Time And Tide would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

A Stitch in Time

By Time And Tide

Adventure / Scifi

Chapter 1

The grass was long, lush, and soft. Not as ideal as a haystack or a pile of pillows, Phineas Bogg reflected as he struck the ground and rolled down a shallow slope, but there were worse things to land on. Recovering, he stretched his limbs and sat up, looking around for his partner. Fortunately, Jeffrey had landed only a few feet away and appeared unharmed.

"We did it, kid!" Bogg reported. "Got Sam Pepys and Nell Gwyn to safety, even if things got a little hot at the end. You okay?"

For answer, Jeffrey rolled over onto all fours and began coughing as if his lungs were turning inside out.

"Hey . . . " Bogg made his way quickly to the boy's side. The kid reeked of smoke; they both did--hanging around the Great Fire of London tended to do that to a person.

"Easy, Jeff, easy," Bogg soothed, rubbing the small of the boy's back as he continued to cough and wheeze. "Just relax--take shallow breaths."

Dark eyes glared up at him blearily. "Can't -- take -- any -- breaths," Jeffrey rasped before going off into another paroxysm of coughing.

"And don't try to talk," Bogg admonished sternly. Reaching out, he rolled the boy gently onto his back and began to massage his abdomen. Too exhausted to resist, Jeffrey lay where he was, eyes closed.

After several minutes, Bogg sat back on his haunches. "Any better?"

The boy took a shallow, experimental breath, marred by only the faintest wheeze. Then another, and another, more easily. Color was creeping back into his cheeks, Bogg noted with relief.

A few more breaths, then--"Where?" Jeffrey finally croaked out, flapping one hand in Bogg's direction.

After nearly two years of partnership, Bogg had no difficulty translating. Unclasping the Omni from his belt, he flipped open the lid. "France, 1784. And it's a green light, which is fine by me. I'm gonna assume it's fine by you too."

"Uhh," was the only response he got from the boy.

Undaunted, Bogg continued. "We worked pretty hard on this one, so I figure we're entitled to a few hours off. We can rest here for a while, maybe find something to eat before we go back into the field. Sound okay?"

Jeffrey only nodded, his eyes still closed, but Bogg thought his breathing had become deeper and more natural. At this rate, it wouldn't be long before the kid was back to being his normal, smart-mouthed self. And though Bogg would never admit this to Jeffrey's face, he'd be relieved when it happened.

Leaning back in the grass, the older Voyager gazed idly up at the sky, soft blue and laced with fleecy clouds. A beautiful day, neither too hot nor too cold. And if they were in France, the food would probably be decent, a change from the beef jerky Jeff not infrequently complained about.

He glanced over at his partner again, saw that the boy had raised himself on one elbow and was looking around with more than a trace of interest.

"France, you said?" Jeffrey's voice was still slightly hoarse from the smoke but clear enough.

Bogg smiled. "Welcome back, kid. " He consulted the Omni again. "Yep. France--Provence, if you want specifics. April 10, 1784."

"Before the Revolution."

Bogg shrugged. "You're the expert--I assume you'd know."

Jeffrey frowned to himself, then looked up again, his expression lightening. "No wars at all right now," he announced.

"Even better." Bogg got to his feet, dusting bits of grass and twig from his breeches. "Feeling okay, Jeff? I thought we'd go look for some lunch."

"I could eat," the boy admitted after a moment's consideration. "I just hope everything doesn't taste like smoke!"

"It'll be fine," Bogg reassured him. "We're in France. I don't think I've had a bad meal here yet." Shading his eyes with one hand, he gazed off towards the rooftops a short distance away. "Those look like farmhouses. Maybe they'll swap us a meal for some chores, or maybe I can just pay them for a loaf of bread and some sausage--"

"Bogg--"

"Okay, maybe we'll skip the sausage--it'd probably be smoked anyway. We'll ask for a round of cheese instead."

"Bogg!"

He spun around at the sharp note of fear in the kid's voice. Jeffrey had managed to rise, but he was swaying on his feet, his face ashen and his eyes oddly unfocused as he stared up at his partner. "I don't--feel so good . . . "

"Jeff!" Alarmed, the older Voyager sprang forward and caught the boy as he fell, limp as a string-cut puppet. Then, suddenly, Bogg felt a familiar jerking sensation and the world around them winked out, as though a switch had been flipped.

He had time for one last startled thought--But I never touched the Omni!--before the swirling lights and motion of the cosmos overtook them both.


Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

John Scriven: Great story!I loved it and would recommend it. Some spelling errors in the second half were a loo distracting, but overall an excellent read

3fxs749: This is a very well written and thought out book about a dystopian future filled with computer-made genetically engineered dinosaurs who roam the land while the last remnants of humanity struggle to survive. One man’s half-successful experiment could tip the balance of this world to the favor of ...

Deleted User: An unusual story, well worth reading. Good conversations, excellent prose, and keeps my interest, maybe because I was there, back in the day. You won't be able to pt this book down.

James Lawson: I enjoyed this so much I immediately bought (and read) the sequel from Amazon.ca - and am eagerly awaiting the third installment.Since this is a review and not a synopsis, I'll share my impressions rather than write out a condensed version of the plot.There were enough plot twists and turns to ke...

Lauren Kabanyana: It's simply amazing, the story is touching and has you captivated while reading! I loved it! Would read it over and over again. I applaud the way this book was able to evoke a mixture of feelings. I felt everything the two main characters felt from the start to end, i would recommend this novel t...

More Recommendations

aoifecollopy22: I loved how the author had the conflict come back later in the story. Also how they passed time without going over anything. That really helped move the story along. This kept my up for a few hours. YOU SHOULD READ THIS

Hali McGowan: when will the third book be done? I am absolutely hooked. I red the first two books within less than a week. I'm itching for the third one. The plotline is absolutely wonderful. I've never been much for sci-fi ish books. but you've got me hooked on this series

aaron10905: This is undoubtedly one of the best books written on here. I actually unistalled this app until someone told me about this story. I came back not expecting much, just to be drawn into the story and the characters. I would buy this book in real life, as long as another was promised shortly after.

Erica: La trama es muy interesante y original y eso ya dice muchísimo cuando todos tratan de triunfar con ideas ya trilladas.No puedo opinar en detalle sobre la gramática, porque a pesar de entender el inglés a la perfección, la falta de uso en cuanto a lectura y diálogo hacen que me maneje bastante mal...

sujitha nair: What's so distinct about this story was that it could easily be real.Praveena can be your classmate, neighbor or that girl you saw at the coffee shop today. The important decisions she makes and the dilemmas she faces, remind us of our own twisted lives.

{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.