The Hunt for Mr. Silver

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The train rips into Center Station in Los Angeles as I touch the revolver resting inside my jacket.  The sound of the magnets are a barely audible hum of force.  Traveling at speeds of 4,000 mph, it still boggles my mind there’s no sound to boil the ear drums out of your head.
I live in New England and made it to L.A. in thirty minutes.  This morning I work in the City of Angels.  I’m a hunter.
The fugitive is a suspected thief of a new technology; “technology” is hardly the word.  As a famous quantum physicist once said, “This new venture is a meta-machine of the mind to reach and measure the unlimited universe inside and outside.”
Einstein had theories about time travel.  Even perceivable evidence that held potential.
It has been a growing rumor in the Global Scientific Community (G.S.C.) that within a decade or less, the super powers of the world will have developed a primitive but functional method for time travel.  As you can imagine, this has caused some uproar. 
History itself is close to the scrutiny we’ve always wanted to give.  The possibility to witness key events in our past first hand, could rest any religious fraud and the like.  Needless to say, this has started a panic amongst people holding onto truths that may not exist in the way they knew. 
The G.S.C. argues if anyone leaves this plane of existence to go to another time, it will be impossible to affect this plane, because we are all existing consciously within it.  Were an assailant to try and manipulate part of the past to affect our future, the G.S.C. says they will simply be manipulating another version of our reality.  That’s my understanding of it anyways, hard to tell.  Always seems to me, the more questions we find answers to, the more questions pop up.
Far as I see, no good will come of it.  But I don’t get paid for my opinions.
***
Train 287A whooshes to its destination in blaze of near silence, a heavy wave of momentum is felt more than it is heard. Train 287B lags a minute behind. 
The catwalk is cold.  The only warmth comes from the thought of my loaded gun.  “Last resort,” I think to myself as 287A docks and locks.
All I have is a description. The phone call eight hours ago, “The briefcase is a decoy, its silver, the tech is implanted behind his left eye - 5’9’’ –ish.  Very fit.  Eyes will be different colors.”  That was it. 
I see the side hatch puff its release on Train 287A, the left side of the catwalk, and two attendants file out ready for passengers to exit.
I touch my revolver again and recall a particular hunt where I took fire from an assailant (who I later captured) in the instant she stepped off the train, using an attendant as a human shield.  This time would be different though, as it always is.
Exiting my daydream I see two families emerge first.  Vacation.  The robotic voice of the train system blares its warnings and safety tips as the magnets on the right side of the catwalk come alive in a deep orange glow, whirring to life, awaiting 287B.
The crowd becoming a horde I see strollers, mothers, businessmen, laborers, transvestites, an off duty policeman, an obese handicapped man; the whole class system, all taking the same quick trip.  In fact, this quick trip gave me a job, and keeps it. 
I glance to the right as the second train also filtering out passengers now, and see a man by himself with a brown briefcase.  I feel as though I know him, but this happens when the whole population travels so fast around the country.  We call episodes like this, “having a One-Familiar.”
I’m infected with visual stimuli, person after person, from one corner of the globe or the other, all rushing out.
There.  I see him.  Silver briefcase - 5’9’’ and silver hair. Silver sunglasses, aviators.  He’s coming from train 287A.
There.  I see him again.  Silver briefcase - 5’9’’ also silver hair.  Silver sunglasses, aviators.  He’s coming from train 287B.
He is both, one on my left, and one on my right.  The future of time travel and its safe execution is in my hands and at the moment I’m seeing double. 
The catwalk is cold.  The horde moves through me as I pan my eyes on Mr. Silver from train 287A and Mr. Silver from train 287B.
I shuffle to my left and to my right, never in a straight line keeping my eyes on both men.  The same man.
Up the stairs I go, between a group of four transvestites with alien headdresses of metal and colored plastic; they’re arguing with a street performer about the latest weather pattern conspiracy. 
I can only hope the fugitives are too nervous to notice me, the only person facing them as I bound backwards up the stairs, continuing my shuffle.
The fugitive from train 287B takes off his silver aviators and scratches his left eye.  He looks tired, on drugs maybe.
No.
I go from a million places to one in less than a second’s time.  Mr. Silver number two from train 287B.  Mine.
At the top of the steps now I turn my back to them and walk so slow my head screams.  The blood is flowing and I see what must be done.  Hold him at gunpoint as a common thief looking for a score from a swanky gentleman with a silver briefcase.  Get him into an alley and pop his left eye from his head the instant we’re alone, retrieve the meta-tech and call for the cleanup crew.  I’ll be at White House Alpha in fifteen.
I stand in front of Mr. Silver from train 287B at a safe distance and hope I have chosen the right man.  Hoping does me no good.  Only action can alter reality, I believe.

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