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Turning Point - Written for the Friday Drabble Challenge at Lifein1973, 5th August 2011 - dorsetgirl
August 5th, 2011
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Turning Point - Written for the Friday Drabble Challenge at Lifein1973, 5th August 2011
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The challenge was to enter the name of your road into google images, and write a drabble inspired by the first image. Mine turned out to be a "Welcome to < Town Name >" sign at the side of the road. My enduring love of Green Day delivered the first line without discernable pause for thought, but it turned out there was more to say than would fit in a drabble.

Posting in a hurry before I have to go out, so do let me know if I've missed any typos etc.


Turning Point


Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road

Like so many of the most important moments in life, it had arrived unheralded. A flicker at the corner of his eye and the car was upon him, under him, past him; the fork in the road turned out to be a temporal one, and he hadn’t even seen the signposts as he took, unasked, the biggest turning of his life.


Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go

It certainly had. It may sometimes have felt more like by the bollocks, especially when Gene was involved, but on the whole Sam felt time had served him well in directing him to 1973. It wasn’t everyone that got the chance to do everything again but better.


So make the best of this task and don’t ask why

He’d done his best, no-one could ever deny him that. Day after month after year, Sam had toiled like a beast of the field. Sweated like one too, for lack of air conditioning and the effort it took to keep his hands off Gene in the office. The task, he’d assumed, was to improve policing as much as to keep the streets clean, and he was fairly confident he’d done that.

He never did stop asking why, though.


It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time

It had taken him a while to ease off with the questions and pay attention to the lessons and the learning. It turned out that 1973, and Gene in particular, had every bit as much to teach him as he, indisputably, had at his disposal to offer them. Both sides had gained, and no-one (putting aside questions of Ruth and Maya) had lost.


It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right

Unpredictable was the understatement of the century. Straight white male, clean and tidy, organised to the point of obsession, seeks slob. Who’d have thought? It certainly was right, though. For so many reasons - Sam never stopped thinking of new ones - never in his life had things been quite so right.


I hope you had the time of your life

Oh, he’d had that all right. The best that anyone could ever wish for. With Gene at his side and time on his side, he had made the best of it all. He had truly had the time of his life.




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From:talkingtothesky
Date:August 5th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I love this song. <333 So happy to see you writing LoM fic again too.

The first paragraph in particular just jumps off the page at you, it's so visceral and right.

Thanks for this, DG! :)
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:August 5th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I saw the picture and got the first line straight away, but when I started typing I was only going to jot down a few notes and see if anything came of it.

I'm trying not to get over-excited about it, but I am just starting to get a few ideas again, and more importantly the interest, to write LOM fic. *crosses fingers*
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From:thesmallhobbit
Date:August 6th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
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Like Sky I love this song, although I didn't realise it was Green Day (nothing unusual there). The words to the song are ideal for Sam Tyler and you've filled in his background thoughts wonderfully, as Sam had the time of his life.
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:August 6th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
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It's certainly a great song, and it leapt magically into my mind as soon as I saw the picture. Even so, I was quite surprised at how easy it was to write Sam's thoughts around it. Thanks for reading and commenting!
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From:edzel2
Date:December 31st, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
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I didn't know it was by them either! And yes, nice to see you back!
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:December 31st, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
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I really must get round to writing the second verse. Maybe next week...
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