Sunday, October 13, 2013

{Excerpt & Playlist} TIME AFTER TIME by Tamara Ireland Stone

To Celebrate the release of TIME AFTER TIME, the sequel to TIME BETWEEN US by Tamara Ireland Stone, I've got two excerpts for you, plus Anna and Bennett's playlist!  

Time Between Us (Time Between Us, #1)Bennett’s Bedroom

Bennett lives in 2012 San Francisco and Anna lives in a Chicago suburb in 1995. Here, she sees his present-day bedroom for the first time.

Time Between Us

Bennett’s bedroom from Anna’s point of view.

“We’re here.”

I open my eyes. It’s dark in the room, but we’re standing at the center of a curved wall of windows that look out upon the city below, and all I can see is lights twinkling across the horizon and stretching to the dark waterline. “Wow. This is your room?” I hate to leave the view, but I turn around and take in the rest of my surroundings.

It doesn’t look any more lived in than his room at Maggie’s; it’s far too clean and devoid of personality, but at least I spot a framed piece of art on one of the walls. His bed is neatly made, and on the oversize glass and metal desk in the corner there’s a silver and black screen and a digital clock that reads 11: 06.

“What’s the date?”

“May 27, 2012.” I’m seventeen years away, in Bennett’s real bedroom. I walk toward his desk and spot a single framed photo of Bennett with his arm draped over Maggie’s shoulders. The two of them are smiling. The fact that he looks younger throws me for a moment, but it’s the sight of this completely different Maggie that really jars me. She looks so old and frail, gaunt, and nothing like her 1995 self. Bennett takes the picture away from me and puts it facedown on the desk.

I look around again. I picture my room— its walls plastered with paper race numbers and photos, its shelves lined with CDs and trophies— and realize there’s a lot less of him in his room. But then I spot an oversize glass bowl on the nightstand next to his bed, and I know exactly what’s inside. Something that’s uniquely him.


Time After Time (Time Between Us, #2)Bennett’s Bedroom
In Time After Time, Bennett starts to see his own room a bit differently now that Anna’s been there.

Time After Time
Bennett’s room from his point of view

After an hour at the climbing gym with Sam and a rushed dinner with my parents, I head upstairs to start on my homework. 

I navigate to the school website and check this week’s assignments. I have a couple of hours of reading for Chemistry, a paper due in two weeks on the rise of the Tigris-Euphrates civilization, and an essay I’m supposed to begin writing for English. 

I lean back with my arms folded behind my head, staring up at the ceiling. Until recently, I’d never really thought much about my bedroom. Mom had it professionally decorated when we moved in four years ago, and I don’t recall picking out a single thing. Unlike Anna’s room, there are no posters on my walls, no maps of the world, no bookshelves filled with trophies and CD cases.

It’s just really white. White walls. White ceiling. White rug. White comforter. The desk is glass and metal, but that does very little to break up the monotony. The only color in the room comes from the huge canvas painting my mom bought at an art auction a couple of years ago, and the red glass bowl— overflowing with ticket stubs from every live concert I’ve ever seen— that’s perched on the nightstand next to my bed. Aside from that bowl, this room could belong to anyone.

Playlist Time!
Time After Time: Anna's Shelf

Time After Time: Bennett's Shelf

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