A Timely Distraction

Photo By: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Nanotechnology meds ensured Ben lived until 2050. The divorcee sank all his savings into one time travel trip to provide a timely distraction.


Ben and Jasmine were preparing to welcome the new year of 1930 when their first fight started. Ben was so angry, he prepared a crushing retort, one that would surely end the marriage…and then the phone rang.

“What?” he growled into the phone.

“Happy New Year,” said the ancient, creaky voice.

Taken aback, he said “You too.”

Ben hung up, perplexed and forgetting his angry words. As the countdown reached zero, he kissed his wife, and they never fought again.
Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2020/01/01/3-january-2020/

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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28 Responses to A Timely Distraction

  1. bearmkwa says:

    Great story! Would that it could always be so.

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    I see a grandfather paradox in the offing

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  3. I think that maybe he wouldn’t live to so old if everything changed… but it would be a much better life in the end.

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  4. GHLearner says:

    What a unique way to look at time travel. A chance to go back and change one thing in life we regret… I love it.

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  5. siobhan1967 says:

    This was a great take on the prompt, really inventive. Poor old Ben, he must have regretted those words so many times.

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  6. I love the fantasy feel of this story! And, I wish it could happen. There would be moments I’d want to revisit or change. Very creative.

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  7. Dale says:

    Now THAT is time travel put to good use!
    Lovely, Eric!

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  8. Dear Eric,

    I love a good time travel story. The pragmatist in me wonders what events changed as a result of Ben’s going back to mend the fences. It would make a great longer piece. 😉



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  9. granonine says:

    Wonderful story, Eric. I love the Old Ben making contact with the Young Ben. Took me a second to figure it out:) And I’m going to go find your book 🙂

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  10. pennygadd51 says:

    Interesting and entertaining take on the prompt. You do wonderfully well to convey such a complex train of thought in 100 words!

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  11. msjadeli says:

    I like your story. It is well-told. I also like the concept. Perhaps one day we can revisit moments that we always seem to be able to see clearly in retrospect, and do it differently. I’d have to save up for a long time to revisit all of mine…


  12. draliman says:

    I you could go back and change just one thing… nice one!

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