HANNAH AND HER MOTHER TAKE A VERY LONG LUNCH
Hannah Peaslee Beckett is pulled from the path of an oncoming car through space (but not time) by her mother Alice Keezar, a time traveler, for lunch at Monk’s café in New York. Hannah says she preferred the coffee at the Nite Owl in L.A. in the '30s, but Alice replies they can’t go there anymore since the cook and waitress were killed in 1950. Alice tells Hannah her grandson will be called the next Einstein and will be raised by his parents on a dairy farm in Indiana. If Hannah goes back to her husband Sam and son John Samuel, they won’t go to the family farm in Indiana and John won’t meet Thelma Louise and have the children they need to have.
Short story by Peter Rawlik in The Peaslee Papers: A Lovecraftian Chronicle, Lovecraft eZine Press, 2017. Hannah Peaslee and her mother Alice Keezar are from H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Shadow Out of Time.” Monk’s Café is from the TV series Seinfeld. The Nite Owl Café is from James Ellroy’s novel L.A. Confidential. By extension, the other novels in Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet (The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, and White Jazz), the Second L.A. Quartet (so far consisting of Perfidia and This Storm), the Underworld USA Trilogy (American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood’s a Rover), and the standalone novel Clandestine also take place in the CU. John Samuel Beckett and Thelma Louise Beckett are the parents of Sam Beckett, the protagonist of the TV series Quantum Leap.