Neither Gabrielle nor Adam moved or said anything.
“It’s the retro-obluctation … ” Matthew began.
“We know very well what it is. What I’m wondering is how you found out about it.” Adam interrupted.
“I’m not sure, but I think I got caught up in it when I was allowed entry into your site. The connection between the two seems quite obvious. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think your site even exists yet.” Matthew looked in turn at Adam and then at Gabrielle.
“What makes you think that?” Gabrielle asked.
“Well if it did there would be some kind of trace of it, like I said, but if it was set up in the future, somehow hypothetically of course, then it wouldn’t have a trace in our time, but if the Rose is unstable and allowed a slippage then it may have been her for a moment, which is when I accessed it before it disappeared back into the future.” Matthew allowed himself a smile. he as sure he had worked out what had happened.
“Just supposing that is true, no matter how impossible it sounds, what possible consequence could it have for any of us?” Gabrielle asked. Adam was content to sit this one out for the time being. He may be the Guardian of Time, but he still didn’t get all the technical stuff.
“It could be the end of us all.” Matthew stated simply. “But I don’t believe that you are going to let that happen, which is why you set up your website at least a hundred years from now.”
“All sounds pretty fanciful to me,” Adam stated picking up his cup and leaning back. “Sounds like some kind of Dr Who story.”
“It sure does, Mr Finch, but we all know this is reality. I have no idea who either of you are or why you are involved in this but I believe I have been dragged into this for a reason, although for the life of me I don’t know what the connection to me is.” Although Matthew was excited that he had almost certainly worked out what had happened, or was happening, he was also worried about what he was getting himself into.
“Please call me Adam. Mr Finch sound so formal,” Adam said. He nodded at Gabrielle, who stood up and moved around the table slightly towards Matthew.
Matthew started to stand but Gabrielle touched his shoulder and with a little pressure gently forced him to sit again. Matthew looked up and over his shoulder at Gabrielle and for a moment could have sworn he had seen some kind of strange light surrounding him. “What…?” he started to ask.
“Matthew, we mean you no ill, but we must find out what you really know and how you are connected to all of this. You have some of the facts right, but not all. I am certain you have been dragged into this, as you say, for a reason, and if you’ll permit me I am going to see if I can ascertain what that reason is. Please relax this really is nothing. I am simply going to connect with you deeply.” Having finished his short speech Gabrielle laid his other hand on Matthew’s other shoulder. For Matthew the sensation of falling was so strong he put out his hands as a bright light enveloped him and his senses closed down.