“Who are you?” Jackie and Steve blurted. “How did you know we were there?”
“Call me Lumbra,” the man replied. “There are not many humans left in this zone. You were easy to detect.”
“Um … thank you?” Steve said.
“So why are you here and why are you speaking early 21st century American English?” Lumbra challenged.
“Well, for one thing, we’re from early 21st century America,” Jackie explained.
“Ah. You are time travellers.” Lumbra’s curiosity perked up. “Interesting. Is the box outside your vehicle?”
“The box outside is AMNOZ,” Steve answered, somewhat indignantly. “He’s a member of our party.”
“I should have known from the way you stepped on it to climb up here. So what device creates your openings?”
Lumbra seemed stunned as Steve drew the remote control from his vest pocket. “Astounding! That’s the second one of these I’ve seen
Now it was Jackie’s turn to be stunned. “The second?”
“Yes. The other was in the hands of a 16th century Frenchman.”