The Time Jumper

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Summary

Synamin has never fit in with her world. Her adoptive parents have always been loving and caring. But she knows she's not like the humans she was raised around. After she discovers that she can jump through time, she prepares herself for the adventure of a lifetime, to look for her birth parents, and ask them why they had abandoned her. She jumps into the future, where steampunk is the natural way of life. She joins a crew of Vampires, Shifters and Werewolves, and finds herself a new family. Adventure is in their future, and they're ready to take it by storm. ---- This book is a fantasy/supernatural/adventure/steampunk/romance/ with a hint of science fiction (only because it takes place in the future, and a few gadgets) --- I would like to give thanks to my friends on facebook, who won the contest. I loved all of their ideas, I put them into one great story. And as promised, gave them each their own character. Thank you, Amanda, for your great idea on time jumping and a few others, and for the wonderful name of my main character. This book is dedicated to you and Synamin. - Thank you Shannon for the awesome idea of Vampires. I love them too. This book and the Vampire Shannon, are dedicated to you. - Thank you Kelley, for the great idea of steampunk. I love the clothes, and the flying ship was so much fun to write about! This book & the character Kelley, are dedicated to you.

Genre:
Fantasy / Romance
Author:
Koko Aranck
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
50
Rating:
5.0 20 reviews
Age Rating:
18+

Chapter One: Time Loop

The rise and fall of the Time-Space Rolladox; is something Synamin knows more about, then anyone else in existence.

It had happened the day she was born, or so she was told by her adoptive parents. The day she had been found abandoned, with no sign of how she had gotten there, or who had placed her in that field.

A time when all was lost, but for the single cry of a child, lost in the night.

Synamin has made it her life’s mission to discover who she is and where she came from. Especially where and when…

The only thing she knows for sure is that she was abandoned on the first night of the time caps; when the Time-Space Rolladox had exploded.

It had taken them many years to repair what they could, but it is still not whole, and time doesn’t mean what it once did.

When Synamin was sixteen, she had discovered that she can travel through time and change things.

She doesn’t know how or why she can do this, but it has been her goal to find out. She knows she’s not from the time she was found in and she has always felt out of place.

Though through all of this, she was never alone, her adoptive parents had raised her well and she had had a good life.

But something was always missing.

The story of how she came to be here, was something her parents had never kept from her.

But was there more?

Like her name, her appearance is different than the others. By looking at her, you wouldn’t think she was human, and she has a marking on the right side of her neck, that to her, looks like a blob, but to others, it always looked different.

Her parents have said that it’s a birthmark, but she could swear it moves.

Her face is human…ish, except for the narrow eyebrows and cat eyes. And her teeth, they may look normal to others, but when she sees them, she saw things that would give a child, nightmares, if anything actually scared her.

Which nothing ever does. All of her life she has never been afraid of anything. While other parents feared one thing or another was going to give their child nightmares, her parents never had to worry, she doesn’t get nightmares.

In fact, she doesn’t dream much at all... or none that she remembers.

When she had turned eighteen, she had decided to go out into the world, alone. See what she could find out about who she is and why her parents had abandoned her in that field, and what kind of creature she truly is.

She would pop in on her parents every so often, to see how they were doing, but they don’t seem to miss her too much, especially when she can pop back into their life five minutes after the last time they had seen her…

Except for the fact that each time she comes back, she’s older and a bit wiser.

They always know that she has been gone much longer then the last, even if it’s only moments for them and they fear that one of these days she is going to pop in on them and be much older than they are, and how are they going to explain that to their friends?

On her twenty-first birthday, Synamin decided it was time to up her game. No more hiding in the shadows, as she searched through one time than another. Now that she has the hang of, where she wants to go and when she wants to go to, it’s time to blend in.

So, she started collecting items from each time period and stored them in her room, at her parent’s house. A place she knows will never change…

Until one day, it did.

She had come home to find her parent’s house in shambles, and everything torn and tossed around like they had been looking for something.

Shocked at the mess, Synamin ran to her room, to find it was also a mess. She looked up and placed her hand over her mouth as she read a message that had been written across the wall in what looked like blood. When she finished reading the message, she felt her veins turn to liquid fire and lifted her dresser into the air and tossed it out the window.

Now it has come to this!

She had thought she had been traveling through time, undetected, but apparently not.

GIVE US THE TIME TRAVELING DEVICE OR WE WILL KILL YOUR PARENTS.

Great, how is she going to get her parents back? She has no time-traveling device. Maybe she shouldn’t have bought that winning lottery ticket for her parents, after all.

