Year 11
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Part Two - So here we are
Chapter 14

by E.Escher - 19th Jan 2017
'I remember you. You were in the bank this morning.'

Carmen rolled her eyes. 'I tell you I'm a time traveller from the far future, and so are you, and that's your biggest concern? Yes, I was in the bank when you and your friend robbed it. A spectacularly inept effort, too, if I might say so.'

'It was our first time.' he protested, weakly.

'Well, don't give up your day job, or whatever the phrase is.'

'No, that's the right phrase.'

She frowned. Instead of the expected 'I'll admit nothing' denial she'd expected he was mostly ignoring her, as though she was a rambling idiot.

'Just what is your day job, Colin? What cover identity did they give you?'

'I don't have a job, or a cover identity. I'm not a time traveller, I'm not from the future.' He looked deflated, and more than a little sad. 'Look, I think you should just leave me alone.'

'In my time,' she began, 'People have their genetic and psychological profile implanted into a matchmaker chip, connected to a social-network device. It's not foolproof, but it helps prevent a lot of pointless heartache.'

'What's your point?'

'You have a matchmaker chip. My computer is reading your profile, and it says you're a decent guy.' She didn't bother explaining the rest. If he didn't know what it was, he certainly wouldn't know how it worked.

He snorted. 'Hah. Nice try.'

'I'm serious.'

'Show me.' He held out a hand, clearly expecting to look at a phone or some other portable device.

'I can't. My computer's display is up here.' she pointed, to illustrate.

'In your head?'

'My eyes. Augmented lenses.'

It was his turn to frown, and he leaned closer, squinting. 'I don't see anything.'

She subvocalised a command to the computer, requesting a facial scan of Colin. It mapped out every detail of his face in a bright neon grid.

He gasped, and sat back. 'What the? I saw something, a face, was that me?'

'Yep, and now my computer's going to scan through a record of all known travellers to find? ah, as I suspected.'

He raised a brow. 'What?'

'No record.'

He let out a breath. 'So are you still trying to convince me, or have you changed your mind?'

'No, no, I still know what you are, the file's just been erased. That's why I'm here, actually. Lucky for you I came prepared. I loaded up with photos of all known Revs, so provided you weren't revived in my future I should find something.'

'Revs?'

'Yeah.'

'What are Revs?'

'Oh. Revenants.'

Her attention was on the data feed, so it took her a moment to realise he'd gone pale. 'What's up?'

'Revenants, as in, people who came back from the dead?'

'Yeah, technically. We just say Revs, though. It's easier. Nobody likes to be reminded, so it's sorta not talked about in polite conversation.' She tilted her head. 'Well, unless it's a Rev doing the talking. We don't care so much.'

Aha, now she had his attention. He did know something!

'You're one of these, uh, Revs?' he asked.

'Yeah. All time travellers are Revs. Living creatures can't survive time travel.' She shrugged. 'It all makes sense, if you think about it. You have an implant from the future, which means you're a traveller, which means you're a Rev.'

'And if somebody were to, say, stab you in the ribs? Would that hurt a Rev, particularly?'

'I'd be extremely put out, but no, it takes a lot more than that to kill us.'

He stared. 'Oh god. I need a drink,' he made to stand up. 'Something strong. You want something?'

Carmen blinked. 'Alchohol? You get drunk?'

He hesitated. 'Why? Is that dangerous?'

'It shouldn't be possible. Rev brain chemistry is nothing like human.'

'So you can't get drunk? And you're immortal?'

'Theoretically yes, on both counts. Binge drinking isn't as prevalent in my time, so I've never really tried. Oh, and yes, Revs are functionally pretty much immortal, barring massive physical damage.'

'Do you heal?'

'Eventually, although obviously there are limits. It's not magic.'

'It's not? No, of course not.' he grimaced. 'I confess over the years I've had ample cause to wonder.'

Carmen was amazed. 'You mean you genuinely didn't know any of this?' She tried to recall the first days following her revival. 'I must sound like a certifiable lunatic.'

