I’m not sure how I got from thinking of the turning of the new year to time travel, but there you go – today’s snippet is taken from my novella Trick of Time. In this snippet, our narrator Ted, who’s a wounded soul from the present day, and rent-boy Jem are sharing an intimate moment in Victorian London:
“Where d’you come from? Not from around here.”
I shivered again at the certainty in his tone. “If I told you, you’d think I was mad.”
“Said I could ask you anything I wanted, didn’t you?”
Somehow, in the darkness, with his arms around me, I could talk to him. “All right, then. I’m from…another time. The future. A hundred and fifty years or so from now, I think. What year is this?”
“Been eighteen eighty-six all year.”
“Then it’s a little less. Say a hundred and forty. Go on—tell me I’m mad.”
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A lover from another time
When Ted Ennis steps out the doors of the Criterion Theatre for a cigarette and finds himself in Victorian London, he begins to doubt his sanity. At first he thinks it’s all a film set, and is sure that the strikingly handsome young man leaning against a lamppost must be the leading man…
What starts as a sordid transaction with a beautiful rent boy quickly turns into something much deeper, drawing him back again and again as he gets to know Jem and craves meaningful encounters with him.
But Ted doesn’t understand the exact conditions necessary for his trips through time—and for Jem, time may actually be running out. Now Ted has one last shot to get back to Jem and save their relationship, before it’s too late…
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