Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

July 28, 2009

SEED – The Next Scene (DRAFT)

Filed under: SEED Novel — Frank Fiore @ 2:22 PM

The Enchantment Resort, Sedona

When Nash and the others arrived at Somerton’s villa, they explained what had happened.

“You need to leave, “Nash implored. “If this guy knew where Douglas was, you can bet he’s on to you.”

“You’re probably right,” Somerton replied. “I was leaving for Flagstaff, anyway.”

“What’s there?” asked Henderson.

“I think I may have a solution to your father’s clues, Jeremy.” Somerton went over to his desk and picked up the image of the four Hopi tablets, front and back, and showed it to the group. “Did you see these series of dots and dashes under the different tablets?” he asked.

“Yeah. What of it?” Nash replied.

“Any idea what they are?”

Nash shrugged his shoulders.

“They could be Morse code,” Henderson speculated.

“Not likely. They make no sense.” Somerton replied.

“What do you think they are?” asked Kaya.

“I gave it some thought when you all were at the pre-conference mixer. I think they represent numbers.”

“What kind of numbers?” asked Nash.

“Hopi numbers. Based on the Mayan counting system. Wait. I’ll show you.”

Somerton walked across his living room to a shelf packed with books. He ran his fingers across the spines and chose one. He walked back to the group, placed the book on a large wood hewed coffee table and opened to a page that showed the Mayan counting system.

The four huddled around Somerton and the book.

“In our English system,” he explained, “there are ten symbols that are used to create numbers. One, two, three, four, etc, etc. When we count past nine we have to start using combinations of these symbols.”

“Like the number forty-six,” Alyson said. “Represented by a four and a six.”

“You get a gold star,” Nash said satirically. He got a kick under the table for his effort.

Somerton went on. “The four in this case is in the tens place and represents four sets of ten. Thee six is in the ones place, representing six sets of one. With that we get forty-six. With this system, we can create every whole number possible.”

“And how did the Mayans solve this problem?” asked Kaya.

“The Mayan system was similar, but instead of having only ten symbols, like we have today, there were twenty symbols. So instead of combining two symbols together after reaching nine, they started after reaching nineteen. Because the Mayan system is based on twenty and not ten like the English system, instead of a tens place, there is a twenties place. Look at the example of the number fort-six.” He pointed to the page in the open book. “There are two dots in the twenties place, indicating two sets of twenty. And there is a bar with a dot in the ones place indicating six sets of one.” He pointed to a diagram on the page to illustrate his point. “This base twenty system is still in use today by such tribes as the Hopi and the Intuits.”

“So what do the dots and dashes, I mean numbers mean?” asked Nash.

“Based on what I see here below the tablets, I come up with the numbers thirty-five, nine, seven, three, one hundred and twelve, one, two and five.”

“And?” asked Henderson.

“And I don’t know,” Somerton responded.

They were silent for while thinking through the possibilities.

Nash was the first to speak. “These numbers. Could they be two sets? Look.” Nash pointed the printout. “There are a row of numbers on the top and then another row on the bottom in the image.”

“Two separate sets of numbers?” Kaya asked.

“Yes. It could be,” Somerton replied. “I wonder.”

He looked over at Nash. “You’re a pilot like me. If these numbers represented a location…”

“Right!” Nash exclaimed. “GPS! The first number is a longitude and the second, a latitude.”

“We can find the location online,” Henderson said.

“Does your internet connection work?” Nash asked.

Somerton shook his head. “Been down for days.” He thought a moment. “I have a detailed atlas. We can use that.”

He pulled the atlas out from the book self and within minutes they found the location. It pointed to a place along the south rim of the Grand Canyon Park. They looked at the description on the map.

It read Tusayan.

“OK.” Nash puzzled. “What’s so special about Tusayan?”

“The Tusayan ruins,” Kaya muttered.

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