Time Travel

Neuro-tech students gathered on a rooftop, beneath the City-dome, drinks in hand, and watched the decade’s worst electrical storm.

“Shortest night… solstice?”

“Yeah.”

“I went in today.”

“You didn’t-“

“There was no fear, y’know? Back then. They just lived. Under the sun for hours at a time.”

“Really?”

“Barbecues, beers, no sunscreen. It was-“

“Exhilarating?”

“Exactly.”

“100 years?”

“205.”

“Wow- what’s he saying?”

“Have at it! Literally. Offered his memories for the taking. To anyone.”

Lightning cracked purple and blue above, beyond the dome. The sun’s heat always lingering.

“Can I-?”

“Now? Absolutely! Best way to escape the summer.”

© 2021 Rebecca Glaessner


June 18, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features a solstice. What is the era and setting? Use the solstice as a celebration, metaphor, or talking point. Go where the prompt leads!

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  1. Wow, I got no time to work on this prompt. You, nailed it with an amazing concept❤️made an amazing time travel Fiction 😍 electrical storm, Purple lightening, best way to skip summer 😁😅I would skip a lot more to explore the super future generation 😉

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    1. Thanks and me too Simon. I’d love to live long enough to see us advance significantly, and I’m hopeful I will. We’re moving really quick right now, especially in studying the brain, and the knowledge being gained is exciting!

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  2. Your details are well-placed like highlights in a painting. The electrical storm, the city’s dome, hints at the carefree past and the worried future, yet youth still feel youthful and thus hopeful.

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    1. Thanks Charli. There is still much hope to be had! Being consistent each week has seen me enjoy writing these flash pieces more and more. This tag-less dialogue style was also a first for me, I’m glad I got the descriptive placements right! It’s such an art form to shift and change words to craft the image and guide the reader just the way the writer wants.

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