Year 12
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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.
Chapters...
The curious tale of Colin Campbell
Part One - How did it come to this?, Chapter 1, Earlier that day
Chapter 2, Earlier still
Chapter 3, Making a withdrawal
Chapter 4, August 18th, 2362
Chapter 5, Angel of Death
Chapter 6, Welcome to 2016.
Chapter 7, Denmark, July 2358
Chapter 8, After the crash
Chapter 9, Music of the Spheres
Chapter 10, Denmark, July 2358
Chapter 11, Harbinger FM
Chapter 12, Denmark, July 2358
Chapter 13, Excuses and lies
Part Two - So here we are, Chapter 14
Chapter 15, Quite a ride
Chapter 16, Talking the talk
Chapter 17, Leisurely pursuit
Chapter 18, Dinner Date with Destiny
Chapter 19, Chips with everything
Chapter 20, Harbinger
Chapter 21, Time to leave
Chapter 22, Manchester
Chapter 23, Colin's House
Chapter 24, On the road
Chapter 25, Chateau Harbinger
Chapter 26, Showdown
Epilogue, Debriefing
1 Oct 17, 09:02
E.E. says:
Another chapter up. More coming tomorrow.
29 Sep 17, 09:41
E.E. says:
Okay, here we go, something new: crossover fiction.
28 Sep 17, 07:42
E.E. says:
Ugh. Forced to update Skype to include the latest rubbishy unwanted nonsense.
19 Sep 17, 13:07
E.E. says:
Funny thing: while assembling his StormWolf model, Isegrim somehow managed to put one of the parts in his mouth and chew it up.
4 Sep 17, 07:16
E.E. says:
Thanks, Mike. I'll be posting up something soon.
13 Aug 17, 16:50
MikeL says:
So what i am saying is, you just do what you want, :) --- a supportive reader.
13 Aug 17, 16:50
MikeL says:
At the same time, Whateley websites are always being plagued by people who are rude and crude and uncomplimentary and even abusive of the authors. Famously, it is said that this is why Diane Castle left. And her stuff was awesome!
13 Aug 17, 16:48
MikeL says:
TY 4 your post. Don't feel bad about "Dawn". I bet DaVinci had a bunch of paintings in his attic he didn't try to sell because he thought they weren't up to snuff.
16 Jul 17, 17:26
E.E. says:
I'm still alive! The Dawn story got some bad feedback on the Whateley forum, so Ive backpedalled a bit. Working on something new.
3 Jul 17, 22:34
MikeL says:
Just want you to know i still think about you, about the characters in Verity's Ark, and hope things are going well for you.
21 May 17, 06:27
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19 May 17, 13:28
MikeL says:
i should have said "hopefully in favor of nice real life stuff you like". <3 :)
19 May 17, 13:26
MikeL says:
I'm checking for updates/new chapters on Dawn. I know that you are winding down your web stuff hopefully in favor of real life. Lots of thanks and compliments and love.
2 May 17, 18:45
MikeL says:
Just wanted to say thank you for everything :)
20 Apr 17, 17:12
MikeL says:
I found more of Dawn on the Whateley site and enjoyed reading it very much :) ty!!
20 Apr 17, 02:02
MikeL says:
Read the first chapter of Dawn and the only criticism is it was too short! I was done reading it too soon. More, please. :) Most enjoyable!
5 Apr 17, 21:45
MikeL says:
You know how much I like the Whateley universe and how much i like your writing so "Dawn" is going to be, i am sure, the greatest mixture of two good things since peanut butter and jelly. Will be following it intently. :)
2 Apr 17, 16:58
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1 Apr 17, 23:11
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11 Mar 17, 15:58
MikeL says:
And thank you. I feel honored that you give me clues and name me. :)
11 Mar 17, 15:55
MikeL says:
no more Verity's Ark. All good things must come to an end and V.A. was THE BEST!!!! Congrats on your writing. :) Love you.
6 Mar 17, 07:58
E.E. says:
And that's the end of my NaNoWriMo story.
11 Feb 17, 10:14
E.E. says:
Progress is good on the new story, but I don't want to give away too much. A clue for MikeL, though: the working title is 'Dawn'
9 Feb 17, 20:33
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1 Feb 17, 22:15
E.E. says:
Starting work today on a new story. More details will follow...
30 Jan 17, 01:19
MikeL says:
It has been a while since i visited this site and i just reread some of my old comments and i just want to apologize for being a bit of a nag. I won't bring up that story again. :(
30 Jan 17, 01:17
MikeL says:
Looking at the latest cartoon (featuring Miki) and marveling at the incredibly prolific writing, it makes me a little sad that we never got to read the ending of "Revenge of the Sunbeam." But it is nice that we get to read more EE stuff.
30 Jan 17, 01:12
MikeL says:
TY, Ise. I know that EE is a great writer. A belated Happy new year to all! :)
7 Jan 17, 01:39
Isegrim says:
Have read the story, can recommend. It gets even better :)
6 Jan 17, 19:56
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