“Time machine? Why would you leave a time machine in plain sight, Rodney?”
“What better place to hide it, Yvette? No one would suspect it’s more than a simple sundial.”
“So you showed up for my time traveler party last week because you saw the advert in the paper the day afterward.”
“Don’t be absurd. I’m not from the future.”
“But then how…?”
“Seems the esteemed scientist Stephen Hawking has the same idea fifty years from now. I heard about it up the timeline and decided to search the records to see if anyone else did it before him. Your name came up.”
“Never mind. You’ll be an old woman by the time he becomes famous.”
“So when are you from, Rodney?”
“Actually, the name’s not Rodney. You see, I discovered that I’ve become rather famous by now so I assumed this name.”
“And what may I call you?”
“Herbert will do, Yvette.”
“You mean you’re…?”
“Yes. Care for a spin? I believe I’m in the mood for ancient Egypt just now.”
I wrote this for the Weekend Writing Prompt #33 – Time. The idea is to write a piece of flash fiction no more than 175 words long for a prose story. The first word must be “time” and that word must be repeated in the story at least twice. The theme is “time travel,” a favorite of mine.
I’ve milked the idea of H.G. Wells having actually invented a time machine more than once and thought I’d recycle it here since I’ve never posted anything on Sammi Cox’s blog before.
I’ve heard of these parties for time travelers before but had no idea Stephen Hawking had actually held one. Of course no one came. If time travel is impossible, that explains everything, and if it is, no time traveler worth his or her salt would screw up the timeline by attending a party thrown by one of the most famous physicists in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Oh, the name “Rodney” is taken from actor Rod Taylor who starred in the 1960 film The Time Machine along with actress Yvette Mimieux.
As you may have guessed, my story is set in 1962.
Links to other stories based on the prompt can be found Here.