explained the where and when Vector would pickup his craft and the additional training he would need.


Outaforium explained “I will see you at your house next Monday and will take you and Leonardo to a mountain valley in Ecuador bordering Colombia.” After briefing the both of them he stepped into the salon of the catamaran and disappeared. Vector looked at Leonardo and said “Things just got more advanced. Now I can show you where our new ranch is next week.” Leonardo nodded his head to confirm Vector’s suggestion.


Vector looked at his watch and said “We have to be getting back.” Walking back up to the parking lot they talked about their next moves and buying a few thing that they would need before going with Outaforium the following week.

Once back home Vector went home and saw everyone was relaxing after their shopping trip. Artemesia and Velidia are putting away the groceries, Rocky and Frank were learning how to use the computer and the internet with instructions that Vector had left on the computer desk.


Leonardo found Florencia seated next to the Koi pond watching some of the koi swim by, while other kois gather around the pond’s edge near them making a puckering sound, suggesting that they are hungry. Looking over to the waterfall Florencia is thinking back about their times in the 16th century and her life before Leonardo and her girlhood days.

 She is horseback riding with a few of her father’s bodyguards along the coast, her travels to Spain and making friends there. Then she recalled the gala ball that her father had and when she met Leonardo, Captain Montoya and Claudette and all the things she and Leonardo had done before getting married.


“Leo now that we are here, what can we expect and what will we do” she asks. “There is going to be a pandemic which will change history” said Leonardo looking down and rubbing his forehead with his left hand. What do you think, if we moved to New Zealand and lived there” asked Leonardo.


“We been through a lot together, during the smooth and rough times, we have each other and that’s all that matters to me” said Florencia. “We have 5 months to prepare for this pandemic, if we try to warn others they will think we are making this up and call us conspiracy theorists and get upset, so we need to keep it to ourselves for now.”

“What do we do Leo” she asked . “We stay focus and develop a plan of selling items we won’t need and start thinking about the basics and go from there. We will sell our house here and plan on moving into the catamaran before we sail across the Pacific. Vector is planning on moving to New Zealand to his house there. When we were at the harbor Outaforium came by and mentioned Vector will be receiving another spaceship. That will make it easier for Vector to do many things” replied Leonardo.


Florencia looked at Leonardo and said “Ok, I’m going to get a glass of wine, do you want one.” “Yes, that will be fine” Leonardo said watching a golden butterfly koi swim by. Meanwhile Vector was telling Artemesia the same thing Leonardo was telling Florencia “Outaforium stopped by Leo’s catamaran and told us that Zeuyu was letting me have another spaceship.” Artemesia looked up into the sky and said “After you get the spaceship, what are you going to do.” “We will move the family to New Zealand and live there” answered Vector.

 The next day they all went to a surf shop to purchased surfboards for everyone. “Surf shops around the world are going to have a difficult time next year. When the lockdown and quarantine happens because of the pandemic, retail shops large and small will have no customers. People are going to hold back on purchases and buy only the necessities. Building supplies for surfboards are going to get expensive and there will be less builders” said Leonardo holding a surfboard away from the wall rack and looking at the rail contour.


“So the boards we get today are going to be the ones we have for awhile” said Florencia. “Maybe, I will have to get some supplies and have a shop at our new location where I can build us a few if need be later” answered Leonardo. “I couldn’t help but overhear what you said Leo. That’s a good idea” said Vector as he moved along passed them looking at the boards in the shop. After everyone got a surfboard, trunks, bathing suits, leashes and waxs, they went surfing at a local beach outside of town.


Everyone was having a fun time catching waves. Sitting out in the lineup Leonardo says to Vector “Flo and I are going over to the cat tomorrow for a day sail. Can you and the family join us.” “I will see what Artemesia has in mind, but most likely we can go sailing tomorrow” said Vector.

On a starboard tack, Leonardo is at the helm with Rocky and Frank seated behind him, Vector, Velidia, Florencia and Artemesia are seated at the cockpit lounge. Artemesia is talking about when she, Vector and the family sailed over from Atlantis to Etobiius and how much slower the vessel that they were on compared to Leo and Flo’s catamaran they were sailing on this day. Vector wasn’t noticing the speed until Artemesia mentioned it. “Leo, how fast are we going” asked Vector. “We are at 22 knots, no 24, it just jumped to 27 knots” replied Leonardo. Vector looked at Artemesia and said “Wow” as she continued with her story.


“The accommodation on that trip were rough, but we managed, though I did get sea sick a couple of time during rough seas” expressed Artemesia shaking her head sideways. Vector looked back at the wake of the catamaran and had recollection of the trip as well. How important it seemed back then doing what the king wanted done, but now with newer challenges on the horizon it’s just a far off memory.


The week went by fast and a meeting is taking place with Leonardo and Vector at Vector’s backyard. “I have been in contact with a few of the companies we have interest in and made arrangements to meet with them” said Leonardo. “Are you talking about our holdings in the gold and silver mines” asked Vector. “Yes, and a representative with a Depository Vault Company in Switzerand” said Leonardo.


