The Clocks Rewind
Everything was different this summer. Jaya loved staying with her grandmother. Grandma owned a sweet shop, after all; the old-fashioned kind with jars of sweets you weighed out into little paper bags. But Mum and Dad had been acting so strangely lately. Whispered conversations. Mysterious phone calls. And now Jaya and her little brother, Ash, had been packed off to Grandma’s for the whole school holiday.
After a busy morning helping in the shop, Grandma said they could choose some sweets as a reward. While Jaya picked jelly babies and sherbet lemons, Ash teetered on a stool and reached down a dusty old jar from the very top shelf. The faded label showed historic scenes - pyramids, knights on horseback, a sinking ship, and many more – and, in swirly gold letters, the words, Time Toffees.
‘Ooh, these are weird!’ giggled Ash, stuffing a toffee into his mouth. Jaya thought she’d better try one too, just to make sure they hadn’t gone off. The taste kept changing; pineapple, bubble gum, marmite, chocolate cake . . . She turned the wrapper over, searching for a sell-by date. Faint writing appeared before her eyes.
With Time Toffees all the clocks rewind,
As you journey back, they’ll help you find . . .
Before Jaya could read more, the ground began to shake. The lights flickered. She grabbed Ash’s arm and the jar of Time Toffees . . .