Timebound (The Chronos Files)

By Rysa Walker

2013 Winner — Amazon leap forward Novel Award — Grand Prize and younger grownup Fiction Winner

When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother offers her a wierd blue medallion and speaks of time shuttle, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the previous girl is delusional. however it all turns into horrifyingly genuine whilst a homicide long ago destroys the basis of Kate’s present-day existence. unexpectedly, that medallion is the single factor conserving Kate from blinking out of existence.

Kate learns that the 1893 killing is a part of anything even more sinister, and her genetic skill to time commute makes Kate the one one that can repair the long run. Risking every little thing, she travels again in time to the Chicago World’s reasonable to aim to avoid the homicide and the chain of occasions that follows.

Changing the timeline comes with a private cost—if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves could have no reminiscence of her lifestyles. And despite her reasons, does Kate have the ideal to control the destiny of the complete international?

Timebound used to be initially published as Time’s Twisted Arrow.

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Up to I hated to appear needy or vulnerable, after an afternoon within which I had misplaced my mom, my father, and in each manner that mattered, my very own life, I desperately wanted the human touch. He held me for a number of mins after which I pulled away. i used to be nonetheless crying, yet I stated, “I’m ok. we have to pass. ” “You don’t sound ok, yet yeah… let’s get out of right here. ” He rummaged round within the console and located a few napkins from a fast-food position. “Sorry, I don’t have any Kleenex,” he acknowledged. I took the napkins, dabbing at my eyes and nostril. i peeked again on the picnic desk. The youngest boy was once in Dad’s lap attempting to get his awareness, yet Dad persisted to stare on the motor vehicle as we drove away. He appeared depressing and that i felt a surge of guilt for placing him via what used to be, after all, very pointless soreness. i used to be happy Trey wasn’t the kind to assert I informed you so, yet I said the actual fact besides. “You warned me. I must have listened. ” We drove, with no announcing a lot, towards DC. by some means I dozed off, my head opposed to Trey’s shoulder. while I woke up we have been at the Beltway, a number of miles from the turnoff to Bethesda. Trey used to be making a song softly to an outdated Belle and Sebastian music. He had a pleasant baritone voice, and the automobile used to be darkish, apart from the dashboard lighting and headlights at the street. I had the urge to shut my eyes and remain within the second, now not wondering the rest that had occurred. “I’m sorry, Trey,” I stated, sitting up. “You’ve been magnificent to chauffeur me all over the place states, and that i thanks via falling asleep. ” i spotted that his sleeve was once damp—had I been crying in my sleep? Or yuck—drooling? “No apology necessary,” he stated. “I imagine you had to close down for your time. i used to be going to need to wake you lovely quickly, notwithstanding. I don’t understand the place your grandmother lives, other than that you just stated it’s close to tuition. ” on the considered Katherine, I felt one other wave of guilt. i peeked on the clock at the dashboard. It was once approximately 9 o’clock. I knew my grandmother needed to be frantic, and even if i used to be nonetheless a section offended, it used to be much less at Katherine than at this faceless, destiny grandfather who had reached out from somewhere I couldn’t even think and snatched away my complete lifestyles. I must have long gone again to Katherine’s apartment, instead of attempting to pull Dad into this. short photos flashed via my mind—the boys operating through the pond, Robbie crawling into Dad’s lap—and abruptly I felt protecting of them. “Trey, what if he’s correct? ” “What if who's correct? ” “My dad… Harry. I suggest, I’m going again to my grandmother’s and she or he says that I’m the single person who can set this straight—who can repair the timeline. I don’t understand what that suggests, what she wishes me to do, or if I even can do it—but what if I prevail and people little boys don’t exist whilst I’m performed? How can that be an exceptional factor? probably Harry is best off there—with Emily, with that relatives. And who else exists during this timeline yet now not within the different? Who has the appropriate to claim that the opposite timeline is best? ” Trey proposal for a very long time earlier than he spoke back.

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