Run And Tell The Angels Champ’s Not A Time Traveler

I made a surprise bonus post of my latest serial last night, Modern Philosophers.

By now, many of you have read chapter 10 and contacted me via all forms of social media to share your thoughts.  All those comments mentioned one thing that I feel the need to clarify.

Champ is not a time traveler.

I love time travel and continue to work on my own time machine, but Champ has not figured out its secrets.

So let’s talk about what might have happened in this chapter.  After all, I enjoy nothing more than talking with you guys about my stories.  Especially when one of them gets you this excited.

short story, humor, Modern PhilosopherThe first thing you need to remember is that the story is being told by an unreliable narrator.

His name is Austin and he loves that you read his blog.  You should know by now that I love to mess with your heads, and I will also pepper my tales with unexpected twists.

Spinning a yarn out of chronological order is also fun.  However, you have my word that I didn’t suddenly move the time line 60 or so odd years into the past with any of intention of the story continuing in that time period.

Champ was involved in a very violent car crash,  and wheeled off on a gurney.  It was a very traumatic experience as he was dodging a hail of gunfire in a vehicle traveling well in excess of the speed limit.

I know what you are thinking.  Yes, the car was going faster than 88 miles per hour, but it was not a DeLorean and there was nary a flux capacitor to be found.

Tex informed Champ that he experienced a “cardiac event” during the ambulance ride to the hospital.  Tex doesn’t really know what happened to his friend’s heart, so he gives no further details.

It is safe to assume, however, that the septuagenarian, ex-boxer, ex-homeless man nearly died.

Chapter 10 kicks off with what went on in Champ’s head during his brush with death.  He regains consciousness on the canvas of the boxing ring.  There is no sign of a time machine.

Some of you believe that Benny Froman is Champ’s Doc Brown.  I would argue that his dear, long dead friend is more of a guardian angel.

He also could very well be related to Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago.  But that is a discussion for another day.

short story, flash fiction, Modern PhilosopherWhy does Champ find himself in this particular past moment?

Most likely because the trauma of the high speed chase and gun battle reminded him of another traumatic moment from his youth.

Champ almost saw his boxing career end that night because he made a rash decision.

Luckily, Benny was there to guide him back on the path he wished to follow.  He also reminded Champ of two important life rules that would ensure that he always found his way.

Those very same rules came into play on the night of the car chase.  Champ talks about always having a plan and never allowing a friend to fight alone as he hangs on for dear life in the back seat of that out of control car.

Maybe that was the trigger for Champ’s journey back to the boxing ring.

Perhaps Champ was there in the Benny role for Tex and Aspen.  Who knows what might have happened to the young lovers if Champ hadn’t been there?

The questions you should be asking are: Was Dave Grohl in the hospital last night?  Was it his voice, reciting the lyrics of Learn to Fly, that pulled Champ back to the land of the living?

Remember, Champ wakes up ranting and raving in his hospital bed.  Further proof that no time travel had taken place.

I really enjoy talking out the story with you.  Let’s get a conversation going in the comments section.  I want to know what you think about The Undisputed Champions of Texas.  Your feedback is what drives me to make this serial a must read for you.

And if you haven’t read the first nine chapters, go back and read them before you dive into chapter 10.  Nothing will make sense without the rest of the tale.

Thanks for reading!

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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7 Responses to Run And Tell The Angels Champ’s Not A Time Traveler

  1. kristianw84 says:

    I made the connection that Champ’s “time-travel” was a brush with death and not actual travel into the past by means of a DeLorean, hot tub, or any other physical time machine. (I mean, there was talk of walking into the light…) Although in the Time Travelers Wife, Henry can travel through time with his mind and doesn’t need a physical apparatus to transport, however, we can save that discussion for another time. I have always believed that music is the best mode of time travel in the real world and have thought about using that as a scientific method to explain the phenomena in my own stories, but again, we can pocket that discussion for another day. You might have touched on a subject that greatly excites me, in case it wasn’t obvious. Although it might not have been your intention to use the fabulous Foo Fighters song as means for Champ’s reverie, Tex does mention that the song might have been playing on the radio during the high-speed chase.

    You are already aware of my love of this story, especially Chapter Ten, and I greatly enjoyed this commentary. Thank you for delving further and giving us more insight into your thought processes and possible scenarios. I am stoked for Chapter eleven!

    • Austin says:

      I’m glad you picked up on the near death experience. I’m still working on why that particular lyric was important, but I think it all depends on whether I can get Dave Grohl to make a cameo.

      I really enjoy talking about the story and breaking it down. Our chats are a big part of that, and I thank you for engaging me so I can further talk about my favorite characters.

      These serials have been a blast to write, and I’d love to continue to have these Talking Dead moments later in the week to talk about what’s going on being the scenes!

      • kristianw84 says:

        A Dave Grohl cameo would be amazing!

        I also really enjoy talking about the story and am happy to discuss any part of it with you. These characters have become my favorite to read, so it’s a win-win situation for both of us!

        Please do continue these Talking Dead moments! It’s fun learning how your mind conjures up these stories. As a reader, it’s fun to see how you tie everything together. As a writer, you inspire my own creativity!

  2. beth says:

    he almost ‘went to the light’

  3. markbialczak says:

    Great explanation, sir.

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