Just before Vector was going to say what was on his mind he sees Outaforium appearing out of the blue and is walking towards them. “Outaforium, how are you. I was just about to mention you and Ecuador” replied Vector. “Thats what I thought you would say. We will be going to the mountain location in Ecuador shortly” said Outaforium looking at both Vector and Leonardo, who had turned around to see Outaforium approaching.


“You caught us off guard, let me go tell Artemesia that we will be gone for awhile with you” said Vector rushing inside and after a few moments rushing back out as Leonardo and Outaforium were discussing what will be happening in the global economy. “I told her to let Florencia know that you and I will be with Outaforium and should be back in a few hours” said Vector.


Within a few seconds of mentioning what he had done, all three disappeared and reappeared in a room on the mother spaceship. “Where we are going is a secluded valley in the mountain range in Ecuador near the Colombian border. The spacecraft is in a cave there” said Outaforium. No sooner had he mentioned it, they were there. “We will be transported in just a moment” continued Outaforium. Looking around Vector and Leonardo’s surrounding suddenly changed from within the spaceship to the mountainous terrain of the valley standing in front of the cave where Outaforium had mentioned the spacecraft would be.


Looking at the small entrance to a cave, it began to move and open up like a sliding hangar door. “This storage facility will be removed after your departure” said Outaforium. There before them was the spacecraft, bigger than the previous craft that Vector had before. “Follow me” said Outaforium as he walked towards the spacecraft. As they got closer a door appears and opens up with a set of stairs protruded out to the ground.


Outaforium lead the way into the spaceship’s entrance bay. From there he walks over to an area and lifted his hand up and waved sideways, another door opens and they walk through a corridor to the main control room. “You will notice Vector that these controls are similar to the last ship you were on and if you hover your hand over the controls that you are not familiar with, it will instruct you of what to do with a hologram text message. Just ask the ship’s computer her name is Honey if in doubt” mentioned Outaforium moving his hand over a control and a hologram appeared indicating camera monitor of the outside.


“Have a seat and let’s go for a ride” said Outaforium pointing to the seat where he should sit. Vector moved into the seat and looked over the controls and said “Leonardo have a seat” as he pressed a button and the floor opened up and a seat came up from the floor. Leonardo sat in the seat and kept quiet while Vector moved his hands around. The spacecraft began to move out of the cave and hovered in place some distance from the entrance.


“This is a different time period and more monitoring systems are in place” said Outaforium. “What do you mean” asked Leonardo being curious. “There are satellites in space monitoring what is happening on this planet. So Vector, you should turn on the advance cloaking system of the ship and you should be Ok” said Outaforium. After doing so, Vector lifted the ship straight up above the mountain peaks and checked it out. “Yes, just like before, but more smoother!” said Vector with a smile on his face. “Let go back to Panama to Portobello” said Leonardo. Vector nodded his head to say yes and prepared the craft for the flight.


“If there is any questions you might have Vector. Just press the emergency frequently button to get a hold of me or Zor 2 or ask Honey and she will let you know. For now I am going back to the mother ship. You can fly wherever you like and just keep the cloak system on” said Outaforium as he disappeared from the spacecraft. Leonardo looked at Vector who was adjusting the controls and said “We should be there in a less than a minute” said Vector turning on the monitor as they are traveling above the mountains then down to sea level.


“Where abouts did you have in mind” asked Vector. “Do you remember when we moved the 100 tons of gold from my residence to the cave in the valley. That is where I would like to go” said Leonardo. “Ok, we should be there soon, ah, we are there now” mentioned Vector. “Can you scan inside the cave and tell if the gold is still there” asked Leonardo.


Looking over to the controls, Vector see the button. Then looking up at the monitor he says “Yes, it’s still there.” “Good, I’m going to deposit it in Switzerland and then sell the land” said Leonardo. “Anything else while we are in the area” asked Vector. “No, if something should pop up I willtake care of it later” said Leonardo. “Ok, let me show my place in New Zealand.


We should be back in Panama City in a few hours” said Vector as the spacecraft rose up and made a turn towards the Southern hemisphere. “Let me see, aw” said Vector as he spoke to the main onboard computer system “Honey how long will it take to Auckland, New Zealand.” Honey answered “15 minutes and 44 seconds on speed control mode.” “Ok, turn on the speed control for New Zealand” said Vector. “It has been done” said Honey as the spacecraft took off across the Pacific Ocean.


“Vector, I’ve been looking into the future lately and beside the pandemic, there is going to be an economic disturbance. Thats what Outaforium and I were talking about when you went to Artemesia. This economic collapse will change everybody lives and how they perceive what money should be” said Leonardo before continuing his train of thought. “This world we are in will be going into a severe depression next year and we will have to get ready for it. Lets talk about it later after we get back home” said Leonardo.


“Alright, I had a feeling something like that was going to happen. I would get a glimpse by remarks made by some who were saying it’s not if, but when. This was happening when I hopped back and forth from one time period to this time period” recalled Vector.


