A Time to Go Home

winchers stance

© C E Ayr

Colin wasn’t the only one to stop and admire Winchers Stance at Glasgow’s Buchanan Bus Station, but it had a meaning to him no one else would understand. He too was hoping for a tender reunion after being away from home so long. The late John Clinch had captured the young man’s emotions in this bronze sculpture all too well. Colin held back his tears as he turned away. He had to make the bus to the Edinburgh Airport if he ever wanted to get back to where he belonged.

Sitting by a window near the back of the bus, he tolerated the nearly hour long ride imagining how she’d be there to greet him. He couldn’t get a message to her, but the date and time of his return had been established long ago. Once he arrived at Heathrow, it would be a simple matter to make it to Holborn’s abandoned Aldwych platform. The gate back to his own time was there. It was time for the historian to go home to his wife.

I wrote this for the Sunday Photo Fiction challenge for June 4th, 2017. The idea is to write a piece of flash fiction of no more than 200 words based on the image above. My word count is 175. Once I looked up the image, I was able to get enough background information to craft my wee tale. I’ve put links in the body of the story to help readers see what I discovered.

To read other stories based on the prompt, go to InLinkz.com.


11 thoughts on “A Time to Go Home

      • I really liked the twist towards the end . It’s refreshingly different! I have watched only one movie on the theme.
        I also checked out the links that you have shared and thought they could acrually inspire talented writers to write a few more interesting stories .😊
        Best wishes…


  1. I felt his longing.
    It doesn’t matter how similar it is to anything else. Solomon said, ‘There is nothing new under the sun.’ Just recreate well and it will take off in a life of its own.


  2. Great twist at the end, James. I hope he gets back to his own time. The story invites a lot of questions. Why did he time travel, how far had he come ahead, what did his life have to do with the statue, etc. Good writing. Thanks for the links. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • He’s a historian, so he was apparently studying something in our time. How far in the future is he from? Who can say (okay, I can, but I haven’t really considered it)?


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