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Colonial Building Site
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, 9:00 pm
Late Sunday night the Coleman family arrived. Aaron slowly prepared for the groundbreaking ceremony. Everything was done secretly so it would be a surprise. Most of the colonists did not even know where it would take place.
Aaron and Samuel ran the ceremony. They led people down a path, lit only by copper Tiki torches and glass enclosed candles on the ground, into a valley to sit on mats that had been placed over the dirt floor. Aaron had set up a fire-pit in the valley. The mats made a semicircle facing the fire and the tallest part of the cliff. The valley had very high cliffs that made a person feel enclosed and would probably cause anybody with claustrophobia to go mad. Along the cliff’s edge were candles set inside glass candleholders.
Samuel and Aaron took opposing positions behind the fire. Aaron walked counterclockwise around the fire and stopped directly in front of the crowd. He then said, “Welcome, friends, to our new home. Here we build our future. Here we build our lives, our children’s lives, and our grandchildren’s lives. We go to our new home with great tools that humankind only recently was even capable of comprehending.” His voice was like that of a great orator, perhaps as good as the great Greek orators of the far distant past. His voice was like a river flowing in different directions, building speed in some spots to reach a climax and then to slow again to a gentle trickle. The crowd traveled with him as if they were on a great roller coaster.
“Today is the start of what may be humankind’s greatest voyage, greatest expedition. We are leaving our old lives and in many cases our old ways to start fresh, clean and new. Our trek is not only important to us, but to the millions or even billions of people we will help, our children will help, and their children will help. We start it here and now, all with a simple tool.”
He stepped forward, almost to where the mats were, then turned and continued to walk counterclockwise to his position behind the fire. A burst of light exploded from within the fire. A few of the smaller children were startled but soon soothed by their parents. Then Samuel began to walk clockwise to the same position where Aaron had stopped. Aaron was holding a shovel that was gold with a platinum handle.
Samuel said, “With this shovel I will break the ground so that construction of our new home and our new lives can begin.”
Samuel symbolically held the shovel above him, and then plunged it down deep into the earth. As the shovel stopped, another explosion burst from inside the fire. He brought up a shovel full of dirt that he piled beside the hole. Then he continued his clockwise walk around the circle. When he got almost to his position but directly in front of the fire, he laid the shovel on the ground. He then continued to his original position. Next, Aaron picked up a black bag, which had been hidden by the darkness. Aaron started walking counterclockwise around the fire again. When he got to the front of the fire, he turned to the crowd and walked to the closest person, who happened to be Emma. He reached into the bag and dug out a small cardboard box. He opened the box and revealed a gold pocket watch. Aaron said, “Emma Wilson, do you swear to protect humanity from not only nature but from itself?”
Emma said, “Yes, I do.”
“And do you also swear to leave your old life and old ways behind to start reborn as a Time-Keeper, a person who faithfully protects humanity with the power of time travel?”
“Yes, I do.”
“Emma, then step forward and claim your time piece.” She stepped forward, and he gave her the watch. He then gave her the box and said, “Throw this into the fire to symbolize the end of your old life and your start as a Time-Keeper.”
She threw the box into the fire. After a moment, the box burst like the explosions from before.
Aaron continued counterclockwise and gave each person a watch after repeating the same speeches. When he arrived at the end of the semicircle Samuel walked clockwise around the fire to Aaron. Aaron gave him the bag and said, “Please continue our work, my friend.”
Samuel nodded and took the bag. Samuel continued clockwise as Aaron returned to his position behind the fire by walking counterclockwise. Samuel stopped in front of the fire and walked to Tara, who was beside Emma. Samuel dug through the bag and pulled out a box and watch.
Samuel said, “Tara Coleman, do you swear to protect humanity from not only nature but from itself?”
Tara replied, “Yes, I do.”
“And do you also swear to leave your old life and old ways behind to start reborn as a Time-Keeper?”
“Yes, I do.”
“Tara, step forward and claim your timepiece.” She walked forward and he gave her the watch. He then gave her the box and said, “Throw this into the fire to symbolize the end of your old life and your start as a Time-Keeper.”
She threw the box into the fire. The box burned as all the previous boxes had burned. After a moment, it burst with another small explosion. Samuel continued clockwise and gave out the rest of the watches. When he was done, he walked clockwise to his starting position.
Aaron said, “Now my fellow Time-Keepers, sleep peacefully. We have lots of work ahead of us.”
When he was done, Samuel and Aaron both turned away from them and faced the cliff. An explosion from the top of the cliff sounded and a tiny rocket launched from the cliff. After it got one hundred feet into the air it exploded like fireworks.
Most of the people in the crowd were unsure if they should leave. Finally, Carmen and Keith started to walk back up the trail they had come from, causing everybody to eventually follow.
After the crowd was gone, Samuel and Aaron started cleaning up. Samuel started talking about the ceremony, “Well, that went well. I didn’t think they were going to leave, though!”
Aaron agreed, “Yeah, that would have been bad. We would’ve had to turn around and say, ‘OK, folks, go home now!’”
Samuel laughed then said, “You were right, the kids didn’t get scared. Some of Tara’s kids are really young; I thought they were going to freak out with the gunpowder we kept throwing into the fire!”
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