Author's Notes:
Earl Sigma (The Happiness Patrol). Originally posted to AO3.

Earl's a wise man and a musician, and he knows it sometimes takes a while for a chord to resolve.

Earl made it home eventually—later than planned, but then he did have the tale of the Terra Alphan revolution to tell.

He didn’t make himself the hero when he told the story, so he got lots of questions about the other two outsiders. Agents provocateurs? Believers in system-wide revolution? Had they been seen elsewhere?

No, just wanderers with a conscience.

“Must have been something wrong with them,” quipped a colleague, and Earl told the man off for armchair diagnosing.

Many years later, he saw a patient with an impossible story: time travel, shape-changers, vanishing boxes.

Earl believed her immediately.