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Forty Leap

Ivan Turner

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2010 by Ivan Turner

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Chapter I

My name is Mathew Cristian. I can’t really put a “how long ago” stamp on the story I’m about to tell because the date that it started doesn’t correspond with the time it took to reach its conclusion. A moment for me was mostly a moment. But sometimes it was much more. Sometimes it was a lifetime.

I was thirty four years old when all of this started, or at least when I noticed it. It was a Thursday. I was a regular guy. Actually, I was so regular that I was irregular. I got up every morning, went to work, went home, went to bed, and repeated the process the next day. In between, I ate meals, spoke with family, had many many boring weekends, and that’s it. I was a confirmed bachelor, not out of any sense of not wanting companionship, but because marriage seemed so out of reach to me that I just never even considered it.

My adventure started in the most simple of all ways. It’s something that happens to everyone. Your alarm goes off in the morning. Let’s say it’s six o’clock. You turn it off and lay back down, just for a second. You don’t fall asleep and you’re just laying there for a second or two. Then you look back at the clock and it’s 6:02 or 6:03. What happened to those two or three minutes? Who knows? Your mind wandered and your whole sense of time became confused for just a couple of minutes. It happens to everyone.

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