Time travel stories are always bad. They're just bad. I could rant, but if you agree with me there's no need, and if you disagree there's no point.
Anyway, I wrote a time travel story. If you are a person who is reading this blog post, I have extremely low expectation that you will figure out how to read this story. If you're not a person reading this blog post, I have zero expectation that you will figure out how to read this story. The only hint I'll put here is that you have to start by printing it out.
I've been going back and forth about the degree to which an artistic endeavor should be adapted to the expectations of a potential viewer. I suppose expectations must be aligned in order for communication to occur (I think that; it may not actually be the case). But at some point, I have something that I want to communicate that doesn't fit into the regular syntax. The idea exceeds the form in which it ought be placed. The gift doesn't fit the wrapping paper.
This story isn't that big of an idea. It's just odd enough shaped that I don't expect people to put in the effort to understand it. Unless I shove it in their face and bother them until they finish it.
"Would you like a banana?"
"I'd like half a banana."
"You'd like to halve a banana."
"Yes, I'd like to have half a banana. Could you halve the banana for me?"
"I'll halve the banana so you can have half the banana. ... You had that half banana pretty fast."
"Yes, I have had a halved banana."
"Have you enjoyed your halved banana?"
"I have enjoyed it. I might enjoy the other half."
"You have had a halved banana. You could have the other half if you'd like."
"I would like to have more banana. Could you halve it for me?"
"I have halved the half banana. Have it."
"Thank you for halving the halved banana for me."
"You must like that banana. You now have had a halved half banana."
"The banana is quite delicious. Would you like to have the halved half remaining banana?"
"I'll halve it so we both can have it."
"You have had a halved halved half banana."
"And you have had a half banana, and a halved half banana, and a halved halved half banana. Have you enjoyed it?"