I saw no signs of life, and likely there had been none for eons. Ancient growth remnants of vines and lichens’ long-dead covered the crumbling stone buildings. A scurrying sound came from behind me, and I turned in time to see the tip of a tale disappear behind a wall.
I wasn’t alone but whatever was here wasn’t of this world. I wasn’t either.
I tried an old door that didn’t want to move, but tugging, it gave with a mighty groan as if it cried leave me alone. Shadows darker than night filled the room and the musty odor of a millennium of decay filled my senses.
“You found me.” She sat in the corner.
“Yes, the homing signal worked perfectly. Let’s get you home.”
Taller than the short ceiling, she bent forward, only standing her full height once outside.
“Did you see anything alive here?”
She pointed to where I’d seen movement earlier, and what I saw sent chills through me. Blocking our access to the time portal was a giant beast.
“Who are you? Where did you come from??” Its voice thunder and echoing over the remains of the village.
I stepped forward. The beast dwarfed my seven-foot frame but ignored his size and his rancid smell. “I’m here to rescue a crew member. We’re not of this time. ”
The beast hesitated, cocking its head, then in a flash of light, a slender humanoid being with pale skin stood before us.
We stared at each other until the being spoke in a singsong voice. “Then you are marooned here as well.”
He turned towards the time portal, glistening before us.
“This is one-way time portal.”