Flash Friday – A Quick Jaunt Through Time

Chase fiddled with the note in his pocket that he hadn’t put there.  All week he had wondered what it meant. “It’s a time travel device. Don’t use.”  The package on the table, which held a steel orb adorned with a button and a knob, was addressed in the same hand as the note.

As Chase examined the orb, a note was suddenly slipped under the door. Same handwriting, the words, “You must use that to save the world.”  At that very moment a brick flew through the window, a note rubber banded to it. “DO NOT USE!” All the same hand. His hand. He looked at the orb, thinking.


FLASH! It’s Flash Friday, the day when Seeking New Earth authors write short stories up to 1000 words (“flash fiction”) or 110 words (“microfiction”). Both are sure to invigorate the imagination and stimulate the synapses. Did you like what you read? Want to explore the story some more? Or maybe you want to try your own hand at some flash fiction? Leave us a comment below!  If you’d like to read more, search “flash fiction” in the search bar above.

5 thoughts on “Flash Friday – A Quick Jaunt Through Time

  1. Very nice — it reminds me a lot of those pictures you’d get every once in a while in grade school that just begged for a story — but you knew if you pinned it down to just one story, it would do injustice to all the possibilities. You used the short space of the microfiction to great effect here!

  2. I demand that you and Jon cease writing noodle-scratching time travel. That, or I need to learn how to give it a shot. I think I will. Might. Maybe. One day.

    I’ve got an idea for how to express and reveal by fiction the relativity of time dilation during near-C travel. But NOT in flash fiction O.o

    1. Mike! Brandon has no idea what time travel story you’re talking about — I haven’t published it, and I didn’t send it his way! It’s been rejected by a trio of publishers at this point. I’m going to keep trying on that one, though, so it may never see the day of light here…!

      1. Wait wait wait wait wait! Are you talking about a story that you haven’t actually even written yet?!?! Wh- Are y- Is thi————– Are you writing this from the future?!?!!?

        Holy crap, I knew it. Time travel IS real!!!

      2. I sent myself a manuscript from the future. No big; happens all the time. Like that time I got a copy of Game of Thrones from the future? Man, if only they’d gotten the target time right and sent it to me BEFORE Martin published it instead of AFTER!

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