Flash Waaaaaaay Back (part 26)

Avatar Author: J. A. Keane J. A. Keane has spent the majority of his 19 years trying to act like a somewhat normal member of modern society, but seeing as nobody else seems to be acting normal these days (which basically makes the entire concept of... Read Bio

Blinding flash.

High-pitched scream.

Loud bursts of noise.

Unknown pain, fierce, stabbing, my head.


It all stops without warning.

But one thing is for sure:

I’m not in the Inbetween anymore.

I’m not in the middle of the road, either.

I don’t think I’m in the right century.

Or possibly even the correct millenium.

For where I’m standing isn’t even stable ground. It’s molten rock, quite warm, but thankfully not flaming hot.

And all around is a landscape of fiery, noisy chaos.

This isn’t the world I’m used to. This is a world before my time.

This is a world still in the process of creation.

A world that needs more time to cool on the galactic windowsill.

How the fuck did I wind up here?

How am I still alive?

How is it possible that I’ve travelled back this far? I’ve only ever been able to travel back hundreds, not billions of years.

No time for questions.

Must get back and stop myself from de-icing the road.

And a moment later…

…I’m standing in front of myself.

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  1. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    An interesting jaunt from the rest of the story. It veers from some of the initially established “rules” for the character’s time travel, but it’s a neat visual.

  2. Avatar J. A. Keane

    Yeah, I knew that the only way that our protagonist could escape from The Girl was if he travelled far enough back in time to be before her.
    And although this deviates from the rules set out at the beginning, that’s kind of the point: our character is discovering that his power is becoming more powerful, and that the rules of time travel aren’t as straightforward as he first thought. (Remember, in the part after the redux of the Day Of Swearing, our main character was baffled by the non-appearance of his other self, so we know already that things aren’t exactly how they seem.)
    Basically, we’re starting to get into the realm of the story where the protagonist realises a truth that Doctor Who once acknowledged: that Time, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, isn’t a straightforward case of cause to effect, but is really just a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey…stuff.

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