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The Weight of History

A time traveler

By Nedelcu AlinaPublished about a year ago 3 min read
The Weight of History
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Elizabeth had always been fascinated by history. So when she found out about the time machine in her great-grandfather’s basement, she couldn’t resist trying it out. She chose to go back to the year 1963, to the day when President Kennedy was assassinated. It was a day that had always intrigued her, and she couldn’t help but wonder if she could change the course of history.

As she arrived at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, Elizabeth’s heart raced with excitement and nerves. She stood on the grassy knoll, scanning the area for any signs of Lee Harvey Oswald, who had allegedly assassinated the President. She had studied every detail of the event, but nobody could have prepared her for what she was about to witness.

Suddenly, a gunshot rang out, and Elizabeth’s heart skipped a beat. She knew what was about to happen next and that she had to act fast. She ran towards the Book Depository, where Oswald was hiding.

As Elizabeth ran towards the Depository building, her heart was beating hard in her chest, and her hands were cold and sweaty. She could barely breathe, but she couldn’t stop. She had a mission, a unique opportunity to change the course of history. She remembered everything she had studied about the assassination, but now she was in the present so different from the one she had read about in books.

When she arrived at the sixth floor, she entered the Depository building and went straight to the back door. As she opened it, she saw a man with a rifle standing in front of her. It was Lee Harvey Oswald who was about to change history.

“Stop!” Elizabeth shouted, hoping to startle him.

Oswald turned around, his eyes narrowing in suspicion. “Who are you?” he asked, his voice low and menacing.

Elizabeth felt a chill run down her spine. She knew that one wrong move could mean the end for her. “I’m just a concerned citizen,” she said, trying to keep her voice steady. “Please, don’t do this. You don’t understand what it will do to our country.”

Oswald’s face twisted in anger. “You don’t know anything,” he spat. “You think you’re smart, but you’re just a fool.”

Elizabeth felt a surge of frustration. She had hoped she could reason with him, but now she realized it was impossible. She had to act fast if she wanted to prevent the assassination.

As Oswald turned to the window, Elizabeth lunged forward, grabbing the rifle. But Oswald was more substantial than she had anticipated, and the two of them struggled to control the weapon. In the chaos, a shot rang out, and Elizabeth felt a sharp pain in her leg.

She stumbled back, the rifle slipping from her hands. She saw Oswald raise the weapon again, his finger on the trigger. At that moment, Elizabeth knew that she had failed. She had come so close, but in the end, she could not prevent the tragedy about to unfold.

“Don’t do it!” Elizabeth shouted, but Oswald pulled the trigger.

At that moment, Elizabeth felt a wave of emotion wash over her. She had failed to prevent the assassination, and now the course of history was set in stone. Tears surged down her face as she realized that no matter how much she wished it were different, she could not change what had happened.

As she returned to the time machine, Elizabeth felt a sense of despair wash over her. She had come so close to altering history, but in the end, she had failed. As she traveled back to the present day, she knew she would never forget the emotions she felt.

The weight of history, the crushing realization that some things could not be changed, and the deep sadness that came with it. She knew that the memory of that day would stay with her forever.

Short StoryFantasyFan FictionAdventure

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Nedelcu Alina

Life’s short, eat the cake 🍰

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