The radar’s bright, blinking dot was becoming brighter and blinkier.

It’s close.

The chasing T-Rex violently roared. Suddenly, the radar vibrated and wailed.


Crouching down, the man pushed a pebble until the radar blinked: Timeline Balanced.

“Take me to July 24th, 2020.”

T-Rex lunged with its snapping jaw, but he was gone.

Opening his eyes, the man viewed the room.

I’m here.

He raced out and rushed downstairs. A woman was scavenging through the closet by the front door.

“Hey! Don’t leave! Stay!”

She paid no attention. The man grasped her shoulders, but his hands moved through like air. A large silhouette loomed behind. The man angrily faced the figure.

“Yea, I broke rules and changed the past, but I did it to prevent her death.”

The woman pulled out sneakers from the closet.

“I can change her fate now without altering the timeline. Without the butterfly effect!”

She put on her shoes.

“Let her live. Please. I love her.”

She reached for the door.

“No! Stay! Stay!”

The door closed.

“Why didn’t you let me stop her!? I fought pirates in 1667, ran from Pompeii in 79 AD, and was hunted by a T-REX 65 MILLION YEARS AGO. I changed the past so I can alter the present now while keeping the timeline balanced. I can stop that accident without consequence.”

He slumped down.

“I did all that. Things that would frighten anybody. But why am I not brave enough to accept this loss?”


“I’m a Timelord. I control time. But really, it controls me. I miss the past with her, I’m scared of the future without her, and I can’t embrace the present. Help me overcome this.”

The hand of the figure rose above the man’s head, smoking out wisps of blurred colors.

“Don’t take my memories of her!”

The man pulled back the colors. The silhouette moved back.

“Maybe this is being brave. Enduring the loss for her. Accepting past as the past and facing the future for its uncertainty.

The silhouette faded out, leaving the man finally brave enough to embrace the present.

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A A Kennedy
A A Kennedy(@a-a-kennedy)
2 years ago

I really enjoyed the wisps of blurred colours as a visual

2 years ago

What a cool story! Wow – a man who would fight pirates, survive the eruption in Pompeii, and face a Tyrannosaurus Rex, just to keep his beloved alive today – what a hero!! Thanks for a very entertaining and thought-provoking story.

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi(@katy-bizi)
2 years ago

The author managed to create a great story within just a few words. It really blends together with the theme of courage!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
2 years ago

You know what I love about this story? Imagination! What a gift when woven and turned into a story. Keep using it, it will bring you rich rewards in the future!

Last edited 2 years ago by Eric Radcliffe
Lyric The Great
Lyric The Great(@lyric-the-great)
2 years ago

I love the details that you used in the story! “The hand of the figure rose above the man’s head, smoking out wisps of blurred colors.” This allowed me to really see a visual of the story!

musing mind
musing mind(@musing-mind)
2 years ago

The story blends so well in imagination and reality.

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
2 years ago

Wow! I had no idea where your story was going at first but it evolved with each new sentence and became clearer and clearer, then gave a beautiful, poignant conclusion. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it – well done!

Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson(@susan-dawson)
2 years ago

I looked up the butterfly effect. I haven’t quite got my head around the balancing of the timeline, but stories that travel in time are always fascinating.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
2 years ago

Amazing! At first, I didn’t know what the story was all about and where the words came from. But suddenly when I reached the middle of the story, I am amazed. Amazing, the words you used and your imagination that creates a supernatural and imaginary character in my mind. The character is brave. He fights pirates, survives the eruption, and faces T-REX to save the life of his beloved in the story.… Read more »

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