A: Let me know if you invent or discover a time-machine. 😛
S: You need more time? Or a do-over?
S: True. Wouldn’t wanna rip a hole in spacetime. …I have a cardboard cutout of the TARDIS, but so far as I know, it’s not a working model.
A: Track down Calvin and Hobbes.
S: I may have a cardboard box.
A: Attach the two together, then find a smaller box and draw a flux capacitor on it. Can’t cover too many bases, right?
S: Lemme just grab my sonic and my really long scarf…
A: Don’t get eaten by dinos or hunted by time-traveling cyborgs.
A: You would have a sonic screwdriver, wouldn’t you. Yet another reason we are friends. ^_^
S: There are so many!
S: …ok, my attempts have failed. However, I documented the experiment, and sent you the evidence.
S: Haha. Ok maybe I will.
The last part!!!
Catch up: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV
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The old man had made his own discoveries before the boy did. He had, in fact, seen the bird people on Gallun-Z not two years ago. But he, too, had sought photos on the webs, and made the same discovery the boy had. But being older and wiser, he had realized what it meant.
This is the penultimate chapter! Read Part I, Part II and Part III first.
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For two days, the boy did nothing. He couldn’t sleep. He barely ate. He swept the same section of floor twenty times before remembering to move. He watched the comet; he watched the winged people. And he felt a cold sickness grow inside him.
Read Part I and Part II first.
Image by Ed Sweeney
The boy went through the motions, pointing the scope at Kepler-3b, at Kepler-43b, then setting back to zenith and angling to focus on Lutwidge-7, then Asimov-5a. Finally, satisfied, the old man left him alone with his broom.