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UFO 4D CHESS

PART 4

tHE WORLD IS CHANGING

EPISODE 22

"Nose Dive, Print More"

Seeing the island Leo is trying to get a hold of the control tower and get's no response. "What do you think Leo" Vector asked. "Not sure what is happening," Leo said as he continued to fly past the small isolated island that he had seen previously. "I see a sail off in the distance," Leo said as he is flys over the vessel at 1000 feet. "I recognize that vessel, but it can't be. It is the same type of boat that I first went to Etobiius on" Vector said as he begins to realize they may have gone through some kind of vortex in time and was back where he started from. "We are back in time," Vector said. "It sure looks like it" Leo answers back.


Suddenly the controls go out and the plane begins to dive and spin. Leo is pulling back on the yoke stick and he gains control and levels off. Then after a few moments, he hears a voice, it is from a control tower trying to communicate with Leo. "This is Grand Bahama Airport, over," the air controller said and repeated it twice. They look down and the boat that was there had disappeared and Leo and Vector are not sure what is going on. Leo looks at his instrumentation and they are back on. He tells the tower operator "My instrumentation went out, then it came back on. We need to land and figure out what is happening" Leo said. "Roger, our radar indicates you are 20 miles southwest of us. Approach from the northeast, winds from the south at 7 miles an hour. You are clear to land, we will stay in contact" the air traffic controller responded.


After landing, Leo asked a jet mechanic who was asked to help Leo after he landed if he could take a look at his plane. He said he could, but it would be the next day. Vector then contacted the secretary of the person in charge of the meeting and mentioned he and Leo were having plane problems and would be unable to attend the meeting in time and would have to reschedule. The secretary called back after the first call and told him they would reschedule the meeting the day after tomorrow and that the owner of the project would send a plane over to pick them up tomorrow.

During their stay in Nassau, the mechanic overseeing the repairs called and told Leo that some of his circuitry had burnt out and would need two to three weeks to get the parts to install. With that in mind, Leo planned on being back in two weeks to pick up his plane. Vector and Leo invested in the resort and golf course, afterwards they would be flying back home on a commercial flight. Looking out the window and thinking what they had been through Leo turns to Vector and says "I wonder what made us return to the time period which you were familiar with for that brief moment.

Could it have been something you were thinking in your subconscious mind and floated to the surface the second we enter the vortex and it grabbed it and placed it into our situation or, oh well maybe not" Leo said as he took a sip from his cocktail and sat back in a first-class seat. Vector nodded his head up and down to indicate that he understood as he kept quiet and thought about Artemesia and his family. Landing at LAX, Flo and Artemesia were there to pick them up. On their drive back to Dana Point where Flo had left her car Vector says "Let stop at the Cove, and have some seafood." The four of them went over to Laguna Beach to have a late lunch at a beachfront restaurant and talked about their trip and the strange mishap with the plane when they were flying to the golf courses and resorts.


After returning to their house, Leo and Flo would drive back to their house as Artemesia would go inside. Vector was about to close the garage door when Outaforium showed up. "Vector how are you, close call the other day," Outaforium said. "What do you mean" Vector asked. "We noticed you and Leo were going into one of the transition zones of this planet and kept surveillance of your where about in the zone. Then your plane started to lose control, so we went in and pulled you back out from the vortex field. After that the two of you were back to this time period and were able to reach your destination" Outaforium said to clarify his previous statement.


"Yes that was a close call, I had a feeling you and Zeuyu had something to do with our recovery. I would like to say Thank you for looking after us" Vector said as he conveyed his sincerity by nodding his head down after saying his words of gratefulness and slowly looking back at Outaforium. "You are quite welcome, we were not going to let you down after all we have been through. I have something that may be of importance and not available to anyone at this time. It's a c-pad where you can text a message to us and in return, we will message you back" Outaforium remarked as he handed it to Vector.


"A c-pad, it sounds like an iPad from our previous experience in Panama" Vector said. "It's more advance and it can be connected to our main computers on board if you get the Ok from us. To learn how to use it just touch the tutorial button after inserting a password that you create after pressing the start button, that's it in a nutshell. Use it wisely at home and in your travels for we will know where you are at and what questions are on your mind" Outaforium said. "So, this c-pad is way more advanced. Does that mean I have something that can look forward and back into history" Vector asked? "Yes, think as you may," Outaforium said.


"I don't want to be impolite, but why are you giving me this tool," Vector asked. "It's about time, we felt you should know as much as possible of what is going to happen and what has happened. We know that monetary currencies are a key factor in human life. But we Zonutals view it as a piece of paper and can duplicate it if we want. Do you remember when I mentioned Zeuyu reason of you and Leo would be helping mankind" Outaforium said? "Yes, I remembered," Vector said. "I didn't mention an offshoot reason for that concept. Besides commanding our ship, Zeuyu is also a designer, a trait that makes him want to know about things and make them better. So he knew of the early surfers going back hundreds of years and those surfboard builders back then and the surfers and the surfboard builders of today and the years ahead. So he had an idea and shared it with me.

If he took someone who was a designer in a certain field and had him do surfing as a sport, would he become a better person in his occupation or not. This someone would have to be from an early beginning of human civilization and being taught by someone at the beginning of another era. I found that to be an interesting concept and suggested using you. You seemed perfect for this, and when we came across Leonardo through our travels and found out that he surfed, that's when our concept came into being" Outaforium said.


"It was Zeuyu and you who were together in this idea of having me learn to surf and see what kind of designer I would become. I can tell you from my experiences that surfing has a special place within me. But I know of others who were designer and didn't surf while in Panama and they were quite normal and were good at what they designed" Vector said. "Yes, we know of those types of situations. We asked those questions and more but decided to approach our question from a different angle. That why we chose you and Leonardo, when the island of Etobiius was about to explode it was done or die for our idea. By chance, the idea of surfing and how a person would evolve was born" Outaforium said letting Vector know why he was chosen for this journey through time with Leonardo.


"It's kinda difficult to comprehend this concept," Vector said. "It is like 4-dimensional chess. You are making a move in a 3-dimensional world of reality and being transform into a different time and space type of chessboard. It is still ongoing and there is much to learn from what the future has in store" Outaforium said. "In a roundabout way I was used so that Zeuyu could visualize the development of a designer through the progress of surfing," Vector said while trying to comprehend his travels as a designer. "Leonardo to is a designer that has developed into someone Zeuyu thinks is working out well" Outaforium added.


"You look tired. I will let our discussion sink in. You can text me if you have any further questions. I will be going back to the ship for now" Outaforium said. "Thank you for sharing and letting me in on why I am here. Also, I find it interesting you can duplicate the paper currency of this country. Now I feel like I have the federal reserve as a friend" Vector said with a smile. Outaforium nodded his head up and down and said "Think about it" before he turned around and disappeared as he walks out the garage door.


Vector stood for a moment and then went inside and told Artemesia of what Outaforium had said to him. After his explanation and letting the dust settle with the new information that they were privileged with Artemesia says " You know what you have and what it means" as she and Vector are seated at the kitchen table having a cup of green tea and looking at the c-pad. "Yes, we are going to be better off than before and have to start thinking way more advance," Vector said feeling uncertain about his new tool. "Ok, let's start and place a password into the c-pad and text Outaforium about using their computer," Artemesia said wanting to go where they never been before.


The password was created and going through the page procedures involved in setting up the connection Vector signs in. An open screen appears and Vector types in his message to Outaforium regarding using the ship's computer. It would take a few minutes to get a response of its use. Outaforium mentions there was a time limit of 50 years back and 50 years forward in his search for information on the ship's computer for now. 1921 through 2021 was indicated on the screen followed by a question of what do you have in mind with a blinking cursor.


The ability to know what has been and what will be, reminded Vector of when he had his spaceship and was able to travel to those time periods. Now in this time period of being able to read about the past by using the public library system seemed old fashion, but the majority of learners were content with the system. Then he recalled what Leo was able to do with his gift from his godfather, to see forward and back in time. Having considered that Vector his new tool, he has a window of possibilities of what to do and when to do it. All he had to do was type in what is on his mind and find out without going anywhere to find out.


Being curious and not knowing certain things before entering the 20th and 21st century Vector types in when we're the last time the stock market crashed and when will the next one be. The screen indicates 1929, 1973, 1987, 1999, 2008, and 2021. Vector turns to Artemesia and says "The stock market crash happened in 2021, the year before we left for the 1970s and there will be one next year in 1973."


"That is why Outaforium had us leave when we did, he knew things would become chaotic for the middle-income class in 2021, but not so much in 1973. By giving us an insight into how it was before 1973, then during and after the crash. That will let us know something about it and how to prepare for it. But the crash of 2021 will be way more severe in magnitude and have a lasting effect like the one in 1929,  "What does that mean of the market crashing." "Well, before we left, the US was having a difficult time with their banking system and its currency. Then the pandemic happened to cause businesses to close and people unable to work. The domino effect happened and there was no answer to correct the economies back to normal. Not knowing when a reliable vaccine would be developed was one of the things that made this virus questionable. Many were unaware of how or what to do at the early stages of this outbreak and that added to it. Plus it was an election year and all hell broke out" Vector said with a concentrated look.


"Does that mean the hardships after the crash is still going on into 2022 and beyond?" Artemesia asked. "Not sure, let me look into it," Vector said as he typed in the question: What major events occurred in 2021. The return answer was a Global economic depression, the president of the US has detained many corrupt politicians in Guantanamo, Cuba, precious metal prices going to the moon and the Pacific Alliance was doing well, China was having a shortage of drinking water, food, and outbreaks of diseases that were caused by the severe flooding from 2020 /2021. The list was many as it continued to scroll down the page.


"It doesn't look good in the future since we left. Let me type our situation here" Vector said as he put the question of what major events happen in 1973 and the return information was a stock market crash, oil crisis, Nixon caught up in Watergate scandal, Secretariat winning the Triple Crown of horse racing and the list went to on. "At least we know what is going to happen soon and what will happen when we get back. This tablet is really nice to have" Vector said logging out of the c-pad and going upstairs to his study.


Vector called Leo and mentioned what Outaforium had given him. "Wow that's really something, it makes my list look like kids play. Can we stop by and see your new tool. Flo and I are going surfing out front shortly, but let go sailing by your place later this afternoon" Leo asked. "We have a get together with the kids today, what about tomorrow at your place. Feel like surfing down south" Vector replied "Sure, say 8 in the morning and sail in the afternoon" Leo said. "Ok, Artemesia and I will be down there then," Vector said.


