Bayard, 5/30/2038 T.A.D. – A striking find has captivated the small town of Bayard, New Mexico: a sizable deposit of taaffeite uncovered by local rockhound, Tessa Alvarado. The gemstone, known for its scarcity and value in jewelry, has brought an influx of new faces to town, leaving locals curious about all the buzz. Taaffeite is extremely rare, and the size of the deposit Alvarado claims to have found would be unprecedented.
As both a Future News reporter and an amateur mineralogist, I initially came to town out of personal interest. Tessa Alvarado told me her story: “I was just exploring and examining some rocks when I found it,” she said. “I didn’t realize what I had! The lapidary identified it for me.”
While gathering some background on her story, the sudden influx of other strangers around Bayard piqued my curiosity. An employee of the German-based international technology giant Forschungs Dynamik, speaking to me on condition of anonymity, disclosed puzzling information.
The insider, whose ties to scientists involved in the Kuznetsova Gateway make this revelation even more compelling, relayed that they had overheard conversations connecting taaffeite to the Kuznetsova Gateway and Project Chronoton. Although uncertain about taaffeite’s exact relation to time-related technology, the insider could not ignore the strange coincidence. They believe the material may have been a vital component in the original opening of the Gateway.
“In itself, the fact that my employer is interested in this discovery is enough to raise eyebrows,” they pointed out. They were reportedly seeking to secure mining rights to the deposit, which only intensifies the mystery surrounding this valuable resource, formerly known only as a beautiful gemstone.
Future News has reached out to Forschungs Dynamik and the Temporal Transit Blockade Authority (TTBA) for comment on any connection between taaffeite and time travel technology but has received no reply as of the time of publication.
The local community has also sensed a peculiar ambiance. Cliff Jefferson, a Bayard resident, noted, “I don’t know what’s going on in town. It’s like the Secret Service showed up. Dudes in dark suits everywhere sweating in the sun. It’s freaking me out a little.”
Even Bulwark Metals, a defense contractor involved in advanced weapons research, sent a representative, whom I recognized from covering events at the White Sands Missile Range.
Despite the ongoing investigation, the taaffeite deposit’s exact role in time-related technology remains shrouded in secrecy. Keep your eyes glued to Future News for updates on this story as more information comes in.
Reporting for Future News, this is Danny Montenegro in Bayard.