The Price of Time

Some people have a Guardian Angel.  Some aren’t so lucky, and find they have a Guardian Devil.

One September evening in an alternative near future, Yorkshirewoman and lifelong environmental campaigner Verity Player discovers that Lancastrian evil genius Stan ‘Satanic’ Mills has been stalking her for over half her life.

Mills reveals himself to be the mastermind behind the spread of a mechanism now so universally accepted that its absence would seem absurd.  Verity, understanding the devastating implications, realises she has to take her campaigning to a whole new level.

She must face her lack of confidence in dealing with worldly matters and fight to halt the mechanism - the 'law' that can be described in one simple sentence - which she knows lurks behind humanity’s apparent death-wish.

Her struggle pitches her into a surreal 'game' whose play begins to reveal the mechanism's true nature to us - "those folk not already in the know." 

Desperate, Verity bargains for a ‘sporting chance’. But this comes at a price: the forfeit of her precious conscience if she fails to derail the plan by New Year... 

C Spillard