“Where are you going, NaCumbea?”
Martin Fields watched the woman he had fallen in love with put on her skin-tight temporal transfer suit. Both of them were reluctant time travelers, recruited by extra-dimensional beings for the purpose of correcting time anomalies in their little corner of time-space.
She’d gone through hell and was just now beginning to come to terms with her new life. First of all she had died at the age of fourteen, but that was over 700 years ago. She was resurrected by “them” as one of their time travelers, but a rogue “them” named Vanir had captured and tortured her in an other-worldly realm for centuries.
She finally escaped with Martin’s help only to discover that “them,” namely her “control” Amun along with Martin’s “control” Isis had set her up so they could finally capture the renegade of their species, something they couldn’t accomplish on their own.
“I’ve had it with the 21st century. I thought I could take anything, but this is just too much.”
“NaCumbea, be reasonable. There’s no point in history that’s perfect.”
“Maybe, but your entertainment industry seems to become more crazy with each passing second, and unless I live on a deserted island with no communications access or in a different time period, I can’t escape it. I’m going to 1966. That should do it. ‘Star Trek’ premieres on September 8th, ‘Bonanza,’ ‘Combat,’ hell even ‘Captain Kangaroo’. They’ve all got to be better than this. Do you know ‘The Milton Berle Show’ was still on the air?”
“Oh sure,” Martin rolled his eyes. “Bloody military coup in Nigeria, an American B-52 collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Spain laying three 70-kiloton hydrogen bombs close to the town of Palomares and one in the ocean, Johnson increases the number of troops sent into Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, race riots in Watts, any number of air disasters and infamous murders, Castro declares martial law in Cuba. Should I go on?”
“The Soviet Union launches Luna 10 and it enters the Moon’s orbit. They also crash the Venera 3 probe on Venus, which makes it the first spacecraft to land on another planet. The Rolling Stones release their single ‘Paint it Black’ and the Beatles release the ‘Revolver’ LP.”
Martin gently takes her by the shoulders. “You know we can live wherever and whenever we want. If you want to live in 1966 and then forward, I guess you can. I want to say I’ll miss you, but I can visit you at any time, literally. But 2017 is my home. This is my native era.”
“My native era is marked by poverty, hardship, starvation, and disease, Martin. You have your home. I can never go back to mine. I just want live in some time and place halfway sane.”
“I’m not sure that’s 1966.”
“It’s better than Stephen Colbert wanting to bare his butt at the Emmy Awards.”
“I’m sure that was a joke, NaCumbea.”
“With these modern comedians, it’s hard to tell. At least Milton Berle is funny and Jerry Lewis is still alive in 1966.”
“Okay, how about this? Let me put on my suit and we’ll spend some time in 1966. Then we come home and deliberately keep the TV off during the Emmys. Awards shows are pretty boring anyway.”
“You’ve got a deal, Martin.”
They’re both speaking softly now. He embraces her and they kiss. It’s the first time in a long time that it feels like she’s ready to give her heart to him and to take his for herself.
Martin has become an expert at dressing quickly and in a few moments, his suit is on. He powers up the temporal controls. “When to first, NaCumbea?”
“Grace Slick performs live for the first time with Jefferson Airplane on October 16th. Let’s start there.”
“Okay, as long as we can watch the original theatrical release of Fantastic Voyage afterward.”
The two time travelers simultaneously activate their suits and vanish to their latest adventure into history and with each other.
Sometimes, okay a lot of the time, I agree with NaCumbea. The entertainment industry has gone way, way too far. When it comes down to Colbert showing his butt, whether he was kidding or not, I definitely am not interested. Give me “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Combat, “I Spy,” and Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” anytime.
The most recent Martin Fields adventure before this one is On a C-130 Flying into Puerto Rico.