Leo and Flo are walking down to the beach and Leo tells Flo "Vector received a c-pad from Outaforium, it's a computerized tablet that can communicate with the spaceship up in space where Outaforium is on. I gave my word that I wouldn't tell anybody else except you, so let's keep this between us." "Alright, will do. It sounds like Vector is going to the next level of his stay in the 1970s. Perhaps he will let us in on a few things" Flo said while placing her board on the sand and started waxing it, as Leo does the same.


Back in Costa Mesa Frank and Rocky returned from their early morning surf session. Frank is pulling the tape off a hot coat he had done before going surfing and flips the board over to hot coat the deck. Rocky is in the shaping room going over a list of shapes that needed to be done. He chose the 7'2" diamond tail that he will shape first and looks for a 7'6" blank among the blanks on the wall outside of the shaping room. By this time Rocky and Frank were into making surfboards and were considering resuming their classes at a later date. They were collecting dividends from their shares of Mesa Atlantis and other investments that their father told them to go into. With a steady income, they went surfing and made surfboards at their pace and were enjoying the lifestyle of surfing.


Meanwhile, Vector is in his study contemplating his next project and looking at the c-pad. Sketching a few circles and squares and jotting down notes to get an idea of a direction or sequence. Artemesia walks into the room and says "Velidia will be unable to be at the Costa Mesa house, she and Darmax had a plane delay in Vancouver and will be home later this evening. Back in Oceanside, having gotten out of the water and were walking back to the house Leo and Flo were discussing their next trip aboard. "Do you want to go to Panama for a couple of weeks?" asked Flo. "I wouldn't mind it, when were you thinking," Leo asked. "What about in a few weeks from now" Flo replied. "Ok, that sounds good to me," Leo said as they continue up to their house. Flo was taking a shower to wash off the saltwater and Leo was putting away the boards.  


With golf on his mind, Leo goes into the house and tells Flo "I'm going over to the driving range at the local muni to hit some balls and putt around for an hour, will be back after that" Leo said wanting to step out and clear his mind and concentrate on his golf swing. "I'm going over to the nursery and pick up some annual color for the front yard and some fertilizers. So you might be back before me" Flo mentioned before going back into the house.


Vector was looking up the current price of gold on the c-pad and it was $38, then looked up the next year and it was $42. Then he looked it up for 2020 before the presidential election and it was $1966. then in the summer of 2021, it was $5000. A red flag popped into Vector's mind and he thought the dollar was losing it value and the precious metal was increasing in price. Still, in 2021 he was looking at the high price of gold, then switch screens and was looking at the high number of unemployed and thought to himself that this is a disaster he was seeing.


The more he thought, the more confused he became. Then he got up and went downstairs and mentioned to Artemesia "I'm going down to the harbor and do a few things around the boat. Care to come along" Vector asked. "I have a few things that I'm doing now and need to finish. I have to pass on going down to the harbor" Artemesia said. "Ok, be back in an hour," Vector said thinking about the future.


The next day after driving down to Oceanside, Vector and Artemesia is talking to Leo and Flo in their living room and showing their c-pad. "Well, what do you think of it," Leo asked. "I think it's great," Vector said. "As you know that was one of the things I was able to do of going back in time, it is a game-changer," Leo said suggesting that he had had experience with the concept of knowledge of things in the past and things of the future.


Their discussion covered many topics and ideas  "Vector what is happening in 2030 regarding shaping machines and surfing" Leo asked. Turning the c-pad on and going through the procedure, Vector types in surfing and shaping machine. The information came back with: shaping machine able to do rough and finish sanding of surfboard blank. Vector and Leo looked at each other thought the same thing. "Things are not the same as they use to be," Leo said. Vector types in What is the price of a longboard surfboard? $2500 appeared on the screen.


Not wanting to pursue the subject matter Vector said "Well, it's going to get expensive" as he logged out. Leo suggested going for an evening sail and motoring back. Vector asked, "Would you have a safe place to put my c-pad." Leo said, "I do have a floor vault, follow me and we can place it there." After placing it in the floor vault, they went to the harbor and sailed around as the colors of sunset turned to dark and they continued talking about the uses of the c-pad.


The following week Leo's jet had been repaired and he and Vector were on their way to pick it up. On their way to Grand Bahamas Airport Leo noticed something was following them and it was a spacecraft. Vector with his c-pad texted Outaforium of their situation. Outaforium texted back and mentioned it was another alien race who were on the planet and had been in communications with them. Leo looked around and they had disappeared. "Can you ask Outaforium who they were and if he knew what they were up to?" Leo asked. Vector conveyed Leo's question and received a message back "They are another alien race and that they were associated with the same aliens who were after me since the 16th century" Vector replied and continued.


Zeuyu notified them that they were being observed by him and are overseeing the situation and not to get any ideas of abducting our plane. They agreed and took off. But I don't trust them, this has been the third time since Panama that an alien race was after me" Vector said. Landing in Houston to refuel and stretch their legs and have a cup of coffee before both planes would make their way back to Oceanside and Orange County. Leo had called Flo while in Houston to pick him up around 3 pm and tell Artemesia to do the same for Vector at his airport.


"How was your trip" Flo asked. "It was good except for one incident where a spacecraft was following us and Vector got a hold of Outaforium. They informed the other aliens to back off and leave us alone, which they did. Let's go over to that Spanish restaurant in Vista" Leo said. Artemesia meanwhile was greeting Vector. They went home and Artemesia called Flo and would talk for an hour before meeting the next day at San Onofre for a surf session.


Returning home Vector slowed down at the San Onofre checkpoint before traffic began moving again Vector says to Artemesia "Let take the trip to Panama." "Ok, I think you were reading my mind," Artemesia said as the mountains and ocean view of the coast turned into houses and building structures of the coastal city.

 
 

EPISODE 23

"Seeing it from Above"

With a week and a half of time before flying down to Panama Leo and Flo are discussing their trip while sailing on Vector’s boat “There She Goes”. “We will land at Panama City and then get a rental cars with 4 wheel drive for our stay. Flo has reserved a condo for a few weeks in the town of Coronado” Leo said. “What did you have in mind Leo about your visit there this time around?” Vector asked. “Well I have been in contact with a couple of developers down there and they were interested in doing some business” Leo said.

“I’ve been doing some research of this period of the 1970’s until the 1990’s and in Latin America there were noticeable political corruption and the growing influence of Colombia’s drug trade. I also heard from some of the guys in the yacht club who have been there, and they mentioned about the flow of drugs entering Florida. The drug cartel has a major underground influence, so you have to take care on doing business there” Vector said. “I see your point and it would be difficult to control our interest and not have it disappear if we are not there to oversee it or better yet, have another plan” Leo mentioned. “What about having your holdings in another situation and draw upon it?” Vector asked sitting across from Leo in the cockpit.

Artemesia was at the helm and listening to the conversation, she looked up and noticed the telltales of the mainsail started to droop for lack of wind. She looked around and at the wind vane on top of the mast and noticed that the wind had shifted. Artemesia mentioned to everyone in the cockpit that she is preparing to jibe. Vector moved over to the starboard winch and was ready to let it go, while Leo was at the port winch with Flo behind him to tail the sheet if need be. Artemesia says out loud “Jibe Ho” as she makes the adjustment in the boats position and Vector releases the jib sheet and move over to the traveler to makes the adjustment to it and the main sheet.

Leo is wrapping the sheet around the winch as the winds starts to pick up and the boat speed starts to increase. After completing the maneuver they continued with the conversation. “We talked with our catamaran designer and the plans should take about 3 months and have it built in Costa Mesa” Vector said. “That sounds good, what size is your cat going to be” Leo asked while looking at the jib and giving the sheet another turn with his winch handle. “50 feet, it will be designed with short handed sailing in mind” Vector said.

Leo smiled and said “You are going to have lots of room on that size boat. How long do you think it will take to build her.” “Gil said about 5 months, maybe sooner. The hulls will be double diagonal with the WEST system and a honeycomb core cabin and decking covered with kevlar. The boat is going to be lighter with those materials and it also going to be more expensive” Vector said knowing the cost was over double the price of a conventional catamaran of that size. “Sounds like she is going to be fast” Leo said. “Yes, she will be” Vector replied and continued.

“I figure I’ll will have 1 months of sea trials before the 1973 Trans Pac Race” Vector said. “You know only monohulls are allowed to enter” Leo said. “I know it won’t be until 1995 that multihulls will be invited to compete. I’m going to join the other few multihulls and tag along for the fun of it” Vector said. “That’s cutting it close of finishing and doing sea trials within that window wouldn’t you say” Leo said. “Yeah it is, but I will give the guys incentive bonuses if they can. Otherwise, it will be plan B and sail her over when she’s done” Vector said and began thinking about Point Fermin starting point, then the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor.

Artemesia and Flo are talking about going shopping to South Coast Plaza as Leo jots down a few things in his pocket notebook to check on after he gets home. Vector is watching a lone pelican fly by as he is watching his sails and the wind vane on top of his mast. “Been out to the golf course lately” Vector asked Leo. “No, just to the driving range and putting green. What about yourself?” Leo asked. “It’s been a couple weeks since I played a round. Care for a round” Vector asked. “Sure, what about tomorrow at Torrey Pines” Leo said. “You’re on, what time” Vector asked. “What about 1 in the afternoon. I know the manager at the pro shop” Leo said. “Ok” replied Vector.

“What a coincidence , I wrote down in my notebook to invest in a couple of irrigation manufacturers here in Southern California when I get back to my office” Leo said looking at the harbor’s breakwater, then back at Vector. “That sounds like a good idea. I think I’ll do the same and look up how they are doing later in the decade. Then Leo and Vector seemed to had flashed on an idea at the same time. “I got an idea, let talk about it later” Leo said. “Artemesia can you take the helm and bring us in while Leo and I go forward and lower the jib and the mainsail. Flo can you place the side fenders over the starboard side” Vector said as they neared the breakwater end and the entrance to the channel of the harbor.

Leo and Vector are looking at the surfers at Doheny who were further out compared to a few hours earlier. They see a set rolling in and figured the waves were getting bigger. The couple of guys who were further out catches the first two waves of the set and the third went unridden. “You thinking what I’m thinking” Vector said to Leo. “Yeah, Flo and I have our boards in your garage” Leo replied. Flo is watching the backs of the surfers riding the wave in as Artemesia takes a quick look at the ride and back at the harbor entrance and slows down to 5 mile an hour. After a few minutes she sees the slip and slows to 2 mph as she entered the berth and the guys got off and secured the dock lines. After cleaning up the boat they went back to Vector’s house and changed into their trunks and bathing suits and when back to Doheny to surf the rest of the day. The swell lasted for over a week.

