He had done all the calculations, built the machine by hand, and now it was ready for it’s first test. Not that it needed a test, he’d always been confident in his own brilliance, and had checked over and over every minute detail. He had set it so that when he entered into the time chamber he would travel back a mere ten seconds (a short quick test would not hurt for it’s trial run) into the past. All he had to do now was press the button to start it.
With an adrenalin fuelled thrust he reached out quickly stabbing the button downwards and as he did the machine kicked into life. He then rushed over to stand inside the glowing chamber. It took but a short time (around ten seconds) and as tears of happiness ran down his face he looked out of the glass chamber to the control panel but moments before he’d been stood at when suddenly a man appeared at them. The man (who of course he recognised) was looking down at the panel with an over-excited gleam in his eye as he made ready to press the button that would start the machine.
In that split second he realised his mistake, but before he could shout out STOP!, the light grew bright and he vanished, ten seconds into the past…………...
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