I am trying to find a word that can be used in this context and that is a little bit slower than “instantly” but faster than “over time” and “sooner or later”:

[insert time that is slower than instantly but faster than over time and sooner or later], I am fascinated.

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    Soon? Presently? Shortly? Jan 10, 2021 at 9:23
  • Gradually, I am becoming fascinated by x.
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    Feb 13, 2021 at 18:14

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“momentarily”: means either “at any moment now” or “for a moment”

Per the 3rd definition on the Merriam-Webster entry for this word, this means "at any moment : in a moment"

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    – fev
    Jan 10, 2021 at 20:03

Not all adverbs of time can go at the beginning of the sentence in the way you have it. The use of the present tense also influences the choice of the adverb (phrase). "For a few moments there, I was fascinated" sounds more common to my ears. But I guess you can also say

For a few seconds/For a few minutes/In passing, I am fascinated.

WordHippo defines them all as meaning "for a short time or for a limited period of time".

Among the many synonyms you will also find briefly for example, but rather than at the beginning, it would go better in the middle or at the end:

I am briefly fascinated/I am fascinated, briefly.

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