The rest of the day is uneventful until I pass through the front door after a long day at work to hear the phone ringing. Immediately I answer the phone in the kitchen while still holding the mail in one hand and my purse still on my shoulder.
"Hello," I say.
"Hi, you sound breathless," says the young man on the phone.
"I heard the phone ringing just as I was walking into the house," I say.
"Oh, I'm sorry about that. I just called to see if you wanted to have a Halloween themed birthday party this year," says the young man.
As there was no mention of a boyfriend in the diary, I hope it is Stephen on the phone and not some unknown boyfriend. "Sorry Stephen, I don't want to repeat that for this year," I say.
"Oh then what would you like?" asks Stephen.
I feel relief, and it must have shown because the next thing I hear before I can get another word out is, "Are you alright? I heard you sigh."
"I'm fine," I say.
"Positive, Becca?" Stephen asks.
Does he call his sister Becca? No one calls me that at work. Maybe it is a family thing. "Yes, I am," I say.
"Okay then, what do you have in mind for your birthday?" asks Stephen.
"A hamburger pizza at All American Pizza and a brown derby cake from Marge's," I respond.
Stephen is silent longer than I expect. I have fond memories of All American Pizza, and the brown derby cake became a quick favorite of mine. Its hamburger pizza matches its namesake exactly to a T, and I am not exaggerating. A derby cake has yellow cake cut into the shape of a brown derby hat filled with fresh sliced fruit and whipped cream. On the inside, there is light frosting and coconut flakes. I think Stephen must be familiar with both places. I am wrong.
"You hate their pizza and where the heck is Margie's?" asks Stephen.
"I do not hate their pizza anymore, and Margie's is just past Pathmark Supermarket and the Entenmann's shop," I say.
“Oh, I know what you mean; the other side of Terrill Road bridge in Scotch Plains. And it was only September when I was at All American Pizza with you, and you couldn't believe I dragged you there for lunch!" exclaims Stephen.
"Well, a lot changed in a short time," I say lamely.
"So you want a low key birthday?" asks Stephen.
"Yes" I tell him.
Title: Beween Two Worlds
Author: Christy Santo
Genre: Time Travel
Rebecca dreams her present time and lives her past.
It is 2006 and Indiana University graduate student Rebecca Harrison attends a Halloween party. Unknown to her she will have her world turned upside down when she leaves it. An unexpected accident rips her from 2006 Indiana and abandons her in 1983 Fanwood, New Jersey her hometown. She struggles to relive the past and exist as another woman with the same name and birthday as her. Can she find a way to return to her present time or will her past become her future?
Christy Santo was born and raised in Fanwood, New Jersey. She has lived in Bloomington, IN since 2002 and runs her family’s Internet retail business. Between Two Worlds, is her second book and she is currently working on a third book.
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