“You’re me?” My eyes adjusted in the dim light and I stared with incredulity at the girl who’d invaded my room.
“Yes, time travel, future you” I stretched out my hand and she flinched as I brushed her fingers.
I let my older-self take my hand and our minds forged! I couldn’t help but smile.
“C’mon, we’re going to have some fun!” I paused for a split second as she got to her feet, marvelling at my own innocence, at the surprise and delight on my young face.
Then she pulled me through the frame and I stepped into the dark, alley. “Where are we going?”
We ran, hand in hand, and I pulled out my key. “Forget Narnia and the Secret Garden, and this is more exciting than going through the looking glass…” I turned the key in the ancient, oak door and silver moon-light lit up our faces…
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I ran, trying not to trip over my skirts, and held the swinging lamp as steady as I could.
Staying at Aunt Louise’s stern home for the entire school holiday would be torture. So I lie on my bed and stared at the only interesting thing in the house.
Not long now, excitement bubbled as I hurried down the cobbled corridor lit only by a narrow crescent moon.
I sighed and blew out the candle. The gilded frame and its mysterious, dark alleys sank into gloom. I turned, only twisting back when an unexpected bobbing light emanated across the room.
I reached the gilded frame set at the cul-de-sac, hitched up my skirt and stepped through and there I was, staring at my intrusion in amazement…
I jumped when the girl climbed through the frame…
“Don’t be scared!” I grinned at my younger self, “That boring summer isn’t boring anymore!”
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