This Short Story Follows a Girl Named Jayla and a Traveler with no name.
Jayla is from a time of war far off into the future so when the Traveler came along and offered her a way to escape from her life for just a little while she Jumped at the chance.
The Two of Them travel across Time and space together all the while falling in love with each other.
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Chapter One: A Time and A Place
I was staring out my window one night just watching what I could see of the stars from my perch. This wasn’t much because of all the trees in the camp ground area. I had to get outside in the courtyard I would be able to see much more of the sky and therefore more stars.
I looked around the unit trying to think of an excuse to go outside on my own and not have to tell my mother. She would never allow me to leave if I was just going to go star gazing. Grandma on the other was always telling me to go out and look at the sky before it changed. My grandmother would always tell me all these stories about the stars outside the earth. She said out there is space where the universe goes on for miles and miles…endless space.
So I asked her to give me a reason to go outside.
That’s how I ended up outside dragging a heavy trash bag down the stairs of our upper level unit. They had us call these places Survivor camps where we all lived in units depending on the government for food, drink, and clothes, grandma says that they used to be called apartment complexes not Camps. Units were still technically units but hardly anyone ever called them that besides the officially staff of the complex.
I learned so much from my grandmother over the years, but then again there was no one else to teach me. After the Great War started all family units were taken to a safe place so none of the children attended school. I would have been graduating from high school this year my grandmother says “A proud women standing among all her peers with a cap and a gown on.”
My mom on the other hand always says I shouldn’t waste my time with my grandmother’s stories. She says I have to focus on making it through this time and not concern myself with things that won’t help me. I understand where she’s coming from with saying things like that, even now I was dragging with my best effort a heavy bag of waste down the path to the middle of the complex.
In the center you can decide on what waste bin you want to go to. The one in the far left of the complex or the one towards the front of the complex. They say they are equally far from each other but too me it takes longer if you go to the front one so that’s the way I went. Turning that way was the single most significant decision I ever made. You see if I had gone to the other waste bin I would have never meet him and my life would have stayed still.
As I dragged the bag to the waste bin I could see a few people around the complex sitting outside watching the sky and talking to each other. They weren’t as fascinated by the stars as I was it just so happened that this was only one of the safe times we were allowed out of our units to socialize and get fresh air, something else my mom says is made up and useless.
By the time I reached the waste bin my arms were tired and my hands hurt from holding onto the small strings of the bag and having to pull them this far. So now was the fun part of the waste bins was tossing the bag into the big bin. It wasn’t too high but it was high enough you had to lunge your waste bag with a great deal of effort especially it was as heavy as mine.
I fixed my hands on the strings and breathed in slowly preparing myself. Then I gathered up my strength and lifted the bag just a bit to the side before launching it forward into the big bin. When it thudded into the bin with a crash I cheered for myself with a “Woo!”
When I turned back the way I came my victory over the waste bin was gone because now Regina Loft was outside her unit and she wasn’t alone. You would think in a time of war bullying didn’t exist well you would be wrong Regina Loft was one of the most cure, daft, soul eating monsters you could ever find. So without truly thinking it through I turned to the right taking the long way to my unit to avoid her forgetting why no one ever went this way for just a moment before it set in. The Darkness…
The left side of the waste bin was dark and not just any kind of dark it was that scary dark the kind that made you wonder just how alone you really were. For a brief second I thought about turning back when I heard a small scuff behind me like someone forgetting to lift there shoe all the way off the pavement. I turned back into the darkness feeling my heart stop when I saw a figure behind me a dark figure watching me so closely. I could feel a scream in my throat but it was too scared to come out. Suddenly something I would come to know later as the fight or flight response kicked in…and I ran.
I could hear the sound of foot steps behind me running after me worse they were catching up. I felt my heart beat so hard I thought it would fall out of chest all together. I saw my unit in the distant but then I thought about my grandmother my mom who would help us if I brought who ever this was back with me. So I turned away from the unit and down an ally in between storage space and other units. I knew the way around this camp enough to know that the next turn was a dead end, but I took it anyway.
When I turned my back to the wall so I could face my assailant I heard something terrifying…Silence. The only sound I could hear was of my hard breathing. No more footsteps and no other breathing which I would think to hear for how far and fast we both ran. Then in the same instant it had become quite there was a thud a soft one but an unmistakable thud.
