2308. Back in time

For goodness sake! I only wanted to go to the supermarket to get a few things, so I jumped into the car and set out for the few miles to get there.

I swear that every ten yards or so that the car travelled, everything went back in time by several years. The style of the houses and gardens changed; the other vehicles were ancient models. Before long there were carts being pulled by horses along a dirt track. I still seemed to be driving my modern car but no one noticed.

The style of clothing changed, as did the hair. Everyone wore hats! Good gracious! I swear that boy is wearing what I would call knickerbockers. And there is a group of children racing with hoops.

Oh but it’s changed again. The industrial factories have given way to pasture land. I must have gone back quite a few centuries by now. There goes a knight on a horse exactly like I imagined they looked like. He was possibly on his way to join the Crusades. And here is the village market in the street.

I parked my car next to the communal well and walked along the stalls. I couldn’t see what I wanted, so I asked.

“Hello,” I said, “I’m looking for a few things but I can’t find them. I need to buy peppers, tomatoes, avocados, potatoes, and possibly some teabags?”

The man looked at me as if I was from outer space. He said a few things in what sounded like a foreign language, so I said “Speak proper English, you Bonehead.”

What a fool he was. I held up a couple of carrots indicating that I wanted to buy them and gave him a two dollar note hoping that would cover things. He took one look at my money and went berserk. Other stall holders joined in. Some threw eggs at me. I barely made it back to my car.

As I travelled home the time gradually moved forward again, and as I entered into my gated community I thanked God I was once again safely ensconced in the enlightened twenty-first century.


30 thoughts on “2308. Back in time

  1. badfinger20 (Max)

    I always wanted to see a time travel story… keep driving to the fifties and buy things cheaply.

    I thought for sure you were going to say you were leaving the Amish community.

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  2. umashankar

    The time travel is a regular science fiction issue, but the climactic twist occurring during the attempted purchase of groceries is a marvellous stroke. I wonder how far from being guillotined was our naive protagonist!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      We don’t seem to have a shortage in most things – but prices have gone up – why miss out on an opportunity to bleed the consumer? The only thing I couldn’t find were cranberries – so had to get a commercially made jar of cranberry sauce. I shall disguise it in a pretty bowl and hope people don’t say “Your cranberry sauce is even nicer than last year’s”!


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