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Chapter 16
“We need to get started.” Edgar Lively strode into the room, faster than anyone had remembered seeing him
“Professor Lively, I have pulled the records on the late Heroic Era just like you asked. I feel like an
underclassman looking for a subject for a research paper. What are we looking for?” Tracy was a little put
out about this Saturday morning meeting that Professor Lively had called.
Professor Lively turned his distinguished- looking head to survey the room. Besides Tracy the senior
archivist, there was Betsy Neuman and Luke Tyndall. Professor Lively looked at the young man. “I
remember you from my History of the Heroic Era class. You got an A-triple-plus.”
Betsy spoke up. “You said to pick out a student who had rece ntly studied the Heroic Era. Luke is the best of
the current crop.”
“Yes ma'am. Thank you ma'am. It's an honor just to be here.” Luke seemed uncomfortable being the center
of attention.
Professor Lively turned to the business at hand. “You are to examine at the historical transcripts and look for
any differences between that and what you learned in class.
Now Tracy was really put out. “Professor Lively, I think all of us remember what you taught us.”
“O f course you do.” The distinguished historian replied kindly. “I want to see if the records have changed.”
Luke was outraged. “You mean somebody has been sneaking in here and changing things? That's a crime!”
“We have sent a group of men into the past. They are doing things back there. I am scared to death that they
will change something that will affect the future. Meaning our present.”
Betsy spoke up. “If the historical records have changed because they have changed the past, would not our
memories of what we learned in history class also be changed? This is complicated. I'm getting a headache
That last statement got a chuckle from the group. Professor Lively did have an answer.
“You need to look at the cross-spatial temporial vectors. Your memories of my class would be affected only
if the temporial disruption was on a vector which was statistically significant with reference to the q and
alpha variables. So you would remember one thing and the records would say another.”
There were no further questions. Luke hoped that was not going to be on a test. But Professor Lively had
further instructions.
“Betsy and Luke, start looking at the primary records. Tracy, come with me.”
Professor Lively led Tracy to the back of the archives where there was a huge vault. The door was stainless
steel and enormous. Word was that it took four people to open it, two of whom had to be current Trustees.
Edgar Lively walked up and opened it with one hand.
Tracy hesitated to follow him inside. “Come on” He said impatiently. “We don't have all week.”
Inside were shelves holding boxes. Professor Lively picked a large box and put it on the table in the middle
of the room.
Tracy reached into the box and pulled out an oversize volume, bound in leather and antique wood. The pages
were of some kind of soft leather. She looked at the first page.