It wasn’t long before their day of the flight to Panama had arrived. Previously Leo had canceled his meetings with the developers after his discussion with Vector. The trip was open ended without a specific goal, but there was farm properties Leo was interested in. Leo and Flo had a taxi pick them up and take them to their jet at the Oceanside Airport. Leaving around 8 am at the airport and arriving around 3 in the afternoon in Panama City. After customs and the other paper works involved they went over to the car rental office and picked up their 4 wheel drive jeep and proceeded to their condo units in Coronado. Leo and Flo went into town for dinner and some night life entertainment.

The next day they would take a drive out to the town of Da’vid and Boquete. They stop in Da’vid for lunch before continuing to Boquete and some farm lands that Leo knew of and wanted to see. After looking over the property Leo says to Flo “Nice place to grow coffee beans” looking at the existing coffee plants growing around the property. Walking over to the old farm house, they notice a creek flowing near the house which had a well nearby. “It has water and there is an electrical and phone lines by the road” Flo said.

“The climate is nice, but the lot is small and we’re not sure of it’s paperwork. Lets drive around and get to know the area” Leo said as they spent a few more hours in the area. The next day Leo and Flo would drive out to Portobelo and reminisce of their times back then. Driving along the road to Colon and turning south just before reaching the coastal city of Colon. “What a difference it is to be traveling on this road of the Atlantic Bridge compared to the old dirt trail we knew as the Gold Road by Lago Alajueia” Leo said before making the turn towards Portobelo. After the drive along the coast they are at the city where they met and got married. “It’s good to see the place again, though it wasn’t that long ago since we were here a few years back in the 21th century. The cannons and fortress wall of the harbor and the quaint town that it was” Leo said while holding Flo’s hand and recalling the times they spent together.

After driving around on some dirt roads and places they remember as horse trails they once rode. Leo and Flo took a few pictures before they went back to Coronado. On their way back they stop at a surf shop in Panama City and asked about waves and places where they could surf. The salesman said Palmar a town up the coast from Coronado, so they rented a couple of surfboards for two weeks and drove back up the coast and saw the waves the salesman talked about. It wasn’t long before finding a parking space and walking down to the beach. Staying out for a few hours, catching waves and getting some good rides. The sun was going down when they returned back to their condo to take a shower and get ready for dinner at a local restaurant. They would return to the surf spot the next day and surf it in the morning. Afterward they got the map out and went to different locations in search of surf.

Back in Southern California Vector gets an email from Outaforium and it said having a meeting at a beach north of the city in an hour. Vector walked down to the beach and saw Outaforium standing by the jetty watching a few surfers riding some small waves on the northside. “Outaforium how are you, what is that you wanted to talk about” Vector asked. “Fine Vector, I’m doing well. I wanted to get some salty air and walk on sand for a change. Lets take a walk” Outaforium said as they went south toward the cliffs at the Point. “We have collected more information of the alien race who were trying to eliminate you. They are from Exwax the third moon of the planet Xeogu in the Ring Galaxy which is 2 galaxy away from us in the Neptunova Galaxy. They are known to other alien races as the Galactic Hodadies. For some reason they have sought to eliminate you because you surf, which we found to be odd. They have sent messages back to their home base” Outaforium said as the surge of the foam from a wave went around them as they walked along the water’s edge of the beach. Vector looked down and figured it was Outaforium had a force field around him. Their conversation of this and that lasted across the beach up to the cliff area where Outaforium asked “What are your plans in the near future.”

“Play some golf, surf and fly over to Hawaii. I will spend some time there and find a location to work out of when my catamaran is built” Vector said. “What will you do after that” Outaforium asked. “It an idea I had earlier about sailing around Hawaii, Tahiti and Panama to surf, play golf and a few other activities while getting ready for the future by growing old and rich” Vector said. “Zeuyu has a few pleasant surprises for you next year once you are established in your new lifestyle, so keep that in mind. I have to be going now” Outaforium said as he stepped up onto the rocky shoreline and disappeared around the bend.

Walking along the beach and wondering why Outaforium chose to tell him what he did. Vector stops and looks out at the surfers who are paddling for a wave. He also sees a surfboard tumbling in on the white water, it reaches the beach and it’s single fin is pointing up towards the sky. He thinks about the hodaddies from Exwax and Outaforium’s protection plan. With that in mind he began to contemplate starting an insurance company. After the walk uphill, he decided to hold off on the idea and focus on what got him to where he was.

Back at the farm Rocky is sanding his twin-fin fish design. With an exhaust fan sucking the dust out of the room into a filtered closet that had an exhaust chimney on the other side of the filter, Rocky has the fish tilted at an angle on the rack while foiling the glassed on fins. In the next room Frank is lamenting the bottoms of the latest boards that had been shaped. As the temperature in the room begins to rise as mid morning turns to noon. Both would take a break after completing their specific task outside of their shop. “Jimmy says he’s going down to Ensenada this weekend and asked if you wanted to go” Rocky said.

“I’m going to pass, I have a few thing going on and have to be here this weekend. Are you going?” Frank asked. “Yeah, there is going to be a swell, so K55 might be happening. I want to try out my new fish” Rocky replied while dusting off his sleeves and taking his mask off. “How big is the swell going to be” Frank asked. “They say around 4 to 6 feet” Rocky said pulling out his watch from his pant pocket to see what time it was.

Artemesia is attending a painting class in Laguna Beach and Velidia had been doubling up on her classes at the local university, so as to graduate sooner. Having returned to his house Vector is on his c-pad looking into options of what to do and when to do it. Being into sailing he looks up the subject of the America’s Cup and sees it was last held during 1970. Then he typed in the question of when a multihull won the America’s Cup and the date was in the 1988 and was won by the San Diego Yacht Club. Leo and Flo had enjoyed their stay in Panama and it wasn’t long before it was time for them to leave and return back to Southern California. On their second day back, Vector and Artemesia would go over and visit the Vi’s and spend the day there. In the morning they would play a round of golf at a muni course and talk about things that happened while they were away. One of the events was Outaforium’s revelation of the Exwax hodaddies and another was the progress of Vector’s catamaran.

Then in the afternoon after their round of golf, they would go down to the beach out front. With their beach umbrella, folding beach chairs, a small cooler and surfboards, they would surf the afternoon glass off. Talking story on the beach about things that came to mind of the past and present. With just a few people on the beach and no one out in the water the clouds of sunset drifted in. “Let’s cleanup and get ready to go over to La Paloma Theatre and see the surf movie that is playing there” Leo said. “Which one is that” Vector asked. “Five Summer’s Stories” said Leo as everyone got up and organized what and how to take things back up to the house. That evening standing out in front of the theater while Leo is paying for the tickets, someone honked their horn as they drove by. Leo and his group and a few others turned to see who it was by instinct.

After the movie everyone talked about going surfing in the morning. It was decided to meet at San Onofre and stay there for the day. The next day Leo called Vector and said “The surf is really big, let’s cancel meeting at San Onofre and go up north to Rincon” Leo said. “Hold on, let me check out from my balcony” Vector mentioned with a silence of about a few minutes, then he was back on line. “Wow, there’s lines out there and the breakwater has big white water sprays over it. Were you thinking of flying there and renting a car, I know someone at a car rental yard we did business with last year” Vector said. “That sounds good to me. I will ask Flo if she wants to go” Leo said. “I will do the same and ask Artemesia if she wants to go. I will call you back in about 15 minutes” Vector replied.

Vector called back “Leo, Art said she will pass, I think she and Flo are going shopping in LA. I will be down in an hour and we can takeoff when I get there at your place” Vector said. “Alright, what board are you taking” Leo asked. “I’ll take two my 8’ 0” roundtail short board and my 9’ 6” diamond tail model that I was going to take to Hawaii the last time, but didn’t because the waves were too small. Now I can try it out for the first time if it is big” Vector said. “Ok, I have one of those semi-gun shapes and a mid range board in the garage that I will take. See you when you get here” Leo said as he hung up.

They took off from the airport and stayed below a certain altitude as Vector mentions to Leo “You know Leo, the more I understand Outaforium and Zeuyu and what we been through is starting to make some sense to me. Traveling through the different corridors of time, the spacecraft I was allowed to use for the same purpose and learn of the anti-gravity mechanism in that spacecraft. Now this c-pad that I can use to communicate with and look for information back in the past and forward into the future. There is something about 2030 and beyond is why you and I are here”

“In what way” Leo asked. “Awhile back Outaforium mentioned 4 dimensional chess. To me the notion of chess was a game of moving players across a board to capture the king. Moving back and forth, sideways and at angles. But I wasn’t sure where the 4 dimension came in, then it came to me. Within those line of movement there were hidden lines of curves and circles which forms an abstract field of possibilities, a frequencies of sorts. By choosing a direction that is known until it is unknown is what I have figured out so far. Does that makes any sense to you of what I’m talking about” Vector said.

“So, being in between of the known and unknown is where you are now. The alien people who are after you have figured out what Outaforium and Zeuyu are up too. That we are Outaforium’s pawns and they have a goal of capturing something that is like a king’s treasure, is what I think you are saying” Leo responded back. “In a nutshell, yes” Vector said. “Well then, utilizing the computer system to fill that missing link is what’s needed and you have the c-pad, very interesting of Outaforium” Leo said looking over to Vector, then forward as he slowed down in his approach to Santa Barbara.

Looking down and flying pass Ventura, Leo says “Look like fun, 6 to 8 feet. Just a few guys out, lets circle, then go in” Leo said as they made a wide sweeping turn around the area. “Hey, there is a guy on that wave, it’s lining up good” Leo said noticing from his side of the plane as they flew along the coast highway before flying over the houses again and out to sea and towards the airport.

Vector made a call to the car rental yard from the airport and they had someone bring out a van for them to use. Parking along the Coast Highway and watching the waves breaking around the point. “Let go out, these are those time we will say were priceless, so to speak” Leo said. They got into their Long John wetsuits and beavertail jackets and made their way out into the lineup with the other 5 guys.

“Whew, what a workout to get out here” Vector said not having paddled as far compared to the other places he had surfed. Leo and Vector were trying to figure out where the take off area was and keeping a landmark on shore to remind them. They were out for a few hours catching long waves of climbing and dropping and the long paddled back out. Leo started to develop an armpit rash and decided to go in. “Vector, I’m going in on the next wave” Leo said. “Me too” Vector said. The both caught waves in as the tide was going out. They walked back to the van and dried off and changed into their board shorts and tee shirts. Before stopping at the car rental yard, they got a bite to eat before flying back to Oceanside.

