“Fine. Explain it. Logically.”
Armelle put her foot down on the brake and pulled over, staring at Vančura in silence. Finally, just when Eddie thought it might be safe to resurface, she nodded.
“Fine. Going into the future gives us a chance to preempt whatever the Sandglass project does next. They’ll have records of what hasn’t happened yet, but will have happened by then. We can use those records to keep them from doing it now.”
Eddie gave a sickly cough and put his hands over his ears, trying not to listen. Even Vančura looked a little cross-eyed for a moment.
“Let me see if I understand you… You want to get a blueprint of the past from the future to stop that future from happening?”
Armelle nodded, so he continued.
“What makes that any different from going back in time and stopping the STAd from being built in the first place? The time loops and contradictions will be just as much of a problem.”
She grinned at him, a hint of victory in the expression.
“Wrong! We’re ALWAYS traveling into the future, just a one to one time ratio. Time moves forward one minute, we move forward one minute.”
Vančura rolled his eyes and waved his hand for her to get on with it. She ignored him.
“Moving forward in time just changes the ratio. Two to one, whatever. Maybe even infinity to zero, depending on how it works exactly. The point is, going forward in time through the STAd isn’t any different from going forward in time through time. We won’t mess anything up.”
Eddie, still with his hands over his ears, couldn’t hear anything, but he sensed the mood in the cab was lightening. That didn’t mean he felt confident enough to risk coming out of his self-constructed bomb shelter, though.
Vančura nodded, but raised an eyebrow at her.
“There’s only one problem with all that. It works, as far as you’ve gotten. But what happens when we come back to the present and start messing with the future that we’ve already been to? We’ll have to travel back in time, which brings us back to the original problem!”
“Not exactly, I think.”
She wrenched the truck into drive and stepped on the gas, whipping them back onto the highway.
“The time paradox problem should be mitigated by the fact that we won’t be changing what we’ve already done; we’ll make sure we just reappear a few moments after we left. It should be the same as stepping out of a room for a few seconds, then coming back in. Nothing like the usual coming back into the room two minutes before you left it. Our timeline will still be fairly neat and tidy, so the backlash will be minimal.”
As Eddie finally came out of his shelter, Vančura had to shift to see her over the little man’s head.
She glanced at him out of the corner of her eye and winced, ever so slightly.
“Will be, definitely. No doubt about it. None whatsoever.”
End Chapter 15 – Part 2
Somebody keeps scheduling me for barista work Saturday morning, which really affects “Twicebound”. I’m not telling you WHO keeps scheduling, but if you said the name began with ‘M’ and ended with “L”, I couldn’t contradict you in good conscience. Still, the serial does seem to keep coming out, doesn’t it?
Want to read the previous installments? They’re right here!
Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three,
Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six,
Chapter Seven, Chapter Eight, Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten, Chapter Eleven, Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen, Chapter Fourteen