A Hard Look into the Future

Part 3

by Annie Magee (SKLesMisgirl at aol.com)
2/16/02

A/N: Hi, everyone. Sorry I haven't posted lately -_- . Anyhow, I'm here! Enjoy, everyone!

Chapter Three: More Discoveries

"So, this is what the distant future looks like..." Javert's voice was far off and almost dreamy. His eyes darted around his new surroundings.

"You like it? I thought it was very impressive the first time I saw the 22nd century."

"Really? When are you from, Monsieur Holmes? I believe that you come from the 19th century too, judging from your style of clothing."

"Well, I was born in 1854, I lived until 1946, and then I died. But Inspector Lestrade here," he gestured to the woman, "brought me back to life."

'I brought him back to life after I thought that his nemesis, Professor James Moriarty was brought back to life."

The older Inspector was astonished. "How?"

"Ooh, that's a little complicated. But I went to a scientist who studies and work with human genes, and he put Mr. Holmes in a special machine that brings dead cells and such back to life," explained Inspector Lestrade.

"Oh," was the older man's only reply. "This place, is so -- different," he said, watching hovercraft fly above him. "I'm sure that if anyone from the 1800's saw this, they would believe it to be fictional." He saw the younger inspector smile.

"So, what brings you here to the 22nd century, Inspector?" inquired the dark-haired blue-eyed teenager.

"I- I'm not really sure, mademoiselle. All I remember is the bridge near Notre Dame, the Pont-au-Change..."

"Beep, whir, beep." Tennyson, the young man in the strange wheelchair 'said'

"What did he say?" he asked the other two teenagers.

"He said that he read a book about a man named Javert, and he was a police inspector, just like you. The police inspector chased a man, and ended his life by jumping from a bridge on the Pont-au-Change. The book was called Les...Miserables, I think is its name."

"It sounds almost like the adventure I had," commented the older Inspector.

They all had walked a short distance in silence, when they came up to a strange piece of metal that was silver and red. "Here we are. We'll get to Baker Street faster in this," the police officer called over her shoulder. Javert stopped dead in his tracks.

"We're going to travel in that...thing?!?!?" exclaimed Inspector Javert.

"Well, yeah! How else do you suggest we get there? walk?" The woman laughed.

"Er- is this thing safe to be in?" the old man asked, looking over the craft with worry.

"Yes, this vehicle is safe as can be. We are strapped in with safety belts, so that way, we don't move as we're flying," explained the robot.

"WE FLY IN THIS -- THIS -- MACHINE???"

The two teenagers coughed in their hands, trying not to smile as they watched the man's face contort in horror.

"Uhh..yeah!" Inspector Lestrade said, almost in a cocky teenaged tone.

"I AM NOT GOING IN THAT THING!" Javert screeched.

The detective shook his head. "Watson, you go with Lestrade in the hovercraft. We'll -- er, meet you there."

Nodding, the woman and robot leapt into the craft and sped off. Holmes said calmly. "Come, monsieur."

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