On the way back Leo said to Vector “These waves today were really fun and long. “Good experience for us to know and appreciate. Changing the subject, what do you think of the election coming up, Nixon or McGovern.” I have my doubts, I already know what Nixon’s going to do by way of my c-pad” Vector said. “Hows your catamaran coming along” Leo said looking around and at his instruments, then at Vector. “Still have a lot of things to coordinate and get done. I can hardly wait for the day it’s in the water” Vector said.

The months flew by, then in the early morning hours in June Vector’s new catamaran is being transported to a launch site not far from the boatyard where it had been built. The truck and trailer waited for the crane to show up to lift the boat into the water and to step the mast onto the catamaran. Vector calls Artemesia and tells her “Well, we have one less thing to think about. Will be home in few hours.” “Ok, see you then” she said.

Vector and Artemesia are talking about the name of the boat “I changed my mind of naming the boat “There She Goes 2” I feel it not exactly what she should be named” Vector said. “What about Traveler of Distant Shores or something catchy like Sea You“ Artemesia said. “Let think about it some more” Vector said. “Let’s take a walk along the beach at Doheny” Artemesia said. “Ok, that sounds good to me” Vector said needing to clear his mind for the time being.

   

 

EPISODE 24

"The New Operating System"

With the wind blowing from the northwest Vector is on board his new catamaran "Unix", steering a course that he had decided the week before. Staying out of the shipping lane as much as possible, he makes his way south to San Diego to have some additional work done to his boat. Having had custom steering wheels installed instead of the crossbar tiller setup, Artemesia is standing next to Vector as they are moving fast with mainsail and genoa. A sudden gust and they are flying the starboard hull. "Wow," Vector said as he veers off to port and the hull came back down. "I wasn't ready for that, but it's good to know the cause and effect the next time when I do want to fly a hull" Vector said steering back into the wind until the genoa begins to flutters.

Vector says to Artemesia "Take the helm I'm going to switch sails." After making the change Vector is back with Artemesia and takes back the helm again and steers Unix back on course. "I received a text message from Outaforium about 40 minutes ago, just before taking the helm. He mentioned that they came across the Exwaxers on the dark side of the moon yesterday. This is where aliens hide from prying eyes from earth and Zeuyu is no different, Outaforium explained" Vector said while pausing for a moment to look at the sails.

"There are other locations on earth that they reside at, such places like Antarctica and the Arctic regions. But, getting back to the Exwaxers, they became hostile towards Zeuyu when they made communication with each other. They got into a disagreement, that swiftly turned to anger followed by threats. Zeuyu was in defense mode at the first sign of anger and the command to put up his shields to defend his ship was made. After they pulled the trigger, an exchange of laser beams began and Zeuyu's ship was able to reflect their attack, but the Exwaxer's shield soon proved to be the weaker of the two and exploded into a mass cloud and was vaporized by the secondary beam of electrons that followed" Vector said.

Cruising along they see another sailboat heading east toward shore as they continue down the coast.
"The question is, were those aliens that were after you have other associates in their circle of influence, and will they still be after you. Or does that mean we are safe and have one less thing to worry about" Artemesia said? "It looks like we will be Ok for now, Outaforium would know better than I. I will text him and find out if I'm Ok for now or will there be others" Vector said. "What if there is a conspiracy and we have to be on guard for the rest of our lives," Artemesia asked.
"We are still under their protection Outaforium mentioned, but after their encounter, Zeuyu had second thoughts of my protection as well and is going to give me a new spacecraft for added protection. Which was going to be my surprise gift. Now we will be going back to Panama to receive it. That means we will bypass the sail over with the other multi-hulls in the Trans Pac and sail down to Panama instead.  Outaforium will let me know ahead of time, when I will receive the spacecraft from them" Vector said.

"Where will you hide it, our place would be too conspicuous" Artemesia said. "There is a private island for sale near the British Virgin islands Outaforium mentioned and suggested we should purchase it. He thinks it will be out of the way and a good place to build on. It sounded interesting, let's see if Leo and Flo wanted to go in on that idea" Vector said looking at his watch and remembering something else he had done earlier. He went inside to the nav station and grab a chart to show Artemesia. "I was curious about the imaginary line between the city of San Clemente and San Clemente Island and when we would cross it. For practice, I did a dead reckoning of our position an hour ago and figured approximately what time we would be crossing that line. From my calculation, we are at that point now.  We are crossing the line where the city of San Clemente is 10 miles to the northeast and the island of San Clemente is 50 miles to the southwest" Vector said while rolling up the map.

"After we get the electronic's work done when are we going down to Panama?" Artemesia asked.  
"About two weeks from Monday I'm guessing, I should have a better idea when I talk with the shop manager. Then I will text Outaforium of our time of departure and at set intervals" Vector said as they discussed the what and when they were going to do the other things on the list that needed to be done. They made their way down the coast to Point Loma and pulled into Shelter Island for the night. The next morning they went over to the shipyard to have the additional work done.

Leo and Flo stopped by to pick them up at the shipyard to go surf Encinitas and take them back home. "Let's check out Sunset Cliff's first before we drive back up the coast," Leo said. "Ok," Vector replied. They drove over and parked it at the open field with a few eucalyptus trees and head high shrubs. They got out and walked over to the clearing to check the surf out. "It looks like fun. What is the tide doing" Vector asked? "It's low going to high," Leo said. "The girls might have trouble getting back up the cliff," Vector said watching where someone was going out at and noticing he was walking down the steps on the side of the cliff. Knowing it might be slippery when the tide comes back up.

As the foursome stood and watched the waves break with the few surfers out, Leo says to Vector "Anything new happening with Outaforium." "That reminds me, they had a confrontation with the Exwaxers and eliminated them recently," Vector said and he continued "Also I'll be getting a new spacecraft because of that" Vector said. "That's interesting, where are you going to keep it at," Leo asked. "There is an island Outaforium mentioned and I'm going to check it out once I get down there. Would you be interested in investing in this project? From what I'm guessing, it's a place we can build and maintain our lifestyles, but I could be wrong. Will need to work out the details before then" Vector said. "Sure, Flo and I would like to do that" Leo said looking at Flo who was nodding her head to say yes.

"Talking about the c-pad, I've been looking into the years after we left in 2020 and it got rough for a lot of people. The unemployment situation caused by the pandemic is something those who grew up in this time period we are in now and those after will be in deep trouble if they are out of work. They read about the Great Depression, but to live through it and not have been prepared is bad news" Vector said. "So that is something we need to think about," Leo said as Flo looked at Artemesia and back at Leo.  

"Let's go to another place to surf, what about Cardiff" Vector mentioned.  They drove up to Cardiff talking about the banking system and what they thought would happen if everything was bought and sold using digital currency. Driving into the parking lot, they checked it and saw a crowd of 15 people. They looked up the coast decided to check out Pipes. Seeing only a few people were out, they decided to go out there and surf for a couple of hours, before going home. They continued talking about the future and their present-day situation as they made their way north. Leo drove and Vector sat shotgun, Flo and Artemesia were in the back seat planning on doing a variety of things together before Artemesia and Vector went on their trip to Panama.

Leo wanted to see how Lowers and Upper Trestle was and pull off the freeway and a left onto the road's lookout spot to see. "Lower's looks crowded, but Upper's is empty,"  Vector said. "Uppers is off-limits for now, Nixon is there at the Western White House. Just think, we have another 4 years of off and on surf periods there" said Leo. "I don't think he's going to be there after this year. The c-pad says he is going to resign shortly" Vector said watching the waves at Uppers go unridden. "That means Ford is going to be president," Leo said. "Yes, but he won't get elected in 76" Vector said knowing the outcome. It wasn't long before Vector and Artemesia were home.

"What are you doing tomorrow?" Leo asked as Vector and Artemesia were getting out. "I'm having Rocky shape me a 7'2" swallow tail tomorrow mid-morning after I go surf with him and Frank. After that I will be stepping over to the office for a meeting" Vector said. Where are you going to surf" Leo asked? "Rocky says the Huntington Pier has been good lately, so he suggested going there early. Thanks for the ride" Vector said getting out then waving to Leo and Flo as they drove off. Parked on the southside parking lot, Vector, Rocky, and Frank are watching a few guys who were out on the southside as early morning darkness turned to light. They decide to go out and surf there. They paddled out along the pier before paddling over to the takeoff spot using the 3rd street garage as a marker onshore. The waves at the second peak were fun for Vector, Rocky, and Frank. The morning crowd started to show up and the coastal overcast burned away. Vector and Frank drifted over to the peak by the pier.

"Are you hot with your jacket on?" Vector asked. "Yeah, one minute it's cold, the next minute it's hot," Frank said as he watches someone on the northside paddle next to a piling and places his beavertail jacket on a metal bar while seated on his board. After an hour Frank saw the same person going to get his jacket. The tide had dropped drastically and his jacket looked like it was out of reach. The surfer attempted to get a hold of his jacket as his friends started to paddle over to help. He used one hand to brace against the piling as he stood on the deck of his surfboard and grabbed his beavertail jacket with the other hand, after a few tugs, he got it off the piling. "Looks like the wind is coming up let's go in. Go over and tell Rocky" Vector said to Frank.

They all caught waves in and went back to the farm. Once there Vector would follow Rocky to the shaping room and Frank went over to the glassing room to prep a few boards. In the shaping room was the 7'6" blank on the rack. After going over the dimensions and drawing an outline for Vector to see. Rocky began the process and Vector watched for about 10 minutes when he remembered he had to go to the office. "Rocky I'm going over to the office for a meeting, I will see you later," Vector said. He changes at the house and drove over to the office which took a couple of minutes and walked in. "Hi, Kathy," Vector said as the receptionist looked up and said, "Hello sir". "Is George around?" Vector asked.

"Yes, he had been expecting you, he's in his office," Kathy said. "Ok," Vector said and went over to knock on his door. They discussed new projects and followed up on old ones and Vector told him of his trip to Panama. "It looks good, keep up the good work," Vector said as he was about to leave. "Will do and have a safe trip," George said walking Vector to the front door and shaking hands before Vector left. It was 10 days later when Vector and Artemesia got a ride from Rocky to San Diego to pick up their boat and take it back home. They will be testing their full suite of B&G electronic instruments to make sure things were working well before sailing down to Panama. Vector would let Outaforium know that they were departing for Panama soon and that Leo and Flo would be meeting them there.  

