Yours Truly, 2095
by Brian Paone
GENRE: Time Travel Romance
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Jeff Blue - the victim of a time-travel conspiracy - wakes up trapped in the year 2095. The only familiar face is J0, a robotic copy of the wife he left behind in 1981. But can she be trusted? J0 could be the only key to unlock Jeff's journey home, but it will require her to do something against her programming , something human.
During Jeff's perilous journey through the future, he will have to discover the truth about J0's origins, and solve the mystery behind how he wound up in 2095, in order to uncover the reality of his own destiny.
Armed with a one-way ticket to the moon, Jeff must race against the clock to seize what might be his last chance to return home to his time. A time without hover cars, Justice Computers, or TeleSkins - a time over 100 years ago.
“May I help you find anything?” an employee greeted me as she came out of a back room and wiped some dirt off her apron.
I still had to ditch the ELO somewhere and get on with my real business of the day.
“Sure. Do people still want real flowers? Not the plastic ones, I mean.”
“People generally love nostalgia even if they don’t want to change their whole life because of that feeling. Our customers come here to bring home a happy memory of their childhood for their dinner table, even if most people have completely conformed to the plastic-flower trend.”
I sensed an undertow of animosity toward the plastic flowers.
“Plastic flowers should have been left on the moon,” I said definitively. “The streets would be much better lined with dirt-growing, water-drinking, sunlight-feeding Bellis perennis.”
The words just flew out of my mouth. I had never even heard the term Bellis perennis before. It was like I was possessed and spoke a foreign language I couldn’t possibly know. I made a mental note to ask Bruce if Junior knew anything about botany.
“Impressive. There should be more people like you in this town.”
“Well, thank you …” I paused so she could offer her name.
“It’s very nice to meet you, Keats. Keep up the good fight. I’m willing to bet there are more people out there with their hearts on the real thing. Nostalgia strikes hard. Sometimes it inspires and wins out in the end.”
“I hope you’re right.”
“Me too. I’ll take a dozen of the daisies there in the window.”
“Wonderful choice,” she replied.
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Brian Paone was born and raised in the Salem, Massachusetts area. An award winning author, his love of writing began through the medium of short stories at the young age of twelve. After almost 20 years of consistently writing short stories for only his friends and family to read, Brian's first full-length novel was published in 2007, and he has published two more since then. Brian is married to an Officer in the US Navy, and they have 3 children. Brian is a Police Officer for the St. Mary's GA Police Department and has been working in Law Enforcement since 2002. He is also a self-proclaimed roller coaster junkie, and his favorite color is burnt-orange.
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