OLWG #294- Forth or Back?

This week’s prompts are at the bottom. Feel free to seize the prompts, twist them, form them, play with them as you will. All comers are welcome. The words below are just practice for me. I had a lot of fun writing them, and you know what I always say, “Practice makes perfect.”

Here’s how to play along, if you are unsure.

Ryan was working late in the lab when it happened. He was experimenting with a standard Boost Bar, Abbott-Upton model 7102, and Audrey’s most recently completed Adjustable Power Band, wanting to observe the resultant Distributed Didactic Definitions. Ryan watched as the generated curves tended higher than expected, then dipped. He studied the printout strip as the didactics settled into a synergistic dynamic that resembled nothing less than a simple sine wave. The frequency was a perfectly devolved radical blockchain.

 Ryan took photos. He twisted the oscilloscope knobs to record the events, and scribbled furiously in his lab book. He watched it until the wee hours to make sure before calling Audrey.

 “What?” she answered, sounding as if she had been sleeping.

 “Audrey? It’s Ryan. Are you awake?”

 “Ryan?” She fumbled as if trying to recognise his voice, “I’m awake now, but I wasn’t. It’s barely three o’clock.”

 He explained what he had been doing. He described the tests he had run using her new Power Band and the 7102. He told her about the resultant devolved blockchain. She asked a few questions.

 “I’ll be right there,” she announced and hung up the phone.

 Moments later, when she arrived at the lab Audrey was full of questions.

“Does it allow for forward travel only?

Backward travel only?

Are there limitations on how far we can go?

Can we shuttle back and forth at will?”

 Ryan held his hands out to try and calm her down. “I need to model it again with the new data we’ve collected before knowing for sure. I’m analysing what we have, and I can start loading the new constants into the simulator in an hour or so. Probably by lunchtime, we’ll know more.”

 Audrey sat down as the enormity of what was going on began to soak in.

“I’m thinking, Ryan, we should start with baby steps.”

 He grunted in agreement.

 “We shouldn’t attempt trips of more than a hundred years at a time until we learn more. Which way do you want to travel first, into the future or the past?” She paused as if waiting for him to answer.

 When he didn’t answer immediately, she blurted out, “Future.”

 As she answered her own question, he spoke over her, “Past.” He turned his head. His eyes bored into her, and she glared back at him.

 “This is something we will have to agree on.” She grinned.

This week’s prompts are:

    1. wheels on a gravel road
    2. lay your lily hand in mine
    3. bring a gnome costume

 You can start writing whenever you want, just write, get the words down – and have fun! All the best!

5 thoughts on “OLWG #294- Forth or Back?

  1. I was watching a StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson… and he just poo-pooed Time Travel.
    I think though that with enough brain power… and maybe some unknown ‘help’ maybe, just maybe…
    Not sure which way I’d want to go first or what to do when I got there. I’ve watch to many sci-fi programs that, well when you mess with the time line… it can mess up big time back.
    I played here. There actually was a really cool fairy garden in the neighborhood that …got plowed over…or dug up. Heres to A Lost Garden

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  2. I’d choose the future too, but only if I was forced to choose (too much anxiety for either). I say I’m generally not very fond of time travel stories, but my most favourite Star Treks involve time travel. So it depends.

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