"You said you were a time traveller, Professor Worminhulk?" Inquired Ark.
"No. I just said I was a time travel extrodinares."
"Is that not a time traveller?"
"No. We've been working on time travel for a very long time but we haven't gone so far as to travel in time ourselves."
"So how do you know you're extrodinares?"
"We've been sending objects back in time. For example, there is a special drink that only lasts an hour and can only be created at midday. So we created the drink at midday and sent it back in time for me to drink at eleven o clock."
"Right. Could you do a demonstration for us?"
"Of course! What would you have us send back in time?"
Ark turned to Will and Liz and they spoke briefly. Will then walked to the back of the observatory and brought a key back. It was an exact replica of the one they found in the beginning which allowed them into the observatory in the first place. "This please."
"Any particular date?"
"Yes." Shouted Liz. "Twenty past Three on the Thirteenth of October 1896."
"Why that date?" Asked Will.
"It was when we found the key to the observatory originally. It just appeared on the table remember."
"If I could just point out," spoke Quintus, "but you'll be needing coordinates."
"What is that?" Asked the professor.
"I'm Quintus thank you. I am an automaton created by Arks father. I can talk using the vinyl discs I store in this bag."
"What amazing technology. Carry on Quintus."
"The coordinates you need are the following: 48 degrees 51' 37.22" N, 2 degrees 20' 15.35" E."
"Thank you." Said Balthazar. He and Lyra had been setting out some equipment which mainly consisted of a platform, with a metal ring above and a small screen with some keyboards.
Balthazar typed the information in and put the keys on the platform. He clicked a button and it started to surround the keys with a blue light. The light switched off and the keys disappeared. They were no longer in this current time.
"They should now be in the location you have decided on."
"Wow." Said Will.
"Now can we get to business?" Asked the professor.
"Yes. I have an offer for you."