Year One to Present

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Meanwhile back in the year one, Gavin lay resolutely on the altar, surrounded by the runes and offerings. He would go back. He would return.

Narsa urged him, “Won’t you turn your head once more, and make your peace with everyone?”

“No,” he said, eyes closed, “I must sleep. One day I’ll wake up in the present day, a million generations removed from…”

“Being who you really want to be?” Narsa cut in. The tribe murmured outside the tent, the discarded crown of their erstwhile king shining in the setting sun. No answer came, and the old shaman knew her cause was lost.

She brought her foot across the etchings on the floor and intoned, “As you cross the circle line, the ice-wall creaks behind. The silver splinters fly in the corner of your eye…” The tent began to hum, and the offerings were consumed by brilliant fire. Narsa’s voice faded, and Gavin felt as though he were spinning in his emptiness.

Something shattered, and in the darkness he felt different, too damn real and in the present tense.

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  1. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Okay, I’ve set myself up now. I know I was a bit of a peevish dork about the other entries to the challenge, so I felt it only fair I enter myself and open it up to fair retribution. Have at me, then!

  2. Avatar Sam Ervin

    I don’t exactly know what’s going on. Did Gavin travel back in time?

  3. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    shamans have the power of time travel, and they didn’t share! lol. I’m not even sure what this is about, what song, or what Gavin is.. a king who wants to return to the present?

  4. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    For what it’s worth, the song is by Jethro Tull, ‘Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day’.
    I’ll leave off explaining the idea/story until later, to leave the mystery should anyone else happen to read it and want to weigh in on what they think it’s about.

  5. Avatar stargazer1960

    I really like Jethro Tull and what you did with the lyrics without overdoing them.

  6. Avatar stargazer1960

    Doesn’t seem to want to include the pencils right now.

  7. Avatar stargazer1960

    Oh, boy, that was slow. My pencils were in a timewarp for a moment.

  8. Avatar stargazer1960

    And now it won’t stop adding them.

  9. Avatar SJHundak/SJWilling

    Dunno bout jethro, sequeled tho, just for a laugh. :)

    S.J.