One learns to be patient, after a time — no pun intended — toiling in the lower ranks of the Time Bureau. I was not blessed with a patient mind, nor with an altogether forgiving nature, as many an ex of mine can confirm, but I do toil, most loyally. I recall when my moment of opportunity arrived, and it did not arrive alone…

“Researcher Second Class… Ellis, am I right?” The voice startled me just a bit, not so much that I would visibly show its effect on me, as I walked across the quadrangle towards my assigned office in the Bureau’s Zurich campus. Not a stranger’s voice, to be sure. This was a most…