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Pluperfect Hi, my name is Legerdemain. Leger for short. and I’ll be your narrator for this silly exercise. I’m a worm borne from genetic experiments conducted by people with serious self esteem issues, this explains my ability to converse and appreciate irony. Not only was I endowed with the ability to observe and report, but i was created to be able move about quantum fields. what does that mean? Well for one, if one were to try to observe me I would no longer exist. This makes holding a conversation, well, difficult. The next logical question is; if that were the case how would you be aware of what I was telling you? Ha, to understand that we have to start at the beginning. Just remember, however this story unfolds, folds-up, stays the same, or does all three, it happened. Let’s see how far down the rabbit hole we can go. The shaman wandered out of the desert. He was only clad with a Hopi indian blanket, his salt and pepper colored hair seemed to float on the waves of dusty wind.The shimmering from the Heat radiating from the sand gave the mirage like image a surreal tension. The authorities found him and took him to the hospital. There they found his only possession besides his blanket was a simple key. After a DNA background check it was determined that he was in fact, one of the world’s most prominent physicists. Most thought he had abandoned physics to pursue spirituality. They were wrong. The hospital determined that Kevin’s “vision quest”, had taken it’s toll; His organs were in the process of failing. And with that sent him home, there was nothing more they could do for him. Once he got home his attendants whose only concern was comfort and care, and almost did’nt grant one last interview. But it was his idea, and he knew he still had some unfinished business to attend to. The physicist, Oli, walked into kevin’s room. He was shocked at how emaciated he looked. The number of tubes and machines was disquieting. “I have’nt seen you in a while. You’ve looked better.” said Oli. “Oh yes, now I remember why I disowned you. I’m guessing you’ve come to ask about my work, and not wish me a fond farewell."replied Kevin. “Let’s not degenerate into something ugly, I would like to ask some questions and be on my way.” Oli offered. “I as well.” sighed Kevin. “I’ve picked up all the bits and pieces you’ve worked on the last few years, and drawn each of them to there logical conclusions. I finally figured the metapattern that they fit into. The one thing don’t understand is how you came to the conclusion for each point?"Oli asked. Kevin thought about it for a minute,"Simple, spirituality has to be factored into any equation. They won’t work unless you have “the other half of the sky.”“ Analogies and thought experiments are great,...” Kevin cut off Oli,"They are not analogies, but simple truths. The other factor is realizing that time can run backward through the problem.” “Are you still on that kick about future events effecting the past?” said Oli. “Ha, I’ve proven it. Or will prove it. It’s the same."Lamented Kevin. “That segues nicely into my question. You said you “put it all Together,”, what does that mean."asked Kevin. “If you take all the pieces of your work and assemble them in the right order, you can make a time machine. Among other things."Oli replied. “I was afraid of that. I implore you to stop your work. destroy it, maybe in a hundred years when the math is reinvented people will have become smart enough to use it. Once Pandora’s box is open, not only will we not know what will flow out, we won’t have a clue how to handle it or everything else that follows."pleaded Kevin. “I’ve already built it. “ Oli said. “You do realize to do that you have manipulate those forces that govern physics. I’m not talking about playing with gravity, for example. I’m talking about that which allows gravity to manifest itself in the first place. That’s flying in the face of a higher power, and that’s what I mean about incorporating spirituality into the equation."said Kevin. “I guess no matter what I say, you’re going to follow through with your plans."said Kevin. “Of course, I know what I built works."said Oli. “I do too. All I ask is you take this key with you."Kevin said sadly. Oli looked at the key strangely and put it in his pocket. Without a word he walked out the door. “Do you think that thing will work?” asked one of the attendants. “Oh yes, it’s a shame fools are so ingenious.” It’s me, Leger again. I bet you were wondering why I introduced myself in the begining. Because I can waft between different planes of existence I’m the only one who can tell the rest of the story. Oli climbed into his time machine and started the process of firing it up. At first it started collecting and consuming energy nearby, and then gradually drew from sources further out and more powerful, from latent energy in the planet to stars nearby. As it pulled in more energy it needed more to bend time, energy, space. A washing away of paint of a picture to get at the canvass. His father didn’t feel anything but slight shudder; As time slowed down a second could last a million years, but his father wouldn’t know because from his perspective time would remain constant. All matter/energy time on Oli’s end was condensed into a single point. Boom. I think you know the rest. Oh, and as for me. Only recently will I find out that there are two quantum worms in existence. But that’s another story. Ta.

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