Professor Graunt of the Healding Institute was the first to spot the rift.

“It’s clearly obvious, the more you look at it!” He said, in his usual over-excited way. “Just look at this remarkable photograph; the unmistakable footprints walking right to left, left foot first. The first two steps, clearly shodden, are those of an older person. The next two are barefoot, and most definitely younger. Look closely and notice the line in the sand that divides the two pairs of footprints.

“The ripples from the tide are clearly visible all over the sand’s surface, but not at the band that intersects vertically across the centre. That band is the rift between time and space. That band is proof, PROOF I tell you, that time travel is not only possible, it exists and is readily available for anybody wishing to step back in time… but in age though, not history.”

This post is in response to a writing challenge by Frank (from A Frank Angle). The badge above will take you to Frank’s site, where other contributors are also linking. The challenge is to write a piece of flash fiction of no more than 150 words. I used each and every one of them… a slight variation on embracing the Inner Child, perhaps?

On a side note, this post is my two thousand two hundred and twenty second post here on WordPress. 2222! Yet another milestone reached! 

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

21 Comments

  1. Well done Tom. I saw parallels with your story and mine … that is using the prints as evidence. But then yours took me on an unexpected trip of sci-fi. Thanks for joining in the fun … and I invite your readers to stop by. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Frank. I’m just trying to catch up quickly now.
      It was good that I could take part in your challenge.

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  2. Wow…is that like going to the grocery store and your check is $99.99?

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    1. Something like that, Beverly, yes!

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  3. Brilliant! Love your take on the prompt, Tom!

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  4. 2+2+2+2=8 ! Abundance 🙂

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    1. Joyful indeed, Raili.

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  5. Interesting take on the prompt, Tom. Detectives combing the beach for clues to prove a Sci-Fi theory. I like Soul Gifts #’s adding up to 8 creating abundance. Hopefully, it’s abundance of peace.
    Isadora 😎

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    1. That would be nice, Isadora.
      See, though… time travel is possible! 😀

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  6. YES, I like the way this prompt took you outside of our sandy, hard rock dimension, and into the zone of time travel. I’m a believer!

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    1. Thanks, Roughwighting!
      It’s the only way!

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  7. You certainly make me think Tom! 🙂

    When I saw the picture I thought of the old addage: ‘I had a dream where I was stood upon the shore and in the sand there were sometimes one set of footprints, sometimes two and I asked God: “Why are there two sets of footprints?” And God said: “That is where I walked beside you when times were good.” And I Asked: “Why then are there only one set of footprints when Times were Hard?” And God replied: “That is when I carried you.”

    God Bless my friend! 🙂

    Prenin.

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    1. I did think of that myself, Prenin, but then went with time travel, as you do!
      Thinking’s good! 😀

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  8. Brilliant take on the prompt, Tom. Wow! 2222 posts – I am impressed.

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    1. Thanks, Eugenia. I do tend to churn them out, however!

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  9. Really enjoyed that obsessed with rifts as i am…

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    1. That see? was actually meant for this comment.
      The joke has passed now.

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  10. Really enjoyed that Tom obsessed with rifts as i am…

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    1. Thanks, Michael, and welcome!
      I did reply to this comment last week, before you commented in fact, but it has taken until now to appear… 😉
      You can meet yourself coming backwards around here…

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