Anachronism (noun): an error in chronology; a person or thing that’s chronologically out of place. Write a story in which a person or thing is out of place, or recount a time when you felt out of place.
There have been so many interesting novels written about a person being out of time such as “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”, this excellent novel has spawned countless adaptations and variations, it’s easy to lose track. The most basic explanation is that the mere concept is so intriguing and curious. The late Michael Crichton wrote Timeline about a scientist and his team seeking to time travel but for nefarious purposes and at the end the evil man behind the team of scientists learns a most valuable lesson. There is no place like home. Dorothy herself said it best.
In all of these stories, the principal character most often simply wants to go back home where his or her’s realities make sense to them. These stories make the whole idea of the grass is always greener on the other side stand a little on its head. In the end it is always the sense of family, of belonging and one’s own comfort level that is what makes one’s own personal timeline so special and why rarely would someone pick another timeline to spend the rest of their days. The curiosity and adventure wears thin after a while, and the normalcy and the familiar are things to be missed and appreciated.