“After stopping at your place in New Zealand, can we fly over to Fiji” asked Leonardo. “Yeah, that will be Ok. We are just about to be at my place in a couple of minutes” said Vector looking at his controls and started to prepare for their descent. “Here we are, there is my place that I mentioned” said Vector pointing to the monitor as the craft flew around in stealth mode. “Really nice place you got here Vector” said Leonardo. Checking one of the sensors Vector could tell if anyone was around, after a few moments “No one is below us or in the vicinity, I will land and we can take a walk around” said Vector landing near a pile of large boulders that had an outer wall around it.


After landing the two got out and walked over to the large boulders. “The house is below the landmark of stones in the middle of the walled area. Once I turn on my fob the house will appear. For now everything is underground” mentioned Vector pressing a small pocket size fob. The sound of something mechanical is heard and the upward movement of the monument of boulders and a sleek modern house appears under it. “There it is” said Vector. “Very interesting” said Leonardo as they walked towards the front entrance.


“The concept was mine and I had the computer on the other spacecraft design it. Then had a construction company built it and I transported the entire building here using the old spacecraft to put it in place. After doing some touch up to make it look natural, I went back to the past and this is the first time back since then” said Vector.


“There are some properties around here that you might be interested in. I know of a bay not far from here with a house and acreage” said Vector. “That sounds good to me, let go over there after we leave here and before we fly over to Fiji” said Leonardo.


Going inside and showing the views from the different rooms and the central control of the house Vector tells Leonardo “I have plans of starting a farm here and be self efficient. The river and lake has plenty of fish and with the solar power panels we will be fine.” “That sounds good” replied Leonardo. Stepping outside Vector returns the structure back to the way it was and they returned to the spacecraft.


Flying over to the location Vector had mentioned. Leonardo was very much interested in the location of the house with it dock in the protected bay. “I will take a few pictures of the place, so you can show Flo” said Vector and Leonardo agreed. After looking at the 400 acre lot and gathering the information from the internet, they flew over to Fiji to a few of the uninhabited island with an outer reef.


“What did you have in mind Leo” asked Vector. “I want to customize an island and put in different contours around it. Not to effect the environment but to enhance it” said Leonardo. “Waves for all seasons” asked Vector. With a smile on his face Leonardo said “Yes, and help the people here with my resources, with your help of course.” Vector smiled and said “Ok” nodding his head up and down. As they flew around, an atoll caught Leonardo’s attention. “Fly over there to that atoll” said Leonardo.


“This looks every interesting, can you take pictures of it and record all the pertinent information of this atoll islands. This is what is what I’m talking about” said Leonardo as they went around the island and landed on the main body of land. “The lagoon looks like 40 feet deep with coral in the deep areas” said Vector and continued “I wouldn’t mind staying a little longer, but we have to be getting back, Artemeisa has plans for this evening.” “Ok, said Leonardo with many thing running through his mind.


It wasn’t long before Vector was parking his craft next to the garage/warehouse. Vector and Leonardo got out of the craft which was in invisible mode. “There is a lot for you to do Leo and myself as well. Let talks some more tomorrow, but for now I’m going to spend some time with Artemesia and the kids” said Vector walking towards his house. “Ok, I’m going to let Flo know what we been up to and see what she has in mind” said Leonardo waving to Vector as to express see you later.


Walking into the kitchen Leonardo sees Florencia preparing dinner. “Flo, that spacecraft Vector has is something else, and if it can do half the things his previous spacecraft did, its going to make for an interesting stay in this century” said Leonardo to Florencia. “Where did you go Leo” asked Florencia.


“Outaforium took us to a mountain location in Ecuador where the spacecraft was located. Situated in a cave that they had constructed. Vector knew how to fly it, so Outaforium didn’t have to stay long with us. I asked Vector to take me to the cave where the 100 tons of your father’s gold was. It’s still there and with the help of Vector and his spacecraft, we will relocate it to Switzerland for safe keepings. The land where the gold is, is still under our control, so that won’t be a problem” said Leonardo going over to the sink and picking a cleaned carrot from the strainer to chew on.


“That shouldn’t had taken too long, where did you two go after that” asked Florencia. “Then we went to New Zealand to see Vector house that he has there and after that we went over to a property close to his. It’s 400 acre with a house and dock inside a protected bay. After that we went to Fiji and looked at some islands there. Vector has picture of the locations and I will show them to you after he has time to print them out. There is this one island in Fiji I’m interested in and was thinking about doing research in surfboard design, artificial reefs and wave types” said Leonardo.


What’s for dinner?” asked Leonardo. “We are having fish, Spanish rice and salad” replied Florencia. “Ok, I will get cleaned up” said Leonardo. “Will have some white wine when you return” said Florencia as she kept a watch of what was cooking and what to do next. Twenty minutes later the two are seated in the their backyard patio table having dinner, sipping their wine and talking about the future while the sunset turns to nightfall.

      COPYRIGHT 2020 Thomas Takao