One Small Step for Baby

Avatar Author: Bob Liddil I am an author of science fiction, general fiction short stories, poetry, and non-fiction. I have been published in several genres, including fantasy and poetry, as well as non fiction. At one time I published my own c... Read Bio

Temporal Observation and Development LLC does not have day care. So when Jim had an emergency trip to Melborne on the same day that Nanny Janet broke her ankle and had to go to hospital, July 20, 2088 suddenly became my “take the baby to work day.”

I only took my eyes off the child for a second. That was long enough though for her to toddle over to the control rack for the temporal displacement modulator and reset every dial and switch on the bottom three rows before taking off her left shoe and tossing it five feet up onto the displacement feed platform.

A power surge created an overmodulated wormhole vortex that appeared with five flashes of red lightning, a single clap of thunder, a whoosh and then dead, shocked, horrified silence.

The lights went out at the very same instant.

“Jesus Christ! What was that?” My boss yelled from his office, but I cut him off with a hysterical sceam.

The lights popped back on and there sat baby in the middle of the room, giggling.

I never did find her shoe.

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  1. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    I’m confused by the change in perspective between the first paragraph and the rest of the story. You seem to start out in third-person and then switch to first. Was that deliberate?

  2. Avatar Bob Liddil

    “. . . July 20, 2088 suddenly became my ‚Äútake the baby to work day.”

    I added the word “my” to place a possessive on the first paragraph which seems to be where the perspective confusion is.

    Does that help?

  3. Avatar Tina Murphy

    Love it! It explains many of the worlds mysterious appearances and disappearances of clothing items. I think the baby had my socks from my last load of laundry too. Should get that baby into volleyball serving!

  4. Avatar smdasilva {LoA}

    Still no day care in 2088? And you would think that they could fix a broken ankle in about 5 minutes.

    I am with Tina, I want all my socks back!

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