Episode 9 Some people have tunnel vision, As is the case with The Chief. Others are straight talkers, As is the case with my partner. Some are straight talking visionaries As is the case with Little Luck. Me? I'm just a case study In some worm out old lounge suit. It's all fine and dandy On the third floor At The Department. Everything under control, Running like a well oiled machine. Case load manageable, Conscientiousness at a high, And the boys contented. The only problem I see with all this is, We are on the seventh floor. The latest fixation gripping The Chief is this. If the missing middle Is not located soon How will we be able To reach the end? Whilst he demanded answers We struggled with the questions. Was the middle not lost merely misplaced? Did we actually need a middle? Would it be possible To substitute with another? How long is the middle We are missing? Who noticed it gone? What motive was there Should the missing middle Have actually been stolen? What was the actual Failure Mode? This question came from Little Luck. Amid the general maelstrom This singular voice Penetrated the discussion And we both turned to him. Little Luck had our attention. He needed to be quick, We had a very short Attention span. Little Luck began with, Let's think outside of the box. We both made for the door Thinking to leave the office. He continued, No I mean figuratively. You two come back. Look this is an unusual mystery Even for The Department, right? Heads began to nod, yes, This made a change, As heads normally Were expected to roll In this team. Taken as a whole Foresomething to be a whole, We need a begining A middle and an end. This is the accepted Truth, Which constitutes a whole. We know of the beginning, We are here. This is a consequence Of that beginning. So having moved on From that beginning We arrive at the present, Correct? Correct we agree. Looking forward And by virtue Of past experience And learning we know There is an end For each of us, Waiting somewhere In the the future. (This does not necessarily endorse The idea of the existence of a timescape) Little luck had us hooked. Let's begin to think about The here and now. Time is moving, In fact some say Time is movement, Or observable movement. What happens now, In this instant immediately becomes What happened then. Here, gone, here, gone. So it is reasonable to say In terms of the passage of time What was coming, arrived and is gone. Come, here, gone in an instant. At this point I stopped him. We needed a coffee. He was still the coffee king, So off he went to get us some. The theory being presented To us by Little Luck would take Some time to percolate Through our minds. However, upon his return, Little Luck Would present is with His bombshell. . . To be continued . . . (c) 2018 Christopher Thompson.