He was a TIME-TRAVELLER: A Short Story

Time travel story
Time travel story


“Hey Maggie, we have a special guest tonight.  Let’s welcome Mr Becker, the professor of Astronomical Sciences from the University of Illinois.”  Mr Smith was extremely happy and more than that, excited to introduce Mr Becker from Illinois. Smith too was a professor, of Biological Sciences at the University of California. His wife Maggie prepared sumptuous food and behaved like a perfect host that she was. Smith did not doubt her hospitality skills; the strong reason for him to invite intellectuals to the house and throw bashes frequently.

Guest is Extremely Special

“Mr Becker is a visiting professor this semester and wants to have a word with me about the research he’s presently working on,” Smith was unable to hide his excitement while helping his wife in the kitchen,” And, you know Maggie, Mr Becker will also quote my name in his papers. I’m honoured to work with a professor of his stature. Imagine my name written along with the great scientists of the world!” Maggie smiled and felt happy for her husband who she knew was completely absorbed in academics.

Maggie entered the living room and found the two professors deeply engrossed in serious conversation. It had been five hours since Mr Becker came and their discussion didn’t seem to end. Without disturbing the esteemed guest, Smith signalled Maggie to go. In the fifteen years of her married life, Maggie never witnessed such a situation when she had to leave her husband with a stranger in her own home. Upset, she retired to her room. Little did she know that it was just the beginning of the series of such spectacles.

Laboratory is the new workplace

Becker became a regular at their home and worsened Maggie’s concerns. 
Night after night the two academicians would spend curious time together without being bothered about Maggie’s presence. The personal laboratory of Becker started looking like a new home to the two geniuses. Maggie couldn’t adjust to the new norms and so raised a question.

“Maggie, you know Mr Becker is a scientist of great capabilities. I am trying to help him in critical research work and hope to learn something in the deal. I wish to become a fraction of what he is today. Please leave us alone until we reach the desired result.” Smith was determined to continue the joint research work.

Maggie enters the Laboratory 

The night was getting longer than usual for Maggie as she was not able to sleep.

She picked up a random book from her husband’s shelf.
She wanted to try reading to speed up time and coincidentally the book was about time-travel. A smile emerged on her face as she dived deeper into the contents.


“Ah….I’m hungry. Grabbing a sandwich and coffee will surely help!” She had developed a habit of talking to self. Climbing down the stairs to the kitchen, Maggie couldn’t resist listening to the loud voices coming from the laboratory. Her husband seemed to be furious enough to leave a chill in the silence of the night.

Maggie entered the laboratory rather quietly with a deliberate intention to avoid inviting the professors’ attention.

“Prof Becker! Do you want to say that the research papers will be published after 70 years? The probability of my flipping through those papers to see my name is zero. And, as far as I can tell, you are not so young to live 70 years more. I want to see my name in the research papers in my lifetime!” 

Mr Becker opens up


“Hey Smith, please try to understand what I’m going to tell you. I don’t belong to this time. My birth is scheduled somewhere in the next 50 years. I belong to your future. I’m here because I chose to be here while travelling by my time machine! In my research work, I need to find the biological changes humans have gone through in the last 50-100 years. You are a renowned name in my time and so it automatically occurred to me to contact you for my study.” Becker said in one go.

Time travel story
Time travel story

Startled by knowing Prof Becker’s reality, Smith became more curious to know about his mysterious guest. With twinkling eyes, he hurled a request, “Mr Becker, would you like to show me your time machine so that I can believe in what you just said. I mean, I can help you better if there’s nothing hidden between us.”

“That I can, for sure, but promise me you won’t tell this to anyone; not even to your wife. You know, wives can sometimes be unbelievably chatty!” Becker smiled looking into Smith’s eyes and both shared a hearty laugh.

Meanwhile, Maggie was watching from a distance, with her mouth wide open. She couldn’t hear most of the conversation but the feeling of something fishy made her frantic.

Becker took out a battery-operated remote control from his pocket. He pressed a purple button and within a few seconds, a strange-looking machine appeared from nowhere. At least Maggie couldn’t see the entry source of the gadget. 

“Here you go, my friend! This is the time machine that brought me here, forty years behind from where I dwell.  We do have quite a few such instruments that are used for research purposes. I’m studying the biological changes humans go through with time. Your knowledge and experience have helped me to carry out my work with perfection and I’m grateful for the same.” Becker continued as Smith looked awestruck at the time machine.

Scientists research in the laboratory

β€œThe past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” – L. P. Hartley.

Smith wants a time travel ride

“Time-travel! That sounds interesting Becker. Can you do me a favour? It would be a great opportunity for me to travel to the future in your time machine. I mean, can you send me to that period so I may check my name in your research papers. The clues you want to include in your work are still used under my name. To acquire them and to convince me, you have to send me to the future for me to know the truth. I promise to return to this time as I have a life here, not there!” Smith was getting practical.


A few minutes were spent finalising the deal. Since there was only one seat in the time machine, Becker instructed Smith how to control the knobs.

And phew!!! The time machine took off with Smith on board.

Shocked, Maggie felt giddy and lost consciousness.

The doorbell rang in its usual chirping sound. Maggie opened her eyes and found herself in her bed.

“You back!?” Maggie couldn’t expect the time travel to be so short.

“Yeah Honey! Mr Becker left early and I thought of making tea and breakfast for us. It was his last day at our university. You seemed to have a good sleep; reading my time travel sci-fi, eh?;)” Smith’s words brought her back to the existing moment.

