My compliments on an exquisite bit of writing. A wonderful description of an interesting event..."made more interesting in the telling". The pacing and excellent choice of words made this come to life which, by my perception, is essential to good work. You were right not to leave this scenario to fade into the dark...Bravo!
I read The Tent first, which set the bar fairly high in my mind. Timeline is an excellent premise but the story is compromised due to the over use of "Candidate". Replacing that proper noun in places with the appropriate pronoun and using compound sentences as a way to reduce the repetition will make for a better read. Telling the story from an inquiring perspective is a really neat touch that just needs a little "tweaking".