I was euphoric and I thought it was time to drink some Champagne to celebrate.
Maria, read these thoughts crossing my mind, and I told her,
“Maria, when all the bureaucratic rules are over I’d like just you and me to enter the chambers again and have our private party. It will only be for you and me, with the best bottle of sparkling wine I still have. I owe so much to you and this is our baby, we have worked so hard to reach these discoveries, haven’t we?”
“Ok Charlie, you’re right. Cut the talking over the cameras to the minimum, and let us go back again alone, in the middle of the night, and examine the secrets hidden in our pyramid.”
“Then our date is at ten when all the others are sleeping.”
And so we did.
We descended from the pyramid temple, to the chambers below. Humidity and smell were impregnated in the stagnant air. We didn’t care about the enormous perspirations on our bodies, it was quite normal in this part of Mexico.
We have been through an emotional day, when Maria and I descended earlier in the day to the chambers below, with the cameras following us.
Now it was finally all for ourselves, to investigate the mysteries hidden there for so long.
“Finally, we had time to have a better view of our discoveries” I thought and at the same time I told Maria,
“This funeral chamber is quite large with the sarcophagus in the centre of the room. The monument itself had been built from a large monolithic stone, and was quite heavy. It was impossible that they could have taken it down such a narrow stairway from the top of the pyramid. What you think Maria?”
“You are right Charlie. It would have been ridiculous take the monument to the top of the pyramid and then down again such a narrow stairway, that barely has room for a person to walk down.”
“They were sensible and ingenious people. They probably had built the pyramid up to this level, about one third of the total height. They then set in position the sarcophagus of Lord Pascal, and they built the funeral chamber with the other two communicating rooms, while at the same time they erected the walls of the pyramid.”
“A masterpiece of engineering, considering they built it over a thousand years ago.”
“You can see perfectly why it has been built in this way. They wanted Lord Pascal and the sarcophagus to remain inside the pyramid for ever.”
“You are right again Charlie. The lid of the tomb itself it’s so bulky and heavy that it makes it impossible to go through the door of the chamber. Not even talking about all the rest.”
“I believe it will take a long time to completely study what we have found. The lid itself is a masterpiece, and has so many details carved on it. I don’t want to say too much now, but it seems these pictures can offer different interpretations. The real meaning in that representation, most likely, is different from the first idea that it comes to the mind.”
“I’m please you have touched on this point, Charlie. My first impression is of a cosmonaut in his capsule looking through a sort of periscope. But then the artistic mind could have seen that differently. They couldn’t possible have know the existence of extraterrestrial at that time. It would certainly take a lot of hard work. We will likely need to consult an expert of the Mayan mythology to properly study the representation carved in the stone.”
“As usual Maria, your help is invaluable. What would I do without you?”
“Do you want to know what you should do? You should really pay more attention to me and reward me for all that I’m doing. It’s not a complaint Charlie, at least not about the point of working together. We really are a good working team. I’m talking about our private lives. I thought that your invitation tonight to celebrate was something more sentimental. Since the good times when we had explored together the City of the Moon, over ten years ago, you have completely ignored me as a woman. Why Charlie?”
“Sorry Maria, as usual you are right. Believe me I don’t do it on purpose. I have always liked you. It is only because I don’t want to create unnecessary talk here in the camp that can possibly discredit your woman’s reputation.”
“Charlie, what you said is true, but this time in my life I don’t give a damn of what other people think about you and me. If this is the only problem, why don’t we marry? Remember you promised me in the past? Or have you forgotten all about?”
“Well that was a long time ago, and we were still at the City of the Moon. But then things have changed. After I returned to Italy, during my holidays, I fell in love.
“I was young and inexperience in love at that time. That bitch had married me only for my glory and my money, hoping for a good easy life. It didn’t take long and I found who she really was and the way she was running from one lover to the next. The same way she used to do before meeting me. I divorced her, but the humiliation is still with me. It was then that I took the decision not marry again.”
“This is quite a story Charlie, why haven’t you told me all this before? I would have been sympathetic and understood you.”
“I really should have, but this has always been such a hurdle in my conscience, and less I talked about it and the more at peace I was.”
“Tell me Charlie, do you still love me and to what extent?”
“Yes Maria, you have always been dear to me. At the same time I can honestly tell you I will never go back on my word and marry. It doesn’t matter how much I love another woman. This is the critical point that kept me away from you, my dear, and the reasons why I never approached you again as a lover. I didn’t want to disrupt the strict religious rules of your family and country. I never asked, and so I never been sure if you could accept my love without marriage.”
“Yes, for us Mexicans, matrimony is a great obligation. But if this was your only dilemma in loving me, why have you never asked me? First of all I am a woman Charlie. In the past ten years I have thought of you as my man, and patiently I have waited for you all this time. Now I want more from you, I cannot wait any longer Charlie. I want to spend my life with you, can’t you see that?”
“Come Charlie, Come to me now. I’m so warm inside. My body is craving for you. Come and love me once and forever. I cannot wait any longer. I want you now and here, Charlie. You will never be sorry to have and loved me. Damn, I don’t care if we don’t marry in a church and in front of a priest. God will understand me and will forgive my weakness.”
Dawn was breaking when Maria and I returned, hand in hand, to the camp. The night had been long, and we had given way to the passions that had been repressed in us for so long. Maria, as always, was gentle and considerate to all my needs. Since the time we had made love in the cave of the City of the Moon, she had matured into a capable lover responding to all the desires of sexual abandonment and returned hers with deep felt enhanced moments of passion. Once more Maria was my lover. It was an intense sensation, sharing so much with her, in a complete cycle of communal life of work and love.