Sherlock ran over to the bookcase. He grabbed at the old dictionary, heaving it from the shelf.
“UGH!” he said. “This is heavy!” Sherlock started to tilt, losing balance.
“WOAH!” Claire shouted racing over to her best friend. She pushed her hands to his back to steady him. “You gotta be careful Sherlock!”
“I know, I know” he said. Sherlock put the book on the ground with a thunk. He got to his knees and started flipping through the pages.
Claire sat down next to him and watched Sherlock fan through the “B’s”, “C’s” and “D’s”.
“What word are you looking for?” she asked.
Sherlock pushed his sliding glasses up his nose. “I am looking for the “K’s”, I think.” He kept flipping through the pages, eyes scanning. Licking his thumb, Sherlock grabbed the corner of each page. Claire snorted.
“You look like an old man!” She laughed. “Only my Gran-ma does stuff like that” Claire leaned back on her arms and looked up at the bookshelf where Sherlock had grabbed the dictionary. It was filled with old codexes and encyclopedias. She thought she read titles in different languages.
“I wonder why this house is filled with such weird books,” Claire said. She sighed. Sherlock was so intent on his search that he didn’t respond. Pretty typical from her single minded friend. Claire glanced back down to her friend.
“Found it!” Sherlock’s fingers had stopped at a word on the page. He was face close to the paper. He read aloud “Kassite- a member of an ancient people related to the Elamite who ruled Babylonia from c1650 to c1100 b.c. This is it Claire!”
“I’m sorry, what?” Claire did not follow. “I think you missed a step, what is it?”
Sherlock turned, unperturbed by Claire’s confusion. “Remember how Mrs. Feltman told us the story about the person who used to live here? She said that her neighbor disappeared suddenly but left a weird message on her answering machine.” Sherlock paused and stared past Claire.
Clair stared at her friend. “Continue please! Sherlock you’re talking in your head again!” She nudged Sherlock.
“Oh yeah” Sherlock blinked and looked back at Claire. She could see the excitement in his eyes. He was having trouble verbalizing everything.
“Claire, Mrs. Feltman said the message was something like ‘Time to go, these cassettes are brilliant.’ Mrs. Feltman thought her neighbor said cassette. What if he said something else?” Dramatically, Sherlock reached out and swung his hand back to the dictionary.
“What if he said Kassite! Claire that would mean only one thing!”
Claire was still lost. “One thing?”
Sherlock jumped up unable to contain his excitement. “It means he traveled back in time to Kassites!”
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