Time is ever changing . . .
Time will fall into unlikely hands.
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Logan 6 by Alesha Escobar
The light vanished and the whirlwind quieted. He felt the familiar cold floor of the Time Access Chamber, or TAC for short, pressing against his throbbing face. He forced himself to his feet, and before he could even reach the door and use his access watch to open it, Doctor Simmons came in with his annoying aerial recorder. “Aero,” a mechanical sphere, hummed and flew in a tight circle around Logan before scanning him.
“Aero,” Simmons said in his gravelly voice, “begin recording.”
Ping! Aero ended its scanning and a green light flickered in its circular center. Logan never liked Aero. It always reminded him that he was being watched, and the irony wasn’t lost on him that the machine resembled a huge eye.
“Doctor Simmons…” Logan swallowed and forced the knotting in his stomach to quell. His eyesight blurred, but he knew Simmons wouldn’t want to hear about that. “The Free Army is closing in, and its advocates are winning more citizens over to our side.”
“I hear a but coming…” he prodded the knot on Logan’s head with his silver pen, which made him suck in a sharp breath.
“The Core Guard interrupted what should’ve been a meeting with my contact. If I can find Jeremy again, we’ll know where Adam is.”
The scientist ran a hand through his curly brown hair. “Jeremy never showed up? He may have just taken the money and ran.”
“Or, he was scared. I can try again.”
Aero zipped dangerously close to Logan’s head. He had to resist the urge to swat it like a fly. “Doctor, if we’re done…I’d like pain medication and rest.”
Simmons waved his hand dismissively. “Next time try not to get into a direct fight with the guardsmen if you can help it. I can’t afford to lose you.”
Logan had seen old films where people would say that to one another with conviction. Simmons said it in a way a parent would tell his kid not to get a dent in the car because it was expensive merchandise. In fact, he was the merchandise. He was an enhanced clone, a class all its own. Close enough to human for most of them to tolerate his existence, yet not human enough to be treated like one.
“Thank you, Doctor.” Logan’s head throbbed again.
“And, before I end this recording…what year is it right now?”
“And the year at the point of exit, right before you returned to us.”
Logan squinted. “2081 AD.”
The Lightstorm of 2015 by H.M. Jones
“Well, the nerds on this discussion board were saying that if someone were able to fly into the middle of the multicolored lightning vortex, it would allow said person to travel in time. Dad said something about the lightning enabling a person to travel through the vortex wormhole at the speed of light, without aging, or something.” Ben just shook his head, noncommittally. He didn’t know anything about time travel theories.
Suddenly, Gina’s eyes were full of a familiar kind of mischief that made Ben quickly backtrack. “It’s just a stupid online theory, Gina. Even if it were true, you could end up anywhere in time. And I don’t want to be dinosaur bait, so I’m cool with our current time period.”
They’d made it to the front of her dorm; a tall structure made of brick and covered with ivy. The faraway look in her eyes hadn’t faded. “Yeah, maybe,” she responded.
He centered his mocha brown eyes at her. “What kind of trouble are you thinking up, Gin?”
Gina shrugged her shoulders, gave him a hug goodbye and skipped up the steps to her dorm. Ben called after her, “Forget it, Gin! It’s a bogus theory!”
He knew it was a bad sign when Gina stopped talking long enough to get that distant look in her eyes. She was brewing trouble. He sighed at his stupidity. He usually kept quiet. Quiet never got a man in trouble. He always regretted it when he tried to impress Gina. She’d drag him into something dumb, and because he couldn’t say no to her, he’d willingly fall into it.
End of the Road by Alice Marks
“I see we have another pupil,” commented the man in the long black coat with bushy black eyebrows and ridiculous looking glasses on the end of his nose. “Let’s see what you know. What’s 10 times 16?”
“I don’t know. We don’t do multiplication until third grade.”
“Very well. Find England on the globe.”
Maddie recognized a globe, but no one had ever asked her to find something on it. She was smart and figured England started with an E, so she pointed to the first E word she saw, Egypt. The girls all laughed behind their hands.
