The October Amaryllis

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Clive Andrews is a typical 16-year-old boy who never had anything out of the ordinary happen until May 16th, 2020, when he was struck by several feet of ball lightning and nearly killed. After being discharged from the hospital, he realizes that he now possesses an unusual ability; he can travel time. Losing his dad a year ago to cancer, he decides to bring him back by finding a cure from the future. But everything has a cost and time travel has many. Will it all be worth the struggle, or will Clive discover something even more sinister? Only time will tell, and he hasn't got much of it. The drawing on Chapter 25 was done by the amazing Gloomygrackle on Instagram. She makes insanely cool art. I used it with her permission.

Thriller / Scifi
Jeffrey Calhoun
4.5 4 reviews
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Prologue - August 12th, 2094 ????

My story began on May 16th, 2020, the day that my heart stopped beating after getting struck by three solid feet of ball lightning; it was the day that anyone else in my place would have died. Whether what I experienced was pure luck or a blessing of some sort doesn’t really matter; some events simply happen and defy any kind of logical explanation; the more you try to explain them, the less you know. In fact, the longer I think about how I survived it, the worse I feel.

While everyone in the hospital was scrambling to start my heart up again, I was in the most peaceful place possible; it stretched eternally with no color or form to it, just tranquility. For me, it was just like falling asleep and waking up; it didn’t feel abnormal in any way; it felt like any other day before then. The greatest illusion of all is a false sense of calm. I’d have gladly chosen that state over what came later.

But that’s not what this story is about; this is about all the things that happened next, what already happened, and what didn’t happen but was supposed to. I write this now on my deathbed because I know that if I wrote it at any other point in my life, it would come off as nothing more than the ramblings of a lunatic. I swear on everything I hold dear that no words in this book are a lie, and I beg you never to replicate these experiences, no matter how tempting they might be.

This, my friends, is the story about how I nearly destroyed everything and everyone without even intending to.

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