Continued from August 12, 2018
The New Kid – Day 1 (Video Evidence)
“That kid looks-” Shane began.
“Like me, I know. I’m trying to figure that out.” Kyle said pulling up another video, this one of the inside of his house. “If you look at this one, I’m in the same position at the exact same time stamp.”
“I don’t understand what’s going on here. How can you be in two places at once? Why do you have security cameras in your house?” Shane asked, feeling a stab of suspicion at the boy sitting in front of him.
“That’s what I’m trying to figure out. I’m still working out what happened to the team and why the coach and driver didn’t see anything despite being on the bus.” Kyle replied ignoring Shane’s last question, “Let me double-check something…”
Kyle began typing furiously on the keyboard. The screen flashed between a handful of things, all of which looked like computer geek things. Program after program cycled across the screen before finally landing on what looked like a web page with text links.
“Got it! Now we can check the traffic cameras again.” Kyle said clicking on the first link.
“Again?” Shane asked.
Kyle responded with a big smile and a wink before turning his face back to the screen.
They watched the video of the bus traveling through an intersection. Again there were two frames, right before the team went missing, that showed a fuzzy outline of a kid approaching the bus.
“I think this is our answer,” Kyle said as the following frames showed the bus stop in the middle of the intersection.
The next seven seconds looked like the bus was simply holding still. A few flashes of bugs, and then the bus began moving again.
“Wait, go back,” Shane said as he recognized something.
Kyle backtracked the video.
“Look, there is movement in the image,” Shane said pointing at the screen. “I’ve seen this before in art class when Mr. Gorbler taught about overexposure. Can you go to the first frame where it started?”
Kyle pulled the frame Shane asked for up. The lines of movement Shane pointed out were barely recognizable. It looked like a spider web moved in front of the camera then out again. Kyle marched forward, one frame at a time, until they reached the end of the window that had been out in the bus.
“I think someone messed with this camera,” Shane said.
“I think someone messed with time,” Kyle corrected.
“What?” Shane asked, “You can’t mess with time, its constant.”
“Not normally. You have to be dealing with powerful magic to alter time…” Kyle said going back to his keyboard. “I can’t believe I didn’t see that before. Stupid! Stupid!”
“So what do we do now?” Shane asked.
“My theory was incorrect. I thought teleportation was involved. Now I need to talk with my father…” Kyle replied looking gravely at him.
“He’s not going to be happy about this…” Kyle said.