Photo Copyright: Al Forbes
This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction-December 3rd, 2017. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt taken by him or sent in by one of the participants in the group of writers. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt. This week’s prompt was taken by Al Forbes himself. Thanks, Al.
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Genre: Science Fiction
Word Count: 200 Words
AHEAD IN TIME by P.S. Joshi
Frank entered the room where he kept his greatest invention, the Time Regulator. It was an improvement on a time machine. He could land within a second of a minute at his chosen destination.
He’d often wanted to travel to the year 2080 and see how his neighborhood at the base of the Blackford Cliffs had fared.
He stepped into the small enclosure, sat, and prepared the indicator for Saturday, June 22, 2080, Blackford Village, U.K. He clicked on the start pad and felt the jerk of movement forward in time.
Rather than landing in the village, he was about five feet from the cliff. Only half the village remained. A few old people slowly came out of the houses.
One of the men limped forward and spoke.
“Sir, what is this you’ve landed in?”
“Don’t be afraid. I’ve come from the past to see what’s become of my old neighborhood at the base of the cliff.”
A woman then spoke.
“I’m sorry to tell you those houses are under the water. Some scientists come occasionally and dive to the site to study it. About fifteen years ago the water level increased to finally cover the roofs.”