The Advancement of Mateo Matic (2017)

This is the story of two people who are only able to live for one day every year. Every 24 hours, they are sent forward in time exactly 365 days. After finally getting used to this life, however, Mateo’s family and friends begin to systematically disappear, while no one else even remembers that they existed. It is up to him to find a way to bring them all back. This is the table of contents for volume 3. Click here to see the table of contents for 2015, and here for the table of contents for 2016. I run a new installment every single Sunday at 16:15 Central Time, so wait for that time and go crazy.

June 23, 2108
The first thing that Mateo’s once-mother, Aura Gardner wanted to do was start planning the wedding...

June 24, 2109
Mateo had his face buried in his hands. Literally everyone on the island was standing around in a jagged semicircle...

June 25, 2110
Mateo had already dealt with Zeferino and Nerakali. It was only fitting that their sister would jump into the game now...

June 26, 2111
They woke up at the break of dawn the next morning. He had the urge to gather everyone yet again to make sure Arcadia hadn’t lied about her plan. No, everyone was still here. Everyone, except for Baudin, of course...

June 27, 2112
Saying that Gilbert was Mateo’s favorite person in the world would be an overstatement, though he did care about him...

June 28, 2113
The good news was that Paige not only retained her memories of the missing Gilbert, but actually experienced a gain. The more she thought about him, especially on an emotional level, the clearer the flashbacks became for her...

April 30, 1945 (Reprise)
It was like looking at himself in the mirror. Except that there was no mirror, and he was literally looking at himself...

June 30, 2115
Things were awkwardly silent when Mateo was sent back to his own body in 2114. He found himself lying on the ground, the movement of the sun making it clear that time had passed while they were in the past...

July 1, 2116
A not insignificant part of Mateo thought that maybe the driving course in the middle of the jungle never existed, or would be taken away by the time he returned to the timeline...

July 2, 2117
Over the course of the last however long it had been, Mateo learned to ignore his timejumps. This allowed him to sleep through the night without freaking out...

July 3, 2118
Over the course of the next couple of hours, the first immortal remained motionless on the ground. Mateo felt bad about hoping he was dead, but was also sort of over that kind of guilt...

July 4, 211
 In the morning, Mateo threw the three remaining bottles of the water into his bag and headed out. This could be home, but he also had the instinct to explore the rest of the island...

July 5, 2120
Ambrosios was so freaked out about not being able to kill Mateo, and steal his blood, that he was frozen...

July 6, 2121
When Leona Reaver was thirty years old, she was senselessly killed in a car accident. Her husband, Horace, flew into a fit of rage, and killed a great many people. It hadn’t been his first time, but it was the first time it had had consequences...

July 7, 2122
Last year, Leona and Horace tried to work out their problems between each other, but they weren’t able to get very much done. Neither one of them wanted to do this, and it was just too weird and stressful...

2121 – 2123
Just before hitting the water in 2121, the scene changed, and Mateo Matic found himself in the middle of a city. He was just standing there on the sidewalk, as if he had been there for the last few minutes...

July 9, 2124
Leona sat up in hers and Mateo’s bed in the morning of July 9, 2124. She hadn’t seen him for days, but she had always known that he was all right. Well, perhaps all right wasn’t the right term to use. Alive was just about as far as she could take it, but that was enough for them, because they couldn’t really ask for more with lives like these. At present, he was like a rock, completely unmoving, and barely breathing. She even checked his pulse a few times to make sure he really was still alive...

July 10, 2125
Mateo jolted and fell out of bed upon the sound of screaming. He tried to stand up, but his legs were so weak that he just ended up doing the wobbly...wobbly walk...

July 11, 2126
About a week and a half after Mateo and Leona left the timestream, most of Vearden’s injuries showed few signs of improvement...

July 12, 2127
Little Brooke started crying. She had been left alone for the last several hours. Fortunately, some of that was while she was asleep, but once awake, she realized that she was alone...

July 13, 2128
Mateo and Juan did not immediately go to Florida. They first traveled back through the teleporter pool, and onto the Tribulation Island...

Installment 22
Coming soon...

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