My THEME for the A to Z challenge 2017 is an ongoing speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.
Each letter post is titled and inspired by a commonly misused word or phrase.
The story started with All Intents and Purposes.
I catch up with Mr. Bennett after school.
I’m going to have to give you more difficult writing prompts for your journal.
We both laugh.
“There isn’t a point to writing to your younger self though. My older self, that would make sense. At least the intended person might read it.”
He shakes his head. “Anah, the point wasn’t for it to be read. The point was to reflect.”
I shrug. “If a time traveler appeared and offered to go back to abduct you at my age, to bring your young self to this time so you could raise yourself, would you do it?” Consider that I could be friends with that young you. It would be a chance to grow up knowing you aren’t the only telepath.
It’s a nice thought. You’re giving me a lot of leeway with that, some which is enticing and some which is dangerous. But no, I don’t think I would do it.
Because it might create a time paradox?
No. I grew up without the added fear of the HSMTF. I don’t envy your position, knowing what it is to be hunted for who or what you are rather than a choice you make.
I dig in my bag for my grapefruit mints, offering him one before taking my own. The tangy coolness fills my mouth as I consider what the world must have been like without that task force.
“At last, I got you to reflect!” Mr. Bennett grins. “You should journal the thoughts you’re having now.”
Yeah, I’ll go write down more evidence to be used against me.
Mr. Bennett shakes his head at my sarcastic remark. I feel a lecture coming on.
If a time traveler offered to go get younger you, would you want the chance to raise yourself in our present time?
by J Lenni Dorner
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