Jed had promised to get their mother back, whatever the cost. He never realized what he was saying. He watched in horror as the car crashed into theirs, just as it had all those years ago. Then a searing pain enveloped his leg and he fell to the ground.

“Jed!” Joshua shouted in alarm.

“Get Mom!” Jed growled back. He was relieved to watch through a haze of pain as his brother extricated their mother from the ruined vehicle. Just as before – she was still alive, if only barely.

With his magic, Joshua was able to extricate Jed’s younger self as well. “He might keep the leg,” Josh reported. He divided his time between the pair of injured people while his younger self sat on the side of the rode beside Jed.

“Mom, Jed, please be alright,” little Josh whispered.

“They will be,” Jed promised. The ambulance soon arrived and took the injured pair away. Their father arrived in time to see it’s parting and collect his younger son.

“I can’t thank you enough,” he said to Joshua, not recognizing the young man his son would one day become.

When they were alone, Joshua joined Jed. “How’s your leg?” he asked softly.

“The same,” he said softly. “We… succeeded but… we failed at the same time. We… just made another timeline – one where Mom didn’t die in the wreck and I… might still have my leg.” He chuckled wryly and shook his head.

“So… we go home?” Joshua asked softly.

“If we can,” Jed answered, forcing himself to his feet. “I… feel something odd within the spell we used to come here. I… don’t think home exists for us anymore.”

“Where can we go?” Joshua asked. “Do we… stay here? But then there would be two of us in the same time. That would cause a disturbance if it continued for too long.”

“Cast the spell and let it take us where we can go – a place where we don’t exist perhaps,” Jed replied. He hardly paid attention as his brother caught his hand and began chanting. He felt the ground falling away and would have let it take him, but his brother’s hand dug into his and they stood together on an unfamiliar green when they once more felt ground under them.

“Where are we?” Jed asked.

“More like when,” Josh corrected as he looked around. There was not a car to be seen. Horses and carriages lined the streets. People were dressed in clothes that appeared to be from around the turn of the century. “What have we done, Jed?”

“I don’t know,” Jed replied softly.

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