Read Chapter 15 “On the Road”
In the year 2447, time travelling wasn’t treated as a supernatural event as it was in the twenty-first century on Earth. By the year 2447, it was common knowledge that time travelling only worked if one wanted to travel to the past, but not to the future.
Time travelling tunnels only opened in specific locations and at a very exact time. They appeared out of thin air and disappeared as mysteriously as they had appeared. Some of the time tunnels stayed open for more extended periods than others. Certain ones were large enough to allow big objects to move through, but others were so tiny that only a small insect could squeeze through.
Having access to and knowing how to read the coordinates allowing one to find where the time tunnel would open next was what made a member of the time-travelling group the unquestionable leader. To read and understand the language in which the coordinates were written wasn’t easy and required an analytical mind with a serious knack for problem-solving. How to apply that knowledge to various planets, locations and galaxies was also something all-time travelling leaders needed to fully understand to be able to travel through time with as few glitches as possible.
When the time travelling took off for the first time on the major scale, the travellers didn’t know how to control the destination on the other side of the tunnel. It took a long time, and a lot of trials and errors, before they slowly figured out how to get to the destination they wanted to get to.
The exact origins of time travelling weren’t really known. There was a strong belief amongst many that time travelling has always been an integral part of the universal fabric. Nonetheless, not all galactic beings were allowed to have access to that knowledge at the same time.
Since the whole Universe is built from energy, it’s believed by many that time travelling tunnels aren’t any different. That same pure energy that flows through every single particle of the Universe, enables time travellers to make their journeys. It meant that it was enough for the traveller or a group of them to think about the year and the destination they wanted to travel to, to be transported to that very place.
But only travellers who fully comprehended the power behind the energy could end up in whenever and wherever they desired. Otherwise, if they travelled at all, they would get somewhere random at the random time, or in the worst-case scenario would get stuck in the loop, repeating the same day over and over again.
Jenny had ended up in random locations and times a few times, before she finally figured out and understood how to will the energy. She used that leverage of understanding how the time travel worked wisely over her follow travellers, never compromising or losing sight of her mission. If she felt threatened by anyone in her group, she would leave that person behind without any regrets.
Unfortunately, the longer she travelled in time, the more suspicious and paranoid she became over the motifs of her travelling companions, often misjudging their actions.
Since time travel was a very powerful tool, using it too frequently had profound consequences on the traveller’s mental and physical health. Confusion and memory loss often left the travellers unable to understand and navigate new terrains and reality they ended up in. Ageing too quickly was another side effect that many travellers weren’t aware of. Often the physical ageing of the traveller’s body was invisible until it was too late to stop that process. Once the consequences of time travelling became wildly known, fewer takers were willing to sacrifice their lives for a very uncertain adventure.
At first, Jenny deluded herself that time travelling had no effects on her and none of the side effects applied to her. However, she didn’t register at first how cold and distant to others she became. That slowly led her to detachment from reality. The unstoppable ageing process for Jenny begun unexpectedly and caught her off guard. Yet even that wouldn’t make her change her mind abound completing her unrealistic mission. Costs and consequences didn’t matter anymore.
Her focus was solely on getting to her chosen destination in order to rewrite history and save her mother. Jenny was never interested in influencing any significant events that took place in the Galaxy. She feared that this kind of interference could compromise her timeline drastically, and that wasn’t a risk she was willing to take.
Time travellers were often lost souls, looking for some meaning to life in the galactic mess that surrounded them. Often, they had no one to go back to, so getting lost in one of the time tunnels wasn’t something they feared the most. Leading an uneventful and meaningless life was scarier to them than the unknown the time travelling brought with it.
In time, some of the overpopulated planets or planets popular with refuges used the power of time travelling to send those in need of help back without explanation or guidance. It was easier for the governing bodies to burden the past with unwanted elements while pretending that the current problems were dealt with accordingly. Jenny felt uncomfortable witnessing such a misuse of power and resources, but she didn’t feel strong enough to fight for the poor or underprivileged. She was no hero. Besides, she had her mission to complete.
Jenny has met many travellers, who wanted to join her; others trying to kill her, and yet some, who completely ignored her and wanted nothing to do with her. She also encountered many travellers unsure of the reality they were in and ones who believed that time travel was just a fictional imprint of a dream on their psychic.
However, none of that stopped Jenny from time travelling, while trying her hardest to keep her side effects under control. And finally, one day, out of the blue, she arrived in the space and place where she needed to be to complete her mission. Her only hope was that she had enough time to stop Maggie from doing what she was about to do.