|Time Travel and Forbidden Love
Author: EmmaHarkness PM
Joel has been in love with his best friend, Michaela, since he met her. Even worse, they end up getting stuck in the sixteenth century and Michaela falls for someone else. Everything is just so complicated.Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 5 - Words: 5,566 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 01-14-11 - Published: 06-21-10 - id: 2820285
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I was falling through the darkness.
I'm not sure how it happened. I was sitting in class, taking the History exam, and then I was…nowhere. Just falling through nothingness.
At this realization, I opened my mouth to scream-
I awoke to someone poking my side.
"What the hell?" I asked, annoyed as I opened my eyes.
A man in shabby-looking clothes was standing over me.
"Don't scream," he said gently.
My eyes got big, but I followed his orders.
"I've heard that one before," I said without humor.
The man smiled, and then replied, "You're the Duchess of Berry, right?" I didn't respond. "I'm here to tell you that it is not wise to follow the plans of the Sherriff."
"Who are you?" I asked.
He smiled darkly. "I'm Rob of Hood."
I opened my mouth in disbelief. "Rob of… Oh my God, Joel! Wake up!" I said, slapping Joel's shoulder.
"What?" he said groggily, rubbing his eyes open.
"Rob of Hood is standing right. there."
"Holy shit," Joel exclaimed, lurching upright.
"I know!" I squealed, then turned back to the famous outlaw.
"So, you're like, Robin Hood, Robin of Loxley, Robin of Sherwood, Robin who helps the poor, right?" I asked excitedly.
"I prefer Rob, but, yes, you could say that," he replied, then grinned.
"Oh, sweet Jesus, this is friggin awesome!"
"I'm…flattered, miss, but I would like to get back to the point…"
"Oh, right, the Sherriff. He's a bit of a dickwad-"
"Never mind," I shook my head, and then continued, "There's been a bit of a…confusion. We're not from here. I'm not the Duchess of Berry. We're just…lost."
"You aren't the Duchess?" Rob asked in disbelief.
"Well…no. Do I look like a Duchess? I'm just a student."
"And you just pretended to be the Duchess?" Rob sounded somewhat impressed, and I felt accomplished. It wasn't every day that you met Robin Hood, and he gave you approval. It would've been a dream of mine if I had thought it was possible.
"Well, I didn't mean to… They just supposed I was," I said, shrugging as if it was completely out of my hands.
"And the bad thing is that the real Duchess is coming tomorrow," Joel cut in.
"And something tells us that the Sherriff isn't going to be happy."
"Well, he'll be happy…to hang you," Rob said dramatically.
I raised my eyebrow. "That would be a problem."
"Is there anyway you could…help us?" Joel asked.
Rob looked torn. "Well…"
"Oh, come on! You're Robin Hood! You help people in need! We're in need!" he pleaded.
The outlaw still looked unsure.
Rob's face suddenly changed from uncertainty to pleasure. "Of course I'll help you two! I am Rob of Hood," he replied, smiling.
Joel looked dumbstruck. I smiled at Rob.
"Thank you so much."
"For a girl like you? Anytime," he said, winking.
I looked over at Joel with my jaw dropped. Robin Hood had just flirted with me!
Joel rolled his eyes.
"Well, come on, you lot! Let's escape while we still have the advantage of nightfall."
The three of us followed him down the hall and out the doors.
"Won't the guards see us leaving?" I asked, looking around the dark passages.
"What guards?" he asked as we passed two men slumped against the doorframe, unconscious.
Joel looked at me. "The guy is good, you have to admit."
"Never said he wasn't."
"We have horses outside waiting for you," Rob told us, cutting our conversation short.
"I can't go by horseback. Last time I broke out into hives."
Rob looked at Joel quizzically.
I slapped his arm. "Isn't he so funny?" I said, laughing forcefully. "What a comedian… Horseback is fine, by the way."
Rob nodded, not pretending to get it.
We arrived in the center of the village in a few minute's time, and there where two other men waiting with four horses.
"You said you were only going to bring the Duchess," one of the men said, slightly confused.
I looked at Rob accusingly.
"I was only going to bring you if you were unwilling. And, well, the Duchess," Rob defended, shrugging his shoulders nonchalantly.
I scoffed as if it was no excuse.
"Alright, men," Rob said, mounting his horse. "Back to camp!"
He held out a hand, and he swung me onto the back of his horse.
Joel scrambled onto the back of the one open horse, and we started to gently trot away.
"So where are you from," he asked, "if not France?"
I laughed humorlessly. "A far way from here."
"Which would be?"
"Across the ocean."
Rob nodded as if this was an acceptable answer.
"And what brings you here?" he asked. "Oh, you said you were lost? How do you lose yourself over an ocean?"
"Its complicated," I muttered.
"We don't know that for sure, until you explain it."
"Well…Joel and I sort of…fell."
"Over an ocean?"
Rob glanced back at me. "Now you've lost me."
"I told you it was complicated," I retaliated.
He ignored what I said, and instead changed it back to me. "So you and your - is he your friend? - fell through time?"
"I guess…We were at home, in this…place…across the sea, and then there was this giant hole, and then we sort of…fell through and landed here."
"You fell through a hole?"
"From a place…in the future?"
My mouth opened and for a moment I was flabbergasted.
"How did you know that?" I asked. I had not expected him to grasp the concept so quickly.
Instead of answering me, he turned to the other outlaws.
"Men, we're taking a detour."
We cut through the forest - I guessed it was Sherwood - and ended up in a small village.
"Where are we?" I asked Rob, looking at the sleeping houses.
"There's a girl here. She might know what you're talking about."
My heart immediately fell. "I don't need a magic woman or anything, Robin."
"She's not a witch. She's like you," he replied simply, dismounting the horse, and then taking my hand to help me down.
Joel hopped off, stumbling a bit as he landed. "What do you mean she's like us?"
"He means that she fell through time, too," I said slowly, looking at Rob.
"Oh my God."