The moon

After months of research, conversation, and hypotheses, we finally felt so close to the answers. We didn’t even consider bringing the book all the way to the lab tent to examine it. There, deep inside the hole, Isaac lifted the large leather cover to reveal the first page. It was blank. He paged all the way through from beginning to end. There was nothing inside. No words. No images. Nothing.

We were quiet. What was there left to say? All of this traveling, this digging, this discovery…only to be stumped again? Plus, I still couldn’t shake that uneasy feeling I’d had at the airport—the sense of being followed.

And then, the clouds parted to reveal a tiny crescent moon.