By George A. Effinger
A long way into the long run, Hartstein's commencement current from his grandparents was once a superb trip.into the prior. He had an extended destiny within the doughnut to appear ahead to yet this journey was once the icing at the cake. It were decades considering the fact that that first scan in time go back and forth was once effectively pulled off, even though now not with no its flaws. Now, sooner or later, time go back and forth used to be a profitable vacationer undefined. however the time commute was once holding one little truth to itself: percentage by no means got here again. This cover-up used to be the paintings of the organization. The service provider knew what others didn't: that the prior wasn't quite the previous yet a sophisticated dynamic of person perceptions of what the earlier could have been. The prior isn't really genuine and truth turns into a mind set. whereas promoting their specific model of escapist leisure and holiday programs, the enterprise did not trouble to inform its consumers or the population mostly struggle was once occurring- a time battle. The organization was once spending its time in a neck and neck conflict with the transitority Underground. The battlefield used to be none except the space-time continuum, the guns time shifts and theoretical arithmetic. Hartstein had no thought what his journey will be or the place it'll take him.
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Enjoy myself,” muttered Hartstein darkly. “Thanks, everybody,” said Jotham. His broad smile seemed to have gone a little crooked under the influence of a few cups of wine. “Rabbi Eleazar wanted me to make a few announcements before I introduced our guest. First of all, there will be a charity bazaar next Sunday, at the home of Adaiah, my dear neighbor. Everyone is invited, of course, and if you want to help out I'm sure you'll be welcome; see Rabbi Eleazar or Adaiah about that. Second, please don't leave your wagons in the road outside the temple.
Hartstein continued to watch the men; he grew angrier and more frustrated. “It's Pamrah they're discussing,” he said. ” “But I can't just—” 48 The Bird of Time by George Alec Effinger Brannick put a strong hand on Hartstein's arm. “Yes, you can, soldier. You're going to learn my way or you're going to learn the hard way, so you may as well get used to the idea. Forget about Pamrah and ignore those men. They mean nothing to you. ” Hartstein directed his fury at the Agency man. ” he demanded. ’ I'm going to learn what?
Like hell,” thought Hartstein—and the sun was beating down into the courtyard, right onto Hartstein's cloth-covered head. The air was hot and sultry and still, and he felt as if he were suffocating. His cup of wine was empty and the jug had been passed far down the table, out of his reach. Hartstein was not enjoying himself. He stood up, paying no attention to the disdainful looks he drew from the family members sitting nearby, and crossed toward Pamrah, who had dispensed the 56 The Bird of Time by George Alec Effinger last of her fruit and was now waiting patiently for Asher to shut his mouth at last.