Rainbow Snippets contemplates the passing of the years

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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About jlmerrow

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com
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11 Responses to Rainbow Snippets contemplates the passing of the years

  1. P.T. Wyant says:

    Oooh. I want to hear Jem’s reaction!

  2. It’s time to pull this one out for a reread. I’ve forgotten what happens next, and I want to know! ❤️

  3. louiselyons013 says:

    Ooh, time travel, intriguing! I can’t wait to see what the response is.

  4. Heh, bet he wasn’t expecting that! 🙂

  5. jlgfellers says:

    I’ll be looking for the answer next week.

  6. Now I need to know Jem’s reaction. How have I not read this?

  7. janadenardo says:

    Sounds fascinating. Can’t wait to see Jem’s reaction.

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