True love and friendship has no boundaries, even across time. Christopher and Susan are two teens who are best friends – one a talented guitarist with dreams of attending Julliard and the other a talented young writer who accidentally travel to 1963. There they fall deeply in love and have to make a decision; do they stay with those they love or return home while they still have a chance?
But if only one of them returns, how will that change the timeline? Will their entire lives be changed for the better or for the worse? Will their dreams still come true? And will they meet up together later in time?
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My novel, Across Time, is a story of love and friendship that spans a course of over forty years, starting in the year 2008, going back in time to the year 1963, and then back to 2008. What follows is an emotional adventure between four special people that includes elements of love and love lost, friendship, time travel, science fiction, romance, thriller and Marie Osmond.
Please meet two teen-agers named Christopher and Susan, two best friends since they were the age of eight. Christopher is a talented guitarist with dreams of attending Juilliard and Susan is an aspiring fiction writer who is enamored with the writings of Ronald Lexington, her favorite author whom she also has a crush on and is able to meet at an autograph signing. Both of these people’s lives are altered forever when a magical “circle in the air” appears from out of nowhere and transports them to the year 1963. Doing their best to cope with their situation, they decide to attend their old school and discover that Ronald Lexington also attends it and is now the same age as them, much to Jennifer’s delight. Christopher also meets the beautiful Jennifer, the girl that turns into his first love. They reveal to them that they are from the future and they assist them during their stay, unsure of whether or not they are ever really going to get to go back and at the same time, falling deeply in love with each other. When the circle appears again at the most inopportune moment of a magical night after the school dance, they must make the instant decision to return to their own time, but, at the last moment, Susan decides that she cannot leave and runs back to Ronald and Christopher is transported back to his own time, only to meet up with his two best friends and first love again when they are in their early sixties and some welcome surprises are waiting for him as they renew their life together.
“Lead they way,” he said with a grand gesture. When they were in the lobby, he gently took Susan’s hand and stopped her. She looked at him and saw him gazing at her admiringly.
“I just wanted to thank you.”
“For today. For everything. Taking me out, making me feel better. You didn’t have to do that. This has been a really good day. It started off really crappy and turned into one of the best times I’ve ever had. Thank you.”
“Oh!” she moaned playfully and gave him a hug.
“You really are my best friend. You’re going to be a famous writer someday and I want an autographed copy of your first book.”
“Only if I get a copy of your first CD and front row at your first concert.”
“It’s a deal,” he said as they parted. “This has been a really good day,” he said smiling. “Nothing can happen to spoil it!”
When they walked outside, it was pouring down with rain.
“I stand corrected,” he stated as they stood at the entrance of the mall under the metal frame.
“It’s not so bad,” she said with a concerned expression on her face, looking up at the sky, not believing her own words.
“I can barely see through it!” Christopher complained. “I hope you remember where you parked your car, because I sure don’t.”
“It’s this way,” she replied as she pointed to her right. “On the count of three, let’s run!”
“One, two, three – go!” he said as they took off running through the thick shower and were quickly inside the car, both of them now soaking wet.
“Well, that was fun,” he moaned.
“It could have been worse. I could have forgotten where I parked the car.”
“True. Well, let’s go. It’s probably going to take us longer than usual to get home. Wow,” he said looking out the window, “I can barely see a few feet in front of me. It’s really coming down. I can’t remember the last time it rained this hard.”
“Me, neither,” Susan said as she started the car and they slowly proceeded forward.
In about twice the time that it would usually take, they were stopped in front of Christopher’s house. The rain was still heavy and Christopher squinted out the window.
“I don’t see either of their cars. Looks like we beat them,” he said happily.
“Want to come in for awhile? There might be something good on TV.”
“Sure. I would prefer not to drive all the way home in this rain. It’s getting close to rush hour and all the crazies will be out soon.”
They exited the car, Susan carrying her purse because she wanted to download the pictures of Ronald Lexington that Christopher had taken onto his computer so he would have some copies, and ran to the front door. Christopher quickly pulled out his keys from his jeans pocket and was about to open the front door when he noticed something out of the corner of his eye. He looked over and, through the rain, saw what looked to be shining, dark circle hanging in the air.
“What’s that?” he asked with a quizzical look on his face.
“What’s what?” Susan replied, her arms wrapped around herself and shivering.
“Over there,” he said, indicating what he was looking at.
Susan looked at what he was talking about thinking that whatever it was, it could not possibly be more important than getting into the house as quickly as possible and drying off. Then, she was taken aback at dark hole that seemed to be sitting in the air.
“Oh, my God! What is that?” she exclaimed.
“I can’t tell,” Christopher replied, wiping the hair from his eyes. “It looks like its growing.”
Susan squinted at it and decided that he was right; it did appear to be growing. It may have been her imagination, but it also seemed like it was moving towards them. She suddenly felt very cold and wanted more than anything to get inside the house.
“Christopher, let’s go inside!”
“Wait a minute,” he whispered softly, “we don’t know what it is. What if it’s a…I don’t know. Let’s go check it out!”
Susan looked at him as though he had just told her that he had found nude pictures of her on the internet.
“Are you out of your mind? It’s pouring! We can look at it from inside the house!”
“That won’t be as good,” he said smiling. “Come on, let’s go look at it,” he said as he slowly began to walk towards it, Susan slowly, reluctantly, trailing him.
“Christopher, let’s go inside,” she whined. “I don’t like this!”
“Look at it!” Christopher exclaimed when they were about twenty feet away from it, the rain surrounding it seemingly not as heavy. “It’s beautiful!” he said, mesmerized.
The circle hanging in the air seemed to be a giant hole of some sort of about thirty feet in diameter. Although they could not see anything through it except darkness, it seemed as if there was something on the other side of it. More a sense of perceiving something than actually sensing it. There also seemed to be a crackling of energy around it, as if it were surrounded by an electrical charge of some sort.
“Wow! Look at that!” Christopher shouted smiling and wide-eyed, now completely oblivious to the rain. “I don’t know what it is, but it’s awesome!”
Even Susan was now staring at it in wonder.
“It is…it is beautiful,” she said.
“Hey, do you smell that?” Christopher asked sniffing the air around him. “It smells like…incense or something. Do you smell it?”
Susan sniffed the air and immediately knew what he was talking about. He was right. It was a sweet smell mixed with something…that smelled like electricity. That was the only way she could think to explain it. Then, she noticed that the giant hole in front of them seemed to be…pulsing in some way, as it were getting ready to do something.
“Christopher, maybe we should go inside now,” she said slowly.
He looked back at the circle, which now seemed to be looming over him and he was suddenly overcome with a sense of fear, his overwhelming need to investigate it now vanishing by the second.
“Maybe you’re right,” he replied backing away from it and standing in front of Susan as if to block the circle from her.
Suddenly, two bolts of electricity shot from the middle of it, out to each of them and enveloping them, seeming to pull them towards it. They both realized what was happening as the two bolts seemed to reach out to them like a pair of claws, but it also happened too quickly to react in any way. They were both inside the circle now and all they saw around them was darkness.