Note to Self…

By Paul-Gabriel Wiener <>

Rated: G

Submitted: May, 2003

Summary: H.G. Wells is all set to go on his first flight in his time machine when he finds a strange letter…

A Plot Un-Twist Challenge Vignette

Author's note: This is a response to the "plot un-twist" challenge posted on Zoomway's message boards by Hazel. The idea is relatively simple: pick a moment from the show, preferably the teaser for one of the episodes, and change things so that the A-plot unravels in a hopefully humorous way.


Dear Mr Wells,

Congratulations on your invention of a time machine! I know you're really quite excited to be taking it on your first trip through time, but, before you go, there are a few things I'd like to tell you.

First, when you arrive at your first stop in the future — lovely place, by the way, though I'll try not to ruin the surprise any more than that — do not take anyone back with you. In particular, there's a man named Tempus. I've enclosed his picture. Try to avoid him at all costs. He's a villain of the vilest sort.

Secondly, I've also enclosed an extra bag of gold. Always keep one handy, just in case. With that in mind, I've also attached a listing of convenient times and locations where you can find gold. Just try not to take too much from any one place. You wouldn't want to accidentally prevent the California gold rush.

Next, I've a little errand for you. If you find the time — pardon me, I couldn't resist — do nip back to the following coordinates, will you? A brutish warlord named Baron Tempos is going to have his wizard put a curse on some rather exceptional friends. It would be easier if you took the time machine, rather than the soul tracer (which I realize you haven't invented yet, in any case). You'll probably want some help, though. Take Lois and Clark with you. You haven't met them yet, but you'll know who I mean soon enough.

While you're at it, you may also wish to come to the aid of the Lone Rider. I've attached some historical references.

Finally, be careful not to leave this note where it can be found by anyone but you. The information herein might, in the wrong hands, have devastating consequences for the future.

Well, I won't delay you any longer. Have a pleasant journey. I'm off to give an old friend some timely proof that her billionaire boyfriend is a murdering sociopath.


H. G. Wells

P.S. Before you leave, make sure to move everything off the left side of the third shelf of the tool cabinet. Trust me.