The Time Traveler
A story from Juliette Kings (Vampire Maman)
Carefully opening the package, Theo discovered a formerly unknown packet of love letters between Thomas Jefferson and the wife of one of his best friends. Unknown to the modern world. Everyone back then had known, well almost everyone who knew the couple. They were just too polite to say anything.
The paper was still in good condition and the ink strong. “Very good,” he said to himself. Dealing in old documents and antiques could be tricky if you didn’t know what was real and what was not. He always knew what was real.
As he gently lifted the old letters back into the box there was a sudden flash of light and a beautiful woman in jeans and a sweater suddenly appeared before him.
“Theo? Darling, what are you doing here?” The woman seemed surprised to see him. Well damn, he was equally surprised. It was almost 3:00 a.m. and his shop was closed for the Thanksgiving holiday week.
He looked her up and down. Tall, pretty, sort of out of place. No, really out of place. “This is my place of business. Do I know you?”
“You’re… are you a time traveler too? You didn’t tell me? Did you get here on the Tardis?” She gave a little laugh like they were old buddies with an inside joke.
Theo was not amused. “What are you talking about? What is the Tardis?”
She rolled her eyes and smiled. “Dr. Who. His time machine. You know the 250th Anniversary.”
“Oh right. The 50th anniversary or something like that. I don’t watch it. Never did. You need to leave.”
She stepped towards him and smiled that dazzling smile of hers again. “How did you get here?”
Theo was not amused. “I’m sorry, I thought I made it clear that I’m no fan of Dr. Who. You need to go right now. I’ve had enough of your deranged game.”
She took another step forward. “Then how did you go from being in 2313 back to 2013? That’s three hundred years.”
“So I know you in the future?”
“We’re lovers. Don’t you remember?”
He didn’t remember. But it suddenly dawned on him where she had come from and why she was there. “I haven’t been there yet,” he quietly told her.
She wasn’t the first time traveler he’d run across in his 465 years, but this is the first time he’d encountered her.
“What is your name?” He asked her as he stepped closer.
“Laura. How could you not know?”
“This is as far as I’ve come my dear. I can’t travel to the future.”
She looked confused. “You’re in the past Theo.”
“My present. You don’t know do you? In the future we’re still hiding who we really are. Laura are we in a relationship of the heart or is it just a physical thing?”
Her eyes watered up. “Theo, don’t do this.”
“Laura, do you know what I am?”
“You’re the man I’m falling in love with.”
“I’m the man who will take what he needs and either leave you or kill you. My advice would be to change time and let me be.”
A tear rolled down her beautiful face. “No. How did you get here.”
“The question should be how did I get THERE. Laura.” He whispered her name and stepped closer. “I’m sorry it has to be this way.”
He kissed her than moved to her neck. He could taste unknown drugs of the future in her system, no doubt something to help with the effects of time travel or stress. He could read her memories of their affair. It was a strange time. Time Travelers always had memories that were confusing and somewhat ignorant. What they knew of the past was almost always based on fantasy and what they wanted it to be, not what it really had been.
Looking down on the sleeping woman, Theo thought that she must be intelligent to be part of a Time Travel program, but emotionally she was like a teenage girl all full of fluttery ideas and dreams of romance. He’d never fall in love with her. She wasn’t of his kind and she never would be.
Yawning, he looked at the clock to realize dawn was almost here. Time to sleep. “I’m the ultimate time traveler. A Vampire dear. I only go forward. Until we meet again.” Then he kissed her gently and left her alone to return to her own time and his future.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman