Unfreezing time in either case could have unparallel effects on the people involved. Let’s say you’re in a wonderful event. You’ve just won the Pulitzer Prize for literature, or you’ve just received news your novel is being made into a movie and Peter Jackson is the Producer/Director. Sqeeeee!! Right? Of course, unfreezing that moment means you now have to deal with the reality of the situation. Now you’re famous. Now your life has changed in an immeasurable way, bringing with it new responsibilities, complications, expectations. Did you prepare yourself for this kind of success? Does it scare you? Will the sudden fame launch you into a downward spiral of drugs, alcohol just so you can cope with the new life? We see it all the time with people who have all of a sudden had a new event thrust upon them they weren’t quite ready for.
Or will you be able to accept the accolades and remain down-to-earth? A simple person that something wonderful happened to, but it doesn’t change who you are? Would you become a better person because of the experience? Would you embrace the change and see it as an incredible adventure? Are we wired to act a certain way in these events or do we have a choice?
And what if the event that is frozen is a disaster in the making? You look around you. You know there is going to be mass devastation. People you know and love may be injured or worse, die. Would you unfreeze time if you had the power, or would you live in that scenario, day in, day out, knowing if you snapped your fingers, the loss would be horrendous? Would you have the strength to deal with the consequences in that one decision?
Yes, having the power to freeze time would be way cool. It’s the unfreezing of it that makes me wonder if I would have the inner strength, fortitude, and responsibility to deal with the consequences. Would you?
What if everything about life—everything anyone hoped to be, to do, to experience—never happens?
Whether sitting in a chair, driving down the road, in surgery, jumping off a cliff or flying … that’s where you’d be … forever.
In One More Day, Erika Beebe, Marissa Halvorson, Kimberly Kay, J. Keller Ford, Danielle E. Shipley and Anna Simpson join L.S. Murphy to give us their twists, surprising us with answers to two big questions, all from the perspective of characters under the age of eighteen.
How do we restart time?
How do we make everything go back to normal?
The answers, in whatever the world—human, alien, medieval, fantasy or fairytale—could,maybe, happen today.
What would you do if this happened … to you?
J. Keller Ford is a quirky mother of four, grand-mother and scribbler of young adult fantasy tales. She has an insatiable appetite for magic, dragons, knights and faeries, and weaves at least one into every story she conceives. Her muse is a cranky old meadow gnome that follows her everywhere she goes and talks incessantly, feeding her ideas for stories 24/7.
When she’s not writing or blogging, the former Corporate Paralegal enjoys listening to smooth jazz, collecting seashells, swimming, bowling, riding roller coasters and reading. Jenny lives minutes from the beaches of the west coast of Florida with her husband of twenty years, her two sons and a pair of wacky cats and three silly dogs. The pets have trained her well.