Mirage

June 13, 2021 at 10:36 pm (Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Short Story)

He was wandering lost in the desert.
He had stupidly wandered his way down a trail he wasn’t familiar with and couldn’t find his way back.
His mobile service didn’t seem to work out here and he couldn’t call for help.
His canteen was almost out of water.
Evening was approaching and a day of desert heat would soon be replaced by a night of desert cold.
Then he saw it.
A blue Chevy truck.
Most likely from the 1930s.
In mint condition.

He looked through the window.
The key was in the ignition and it appeared to have a full tank of gas.
He looked around.
And saw absolutely no one.
It seemed the vehicle was a godsend meant for him.
He got in and drove.

Some 80 odd years earlier at that very spot, a notorious bankrobber Sam Scarface Faring had pulled over to the side of the road to relieve himself.

When he turned around to get back into his truck, it had gone.

Fortunately (or unfortunately) for Faring, a police vehicle soon pulled up along the road and saved him from dying in the desert.

Instead he faced a life sentence in prison.

A mysterious time/space vortex had helped one man in trouble and sent another man to his just fate.

-A short story written by Christopher
Sunday June 13th 2021.

37 Comments

  1. Marlapaige said,

    That blue Chevy could be a blue police box. I enjoy space/time travel, just not the inherent paradoxes

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Actually that Chevy does look like a blue police box doesn’t it? 😀

      Yes, I enjoy space/time travel stories ever since I saw a movie called Somewhere In Time with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Canada-you would know it! Ha!! No one ever knows what I’m talking about!

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, they do have blue police call boxes in Canada.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Um… now I don’t know if you have any idea what I’m talking about or not. You ever watch Doctor Who? The blue police box that travels through time and space? The TARDIS?

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, Doctor Who and the blue police box the TARDIS that travels through time and space.

        Yes, I got the reference.

        They do have the occasional police call box that looks like it in Canada.

        I don’t know if any travel through time and space at all though.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Oh that would be so cool. I didn’t see any blue ones when I was there… but i also didn’t know to look for them because it was my pre TARDIS days.

        I thought you would get the reference. From what I hear it’s extremely popular in Canada. But your responses are very dry so I couldn’t tell if you knew or not. Sorry.

        The good news is I generally pick up people’s humor as I speak to them, so if we keep talking I will know when you’re kidding.

        Are you a fan of Doctor Who?

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, I used to watch Doctor Who when it was on the regular TV channels here.

        But then the cable companies thought they could earn more money if they switched the series over to the more expensively priced specialty channels.

        So I haven’t seen it for a few years now.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Which was your last doctor, Tennant?

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        The one where he visited her twice before she became his tenant.

        Once when she was a young girl and then when he visited her when she was older.

        That must have been several years ago now that I think about it.

      • Marlapaige said,

        That’s the girl who waited. That was the first two episodes of Matt Smith and Amy Pond. That is a while ago!its 3 doctors ago an fone show producer ago 😂

        Sorry, I’m a fan and I actually know what you’re talking about 😂

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I must have moved around about 5 or 6 times in the last 10 years so I’ve really lost track of the TV shows I used to watch.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Yes, I read one of your poems where you mentioned having to move. From last year.

        I’m glad you seem more settled now.

        I would recommend if you have the ability to watch Doctor Who through the internet, that you at least finish the Matt Smith tenure. Personally, I would really recommend the Moffatt Tenure, but a lot of people didn’t like Capaldi’s doctor.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Thanks.

        I’ll keep that in mind.

      • Marlapaige said,

        You’re welcome.

        I know you didn’t ask for my unsolicited Dr Who advice. Sorry

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        It’s okay.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Woah. Sorry I got excited that you recognized the police box reference and forgot to finish reading the comment 😕

        Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour are two names I have not heard in a long time. I don’t remember that movie. I’m usually pretty good with movies though. Based on who is in it, I would assume 80’s… before his accident and Dr Quinn. Probably early 80’s. Space/time is not particularly a heavy subject, but that would be the perfect timing for him as he would have just hit fame from superman in the late 70’s and would have just completed a second superman and he would want to do something different. And Jane Seymour is not a comedic actress so the story is probably more serious than an average superman movie. So I will have to look it up at some point to find out more, but that feels about right which would explain why I didn’t see it.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        The film was released right in 1980.

        So you were spot on in your Sherlockian deductions as to the time frame.

        And it was a more serious storyline than a Superman movie.

