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Drama Science Fiction

“Are you sure you want to do this?” 

Era tied her black hair in a braid and stepped into the large glass cylinder. “Yes. I want to see how people think about me in the future.” 

Era Rodriguez smoothed out her black jumpsuit and slid on a pair of black combat gloves. The lab was empty except for her and her best friend, Mason, who was working on a time travel project. 

Mason ruffled his short brown hair. “Era, I could get in trouble for this.” 

Era waved a hand dismissively and grinned. “Mason, it’ll be fine. I’ll be there and back in ten minutes. Bada bing, bada boom.” she slapped her hands together. “Don’t be such a wimp. We’re in our twenties! Let’s live!” 

“I don’t want to lose my job!” Mason replied hotly, but he strolled over to a large panel of buttons. “Ready?” 

Era nodded and grinned. “Born ready!” 

There was a flash of light, and she was gone. 

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Era slammed into the ground on her chest and groaned. Ouch. 

She stood up and dusted herself off, then gazed in awe at her surroundings. 

She was on a busy sidewalk, and people fully dressed in either white or black hurried past her. The streets were busy, full of navy blue cars that hummed quietly. Huge white and silver buildings cast shadows on the streets, blocking out the bright sun. 

Era climbed to her feet quickly as people hurried past her, giving her looks. Then she noticed- everyone had brown or blonde hair. Her black hair stood out like a flamingo in a sea of geese. 

Era grinned a little and kept her head down, searching for a place where she could find the date. If Mason’s calculations were correct, she was in the year 2067. She traveled from 2060.

She stopped outside a large bank, and there was a small calendar on the corner of the front window. June 13th, 2067. 

Era whooped. She broke into a run down the road, sprinting for Mongolia Avenue- Mason’s street. 

Era yelled happily as she ran, cutting into an alley shortcut, but stopped suddenly, her smile melting away. A group of guys wearing loose black clothes were huddled around something. Era pressed her ear to the conversation, her heart pounding. 

“Didja see this?” one guy growled. 

“That bozo’s time travel had to have worked. Says she was killed this year.” another muttered. 

“We should track him down.” a third suggested. 

“We’re going to, and he’s going to give us what we want,” the second voice said gruffly. Era heard a gun click, and the men laughed. Could they be talking about… her? 

“Excuse me?” Era called, stepping out from behind a building. “Who are you talking about?” 

The guys all whipped around and stared at her. One pulled out a gun and pointed it right at her, and Era quickly raised her sweaty palms into the air. “I’m just wondering. Who died?” 

“She got black hair, Mick,” one of the guys said gruffly around his big brown beard. “No one got black hair anymore ‘cept her.” 

“Are you Era Rodriguez?” the gunman demanded, waving the pistol a little. 

“Yes, I am,” Era replied quickly, keeping her hands up. 

“Well well. You know Mason Koro?” the gunman asked, smirking. 

Era nodded, suspicious, but keeping up a frightened demeanor. 

“Well, well, well. You die tomorrow, princess.” the gunman laughed, then straightened the pistol, lining the hole up between her eyebrows. “We can speed up that process if you don’t help us out.” 

“What do you want?” Era pleaded, her hands shaking. “I don’t have any money!” 

She took three years of drama class. The men totally bought her frightened act. 

“We want you to bring us to this Mason Koro so he can take us back to 2060. We have some unfinished business there,” Mr. Gunboy said coolly. “Take us there or die now. Your choice.” 

Era nodded numbly and slowly lowered her hands. The men all followed up behind her, like some sort of pack. She led the way at a quick walk toward Mason’s house. 

Mason had clearly done well- his house was big and grey sided, with a large oak door. Era led the way up and pounded on it. 

Mason swung the door open. He had longish hair now, and round glasses. He peered at them for a second. “Who are you people?” 

“Mason, it’s me! Era!” Era exclaimed quickly, happiness fluttering through her chest. “It worked! See!” 

She gestured to her black hair. 

Mason smiled sadly. “I knew it would work.” 

Era drew her eyebrows together, confused, and touched his shoulder. “What’s wrong?” 

“Well… when I sent you forward, I got caught. I lost my job.” Mason sighed. “Plus, did you know what happens tomorrow?” 

The guy holding a gun stepped forward and thrust the paper at Era. It read in a big headline on top- 

GANG SHOOTS DOWN PEDESTRIAN

Era gasped at the photo below- a color picture of two men with their backs to the camera and a dark-haired woman laying on the ground, lifeless. 

The victim was identified later as Era Rodriguez, and the assassins are still pending investigation. 

Era turned around slowly, eyes still fixed on the paper. Then she glared at the man holding the gun. “You shot me?” 

“Yes ma’am,” the gunman growled. “Name’s Mick. We caught your friend here on the street yesterday and he sent us forward, then back. Know why we shot you?” 

“Why?” Era demanded hotly. 

“Because you’re a cop, missy. You put my men in prison for three years.” 

Era stared at the paper. So this is how I’m remembered. Great. For putting someone in prison then being shot dead for it. 

“Wait. If I’m a cop, then I can arrest you!” Era exclaimed. She kicked the gunman in the gut and swiped his weapon, then pointed it at him, then turned and without thinking, sprinted into the streets. 

“Nate!” Mick roared, and one of his guys pulled out a gun and chased her with Mick following close behind. The others stayed and pushed Mason back into his house. 

Nate started firing shots at Era’s back, and she shot back over her shoulder blindly. Mick growled and grabbed the gun from Nate, who ducked immediately as he shot off a round of bullets, sending other pedestrians running and screaming. 

Suddenly, Era stopped dead in her tracks. She gasped and dropped her gun, and it hit the ground with a clatter the second before she did. 

