->''"Day before yesterday I saw a rabbit, and yesterday a deer, and today, you."''
-->--'''Julie Danvers'''

''The Dandelion Girl'' is short story written by Robert F. Young, an American science fiction writer. Published in April 1961, the story follows the middle-aged Mark Randolph, a lawyer who is on vacation in September 1961. He travels to a rural area just outside of the city where he works, and one day, encounters a young woman named Julie Danvers in a wooded area. She professes that she is from the year 2201 and that her father has a time machine. Despite initially being skeptical of Julie's stories, Mark finds himself captivated by her fanciful imagination and begins to fall in love with her.

The short story itself [[http://infinitemirai.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/young-robert-f-the-dandelion-girl.pdf may be read here]]; reviewers have found the story to be [[TearJerker poignant and leave a strong impression]] on readers. The main quote in the story served as the inspiration for the anime ''Anime/RahXephon''. It is also referenced in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}''.

!!"The Dandelion Girl" provides examples of:

* ArcWords: Julie's phrase is mentioned exactly six times in the short story and is the only line to be repeated in its entirety. This phrase pertains to how love, like the things Julie sees, [[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/clannad-day-before-yesterday-i-saw-a-rabbit-and-yesterday-a-deer-and-today-you/ is more significant and grandiose as time passes]].
* BornInTheWrongCentury: By 2201, urbanisation will have removed most of nature, and Julie travels back to TheSixties to experience the pristine landscape before urban sprawl replaces the woodland.
* ChekhovsGun: Anne's dislike of being photographed stems from her [[spoiler: desire to evade the Time Police]].
* TheGameOfTheBook: There is a free VisualNovel [[http://www.mediafire.com/?ylyuzm4zwuw adaptation]] of this short story.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Mark smokes frequently smokes a pipe, giving the air of a more mature gentleman.
* HappilyMarried: Mark and Anne share a happy marriage even if they have recently been somewhat distant. However, Mark begins to doubt himself once he finds himself falling for Julie.
* HappyEnding: After Mark realises [[spoiler: that Julie and Anne are the same individual]], he finds his love with Anne is rekindled.
* LikeParentLikeSpouse
-->"My father smokes a pipe too," she said, "and when he lights it, he cups his hands the same way you do, even when there isn't any wind. You and he are alike in lots of ways."
* MayDecemberRomance: Mark is 44 when he meets Julie, who is 21.
* MsImagination: Mark finds Julie's vivid imagination endearing and greatly desires to talk to her to hear more about how she thinks of the world.
* MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness: As a work of soft science fiction, time travel merely facilitates the plot; ''The Dandelion Girl'' is predominantly about the human side of things, rather than the mechanics behind time travel itself.
* NoNewFashionsInTheFuture: Mark notes that Julie's dress looks a little old-fashioned even during the [=1960s=].
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:[[TwoPersonLoveTriangle Anne turns out to be Julie]]]], when she had traveled back to Mark's era one final time before her time machine broke down.
* StableTimeLoop: Julie's father states that events that are to happen have already occurred, preventing any paradoxes from appearing. As such, [[YouAlreadyChangedThePast anyone who travels back in time becomes a part of the world they enter]] and therefore could not produce a paradox.
* TimePolice: Such an organisation exists to ensure that only certain individuals are permitted to travel back in time, preventing paradoxes from arising: individuals violating these laws are apprehended.
* TimeTravel: While the precise mechanics behind time travel is not explained, the presence of a time machine allows Julie to encounter Mark, setting in motion the events within the story.
* TimeTravelRomance: This short story presents one of the more optimistic endings; upon coming across [[spoiler: Julie's old dress]] in his attic, Mark immediately realises why Julie stopped visiting him.