Meanwhile, over at the Temporal Criminal Police Organization

Time-car 54 buzzed and rookie officer Walker emerged, grinning.

“Mission accomplished! I’ve terminated Judvar before he came to power.”


“Maxomp Judvar. The Butcher Emperor of Europe.”

“Nope. Never heard of… Wait! Did you say ‘before’?”

“Erm, yes…”

“That’s why he’s unknown. You’re supposed to terminate them AFTER coming to power, but BEFORE atrocities begin. Look, he’s not even in the dictator ledger.”

“What’ve I done?”

“I’m arresting you for the historical murder of…”

My entry in the November 2022 75 Word Story Challenge at SFFChronicles
Theme: Questions
Genre: Historical Speculative