Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Urban Sci-Fi
Cast of Wonders 482: In Real Time (Staff Picks 2021)
In Real Time
by Avra Margariti
The kites frozen across the sky dapple the lawn like stained glass. Human statues dot the park, caught mid-motion: picnicking, dog-walking, sun-bathing. They might have been unnerving, once. Now, the utter stillness and silence soothes me like nothing else. In Frozen Time, scents are amplified tenfold. Grass, flowers, sugar. I drop a few coins into a vendor’s tip jar, then fill a clear bag with candy worms, chewing as I stroll down the small hill.
When a shape weaves between the stationary people, I think it’s only an optical illusion. A vase, two faces, now a vase again.
I blink, and the silhouette has drawn closer. It belongs to a kid not much younger than me in appearance, although there’s really no way to tell with people like us, who know how to manipulate time. The kid nods at me, casual like we’re meeting in the street and not in a frozen world, then steals a fistful of my candy.
“Who are you?” I ask once my tongue unglues itself from my palate. (Continue Reading…)