Forewarned – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in his picture (below).
Time, and time travel, is something which I, and many others, find fascinating.
Which makes it an ideal subject for Sound Bite Fiction.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and see what others have written.

Copyright Al Forbes

Copyright Al Forbes

Forewarned

Time travel is fun.
I have been to the future three times now, just to make sure my machine works.
I travel to and from an empty apartment I have on a long term lease.
I avoid any possibility of conflict, merely observe from the windows.
Everything seems to be in order.
So I decide I want to do more, to interact.
I stay close to my own time, I don’t want to be unaware of big changes.
So, two days from now, I walk out of the apartment and stroll to a café I visit rarely.
I don’t want to meet myself!
I drink coffee, read the sports section.
Scotland beaten at rugby, no surprise there.
Then the TV catches my eye.
That looks like me, like that holiday photo.
I hurry to the counter, ask for the volume to be increased.
The girl sighs, shrugs, finds the remote.
‘… Police investigations continue’, and the next item appears.
What was that, I demand, far too loudly.
Calm down, she says, nothing important. Oh, but it was just round the corner there.
What, I am shouting, fighting panic now.
She raises an eyebrow, shrugs one shoulder.
Just some crackpot inventor got himself hacked to pieces.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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42 Responses to Forewarned – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. ghostmoth27 says:

    Great story! I wrote a time travel story myself recently and really enjoyed it.

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  2. What a thing to find out! OMG

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  3. afairymind says:

    A great story! Time travel is always a fascinating subject. The question of whether or not it’s possible to change the future is an intriguing one. I have to wonder what would happen if he just decided to stay in the future and never return to be hacked to pieces…

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    • ceayr says:

      Well, you don’t yet know about his sick child, cancer-ridden father, or dog with worms.
      But thank you, you are absolutely right, it is fascinating, and we can only play around the edges and hopefully provoke some thought.
      I enjoyed your comment, it adds to the discussion, thank you.

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  4. mandibelle16 says:

    That last line is priceless. I think it would be awful to know you were going to die, nevermind, knowing how. And that way for this time traveller is very gruesome. Wonderful story/poem I loved it!

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    • ceayr says:

      I am very happy you enjoyed the story, Mandibelle.
      And I agree that knowing you are about to die is not cool.
      The question is, can you change it?

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      • mandibelle16 says:

        It’s a good question. I think in the context of a story of course. If you have ever seen the movie Prince of Persia the main character does just that. In the scheme of life, I’d say when it’s your time, it’s your time. And if you think your going to die and you don’t, then it really wasn’t your time. Great story!

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  5. Dave says:

    If you don’t go around the corner and “get hacked to pieces”, have you created a paradox?
    I wonder which course is the most dangerous.

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    • ceayr says:

      Hi Dave.
      It seems, according to the TV and the young lady, that I am already ‘hacked to pieces’.
      Can I somehow avoid it?
      That is the question.
      And, as you shrewdly ask, what are the repercussions if I do?

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  6. paulmclem says:

    This is where you need a future crimes department (Minority Report – Philip K Dick)…it could have, I mean, some day soon, save you a lot of grief 🙂

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    • ceayr says:

      Good idea, but is this crime in the future when he sees it reported on TV already?
      But it will/could have definitely save/saved that grief you mention.
      Cheers, Paul, and thanks for for the comment

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  7. julespaige says:

    Second change? Nice twist.
    Thanks for stopping by Rumors. The original prompt states there will be nine rooms.
    The link on the page goes to the previous three. (No obligation – just an FYI).

    Cheers, Jules
    (Yes I have more than one blog and sometimes I don’t bother to change where the Icon goes to since WP took that option and made it more difficult.)

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    • ceayr says:

      You are quite a gal, Jules, always a moving target!
      Good to see you here.
      Big hugs

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      • julespaige says:

        I may be a tad slow sometimes…- but I try to visit everyone who visits me 😉 …I have the different blogs for the different types of stuff I write…short verse, long verse and fiction.

        I’m a granny who tends to the grands during the school year.

        That’s one of the reasons I mash-up prompts. …lack of time.

        Moving target, rebel – yep same thing 🙂

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  8. Great story! Now the dilemma of how to stop the inevitable from happening. This is my kind of story.
    -David

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  9. Francesca Smith says:

    Had a niggling thought something sinister was afoot. It usually is.

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  10. tedstrutz says:

    Looks like he better stay where he is now.

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  11. Time travel is usually fun, but I think he has a bit of a problem looming! Great read.
    Rosey Pinkerton’s blog

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  12. Graham Lawrence says:

    I love this sort of fiction. Specially when it is so well done 🙂

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  13. Dale says:

    I was waiting for something to happen – it always does when you mess with time! Just was not expecting THIS! Now we nust hope that he can undo what he has done…

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    • ceayr says:

      That’s a bit harsh, Dale, he did not ‘mess with time’, just had a wee jaunt into the future.
      And he has not done anything, except get hacked to bits tomorrow, or yesterday, depending on your point of view.

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      • Dale says:

        My bad…I did not want to be harsh! I should have simply stated there are always dangers when going back and forth in time…after all, don’t all the movies show this? 😉
        And se? Your poor hero will/did pay the ultimate price!

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  14. angietrafford says:

    I wonder if this knowledge could change a future… Interesting concept 🙂 brilliant story as ever.

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  15. Excellent, and you don’t disappoint with your endings. Another great story. Thanks 🙂

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  16. niasunset says:

    The film, intersteallar impressed me, Have you watched it? Your imagination is great 🙂 Thank you, love, nia

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  17. Dear C.E.

    That would be a disturbing turn of events. I wonder if he can now go back in time and change that future. Have you ever seen the movie “Frequency?”

    Well done, Mr. Imagination. Clever twist.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  18. emmylgant says:

    Frissons…
    to know or not to know?
    What a difference a day (or two)
    makes.
    Could the observer change outcome?

    Mmm… Some bite in this tale!

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  19. Reblogged this on anelephantcant and commented:
    AnElephantCant always be funny
    And occasionally he can’t dream up a rhyme
    It’s not that he’s thick
    And he is rarely sick
    But there are days when he just can’t find the time

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