Lunch was delicious.
Teemok, served with piping hot stew, was a speciality in these parts. I savoured every bite and reflected on what had been a tiring day.
I had started early in the morning to collect the First Artefact. It was at the Stupa, a calm and peaceful place where one’s mind could be emptied, void of all thought. I had hidden The Three at different locations, many years ago, in the hope that they would prove useful someday.
I glanced down at the city. The day was just beginning. Soon the markets would be bustling with people going about their daily chores.
I travelled onwards still, higher up into the snow-clad mountains. The air became still and temparatures dropped. The Second Artefact was located here, obscured from civilization’s prying eyes.
Moving further past valleys and rivers, I reached the site of the Third, by the banks of the lake. The wind howled and I shivered. This was not a day to be outdoors. But I had everything I needed, and hastened my pace for the last leg of my journey.
It was early evening by the time I’d reached the Hill. I positioned the Artefacts and waited for the moment. This was the place, but was it the right time? I hoped I was not too late.
The Anomaly was always present. It was a great tourist attraction. But it was like a pulse. Fluctuating in intensity, the Anomaly would reach its peak strength for a few minutes once a year. That was moment when the bend in space-time would power The Three and open a portal to my home planet. A thousand years ago, I had landed at this very site through another portal that was open at the time. An exploratory mission to Planet Z-403. That was our name for the planet you call Earth.
After waiting for what seemed like an eternity, I sighed. It hadn’t worked. I had missed the window and the portal had closed. Another year away from home.
I didn’t feel too bad though. I guess I had grown fond of this place.
Author’s note: Magnetic Hill in Ladakh is home to a “gravitational anomaly”, that causes cars to seemingly roll uphill! I like to imagine that this anomaly really exists and could be a site for a wormhole or a portal to another universe.
Pictures taken with my Huawei Honor 7 mobile.