In that moment my mind flooded with thoughts what if whoever this was fainted after running so much, what if they hurt someone else because they couldn’t catch me, or what if something else got them and I was next. I decided there was only one thing I could do and that was check. So I gathered all my strength and walked around the bend of the ally and that’s when I meet him.
Standing over who I was sure was the man who had been following me was another stranger. He was looking at me with a look on his face like surprise. I always wondered about that look because at that moment looking at him I wasn’t surprised. It wasn’t that I felt like I knew him it was just that I felt I was safe with him.
“Kat?” It was a whisper but I could hear him and I could feel myself shake my head to say no as he straightened himself. “Sorry, you just…But never mind.” He suddenly shook off his surprise and put on a small but amazing Smile. “So who are you?”
“Jayla Rennet,” I could only manage to get my voice slightly above a whisper to answer him. “Did you kill him?”
“What,” I watched as he took a second look at the man slumped over on the floor like he was seeing him for the first time. “Oh! No I promise he’s just sleeping.”
I felt myself nodding as I started to process what had happened. “I suppose I should thank you,” I said looking at him trying to take in everything about him but there was just so much it wasn’t that he was big or weird looking in fact he was so very handsome. It was just he gave me a weird feeling like I wasn’t seeing him completely. “Unless you’re going to try something with me too, because I warn you I’m small but I could take you.”
“No, I wouldn’t dare,” I could hear that his voice was a bit teasing like he found me amusing, but not like he was laughing at me. “So miss Jayla Rennet why are you out here so late?”
“I was…” I had started to speak but when he turned to face me directly and look me in my eyes I started to get confused. I couldn’t believe I was getting lost in his eye that’s what I was doing and I couldn’t stop nor did I want to. Then he changed his face again trying to see if I was alright and the spell was broken. “I was taking out a bag to the waste bin.”
“At this time of night with no one to help you?” He asked looking at me with a look I didn’t quite like. It felt like he was looking for something in my face.
“I don’t need someone to take care of me thank you.” I said walking past him and over the man on the floor starting back to my unit.
“Oh I should think not,” He said jogging up behind me and keeping my pace “not when you’re a tough strong girl.”
“I’m not girl for your information.” I said feeling annoyed that he was talking to me this way with his smug look. “I am Eighteen a women.”
“Of Couse you are,” he said looking around the camp as he walked along side me. Everyone was going inside it was about the end of our safety shift they would be starting the air Cleaners in a moment and no one was supposed to outside when that happened. “So what’s going on here?”
“What do you mean?” I was starting to get the tiniest of bad feelings but it was so hard to notice over the safety I felt next to him. “The Fresh air hour is over they are starting the cleaners soon.”
“What are cleaners?” He asked looking at me like I was speaking a different language.
“The air cleaners,” When I could see he still didn’t understand I tried to explain it farther, “The air devices built by the army to clean the smoke left over from the bombs?”
“Where have you been?” I asked thinking to myself how much I wish I had been there too during the war. “How did you miss a whole war?”
“I have been…” he stopped looking at the doors of the units as the air locks turned on. “away.”
“Far away I’d say.” I thought and said as I rounded the corner into the main courtyard. “Well you should be getting to your unit to be safe. I have to get into mine.”
“Right,” He said looking around as I stopped at the steps of my unit. “First tell me something?”
“Why were you really out so late by yourself?”
“I told you I was taking out a bag.” I said feeling slightly confused and annoyed by the look on his face like he knew everything.
“No you weren’t.” Suddenly the smug look on his face feel and left pure curiosity there. I could feel my jaw tighten as I looked away from his eyes before I got distracted again. “Please.”
“I wanted to look at the stars.” I said letting out a breath I hadn’t realized I was holding onto.
“Thank you” he smiled so simply but amazingly and tuned his back to me starting to walk away. I don’t know where it came from but I suddenly knew I had to make him stay like my life depended on it.
“Wait,” I shouted talking a step away from the stairs to the door of my unit and toward him. I didn’t have something to say when I shouted but suddenly I found a question on my tongue. “What is your name?”
He turned to look at me with his amazing smile like everything was amusing to him. “I don’t have one,” he said taking a step toward me.
“How can you not have a name?” I asked watching him closely as he took another step forward. “Everyone had a name.”
“Not me,” He said smiling even bigger now “but why don’t you give me one.”
