For the A to Z Challenge I generated a list of random words, and I will be writing a short story incorporating those words. Each day a little more of the story will be unveiled. You can read the full story, to date, here. Here we go:

Old Mark took a break from inhaling his food to sip from his Pepsi.

“This is really good,” he said after swallowing.

“Don’t they feed you in the future?” His question was meant to be sarcastic, but after asking, Mark wondered if maybe that was the case. Who knew what the world would be like sixty years from now?

Old Mark coughed as he stifled a laugh. “No. I mean yes. I had a very good breakfast of eggs, bacon, waffles and orange juice this morning. But this time travel thing, it’s really strenuous.”

“How does it work?”

“How does what work?”

Mark gritted his teeth. “Time travel.”

Old Mark waved the question away with a flap of his veiny hand and resumed eating. Mark watched him for a moment. For a guy who claimed to be from the future he seemed to be very unconcerned with the strangeness of it all. How often had Old Mark done this?

When the old man was done with his plate, he pointed at Mark’s. “Are you going to eat that?”

Mark shook his head.

Old Mark pulled the plate towards himself.  He pause with the first fork full of food two inches from his lips. “Looks like it’s time. Let’s get down to business.”

“You’re ready to tell my why you’re here now?”

“Yes,” said Old Mark. “You see that kid over there?”

Mark followed the aim of Old Mark’s pointing finger. There was a guy, about Mark’s age, standing next to the dessert table. His limp, shoulder length light brown hair framed a colorless face. Mark didn’t recognize him, but he wore a university hoodie. The guy would have blended completely into the background if he hadn’t been pointed out.

“His name is Ashton Miller, not that it makes and difference to what you’re going to do. It’s a bit of a gamble, but you have to say ‘Hello’ to him.”


  1. Stopping by on the 8th day of the #atozchallenge. Writing is a gamble isn't it.Investing time and energy into a manuscript we believe in. We all know it's worth it! If you have time or interest, I am writing about gardens and related topics this month. Stop by and see me.

  2. Enjoyed this part of the story, but haven't yet gotten around to the rest of it. May think of designating our time traveling man something other than "Old Mark," the repetitive name slowed down the flow but other wise was interesting. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for the feedback. I did write a section where the two debated what to call themselves, but I cut it because it just rambled on for too long. If I decide to do something more with the story after the Challenge, I might put it back in.


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