So, this is how her true adventure is going to start. Saving her parents from some whack-a-doodle and keep their captives from the fact that she’s able to time travel, without a device.

Now to find some kind of device that will serve as a time-traveling device, until she can rescue her parents and take them to a safe house.

First, she has to create a safe house. She smiled; she knows just the place.


~scene~

“I have a job for you.”

“Jiminy Crickets, Synamin, give a guy a warning before you pop in on him.” Her friend James said as he jumped out of his skin.

“Sorry, James, I’m in a hurry. My parents are in danger.”

“What happened now?” James asked as he looked at his friend.

“No time to explain, are you going to help me or not?”

“What do you need?” He asked as he picked up his latest invention.

“I need a capsule to hide my parents in. A safe house…”

“Then you’ve come to the right place.” He said with a grin. “What kind of safe house are you looking for?”

“A place they can live their lives, without the worry of this happening again.” She said with a sad look on her face.

“I have just the place. I created it last year for the Protective Services League.”

“They have a league now?” Synamin asked as she raised an eyebrow.

“Yeah, silly, huh.” James said with a laugh.

“So, can you do it?”

“All I need is their names and birthdates.” He said with a nod.

“Even if they were born two hundred years ago?”

He looked up at her. “I forgot about that.”

“Please, James. This is all my fault; I’ve got to do something to protect them…”

“You bought that ticket, didn’t you?” He asked as he eyed her.

She looked down in shame. “I did.” She whispered.

He shook his head. “I warned you about the dangers.”

“I know. But my parents were going to lose their house.” She said with a frown.

“Stranger things have happened.” He said as he shook his head.

“What in the world does that mean?” She asked as she stared at him.

“Nothing.” He said as he looked away from her.

She eyed him for a moment then sighed. “Can it be done?”

He turned back to her with a sigh. “Well, since there is nothing like this in your parent’s time, they will have to change their birthdate to something that will match this time.” He said as he loaded something into what looked like a pistol and fired it at the wall.

Synamin moved out of the way of whatever it was, just in time, and watched as it splattered against the wall. When she turned to him, he was grinning.

“Nice to see your time in my capsules done you some good.”

“You could have just asked.” She said annoyed.

“What’s the fun in that?”

She blew out a puff of air as she rolled her eyes. “We need to do this now if we’re going to do it.”

“I can figure out a year for their birthdates, but I need their ages. And they will have to understand that they can’t tell anyone that they’re from the past.”

“Got it.” She said with a nod.

“Good.” He said as he turned from her to get one of the capsules, that held one of the houses he had built.

“I will need something else from you too.” She said as she watched his back.

“How did I know there was more?” He asked as he turned to her.

“I need you to invent a time travel device.”

He stared at her. “You know there is no such thing as time travel devices. You have seen so yourself…”

“It doesn’t have to actually do anything. Just make it look like it does, I’ll do the rest.”

He watched her for a moment, then nodded. “I will have it ready for you within the hour.” He said as he set down the capsule and went to work.


~scene~

“Time to go.” Synamin said as she watched James put the last finishing touches on his time-traveling device.

“And there we go.” He said with a grin as he handed it over to her.

She looked at it and laughed.

It looked like something from Galaxy Wars, an old TV show from her time. She shook her head as she looked up at her friend. She had met him on one of her first-time travel experiences when she was sixteen. He had helped her through the time-traveling process and had given her pods to train in.

He may not be able to time travel yet, but he can build a pod that stops time. In a way anyways, while you are inside the pod pretty much nothing goes on outside it. He says it’s because time moves faster yet slower inside the pods.

She will never understand his logic, but it works for her training. She gets all the training she needs, without losing time on the outside.

“Thank you, James. Once again, you’ve come through for me.”

“Any time, Syn.”

She gave him her brightest smile, then was gone.

James stared at where his friend had just been standing. If he could only tell her what he knows and doesn’t know. He shook his head. This world is too complicated for both of them.


~scene~

“If she doesn’t show up in the next five minutes, shoot her father.” A man said as he looked at his partner.

“No need to be so rude.” Synamin said as she came around the corner.

“What the hell are you?” The man screeched as he looked at Synamin.

“Do you want the device of not?” She asked with a growl.

“Show it.” The man said as he recovered from his shock, from seeing her.

She took a deep breath as she pulled the device out of her pocket. Both men stepped closer to examine the device.

“I saw that before, on TV.” The other man said as he looked at the device.

“Of course, you did.” She said as she watched them. “Where do you think I got the idea from?”