“I can’t just give you a name that’s not how it works,” I said as realized something I hadn’t noticed. We were now face to face just inches away from each other and more than that he had only taken a few steps toward me which meant I had been moving toward him.
“Who says,” He said with a small chuckle “You can call me anything you want too.”
“You’re insane?” I meant that fully but I was locked no matter how I fought I couldn’t make myself move away. “Where did you say you were from?”
“I didn’t,” he said his smug smile returning to his face. “But I’ll tell you since your just dying to know.” Before I could interrupt he was talking again. “I’m not really from anywhere. I have always been a traveler with no home to come home to.”
“Where do you travel?”
“Do you want to see?” He asked his eyes suddenly glowing with excitement. “I can take you with me.”
“No, I have to get inside my mom…she needs me.” I said trying to turn away, but even I knew why I couldn’t. I didn’t want to turn away. “Its air lock time she’ll be worried.”
“She won’t even notice your gone I promise.” I felt my face scrounge as I thought about what he could mean by that and answered my look. “I can have you home in a minute four tops.”
“Well what kind of trip would that be?” I said starting to turn away. “If we were just going for three minutes what could we see or do that I haven’t already.”
“We could be gone for days, months, even years and I could still have you right back here by the time four minutes has passed.” He said his eyes blaring with excitement now.
“Come with me and find out.” I knew in my mind this was a crazy idea so I started to turn away when he took my hand in his. “Or you can go back to sitting at your window watching the stars from a distance.”
“Four Minutes?” He nodded and I couldn’t help but return his smile now with all the adrenaline running though me. “Okay, I’ll go with you.”
“Great! Now here’s what you have to do.” He said taking something out of his pocket and holding it tight in his hand. “Turn around and close your eyes.”
I knew I shouldn’t. Every reasonable part of my mind was screaming that this was a horrible idea but I couldn’t go back now. So I did what he said and turned away from him closing my eyes as I did. I could feel him get closer his heat radiating to close to my back as something slipped around my neck. It felt like ribbon and once it was tied I felt something heavier drop against my chest I thought it could be a pendent.
“Now close your eyes and think of a word, something you want to see a place you want to go something unspecific and let me do the rest.” I didn’t even question the suggestion for a second and thought of a word.
Peace. As soon as my mind thought of that word I thought of more images. Things I had been imaging all my life as a child of the Great War. A place untouched by the bombs and blood, A place where you could go outside whenever you wanted, A place where I could breathe real fresh air and watch the stars forever.
That’s when I felt the wind start to pick up. It was everywhere in the next second. Engulfing me blowing my hair everywhere and spinning me around and around until I felt like I was going to fall that’s when I felt his hands on my arms holding me steady.
“Now, open your eyes.”
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Chapter Two: Any Where We Can
When I opened my eyes my breath caught in my throat. What I was seeing could not be real, but for a moment a single moment I thought about it as truth. The city was beautiful buildings that must have stood hundreds of feet from the ground to the sky. Trees, real trees everywhere! They were beautiful, all of them different shades of blues, reds, purples, and greens. There were also weird spheres floating around the city moving in every direction around it. Everything was so beautiful, I could feel my eyes fill with tears, even if this was trick something he made to confuse me or my own minds delusions it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen and was thankful for that magical scene in front of me.
“What is this place?” I asked looking over at the man who brought me here. “How did we get here? Where is here?”
“I don’t know,” he said smiling at me. “You brought us here; I have no idea when or where we are?”
“What do you mean?” I demanded “How could I have brought us here?”
“What word did you think?” he asked lowing his voice in a strange way that, I could never explain to you why, made me feel clam even just being sent to a strange place with a man who claimed to have no name.
“Don’t you live in a peaceful time?” he asked pulling me along to a silver metal path between the blue green grass around us.
“You say that like you don’t belong to the same time as me?”
“I don’t” he smiled in the most playful of ways almost like he was teasing me. “I come from a time way before yours. A time when your world was just forming from rocks and star dust.”
“But that can’t be,” I said looking into his face to see if he was lying, he had to be.
“Look around you Jayla,” he said gesturing with his hands “is it really all that impossible?”
I tore my eyes away from him to look at the view in front of me again. I think that’s when I really noticed the air; it was so different from the air in my camp. In our units back home they would generate clean air for us to breath that’s also why we’re only aloud a certain amount of time outside the air would kill us if we were exposed to it for too long. This air though it smelled like nothing I had ever smelled before. It was fresh air…real fresh air.
