Weekend Writing Warriors – Time Bubble Blues 7

March 24, 2013

Hey there, friends and followers. Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, for another eight sentence snippet of  ‘Time Bubble Blues.’ Jack is reminiscing again about why he went to the TimeBubble building.

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Once Andrew stopped arguing over the premise, there was a lot of negotiation over Jack’s schedule. When he’d first started talking to the people at TimeBubble, he’d imagined that he could stretch out his five months for years and years, until his youngest grand-daughter got married. With only five months to spend, he’d have to be very stingy with his time: graduations, weddings, a few other once-in-a-lifetime events, and Christmas every year of course.

 

But Melissa had tempted him on the subject of birthdays, and he’d shown weakness. The family replied with a united front. It would be unfair, they said, to pick and choose different birthdays. There would be resentments and hurt feelings, and Jack wouldn’t be the one to bear the brunt of them. Either he had to swear off their birthdays entirely, or make it to every one.

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Time Bubble Blues 6

March 17, 2013

Hey there, friends and followers. Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, for another eight sentence snippet of my story ‘Time Bubble Blues.’ I’m going to skip forward just a hair, out of the flashback, and back into Jack’s present predicament.

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Jack tried to figure out what to do. Banging on the door didn’t seem promising. All the time bubble rooms were completely soundproof. There was a layer of vacuum going around the room; that was part of how they built the time bubble field.

There was no other obvious way of signaling outside. The panic button system was so simple, so easy to use, and so apparently foolproof that he’d never asked about a backup. 

Thirty-five hours outside to one hour inside. That meant that by outside time, it was… 3AM tomorrow.

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Time Bubble Blues #5

March 10, 2013

Happy weekend, friends and followers. I’m scrambling to put together this Weekend Writing Warriors! post, because I left it blank all week – so if I missed something, I apologise. This week, we’re still in a flashback, with Jack discussing his reasons for going to TimeBubble…

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“I just want to spend the days I’ve got left surrounded by my family on their happy occasions, to stretch out the months so that I can see my grandchildren graduate and get married.”

“What if something goes wrong?” Andrew asked.

“Nothing will go wrong; they’ve been doing this for years. I go in the room, some tech pushes a button, and time passes up to a hundred times more slowly for me than it does for you. I have a snack, read a book or something, take a nap maybe, and I come out when you show up to give me a ride to the next birthday party, or when the computer running my room has an alarm clock go off. And if I need something that I don’t have inside, if god forbid the toilet backs up or I get a nosebleed, I just push the panic button hanging from my belt, and what do you know? I’m back in the temporal continuum as we know it, and the door opens. If the doctors say I need it, they can rig a panic button up to a heart monitor or some other medical gizmo, so that even if I black out, it can call for help and let the nurses inside.”

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Time Bubble Blues #4

March 3, 2013

Hi there, friends and followers. If it’s early Sunday morning, then it must be time for Weekend Writing Warriors! This time, we’ve left Jack in hot water and gone into a flashback of a conversation with his son Andrew…

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“I’m through scared and I’m on the other side already, and I’ve thought about it,” Jack said. “Inoperable tumors aren’t natural either, or at least they shouldn’t be, but they’re what I’ve got: them, and five months before I’m too sick to get out of bed. And I want to make them count.”

“So, you’re going to lock yourself in a freezer for months at a time, just coming out for birthday parties and special occasions?”

“It’s not a freezer. It’s like a nice hotel room. They’ve got hundreds of them in the local TimeBubble building, and one’s mine for as long as I keep up the payments on it.”

“Level with me. Are you trying to buy yourself more time in case some new treatment gets invented in the future?”

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Time Bubble Blues #3

February 24, 2013

Good morning, friends and followers. Thanks to everybody who shared positive thoughts on last week’s snippet from Time Bubble Blues. Jack is still stuck in pretty hot water…

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He’d spent, what was it, nearly a month in this room, going out into normal time for one or two events every day of his time, watching his grandchildren grow two years older in that time, like a stop-motion of a tree sapling with the weeks passing by in seconds.

Was his family at the TimeBubble facility already? Was Andrew waiting and pacing as technicians worked to extract him from the malfunctioning room? Or had nobody remembered to come pick him up?

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Of all the kids, Andrew had been the only one who didn’t like the idea in the first place. “It doesn’t seem natural, Dad,” he’d said, when Jack brought him all the papers and the brochure from TimeBubble, Inc. “I know that you’re scared, but…”

“This isn’t about scared,” Jack snapped.

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Time Bubble Blues #2

February 17, 2013

Hey everybody! It’s time to be a Weekend Writing Warrior again, and share some more of my new short “The Time Bubble Blues.” Thanks to everybody who commented last week, and big props to the WeWriWa admins. So, here’s my eight sentences for this week!

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He pushed the ‘PANIC’ button on the desk. There was no siren, no green light above the door. Jack went to the door and turned the knob—no good. The door was locked and sealed. A computer voice told him, “I’m sorry, this unit has been sealed in order to protect you. Please use the panic button if you need to exit.”

In a few minutes, he’d pushed every panic button in the room, including the one hanging from his belt. None of them worked.

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Six Sentence Sunday – The Shuttle 5

June 3, 2012

First six. Second six. Third six. Fourth six.

Thanks very much for all your comments so far. I’m going to skip over some routine emergency procedures stuff and pick up where things start to go off procedure.

Dara kept busy asking for more information on the Rescue and Recovery timeline, checking on their orbital status and all the ship’s systems other than the main engine. She was taken by surprise when an unfamiliar figure signaled at the cockpit door. That tall, dark man wasn’t in the cabin crew, but he moved with some authority in free-fall.

Instead of pressing any panic buttons, Dara let the door slide open. “Can I help you, sir?”

Mister dark-skinned and handsome floated smoothly through the cockpit hatch.

Thanks in advance for your comments!


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