They had departed south to Panama and 12 days later they were five hundred miles away from Panama City, halfway down the coast of Costa Rica Vector receives a text message from Outaforium. The message said to meet on Isla Coiba on the northside of the island. A map showing where to meet was part of the text. There were two bays in the area and a river flowed through one of them. The location where they would meet was circled and had additional information describing what it looks like. Two days later they were at the location and the boat was anchored on a sandbar 75 meters offshore. Vector notices someone on the beach and got out his binoculars to take a look.

It was Outaforium waving to him, so Vector waves back and puts away his binoculars, and got ready to go ashore. He took another lookup forward and see Outaforium had made his way onto the boat and is on the starboard deck walking towards him. "I saved you a trip to the shore, how was your trip?" Outaforium asked. "It went well, we were on a starboard tack most of the way down here. So, we will have to go through the canal to where the island that you mentioned previously is at" Vector asked. "It is one of the smaller islands by the US Virgin Islands. It has water but had no electricity or phone communications. Before making the crossing of the canal I will meet there again at the harbor in Panama City" Outaforium said.

"Why did you have us meet you here on Coiba?" Vector asked. "It was on the way down and I thought you would enjoy a day or two here, before going down Panama City. Also, there is some surf over there as well to get wet on"  Outaforium said pointing west to a beach break 100 meters away. "I saw those waves while anchoring and it looked like fun," Vector said. "I will see you and Leo at the marina in Panama City. So enjoy and see you in a week"  Outaforium said as he turned around and started walking back towards the bow, he vanished before getting past the mast.

Staying two days at Coiba before going to Panama City to meet up with Leo and Flo at the marina.
After mooring on a buoy and having the harbor master come out and inspect their boat. Vector made arrangements for a slip in the harbor. After which a day later Leo and Flo would show up and come aboard. "How was your sail down" Leo asked. "Good, we met up with Outaforium at Coiba island and we stayed there for two days and surfed until it went flat the day we left. The island Outaforium talked about is one of the smaller islands of the British Virgin Islands. Not sure which one but Outaforium said he will show us on a map in a few days. Let's get your stuff and put it on board Unix" Leo said.

Walking on the docks their discussion continued "How was your flight down?" Vector asked. "Not bad, we talked about selling some of our properties and having Mesa Atlantis Properties manage the buildings that we will keep," Leo said while looking at Flo as she seemed distant in thought as they walked over to Unix. The conversation change to what they were going to do for the next few days. After putting everything on board, they decided to go into town and get some additional supplies for their trip over to the Caribbean side.

The next day after their morning coffees Vector sees Outaforium walking up the dock and alongside Unix. "Come on board Outaforium" Vector said shaking his hand after he came aboard, as did everyone else. Pulling up a chair Outaforium talked to them about the move to the British Virgin Island. Everyone had questions and Vector was the first to ask "What about the spacecraft and when will I take it over." "After you find the location of your choice, we will bring over the modular building in New Zealand and place it on the island, along with the spacecraft," Outaforium said."What about the gold we had in Switzerland before we came back here?" Leo asked. "It's still in the mountainside and after Vector gets his spacecraft, you can go get it. Make the best of what is happening and enjoy life. I will be leaving now, see you on the other side. I mean to say, over on the Caribbean side" Outaforium said getting up and walked into the salon and soon disappeared.  

"Well you will have your gold back within a month or so, but now we have to figure out what to do after we get the island,"  Vector said. "Care for some golf," Flo asked knowing they needed to think things out. "Yes, let go play around and take our minds off this load for now," Artemesia said. "Ok. we need to digest what Outaforium has said," Vector said. Leo lightly scratched his eyebrow said, "I will call up a course and get a tee time." Vector went to the forward locker and got the clubs out, as  Leo got a tee time and the foursome was on the course within an hour. Leo and Vector in one cart and Flo and Artemesia in the other.

 

"When do you plan on crossing over to the Caribbean side?" Leo asked. "Well, in a few days," Vector said. "Ok, we will fly over to St Thomas and spend some time there and have you pick us up there," Leo said as he walked up to the tee box and did a few practice swings before hitting his ball and hooking it into the water hazard. "Occam's Razor took hold of your subconscious," Vector said with a smile. "What do you mean," Leo said. "Keep it simple, well maybe that isn't a good analogy. Just relax with what you know" Vector replied.

After their round of golf and taking care of what needed to be done, Vector and Artemesia were on their way across the canal, and Leo and Flo took their surfboards and stopped over in Puerto Rico for a couple of weeks before flying over to St. Thomas and going over to the docks at Charlotte Amalie East and boarding on Unix with Vector and Artemesia greeting them. "How was your sail over?" Leo asked. "It was smooth sailing," Vector said. "I know what you mean, Flo and I had those types of days when we were younger," Leo said while thinking of his days when he first came to Panama.

"I happened to be listening to the news the other day in town and heard about the British Virgin Islands is a tax haven. I didn't give it much thought since we were gearing up for it anyway. But the more I thought of it, it made sense" Vector said and everyone agreed. Artemesia had made arrangements for Leo and Vector to fly over to Road Town and meet up with a realtor to look at some island listings. A day later they were off to the British Virgin Islands in Leo's jet. Landing at Beef Island airport and taking a taxi to a rental car facility. Driving around Road town and taking in the sights Leo and Vector checked in at their hotel where they would be staying.

They went to see the realtor about the islands that were available and what they were looking for. He said he knew just the island and could take them there the next day. Taking a helicopter out to viewed the island that Frederico had mentioned and they went to see a couple of islands that were on the availability list. Both Leo and Vector like the second island that they saw and decided to buy it and returned to Frederico's office. Before leaving the Heliport Leo asked the pilot about surfing and surf spots.

The pilot said, "On the northside of the island, there's Cane Garden Bay and Apple Bay which is west of Cane Garden." "Alright," Leo said. "Lefts and rights," said the pilot with a smile. After taking care of the paper works. They would return to St. Thomas and let their wives know of their decision in buying the island. Flo and Artemesia calculated the time it would take them to fly back and would be waiting for them when they landed. After their greetings, they went over to a restaurant nearby and talk about the island and what they will be doing.

"The island is about a half a mile square with mountains on the south and northeast side of the island, with a flat saddle area in the middle with beaches on both sides. On the south side, there is a small bay where we can put Unix and a few other boats. Leo is selling his trimaran and getting a cat and we are going to get a fishing boat for the game fish that are out there. There is plenty of room for a runway where our planes can take off and land, which is in the middle of the island. The highest point on the south peak is 100 meters, that's where I was thinking to place the observatory and we can all go back there next week" Vector said. "That sounds great, I can hardly wait,"

 

Flo said It was Saturday and Leo and Flo had just come over from their hotel suite when Outaforium stopped by. "Your travels through time have been spent being rich, and not so rich. It is a way of life on this planet for many. For us it is learning that makes us what we are and to use what we learn is our money concept. The more we learn and use that knowledge the richer we are. That is this game that we are in so to speak of having to make moves to fulfill the desire of gaining knowledge" Outaforium said. "So, this research of knowledge that you seek has us like pawns on a chessboard against the unknown moves of a concept you are trying to figure out. That is what I think you are saying, but I could be wrong" Leo said. "You are close to figuring out the so-called matches of 4-dimensional chess. I can't tell you how many matches that have been conceived, but I will say it supplements our growth. I will explain more when you are situated on your island" Outaforium replied as he slowly tilted his head at them and lifted it as he disappeared. "Well, at least we have a better idea of what has been going on and to make our next move," Vector said.

 

"Besides our island in the BVI and not being far from USVI and Puerto Rico, I was thinking about having an office in Puerto Rico to do my international and domestic business there. The East Coast, Central, and South American ventures. I can fly back and forth, from the island to the office and it would be about 45 minutes of flight and driving time" Leo said. One idea after another came floating to the surface during their discussion. The planning stage of the project had begun and Leo and Flo are with their architect describing what they wanted in their new house and the jet hangar. Both Leo and Vector would coordinate with the engineer on the runway, the roads around the island, and a small marina for both their cats and a powerboat. Vector and Artemesia had their architect working on their house and the observatory.

Vector relocated his modular building to the BVI on the same mountain that his observatory will be located on,  about 200 meters further to the west. The previous location was filled in and restored to the way it was. As construction continued on the observatory Vector would use his spacecraft at nights and weekends when the crews were off. One project was exploring the sea floors of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico with Leo for sunken treasures and searching the various jungles of Central America for lost treasures that Leo knew about from stories he had heard.

While all of this was going on, the value of Leo's investment was growing. Since having the use of Vector's c-pad, Leo knew what was going to happen and his wealth would begin to balloon into the stratosphere of the super-rich. Leo recalled the same feeling when he had the power given to him by Kai'ike. After the major construction work was being completed. Flo changed her mind about starting a clothing business and started collecting Haute Couture clothing and expensive paintings. Since Vector's investment was tied to Leo's investment along with his real estate holding in the US and Bahama's, he was planning on spending his time at the observatory, travel around in his spacecraft doing research, sail on his catamaran, go fishing, play golf and surf whenever possible as the weeks went by.

It was a spur of the moment event when Leo and Vector were at the kitchen table talking about the different types of waves when Leo started sketching artificial reefs on a napkin. "This end of the island might be a good place to make a reef and over here on the north side would be another" Leo said. "There might be some regulations about doing that, but if that is what you want to do. I can use the spacecraft to move a reef from another location and bring it here" Vector said. After their meeting Vector went home and was talking to Artemesia about his spacecraft. "It is very fast and you won't even know that you are going fast. Would you like to go for a ride" Vector said. "Ok," Artemesia said as they walked over to the spacecraft hangar. Vector uses his fob to open the hangar room floor and the spacecraft is being lifted to ground level by the elevated basement floor. He walks over to the spacecraft and presses the door and it recognizes his handprint and opens. They enter the spacecraft and Vector points at one of the chairs for Artemesia to sit in as he gets into the pilot's chair.

Flipping on the switches to turn on the system and opens the ceiling to the hangar. The building and the spacecraft are in the invisible mode as the vehicle raises slowly and away from the roof before it closes. They move straight up 4 miles, then travels south to the Southwest towards the Ande's mountain range. It took 20 minutes before they were passing the Straits of Magellan and heading towards the South Pole. By this time the spacecraft was at an altitude of 40,000 feet hovering directly above the South Pole. "We're over the South Pole and we are going to the North Pole. I will have it set on 7 in the speed meter, it can go up to 10 as the fastest speed" Vector said before pushing the go button.

