One Moment

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic







Once upon a time, an old woman was wandering around, looking through crowds of people in an unfamiliar place. 

She saw a young man in a black hat, who fit into his suit quite nicely. The sun was reflecting off of him, making him stand as a shining light. 

She approached the man.

“Hi there.” the old woman had said to the man, who was just about to walk away.

“Oh, why hello there.”

“I was wondering if you had a moment to spare?”

The man looked at his wrist watch.

“You know what… sure, I do have a quick moment.”

“Thank you for your time. I was wondering if you could help me find where I am looking for.”

“I can certainly try my best.”

The old woman pulled out a piece of paper.

“Can you tell me where I might be able to find this moment?”

“Which one?”

The old woman put her nose to the paper.

“I believe it’s... E-3IP08... with the E and the 3 backwards.” 

“Okay, thank you for being specific. One moment please.”

The man opened his briefcase, holding the bottom of it with his left arm while searching through it with his right hand.

“Let me see here… Hmm… Ah, here we are.”

The man pulled out a photo, and closed his suitcase. 

Facing her directly, he showed her the photo.

“Are you talking about this one?”

She put her hand over her mouth. 

After some silence, she said,

“Why, yes, that’s exactly it. When is that?”

“Why, it’s right now.”

“Oh. That is happening right now. This is happening right now. Thank you for helping me find it. But I seem to be very lost here… this sort of stuff I never was able to wrap my head around.”

she said as she scratched the right side of her neck with her left hand.

“What is it, madam?”

“I’m just not sure how this is possible.”

“You’re not sure how… what, is possible ma’am?”

“How can I be looking at this moment in this photo if this moment is happening right now? And who took this picture?”

“I’m not really sure how it all works, ma’am, if I’m being honest with you.” he said while scratching the left side of his neck with his right hand. 

“This stuff loses me too.”

“Oh, that’s all right… I don’t need to know how. I’ve got what I’ve come for.”

Before the man departed, he paused.

“May I ask what brings you to this moment?”

The old woman smiled.

“Well, the last thing I wanted to do before I die is meet my son. This was the only moment in time I knew I could catch him.”

The man had a tear drop from his eye.

“Thank you, Mom.”

That moment, as if they were the only 2 moving while everyone else was frozen in frame, was never forgotten. 


Submitted: May 08, 2020

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That was a a very sad and sweet ending. It's lovely that they got to see each other again for a moment even though they had to part. I was a little confused as to the whole scenario and how this was happening, but when you're writing something short it can be hard to get all the little details in. I still enjoyed it a lot and it was a great story.

Fri, May 15th, 2020 12:45am


Aww thank you so much for your comment!! I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts!
They were confused too, lol! I think it makes sense that the old woman would not understand how time travel works, being that she is an elderly woman (and people who are older tend to have a more difficult time understanding updated technology right, so time travel? Oh dear lol).
The guy being confused as well, I still makes sense because again, time travel is confusing.
As well, of course with only 500 words this was just me being clever on trying to explain it away lol!
To stress, she said that it didn't matter how, which is true; the "how" for this short story is not the important part, it's what is taking place that the reader should be attending to :)

This meant a lot to read and receive this feedback. Thank you so much for commenting, and I am so happy you enjoyed :)

--Ace Dean

Fri, May 15th, 2020 12:56pm

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