After the fall of the 23rd Century, refugees from the Time War spread throughout history. Some epochs were reluctant to take them, fearing the disruption their strange customs and future (or past) knowledge might bring.
Such fears are baseless. The refugees are lost, unable to integrate, hopelessly nostalgic. There’s one in my town. Every day he sits, forlorn, on a park bench, a newspaper discarded by his side. He’s waiting to read about events that will never happen, stories of people who will never be born. His wife, his children, his parents.
Dreaming of a time that no longer exists.
Liam Hogan is an award-winning short story writer, with stories in Best of British Science Fiction and Best of British Fantasy (NewCon Press), among others. He helps host Liars’ League London and volunteers at creative writing charity Ministry of Stories. More details at http://happyendingnotguaranteed.blogspot.co.uk