Time Travelers’ Lament
(The cost of going rogue)

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They were separated in this eldritch place – she on the boat still laying out the breakfast, he off picking wild mushrooms when the perturbation in the time-wave came.

For here along the river on the 7th moon of Purrn deep within the Lost Suns Nebulae, the laws of physics were in constant flux. That’s what made it relatively safe for temporal wanderers to cross from one Existence to another, parallel Existence.

But what made it relatively safe, also made it risky. Here, Time was skewed – mutable – mercurial. Now, the two were out of phase with one another, she in one universe, he in another. Time-lines danced across the ether here, filaments adrift across the infinite abyss like cob-web wisps. The chances of another temporal junction were as unlikely and remote as two wind-borne seeds uniting on the breeze from opposing hemispheres. Yet she came here every second year regardless, knowing – hoping – he was here as well, albeit in an alternate dimension impossible to reach or even see.

There were reasons for the rules. They were both Level 7 Agents in the Time Guild. They knew the Ban on inter-mingling with co-habitants from parallel dimensions but defied the interdict. Now, and forever, she would pay the price for that.

Sometimes, she thought she sensed his presence. Wishful thinking, maybe… maybe just the flickering of shadows or the sighing of the wind… maybe just the glint of sunlight on the water, or a wild creature moving in the brush…

If nothing else, she felt a greater empathy for mortals now, who also listened for beloved voices in the night.

This is an excerpt from a story I’ve been working on.

Credits for the image go to the following people at

Background with tree by Elenadudina

Time-traveling man is from Falln Stock at DeviantArt

Time-traveling woman is from Mel 7 by Amiba-stock.

Boat is from Labneh Stock.

Chairs and table from Breedstock

Other elements are mine. Multiple layers of color, light and texture are applied in CS2.


nadya johnson, sci fi, science fiction, time travel, fantasy, sci fi fantasy, other worlds, future, speculative fiction, parallel dimension, alternate universe, love story, doomed love, digital compilation


  • Andrey Popov
    Andrey Popovabout 4 years ago

    Holy smokes, this is fantastic!

  • Why, thank you Andrev!! What an awesome comment! Much (much!) appreciated!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • tcat757
    tcat757about 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much tcat! What a wonderful sentiment (and banner!)

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Greta  McLaughlin
    Greta McLaughlinabout 4 years ago

  • A Huge Thanks, Greta!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Carol2
    Carol2about 4 years ago

    Gorgeous image and work, Nadya!!

  • Thank you so much, Carol! I really appreciate your wonderful comment!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • virgosun
    virgosunabout 4 years ago

    I know “who” ya mean, there… still a beautiful piece of work, regardless! ;D

  • Yeah… a ball of Timey-Wimey Stuff, I think he said?? LOL! Well, this bloke has the ginger hair! Thanks! Glad you like it, I appreciate your comment!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Rhonda Strickland
    Rhonda Stricklandabout 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness!!! This is by far my favorite… (although I say that with each new image). Nadya… you have created a masterpiece. . . stunning, beautiful, artful. . . Love it, instant fave!!

  • Rhonda, thank you so much! Although I think you’ve made me blush! I really, really appreciate your wonderful comment!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Simon Groves
    Simon Grovesabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work! Lovely piece! Bravo!!! :-)

  • Thanks so much, Simon! I appreciate it hugely! Especially, as I had to take down the former version… (see remarks at bottom). Then, I think I like this second version better anyway!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • loiteke
    loitekeabout 4 years ago

    Stunning work, abs fav.

  • loiteke
    loitekeabout 4 years ago

  • So thrilled to have this Featured, Meeli! Thanks!!!!!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Mynybee
    Mynybeeabout 4 years ago

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