Entanglement #Friday Fictioneers (Genre Sci Fi)

The pay phone rang.  He jumped.
“Uh, hello?”
“Dude,” said the voice on the other end. “Listen, there’s no time.  You got to come to this phone and dial the number by the handset in exactly twenty years.  Got it?”
“What?  Who is this?”
“No time, man!  The gas main’s about to explode!  Run!”
He ran, and the world caught fire behind him.

Twenty years later, he returns just as he was told.  He slips the coins into the slot and counts one ring before someone answers.
“Uh, hello?”
“Dude,” he says.  “Listen, there’s no time…”

———-

I’m excited to have one of my own photos as the prompt!  It’s licensed under Creative Commons with Attribution, so anyone can use it so long as they credit me.  Anyway…Every Friday, writers from all around the world write 100 word (or thereabouts) flash fiction based on a photo posted that Wednesday on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog.

I welcome constructive criticism; without it I cannot grow as a writer.  The weekly photo that inspired this story is below:

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About glossarch

The word "glossarch" doesn't exist. At least, not yet. But let's pretend it does for a second. The first part is "gloss," a word that comes to us from Ancient Greek via Latin and English. It means "language." The second part also comes from Ancient Greek and can mean "having power over." So "glossarch" means simply "language controller." So what am I doing making up words? Well, I made up an entire language once. It's called Angosey. So I'm the Glossarch of Angosey. I'm currently a doctorate student in volcano seismology (a branch of geophysics). I enjoy writing fiction and poetry, launching balloons, programming, and hanging out with my lovely wife! Follow me on Twitter! Writing and language creation: @glossarch Balloons and science: @bovineaerospace
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12 Responses to Entanglement #Friday Fictioneers (Genre Sci Fi)

  1. Hannah says:

    Will it ever end?

  2. Shreyank says:

    If I got this story correctly its like a time travel loop ! ?

  3. Dear Danny,
    Thanks for the use of your photo. It’s garnering quite a gaggle of diverse stories.
    I really like your story. Eerie feel to it. Very Twilight Zone-ish.
    shalom,
    Rochelle

  4. As Will Farrell’s character once memorably put it, “That’s mindbottling!” Makes my mind go around and around just thinking about it.

    Thanks for the picture and enjoy your weekend,

    janet

  5. Timey-wimey, darling. Very nice.

  6. Jan Brown says:

    Oooh, good time travel story! Or…time-spanning communication story. Very intriguing!

    Here’s mine: http://mezzojan.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/kip-and-dredge-in-the-22nd-century/

  7. Where would we be without time-dilation 🙂

  8. Sometimes it’s funny the things we take pictures of.

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