The Introduction: Where it all Began
Mira and Teyus are cousins who live on the same street in Toronto. They are 11 years old and go to the same school, where they are in the fifth grade. One day, on their way home from school, they found an old rusty tandem bike leaning against a dumpster.
They dragged it home to their garage and wiped it off. The gears didn’t work and neither did the brakes, but the horn worked well. They were able to straighten out the spokes, they painted parts of it and rolled duct tape around other parts. When they were finished tinkering and it was all patched up, they were pretty sure they had found the greatest Ferrari in town. They even named it “Luctus velo,” which is Latin for super fast.
On their first ride, they realized that Luctus velo had special powers and could transport them to different countries and time periods! The only catch, they never know where they are going until they land there!
Mira is a linguistic genius that seems to be able to speak any language on Earth. She’s also rather good with building gadgets. To help on their journeys, she built a handy dandy simulator that can accurately identify where they've landed and what time period they were in. She named this gizmo an “Anulap” after the Polynesian god of magic and knowledge.
Teyus, who is very handy, and can fix just about anything in his home, found a couple of old satchels in his grandmother’s attic. He threw in his multi-purpose knife, and was ready for their adventures.
When Luctus Velo took them to India in the 17th century, they made friends with an Indian boy named Hari. He has a “magical pocket” full of spices which proves very useful in the adventures of the group. As soon as Hari puts his hand in his pocket, he is able to pull out any spice, plant or liquid he needs.
But, just as Mira and Teyus were leaving India to return home, Hari jumped on the bike.
“Oh no!” shouted Mira, “How are we ever going to get him home?!”