Sunday Photo Fiction: Playing With the Past

151 04 April 10th 2016

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 theΒ  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 wasΒ 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.

For Sunday Photo Fiction


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20 Responses to Sunday Photo Fiction: Playing With the Past

  1. Graham Lawrence says:

    Nicely thought out tale of the pitfalls of Time Travel! Well done.

  2. Steve Lakey says:

    The dangers of time travel – the alternative may be worse than the original. Well done!

  3. The Voice says:

    Ouch. That had to hurt. But then, at least she was still alive and hopefully happy. Time is a fickle mistress. Nice story!

  4. mandibelle16 says:

    Oh no, time travel always seems to run amuck. And how awful to have his love married to his brother Edmund. Does he exist as himself in this parallel time universe? Interesting story and written well.

  5. maria says:

    Ouch! He’d surely would prefer to live through the heartache of losing her than to witness the sight of her on his brother’s arms. 😦

    Very well done, S!

  6. jellico84 says:

    Ohhhh, ouch! That hurt! Great write.

  7. Trying to play with the timeline causes issues that out of control. Excellent story.

  8. It seems he should have left time travel alone. He better get back to the present and make due. Good story, SW. Good use of the prompt. Well done. —- Suzanne

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