“So why would Nostradamus be so interested in where humankind started,” Jackie wondered.
“Scientific curiosity?” Steve suggested.
One of the Lumbras spoke. “No, he wishes to prevent humankind from populating the planet. I believe he intends to kill the earliest
“Oh, my god!” cried Jackie. “Didn’t you try to stop him? Can he do that?”
Another Lumbra joined. “It might be possible, but obviously he did not succeed.”
“Not in this universe,” added a third.
“This universe … ?” Jackie was bewildered.
“I’ll explain it later,” said Steve. “Maybe we have to go stop him. Maybe that’s why he will not have succeeded.”
“Yes,” Jackie agreed. “We must definitely stop him from killing the first humans.”
“AMNOZ, are you ready? Can we load those coordinates?”
“I will set your coordinates.” AMNOZ spoke matter-of-factly. “But I will remain here. I have little to contribute to your encounter with
Nostradamus, and there’s so much to learn here.”
“Really?” Jackie said. “We’ll miss you!”
Another Lumbra filled in. “You can return one yoctosecond from now.”
“That’s true!” Steve realized. “In fact, we can leave tomorrow. Or next week. Or in 10 years.”
Jackie was impatient. “Let’s get this over with.”
But Steve’s finger was already on the button. The next moment was two million years earlier.