John and the Herodians - From the What a Strange Little Man Series (Chapter 1, page 2 of 3)

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Chapter 1

"How did your day go?" Mary asked as she handed me a glass of wine.

"Nothing out of the ordinary," I replied. I liked the wine of this century; she served it to me chilled.

"I was thinking about Paul today, and wondered what he would think about the world as it now exists," She said.

"He would more than likely think the whole population went absolutely stir crazy," I said.

The rest of the meal was spent in silence as we watched the news on the viewer. It was placed in the wall in our living room so we could see it from the kitchen. Both of us were engrossed by its technology. As we watched, a breaking story interrupted the usual flow of the news. It was a story about a scientist. We both put our forks down, and stared in excitement as the man of science from our dream was on the viewer.

"Citizens of the world," the news caster said, "This is Dr. Woody Tenny. He's an archeologist from the western hemisphere. He has just discovered what could be the most historical find of the millennium. A man cryogenically preserved from what looks like a time era long forgotten."

The newscaster moved a little closer to the man of science.

"Dr. Tenny, can you tell us who the man is and how old he might be?" he asked.

"I am afraid not. I will have to see if I can trace his clothing to a time era in the past, then we'll be able to tell more about him. I can tell you this much; he is very old," Dr. Tenny replied.

Mary and I looked at each other, placed our napkins on the table, and went for the videophone.

"See if they tell where Dr. Tenny will be, while I call the office," I instructed Mary.

I pressed the button that connected me directly to the office. My assistant's face was in full view.

"Bob, I won't be in tomorrow, and I may be out the rest of the week. Something incredible just came to our attention, and we must investigate," I said.

"I understand," Bob said, "I will hold the fort down while you are gone."

I didn't quite know what fort he was talking about; I'm still acclimating to the slang phrases of this language and didn't have time to inquire about it now. I turned my attention to Mary.

"Did they say where he is?" I asked Mary.

"Some place in the Colorado Territory. I believe that's in the western hemisphere. Will we need special passes to go?" Mary asked.

"I don't believe so, dear. Besides, I have some clients that live over in that area who would be glad to help me find Dr. Tenny," I replied.

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