“Fiddlesticks!” Liv bellowed, slamming wrinkled hands against the dash. She was out of time.

No, literally. She was out of time. By twenty ruddy years!

“Gosh darned, unreliable, useless piece of tech!” She yelled at the console, “you had one job! Get me safely to June of 1964. Where have you dropped me? June of 1944!” She tittered on furiously.

Liv deftly flipped switches to power down her vehicle, lights dimming, screen blinking off. These newer time machines were really only good for one jump before needing to recharge – something about ‘conserving energy’ and being ‘better for the environment’. So not only were they hideous, lacking all the charm and character of older models, but also utterly useless in a crisis.

Which this most certainly was. She had the future of her grandchildren to think about, and what could be more important than that!

Liv was now technically on the lam. At large. A walking stick toting renegade. At the ripe age of 72 she found the notion quite exhilarating, putting a spring in her step she’d admittedly not felt in years! Not everyone could say they’d managed to sneak into the ‘Organisation Of History Through Time’ and stolen a brand new Time Travelling Vehicle. Being an ex employee and good friend (likely ‘ex’ good friend, now…) of the administrator had helped, of course. It had been all too easy to get an invitation to check out the new facilities, and really, whoever expected a pleasant old lady of such derring-do?

Whilst she wouldn’t usually congratulate such misdemeanors, facts were it was quite the emergency. That pompous, oaf of a man absolutely could NOT remain Prime Minister, and never should’ve been to begin with. She’d have none of it! She’d made up her mind, intending to snatch him from his birth and switch him to a different family – one where he’d do much less harm!

Of course, now she was in the wrong time, in the middle of London during the War, possessing a fried machine and Time Police likely hot on her heels.

Fiddlesticks, indeed!

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

I love your irascible 72-year-old, Emily and what a great story. My mind is now in overdrive wondering just what she will get herself into during 1944. At least ‘Boris’ has been spared, for a while anyway!

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei (@margarida-brei)
3 months ago

Emily, I love how your protagonist is so feisty and spits out curses! Very reminiscent of “Back to the Future” in a charming way.

Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
3 months ago

Emily, what fun! You do create some incredible female characters. This new one, Liv, is quite the wild woman. A slight miscalculation – gosh darn indeed. These newfangled time machines are nowhere near as fabulous as the old-fashioned ones! Maybe she can mess with BJ’s parents. When a wild woman is on a mission, not much can stop her, especially not a mere twenty years.

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Juma
Juma (@juma)
3 months ago

Three cheers for Liv and her walking stick rebellion! Great story, Emily.

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

Hello, Emily. It is a really fun adventure for Liv back in the past. Nice one. Cheers. And thank you for adding the new word “Fiddlesticks” to my vocabulary. 

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Sandra OReilly
Sandra OReilly (@sandra-oreilly)
3 months ago

Loved this it was such fun to read and what a character. She definitely needs her own time machine and her own series of adventures who knows what she will get up to!

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

This is such a wonderful story, Emily, and Liv is a woman I can only ever aspire to be. I love how sassy she is and I think she’d have gotten on quite well with a certain Mrs Partridge etc! I would certainly love to read what happens next. Great stuff!!

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

What a fascinating ride in that unreliable, new piece of tech, Emily! I love your colorful language and your colorful lady! I’m sure she’ll succeed with her plans once she gets into the right decade. She seems full of mischievous, intelligent energy.

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

Emily, this was so much fun to read! I love your protagonist’s feisty spirit! Like Fuji said, I’m also convinced that a slight miscalculation is not going to deter her from her mission! Great story!

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allinonefitness steven jenkins (@allinonefitness-steven-jenkins)
2 months ago

I’m a huge fan of time travel stories, and this didn’t disappoint. I would love a follow up. Well done, Emily  ???? 

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