Chapter 17 - Nova Robin

"You know we can't do that!" Captain Mortimer yelled at me.

I yelled back, "Why not?! The terrorists get to use time travel to do whatever they want. Meanwhile, innocent people are dying because we can't use time travel to do anything!"

Captain Mortimer looked at me, "James, I know you're upset, but you're not thinking about this rationally. Let's go down to the armoury, take care of what we have to do, then you can go home and get some rest. We'll catch them, James. I promise you, no matter how long it takes, we'll get them."

I looked at the captain. He was probably right, I could use some rest.

"Alright," I said.

We headed down to the armoury.

The guard opened the door, and Captain Mortimer and I walked in to place my badge and equipment with the others.

I took off my badge and placed it on the shelf. Recalling my wife, I said, "You know, Judy was the one who asked me out on a date first."

"I see," Captain Mortimer said as I placed the handcuffs in a box.

"Yeah, she was blushing a lot. I still remember how nervous she was," I said as I took off my time travel device.

"Where did you two go?"

I opened the box for time travel devices and said, "We went to a restaurant called..."

What was that restaurant called? Weird, I could usually recall it pretty easily, since it's one of our favourite places to go. Wait..., what was Judy's maiden name? How old was Stephanie again?

Why can't I remember? There's no way that I could have forgotten...

Unless..., no...

The paradox.

I shouldn't know anything about Judy, because she was killed before I met her. The paradox is making me forget her.

"James?" Captain Mortimer walked towards me.

I looked at the box full of time travel devices.

"James? You okay?" Captain Mortimer took another step towards me.

I kicked him in the chest, sending him crashing into another shelf.

Quickly, I grabbed five time travel devices, putting one on my wrist and stuffing four into my pockets.

I ran towards the door.

A guard started to say, "Hey, what happened, guys? I heard a-"

I pushed the guard out of the way.

Time travel. All of this happened because of time travel.

The terrorists and the criminals do whatever they want to the timeline. People get wiped from existence. What was right becomes wrong.

Time travel. It shouldn't exist.

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