She comes out of nowhere.

One minute I’m alone; the next, she is speaking to me in Spanish. A beautiful young woman about my age, mid-twenties, with my mother’s chin and dark-honey hair much like my own.

“No habla Espanol,” I tell her.

“You will. My grandfather will teach you. Tomorrow your life will change and mine will become possible.”

“Tomorrow I dine with my friend Roderigo, who has brown eyes full of smiles. Just like yours.”

“Dear Abuela.” She tenderly touches my cheek, then waves good-bye, disappearing through the multi-hued door hovering in mid-air above my garden.

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

Clever story Julie. I love the concept of time travel; it’s one of the genres that I like to explore in my writing, and love to read. My favourites are Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series and Jodie Taylor’s ‘Chronicles of St Mary’s’ series. I have learned far more about history in those than I ever did at school.

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

Hello and welcome Julie. They said that Warp Drive would be impossible, and I remember someone saying, if you can imagine it, then it will become possible.

This is a true story of my mother’s mother and her son George. He was a greaser on the Titanic and she woke in the middle of the night to see him up to his chest in water. He came to say goodbye to her, and days later the news came to say that the Titanic had sunk. Time travel is possible, and of course through the imagination. I like your story Julie, it says so much about the characters in just so few words. Well written.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
6 months ago
Reply to  Julie Harris

The Universe is indeed an amazing place Julie, and to think we have been chosen to spend our short life here, is also a privilege.

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

What a lovely idea Julie! Excellent!

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

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
6 months ago

I’ve always found stories of time travel fascinating Julie, one of my favourites is ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’. Your story certainly fires up the imagination. A really enjoyable read.

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Linda Rock
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6 months ago
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Hi Julie, the author is Audrey Niffenegger. There was also a movie starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. I’ll definitely seek out ‘The Venetian’s Wife’, sounds interesting!

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

The idea of time travel is interesting. Good write, Julie. 

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
6 months ago
Reply to  Julie Harris

Your’re welcome. Looking forward to reading more stories from you.

Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson (@susan-dawson)
6 months ago

A lovely story to puzzle over and enjoy. Can you share which of the lives is in the present day, or is that asking too much of a secret?

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

I want to join with Eric in welcoming you to this wonderful family of writers. You are already one of us! I love your story. It only took me three readings (yes, I know I am slow) to go from confused, to intrigued and finally to the great “aha-moment,” when I clearly could see all the facets of your wonderful story.
My mind went to a favorite book of mine (also a movie): Ian McEwan’s The Child in Time, where an unborn child is appearing in front of his future mother. (But you also managed to remind me of my own Halloween-story on Voice.club back in November, haha.) Great writing!

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi (@katy-bizi)
6 months ago

Such an interesting story this is. Nicely done, Julie!

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Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi (@katy-bizi)
6 months ago
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You’re very welcome, Julie!

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

Julie, this is a lovely story. I particularly like the line “Tomorrow your life will change and mine will become possible.” You said so much in a few words. Great story.

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