He pushed it and said, "You can watch in front of us on the monitor and it will look like a blur."  They flew in a straight line to the North Pole as the Magnetic Pulse Rockets propelled the vehicle. Coming to a complete stop, they were at the North Pole. The spacecraft created a vapor trail from one pole to the other, it took less than 10 minutes when Vector looked at his watch. Vector says to the onboard computer "Rosie how fast were we going." "52,000 miles per hour" Rosie responded. "Wow, how long would it take to get to the moon at that speed" Vector continued asking Rosie. "46 minutes" was her reply.

Vector looked at the monitor screen and the vapor trail had disappeared. He then turned to Artemesia as he was making the descent back down and said "I read this somewhere of "The more you learn, the less you know" as they looked at the monitor screen and saw the curvature of the earth. "It's not often that a human see this without the help of satellites. But alien races see this quite often" Vector said as they flew back home to their island and the spacecraft began descending to the hangar and lowered down into the hangar. Leaving the hangar Artemesia was

 

wondering about their future and her kids back at the farm

 

EPISODE 25

"After Moving In"


A month after the house was completed Flo would be calling back the TV service technicians,
the experimental TV satellite dish had been acting up. Just to double-check if it was only her set that was not working, she decided to go over to Artemesia's house since the phone line was still being work on. After telling them the difficulties she was having, Flo asked her "How's your TV reception."  "Most of my channels are blurry, with a few coming in," Artemesia said. "What are some of the programs you are receiving," Flo asked. "Happy Days and Hawaii 5-O. Did you call the service department?" Artemesia asked. "Yes, I booked them for a repair," Flo said smiling.

 "Vector said that you are going to fly again," Artemesia said. "I'm going to take a refresher course in flying and apply for a pilot's license. I did have one during one of my many travels with Leo. It's a long story, way before you and your family came to Portobelo" Flo said. "Well one of these days you can tell me about it" Artemesia said. "Oh, I will be going to the Paris Fashion Week next week. Had to call someone who knew someone to get in some of the shows. Made arrangements today after finding out I could get in. Leo and I are also stopping at the Louvre and going over to Biarritz" Flo said.

"How're things back in Orange County when you went back there over the weekend," Flo asked. "Rocky and Frankie met two girls from their past. I was kinda surprised when I heard of it. They were at the beach one day and Rocky and Frank were walking back to their car after a surf session at the Huntington Beach Pier. Through the corner of his eye, Rocky saw someone he thought he knew from his day hydro-foiling at a beach on Etobiius. Rocky went over to them and she remembered him and Frank. They got to talking and Rocky explained how they got there.

Then she, her name is Abethena explained how she and her friend Helena got to Orange by way of the same way we got to Portobelo and that was through Outaforium. He kept their identity unknown to us, but by chance, they met. They too escaped from the explosion and were sent to Orange County and had to keep their past a secret for the last few years. Only Helena's mother came with them and has been taken care of by Outaforium. So, after their meeting, they began to date, Rocky with Abethena and Frank with Helena. I think Outaforium has something to do with this" Artemesia said as Flo listened with curiosity. "What about Velidia and her boyfriend," Flo asked.  Velidia is finishing up with her doctorate and so is her boyfriend Darmax. That too has something to do with Outaforium" Artemesia said.

Vector walks in and says "Hi Flo, how was your weekend." "It was good, we went over to Puerto Rico got an office in Old San Juan, close by the beach. I'm going to start working with our interior designer and landscape architect after we get back from France. Leo has been wanting to go over a few ideas he has" Flo replied. "Where is Leo. Haven't seen him around this morning" Vector said. "He went fishing with a few of his helpers. He should be back this afternoon. Oh, Artemesia I'm having a get-together dinner at 7 at our place" Flo said. "Yes. we will be there" Artemesia said.

"Good to be back, not sure if Artemesia has told what we did, but during the time of seeing our kids, we went surfing at Malibu and spent half the day there, had a fun time. While sitting on the beach I imagine we were back in the days of Tom Blake and Sam Reid and an empty beach with endless waves. Then I pictured ourselves in the late 1950s during the Gidget scene and seeing Weber, Fain, Carson, and Miki Dora carving away on the walls of Malibu. Though it was only 48 and 15 years ago, it seemed like it was yesterday and we were there when it happens" Vector said remembering something he wanted to do up at the observatory.

 "Excuse me Flo, I'm going up to the observatory and do some work up there. See you and Leo tonight, be back in a while Artemesia" Vector said as he waved to Flo and went back out. "He wants to fly around in his spacecraft, I can tell," Artemesia said as Flo nodding her head to agree and continued their conversation. Out at sea and slowly motoring along, Leo is in the fighting chair of his 53 foot Hatteras named "Oh Yeah" sweating and feeling tired under the tropical sun. He has been fighting a large blue marlin for 3 hours and is feeling stressed about not knowing how much longer the fight will continue. Music had been playing on the cassette stereo system when the song  "You ain't seen nothing Yet" by Bachman Turner Overdrive came on.

 

Looking out from the stern of the boat and the taut 200 lbs. monofilament fishing line piercing the surface of the ocean some 20 feet away. Not knowing how far back or how deep the marlin is, as his arms, shoulders, and back are sore. "Hang in there, sir," one of his deckhands said as he looked over to the other two deckhands with a smile. "How's it going," said the Captain from the flybridge, also watching the fishing line and it position to the boat.

"Shit, this marlin is huge. I can tell when it runs" Leo said leaning back as the drag on the reel was working overtime. Then suddenly the line snapped and the fight was over.

 

Rotating his shoulders and neck Leo says "What a workout" going over to the cooler and pulling out a beer. Leo tells Moe one of the deckhands to reel in the line for him. Then he tells the captain "Head on back to the docks, Jorge." "Yes sir," Jorge said as Leo took a sip of his beer and watched the wake of the boat grew larger as Jorge increased the speed of the boat to 35 miles per hour. Moe continued to reel in and after 5 minutes when he came across the end of the line. Looking at the remaining line on the spool of the reel. He determined there must have been a nick on the line from their previous trip and that it had weakened during the fight and snapped. "Leo, it looks like the line was weak right here. A slight nick I think. We will replace the line when we get back" Moe said.

The deckhands started talking marlin stories and stories their fathers had told them of Hemmingway fishing adventures when they were deckhands in Cuba. Time went fast and before they knew it Jorge was throttling down and approaching the harbor. "How big do you think that fish was that I lost" asked Leo to Pedro one of the deckhands. "It was big. Most likely around a 1000 lbs." Pedro said. Getting off the boat Leo says "Save some dorado and bluefin tuna for me and bring it to the house, you guys can share the rest" Leo said walking back to his car.

After returning home Flo tells Leo that Vector and Artemesia had returned and Vector was up at the observatory. Leo tells Flo that he is going up to see Vector and talk about some new ideas. So he drives up there and sees Vector leaving the observatory and walking over to his spacecraft location. Vector sees Leo and walks towards him. "Hey, what's up?" Vector asked. "Just got back from fishing, I lost a fight with a large marlin. At first, I thought I had a good chance of landing it, but after a while, it just lasted longer than I expected. Oh well, life goes on. Flo said you were up here and I got some more ideas about the reef" Leo said. "That sounds like it took a lot out of you. There will be other days. I'm going to take a ride around the island, care to join me" Vector said as he turned towards the hangar.

"Sure," Leo said as he began walking in the same direction. "One thing I found out about the spacecraft that Outaforium had done to it as he removed the back to the future and past controls. So I was no longer able to go into the future or past. He didn't want me to affect anything in either direction, so that's that. Whatever questions I did have I can still use the onboard computer or the c-pad" Vector said as they got into the spacecraft. It would be about 15 minutes before flying a quarter of a mile out from the island in invisible mode and going into underwater mode. "What if we did some research in what type of coral we could propagate onto the reef, in turn, attract a variety of fishes," Leo said. "What kind of matter should we use for the coral to live on" asked Vector. The same material the island is built on or material further down and bring it up from the depths" Leo suggested. "Either way, we can take historical records of the tide in the area and some other data to place it is what I was thinking about also," Vector said as he got closer to shore and began taking pictures of the bottom contour of the locations.

They continued around the island knowing which direction the swell would be coming from during the seasons.  Going back to the hangar Leo says to Vector "Flo has a get-together dinner tonight around 7 at the house, we will be having fish and a few other items." "Yes, I saw Flo earlier with Artemesia and know about the dinner," Vector said as he walked Leo back to his truck and then got into his own truck and went downhill to get ready for the evening's get together. Before Leo and Flo knew it, their departure date had arrived and was on their way to France. After their arrival and going to their hotel, they would spend some time relaxing from their flight. The next two days would be spent sightseeing before the fashion shows. Taxis and buses were used for their main vehicle of travel, but walking took precedence most of their time at many places such as the Seine river, Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre to mention an abbreviated list of locations. They stopped by the Louvre in the afternoon after a few other sights that they went to. Viewing around a few rooms of paintings before flowing with a group of people that was going to see the Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Being patience behind the crowd, they were finally situated in front of the Mona Lisa.

Leo and Flo were speechless for a few minutes looking at the painting. "My father only heard rumors of this painting from his uncle while he was growing up. As you know I was named after the artist" Leo said. "How amazing it must have been in the city of Florence during the Renaissance. I was named after the city of Florence by my mother who had visited the city before she married my father" Flo said and began thinking of her father. Leo listened to what she was saying and at the same time was thinking of his father and the map-making shop where his journey first began. After the Mona Lisa, they would go on to view the other paintings in the different rooms and other works of art in the museum.

With the history of art fresh in their memory, fashion week in Paris had begun. They were in the back row watching the fashion models walk around the runway. Leo looked over to Flo who seemed in a trance of delight as the model went by. After the show, they would go out and have dinner and enjoy the entertainment at the Moulin Rogue. Then take a taxi to the Bastille's neighborhood and a couple of other night clubs. They would see other shows during the week and enjoyed their stay in Paris.

Having a few days left before returning home, they would get away from the hustle and bustle of Paris to the seaside town of Biarritz. They strolled around the city, stopping at historical buildings and going into specialty shops, and view items that interested them. Going to the beach and watch the surfers out in the water and the tourists and local people going in different directions. The following day they would go out to the countryside of the rolling hills, farms, and a bakery where tasting samples of Basque bread and cake was in order. A couple of days at Biarritz was memorable for Leo and Flo as they prepared their return to Paris and catch a flight back to San Juan, Puerto Rico where they would pick up their jet plane and fly back to their island home in the British Virgin Islands.


