I thought there was nothing that would ever make me fall worse but knowing that Elodie could jump through time… that just about caused it to happen. I still didn’t know where I wanted to go. Elodie said that we could go anywhere in the past, anywhere in the world. The past could mean 5 seconds ago, and then we could Jump back into the present at that same place. It was all very confusing and even Elodie didn’t seem to know everything about it. I watched everyone in the positions that they had frozen in, outside this Time barrier.
“Could we go to ten years ago at the hospital in Dallas, Texas?” I asked quietly. Elodie gave me a searching look.
“Do you have a certain time frame?” Elodie asked me. I shook my head.
“Just this exact day, ten years ago at the hospital in Dallas, Texas; please….” I licked my lips and sighed. “Room 17 on the top floor…”
Elodie squeezed my hand. I think she kind of knew what was going on, why I wanted to go back. She told me to close my eyes, and so I did. Elodie breathed in deeply.
“Oh, Calum…. I’m so sorry.” Elodie whispered. “I had no idea.”
I opened my eyes and felt tears coming. I didn’t want to cry in front of Elodie. There, lying on the bed in front of me, lying on the bed in room 17 on the very top floor of the hospital in Dallas, Texas, was the only person in my life that I ever looked up to. My grandfather lay, breathing with the help of machine, although his eyes were partly open.
I noticed that his eyes were precisely the same shade of green as Elodie’s.
“Calum, my dear boy… you have grown since yesterday I saw you…” His words weren’t necessarily in the right order, but I knew what he meant. He bit his lip and I stood over him. Elodie looked at us with envy and then opened the door to the room silently and gave us some time alone.
“Hey grandpa… I never got to say goodbye. So I came back.”