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The time tourists cut through a flock of sheep grazing in a field where the herd of cars used to -- or would be in the commuter rail parking lot by the pristine mansion. The unannounced pair introduced themselves to the futurist while presenting the engineering drawing of the breakthrough machine they serendipitously found in the atlas.

Sharply dressed in disco king white, the bespectacled architect of space and time recognized his revolutionary design with a wink. "Annus mirabilis! Because of course you found it. Thanks for returning this again, and sorry you two heirs of tomorrow did not get that comic book. Guess it just wasn't your lucky day." The children exchanged a look. "Too soon? Ever wonder how many chances for a first impression you get?" the innovative handyman asked with a soothing gravity.

The ideator put the piece of paper on the curling flames of a burning log in the fireplace as he explained how crossing between times is like magic. College walked to the oblique bookcase-lined study to find the atlas. Zaman flipped through the pages almost quicker than the eye could perceive until the same paper appeared. The ageless engineer continued to say that the latest iteration of his invention was a pocket watch, but they would go old school with the happy accident to get Romi Rae and Kashton back.

They stepped onto the veranda by the butterfly wind chimes which hung above the spot to commemorate where nearly two decades from this date the inventor's now infant daughter would accept a proposal from her beloved. The groundbreaking technologist reached down to scratch the back of Tubby, a three-legged Cocker Spaniel (believed the only casualty of Tacoma's Narrows Bridge collapse in 1940, but Zaman being Zaman knowing things were stupid before he was here and will be stupid after he's gone swooped in at the last second to snatch the pooch from the soup when "Galloping Gertie" fell) while he called to his wife as though there were no special hurry, "Love, back in a tick."

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