“Hmm, so you don’t know multiplication and you don’t know geography. Here’s an easy one. Who is the President of the United States of America?”
Of course, she knew the name of the President, but Maddie refused to answer. She didn’t want the teacher to yell at her again.
Some of the cousins, whom Maddie realized liked her and didn’t want her to fail again, whispered “Mr. Buchanan”.
“Answer my question!” the schoolmaster stormed.
Still Maddie refused to answer.
“She doesn’t know,” hissed Mindy Lou to Rebecca, “I knew she wasn’t from here.”
About the Authors
USA TODAY & Amazon Bestselling Author
A Kansas native, Samantha LaFantasie spends her free time with her spouse and three kids. Writing has always been a passion of hers, forgoing all other desires to devote to this one obsession, even though she often finds herself arguing with her characters through much of the process. She’s primarily a fantasy writer but often feels pulled to genres such as sci-fi, romance, and others.
Samantha became a bestselling author with the Pandora Boxed Set (which includes Made to Forget: Nepherium Novella series–Part One) on both Amazon and USA Today. Samantha loves to take time to enjoy other activities such as photography and playing her favorite game of all time, Guild Wars 2.
Amazon Top 100 Historical Fantasy/Mashups Bestselling Author
Alesha Escobar writes fantasy to support her chocolate habit. She enjoys everything from Tolkien and Dante to the Dresden Files and Hellblazer comics. She resides in California with her partner-in-crime, Luis Escobar, a 20-year art veteran on The Simpsons television show. Alesha is the author of The Gray Tower Trilogy, an action-packed supernatural spy thriller set in an alternate 1940’s. The trilogy books have hit the Amazon bestsellers lists for Historical Fantasy and Mashups. You can find Alesha at her weekly blog, Fantasy, Mashups, & Mayhem, where she discusses fantasy and science fiction TV shows, movies and books, and celebrity gossip. She’s just kidding about the celebrity gossip.
Timothy C. Ward
Hugo Award Nominee (AISFP)
Timothy C. Ward grew up on DragonLance, Stephen King, and Dune. He blends these influences in his serialized epic, Scavenger, where sand divers uncover death and evolution within America’s buried fortresses. His first printed story, “The Bomb in the President’s Bathroom,” was released in the Amish SciFi anthology, Tales from Pennsylvania. Signed copies are available in his store: Spike Publishing.
B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree
H.M. Jones won the Indie B.R.A.G Medallion for her self-published debut fantasy novel, Monochrome, in 2014. She also writes poetry and is responsible for the Attempting to Define poetry collection. A bestseller only in her mind, Jones pays the electric bill by teaching college English courses at night, and is responsible for wrangling her two preschoolers during the day. Thankfully, she is married to a handsome lawyer, since they have other bills to pay. She reads, bookstore hops, writes and moderates and reviews for the indie review site Elite Indie Reads in her “spare” time. Jones received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English Literature and now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family and her very fat cat, Pepper.
Amazon Top 100 Bestselling (Epic) Fantasy Author
“What if?” Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Best-selling author of The Lost King, The King’s Ransom, and The King’s Redress in The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam literary fantasy series, she also co-authored the contemporary thriller, Naked Came the Sharks with Jed Donellie. Devorah published and edited the BUMPERTOBUMPER® books for commercial motor vehicle drivers and developed the Easy CDL test prep apps. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in The Barefoot Palace in Port Aransas on the Texas Gulf Coast where she writes her “Dee-Scoveries” blog.
Alice Marks: Retired early childhood educator. Married for 50 years with four adult children and six grandchildren. Recent resident of Duluth, Minnesota, the second coldest city in the USA, which affords lots of time for writing. Has published short stories and poetry in magazines and anthologies including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Wrote the life story of a 105-year-old Texas woman, whose family published the memoir. Has written several comedic Biblical plays, which have been used by Readers’ Theatres in several states. Has led a writers group In Texas, currently forming one in Duluth and teaches creative writing classes for emerging writers. Has a drawerful of novels waiting publication.