My science fiction novel TIME FRAME is now available as an EBook from NECON EBooks at http://www.neconebooks.com. Previously on this blog I featured Chapters 1-4 of the novel. Today the sneak preview continues with Chapter 5.
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Thanks for reading! —Michael
“Kathryn, where’s your mother?” Papa asked.
The question hit Adam in the face like a brick. He looked across the living room at his mother, and she looked as mortified as he felt. He wanted to ask his grandfather, you don’t know?
“Ma?” Kathryn said.
Papa nodded. His eyes were expectant, but Adam also saw fear in them, as if he knew what Kathryn was going to say.
“Ma died,” Kathryn whispered. “Three years after you.”
“Died?” Papa said, his voice barely audible. He closed his eyes, squeezing them tightly together. His bottom lip quivered. His cheeks flushed red, and as he sat there, with his eyes shut tight, he looked like a child blocking out the world.
“Daddy, are you okay?” Kathryn asked.
He opened his eyes. They were puffy and swollen. He sniffled.
“How?” He asked.
“Just old age,” Kathryn said. “She went peacefully, in her sleep.”
“Good,” Papa muttered. He sighed. “I really wanted to see your mother.”
“I’m sorry,” Kathryn said.
Adam thought about his grandfather’s words and wondered, “Why didn’t you?”
“If you don’t mind my asking,” Adam said. “Why didn’t you pick a date when Nana was still alive? Why come back when she’s— how come you didn’t know?”
“I don’t mind your asking,” Papa said. “I didn’t pick an exact date because I couldn’t. The machine I used worked with decades. I couldn’t pick one date. I couldn’t even pick an exact year. I had to pick a decade. I chose the first decade after I died because I didn’t want to come back while I was still alive. You’re not supposed to do that. I don’t really understand the reasons why, but supposedly you’re not supposed to travel to a time in which you exist already because with two of the same people in the same time frame, I think that’s what they called it, a time frame, it would have a dangerous effect. You’d both be sick, and they say, you’d both die. I didn’t want that.”
“What kind of a time machine doesn’t let you pick an exact date to travel to?” Adam asked. It was a rhetorical question.
“A cheap one,” Papa answered. “It was the only model I could afford. Yes, even five hundred years from now, everything still comes down to money.”
“I w-want to go for a ride in one,” Sandy slurred.
“No can do,” Papa said. “The machine doesn’t exist anymore. It disintegrated.”
“Did you have an accident?” Kathryn asked.
“No. The cheap model also happened to be the one way model,” Papa said.
“What’s the one way model?” Adam asked.
“It only goes one way, then disintegrates. It’s like a paper plate. Use it once, throw it away,” Papa said.
“What’s the point of that?” Adam asked. It didn’t seem to make much sense to him.
“It’s just cheaper,” Papa said. “Most people don’t use them because you can’t get back. I didn’t want to go back.”
“But why even make them?” Adam asked. “If you can’t get back, what’s the point?”
Papa shrugged. “Why make a Slinky? Because it’s cheap and someone will buy it.”
“Sounds like they’d be illegal,” Adam said.
“In some places they are,” Papa said.
“So, you’re stuck here, then?” Kathryn asked.
“I wouldn’t put it that way. I want to be here. But no, I won’t be hopping back into my time machine to revisit history, or to see your mother. I can’t do that. I’m here to stay.”
—END Chapter 5—
And that also ends today’s sneak preview of my novel TIME FRAME ( available from NECON EBooks at http://www.neconebooks.com.)
Once again, thanks so much for reading!