FICTION

The Witch, The Curse, and The Time Traveler

When the past & future collide. A Sleeping Beauty story

Sandi Parsons
100 Stories
Published in
10 min readFeb 9, 2021

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“We’re going to watch her burn, right?”
Brennan knew the man in the green suit was fidgety, eager to watch the trial proceed, but he kept his voice low and calm as he spoke to the huddled tourists. “In a moment, they will bring the accused woman out. While no one from this time can hear or see you, please accord your fellow travelers some respect and speak only when necessary.”

The tourists nodded. The man in a green suit was starting to drift away from the group, but Brennan continued. Perhaps it was best to get them going. “You can move throughout the crowd to find a good vantage point. As the crowd viewing this trial is dense today, it won’t matter if you jostle someone. If someone does get spooked, they will blame the witch. It will convince them of the righteousness of their cause.”

As Brennan finished speaking, most of the tourists dispersed throughout the crowd. But the cute blonde stayed. Smiling, Brennan glanced at her name tag, then averted his eyes. An accusation of perving wouldn’t help his application to become a Historical Guide trainer.

“You don’t have to stay here with me, Jarica.”
Jarica gave a smile in return, “I’m a…

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Sandi Parsons
100 Stories

Sandi Parsons lives & breathes stories as a reader, writer, and storyteller📚 Kidlit specialist, dipping her toes in the big kid’s pool.