The Conversation

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There are many special numbers 7 works for me, you will have your own numbers, although many people it seems never find their own special numbers. Brogan however knew her number only to well. 2727 that was the year that she stumbled upon the real secret of time travel.

I should point out that time travel had been possible since 2027 but between the year 2027 and 2727, anyone who undertook to time travel never returned. For between these dates traveling in time meant having a one way ticket. But in the year 2727, people started coming back.

Jessie Dunn was the first …

Footnote: This story developed last night as I was trying to get to sleep. I will be posting the full version on my website soon.

This Post Has 55 Comments

  1. Claire Fuller

    That is such an intriguing last line. Wonderful.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Clare: I am so pleased that you picked up on the last line. My view of it’s meaning is very grim.

    2. Michael Humphris

      Hi Claire. I have posted a ‘follow up’ to my time travel story. Posted at this weeks Friday Fictioneers

  2. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    I take it 2727 wasn’t any better than 2017? Otherwise, why would they want to come back. 😉

    I understand the dilemma of not being able to upload the prompt photo. How does the story relate to the photo?

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Rochelle, when the time traveller started returning, they were all quite dead. The scientists in 2727 soon develope a understanding of the terrible nature of time travel.

      The prompt photo shows a group of customers talking to the Dinner’s owner. Their conversation is about the recent spate of bodies that are appearing across the street from them, at the historic site of a time travel centre.

      1. rochellewisoff

        Thank you, Michael. It makes sense now. 😉

        1. Michael Humphris

          Hi Rochelle. I have posted a ‘follow up’ about my time travel story. Follow up story posted on this weeks Friday Fictioneers, I hope that this is ok, I will try not to make a habit of doing this. Mike

  3. neilmacdon

    That is huge fun

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Neil, I can assure you that had I been able to post the second half of this conversation. The conversation would turn very grim….

    2. Michael Humphris

      Hi Neil I have posted a ‘follow up’ about my time travel story. posted at this weeks Friday Fictioneers

  4. Joe Owens

    Time travel loosens the bonds of story-telling in such a freeing way you can really go anywhere and be anything?

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am beginning to learn that. The second half of the conversation in the replica dinner of 2727, turns quite grim. So pleased to receive your feed back, thank you.

    2. Michael Humphris

      Hi Joe. I have posted a ‘follow up’ about my time travel story. Follow up story posted on this weeks Friday Fictioneers

  5. Lynn Love

    Well, what an intriguing opening for a story! Let’s hope it doesn’t get too grim too quickly! Nicely spun, Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Lynn, time will tell.

      1. Lynn Love

        My pleasure 🙂

  6. Iain Kelly

    Great idea Michael, one to expand on definitely.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for your comment lain. Perhaps a little development of this story might be in order.

  7. jellico84

    It is a interesting concept, time travel. Can’t wait to where this story goes from here. My fave number is 250… don’t remember why or if it means anything, just is.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much for your great feedback.

    2. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for your interest. At present I have two possible lines of development for this story. Time will tell which one wins out. My view is why not 250…

    3. Michael Humphris

      Hi Jellico, I have posted a ‘follow up’ about my time travel story. Follow up story posted on this weeks Friday Fictioneers

  8. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    Ouch.. there might be a reason why they keep coming back… maybe in the end the past will get overcrowded.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Bjorn, thank you for your insightful comment, but the real reason is just the opposite!

    2. Michael Humphris

      Hi Bjorn. I have posted a ‘follow up’ about my time travel story. Follow up story posted on this weeks Friday Fictioneers

    3. Michael Humphris

      Hi Bjorn, I have posted a ‘follow up’ about my time travel story. Follow up story posted on this weeks Friday Fictioneers

  9. Alicia Jamtaas

    Hopefully when they come back it is to readjust and refuel with friends and family. Intriguing, this.

    1. Michael Humphris

      At present the way this story? is developing it is unlikely that they will rejoin with their families. I have two potential paths for this story to take, one path is grim, the other path is very very grim.

    2. Michael Humphris

      Hi Alicia, I have posted a ‘follow up’ about my time travel story. Follow up story posted on this weeks Friday Fictioneers

  10. Dale

    I think I’ll wait for time travel when it is tried and true… I wouldn’t want to not be able to come back… oh wait… maybe some days I would!

    1. Michael Humphris

      There is a rather tragic development for humanity linked to this story! I am trying to make myself write it, or should that be type it.

    2. Michael Humphris

      Hi Dale, I have posted a ‘follow up’ about my time travel story. Follow up story posted on this weeks Friday Fictioneers

  11. Sascha Darlington

    I love time travel stories. Yours is intriguing. Where did all of the people end up?

    1. Michael Humphris

      If I can bring myself to develop this story? Where they end up, it may well surprise you.

      1. Sascha Darlington

        I like to be surprised, especially in reading. I read so much that surprises are very welcome! 🙂

        1. Michael Humphris

          I will try, so pleased that you read a lot. Frustratingly my voracious reading appetite has disappeared at present. Perhaps it has been teleported into the past

    2. Michael Humphris

      Hi Sascha, I have posted a ‘follow up’ about my time travel story. Follow up story posted on this weeks Friday Fictioneers

  12. Rowena

    Good luck with writing the extended version. Well done.
    xx Rowena

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rowena.

    2. Michael Humphris

      Hi Rowena, I have posted a ‘follow up’ about my time travel story. Follow up story posted on this weeks Friday Fictioneers

  13. yarnspinnerr

    2 and 7 are unpredictable numbers though you shall not find this detailed in any of the numerology sites.
    Loved this tale.

    1. Michael Humphris

      What you say about 2 and 7 is great, as my tale about time travel has a rather unpredictable outcome. Thanking you for the comment.

    2. Michael Humphris

      Hi Yarnspinnerr, I have posted a ‘follow up’ about my time travel story. Follow up story posted on this weeks Friday Fictioneers

      1. yarnspinnerr

        I read it and found it to be
        truly unpredictable. Thanks for making my comment come true.

  14. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    Great first line that draws you in. The last line opened so many possibilities. Nicely done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for your kind comments.

    2. Michael Humphris

      Hi, Life Lessons, I have posted a ‘follow up’ about my time travel story. Follow up story posted on this weeks Friday Fictioneers

  15. patriciaruthsusan

    Interesting story, Mike. I don’t think I’d take a chance with time travel. I’d probably be one of those who didn’t come back. Good writing. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Suzanne I think you have made the right choice

    2. Michael Humphris

      Hi Suzanne, I have posted a ‘follow up’ about my time travel story. Follow up story posted on this weeks Friday Fictioneers

  16. rgayer55

    I think I might rather visit the past than the future, but who knows. At least you’d have some inkling of what to expect when you got there.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It might depend on in which way one materialises. If I manage to post the next section of the conversation, you might plump for the future.

    2. Michael Humphris

      Hi Russell, I have posted a ‘follow up’ about my time travel story. Follow up story posted on this weeks Friday Fictioneers

  17. Michael Wynn

    Interesting, although there is a dichotomy.Time travel is available from 2027. I understand a one way ticket if you’re going back in time, because the past doesn’t have time travel yet, but if anytime after 2027 does why can’t they get a one way ticket back at least, or is it only time travel forwards?

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Michael, my story [The Conversation] is still developing. I have posted a second part on this weeks Friday Fictioneers. I will try to deal with the dichotomy in what I trust and hope will be a third and finial post. Perhaps next week if the prompt picture allows it.

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