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Welcome! We are a husband and wife author team that look forward to bringing you many novels in the years ahead. We hope that you enjoy the ‘The Ashlyn Chronicles’ series. The 6 books in the series are a culmination of 15 years of research into the works of Zechariah Sitchin, Carl Sagan, Richard C. Hoagland, Gerald Clark and many others. Utilizing their understanding of ancient texts, we wrote what we believe is a plausible and logical, albeit fictional story of Earth’s history and man’s creation, built around likable and memorable characters.
What inspired you to write your book?
I wrote the book that I could never find to read! A mature, true sci-fi / fantasy.
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“I wish to share with you the story of Pandora’s Box. It is one of the few Greek stories with a—”—a smug smile tilted the doctor’s lips—“happy ending.” He looked fully like a cat who had caught a mouse.
“In Greek mythology, Pandora was a woman created by the gods. At the command of Zeus, each god gave her a seductive gift. The meaning of these gifts is open to varied interpretations, but I base my story upon the most recent find, the Thermopylae texts discovered in 2242 by James Carstairs. He believed that rather than Pandora being the embodiment of evil, as was widely accepted, she was the embodiment of perfection, goodness, and hope. Physically, the gods endowed her to be supremely feminine and sensually seductive. They enhanced her mental perfection by stripping her of human frailties such as greed, vanity, and jealousy—replacing them with a spirited and uninhibited boldness. That boldness often leaves little room for what we consider simple concepts. Concepts like modesty as example.” Tynabo gave a mischievous smile. “She was the Great Goddess, who took the form of a mortal woman—a woman of such great beauty that when she first appeared to both gods and men, they were seized in wonderment.”
Steven swallowed and noticed that he had a lump in his throat.
“According to the texts, when Pandora returns, she will rise from the earth, her hands raised above her head in epiphany, and that she would be the giver of gifts unto men.”
The doctor stopped briefly, looking deep in thought. “As for the box itself? It represents both a prison and a salvation. So, call it what you will—legend, prophecy, fanciful story telling. In the end, the results of seeing fulfillment realized are the same.”
“Is he saying what I think he is?” said Cole.
Steven’s adrenaline surged. His excitement was uncontainable. The sea of emotions again welled up inside him. The doctor’s words had inspired a teenage angst that wrested control from him.
“In the room below, in stasis, is your genetically engineered mate, D’na—as I fondly call her. Her given name is Ashlyn Parker. She is quite literally in every respect like Pandora. She is superlatively perfect.” The doctor hesitated, giving Steven a moment for all of it to sink in.
“I’ll be damned. They did! They built you your own goddess,” quipped Cole.
Steven swallowed. His mouth was dry, his stomach in knots.
The doctor shifted his weight. “As pertains to you—while your heart may have already led you to this conclusion—yes, you, like Ashlyn, were created here in this facility. Both of you were created from bits and pieces of the most unique genes that humanity had to offer.”
“Jesus Christ!” said Tomlinson. “You’re a beaker-baby!” Tomlinson’s remark carried the weight of Tynabo’s shocking revelation.
Steven’s knees felt weak. His mind went numb.
“Steven, I want you to know that the new sensations you are experiencing are normal and expected. Because of your close proximity to Ashlyn, the first of our sequenced genetic changes have already begun to take place inside you. It is what we call the fugue. Essentially, the fugue is a tool. It is similar to a tuning fork, insomuch as it is synchronizing both of your auras—your electrical fields—into one. Understand that together, the two of you are going to become much, much stronger than you are now. In essence, from this moment on you will be able to feed off the resonant energy field—the life force—of the other. But, it goes far beyond a mere doubling of the power from which you can draw your strength. It is actually altering you on a molecular level. While the quantum physics of our work is extremely complicated, the results of the effects are equally simple. What all that means is that you have a near limitless potential. It should also be noted that distance has no diminishing effect on this drawing of power. As far as we can tell, once connected, you are always connected.”
The doctor’s face grew serious. “You do have an Achilles’ heel, and it’s a big one. Now that your auras have connected, should one of you die, so does the other. It might not be immediate, but it would certainly happen within a matter of weeks.”
“Are you okay, sir?” Paris asked, seeing Steven’s trembling hand as she steadied his arm in support.
