Today I’m participating in the First Campaign Challenge for the Writer’s Platform Building Campaign. The task is to write a story in 200 words or less starting with ‘The door swung open’. I have managed to get exactly 200 words.
The door swung open. Joshua peered into the small laboratory and saw the young woman who would one day be his mother. She was so consumed with her work that she hadn’t noticed his appearance. Around her were papers and notes, part of the research that the experts all agreed could have lead to a cure for cancer. On the other side of the room was a Bunsen burner carelessly left on by a lab tech. In minutes a stack of paper would fall on it and burn the lab to the ground, destroying his mother’s research and career.
She would move on to a teaching job where she would meet his father and fall in love. Joshua knew that if he turned the burner off, he would create a new timeline, an alternate future, in which his mother’s work would be finished and millions would be saved. Calculations also indicated that he would never be born. Could he really sacrifice his existence? If it meant there was even a chance that he could rid the world of the horror of cancer, then how could he not?
Tentatively, and with some fear, Joshua entered the laboratory.
The door swung shut.