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Prodigal Sun By Christina Engela Characters: 4697

Updated: 2018-07-23 19:01


After having sampled the coffees at the canteen of the TSA, regular ground seemed a little boring to Gary, but after catching up over a cup, relaxing in the lounge, the three moved on to the reason for Scrooby's visit.

"Mei." He said, looking her in the eye for a moment. "I'm sorry we didn't get the chance to meet face to face sooner – but the kind of work I do doesn't allow much room for socializing in the time-stream!"

He seemed like a good person, Mei decided.

"That's alright, Johnathan!" Mei smiled back at him.

"I'm not here just for a visit – but I'm sure you've already guessed that, right?"

"Yup!" Gary nodded, winking at Mei. "There's always a catch, right buddy?"

"You don't know how right you are about that!" Scrooby grinned, thinking between the timelines.

"Okay, what do you need?" Gary replied. "Where are we off to this time? Or when?"

"See?" Scrooby smiled at Mei. "He catches on fast!"

After a brief round of chuckles, Scrooby turned serious.

"Deanna's in trouble." He explained. "Something really bad is about to happen there, something really, really nasty!"

"Worse than usual?" Gary jibed.

"I'm afraid so."

"Worse than Brad Xyl?" Gary queried, raising an eyebrow.

"Oh yes, much!" Scrooby nodded. "Yup. Actually, you have no idea!"

"Because that was pretty bad – I had a headache and sore ribs for weeks!"

"Yes, and you were killed and

op two candles toppled and rolled across the table.

"You can't remove – I mean, stop event 'B', because then event 'C' wouldn't happen?" Mei surmised. "And what's going to happen on Deanna is…event 'B'?"

"Exactly! This thing that's happening is something I can't stop – as much as I'd like to! But that doesn't mean that I can't try to help as much as I can!"

"Wow!" Gary sighed, proudly giving Mei a look of admiration. "All I got out of that was if you pull the middle candle out, the top one comes down too!"

Seeing the disparaging look from his friend, Gary quickly said: "Kidding! Just kidding! I got it first time! So – er, what do you want us to do?"

Scrooby produced a small device from his jacket pocket that reminded Gary of a TV remote. He recognized it of course – it was how Scrooby got around in time – and sometimes dragged Gary Beck along with him. Realization dawned.

"Oh no!" He breathed. "Not aga-"

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