The Advancement of Mateo Matic (2021)

This is the story of a team of time jumpers who are continuing their mission of helping people from another reality improve themselves, and transition to better lives. If you have not already, please read volume 1, volume 2volume 3, volume 4volume 5, and volume 6.

Saturday, July 21, 2136
Nerakali opened up a two-way transition window, and held it open for an extended period of time, so Aeolia could go and find her partner, Kallias Bran. They made quick work of it, as he was waiting at their rendezvous location, just as he said he would be...


Monday, July 22, 2137
Amaranti went through the shatter portal first, along with their bug alien prisoner of war. Angela went through next, followed by Mateo. The punching guy took up the rear, in case the portal closed on them, and he had to create another one...

Wednesday, July 23, 2138
Leona started shaking Mateo, but he did not stir. He wasn’t dead, though, that much was for sure. Nerakali evidently sensed that something had happened, and teleported in to investigate. “What was he doing just before he fell unconscious...

Friday, July 24, 2139
They were woken up by alarms on their Cassidy cuffs; alarms which they had not set. They were going to wake up before too long anyway, but this sounded quite urgent. Leona hopped out of her bunk, and slid down the ladder to the control area...

Monday, July 25, 2140
Mateo explained how it happened the last time; how he lost his mind in the void. At least, he explained it as best he could. It wasn’t like he was some expert on the matter. Of course, everyone came to the same conclusion, that Mateo was essentially suffering from extreme boredom...

Wednesday, July 26, 2141
Nerakali decided that she was going to go off into the far reaches of time and space, looking for any information about dreamwalking, the dreamvoid, and the general concept of traveling to other universes. She was born into a family of spacetime masters, who knew just about everything about the brane, and how it operated...

Friday, July 27, 2142
When Ramses Abdulrashid returned to the main sequence in 2140, he had every intention of completing his loop mission. He didn’t have all the facts, though. He knew this time period would be ideal, but that didn’t mean every day would be available and perfect...

Sunday, July 28, 2143
Mateo decided that there was no need to rush off back to his home universe. Leona would still be there waiting for him, and theoretically, no time will have passed for her. He possessed some of her memories, which meant he could recall her meeting his daughter, Dubravka, but he had never actually met her himself...

Wednesday, July 29, 2144
Shortly after they woke up in 2144, their cuffs beeped, indicating that they had a transition window to get to. It was weird, getting back to this kind of mission. This was what they were meant to be doing, but they had just spent so much time on tangents that they had almost forgotten about it...

Thursday, July 30, 2145
Lowell disappeared shortly after the reception, and it wasn’t clear whether body jumper, Dalton went with him, or if he moved on to someone else’s body. Aura, and the rest of the people who Arcadia had already removed from the timestream, secretly returned to the island resort in The Parallel...

Sunday, July 31, 2146
The team dropped Miapaktem and Padera off in the Croatian arcology, right where the scientists had been for the first transition window. Their job done, they went back to The Imzadi, and hung out for the rest of the day...

Tuesday, August 1, 2147
Mateo wanted to get better. He wanted to get back to his zen, and he wouldn’t have been able to get anywhere without having it as a goal. Angela was vital to his recovery, and they only needed to meditate and do breathing exercises for a couple hours before he was back to his new normal...

Tuesday, August 4, 2150
The clocks were moving about four or five times faster than they should have been. Leona started tapping on her cuff to see if there was any way to fix that. “That pause button you pressed,” she said after apparently discovering no remedy....

Tuesday, August 7, 2153
Mateo went on a memory-wiping spree after saving Lucius from having to kill Ambrosios with his time power. He went after everyone who was even remotely involved in the occasion, including Leona, The Warden, and Lucius himself...

Tuesday, August 10, 2156
Obviously the Mateo standing here was not the one who reached out to Olimpia, and told her to join this team. It could have been a future version of him, or an alternate version, or just someone masquerading as him...

