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The young man caught her eye as she came in the club. He had short red-brown hair and an easy laugh that carried even in the busy room. He also moved with a grace that accentuated his lean muscular frame.

“Macie, you like him?” Charlotte asked.

“He’s cute,” Macie replied. “I wonder if he works around here.”

“Dare you to kiss him,” Charlotte said, a mischievous twinkle in her eyes. “Go on,” she pressed. “What’s he going to do?”

“You’re so childish – like a teenager,” Macie said. “I’ll talk to him, that’s all.” She ducked and weaved through the crowd and looked up at him. He looked very familiar but she couldn’t place him. “Hi,” she said. “You look… a little familiar.”

“You do too,” he said. “I’m Joshua Eckstein.”

“You’re that resident in the ER,” Macie said in shock. She felt herself blushing and looked away. “I’m Macie Chandler.”

“You’re a nurse,” he said. He grinned at her. “Pleased to finally meet you, or get your name rather since I’ve seen you before.” For a moment Macie almost wished she’d taken Charlotte’s dare. Then she grinned and settled down next to the young resident to have a drink.

“Joshua,” Jed called. He peeked out into the corridor and called his brother again. When the fourteen year old stepped out and looked curiously at him, he asked, “Have you seen my jeans? The stonewashed ones, like you’re wearing.”

It took him only a second to realize why his brother looked down at his own slacks. “Those are my jeans?” he asked, shock and aggravation coloring his tone.

“I grew out of mine,” Joshua replied.

“That’s just not right,” Jed groused as he returned to his room to pick out a different pair of pants for the day.

My Bra is Hanging Tight

Joshua always tried to find something to brighten his day while he worked in the clinic. The assignment could be one of the most aggravating ones in the hospital when someone’s foolishness caused a severe injury. It could be one of the most depressing when a severe problem wasn’t caught in time. It could also be one of the most hysterically funny assignments. These were the times when he had to take a moment and let himself laugh and enjoy the day.

“A sharp pain in your back, have you?” he said as he stepped into the room. “Do your parents know that you’re here?” he added as he saw the patient. She looked to be about fourteen or so.

“Yes,” she said. “It feels like something’s stabbing me but there’s nothing there. It really hurts. My mom is on her way. She signed the release form already.”

“Your one of the students at Clayton Academy,” he said as the thought occurred to him. All the students had release forms allowing their professors to act as parents when medical issues arose. At the girl’s nod, he tilted his head. “You went to the school nurse?”

“She didn’t see anything,” the girl said. “She said I should come here and have a doctor look. She said I might need an x-ray.”

“Can I look?” Joshua asked. The girl nodded again and removed her blouse as Joshua moved around behind her. The moment her shirt was off, he saw the problem and caught her hand before she removed her bra.

“This is the first time you’ve worn a bra, isn’t it?” he asked. By her blush he could tell he was right. “You have it on too tight, miss. The hooks are poking you. You took it off for the nurse to see, so she couldn’t see how tight it was.”

She loosened the bra with a chagrined look and then smiled. “That’s much better!” she said. She hopped down from the examination table and pulled her shirt back on. As she left she called back her thanks. Joshua grinned, shaking his head.

“Where’d we land this time?” Joshua whispered.

“I have no clue,” Jed replied. “It’s too dark to see. Why are you whispering, anyway?”

There was a soft chuckle in reply and Jed waited while his brother got himself under control. “Because it’s dark,” he said finally.

“Just because it’s dark, you don’t have to whisper,” Jed said wryly. He began to feel for a door and encountered a hard metallic surface. Perhaps they were in some sort of supply shed. He continued feeling around the walls until he found his way back to his brother’s side. A sick feeling settled in the pit of his stomach. There was no door.

“Where are we, Jed?” Joshua asked, dread coloring his tone.

“Shipping container,” Jed replied in a tense voice.

“Where are we being shipped to?” Joshua wondered.

“We’re not,” Jed said. “We’re leaving.” He caught his brother’s hand and said, “Do the spell.” In moments they were gone again.

“Why not?” Chloe asked softly. “We have gerbils and all manner of other animals.”

“The teacher’s afraid he’ll bite someone – or peck them, rather,” Joshua replied. “Besides, the animals you have in the class are in small containers and Afley wouldn’t be happy in a small cage. He’d rather be able to swim and walk freely in the grass near the pond at the park.”

“Can I visit him?” the five-year-old asked forlornly.

“Yes, absolutely,” Joshua said. He stood and ushered her toward the entrance of the park. She waved one more time at her duck before they turned the corner.

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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