Time is of the essence

Jemima brushed a wisp of hair across her forehead and behind her ear, frowned slightly as she looked up at her brother.  “How are we going to get to Edward from here?  We’re very far away.”

“True, we’ll need to find transportation of some kind” Jerimiah replied as they trudged across the cold damp sand of the beach.  Shivering involuntarily, he pulled up his collar to shield his neck from the wind.  “It really didn’t help our cause to have started out from this point instead of closer to where he is, but it couldn’t be helped.”

“Time is of the essence.”

“How quaint!”


“Time being of the essence.  Do you realise that’s a phrase they used in this era?”


“Anyway, we’ll need to find a way to fund our trip.”

“We’ll have an opportunity to sell time soon.”

“I don’t think that’s such a good idea.  It’s quite valuable, and we should only sell it when we have no other option…”

“We’ll be offered work on a ship.”

“A ship? A water-bound vessel?  I’m not really suited to life on the water, and they’re very slow.”

“It will travel above the water.”

“An airship!  Good idea!  I can work as an engineer at least, and you can work in the kitchens.  What else do you sense?”

“I…I don’t know; it’s too vague.  Perhaps when we reach the town…”

Jerimiah squeezed his sister’s hand gently.  “Don’t worry.  An airship’s a pretty big thing so we’re bound to see it on the horizon if what you’ve felt is right; you’re nearly always right about these things.  We’ll have our moment in the sun so to speak, you’ll see.  When we get to the town and find the vessel, you just leave the talking to me.”


About TheImaginator

35 year old sciolist living in Tokyo. I like swing dancing, Twitter word games, writing, using Stumbleupon.com, reading, and watching movies. I write stuff on my blog occasionally.
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21 Responses to Time is of the essence

  1. Stephanie says:

    Oooo, this smells of a lovely adventure. I like their back-and-forth. Also, automatic awesome points for the airship reference!

  2. mystisized says:

    I agree with Stephanie, many possibilities with this!

    – Tye

  3. I love the language tips she gives him regarding the time idiom and then he goes and uses the sun one himself! I also like they honesty, and hope, in this story. Thanks for linking up!

  4. nadig7 says:

    LOved reading this 🙂

  5. steph says:

    Very cool. Nice job with all the prompts. Love the end… we’ll have our moment in the sun… and time is of the essence..nice to see they travel through time. 🙂

  6. Time travelers? Love the idea of selling time. This intrigues me very much…

  7. Thanks for a great story – it points to much more yet to be told which I always love. And time travel… such potential.

  8. A fascinating piece…time as a commodity, would like to see where this one goes!

  9. jannatwrites says:

    Selling time…interesting idea. I wish I had the money to buy more time 🙂

  10. Draug419 says:

    This is great work.

  11. KymmInBarcelona says:

    Great little vignette and characters. Love the hints at deeper topics (and the ‘quaint’ olde sayings!).

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