This week’s story starting point was sent to us by Nathan Nichols. Thanks Nate!
Adam and Thale stood nervously in the alley. Since the advent of tachyon stream travel, the simple act of waiting for a friend had become truly harrowing. A million things could go wrong.
Illius had assured them that nothing could go wrong. The Chronostream Corporation’s newest device had been proven time and again. Its pickup was simple, and the pickup radius was the smallest they’d managed since the first experiments with tachyon travel. It even had a filtration system that ran a diagnostic before materializing the traveler, and would bounce them back to their original material state at the embarkation point if something happened.
But still…accidents happened. And with the best of intentions, Illius had decided on a solo run into an unsterilized environment. Bad plan. All sorts of contaminants could return with him—or worse, he could contaminate the past. He’d only gone some two or three hundred years back, not far enough to affect the development of life, but certainly far enough to affect the course of history. So when Adam and Thale saw the telltale flickering light of a cross-global tachyon stream above the clouds, they stepped back, watched the flicker of the light flying around the globe become a solid beam as it circled the world faster, then, with bullet-like speed, it streaked down off its course and struck the ground between them.
There stood Illius. But as they stared at him, Adam and Thale realized the horrible truth. Something had happened. He’d come back wrong.
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Written by Nathan Nichols.