The Three Rules of Time Travel
The Three Rules of Time Travel
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chronosbandit A temporal fugitive…
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The Three Rules of Time Travel I suppose I should get this out the way. Yes, I'm a time traveler. But, no, it's not what you think.

The Three Rules of Time Travel

The Three Rules of Time Travel I suppose I should get this out the way. Yes, I'm a time traveler. But, no, it's not what you think.

The Three Rules of Time Travel I suppose I should get this out the way. Yes, I'm a time traveler. But, no, it's not what you think. There's no temporal vortex, futuristic sports car, or time crystal.

And while I'd love to give history a good tweak or my high-school self a smack to the back of the head, I can only send my consciousness back.

And while I'd love to give history a good tweak or my high-school self a smack to the back of the head, I can only send my consciousness back. That creates some serious restrictions:

Rule #1: It's a oneway trip. Spacetime, it turns out, has a rewind button, but no fast-forward. Once I go, the only way back is to live every moment.

Rule #2: Consciousness is limited by the mind you inhabit. Go back to your 1st birthday party, and all you'll know when you get there is that it feels pretty good to stick your foot in the cake.

In other words, for time travel to be worth it, you have to know you're doing it.

Rule #3: Here's the kicker: I can only watch the world unfold exactly as it did before.

Rule #3: Here's the kicker: I can only watch the world unfold exactly as it did before. I can learn new lessons, feel new emotions, and think new thoughts.

Rule #3: Here's the kicker: I can only watch the world unfold exactly as it did before. I can learn new lessons, feel new emotions, and think new thoughts. But I can't change a thing.

You're probably asking: What the eff's the point? Well, I'll tell you...

You're probably asking: What the eff's the point? Well, I'll tell you... I can hit the snooze button for two weeks straight,

You're probably asking: What the eff's the point? Well, I'll tell you... I can hit the snooze button for two weeks straight, eat the same spoonful of gelato all night,

You're probably asking: What the eff's the point? Well, I'll tell you... I can hit the snooze button for two weeks straight, eat the same spoonful of gelato all night, or relive my first kiss twenty times.

Mostly, like a man watching a rerun of his favorite show, I can lose myself in the moment even though I know what's coming.

I can watch the people I love do the things I love them for, over and over.

I can watch the people I love do the things I love them for, over and over. I can watch my mind make horrible decisions and try to love myself anyway.

You would probably do the same if you could.

You would probably do the same if you could. Actually, maybe you are. Maybe you've just forgotten.

You would probably do the same if you could. Actually, maybe you are. Maybe you've just forgotten. How would you know?

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