The first time the boys reach the party, they are dressed in the peculiar attire they donned during their time travels–but the fans are not. Just as the mural could not show them in these clothes before they returned to their own time to be seen in them, so, too, their images at the party will be of the normal selves who never traveled to the future. That also means that it’s less likely that there would be a look-alike contest. A significant part of the inspiration of such a contest would be the peculiar dress the threesome wore that night, causing them to stand out from the crowd. It is unlikely that there would be a look-alike contest for three relatively ordinary looking nerds (pardon me, imagineers) in relatively ordinary clothes.
There still might be a fan party; it’s just that the three people who are the objects of adulaton would probably pass unrecognized, even perhaps snubbed for their odd clothes.
This is where Millie finds them. Whether by some special knowledge of time or some tampering with the leak, she sends them back to the pub so they will be there when she arrives to kill them. What is curious, though, is that she finds them. One of three things must be true:
- The threesome’s appearance at the party was recognized by someone, and reported to some historic record which Millie found. This seems improbable. They were not recognized when we see them, they are not dressed in what would have been their normal clothes, and they are trying not to be recognized.
- Millie has some method of tracking time travelers. If this were true, however, she would have tracked them to the post-apocalyptic world. They were there for an extended time, they were alone, and if you’re following the trail from the starting point you get there first.
- Millie wandered through time until she stumbled on them. This seems improbable, given how much of time there is and how little of it the trio visited together, but possibly the nature of the time leak limits the number of possible temporal locations, or possibly she got very lucky.
There might be some combination of the second and third options at work here. However, there is yet another problem. Before Millie can find them at the party, she has to leave from the future to seek them. This means all the intervening time between when they reach the party and she leaves the future must pass. Again, we have three possible scenarios:
- They re-enter the gents’ on schedule and return to their own time. If, though, they did this, that would rewrite history such that they were present when Millie killed them, and she would never know to seek them.
- They re-enter at a different time and go elsewhen, continuing to create anomalies until they accidentally return (giving us the first scenario), or they die somewhen, or they travel to a future beyond Millie, which means she has the opportunity to leave and find them.
- They decide to stay when they are, establish their true identities, and enjoy their fame, if not their fortunes. That would put them in the history books so Millie could find them.
Having found them at the party, Millie sends them back to their starting point, or very nearly so. For a brief time, there are three sets of them in the bar, each trying to avoid their earlier counterparts. Gradually it thins, prior versions of themselves catching their own temporal hops to other times, until they reach the table.
A very peculiar point has to be made now. Millie is about to arrive and kill everyone in the bar. However, the two things which warn Ray of this have not yet happened. The one is that Cassie is going to make another trip from the future to tell him everything is fine, and the other is that he has realized that they are famous because of that note on the table. This means that when Millie returns and kills everyone in the bar, Ray knows that it’s because they were famous, but he does not know why; and not knowing why, he cannot recognize that paper as the reason for it all. That means he does not destroy the paper–which is essential to the story, because in order for the fan party to occur as we see it there must be a history in which the threesome become famous in those clothes. If Ray destroys the note, that history never exists even to be undone. He has no way of knowing that the note matters, and no way of anticipating Millie’s death stroke.
This sets up a new history, which we will attempt to reconstruct next time.