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Leonid Karliskov was an industrial spy working for the Russian government. He was assigned to infiltrate a Japanese company called Nakamura Technologies, Inc. from their Michigan test labs. Karliskov was immediately hired at the company with his superb (forged) references and his affinity for detail. As an inspector, he got to go around everywhere and see if everything and everyone was working fine. Coupled with his photographic memory, this enabled him to essentially keep entire blueprints and documents in his head, ready to reproduce and ship off to Russia every other week.
However, one day, a security door that had previously been impervious to his all-access pass had been left ajar by a dropped pen in the right place. Curious about this room, Leonid cracked the metal door open and swiftly stepped inside before anyone was the wiser.
What Leonid found inside was a group of people standing around a ten-foot tall glass window that looked into an adjacent room. He crouched behind an old receptionist counter and peered over it as inconspicuously as possible.
Over an intercom, he heard a voice: "TEST FOURTY-TWO. JET FLOW: ONE MILLILITER PER SECOND. SUPERPOSITION: PAST AND PRESENT." Through an imperceptibly small hole in the wall of the test chamber, Leonid saw a stream of what looked like water come out. Gravity started pulling it back down, then suddenly... it vanished. It kept flowing, but all the water looked like it just disappeared once it hit a certain point in its small arc. Leonid didn't know what to make of it.
Suddenly, the stream stopped. The scientists who had been watching the water intently now shifted their focus to a puddle on the floor. Two hazmat suit-wearing people walked through a steel-plated door inside the test chamber and used an eyedropper to pick up a sample of the puddle, taking it back with them to the other side of the door. A few seconds later, a buzzer was heard and a green light came on over a door to the left of the chamber. The scientists went through that door and closed it behind them.
Whatever the liquid was, Leonid desperately wanted a sample.
Using a lockpick, he easily opened another door on the rightmost wall. He quietly closed it behind him, then took out a flashlight from his belt and clicked it on.
He found what he was looking for: a pipe running to the jet in the demonstration room. Leonid just unbolted the section of pipe closest to the machine, hoping to take a small sample.
The 'magic' water spewed out of the pipe, covering him. An alarm started ringing, which Leonid knew would quickly summon armed guards to the room. He frantically looked for an escape route.
The only other exit in the room was a window, and he was on the fourth story of the building.
He knew what he had to do.
Leonid took a deep breath, then ran straight for the window, breaking it easily with his shoulder on impact. He got cut in the process, but he couldn't feel anything anymore. He opened his eyes and, as if in slow motion, he watched the broken window through which he'd just crashed fall away from him.
Leonid was going to die for his country. And he couldn't feel prouder for doing so. He smiled for the first time in ages, almost closing his eyes.
Suddenly, Leonid saw the pieces of the broken window stop in place, then, even more incredibly, to slowly move upward. He saw an image of himself flying backwards through a window that was fixing itself as he watched. He blinked.
"What on God's green earth...?"
Even stranger things began to happen.
The sun in the sky started going from west to east, slowly at first and gradually getting faster. Day turned to morning turned to night, over and over again, as he fell slowly to the ground.
He saw extremely short glimpses of furniture and equipment being brought out of the building, and then the building itself was being dismantled, piece by piece by construction workers busy at their jobs. Bulldozers returned flattened land to a gentle, barren hillside filled with pockmarks, industrial lawnmowers gave the land grass, and trees were very suddenly put back up by men with chainsaws removing cuts in the wood. The asphalt road that led up to the factory was pulled up piece by piece until only grass was left, and trees were replaced along that path too. Very suddenly, there was no more sign of human activity.
Leonid was very close to the ground now, turning around and trying to change his trajectory to land in a shrinking bush. And he was successful.
The moment he touched the bush, he fell normally once again with all the force of falling out of a four story window. He heard the bush give way beneath him and he landed on the ground with a large crack.
He yelled extremely loudly, both in surprise and in pain. Three men inspecting the land nearby as a possible site for a future building found him and rushed him to the ER. Almost driven insane by the surreal images he had been presented during his fall and twenty bones having been broken in his body from the physical effects of the same, it took months before Leonid was able to think with a mind clear of pain or confusion. He'd lost a few teeth in the fall as well, though one front tooth had survived.
At the hospital, they told him the date every time he asked, and he could never make sense of what they were telling him. They kept saying that it was the middle of June two years before his jumping out a window. The doctors penned this 'temporal incongruity’ down as mental trauma from the concussion he received from the fall, but Leonid knew the truth.
He had, as asinine as it sounded, become the world’s first time traveler.

About the Author: 
Diego Alcoz is a guy who programs video games for a hobby, but also dabbles in writing every so often. Time travel has always been a favorite subject.

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