Twicebound: Chapter 17 – Part 3

Header17-3There was a deep whir as the STAd powered up, accompanied by the click of computer keys as Armelle tapped away at the console.

“Do you need to ask?”

“Yup.  You knows ‘ow t’ work this thing?”

She made an exasperated noise, then realized Eddie was deliberately taunting her.

“Yes, I know how to work it.  Now, be quiet and let me run the diagnostics programs.  You wouldn’t want to end up ripped into little pieces and scattered through time, would you?”

He gulped and took a step back.

“Not partic’larly, no, t’anks.”

She smirked and turned back to the console.  The blue-green light of it flickered as the diagnostics ran, testing the massive machine .

Vančura prowled the room while they waited, keeping a wary eye on the door.  Now and again, he’d throw an impatient glance toward Armelle, as if restraining himself from asking how much longer it would take.  During a pause in one of the diagnostics, she looked up, frowning as she watched him pace.

“What’s gotten into you?”

He shook his head, but she pushed.

“Look, Vančura, you’re making me nervous.  Something’s worrying you and I want to know what it is.”

Indecision flickered in his eyes, then he shrugged, but kept his attention on the doors.

“Fine.  We’re playing with the time-line too much for my comfort.  It’s got to be done, but that doesn’t mean something ugly won’t happen.  Look.”

He gestured to the digital time display hung over the console.

“Last time around, we were just about to go through the knothole.  What happens when we don’t go through it this time around?”

Armelle tapped another key, then shook her head.

“I’ve explained this already…”

“No!”

Her eyes widened, instinctively shrinking back from his explosive outburst.  He started pacing again.

“You explained it well enough for me to know you don’t really know what will happen.  I know, I know, we don’t have a choice, but that’s not exactly comforting.  Tell me going through that machine again won’t make the situation worse than it ever was before.”

His razor-sharp gaze locked her down and pinned her.  Finally, she bit her lip and turned back to the console.


End Chapter  17– Part 3

Another installment of “Twicebound”, the last for October.  And guess what?!?!  It’s only three more weeks until it will have been a full YEAR of Twicebound.

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  Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen – Part 1
Chapter Seventeen – Part 2

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