Genre: Sapphire and Steel
Word Count: 5824
My thanks to sparky955 for her encouragement and beta and to picowrimo, without whom I never would have been so motivated to write this. Click on the title to be taken to AO3
It seemed to take forever for him to get home, but finally the familiar shape of his house loomed ahead. That gave him the extra energy he needed to send him up the steps and in the front door.
Everything was different. That was weird. He looked around, confused for a moment that he was in the wrong house. “Mom? Dad?”
“Who are you?” The woman’s voice made him turn around.
“I live here,” Weed said and studied here. There was something familiar about her.
The woman cocked her head and then gasped, “Jimmie?” She staggered back a step as if she’d been struck. “Oh, my god, it’s you!”
No one outside his family called him that, at least not anymore. “Who are you?”
“I’m Janie Doodle… your sister.”
Even though he knew only he called her that, he still argued, “Get out of here. You can’t be her. My sister’s 12.”
“So was I… 15 years ago.