Time Guardian Anna Jones knew the protocols: ‘They must never see you. Your task is to observe and document the past.’
She’d begged for this assignment, knowing the risks. Concealed behind tinted permaglass, she studied the youthful couple sharing a table in the columned portico. As young Anna paused to find the words she would relive for the next fifty years, Guardian Jones leapt through the permeable surface. ‘No! Don’t let him go, you fool. You’ll regret it forever!’
Instantly the couple vanished, and Anna Jones, having breached Time Travel Protocol 1, was sucked back into the perfectly re-formed glass, imprisoned forever.
Time travel is an endlessly fascinating topic – undoubtedly impossible, but such fun to play around with in fictional universes.
If you’re interested in really making your head spin with theories and explanations, or if you’d like to read about how time travel is dealt with in a good selection of films, here is a website which will do that for you.
This story is for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle, a page where writers can contribute 100 word stories in response to a photo prompt, posted each Wednesday.
If you’d care to look closely at this week’s photo, in the bottom row of glass panes, second from the right, you’ll find poor Time Guardian Anna Jones, forever captive within the amazingly fluid ‘permaglass’, specially designed by Time Guardians Central Command to facilitate their task of preserving the past, and protecting the present.