'You really do, but I've had these questions for centuries, and it sounds like you've got the answers.' He stood up and held out a hand. 'Forget the drink, let's get out of here.'

She took his hand, and he half-helped, half-pulled her out of the booth and onto her feet. Mind reeling a little, she didn't resist. 'Just a second, did you say centuries?'

He wasn't listening, had already turned his back and started pushing through the crowd by the door. She snatched up her bag and pushed in after him.

'Colin!'

She found the door and hurried out onto the pavement. Colin stood a few paces away at the edge of the road, waving for a taxi. She went to his side as a large silver vehicle pulled over and stopped. The side door slid open on runners, and a grinning man beckoned from the shadowy interior.

'That's good timing, eh? Better hop in. You too, sweetheart. We're gonna have a nice long chat, someplace quiet.'

Carmen didn't know his face, recognised the man's voice from the bank. She also recognised the gun, which was once again pointing her way.
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7 Jan 17, 01:39
Isegrim says:
Have read the story, can recommend. It gets even better :)
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E.E. says:
Chrome paint for the Cobra! Got all excited until I noticed it was for the Mk4. Thanks, Frontier, a paintjob for a ship I can never ever buy.
7 Dec 16, 20:50
MikeL says:
Congrats again. Will be sure to read it. :)
1 Dec 16, 12:05
E.E. says:
Okay, we have a new story! 27 chapters, posting twice a week (Monday and Thursday).
28 Nov 16, 20:26
E.E. says:
Only a couple more days to go on this year's NaNoWriMo project, and everything is on target to actually have a completed story by the end of the month. Watch this space!
26 Nov 16, 02:51
MikeL says:
Congratulations on your story's progress. I realize it is never going to be finished now but I want you to know that your "Sunbeam" story on the old Crystal Hall website was proof that you were a great writer (as if any were needed). :)
7 Nov 16, 22:40
E.E. says:
First 11-thousand words done. Mostly on track to have 50k words by the end of the month.
2 Nov 16, 19:05
E.E. says:
Working on a Nanowrimo story for November. Making good progress.
16 Oct 16, 20:18
E.E. says:
Another short game review: Ride 2. Absolute garbage.
13 Oct 16, 02:26
MikeL says:
Sorry about your C drive. Just want to say again how much enjoyment i have gotten from verity's ark
9 Oct 16, 20:40
E.E. says:
My C: drive blew up this weekend, so I'm facing a few setbacks while I get things back in order. *sigh*
26 Aug 16, 08:23
E.E. says:
New mini-site with info about my upcoming game: http://www.veritycomic.com/tcid
6 Aug 16, 15:28
MikeL says:
congrats on 2 million and looking forward to the game :)
2 Aug 16, 13:24
E.E. says:
This weekend I've been playing Wolfenstein - the New Order, and it's freakin' awesome.
26 Jul 16, 20:13
E.E. says:
Please visit the following page - it's a matter of life and death: https://www.patreon.com/posts/6149452
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That's an ampersand followed by #9829;
25 Jul 16, 16:52
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25 Jul 16, 13:10
Mara Smaragd says:
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25 Jul 16, 08:05
E.E. says:
Hitcounter tells me we're soon going to reach 2 million hits. Two freakin' million!
22 Jul 16, 07:33
E.E. says:
Announcement time: VA is on patreon, because I'm making a Visual Novel. MOre info coming soon.
16 Jul 16, 09:35
E.E. says:
Can anybody explain to me why I earn less than the national minimum wage, but still have to income pay tax?
13 Jul 16, 22:53
Isegrim says:
spent hours on Rocks&Monsters, btw, heheh. It was a Lemming-like addiction.
13 Jul 16, 22:50
Isegrim says:
Whew. :)
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E.E. says:
It's not all doom and gloom, Isegrim. You'll see.
10 Jul 16, 22:43
E.E. says:
Ugh. I hate soccer. They really need to get rid of all the cheating, but then there'd be nobody on the pitch.
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