Short Stories

Unexpected Outcomes

I should not have pushed the lavender button.  At least not while I stood on the platform.  
The 3 probes I sent through earlier never returned any telemetry.  The only way I could determine what happened was to do a spectral analysis while the field built up.  The only way I could do that was to stand on the platform.
I set the timer for two minutes.  It would take one-and-a-half minutes to take the readings.  It never occurred to me that time dilated in the field.  That never showed up in the math.  
I remember a flash.  I woke up to an official slapping me back into consciousness. 
I was on another planet in a primitive time.  
The official asked me my name.  
I looked at him and said, “I am Houdini.”

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