Pratima is a scholar. William works for the Librarian. They must join forces to save thousands.
In a utopian future of wood and animal power the knowledge of dangerous technology is forbidden.
A deadly evil knowledge hidden for hundreds of years has been exposed in Northern India. Now the young scholar Pratima and the inexperienced library worker William must join forces to end the threat. They must make fateful decisions as they travel the rivers, valleys and village ways to stop the unleashing of a grave danger on the land. Their choices will determine if the kingdom will survive.
Published author of academic articles and book chapters and post-apocalyptic "woodpunk" fiction, S.A. Gibson turns his passions for learning, artificial intelligence, and human communication into accessible worlds of wonder and fascination. He is most proud of having been active in political actions for peace and justice. He lives with his beautiful wife and their beloved Dachshund-Chihuahua in Southern California, where he is currently producing an academic title on international ethnic conflict.
Pratima is becoming more powerful after being recruited by the Librarian. This scene gives a hint of the depth underneath the scholarly appearance that Pratima shows to the world. She will need all the strength she can muster with the coming conflict.
Pratima's Forbidden Book
Pratima and William pull up to the gate of Delhi Cantonment on Pankha Cariappa Marg. There are people standing and waiting to enter. A line of carts and wagons are in line. Pratima leaves the horses with William and rushes past everyone to the front of the line.
As William slowly makes his way with four horses past all the waiting people he sees Pratima arguing with the gate guard.
"Close this gate!" she yells at him. He looks at her with irritation in his face.
"You don't have authority to close this gate," he laughs at her. Her body shivers like a chill has gone through her. She looks with a fierce expression at the guard.
"Take me to Commander Guptha!" she demands as she waves one of the letters in her right hand.
"And close that gate," the guard stares at her without moving to obey her. She begins speaking slowly and quietly. Each word with a slight pause before the next. "I speak with the word of his royal majesty Singh," she stares at the guard until he nodded to the other guard who lowered the gate.
"Thank you," Pratima acknowledges him for his actions with a smile. After a moment she inquires. "Which way to the next gate?"
"You should check in with Commander Guptha," he warns her. As she pointedly looks at him, he admits while pointing to the left. "Take Dhaula Kuan down to the Army Hospital, there is a gate there. Also the HQ is close by," he explains hopefully.
Pratima is arguing with the guards at the Enclave 1 entrance gate. William can see the hospital complex just behind them. The guards do not want to follow her orders. As she argues with them and William looks on, a man on horseback rides up.
"Librarian!" he announces as he dismounts. She stops and looks at him. He appears to be an officer.
"I am not the Librarian, only I work for her," she corrects him. "My name is Pratima Patel."
"Ms. Patel, Commander Guptha sends his complements," he offers. "I am Captain Katal. I am to bring you to the Commander," he commands. "The Commander has ordered all the gates closed, until further notice." He glances at the guard who hurries to lower the gate.