Destiny – Frank Staniforth
Science Fiction – 4900 words
Laura fears her vengeful boyfriend Alec has travelled back in time to delete her from history.
Humming to myself, I stepped out of the rose-scented shower, picked up a white fluffy towel and rubbed my short blonde hair. I studied my toned, pink body in the wall mirror, and gasped in horror. I was thinner, but not in a nice way. The rising sun in the window behind me was visible in the glass through my stomach. Wrapping the towel around me, I hurried into the living room of my quarters and spoke to the viewscreen above the virtual log fire. “Contact Colonel Ramsey, immediately.” “He is in a video conference at the moment, Captain Gift,” the screen replied. “He does not wish to be disturbed.”
The Time of Our Lives – Frank Staniforth
1800 words Science Fiction
Time-traveller Alison thinks she has ruined her life, until she is shown a glimpse of her own future.
I stared around Sarah’s Snacks, stirring my tea pensively. It was obvious that the wise timeship Juliet should have brought me here again when I had ordered it simply and desperately to take me away. I’d visited this cafe on several occasions before, attracted back by its peaceful atmosphere and friendly staff, but never on the same day. No big deal for me to meet another self, yet disturbing to the people around me and so to the timeline. That would never do, however hopeless I felt personally. “Are you all right, Alison?” a woman’s voice asked. It was one of the counter girls.