Timeshifter

It was time for her children to return from school.  Walking toward the front door, Lydia glanced at the mirror which hung in the hall. Instead of seeing her reflection, an image appeared of the ramshackle house she grew up in.  It had been demolished years before.  Moving closer to the mirror, she spied a little girl, dressed in rags, shivering on the front steps.

Lydia’s husband came up behind her and looked over her shoulder.  She said, “Take care of the kids.  I’ll be gone awhile.  This one’s personal.”

Passing through the mirror, Lydia stood before the little girl.

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One of my fantastical wishes is to possess the ability to travel back in time and change the outcome of major and personal events.  I know what you’re thinking, the butterfly effect and all that.  But, my imaginings are simple and the results are always good! =)

“Friday Fictioneers” is a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields.  The challenge is to write a story, using only 100 words in response to a photo prompt.  This week’s beautiful photo was provided by Dawn M. Miller. It has been a lot of fun to join this fantastic and encouraging group of writers!  For more stories, click HERE.

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39 Comments Add yours

  1. “This one’s personal” There’s more to this traveler’s story. I like it.

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    1. There is indeed. Thank you for commenting, Tracey! =)

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    I too liked “this one’s personal”

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    1. I’m so glad! Thanks, Neil. =)

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  3. draliman says:

    I was a little worried that going back to look after herself could lead to trouble, but your footnote put my mind at ease! It sounds like her younger self needed a bit of looking after. Nice one 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much! She certainly did and in my mind at least, all will be well! =)

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  4. jillyfunnell says:

    Not much hope of finding a real way back but maybe becoming a writer could help her deal with that little girl she sees.

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    1. Certainly true! Writing is a wonderful way of painting reality in the way we wish it to be. Thank you so much, Jilly, for reading and commenting. =)

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  5. subroto says:

    Interesting idea, I like it. If I could go back in time and change events in my life, I’d probably be travelling a lot and accumulating Frequent Time Traveller points.

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    1. Thank you so much. I’m right there with you on the frequent time traveller points (haha). =)

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  6. The way she said, “This one’s personal” led me to believe she traveled through the mirror on more than one occassion. This could be the start of a much larger work.

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    1. Thank you for saying so. Since reading your comment, I’ve been pondering what you said and wrote out a longer version today, making it into a short story. Maybe it will grow over time? Lydia the Timeshifter! =)

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  7. granonine says:

    Great story, leaving us to imagine many different outcomes. I think you really capped with “This one’s personal.”

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment! That’s always a plus, to leave speculation as to possible outcomes. =)

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  8. prior.. says:

    I like your thinking here – well the fact that you say your changes are always for the good – because whewwwwwww – sometimes when we go back and make changes it might not be the case.

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    1. I know you are right (haha). I simply enjoy imagining unfortunate outcomes could be changed if intervention were possible. Thank you for reading and commenting as always. =)

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      1. prior.. says:

        that is a good thing to imagine — ahhhhhhh

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  9. James McEwan says:

    Interesting, if we keep travelling back in time do we become obsessive perfectionists?

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    1. pennygadd51 says:

      If we become obsessive perfectionists we’ll be trapped in the past forever!

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    2. Hmmm, I hadn’t thought of that. I certainly see the probable danger in that becoming the case (I can be a bit neurotic at times). =)

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  10. pennygadd51 says:

    Gentle narrative, with a hint of more far-ranging stories. Time travel is difficult, because the past – it would seem – affects the present.

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    1. Thank you, Penny. I like what you said “gentle narrative.” I’d like to develop this story further but will need to give it some serious thought. It’s more complicated than I first imagined (haha). My son and I have gotten into some interesting conversations over the years about time travel that have caused my “brain to hurt” (the conversations I mean). Take care! =)

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  11. michael1148humphris says:

    The difficulty with going back, is stopping ones self changing to many things.

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    1. That’s very true, it would also be difficult in deciding what to change. My story implies the photo appears randomly and Lydia takes the specific mission. Only, this one was personal. It’s as if there is a “higher being” (or something) dictating what and when to change. Anyway … thank you for commenting! =)

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  12. Dear Brenda,

    I gather from the title that this is something her husband might be used to? Fanciful tale of what if we could go back. What would we change? Would our younger selves listen to us? Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thank you, Rochelle. Yes, her husband is in full support of her job. =) The most difficult part, it’s true, would be in determining what and when to change. It’s a fun thought though!

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  13. Iain Kelly says:

    Great idea Brenda, and title – it has a series written all over it!

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    1. Thanks so much, Iain. I really liked what you said! A series?! Hmmm…

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  14. Sandra says:

    Great take on the prompt.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sandra! =)

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  15. I like the elegant and understated way you tell this tale, leaving us to imagine what you don’t spell out. Nice one.

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment! =)

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  16. Dale says:

    Something tells me this mirror is part of her “job”… and like the others, I loved the “This one’s personal” aspect…I’ll choose to believe things shall turn out positively.

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    1. Yes, the mirror is the indicator and the doorway to another time and place. I try to imagine things will turn out in the end, though I’m not always successful. Thanks, Dale!

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  17. Lynn Love says:

    I hope she can do some good while she’s there, make the present a happier place for herself. Well done

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    1. Thanks so much, Lynn. I hope so too!! =)

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    1. I’m so glad! Thanks, Lisa. =)

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