Rollins finished lighting his cigar. He shook out the match and laid it in the ashtray. “Harald Bluetooth?” he queried, looking down at the book lying on the edge of Elijah’s desk.
“Danish king, around 980 A.D.,” Elijah answered as he sat down behind his desk. “At the height of his power he ruled over most of Scandinavia. He converted all his subjects to Christianity.” He shot the director a glance.
“Peacefully, I’m sure,” retorted the Director, smiling ear-to-ear. He loved tweaking Elijah about things like this.
Elijah shrugged, unapologetically. “He’s just a hobby of mine,” he said. “Guys like that, the ones that were able to unite a bunch of tribes against all odds, they always interested me the most. I don’t know why.” He started typing something on his laptop. Rollins ignored him for the next few moments, puffing on his cigar to really get it going. After a few moments more, the dark clouds filling the small office, he looked back up across the desk at Elijah and chose his words carefully. “You know, Kim would have been really proud today.” Elijah’s head snapped up, a barely concealed look of pain on his face. Rollins continued, “It’s been over a year, man.” He shook his head slightly back and forth twice and paused for a moment. “I mean … I guess I just want to say that I’m proud of you too, buddy.”
Elijah glared at him evenly, his gaze showing no emotion at all. “I appreciate that, Jack. I really do.”
After a few more seconds of silence, Rollins stood up and walked around the desk to where Elijah was sitting. He reached out and put his hand on Elijah’s shoulder. “I know that you wish, more than the whole world, that she was here today to share this with you, to share this day. She believed in this project almost as much as you did.”
M.E. Bowling. First Epiphany of the Time Vandal (Kindle Locations 295-309). Kindle Edition.
The Observer Effect is this strange physics principle that says the act of observation alters the outcome when observing phenomenon. The same principle can be applied to people and animals to an extent. So what happens when a brilliant scientist discovers a way to travel through time so that history can be observed and recorded? Dr. Elijah Snow learns that time travel is far more complicated than the science that made it possible as he starts his journey toward becoming the Time Vandal. Continue reading “Book Review: First Epiphany of the Time Vandal”