While I have to wonder at the logic of involving time travel in a holiday for this lot of miscreants, considering all the things that go wrong normally, I have to admit that the story wouldn’t really work, otherwise. (Though I do have faith that they’d get up to the same sort of trouble during a day trip to the next town over.)
I can’t give away the biggest surprise/entertaining aspect of this story without spoilers, so instead I’ll acknowledge the second-most entertaining aspect: that Max ends up being the most responsible, level-headed member of the entire mission (yes, that includes you, Dr. Bairstow).
Definitely my favorite of the short stories yet.
Currently reading: “My Name is Markham” (A Chronicles of St. Mary’s Short Story) by Jodi Taylor