An intriguing tale, Derrick, if just a tad self referential. Perhaps to bring the reader into the story to discover your discoveries with you, It might be useful to limit the first person pronouns and maybe change the tense from past perfect to present? It’s a technical thing. I found myself intrigued by the story unfolding but aware it has all happened, which dulls the suspense. It’s just a thought, I look forward to the next installment.