1. Write a story about a New Years Eve party that causes time to stop.
2. Use the following in your story: an undercover detective, the back of a converted van, and a box of Franzia (wine).

We made it through the line and sat at the table with Charles and Corrine’s other coworkers. A podium and some odd looking equipment, which must have been a part of the sounds system because it had a parabolic dish type thing, were set up in the middle of the tables by the black and gold dressed people I’d seen earlier. Professor Almstedt walked out and stood in the center of the equipment. One black and gold guy ran out and gave the professor a globe, which he put on the side table next to a little black box that had one blinking light on it.
“Behold,” the professor said, gesturing to the globe, “the turning of the earth.” He spun the globe slowly.
We watched that silently for a moment.
“Such a simple thing, isn’t it. The turning off the earth. It rotates and the moon rotates around it, and both of them rotate around the sun, which rotates around the galaxy’s core. This rotation serves as a marker of time for us. One trip around the sun, and we call it a year.” He paused, watching the globe spin and we waited in anticipation of the ‘happy New Year!’ that he would most likely say next. He didn’t.
He looked up, straightened his coat and adjusted his bow tie.
“He really is short, isn’t he,” I whispered to my wife. She shushed me.
“Time has been a problem. Mankind has always wanted a longer life, more time for leisure, more time for research and experiments. It has also wanted to go back in time. Tales of time travel from H.G. Wells to Diana Gabaladon have trilled readers and expressed their interest in the problem of time. One can even travel through time in a hot tub. All of it fantasy.” He paused again and looked at his watch.
“Until today.”

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