      • Marlapaige said,

        See, I know my movies, energy some of the ones I don’t know!

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I’m a big movie buff myself.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Good to know! I’m not crazy about the newer stuff because it’s all superhero kind of movies. A lot of CGI. I like movies with classic effects. Some CGI is ok, but like Jurassic park where CGI was blended seamlessly with animatronics to cremate the dinos. Too much cgi actually makes me dizzy after a while.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, too much CGI makes me dizzy as well.

      • Marlapaige said,

        You’re the first person who actually understands that. Everyone else tells me that I clearly need a neurologist because it doesn’t make *them* dizzy.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        They’re so used to being inside the cave and seeing the shadows on the cave wall of badly made impersonations of the Forms in Plato’s Realm of Forms that when someone who’s been out in the sunlight for awhile and returns to the cave and sees the shadows again and becomes dizzy as a result, those remaining in the cave can’t understand the dizziness.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Impersonations or not, the screen makes them seem jumpy and almost a 3-D out of sync feeling to them. Hate 3-D movies too and video games.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I think the only movie I’ve seen in a movie theatre the past 5 years was Wonder Woman which I believe came out in 2017.

        Before that it was the Kenneth Branaugh directed film version of Disney’s Cinderella and before that it was some film where Luke Evans played Vlad Dracula and before that it was some movie where Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie were involved in intigue in the city of Venice and before that it was Robert Downey Jr. playing Sherlock Holmes for the first time.

        I really stopped attending movie theatres when they started showing TV commercials on the screen and then that Dolby sound I found a bit too loud.

        I imagine the 3-D movies you’re describing would make me literally sick as well.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Oh I rarely go to the theater anymore. It’s WAY too expensive. The last three movies I saw in the theater were all oddly Eddie Redmayne movies. I went to go see the fantastic beast movies with some folks that REALLY love JK Rowling, and then it wa the theory of everything where he played Stephen hawking. Before that was one of the pirates of the Caribbean movies. Before that was a doctor who special that came out in theaters. And then I think Chicago. Like I said, I rarely go. And I think Chicago was about 10 years ago now as well.

        Mostly I know the newer movies because I sometimes see the commercials for them and I don’t forget.

        I can’t member the name of it, but I heard the Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie movie was pretty bad. And I actually just Saul Robert Downey Jr. I Sherlock Holmes for the first time about two months ago, and I really enjoyed it. It was so cheesy, but I just truly loved it

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, it was cheesy but good fun.

      • Marlapaige said,

        I love that you get that! So many people don’t appreciate a good cheesy movie

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        British comedies are very popular in Canada so you get used to cheesiness.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Do you like fare like Rocky Horror Picture Show, and things like that too?

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Actually, I’ve never seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

        I’ve heard a lot about it but never seen it.

      • Marlapaige said,

        I don’t even know how to respond to that. As soon as I turned 16, I used to go every weekend with my cousin until they closed the theater and turned it into a parking lot. We used to dress up, do the songs, all of it. When I first got my license I took my sisters across state lines to go to Rocky horror picture show, although we didn’t realize it. The city crosses state lines do we were still in the city. When we went to Vancouver I went with my dad. That was the first time I ever went. So for me, it’s part of life, so when I meet someone who’s never seen it, it just surprises me to no end. Just as it would surprise you that not everyone’s father had a library/study like your father did. We had a library, although a small one, but it wasn’t a study or anything of the sort. It was just where we kept our books that didn’t stay in our rooms

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, that’s true, the older I get the more I realize what a unique man my father was.

        I guess I’d probably surprise a lot of people if I told them I never saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

        But actually nobody has ever asked me before.

        I know I do get a jaw dropping look whenever I tell people I never saw a single episode of the TV show Friends.

        In fact a few have been quite dumbfounded for several minutes not knowing quite what to say.

      • Marlapaige said,

        I will admit it surprises me, but not too much since I’ve only ever seen them in reruns.

        If you don’t mind me asking how old are you? Because if you’re legal, you would really enjoy seeing a live show of Rocky horror.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I’m legal all right.

        I had a friend who used to attend midnight showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and raved abut it.

        He invited me to go along with him sometime but I just never did.

      • Marlapaige said,

        It’s a lot of fun. They’re always midnight, and people dress up and interact with the show. If it’s anywhere near you now, you should absolutely go.

        “I’m legal all right.”
        Your wording makes you sound ancient LOL

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