Oh, yes, I know that tunnel,” said Margot. “It’s been at least thirty five years since I’ve been there, but I am pretty sure I can find the way.”

“If you don’t mind me asking,” Stephen interjected, “how did you, a white girl, come to know of the tunnel, and what do you know about it?”

“I dated a native guy in high school,” answered Margot. “He brought me. He took me away from here, when here was not where I wanted to be.”

“Where did you go,” Kitty wanted to know.

“Wow! The places he took me. Ceylon, Samarkand, Tibet, and Timbuktu.”

“That’s incredible,” said Kitty. “How long does it take to get to Timbuktu?”

“There is no time in the tunnel. Time does not exist. You come out the same time you went in. But you have to know where you are going. If you’re not sure, you can end up anywhere, and that can be dangerous.”

“And how soon can we get going?” asked Lance.

“You know what, thinking about it, I think I’d better get in touch with my old boyfriend again, and have him take me back. Make sure I know where it is, and if there’s anything I’ve forgotten. As I say, it can be dangerous.”

“Did you end up anywhere dangerous?” Madonna asked.

“No. But he always knew where we were going. It was always a surprise for me. He knew what he was doing. So, give me a day to find him. Maybe he and I can do a test run together, just to be on the safe side.”

“Amazing,” said Kitty. “Where will you go?”

“He always told me the tunnel will take us absolutely anywhere.”

“Anywhere and anytime?” asked Stephen.

“No. Wait. I don’t think so. I don’t think it’s a time tunnel.”

“Can you go anywhere in the universe? Can you go to other universes?” Stephen wanted to know.

“I don’t think so, but I don’t know. Maybe. But, again, as I said, you have to know where you’re going, or you could end up anywhere, so that kinda thing could be very dangerous, if it’s even possible. I’ll find out what I can. But let’s keep it in the here and now, for now. So, maybe I’ll ask to go to…”

“Wuhan,” said Lance.

“Fascinating idea,” Margot answered. “I’ll ask. He has to want to go, too, or not care. I think that’s how it works. Let me see. If he agrees, which I am pretty sure he will, and we go, I will call you from Wuhan.”

“Talk about dangerous,” said Stephen. “Make sure you wash your hands before you come back,” Stephen laughed.

“In and out like a flash. A couple selfies, a quick call to you, so you can see I am there, and back again.”

“Wait a minute,” Lance interrupted. “Time does not exist in the tunnel? You come out the same time you go in?”

“Correct,” Margot confirmed.

“So, I could go into the tunnel with an idea for a book, write it, and come out the same time I went in, no matter how much time I spent inside?” Stephen asked.

“No. Wait,” Kitty said, “More importantly, scientists can go into the tunnel, find a cure for the virus, and come out the same time they went in?”

“Whoa!, said Margot, “I hadn’t thought of it, but yes, that’s rigt.”




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