You just found a way to travel through time. You only have one round trip. Where & when do you go?
Ana Doko, Fier
Hello! You’ve ever seen me? Of course you have, you just don’t remember seeing me there. You were too busy staring at Napoleon; but you might as well have seen me with the cave men! Look I made a mistake once but I must confess, it was the most amazing mistake I’ve ever made! I am not sure if I can call it a mistake anymore. You see, my father is a scientist, Dr. Rupertstein if you’ve ever heard of him. He makes really weird experiences in his laboratory and I am not really into science so I usually don’t fool around there. One day, I lost Sirius our terrier in our mansion in Birmingham and while I was searching for him I heard a barking noise coming from dad’s lab. So thinking it might be Sirius in there, I decided to take a look. It was actually my first time in his laboratory and suddenly I was almost blinded by all those flashlights coming from really weird machines with tons of buttons. Obviously I had gone in there for a reason so I made up my mind and decided to look for Sirius. It was a really hard job and I felt that the more time passed the more I got lost in there. When it seemed that the lab came to an end I noticed a gigantic machine made of two parts. A big box with lots of buttons, colorful buttons but very few of them had clues of what their function was. The rest of the machine was a giant arch; connected to the box with a lot of wires which actually seemed like snakes. There was a label next to the machinery and in capital letters it wrote: TIME MACHINE. “Wow” I thought; surely dad is not building a time machine. “Well” a tiny voice inside of me was saying. “When did you ever pay any attention to his work? Here are tons of inventions, have you ever heard him talk about them?” I was stunned. I didn’t know what to do. I had to look for Sirius but I was paralyzed by this machine. Was time traveling possible? Who knew? Maybe dad knew. Maybe he would be traveling in time now since I didn’t see him anywhere in his lab. But he could be in the kitchen couldn’t he? Getting a snack of something? And during that time I could… explore… the time machine. But dad sure wasn’t in the kitchen. I checked there for Sirius like five minutes ago. How ironic! I had been staring for more than five minutes at the time machine! Let alone, how much time had I been fooling around the laboratory. Well, I made up my mind. I would travel in time. But how could I do that?? There were hundreds of buttons in the big box of the machine and a small touch screen part which I had no clue of what it could do. Then, I caught something with my eye. It was a pamphlet on the dusty floor. I couldn’t believe it! It was the instructions on how to travel in time. Then I thought if dad created the instructions, he must have successfully tested the time machine! Hooray! The definitely meant that I could travel in time. After reading the instructions carefully, I learned that the touch screen part/device’s function was to localize the place where I would go and the definite time, month, date, year and hour of when I would go. That was such a dilemma! When and where? I started walking to and fro in front of the machine undecided. The worst was that I had only one trip; whether it was the future or past. Such a drama! There were so many things and places I wanted to visit and people to see! The cave men, Napoleon Bonaparte, George Washington, Scanderbeg, Ismail Qemal, Juri Gagorin, Mendelejev, Dostojewski and lots of other people. But I wanted to see my family too. My grandma that I never met! Oh what could I possibly do? I was so tired and my head was going to burst. But I wanted to see the future too? What was going to happen to me? Oh, why in the world did I have to discover this cursed time machine? I remembered something faintly, a quote from Aristotle: “The ones that ignore (now was it the past or was it the time?) stay children!” But was it really like that? Then something in a glittering and sparkling red colour shone by. Oh no, I thought when I saw it, not another button! Anyhow I carefully stepped through the wires to read its tiny letters on the button. TIME TRAVEL: OPTIONAL CHOICE: FAST FORWARD? I was amazed! Could it really be the solution to my problem? I could travel once, as the book said but if I took the portable touch screen device with me, I could go anywhere and fast forward to all these moments that I didn’t feel like it to watch. Yes; that definitely was my perfect solution! “Thank you dad” I whispered although no one was there to listen. Although the pavement was cleaner than before (no kidding on how much I’ve walked to and fro in front of the machine) I wrote a message with my fingers if anything would go wrong, but I had a feeling that it wouldn’t. I AM TIME TRAVELING. PLEASE NOTIFY MY FATHER ABOUT THIS. HE KNOWS WHAT TO SAY OR DO. ALSO PLEASE BE AS KIND AS TO FIND AND FEED SIRIUS. LOTS OF LOVE… Perfect. This would describe both, the note and my journey. It was amazing. I saw not only famous people but I saw practically everyone from cave men to Jesus Christ, from Julius Caesar to Jules Verne, Ernest Hemingway to Charles Dickens and a lot of people; lots of presidents like Abraham Lincoln, Roosevelt, Stalin and Hitler. But the most beautiful memory was those I got from my family; seeing all of my relatives and especially my grandma. She was a very caring woman. At the end of my trip, my heart was filled with joy and pride. Strangely, this time I found the exit more easily. I went into the kitchen and stared at the time. It had passed but five minutes! “IMPOSSIBLE!” I exclaimed out loud. “Nothing is impossible my darling! Always remember that!” my dad had put a hand on my shoulder and gave me a gentle shove. “I know dad, I know!” He was surprised and he arched his eyebrows while his emerald eyes met those deep blue of mine. It took nothing but a moment for him to understand. I went to my room afterwards and found Sirius under my bed, that was shocking! I had looked at least three times there and I hadn’t seen him. That was stunning. But the more stunning thing was the talk I had with my father that night after dinner. He advised me not to tell anyone anything, otherwise the government would come for us. When he saw the terrified look on my face he quickly added “not that I am doing anything illegal pumpkin!” I trusted him and for once I felt more close to him that I had ever been to anyone else. That completely changed my life for good. I understood by the time that my dad had done all of this work that I could be proud of him! And I really am proud. My dad is THE BEST!