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I remember the plot as follows: a guy is almost done building time-machine, then on some day he sees his girlfriend die in an accident, so he rushes to the machine and sends himself couple of hours to the past, when he finds out he cannot move a muscle or do anything and is forced to repeat the same actions. However the story end with him noticing that some leaves fall differently in the wind, implying there is yet hope.

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    How long ago did you read it? Was it in an anthology or a magazine? – user14111 Dec 22 '15 at 20:03
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    I guess it was about 8 or 10 years ago and it was in an anthology – Nikolay Markov Dec 22 '15 at 20:23
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"The Time Machine" 2002 is the year I think you're looking for, there are several other versions also with slightly different plots.

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    That seems to be a film, not a short story. And it doesn't really fit the details given in the question. – Rand al'Thor Dec 24 '15 at 1:12
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    The Time Machine is a novella by HG Wells, but it doesn't match well. – phantom42 Dec 24 '15 at 5:04
  • The 2002 remake does contain that particular plot point. The inventor created the machine to save the girlfriend, so that's the one thing it won't "let" him do as doing so would prevent its creation. – Emsley Wyatt Nov 8 '17 at 22:19

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