It has been said that the veil which separates the past from the present is not as immutable as one might think. Some have compared time to a spiral. But what if we could jump from spiral to spiral? A more terrifying thought: what if it accidentally happened? My science fiction/historical romance story CHERRIES IN WINTER, was inspired by two events that actually occurred- one at the turn of the last century, and one in the 1930’s. These are only two amongst many documented cases. But what if it could have happened again?
When an F-22 Raptor fighter pilot in 2016 is on a routine training mission with three other Raptors, he suddenly finds himself slammed by an unknown energy cloud. And when he regains control of his jet- he finds himself alone in the sky! All attempts at communication prove futile. But when his plane’s main computer inexplicably begins to seriously malfunction, he must land. And when he does, he realizes with horror that something is very wrong- as he touches down on a Royal Flying Corps airfield- in 1916! And the shattering paradox of a massive supersonic 21st century fighter next to tiny WW I biplanes, is the least of his problems. It is wartime. The dangers of the enemy becoming aware of an F-22 would be incalculable. How do you hide it? Keep it secret?
But then the unthinkable happens: while desperately trying to lay low, and find a way home- he falls in love. Now he must keep his true identity from her, he must make certain the Germans do not become aware of him, he must be careful not to do anything that might jeopardize the natural course of history, he must find a way back to 2016, plus now he must contemplate the impossible: how to return to the 21st century with the woman he loves- without her ageing 100 years!
Incredibly, he does. But with a twist he could not have imagined. For now they’re both strangers in a strange land.