The Long Shadow

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  • Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, General, Hurt/Comfort, Introspection, Missing Scene, Mixed, Series

Cardinal Bless had never been the sort to follow scientific developments. There were those in his troop who were brilliant theorists, always bent on expanding his mind. But he’d always told them his mind had been expanded enough by the Lord: he knew what they thought of that, although they would never say.

But still. Time travel! It seemed a forgotten dream. When Bless was an infant, his grandfather had told him of the first baboon in time, who’d delivered pictures of the future to a thrilled audience glued to their screens. Back then, they’d assumed baboons of Bless’s generation would flit through time as routinely as they went to the shops, just as everyone had done in the future they'd seen in the pictures.

But that future had never arrived. Scientists whispered that something had gone wrong with history, and the public slowly lost interest in the idea of traveling through it. They still imagined baboons would, of course, some day in the distant future. But those baboons would not be them, and that day was far from now.

The time machine Bless was in now wasn't so different to the ones from his grandfather’s day. It was huge and full of strange devices, which blared and screeched as the craft roared far from its present. This was the furthest into the past a baboon had ever gone, but Bless didn't feel like a pioneer as the planet of his ancestors swelled below him. He felt lost and far from God, and small against the enormous vastness of time.

The giant ship fell from the cool night sky.

Behind it, a hail of shadows smashed their way into the world.