 The surf reef project was canceled after finding out a location on the north side of the island had rideable waves in late summer months and a few other locations during different times of the year. Meanwhile, Leo and Flo had business meetings to attend in New York and San Diego. Wanting to get away for a few days Vector says to Artemesia "Do you want to go to St. Croix for a few days. We can get there on Thursday afternoon and be back Monday. Play some golf at a couple of courses, go snorkeling, drive around the island, and sight-see places like Columbus's landing site.  We will anchor at Gallows Bay at Christiansted Harbor and spend a few days there." "Ok, that sounds like fun" Artemesia said. "Yes, we will get the boat ready and depart on Thursday" Vector mentioned while changing the channel on the TV with his remote control.

On the day of their departure Vector was taking the cover off the mainsail as Artemesia was placing the food and drinks in the refrigerator and storage compartments. The wind started to pick up and Vector had the dock lines ready to be released as Artemesia was at the helm. Unix motored her way out from Crystal Clear Bay as she headed for St. Croix. The fenders and line were stowed away in the forward locker and Vector started to haul up the mainsail up and roller furled the jib, as Artemesia turned the engines off.

An hour later Artemesia says to Vector who was seated near her and was reading some notes he had about radio telescopes. "Vector, there is a cloud in front of us doubling in size," Artemesia said. Vector puts his notes down and sees the cloud getting larger and the winds are completely calm. The cloud disappears and Outaforium comes out of the salon and says "It's been a while since we lasted talked and  I thought of dropping in and have a chat. We knew you and Leo have been busy and we were out of the area, but still in the solar system," Outaforium said.

"Where about did you go," Vector asked. We went over to Mars to get away for a few days. We orbited around in our invisible cloak on, so the different eyes of the astronomers on earth wouldn't notice us as we looked around the planet"  Outaforium replied. "I'm a novice regarding the solar system, but what is it that you were looking for on Mars," Vector asked. "There are certain metals we were scanning for and did find a deposit of a few. What they are I can't say currently, but I will let you know in do time" Outaforium said.  

"You mention astronomers, I getting into that field and in the process of having my observatory completed," Vector asked. "We know and find that to be good for the both of us. We can share some insight of what we know, especially from our perspective"  Outaforium said. "I've been wanting to learn more about space and what better way than a telescope, as far as I could see, no pun intended" Vector replied. "The farther you look, the more question you will have" Outaforium added.


"There is much to learn and it would take many lifetimes to even get close to what you know Outaforium. What is it like to be able to live as long as you have and find fulfillment in what you are doing" Vector asked?

"You seemed more curious about me and my inner being, I wasn't expecting such questions, but no matter. My race took billions of years to develop into who we are and I am the end result of it. It is something our wisest found and worked on, along with our immune system. By doing so we were able to live as long as we do. That is why we can travel as far and build the ships we have because of the knowledge gained with time. To put it in a microcapsule, knowledge is within time and how you go about using it, is up to you. If you have any more questions about space, you can text me and I will try to help" Outaforium said as he once again went forward to the starboard bow and disappeared before passing the mast.

"Can you take over the helm Vector, I need to take a breather and just sit back for a while" Artemesia said. "Yes, I know what you mean," Vector said as they were a few hours from St. Croix. Once they got within a half a mile of Christiansted Harbor Vector sailed into the wind and put it on autopilot and furled the jib and lowered the mainsail as Artemesia took over the helm and turned on the engines as she slowly entered the harbor to anchor at Gallow Bay for their stay. They would go ashore for dinner at a restaurant by the docks and listen to the reggae band that was playing. They were discussing playing golf the next day at the Buccaneer Resort Golf Course down the street from where they were.  

Walking over to their dingy that was close by, they motored back to the boat for a peaceful night as the boat gently rocked them to sleep. In the morning they went over to the car rental office and rented a car for a few days. They went back to the boat to get their clubs and took a water taxi back to their car. After which they went over to the golf course and got a start time within an hour. So, to warm up they walked over to the driving range to hit a few balls before going over to the putting green and getting a feel for the greens they will be putting on. They had an enjoyable time with Artemesia shooting 95 and Vector shot 96. They would get lodging at the resort for a few days after their round and go down to the beach and swim around and rest on the beach before going back to the resort to clean up and have another night time entertainment at the harbor.

 

The following morning Vector and Artemesia would drive over to Carambola Golf course and play around there before going over to the beach for some snorkeling. After their two-hour swim around they went over to Columbus's landing site, after their stay and imagining how it was. They returned to the Buccaneer Resort and were relaxing, viewing Protestant Cay and the surrounding harbor as nightfall took over. Early the next morning they would drive around to the east end then over to Fredricksted. They would return the car to the rental car yard and prepare for the return trip back home.

Motoring out of the bay and putting up the genoa and mainsail, it was a pleasant sail back. Getting close to Crystal Clear Bay the genoa was roller furled and the mainsail was let down. Artemesia guided the boat in and slowly put it reverse as Vector tied the stern line to the cleat on the dock, then went forward to cleat the bowline. Vector started washing off the deck and Artemesia cleaned the salon before loading their car with the food supply not used and took it back to the house.

 Vector had a few things on his mind and went up to the observatory to do some work. Viewing the 20 feet diameter dome observatory that is sitting on top of his workshop warehouse building at the east end of the building.  With a 20" diameter schedule 40 metal pipe tubing, 15 feet long that is bolted vertically to the concrete flooring of the warehouse up flush with the floor of the dome. With additional bracing at the base of the pipe and is in alignment with the center of the dome. This is where the telescope will be resting on. A staircase is located on the inside east wall is where everyone will be walking up and down from. Vector is thinking of the dome rotation system and the sliding dome door opener that needs to be adjusted as he walks up the stairs. He hasn't used his new 24-inch reflector telescope but is anxious to do so.  

Artemesia is at her studio which is located on the north end of the house, opening a couple of windows to let some fresh air into the room. Looking around she gets her art supplies and French easel ready for her next day's plien air painting session. An hour later Vector comes home and is in the living room with his c-pad. Artemesia walks in and says "Dinner is ready." "Ok" Vector said putting down his c-pad. "Did you fix the rotation unit and the sliding door?" Artemesia asked. "Yes I did and it is working as it should. I wonder how the kids are doing" Vector said.

Back at the farm, Rocky is taking a walk in the orchard looking at the oranges and avocados. He writes down a note to himself stating: Need to spray the oranges and get the tractor and till the weeds in between the rows this week. Then he goes back to his shaping room where a blank is laying on the racks. He turns on the radio and the noonday surf report comes on. The report starts in San Diego with 3-4 ft., then Huntington Beach at 3-4 ft., followed by Hermosa Beach with choppy 1 -2 ft. and Ventura, Santa Barbara area small. Looking at the blank and thinking about shaping or go surf Trestles. Looking around he decides to lock the shaping room and go to Trestles.

Going to the garage to get his backpack, wetsuits, towel, wax, then into the kitchen for some trail nuts and water. Cruising along and flowing with the I-5 traffic until he gets to the parking lot next to Carl's Junior. After getting ready he begins the walk down to Uppers before continuing on to Lowers. Thinking about Frank, his girlfriend, and Abethena who were camping and backpacking for a week at Yosemite as he walked the paved walkway. Frank, Helena, and Abethena were horseback riding in the meadows on their way to view the waterfalls. After the falls they would ride through the forest to view the granite rock formation of El Capitan and the back-country. Having a good time and felt sorry for Rocky who had a driver's license renewal appointment and couldn't go with them.  

Meanwhile, Leo and Flo had completed their business in New York and were in San Diego staying in Mission Bay. "Let's go over to Pacific Beach and check out the waves," Leo said. "Ok, and after that, we can come back and go to the meeting," said Flo as she put on Moo moo skirt over her bathing suit. Leo had on his trunks, T-shirt, flip flops, and sunglasses. After laying their towels on the beach and going out into the surf. They stayed out for an hour and a half, before going back and got ready for the meeting. They drove over to the hotel where the corporate VP of a hamburger company was and talked about the available options.

Up the coast, Rocky had been surfing Lowers for a couple of hours and sitting out in the lineup with 15 other guys. With a 5 wave set approaching, Rocky and a few other guys started paddling further out. Rocky riding his fish was stoked being the last guys who didn't catch the previous 4 waves and was paddling for the fifth and biggest wave of the set, thinking to himself this is the wave of the day. Still paddling over and further out before turning around and doing a two paddle late take off. Free falling before the inner fin catches the face of the wave. Rocky catches his balance before going into a frontside bottom turn and he's off to the races. His silent wake is jetting off the bottom and flowing out of his outside rail as he goes up the face of the wave and down the line. A hoot is heard from one of the guys paddling back out. "Oh boy, that's going to be a long one," said another surfer who was next to the guy that was hooting.

Rocky would crave his way with bottom turns and cutbacks on the wave. Traveling down the beach for a couple of hundred yards before the wave walled up and collapse halfway before reaching Church's the next surf spot further south. He decided to walk back up instead of paddling. Returning to his backpack he gets his towel and dried off while watching others catch the waves. He decides to end the surf session and changed back into his clothes and heads back to his car, but this time instead of walking along the beach to Uppers and going under the Trestles bridge, he went over to the railroad tracks and followed it across the bridge to the road that leads back to the parking lot.

At the same time with a three hours difference, Vector after having dinner went and checked his c-pad in the living room and notice a message from Outaforium. It read: "Would you like to go to the moon and see what it like?" Outaforium asked. Vector wrote back and indicated he wouldn't mind going there. After sending the text, an hour later Outaforium wrote back and indicated: "Ok, will pick you up at 8 tomorrow morning."
 

 

EPISODE 26

"Checkmate Sector"

Being transported onboard the spaceship of Zeuyu, Vector is greeted by Outaforium in the transport room. "Well Vector, we are on our way and it should take us an hour, 1 hour, and 7 minutes to be exact. So meanwhile I will show you around the ship, lets go to the command station." As Outaforium proceeded down the corridor before stopping at an elevator door. It opened, Outaforium and Vector went into the second deck in a matter of seconds. The elevator door opened, Vector looked around and saw different individual moving around and seated at different controls. They were short in stature compared to Outaforium who was a foot taller. Outaforium described the control room and the functions that controlled the ship.

"Where is Zeuyu" Vector asked. "He is on the third level, at the center of the ship. He is busy now, so you won't be able to see him" Outaforium said as he took Vector to the guest lounge which also was on the second level. "How large is your ship Outaforium" Vector asked. "It is a medium-size mother ship of 250 feet in diameter. It has three levels, we are on the second level where the central control, crew's quarters, and dispensary are located. The bottom level is where the storage, engine and fuel, weapons supplies, transport vehicles, and parts room are located. The upper level is where Zeuyu, myself, and other top officials are stationed" Outaforium said as they came to the guest lounge where the door opened and they entered.

