Tentatively negotiating the icy pavement, I climbed inside the Uber.  Within minutes, my driver slammed on the brakes.  The car spun…

Dazed, I opened my eyes.  A burly man in a pinstripe suit helped me from the car, steering me towards a barber shop.

“Password?” he asked.

I suddenly became aware of my outfit.  A flapper dress, nude stockings and t-strap kitten heels.

“Christopher Columbus!” I exclaimed.

Nodding, he opened the door.

A torch singer wailed from a stage; elegant couples sat at tables drinking from teacups.

A Rudolph Valentino lookalike approached, taking my arm.

“You’re late,” he whispered, ominously.

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Voice-Team (@voice-team)
5 months ago

A wonderful dream-like sequence, leaping and swirling through time and space, reality and imagination. Unforgettable!

Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
6 months ago

Wow Linda, I love this story! I was swept along and even when the story ended, it kept on going. I love the Christopher Columbus clue – coming from a Briton like yourself, it seems a nod to the US, home of Prohibition. I loved the gorgeous Valentino character – what is our protagonist late for? Is this a dream? Is she in hospital hallucinating? Is this heaven? What an original, intriguing and beautifully written story! It flows like whatever’s in those teacups…

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
6 months ago

Such a fun story Linda. I’ve learnt a new phrase too; hadn’t come across the expression ‘torch singer’ before. I would love to see this story extended; what’s happened to the person she’s replaced? Has she gone forward to your protagonist’s time? Intriguing! Well done ?

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
6 months ago

I have to catch my breath Linda. It seems all the stories being written here, are coming from the Magic story tree. Yours had my head spinning! My first thought was, is this a dream (I have really crazy ones) before I say how much I enjoyed it. First let me say just one thing….Don’t feel the need to explain…Don’t take away the mystery to the story, this is its strong point. This is a story that lights the imagination, fills you with so many unanswered questions, a blaze of colour comes to mind. I loved it!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
6 months ago

Wow. It was very exciting, Linda. I agree with Eric and Fuji, I thought it was a dream, that was my first impression too. Your story is a mystery that keeps running into my mind. So intriguing yet so captivating. I also love it.

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Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti (@dipayan-chakrabarti)
6 months ago

What an idea, Linda! I’ve enjoyed it to the fullest.

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Dipayan Chakrabarti (@dipayan-chakrabarti)
6 months ago
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You’re welcome.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
6 months ago

Congratulations, Linda, on a wonderful and very well written story! I found it intriguing and would like to encourage you to continue exploring the theme. It’s fascinating to imagine the unknown potentials of the mind.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
6 months ago

Wow, this is another brilliant story, Linda! It leaves so many questions, which makes me want to read more. At first I thought she died in the crash and then thought maybe she had amnesia and couldn’t remember why she was there, until she ran into Christopher Columbus. This was so much fun to read. I am looking forward to your expanded version!

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
6 months ago
Reply to  Linda Rock

Linda, I am glad you are expanding on this story. I am curious to see what happens next.

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