“I don’t know. I feel like I’m suffocating.” Steven unclasped his helmet and dropped it to the floor. It rocked back and forth, its spotlight swishing up and down on the wall until it stilled. He took a deep breath, the coldness in the air bracing him for the words to come.
“As for the completion of the fugue, that will occur the moment the two of you have intimate contact. The full depth of your powers cannot be achieved until that final melding takes place. There are circuits within the human brain that are only accessed during that higher state of consciousness and awareness. Hence, my ‘happy ending’. Again, I must state that this is a mandatory step. Additionally, it is also the only way to preserve your sanity. For now, psychologically, the changes are manageable. But, I must caution you: if left unchecked, in the weeks ahead, your biological need to join with her will grow far beyond your ability to resist. Even as we speak, hundreds of neural pathways are opening. Your thought patterns are deepening, and soon the two of you will be entertaining theories and ideas that mankind has never dreamed of,” said Tynabo.
“That may explain how you understood the web-song. You’re already changing,” said Stratton.
The doctor then added, “You will, and may have already experienced, what we call bleeding. If so, know that it is a natural part of the fugue. Bleeding can give you glimpses into Ashlyn’s mind and she into yours. You will begin to learn and understand things that may be foreign to you, but not to Ashlyn, and vice versa. The two of you are becoming, in many respects, one person. You were bred to have an inherent need and attraction to one another. It is who you are and who you are meant to be. The two of you must, and will, become one. Neither of you have a choice in the situation. Even now, you are being drawn to her. The inherent pheromone attraction will give you an unbreakable and deep love for her. It was by design.”
Steven now had his explanation for the things he had seen aboard the transport. Tynabo’s words were enlightening. They provided the reason for his panic attack.
Tynabo continued, “Within a few weeks, though, you will develop the ability to open and close the door at will. Privacy is a basic human need. It would be too intrusive if the door could not be closed. Just as the mind needs time to rest and dream, so does the mind need time to be alone and contemplate. By design, the connection is only open if both parties are willing. That being said, it does not mean that you can choose to resist the fugue. Quite the opposite—to resist the fugue would mean being driven into a pit of desire and despair from which you cannot escape. You would be broken, insane. Following that, you would lapse into a coma and die. I say that as a warning only.
“It is your right to know what lies before you, the bad—and the good. As for the physical changes, well, you will discover those in the months and years ahead, but in short, they are herculean. The fugue is making you immensely strong. Even now, your increasing adrenaline levels will enable you to perform great feats—feats that no human would believe possible. I also gave you the mental capacity to gauge such efforts, to control them. You have the wisdom to use your abilities for the betterment of humanity. I will not lecture you. I will only say—be a good king. Before I send you off on your journey of self-discovery, though, I must give you one last order. I know that I am powerless to enforce it, but it is imperative that you understand the strength behind my conviction. It pertains to the vial in the case. It contains a critically needed dampener that must be taken several hours in advance of your first physical contact with Ashlyn. The dampener will slow the changes taking place inside you. As each change occurs, you will become stronger both physically and mentally. For your protection, you will lose consciousness for hours or even days at a time. That is why you must put yourself under the watchful eye of a doctor for the next eight weeks.”
Victor Gregor, Steven’s friend and requested medic, sitting safely in the transport high above, was watching and listening to every word. “Hear that, Steven? Looks like you’re my new guinea pig.”
Tynabo continued, “Be warned that if for any reason you don’t take the dampener before your first physical contact with Ashlyn, the result will be instant insanity. That first of the many stages is critically important. Should you not take it, all of our centuries of work here will have been for nothing.
“It should also be told that Ashlyn took the dampener at the same time she received the K9 extender on her 24th birthday. As for you, due to your personal state of affairs, you didn’t receive the dampener when you took the K9 extender. President Tomlinson said he would discuss the situation with you privately, when next he saw you. But of course, then the attack came. I am truly sorry that things did not work out as smoothly as we had planned for you. I know that Ashlyn’s existence will challenge your loyalty, and make you question your heart. It is unavoidable. Like myself, President Tomlinson was aware of your relationship with Renee. But, we also trust that you will find a solution. Wisdom is one of the things with which you have been endowed.