Maggie first looked at the book and then at Smith. The dream she had last night was the reflection of her assumptions about the distinguished guest and her ambitious husband. 

While sipping tea together, Smith teased Maggie, “Believing your dream, I’m sure he was a time traveller!!”;)

** You would love to read the story ‘Travel beyond Horizon‘!

65 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow what an amazing and beautiful story. Loved the details.
    Deepika Sharma

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks Deepika;)

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  2. Such an amazing story of time travel. I wish it was all true and we could have a read about it.

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    1. aditi says:

      Hahaha…that option was also ready but I opted for this one:)

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  3. Romila says:

    Time travelling finally! something really different and interesting. Read you for the first time today. thanks to the bloghop.

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed reading:)

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  4. Archana says:

    Wow very interesting time travel story, kept me hooked till the end! Well narrated!!

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    1. aditi says:

      Happy to know:)

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  5. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    Such a nice take on time travel theme. my both girls are highly interested in this concept. will surly make them your story to read. I am sure they will love it.

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    1. aditi says:

      How did your girls like the story, Surbhi?:)

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  6. Neha says:

    haha..I had a smile at the end of the story. Some dreams seem very real. You have used the prompt so well. I completely enjoyed reading this story

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks, happy to know that:)

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  7. Ira Mishra says:

    Nice take on the prompt of time travel…. Didn’t expect the twist in the story… I almost thought she will enter the room and see no one there as both the scientists would have set off on time travel πŸ™‚

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    1. aditi says:

      I had this as a second choice…;)

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  8. That was an interesting twist in the end and Maggie was surely on a time travelling spree, wish she could travel and see if sales of books are gonna high :))

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    1. aditi says:

      Hehe…that needs a part 2 of this version;) Thanks for reading.

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  9. Time travel is such a nice prompt to read on… Beautiful narrative and very interesting as well.

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks, means a lot:)

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  10. Sivaranjini Anandan says:

    A time travel story with scientist and their time travel. πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜€quite interesting. πŸ’«πŸ’«πŸ’«πŸ’«

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    1. aditi says:

      πŸ™‚ glad to know

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  11. Very easy but really interesting read. Loved it.

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks Suhasini:)

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  12. Vasumathi says:

    A time travelling machine! Was it a dream or reality?? Interesting read

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    1. aditi says:

      Keep on imagining, guess the plot as there are numerous possibilities:)

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  13. Prerna Wahi says:

    Such an interesting read. Reminded me of sci-fi movies. Simple and powerful narration.

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks Prerna:)

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  14. The dream was actually more like a reality and had me hooked till the end! It was a very well written post !

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks Chinmayee:)

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      1. My pleasure πŸ₯°

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  15. aditi says:

    Thanks Alpana;)

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  16. Illumination says:

    That was so cool. The ending, even though a little common, was unexpected. The writing part is the best thing. Conceived every details with excellence. Good work and best of luck for the future.

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  17. What an interesting turn of events. Maggie’s dream felt so real! Nicely written.

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  18. daisybala says:

    Loved the ending and how you twisted the occurrence as Maggi’s dream sequence. A well sculpted sci fi story of time traveling . I was happy to see Chicago in the text!! Well done!

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks Daisy:)

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  19. jainnehas says:

    What a beautiful take on the prompt. No one knows what actually happened. It is a great story.

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks Neha:)

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  20. That was a sweet story with a fun little twist! I enjoyed reading it.

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  21. Amritha Srinath says:

    Wow, what a brilliant writeup. I absolutely loved the narration style. It was as if I am reading a well acclaimed novel, filled with so much suspense and excitement.

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    1. aditi says:

      One of the best comments I’ve received πŸ™‚ Thanks Amrita!

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  22. Varsh says:

    Reading about time travel led to such an elaborate dream that sent Mr. Smith to future! This was an interesting read and a good take on the prompt as well.

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks Varsha:)

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  23. Reading you after a long time Aditi, and I loved your twist and take on the prompt. A very well-narrated sci-fi story πŸ™‚

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks Priyanka:)

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  24. Interesting take on the prompt, loved reading and the twist.

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks Ila;)

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  25. Shamik says:

    Pretty interesting story Aditi. Enjoyed reading it… The flow of the story is what I liked the most.

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks Shamik

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  26. Ruchie says:

    Such a crisp and wonderfully written story on time travel!!

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks Ruchie:)

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  27. judy morris says:

    Time travelling is still a fiction and nice take you have given to this theme. Mr. Becker, Smith & Maggie will be so happy with the ending.

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    1. aditi says:

      πŸ˜ƒ Thanks Judy!

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  28. Interesting read. Maybe you can publish part to where you chronicle the travels of the researchers. This story has the potential to be extended into a novella. Think about it

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks for the suggestion, Mayura:)

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  29. Anita says:

    Interesting story, Aditi. Time travel theme is always so exciting. You have narrated it well.
    But, we really don’t know if we take the time-machine to the future, will it be able to bring us back to the time & place where we are now? I have often wondered!

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    1. aditi says:

      Storytelling is all about this. We fancy possibilities, irrespective of their occurrence in present.

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      1. aditi says:

        And, thanks for the positive review:)

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  30. Mummasaurus says:

    hahahahahaha the end was unexpected, and a wonderful take on the prompt.

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  31. That’s really different from the stories I have read so far. Time travel would be amazing, isn’t it. I like such sci-fi posts.

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks Dipika:)

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