Write about a character who wakes up in the future and learns that their legacy has outlasted them — for better or worse.
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“Gift To The World” by Delia Strange
Hors d’oeuvres on silver platters were carried around the room by white gloved hands. Dr Tina Merriman, dressed in a glittering emerald gown and holding a flute of champagne, looked down at the crowd below. Perhaps two hundred people were assembled on the street, punching fists into the air or holding signs with misspelt phrases. Dr Mark Abbot joined her side and glanced at the crowd before tipping his wine glass in her ...
“Human Nature” by Jon Casper
I open my eyes to a sky of impossible blue. It’s cool, but not cold. From the clearing where I lay, I see a few sanguine leaves remaining on the surrounding maples — strange, since it’s the middle of summer.The last thing I remember was walking into Marvin’s lab, waiting for him to wrap up his latest cold fusion experiment. I knew he’d offer a sympathetic yet objective ear for my grim discovery. Then the world slanted and twisted like a whirlpool, and I felt my senses darkening. Now … this.Levering to m...
“To Boldly Go...” by Jude S. Walko
John and Sarah Burroughs beget David, who beget Tyler, who beget Abner, who beget George, who beget Edgar. It sounded like some humdrum bible verse; the kind a monotone Quaker preacher might drone on with to his congregation, in a musty Massachusetts one-roomed church house, during the dead heat of summer. Sweltering humidity and palpable boredom lay about heavily.But it became a mantra for little Edgar; one that he would recite his entire life. It helped ground him in reality, in that it reminded him from when, and...
“A Future Wisely Sea-shelled” by J. Storbakken
She awoke, and plugged in the MacBook. The screen lit up, and she opened the file she had to re-check. The old list of pregnancy tips, the one which she once used four years ago when she was pregnant with her first child. James and Paola were, at the outset of this story, about to celebrate their fourth marriage anniversary. They were getting ready to take a short vacation to Naples, and Paola was riddled with a nervousness about the idea of traveling, thinking about her pregnancy. On the way: her second child: on the way to a new life he...
“Numb” by Saptarshi Mukherjee
“Where am I?”The white painted room with a bright white light blinded him momentarily.“What can you tell us about the pill Necrophilam?” a voice edged with steel threw the question at him. Her face was hard to make out against the blinding light which created a halo around her head.“What?” he asked her. “What is that?”“Ok. Let’s try this again. Do you know of the compounds moxizypin and edenovora?” she asked.He tried to think but the headache made it all but impossible.“What?”Without showin...
“Don’t Transport Me to the Distant Future I’m Only the Piano Player” by Ol Bezza
I don’t think I was meant to go this far forwards. They’ve changed the years again, which means I’ve gone far enough that the old ‘common era’ contrivance had obviously gotten too unwieldy for them or they had just lost track. I found this out much later, I might add—when they woke me up I had more pressing questions than whatever...
“A Future Frozen” by Sean Hanson
The ice surrounding Dr. Raynovic had begun to thin and melt. The man could feel the water beginning to accumulate on his skin and the frozen cocoon around him opening. With tremendous difficulty, he stretched his hands and feet, attempting to wake them and remind his body how to operate. His limbs slowly began to twitch, then shift, and finally move within his confined space. A loud beeping became deafening to the ears ...
“Black, Violet, Green, then Yellow” by Nicholas Castine
Ten years of sleep will make you cold. The liquid nitrogen sees to that. It cools your bones, muscles, and mind. It was clear to her that there was a connection between heat and memory. She lay on the aluminum table trying to understand the questions the doctors asked her, but she was too cold, her memories hadn’t yet thawed. “Mrs. Trudell, do you remember anything from your time before?” a doctor aske...
“Time is a circle” by THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GAY
This is an era of great change. It is always an era of great change. Time is a cycle and reincarnation is a true gift few remember and when they do it makes them throw up. I miss so much and so many which is strange really because this is the point where I forget once more. My life, my mind in many bodies. So many pairs of hands. God, the things hands can do. You most likely want a lesson from ...
“So Little Virgin Blood” by Elizabeth Fenley
So Little Virgin Blood By Elizabeth Fenley The newborn babies are easy to silence while I drink their blood from their savaged necks until I feel it go sour as their hearts stop beating. I stuff tiny bodies into a red box attached to the wall in this too bright room. I am able to suck three dry this time before the person in odd light blue apparel returns to care for...
“The Pause” by Coltrane Rogers
The square room was of white walls, white canvas and white light.From each corner hid no shadow; not a mote of dust lingered, and not a sound was heard.A cryogenic bed was fixed in the middle of the room with a digital counter atop the glass frame.The last minute of the timer fell and as the numbers showed zero, a door on the far side of the room opened.The bed unlatched with a wheeze and a naked man sat upright.“Dr Fischer,” spoke a voice, “another year has passed. The procedure will be resumed.”...
“What Happened to Yesterday” by Jewel Paul
As I wake up in a bed that isn't mine, the winter breeze compliments the cracked window in front of me. This house doesn’t look the same as when it was when I fell asleep. The more I explore the house that isn't my own, the more I realize how familiar it seems. It was my grandparent’s old home that no one used. This house served as a safe haven for our family. But why would I be here? Out of all the places in the world. ...
“Well in Time” by Suma Jayachandar
CW: Reference to autism, self-harm. All it took was a touch. To see that the concept of time and space is an illusion of the mind. When Fiona James woke up, she didn’t remember it though. She always woke up 5 minutes before the alarm went off. It was her routine to mentally go through the day’s schedule while still in bed. It was not a casual tabula...
“The Bees” by Clark Graham
“There you are. Hey, Vinney, it worked.” “Why did you waste the energy bringing her here?” “I wanted her to see what she’s done.” Dorothy focused on the grey metal walls around her. “Where am I? How did I get here?” A man in a white coverall smiled. “I’m John. I brought you here.” “Brought me where?” She tried to stand up but the low ceiling prevented her. She sat back down. “Thi...
“I Just Wanted to See You” by Charline Desrosiers
There was an explosion. There was darkness. Then, there were lights. Hospital lights. I recognized them instantly, for they feel different than other lights you encounter. They are whiter, sharper, harsher than the ones you find in your living room. Already, my brain was in “search” mode, trying to remember how I had ...
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