Tuesday, August 29, 2175
The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was waiting for them when they slipped back into the timestream in 2175. It actually showed up about a year after they left, but such was the life of a time traveler...

Tuesday, September 1, 2178
Serif stood there next to the central table, staring at grave chamber four, but she didn’t know why. She felt like something important had just happened, but nothing was coming to mind. She popped off her back foot, and prepared to make a step towards it, but then she heard a cough at her flank...

Tuesday, September 4, 2181
Serif could remember Jeremy and Angela telling her about Tamerlane Pryce, and all that they had gone through after death. It all seemed very jumbled and sketchy, though, now that she was thinking on it...

Tuesday, September 7, 2184
Their group having nearly doubled all of the sudden, sleeping arrangements were a little complicated on the AOC, but they figured it out. Jeremy and Avidan shared a grave chamber, as did Angela and Olimpia, and the children, Adamina and Esen...

Tuesday, September 23, 2200
Lochan Madigan was a refugee from another universe. His world was attacked by an alien force bent on destroying all sufficiently evolved life. Instead of literally starting a war, though, they decided to simply sterilize the entire population...

Tuesday, October 12, 2219
Mateo and Leona returned to salmonverse on Tuesday, October 12, 2219. They didn’t know how it happened, or who had done it for them. One minute they were somewhere else, and the next they were back...

Tuesday, October 15, 2222
With Angela’s help, Mateo was able to chill out a bit, and not be so focused on figuring out how to destroy The Superintendent by reaching out to his God. For the record, my God is named Sophia Dimo, and she’s a very lovely girl who doesn’t take sides, so his idea would not have borne fruit...

Tuesday, October 18, 2225
Mateo sat on the bench, pressing his forehead against the palm of his hand so hard, it nearly punched a hole in his leg with his elbow. Nerakali stood before him, patiently waiting to make sure that his rant was over...

Tuesday, October 21, 2228
Now back on Earth once more, the AOC teleported to the transition window, and the crew waited for it to open. When it did, about a dozen men and women were standing there, holding weapons...

Tuesday, November 9, 2247
The next mission took them to Varkas Reflex, where an egress window opened up, not to bring someone else in, but to send them to the main sequence. They stood by patiently until the timer transitioned them over...

Tuesday, November 12, 2250
After the deed was done, Mateo sent a message through the cuffs that he needed to be alone for the rest of the day. He asked the Nexus technician on Varkas Reflex to send him to a random planet in the galaxy...

Tuesday, November 15, 2253
Flindekeldan was a beautiful planet. If they were going to be stuck on one world for the rest of their lives, this was a good choice. They spent the next three years here, just being normal, and not thinking much about time travel and transition windows...

Tuesday, November 18, 2256
Due to having been living on another planet for the last three years, and not paying any attention to Leona’s special time watch, the group didn’t know how close to midnight central they were when they went back to the main sequence...

Tuesday, December 7, 2275
This wasn’t the first time that Mateo and Leona returned to the timestream to find their environment having changed dramatically. Mateo once broke his leg when the train he was on at midnight was no longer under his feet...

Tuesday, December 10, 2278
Tonya Keyes, a.k.a. The Stitcher didn’t stick around for much longer after the rest of the team disbanded. There didn’t seem to be much point now that the Erlendr problem was easier to solve...

May 31, 1608
“This was not a win for you,” The Cleanser argued. “My girl was the one who actually rescued all the people from the boat.
“My team provided the cuff necessary to complete the task,” The Warrior volleyed...

April 23, 1693
They weren’t allowed to return to the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. A little side punishment for their insolence was that they would lose all modern convenience privileges. They were going to live in the past, as the past people lived...

May 31, 1838
Leona checked her watch when they woke up in a completely different room the morning after the doctor mission. It was now May 31, 1838; the largest jump yet...

November 23, 1876
Anatol didn’t give them any time to rest before sending them off to their next mission. He didn’t say much about what they were going to be doing, which was standard protocol...

