Future's Past

Part 2

by Mary Christmas (unicorn_76010 at lycos.com)

Beth Lestrade walked down the corridor of Skyrun Labs. Grayson had sent her here after a frantic call from Professor Samuel Moorehead. Unfortunately, the professor hadn't elaborated on what had happened, just that an important experiment had been tampered with. Moorehead was an important enough person for this to warrant an investigation, and since she had no case, she had been chosen.

She growled under her breath. She hated catering to important personages. It wasn't her style. However, her curiosity was piqued. According to Grayson, this experiment was top secret. She had gained clearance only after going through an extensive background check. Grayson didn't even have the security clearance needed, which suited her just fine. It meant that she was completely in charge of the case, and could work her own way.

Moorehead was waiting for her in the conference room. She looked around and saw that there was no one else. Not very surprising. The professor was the owner of Skyrun and rich in his own right. He could fund his own projects and dictate how and whom would be involved.

"You understand that none of what I am going to tell you can leave this room, Inspector?" he asked.

She looked at him disdainfully, "I can keep confidences, Professor."

Moorehead nodded, and began to pace the room. "Grayson said that you were a discreet individual," he stated, "I suppose I should start at the beginning. About eight years ago, I stumbled across some technology that was not of Earth. It was like nothing I or anyone else had seen." He paused and looked at her. She stared back unflinchingly and nodded for him to continue.

"I brought it back to the lab and began studying it. I told no one else about it. It was...amazing. There was a metal alloy that could not be broken down, no matter what usual methods I tried. Then, about two years ago, I was working with a small piece of it. After about five minutes, another piece identical to it appeared on top of it." He paused and took a drink of the water sitting in front of him.

"I was so startled that I spilled some water on the original piece," he continued, "It...disappeared. Astonished, I began to experiment with it, and I realized that I had found a way to travel through time."

She was amazed. "Time travel? I thought it was impossible. Surely you can't do it with people, though?"

Moorehead smiled at her disbelief. "Actually, six months ago, I completed my time machine and sent myself back in time."

She gaped at him. The possible consequences of this hit her hard. Then realization dawned on her. "Someone stole it, didn't they?"

Moorehead nodded in consternation. "I don't know how they could have. The security here is better than any military facility. Whoever did it must have a good knowledge of cryptology."

As he spoke, she suppressed a shudder. There was only one person with that kind of knowledge, Moriarty. She told him so.

"Then you can capture him?" Moorehead asked hopefully.

"Not without Sherlock Holmes, I can't," she replied.

Moorehead watched her uncertainly before nodding. "Call him. If this Moriarty changes history in any way...."

"I know."

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