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“Hello Jim, John Smith here.”

“That was a nice trick, destroying my evidence, John.”

“Ya, sorry about that!”

“Look, Jim, you sound like a decent guy and I am a little over my head here. So, I’m going to stick my head out a little further and let you in on my little secret. Are you alone?”

“Yes, I’m home.”

“Okay, I’ll be right there!”

“Well, I haven’t given you my address yet.”

“No need for that Jim.”

Suddenly, before Jim has time to put his phone down, there’s a knock at the door.
“Just a second John, someone is at my door”.

Jim opens the door and stands in amazement at the sight of John Smith.
“I guess I’m not as surprised as I should be.”

“Sorry again Jim. Never was so surreptitious, well, not until just a few days ago. Maybe you should sit down and I’ll try to explain everything.”

“You already have an idea about what’s going on and quite frankly, Jim, my plans are to go public with this, so I’m giving you the exclusive right here and now, just as I promised. The only requirement though is, you give me your word that I remain anonymous.”

“Okay, you have my word.”

John explained (almost) everything right from the beginning and also introduced him to Adju. Jim finally broke the silence.

“Wow! I’m a reporter; I’m suppose to always have something to say. But I’m speechless.”

“Yes, it does leave anyone speechless, but I haven’t told you the best part.”

“There’s more, and it’s better,” replied Jim?

“I left out the part that explains how I disappear and reappear at will.”

“Do you see this bracelet? No, of course, you don’t. I’m going to place something on your wrist.”

Jim, just as everyone, felt the astonishment of weightlessness and euphoria. John continued showing him all the wonders that he had experienced.

Hours later…

“This is a lot to take in Jim, and keep in mind that you now have, not only this amazing bracelet that allows you to go anywhere, live maybe forever, without food or water, visit and solve the mysteries of the past, but you can make copies and give them to whomever you want. And they can make copies, and so on, and so on.”

“All mankind can be free from hunger and thirst and tyranny.”

“Now you have your story?”

“Not so sure a story is that important anymore!” clamored Jim.

“Yes,” replied John, “I agree, and I need a little time to put this all in perspective and prepare for the onslaught, I feel is coming.”

Dale Craig

Author, Craig Company