“Okay, give us the device and we’ll let your parents go.” The man who seemed to be in charge said.

“Give me my parents first.” She said with a shake of her head.

The man pulled out his gun. “Device first.”

She shook her head again. “Parents first.”

“Just shoot her, we never planned to let her go anyways.”

Synamin growled as she pressed a button on the device and disappeared, then reappeared at the same place she had, the first time, at the exact same moment.

“If she doesn’t show up in the next five minutes, shoot her father.”

Here we go again.

“No need to be so rude.” She said as she walked around the corner.

“What the hell are you?”

“There you go being rude again. Give me my parents and I’ll give you the device.”

“Device first!” The man hollered as he pulled out a gun.

“Really? Again?” She disappeared again as a bullet came flying past her head and landed in the same spot at the same time.

“If she doesn’t show up in the next five minutes, shoot her father.”

She’s not doing this again. But she did, seven more times… There’s got to be a way around this, why is she in a loop? This time, she came around the corner with the device held up in her hand.

“If you want to know how this works, you will not kill me.”

They stared at her. How did she know what they had planned to do with her?

“Now, give me my parents and I will show you how the device works. And when my parents are safe, I will give you the device.”

The one in charge seemed to think it over for a second, then nodded to his buddy to get her parents. The man returned with her parents and pushed them towards her.

“Mom, Dad.” She said, relieved they were okay.

“Synamin!” Her parents hollered.

“Now the device.” The man in charge said.

“Once they are safe.” She said as she watched her parents walk towards her.

Annoyed, the man pulled out his gun and shot both her parents.

“NO!” Synamin screamed as she disappeared, once again.

Damn it, why is this happening to her?

“If she doesn’t show up in the next five minutes, shoot her father.”

She is really getting annoyed with his voice. Six more times she tried it again, and all six times the man shot her parents before they could get to her.

She needs an extra hand with this.

The next time she disappeared, she appeared in James’ home again. James looked up at her and frowned at the deflated look on her face.

“What happened? Where’s your parents?”

“I tried.”

He moved around his table and looked into her cat eyes. “What happened?” He asked again.

She told him how she had tried to save them and how many times she had failed.

He shook his head. “Maybe you should go at it with a different approach.”

“How so?” She asked as she watched him.

“Surprise them.”

“Is that the house for my parents?” She asked as she pointed to a capsule.

“It is.” He said with a nod.

She grinned as she picked it up off the table. “Good, you’re coming with.” She said as she touched his shoulder.

“Wait…”

They disappeared and reappeared in the same place she had before, but ten minutes earlier. James turned from her as they landed and puked on the floor.

“Lovely.” She said as she watched him.

“You know time travel makes me sick.” He said as he wiped his mouth.

“How does this thing work?” She asked as she tried prying the capsule open.

“Don’t break it.” He said as he took it from her.

“Then you do it. I’ll distract them with this.” She said as she pulled the device from her pocket.

“What exactly is it you want me to do?” He asked as he watched her.

“Put my parents into that, while I give them this.” She said with a grin.

“You have the oddest plans.” He said with a shake of his head. “And the most dangerous.”

“I can always travel back and try it again.” She said with a shrug of her shoulders.

“One of these days, that won’t be an option.” He said as he watched her.

She stared at him. “You say that as though you know something…”

“I don’t know anything.” He said with a quick shake of his head. “Let’s get this over with.”

She gave James her sweetest smile as she nodded to him, then walked around the corner before the man could say his stupid line again.

“Is this what you were looking for?” She asked as she held the device up so they could see it.

“Hey, that looks familiar…”

“Yeah, yeah, yeah. It looks like something from TV.” She said with annoyance. “Where do you think I got the idea from? Now, my parents, and I will give you the device.”

Both men stared at her, then each other. The shorter man ran from the room and returned with her parents.

“Synamin!” Her parents hollered.

“Walk towards me.” Synamin said as she motioned with her free hand.

Her parents looked at each other then walked towards their daughter. Synamin walked around them and stood between the two men and her parents.

James came out from around the corner and threw the capsule at her parent’s feet. They hollered in shock as they were sucked into the capsule.

The two men stared at the capsule as James picked it up and disappeared behind the corner.

“Is this what you wanted?” She asked the two men as she held up the device.

“What happened….”

“Take it.” She said as she tossed it into the air, then turned and ran, as the two men tried to catch the device before it hit the floor.

She made it to James just as she heard the device crash to the floor and break into many pieces. She touched his shoulder and they were gone.

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