Sean Tanner pulled up silently
outside his residence. The garage recognised it was his car, and the
door opened. The light switched on, and he went inside; he’d put
the car away later, at this moment, all he wanted to do was find
Rebecca. He pressed his thumb firmly against a sensor pad on the door
that led into his home. Entering the hallway, he listened for signs
that she was home. He could hear a kettle boiling in the kitchen, so
headed there. She hadn’t noticed him yet as he stood in the doorway
watching her. She was gathering ingredients ready to start dinner.
She caught him looking.
you startled me!"
sorry, I’m just so glad to see you," he said, his voice
is it? What’s happened?" she asked.
I just need to rest up, it’s been a long week."
know, it’s been non-stop. Well, we’ve got all weekend to take it
easy," Rebecca said, making them both a cup of tea.
thought about the alternative Earth he’d left behind. If only
Rebecca knew. He couldn’t even try to explain to her about the last
thirty years he’d spent there, she’d send for the men in white
coats, and they’d cart him off. Instead, he buried his head in her
hair and breathed her in. He didn’t know if he was going to be able
to carry on as if nothing had happened, as if he hadn’t been
somewhere else for thirty years. He was sure she would spot the
change in him. In his mind, he was a seventy-year-old man, but now he
had his forty-year-old body again. Could he carry this off? Could he
slot back into his previous life? He wasn’t sure, but he was going
to give it his best shot. For thirty years he’d pined for Rebecca,
and now she was in his arms. Sean brushed away a tear that trickled
down his cheek. A miracle had happened, and he was not going to throw
it away. He’d been returned and was now reunited with the woman who
stole his heart.