"There is a chair and table for your convenience and a c-pad device like the one you have. This one is more powerful but has the same control layout as yours. There is a button on the side that puts it into a hyper mode where the random access memory increases. We do not have the time to train you on this function on this trip. So use the pad at the lower level and you should be fine with that. I will return in an hour" Outaforium said and pointed to the desk and chair as he left the room. Going over to the desk Vector sat down and typed in the word galaxy and pressed enter. The first one hundred galaxies appeared with an additional one million more was indicated, but not shown. Vector paused for a moment and noticed alongside the galaxies was a numeric and alphabetic identification code after the galaxy's name.

Choosing Andromeda since that was a name that he knew of. When he clicked on the name a hologram appeared before him, showing a 3-dimensional view of the galaxy at a smaller scale. Vector used his hand to move and turn the galaxy around. Then he expanded the view by putting his hands together and then outward. Remembering the time Outaforium had done that to show Panama City awhile back. With his right index finger, he pointed to a star and a name came up alongside it and how many planets belong with that star. Now Vector was really intrigued and wonder what kind of computer system and the amount of memory that this ship contained.

As he explored the computer system with questions, he began to sense the vastness of the data that appeared before him. Time went fast and before he knew it Outaforium returned to the room and another chair appeared across for Vector. Outaforium sat down and asked, "How was your tour within the library." "Quite fascinating. I'm reluctant to ask, but how many libraries are in the system and what kind of storage system can hold such vast quantities of information" Vector asked.

"I'm going to use a phrase that was used in the 1950s or was it in the 1960s and that is, if you think this has blown your socks off, you haven't seen anything yet. Long ago our ancestors developed a way to harness the process of nano storage" Outaforium said with a smile and continued "We will be nearing the moon in a few minutes and then travel to the dark side of it. Where we will go to a place that holds special trace elements." Outaforium then turned to his left and waved his hand and a hologram of a 100 inch squared screen appeared. Showing the surface of the moon while cruising at a low altitude. A specialized lighting system lit the dark surface as if a large flashlight was used on the area. They came to a hilly area where a range of hills with craters of different sizes and depths were scattered around the vicinity.

The mothership had an advanced excavating system compared to the one Vector had on his spacecraft. Without digging, it beams down a magnetic ray of light and extracted the substance as the dust particles were pushed away and a cavity was left. Beaming the material on board and placed into containers and stored in the cargo bay. "What was that substance that was extracted," Vector asked. "It was rhutium, about 10 tons of it" Outaforium replied. "That pocket of rhutium is taken care of," Outaforium said as the space ship rose from it low altitude hovering to about 2 thousand feet before moving to another location on the dark side. "Where are we going now," Vector asked looking at the holographic monitor.

"We will be returning to earth," Outaforium said as the space ship put on its invisible cloak and entered the sunny side of the moon as it sped back to earth. "Well, what do you think of the trip," Outaforium asked. "Very efficient, the ship went right to the location of the deposit, did its business, and moved on to the next location, all within an hour," Vector said as the holographic monitor disappeared and Outaforium got up and said "I'm glad you liked the trip. We thought it would bring some enlightening thoughts. I do want to mention that, all the time we were there we had our defense shield up and ready for an attack from other alien ships. They too are in invisible mode and are ready to take or destroy those who are unaware of their presence." "I had thoughts of coming here in my spacecraft but change my mind after you telling me of the hidden dangers of the dark side," Vector said.

Outaforium nodded in agreement and mentioned he had some other things to do before leaving. Vector went back to the computer system and looked into trace elements and it's properties before looking into the future and how it was going to be. It wasn't long before the spaceship was back and hovering over the island. On the monitor screen that Vector was looking at came a message from Outaforium stating "See you and Leo soon in the future." Vector was beamed back down where he was before the trip began.

Artemesia walked into the patio and asked "Aren't you going with Outaforium." "What time is it," asked Vector. "It's 8:01," said Artemesia. "I went and came back already. The trip took 3 and half hours, I thought" Vector said as he sat down in a chair nearby and Artemesia did the same. "How was the trip," she asked. "We went to the dark side of the moon and stopped at a locations and the spaceship picked up rhutium a trace element before returning here," Vector said as he felt like he had awoken from a dream.

"What are you going to do for the rest of the day," Artemesia asked. "Can I go to the beach with you as you paint and we can talk for a while?" Vector said wanting to be with her and enjoy the day as if they were still dating. Artemesia made lunch for the both of them and spent the day together and enjoying each other's company. Vector would go up to the observatory after being with Artemesia and feeling that his inner batteries have been charged.

Driving over to the observatory's office Vector takes out his c-pad from his truck and goes inside to his office. He would draw up his design on a drafting table with a mechanical drafting arm. On his D size sheet of a building on a topographical map and a vault and the location within the building. He would order the vault which would take a month to ship and organized a crew for the construction of the vault near the airport landing field. It took two months for the completion of the vault door to the vault shell. The unit would be taken to the observatory mountain and place at the specific location on the side of the mountain. Where a carved out section, the size of the vault would be situated. Butting up to the vault was another warehouse with a sliding false wall that was in front of the vault.

The vault was ready for Vector and Leo to fly over to Panama where Leo's gold was stored in the mountainside and bring it back to the vault. Using a forklift and forklift dolly they placed it in the vault. With the gold stored away, Vector and Leo felt like cruising around the island in Leo's boat discussing what to do next. On the flybridge, Leo is at the helm as they make a turn from the western side of the island rounding towards the north. Leo has the throttle set at 20 mph, as they are enjoying the day and making plans of going surfing over to Cane Garden in a few days. "Have you been in contact with Outaforium" Leo asked? "No, not since we went to the moon. I wonder what he is up too" Vector replied.

Back onboard the spaceship Outaforium and Zeuyu are in a meeting while traveling around Mars in stealth mode. "I have received instructions to return to our planet and conclude our mission here. We have guided Vector and Leonardo through various lifestyles and eras of mankind. Their children will bring forth a new generation to carry out what will be according to your idea Outaforium, that the civilization that once was may live on and contribute in the advancement of humankind" Zeuyu said. "Yes, our time here has been somewhat odd in my view and not what I thought it to be," Outaforium said. "You will let Vector and Leonardo know of our departure and that they are on their own" Zeuyu said as he went into deep thought.

"When will our departure be," Outaforium asked. "In a couple of weeks in earth time" Zeuyu answered. "I will let them know and go from there," Outaforium said touching a holographic screen and bringing up the island where Vector and Leo are. He sees them returning to the boat after they had surfed. Pressing another button on the screen Outaforium is zoomed down to the boat while Leo and Vector are using the swim ladder to climb back aboard onto the swim platform. Leo grabs the nose of his surfboard as he walks his way to the middle of the surfboard, grabbing the rail in short moves. Once at the middle he lifts the board and places it on the platform, washing off the board and himself with a freshwater hose. Vector is pulling his board out of the water. When they both hear Outaforium from the cockpit lounge "Hey you two, how was it" Outaforium asked. "Good, it was fun," Vector said. "Yeah, it was a pleasant surprise to have some waves here on this island" Leo replied grabbing a towel he had placed on the stern railing before going surfing.

"Outaforium what brings you here," Vector asked. "I have some important news that I wanted to share about your future. Our ship has been called back to our home planet and we will be leaving in two weeks. That means we will be taking back the c-pad and the spacecraft and most likely not see us until 2030" Outaforium explained. Vector and Leo stood silent for a few seconds. "So, whatever was planned has now been replaced with what will be, will be," Vector said. "Yes, you will continue to do those things you are doing now, but without us being around. We know you will do good. Go and get your family and their close friends and Helena's mother. I will be back when they are here and say my departing thoughts. Until then" Outaforium said as he turned around and disappeared.

"Wow, now what?" Leo said. "Well, anything we need to do with the c-pad and spacecraft moves to the top of the list. After that we will probably be implementing whatever it is that we will be doing without those two items is what I'm guessing. I will fly back to OC and gather my kids and friends and bring them back here for the meeting" Vector said. "Ok, after changing we will head on back," Leo said. Returning to the dock and walking over to his truck "I will go get Artemesia and be back at your place" Vector said as he drove off. Leo would go tell Flo what has occurred.

They had their meeting and Vector would fly to the farm and get his family along with their friends and Helena's mother. After the flight and before the get-together Vector gave a tour of the island and his observatory before the group meeting with Outaforium. They all met at Leo and Flo's backyard overlooking the harbor. Vector had notified Outaforium of everyone's presence and would be waiting for him. It wasn't long before Outaforium walked around to the backyard after appearing. "We are all here Outaforium" said Vector as everyone was seated.

"It's been quite a journey for all of you and I must say it's been a journey of growth for me as well. I wasn't sure of the outcome of bringing you together with the way it turned out. Though I was limited to what could have been done by the circumstance of events that took place and now with being recalled back home and not seeing you to the results of my doing. I had a feeling that something didn't seem right, so I looked into the future and saw what was going to happen if you were to stay there. It would have been a decade of difficult times. So, bringing you all here to the 1970s, a time where many will cherish in their older days, including yourselves was the reason I had you here" Outaforium said looking at everyone directly before continuing."I regret of not seeing the fulfillment that I thought would take place. So with a heavy burden, I carry with me of that, I want you all to know your memory will be with me as I travel on."

"It may seem odd, but I speak for my family and I think for those here, that we all grew as you say and we are better for it. It has been an experience we will not forget. I don't know what you had in mind when you began this journey with all of us. Now that you are leaving it does not matter as far as we are concerned. We will make the best of it and go from there" Vector said as everyone sat quietly recollecting their memories of what had been. "Thank you Vector and all of you. I must be going now, as I mentioned before you all will be with me. Goodbye" Outaforium said as he walked away around the corner.

Everyone looked at each other before Leo stood up and said "I want to let you know, we are having a beach party in half an hour. So if you want to change or stay with what you have that will be fine. It will be at the harbor." Everyone got up and started to talk about what they are up to and what they enjoy doing. Leo and Vector went out front and started planning what they had in mind and where everyone would stay at while they were there.
Darmax walked up to Leo and Vector who said "Darmax is there something I can help with." "Well sir, there was an envelope in my luggage bag that I noticed while looking for my boardshorts. I open it and it read: The reason why Outaforium had brought us here was to make me a politician and you two were going to support my efforts. It was signed by Zor 2 of the checkmate sector" Darmax said with a look of uncertainty.

 

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