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“Are your calculations correct?”
“Well, it was Professor Kroll’s predictions. He calculated six complete cycles. Of course, he didn’t base it on the real facts that we know. He only had the electro-magnetic and gravitational data combined with some historic events.” Alice paused and winked. “I base my calculations on our travels and what we’ve learned. Take all that into consideration and we know that your return just opened up the last cycle.”
“So if someone goes through the portal and ends up back in 1886, they won’t be able to come back?” Bette asked pensively.
Bette was about to say something else when the noise in the hallway interrupted her thoughts.
When Tina opened her eyes again, she was alone in her bed and, if not for a faint remains of Bette’s scent in the air, she thought it might’ve been a dream. Tina raised herself on her elbows and looked around. Everything seemed normal but at the same time the air around felt different. Tina couldn’t explain the sensation but it was very uncanny. Quick glance at the clock revealed that it was almost eight am.
Tina threw back the sheet and only then noticed that she was wearing nothing but her panties. On the chair next to her bed she found her shirt and jeans she was wearing last night…but no bra. Tina quickly put her clothes on and tiptoed to the kitchen where she could hear indistinct noises but couldn’t make out the words.
The idyllic picture in the kitchen was almost too good to be true. Alice and Bette were sitting at the table, drinking coffee and talking quietly like it was the old times. Like it was nothing unusual and Bette didn’t just came back from another century where she spent three months that were so agonizing and painful for Tina. It was surreal. Tina’s eyes filled with tears and she tried to speak but the words failed her.
Alice and Bette stopped talking as soon as they saw her standing outside the door.
“Tina…” Bette whispered and smiled. She was half way up her chair when Tina suddenly turned pale as if she’d seen another ghost. She dropped on a floor like a log without making a sound.