It gives me great pleasure to report that my flash story, ‘Peace for our times’, has been published on Every Day Fiction today! You can find the story here and read it for free! If you have the time, leave a rating or a comment (you can sign in using a facebook account).
I thought I would do a little blog post about the thinking behind the story, but that will involve some spoilers. So, again, if you haven’t read it already, check the story out here.
So hopefully by now you’ve realised that the title, ‘Peace for our times’, is an allusion to the famous phrase spoken by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in 1938.
I got the idea for this story whilst talking to a friend about who they would invite to their ‘celebrity dinner party’. If time travel really were possible, I thought, one could actually have such a dinner party. Better yet, one could set oneself up as a sort of time-travelling talent agent, bringing figures of the past into the future for public appearances (for a hefty fee!). But why would these celebrities of the past agree to being ferried around through time? Potentially, in return for the very fame for which they are sought! I love a good time travel paradox, me!
In the story, the implication is that the allies win WWII only because Churchill signs a contract with this time travel escort agency, but the agency only approach Churchill because he is famous for his role in leading the allies to that very victory!
Imagine a world in which this were really going on, how much of the rest of history might have been decided (and still might be being decided!) by these kinds of clandestine deals?
Hope you enjoy the story, let me know what you think in the comments below!