The time machine was operational. David set the coordinates to the date before the accident and inhaled deeply, soon he’d be reunited with his precious Aleena.
There was a thunderous clap and magnetic pull, as the nauseous David was sucked back in time. Suddenly, the rumbling came to an abrupt halt, nearly flinging him out of the machine.
David cautiously emerged amidst the foul stench of sewerage remains.
There was something different about his home city. He caught sight of the newspaper stand and came across stories that made his jaw drop. The history he once knew was no longer what it used to be.
It took him a couple of hours of exploring and contemplating to finally figure out that he was in some sort of a parallel timeline of the past. The people were mostly the same, but disparate outcomes.
He hurried to Aleena’s house and what greeted him there made him wish he’d lived through the heartache of losing her; for there she sat, arm in arm, with his brother Edmund.