“This is real,” I meant for it to be a question but he was right, everything was starring me in the face and I could not deny it nor did I want to. “This is real!”
I suddenly was filled with this delight I couldn’t keep hidden; I was suddenly jumping in the air. I spun around trying to see everything at once all the beauty of it the amazing things.
I could hear him laughing at me when I stopped spinning, I thought maybe he thought I was being stupid or childish but then he took my hand and pulled me to the ground onto the blue green grass. Grass felt nothing like I tough it would! I always imaged soft felt like texture when I thought of grass. This was itchy and uncomfortable but I was excited to care at that time.
“How did we get here?” I asked looking at him as we lay in the grass looking up at the blue and purple sky above us.
“I told you, you brought us here.” He said smiling, “Which brings me back to my question, don’t you live in a peaceful time?”
“No,” I said looking back up at the sky. “I live in a post war time. No one’s bombing anymore, but that doesn’t make it peaceful. After all that fighting…the hurt that is left over…I don’t think it will ever go away.”
“I understand,” he said taking my hand in his again wrapping his finger around me in a comforting way I had never experienced before that moment. “So many people you must have lost.”
“Yeah,” I felt him push my should with his and turned to see him watching me, “What?”
“You said yeah then got quite,” I nodded agreeing that was what I had done, “I want to know what you’re thinking.”
“Oh,” I suppose this was normal where he was from but in my time no one ever talked about these things I was thinking, mostly because no one asked. We all knew the pain of one another those who never made it home those who never made it to the shelters, but he wasn’t from my time. “I was thinking about the people I didn’t ever get to meet.”
“Well they we’re family.” I said looking back up at the sky, I knew he would need me to explain and I didn’t want to risk him noticing the tears that would form in my eyes saying these things out loud.
“My grams, my mom, and me that is all that’s left of my entire family unit, the rest were wiped out in the beginning of the war. Our family all used to live in the small town, but when my grandmother was around my age she left home. She felt like that town was just too small for her, she used to tell me about the shops and people there and how no one ever, spoke of or actually left that place before her. That small town was one of the first to be destroyed in the war, they all died there, and I will never know who they were.”
“An entire town was destroyed?”
“Five actually at one time, my mom used to mail them all the time before mail stopped.”
“Mail stopped?” he asked, I could feel him sit up in the grass beside me. When I opened my eyes to look at him his face was unreadable.
“Yeah, they needed to focus on shipping weapons and stuff so they stopped allowing for any other mail. They did this when my mother was fourteen years old.”
“Why would they do that?” before I could answer him he went on. “War is definitely not more important than families staying in contact. What kind of stupidity is that cutting people off from one another! Did they at least allow you to call one another?”
“What is calling?” I asked at that time the concept of using a phone to call someone else was alien to me. In my time there were no phones for pedestrian people. You had to government to have a phone in your reach. From the look on his face this was unbelievable to him.
“Really, how do you contact anyone?” he asked crossing his legs so he could stare down at me easier. I felt out of place staring up at him at this angle so decided to sit up too.
“Mail, they are allowing mail again, but outside of my camp who would I write too?” I said looking at him.
“Oh Jayla, how did you ever live in that place? A girl like you, so interested in the places beyond the walls, how did you survive in there?” The way he was looking at me in that moment was so amusing to think of now but then I found it annoying that he was watching me like I was a child. “I guess because you knew of no other way.”
“Why don’t you show me then,” I think this statement really took him by surprise because he looked puzzled, but the amusement quickly returned. “You brought me all this way, show me everything I’ve been missing before you found me.”
“That’s a lot of things to show you,” He said smiling I knew he had accepted the challenge. “Let’s get started now.”
With that he stood up and pulled me along to running toward the city with me in tow.
When we reached the city I was amazed by how much more amazing everything looked up close. The spheres I had seen from the hills were actually bubble like things that contained people.
“Why are they in those things?” I asked him holding on to his arm are I tried to absorb with all the new sites around me.
“I don’t know let’s ask,” he said walking to a big station in the center of the city. “Excuse me sir, what are those big bubbles?”
“Their Balon Hubbles, the only way travel in our fair city” He said cheerfully then he handed us a pamphlet. “You two must be from the country side in Pertensa right? I heard they were still traveling by rail carts. Would you folks like to take a ride in one? It’s only Twenty Ribbites to get one.”