February 25, 2013
The last time Mateo was in 2013, he was only 27 years old. He had yet to hear of time travel, parallel realities, other universes, or psychics. More frighteningly, he had not met Leona, who was only 13 years old. She had never heard of any of this either...

February 14, 2020
Now, it was cold back in February of 2013. It was colder than Mateo would have expected for Utah. But there was no precipitation, and no wind. In 2020, on whatever date, there was still no precipitation, but it was much, much colder, and the wind made it unbearable...

August 12, 2158 Redux
Now only three people were left; the original team of Mateo, Leona, and Kivi. They had all been together since before even Jeremy was with them so it was fitting that they should end it together...

October 2212
Mateo was able to see his past self unceremoniously disappear while the mirror portal was still active. Leona and Horace moved on like nothing had happened, because to them, it hadn’t. The portal closed, revealing a normal door...

February 8, 2338
In the year 2008, in one reality, day rewinder, Horace Reaver accidentally killed his best friend, Dardan Lusha. The former was only six years old, and the latter only seven...

February 11, 2341
There were eleven Cassidy cuffs, and twelve people. The time of requirement was over, though, so no one had to put one on if they didn’t want to. Leona grew to be quite comfortable with the Bearimy-Matic pattern, but there was no guarantee Jeremy would want to have anything to do with them anymore...

March 5, 2363
Everything had to happen fast, or the team was going to lose everything. Mateo wasn’t raised to be a fighter. His parents taught him to try to reason with people, and understand where they were coming from...

March 6, 2364
As soon as they made the jump to March 6, 2364—the first single year jump in a long time—Kivi reappeared. The whole time she was gone, they didn’t even remember that she was a person who existed, but as soon as she returned, they remembered everything...

March 7, 2365
Total darkness. The team was floating around in it, like the vacuum of outer space, except they could still breathe, so it wasn’t that. Still, the air was thinning rapidly, and about as quickly, the temperature was dropping...

March 8, 2366
The ship’s AI chose not to orbit Pluoraia’s star during the team’s interim year. Instead, it flew off to a nice asteroid, where it was able to gather the resources it would need to refuel its primary power source...

March 9, 2367
When they returned to the timestream, all the locals were confused about where they had been for the last nine and a half months, but they were also preoccupied with a second shocking development. Shortly after their departure, another alien came down to their world from the quantum terminal...

March 10, 2368
Hrockas and the Quantum Colony moderator, whose name was Sjualotl, were able to hang out in the quantum terminal in the Pluoraia system for a year without anyone getting suspicious, since disappearing for as long was not uncommon in this time period...

March 11, 2369
The soldiers escorted the team out of the conference room, and down to the nearest hock. Even Kennedy was forced to go, though they were redirected somewhere else, presumably because the military didn’t know if they could be trusted, but they wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt...

March 12, 2370
Sasha had released another teleporter relay over the planet in question during their interim year, which was able to orbit undetected because it was quite small, and required little power when not in use, so it didn’t give off much energy...

March 13, 2371
A hundred and twenty light years away from Vendelin’s source planet—in the direction of the oncoming Power Vacuum—was a brown dwarf with tons of proto-planetary debris, but no fully coalesced planets. A quantum terminal was installed on an asteroid, but it was never part of the Quantum Colony game...

March 14, 2372
Like all the various shuttles in the Orvilleverse, the Tahani looked like a smaller version of the Jameela Jamil. It was just as exquisite and powerful, but with a lower capacity. The four not-so-qualified people on the team waited until the next year showed up before making the jump to their destination...

Installment 51
To be honest, no one really knew how Tamerlane Pryce did it. That wasn’t to say it was so shocking and impressive that there were no words to describe it. It was just that no one had taken the time to study Level Elevens, to find out exactly how he resurrected certain people with unusual temporal properties...

March 16, 2374
In order for Ramses to make his small simulation look like the afterlife simulation, he had to connect the two of them together, and borrow code. The idea was that the fake sim, which they were calling limbo, would be placed between the individual’s consciousness signal, and the real afterlife...

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