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Professor Turnabout’s Time Machine: The Unfair Trial

Avigail Sharer

My time capsule gives an intense shudder as I’m about to land, and I watch the Locometer spin to 1894. I’m just about to stop when the time capsule lifts up again and thrusts me forward two years. The doors open and the heat hits me on the face. Phew! I’d better take plenty of water along. Just before I step out, I glance once again at the Locometer, to see if it’s settled down: yes, the year now reads 1896, and I’m in a place called Devil’s Island. That sounds a bit scary.…

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I step out onto a desolate island. Almost desolate, that is. I see a small, low hut surrounded by a huge wire face, being patrolled by stern-looking guards.

As I come closer, they place their hands on their pistols and glare at me threateningly. Gulp. But, I haven’t done anything wrong, have I? At least I didn’t mean to …

Qu’est-ce que tu fais ici?” one of the soldiers barks at me.

“Uh, sorry … I don’t know what you mean.”

“What … what you do here?”

I give him a broad smile. “Just got lost. Heading home. But what are you doing here?”

“I guard ze prisoner, Alfred Dreyfus. He not permitted vizitors at all. No one. All alone.”

Through the barriers, I catch sight of a thin, sickly looking man, with stooped shoulders and a book under his arm. He’s staring into the distance, as if trying to catch sight of his home and family.

“What did he do?”


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