“Eternity Unknown” by Cameron Hyndman is the tenth story in the Collidor stream series. Below is an excerpt from the story; the full story is available as an ebook here. The full anthology is available here.
Eternity was a long time to spend without a home. Erenthall would know, and he was only a thousand and ten.
He stood in the middle of a forest, in front of a great stone gate. At one time it would have been majestic, a mountain of carved rock rising amid the trees, but now it was cracked and covered in clinging vines. It was a monument to forgotten grandeur, the entrance to a city long since dead.
Behind him, Loren came and placed a hand on his shoulder.
“Are you sure you want to do this?” she asked. “You might not like what you find in there.”
“I know, but I must,” Erenthall said. “I’ve finally made it here. I am not turning back now.”
Loren nodded. “Either way, I’m with you.”
Erenthall placed his hand on top of hers. “I know.”
He left her and began searching for a way in. Even though it was worn and pitted, the door was still intact. It had taken years of research to find a path back into this world, and weeks of travel to reach the city itself, but now it seemed there would be one last obstacle before they could finally get inside.
“I can’t find a way in,” Erenthall said. “And the door’s too heavy to move.”
“Let me,” Loren said.
Erenthall stepped aside and let Loren face the heavy doors. She reached out one hand towards him and he took it, then she closed her eyes. Slowly, the door began to shift. Its movement was slow at first, but gradually the door was pushed in and a gap opened between it and the surrounding wall. The sound of stone grinding against stone filled the air and sent a flock of birds scattering from the trees.
Other stories in this anthology:
- Lost: Cat by Kasey Rubenstein
- When the Stars Wept by Jeffrey Roberts
- Illegal Mind by Alex Mcgilvery
- Shroud by Jacqueline Seewald
- M/F/P Circle One by Sean Benham
- These Eyes by Sheila Crosby
- Dancers and Divas by Ron-Tyler Budhram
- Toontown Rights of 1949: A Critical and Historical Analysis by David Perlmutter
- Footprints on the Moon by Preston Dennett