Within minutes police, ambulances, and newspaper reporters were on the scene. 

***

The next day 

Mason Kolo stepped onto his front step as the morning paper was tossed onto the stairs. His face broke into a frown, and then he tossed the paper into the bushes. It landed faceup as he slammed the door closed behind him. 

GANG SHOOTS DOWN PEDESTRIAN

August 30, 2020 01:38

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Natasha Liu
04:28 Sep 08, 2020

I like how fast-paced the story is, and the tension was palpable. It makes me want to read on to find out more!

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Megan Sutherland
11:16 Sep 08, 2020

Thanks so much!!!

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Meggy House
20:56 Sep 05, 2020

Hold on, holy-quacamole, is Era called Era like...an era in time? You are so clever for doing that!

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Megan Sutherland
00:32 Sep 06, 2020

Hehe, maybe 😀

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Zainab Shahid
11:14 Sep 05, 2020

I submitted my first story in this contest please read it and tell me about it. Thanks!

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Megan Sutherland
14:21 Sep 05, 2020

I will read it, but please read some of my stuff before just asking me to do things. :/

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18:32 Sep 01, 2020

Awesome story, Megan!! I loved it!!

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Megan Sutherland
19:34 Sep 01, 2020

Thank you so much Deepshikha! I am so grateful to you for everything!

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02:01 Sep 02, 2020

You're welcome:)

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Milja Luomala
19:40 Sep 07, 2020

Hi, this was short but sweet. :) I thought the dialogue was well written and you used some methaphors in a really natural way. I see that a bunch of other people have also asked this so no pressure, but I posted my first story on reedsy for this same prompt, and I would love some feedback! :)

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Megan Sutherland
19:42 Sep 07, 2020

Sure, and thanks so much!

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Laiba Noor
10:02 Sep 07, 2020

I really like your story..I started reading your story coz mine is also like you but my story has reverse storyline... would you like to read my story " Miracle of Quantum physics" I'm really curious to know your views on it.

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Megan Sutherland
12:37 Sep 07, 2020

Sure, I might not get to it right away because a bunch of people asked me to read as well. I'll comment when I get to it

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Laiba Noor
13:27 Sep 07, 2020

No problem... ☺

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Laiba Noor
13:28 Sep 07, 2020

No problem... ☺

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Nirosha P
08:40 Sep 06, 2020

This story was so complicated and I love it for that! Time travel stories are always complicated and you aced this one! Keep writing! :)

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Rachel Yoritomi
13:49 Sep 05, 2020

I really like the character name "Era" you chose in your story. This prompt was the first one I submitted to on Reedsy, so it's nice to see what other authors have submitted. Great work!

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Megan Sutherland
14:22 Sep 05, 2020

Thank you so much!!

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Bryce Lauren
13:20 Sep 05, 2020

Very well crafted! I like how it didn't have your cliche "happily ever after ending". Great job!

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Megan Sutherland
14:22 Sep 05, 2020

Haha, thanks!!!

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Meggy House
12:07 Sep 05, 2020

Wow! This is so nice! I loved the twist of Era being a c** (don't want to spoil it) and taking her life into her own hands, literally. Also, poor Mason. If you wouldn't mind, could you read one of my stories? This is my first time in a competition and I would love feedback! :)

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Megan Sutherland
14:21 Sep 05, 2020

Sure! Thanks so much!

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Meggy House
14:26 Sep 05, 2020

Thank you!

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Indra Hatpins
09:51 Sep 05, 2020

Hi Megan! Good story. I noticed that you tend to use the characters' names too many times. For example, in the opening lines, you could have use the protagonist's full name first and then employ 'she' after. 2nd line: Era RODRIGUEZ tied her black hair in a braid and stepped into the large glass cylinder. 4th line: SHE smoothed out her black jumpsuit. Hope you find this constructive. Cheers!

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Megan Sutherland
14:20 Sep 05, 2020

I do, thank you so much!

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Indra Hatpins
20:02 Sep 06, 2020

I would really appreciate it if you could find the time to read my submission. It is my first!

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Megan Sutherland
20:15 Sep 06, 2020

Sure! I have a bunch of people who want me to as well, so I will get to your page when I can. Thanks!

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18:56 Sep 01, 2020

I upvoted some of your comments and now you're on #96 on the leaderboard. Congrats!!🎉🎊

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Megan Sutherland
19:33 Sep 01, 2020

OH MY GOSH THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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02:00 Sep 02, 2020

You're welcome! Would you mind checking out my first story?

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Megan Sutherland
03:30 Sep 02, 2020

Sure, I will tomorrow! Goodnight!

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03:31 Sep 02, 2020

Goodnight! Btw it is morning in my country.

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Megan Sutherland
03:57 Sep 02, 2020

Wow! That's cooool I don't really think about it that way. Logging off!

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05:03 Sep 01, 2020

Wow, great story! You made the dialogue really clear and I loved the word choice.

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Megan Sutherland
13:01 Sep 01, 2020

Thank you so much!

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Now this was awesome. I don't normally read science fiction but you definitely had me hooked. I was disappointed when I saw I was almost done reading. Great job Megan. If you don't mind, can you check my stories? Doesn't matter which one.

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Megan Sutherland
14:25 Aug 30, 2020

Of course, and thank you so much Melony!

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Avery G.
02:15 Aug 30, 2020

Wow! This was good, Megan! I really loved it! The ending was great! Amazing job!

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Megan Sutherland
02:27 Aug 30, 2020

Thanks so much Avery!

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Avery G.
02:30 Aug 30, 2020

You're welcome!

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