Time Traveling in Tandem

Posted: August 7, 2017 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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Ned’s plan had been fairly simple. Take an old tandem bicycle, fix it up a bit, and then turn it into a time machine.

When they took it for a trial run, Lee couldn’t shake two worrying possibilities from his mind.

The first was that the time machine wouldn’t work and they’d end up blown to pieces.

The second was that it would work.

“Come on,” Ned urged, wiping sweat from his forehead. “Peddle harder.”

“I’m peddling as hard as I can,” Lee lied, before applying a little bit more energy.

The bike began to shake. Lee closed his eyes.

There was a sound like an off-tune chorus of angels singing a dub-step cover of Enya and a light flashed so bright it almost seared through his eyelids.

Ned grinned.

“I’ve done it.” He gestured to the forest. “We’ve travelled back!”

Lee looked down and groaned.

“The bike chain’s broken.”

Word Count: 150

This is for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and Dorothy for providing the prompt photo!

  1. James says:

    Pretty sure they couldn’t get that thing up to eighty-eight, especially with a broken bike chain. On the other hand, if they’re stuck in the past, as long as they’re past the bronze age, someone should be able to fix the chain.

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  2. Jade M. Wong says:

    Time-traveling bike, well I suppose crazier things have been invented, haha!

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  3. mandibelle16 says:

    Neat story with the tandem bike. Sounds like getting home is going to be a problem. Nobody thought to bring spare parts from their modern era did they?

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  4. Reena Saxena says:

    The beautiful world of childhood fantasies 🙂

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  5. marja says:

    oh no the bike chain is broken Does it mean they are stuck in the past Great story

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    A dub-step Enya song to time travel too – great detail! Hope they can fix the chain. Good fun story 🙂

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  7. loved and laughed at he last line. children and their childhood fun.

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  8. Hahaha! All that noise was the bike’s chain breaking! Seems maybe this time machine doesn’t work. LOL! Cute story, J.A.!

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  9. Haha, they won’t be travelling anywhere! Nice one.

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  10. EagleAye says:

    Doh! I hope they brought along their bicycle repair kit. Now I’m just curious how far they traveled. 50 minutes? 500 years? It could make a big difference. Love the zinger in the end.

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  11. michael1148humphris says:

    We can all dream, and I hope this was a dream,

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  12. luckyjc007 says:

    LOL’s An idea materializes for just seconds and then reality sets in! Too bad he did not achieve what he set out to accomplish, but for the few seconds he must have been really excited! 🙂

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  13. afairymind says:

    Oh dear. I hope they’re not stranded in the past for too long! I love the idea of a time travelling bike. 🙂

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  14. That’s some impressive pedaling power. Those two could run a cycling class.

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  15. athling2001 says:

    Wonderful story. I love the idea of time traveling in a bike. Hope they can fix the chain.

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