Fleeing the temple, they found a building in the darkness where they could hide and rest.
One of the pregnant women went into labor, and Father Mike with Helen’s help birthed a monstrous baby that was a mix between a human, toad, and bat. Father Mike smothered it, the natives were not too pleased with him.
They left the freed prisoners and decided to hunt down the other end of the power cables they had seen strung along the ground from Hustons headquarters. They had another encounter with cultists who were out looking for them, dodged more flying polyps, but eventually came to a series of laboratories in one building that had a bunch of scientific equipment of a strange design. Deep in the back room was a cell with some sort of electrical field in front of it. It housed a strange alien creature which communicated telepathically with Helen.
The creatures name was Kalakatak and it wanted freed. They negotiated with him to fix Gavin’s mind. The creature agreed. He told them he had been pulled through time by the human named Huston and forced to work for him. Kalakatak showed little regard for their primitive intelligence, but with about an hours work used the equipment in the lab to make adjustments to the machinery to repair Gavin’s mind. When it did, memories came flooding back to Gavin recognizing the creature, the city, and lost aeons. Gavin reeled. Kalakatak was quite surprised and made some further adjustments that blocked the worst of the memories and Gavin quieted down.
Kalakatak took his leave and glided off into the lost city.
They fled towards the exit. More cultists and natives waited in ambush by the stairs led by the old man from Cuncudgerie and his shotgun. The noise of the battle drew another polyp and they fled the city in a truck.
They made a long trek north along the Canning Stock Route with little food and injured. A week later they rolled into Darwin, exhausted, starving, wounded and recovering from the horror of their adventure.
The rested and made plans to board a steamship to Shanghai.