I need to use the time machine, it's a medical emergency!

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

The doorbell ringed and Lucas took off his VR headset before headed to the door. A neat plastic box stood in front of his house. Wondering what it was, he brought the package inside and set it on his bed.

The discovery of time travel and its accessibility to everyone meant that their lives would never be the same again. Take packages for example. With the discovery of time travel, you never have to wait for your package because the instant you order it, it'll be sitting in front of your door. When you order something in the present, technically, that package would've already been delivered in the future. The package is then delivered to the present time, and thus for the person who'll be receiving the package in the future, would've had it all along! With time travel, the past, the present, and the future are all merged into one. But that didn't explain why he'd received a package.

 Who sent me this? He wondered. As soon as he pressed a button on top of the container, the box elegantly opened autonomously to reveal the item inside.

Peering inside, he found a notebook that had his name on the front. The date on the inside of one of the pages read 22/8/2094 – one day from the present. Lucas flipped through the pages and he found nothing except a few doodles in the corners which were similar to his style.

Huh? He wondered. Why would I send myself this notebook?

Without a second thought, he tossed it into his backpack.


The next day, he woke up and packed his bag for school. Their school encouraged the physical mode of schooling even with the availability of holograms and virtual reality.

Perfect examples for troglodyte The other school students often joked.

After consuming two breakfast bars (which were ridiculously filling), he headed to his school on his hoverboard.

He had two classes at the first stretch and three in the next. After that, they would be allowed to go to their lunch recess. Lucas and his friend sat on the cafeteria benches as they had their lunch – two lunch bars the size of a ruler, but as filling as a whole plate.

“Hey, did you do the history assignment which is due today?” His friend asked.

Then it struck him. Without a word, he took off to the school office, clutching his notebook.

“Quick, I need to send this a day back!” He panted at the receptionist’s table.

The robot cameras glanced at him before finally answering, “The school doesn’t allow the use of time machines–”

"It's a medical emergency!" He quickly added, and a bright green colour flashed on the screen. A drawer clicked open nearby and Lucas yanked it open. After inserting the notebook, he slammed the drawer close. After a moment, a low hum and a zap indicated that the notebook had been sent.

His friend came hurrying into the office.

“Lucas, what happened?”

“I may be the smartest guy in the class.”

“Why is that?”

“Good thing that the robots here are stupid,” He said, “I just managed to send my notebook one day back so that I could have my history assignment. There’s no way that I’ll fail in that assignment.”

A wide smile spread across his friend’s face.

“Why are you laughing?” he asked.

"Lucas, you may be the smartest by convincing that robot but did you think that your one-day-younger-self will seriously remember why you have sent the notebook?"

“Oh god,” The truth started to sink in Lucas, “I forgot to enter why I sent it.”

His friend grinned. "Correct, and two things are for sure: one, you'll not have your assignment on your table because your younger self will have no clue about it because you have forgotten it; secondly, and I'm sorry but…" he suppressed a chuckle, "there's all the possibility that you're gonna fail."

“Thanks a lot,” Lucas said, “come on, gimme your assignment, she’s going to collect it in an hour!”


Submitted: May 23, 2021

© Copyright 2021 Aravind Kumar. All rights reserved.

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