Learning from the History of the Future

Four hundred years ago during the Ming Dynasty a lone man watches as an important Chinese leader is being entombed. Carefully he takes notes on the process learning all he can about the ceremony. He is only moments away from completing this somewhat simple mission when he is seen by a patrolling guard. Disgusted at his mistake he reaches for the ring on his left hand when a sword is abruptly shoved through him from behind. As he sinks to the ground his ring slips from his finger crashing to the stones beneath him, breaking and destroying all hopes of a return to his time. His untimely death is recorded only by the ring’s hour and minute hands which simply said: 10:06.

Chinese archaeologists have discovered this ring-watch in what is believed to be an undisturbed tomb. The only distinguishing marks are the time at which it stopped, and the fact that it has “Swiss” engraved on the back of it. It has experts puzzled but fortunately you get the chance to hear the real story of what happened in that tomb long ago, and I believe I can tell you who that mysterious man was.

He was quite obviously Ohyo. You see, in May I received a phone call from myself and at the time I really didn’t understand it. The thing is I understand now, I was calling myself to warn Ohyo not to become the time-traveling archaeologist that he is destined to be, or at the very least to stop him from going back to the Ming Dynasty. Now I know you may say, “how do you know it was Ohyo?” Well it’s simple really, it couldn’t possibly have been myself, or else I couldn’t have made the phone call. It wouldn’t be Dan because he’s an IT Extraordinaire, so that leaves Ohyo as the only possible candidate. The only question left that remains unanswered is why I only called myself once. I think it’s safe to say that I went back in time to help him, and if that’s the case who knows what happened to me.

I’ll keep you posted as to any updates to this story and whether or not there are some clues to what may have happened to me in the future in the past.

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