Title: Detours in Time
Author: Pamela Schloesser Canepa
Genre: Science Fiction
Young, fiery Tabitha takes a whirlwind trip to the future with Milt, an awkward Science professor. Wonders and curiosities abound. However, their amazing journey soon becomes a race through a maze of challenges and difficult decisions. When an unplanned detour occurs, the two set events into action that may have saved one life only to destroy another. Can these friends of completely different mindsets agree on a course of action that will get them back home without undoing the future they're growing so attached to?
Detours in Time is a fantastic escape that presents many moral dilemmas and surprises on a journey that will either destroy the strongest of friendships or bring two people even closer.
"Another hybrid?" Pinky asked.
"I would surmise, that this little fellow merely adapted. Maybe there's a shortage of the plants this type of caterpillar used to eat. And this specimen is certainly larger than the caterpillars 'back home' so to speak. Necessity brings about change, Tabitha, um, Pinky." He allowed the caterpillar to hook around some of his other fingers, while Pinky stood back, disgusted. "What's wrong? Not enamored with caterpillars, are you?"
"Nope. But I think you knew that. Don't let that near me."
He let it down slowly and hesitantly, as if having been forced to choose between the bug and Pinky. He was like a teenage boy when it came to bugs, worms, caterpillars. Pinky hated bugs, but still found his excitement amusing.
"You like it here, don't you?" It was a statement of fact.
"Of course. And I'd stay if I could. But we can't."
"Why not? It's not like you would change anything that has already happened." Pinky opined.
"Oh, but I might." Pinky frowned in consternation, but he continued. "This future is based on many things that happened between 1997 and 2047. Just imagine what they are doing with cryogenics now! I have a life to live from 1997 to....I don't know what year. To take out just one thing I'm going to do could have a ripple effect. And we can only change the world by living our own lives. That is what I believe. Who knows if I might make an amazing scientific discovery between then and now, other than time travel by Envo, that is, although evidently, someone else took the credit. Perhaps I make even another astounding discovery that someone else will take credit for. And don't forget, I single-handedly unravel the thrill of time travel, rendering it illegal in our land! It is apparent that fame is not my destiny." He had worked himself into a gloomy mood.
"Calm down, Milt." Pinky patted him on the back. "Let's just enjoy what we see around us."
It had been an adventure knowing Milt. Traveling to the time of the American Revolution, the Suffragette movement, Woodstock, which actually wasn't her cup of tea, and back to the time before her parents ever met. She never regretted it. She could return to the exact same minute at which they had left, not even missing a beat.
Outwardly agitated, Milt spoke again. "You are wasting your time with me. I can sense your apprehension and distrust of this future. Why don't we just go home and let you get on with your life?"
"Are you kidding, Milt? What am I gonna do? Live out my life as a starving artist? I attained my educational goals and professional goals, you know, as an 'established artist.' My art lessons merely pay my rent. Should I now get my doctorate in starving artistry? I can't do anything with the knowledge I have gained through traveling with you!" She raised her voice. "I am here solely for the journey. There is no end goal. There is more to life than that. I can indulge in the future and go right back to the moment I left. I love this fluidity of time.....My cat won't even have missed me!" How outrageous they must have looked to the people of this town. Her with her long hair and Nirvana t-shirt, stylishly opposed to what the women of this year were wearing, him with his unruly, chin length dark curls and button down shirt, untucked of course. Who has time for a haircut and tucked shirts when traveling a span of fifty years?
"She wouldn't have missed you anyway," Milt eased up, and chuckled.
Pinky responded with silence. Perhaps she was convinced. She didn't seem hell bent on staying here.
"I see the steam has left your ears. Are we okay?" Milt put his hand on her shoulder.
"You're right. There are so many other things I want to do. And no, finding a husband is not what I mean. Traveling around the world. Jumping from a plane. That sort of thing. But Milt, I intend that you will go with me. "
He struggled for words. "I can't jump from a plane."
"Well, maybe not that. I'll do that on my own, thank you. My first order of business is saving some money for a trip to Canada. I just want to travel somewhere without being afraid to make waves. You know me....So, are you in?"
"Canada would be lovely." He grasped her hand. "This reminds me of the first time I asked you to come along with me, to visit the time of the American Revolution. I like the tables being turned."
"I do too, Milt, and no, my cat never misses me. As long as I fill that food dish!" They both chuckled, and he let go of her hand, remembering to feel awkward, and unsure. What really was there to be unsure about? He did not know the answer, and forgot about it when a butterfly crossed their path. It was huge, with Monarch markings, with the largest wingspan he'd ever seen on a butterfly.
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Author Pamela Schloesser Canepa started writing poems and stories as a child to provide entertainment for long trips and frequent moves. When her family settled in the southeast, writing provided an outlet for private thoughts and emotions for years, until she decided to self-publish fiction in 2016. Pamela's genres include science fiction, paranormal fiction, and poetry of all types. The "Made for Me" series was Pamela's first published fiction series with a futuristic flavor. More recently, Pamela has published Detours in Time and its sequel, Undercurrents in Time. Highlighting atypical families and societal problems, Pamela’s work has been described as ‘social sci-fi’ and, at times, has a dystopian flavor. She plans to continue writing sci-fi and perhaps branch out into other genres.
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