“What are ribbites?” I whispered into his ear.
“Money, never mind that though. How cool do you think it is to see the city from inside one of those things!” he said jumping like a small child. “We would love to tell me I left my ribbites at the room, where can I get some out from my account?”
“There is a Ribbite updater right over there.” He said with a confused look on his face. Though my stranger didn’t seem to pay any attention to that he ran off to the machine without me. “So are you both on a romantic vacation or something?”
“What?” I asked off caught off guard by the question. “No, were just…No were not romantic.”
“Oh, the ex.” He said laughing a little. I really didn’t understand what an Ex was so I just nodded hoping he wouldn’t ask any more questions.
Finally my stranger came back with some sort of shiny stick in his hand, he gave it to the merchant and we got a wheel and were directed to a big circle in the ground.
“So what happens now?” I asked my stranger as we stood on the circle.
“I don’t let’s find out.” He pushed the red button on the wheel and from the ground formed one of the bubbles and off we flew into the city sky.
“Oh my gosh!” I said looking at the ground as we floated off.
Feeling unable to keep my balance I feel to my knees as we rose higher and higher into the air. I closed my eyes letting my hands fall over them to scared to look at the ground below us.
“Jayla? Are you alright?” I could hear him asking me, I felt him get closer to me taking my hands in his. “We can go back down but I really think you should look at this first,”
“No,” I shouted unable to help myself with the fear running though me, “I can’t I just can’t”
“Jayla Please,” he said lowing his voice to calm me, “I promise I will take us back down if you just look.”
“I can’t” I cried pulling my hands from him and wrapping them around me.
“Jayla,” I could feel him taking me hand again pulling them down away from my face “Open your eyes look at me. You don’t have to look at anything else just me.”
I don’t exactly understand why I did as I was told, but I did. I opened my eyes and looked into his.
“Jayla, would I let you get hurt?”
“I don’t know, I just meet you remember.”
“Don’t you trust me?”
I studied his face looking at every aspect of it before I answered. “Yes.”
“Now, I want you to look just a little to the right of my face.”
With that I did as I was told and I was once again astonished by what I saw. The city looks somehow more magical from up in the air. The colors all around us the trees the grass the buildings that had a beautiful reflection of what I assumed was their sun. A beautiful, peaceful place, where everyone seemed to be enjoying the life around them and thriving in a city I could have never imagined in a million years. No one in my time could have ever dreamed this place, and yet years form where they are we would come here. Make a new world from nothing learning everything over again. How to get along and survive far beyond the way we were surviving now. They would never get a chance to see this, but I could and I was from a flying big bubble in the sky.
“It’s…” I looked at him standing next to me with a smile. I think it was then that I realized the unbalancing feeling was in my head and I let him help me up.
“Now,” he said getting his playful smile back on his face, “how about we really test this thing out?”
“How do we do that?”
“I believe we steer with this wheel,” he said holding up the blue wheel in his hands that the merchant had given him.
“Wheel?” I said looking at the blue object in his hands, at this time I had never seen a wheel let alone heard about the word. “What are we supposed to do with that?”
“Let’s find out,” he said holding the wheel out to me. “Caption.”
I held the wheel in my hand trying to decide on what he expected me to do with the foreign object. Finally I pushed one of the small buttons on the wheel and we jolted forward for just a split second.
“So that’s forward.” He said laughing at my surprised expression.
After that we played with the other buttons on the wheel jolting around for a good amount of time before we just looked around he told me about what he saw in the city taking guesses at what year he thought it was. He also read me the pamphlet to me that talked about how the Balon Hubbles were the fastest form of transpiration to catch on to the human population. That under a year after they were developed 75% of the human race had used them. They produced no pollutions fumes and never needed repairs because you never road the same one twice.
“So this is the flying car your people back home used to dream of,” he said laughing at me. “It’s a Bubble!” I didn’t want to seem stupid to him so I didn’t ask what a car or a bubble was; instead I just watched the city around me moving around.
“Okay how about we take this thing down and look around the city for real,” Before I could really answer him he hit a button on the wheel, “Or we can go somewhere else, Like I said, so much to see out there.”
“Where would we go?” I asked as the bubble started to move on it’s own taking us back down to where we started.
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