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We’re going back ... again. Time travel worked out ... in a way. It turned out that the Many Worlds hypothesis is right. Every small change affects everything else in the upstream timeline. Which basically means that every change you make is in a different Universe to the one you leave from ... and return to. And that’s a lot of Universes ... so ... you get back home ... where nothing has changed.
The usual order of business is assassination ... start out early.
It truly is a cruel thing, hindsight — leaving your mind seething with the bitter taste of regret, and the simple, desperate wish of wanting to go back and have a second chance. But I have learnt that as desperate as one may be, the ability to redo one’s actions is not necessarily a blessing. Some things just can’t be fixed.
It started with one mission entrusted to me.
And then there was the day the doors stopped working.
Though, technically, they still worked. They opened. They closed. When you passed under the head jamb, you entered a new place. It separated your home from the outside, your office from the hallway, your hallway from the bathroom.
The problem was that now the place changed every time you opened the door.
Johannes owns what may be the world’s last unopened 1 kg packet of Minties. He can’t be absolutely certain, of course. Untold billions were produced, beginning in 1922, and while they don’t stay fresh forever, they remain edible for quite some time. Decades, at least. But production stopped in January 2021, just one year before the centenary of the patenting of Minties, when Nestlé/Allens files for bankruptcy.
The keyboard rattled like artillery as Abaddon ensnared the Make-Beast in his mind. He strove to give it form, but Xalvador’s crying filled the dank basement, and Abaddon’s Craft slipped; his dark purpose faltered. He began again. If he drew it down, made the invocation work, the Make-Beast could protect them both, and he’d escape his former masters, the Incantavi.
Not now Xalvador. Please.
No use. Xalvador would just have to cry. They knew he’d stolen the boy, their vessel, and they wouldn’t abide that, so Abaddon needed to concentrate. Had to type, to get it all down.
Here in the Electoral Registration Office (Policy Section), you got some interesting assignments, Kevin mused. Like this one. He read the header in his Inbox — ‘Application from a small city’.
“Here, look at this!” he called to fellow analyst Sabina, although with the holo in front of them there was hardly need to call. Sabina was intrigued too, and together they flipped through the summary parts of the application, noting the terse, ‘Trash it!’ from the scowling icon of Marty, their boss.
Breathe, little greel. Carbon trioxide is good for you.
Love your pasha and your misha, but spare a thought for your grusha, too. I'll tell you this — well, your misha thinks you're still a hatchling and too young to know about such things, but we know better than that, don't we? — the pasha provides the sperm, the misha lays the egg, but it's me that took up your egg and carried it inside me for six months.
Reen waits just like everybody else. It’s the first big new thing in ages — and ages means like ages and ages. Eh can hardly restrain ehself. Everyone’s excited, even eh’s family. Eh is sure there are thousands of them scattered throughout the universe. But who cares anyway? Eh doesn’t.
Eh is excited and excited is a rare and valuable commodity, or so Reen used to say when eh was old, but now Reen is young again eh’s values have changed, of course. Everybody knew that would happen.
The burglar stared down at the ruins of the old mansion in the valley. His heart jumped with excitement, and he took a moment to congratulate himself.
It really does take a thief to catch a thief, he noted drily. Old sayings often had a surprising degree of truth in them: around this part of the world, no one else had even the vaguest idea that the building really existed.
It was 2059, the year I left Yarralumla Primary and went to Deakin High, that the craze for bushmeat swept the globe. All the world saw a grinning US President Goodluck Reagan slice a gorilla roast at the summit banquet with the Chinese Premier. Apparently the zoos had mastered the art of captive ape breeding, and had more great apes than they knew what to do with. Everybody had to have a slice of the craze. It started at the top, and like blood from a cut artery, trickled downwards.
In the Great Refuge to Mars, the memories of selected refugees were erased at the massive gates. They had no recollection of what happened and why they were there.
The Great Amnesia would be the event to construct the reigning ideology of the New World Order for hundreds of years to come.
Ilgın Yıldız is a short story writer and book translator based in Melbourne, Australia. She has an MA in English Literature, and a Graduate Diploma in Writing and Literature. Her two short story collections have been published in Istanbul, Turkey. Her short stories have appeared in Verandah Journal and Swampwriting.
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