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He set the sword down after another admiring look, then lay back and patted the bed beside him for her to do the same. She lay down next to him and said, “I really don’t think this is the time-”

In low tones, he told her, “Hush. I didn’t ask for this so we could make out. But if someone can see into this room, we need to appear to be either napping or romancing. And we need to be close enough to each other to talk without being heard.”

“Do you really think someone’s listening in?”

“Can you guarantee they’re not?” he asked. When she shook her head, he asked her, “You don’t remember meeting Gerdrume yesterday?”

“No, but-”

“But you do remember hearing about me killing him in a swordfight, right?”

“Yes, but-”

“Did anyone mention the black blood?”

“No. And will you stop interrupting me?” When he didn’t interrupt, she continued, “But you think you remember seeing him yesterday? Alive and well?”

“Alive, well and mean. I’m telling you, Marianne, I remember yesterday differently from you. But what you remember fits in if the events of today continue.”

“I don’t follow.”

“I don’t think I do, either,” he told her. “But you remember what these people will see tomorrow. On the other hand, I know what I saw and I’m not crazy. And appearances aside, I didn’t get hit on the head all that hard.”

He paused and it was obvious-at least to the woman who had been married to him for the past four years-he was trying to think of something and couldn’t get the words in the order he wanted. She let him work it out for a minute or two before he finally said, “You know the old stories about time travel, right? You know: you go back in time and change something in your past and you no longer remember the way things used to be because the world changed, right? What if … what if somehow you’re remembering the world as it is since things have changed but somehow I’m remembering it from the way it used to be?”

“I think I follow your question, but isn’t that impossible?”

“It should be,” he replied.

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About Sam White

Samuel Ben White (“Sam” to his friends) is the author of the national newspaper comic strip “Tuttle’s” (found at www.tuttles.net) and the on-line comic book “Burt & the I.L.S.” (found at www.destinyhelix.com). He is married and has two sons. He serves his community as both a minister at a small church and a chaplain with hospice. In addition to his time travel stories, Sam has also written and published detective novels, a western, three fantasy novels and four works of Christian fiction.

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