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The Time Traveler

Pamela delights in traveling and writing outside of her career in the public sector. Her work has appeared in Friday Flash Fiction, 50-Word Stories, and The New York Times Metropolitan Diary. She is stoked to be published in Daily Science Fiction.

I fell in love with a time traveler. Several years my senior, he stilled himself for hours, caressing my skin, gazing into my eyes, as if he could hardly believe my heart was his. "Why become a time traveler?" I once asked, concerned he would soon depart.
"I wasn't always," he answered, drawing me nearer. "Before this voyage, I was a biologist."
"Really! A biologist?" I marveled, raising a cigarette to my lips. "Why change course now?" I pressed.
Taking my hand into his, he replied in barely a whisper, "because I was not able to cure cancer until after your death."
The End
This story was first published on Wednesday, July 20th, 2022


Author Comments

This piece sprung to life from a three-word writing prompt--A Time Traveler. Within minutes of seeing it, snapshots began flooding my mind--images in that faded, sand-dusty color from a time long past. Two characters, vibrant in existence, presence and essence, thriving on the outskirts of the present. The "time traveler" is the one who drew me into his world, allowing open access to an intimate moment of his time.

- Pamela Horitani
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