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Sand through an hourglass (Friday Fictioneers)

November 3, 2022


The perfect disguise for my time travel machine. A gleaming green beauty. It will seem as though I have just stepped from my vehicle after a long commute. I didn’t take into account that traveling machines in the future would look far different… And operate far differently.

They fly for one.

They’re electric for another.

I’m pinched as soon as I emerge. Robotic faces stare impassively at me. “Sir, if you would come this way.”

It wasn’t a choice. My machine will return to where I came from.

They’ll know the experiment worked.

And I’ll be stuck here. For now.

This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

You can read more FF prompt responses here

Word Count: 100

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  1. I always look forward to reading your stories. This one is comic and inventive

  2. Dear Laurie,

    Now that time machine woudl be conspicuous indeed. I hope someone comes to rescue him soon. Nicely done.



  3. Still waiting for those flying cars we were promised – maybe one day, although I’d quite like an old 2CV as well – perhaps not for time travel though!

  4. Mission accomplished! Sort of. But this time traveler seems to have the right attitude. Love your take on the prompt, Laurie.

  5. The 2CV was originally designed to go places that other cars couldn’t, so it’s quite fitting it should progress to the next level!

  6. What an iconic time travelling machine ❤

  7. I love the character’s ability to stay calm and reasoned under such pressure.

  8. I love a good time machine story. I suppose a 2CV is better than a DeLorean, at least the colors fun! Creative story, Laurie.

  9. “For now” is the key for surely a new invention is on the way.

  10. It may not look like what it is, but it will be noticed. Fun story, Laurie.

  11. The inventor certainly doesn’t bother to be afraid or discouraged! I can almost hear the gears grinding in his brain toward his next invention.

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