Time travel was uncomfortable. I couldn’t see anything around me, I just felt like I was being blasted by strong wind from every angle. I couldn’t feel ground below me and I couldn’t feel walls around me. My chest was tight and I couldn’t really breathe. But as soon as I felt like I was gonna pass out, I flew straight into a pair of metal doors.
They didn’t open for me, so I had to pry them open myself. It was a little annoying but I would do whatever it took to see my sister again.
I finally pried the doors open and stumbled out of the machine. It took me a few seconds to find my footing and catch my breath, but as soon as I did I realized I didn’t recognize my surroundings. This wasn’t my house, hell it wasn’t even Appaloosa Plains. Something had gone horriblely wrong.
A few seconds after I arrived I realized not only was I in a strange place, but I was surrounded by strange people.
Five oddly dressed people stood in front of me, as if they were expecting me. They looked like they were straight out of an old-fashioned movie depicting the future. I felt very awkward and out of place, and oddly enough I felt underdressed.
“What’s going on?” I asked, hesitating slightly. I didn’t even know if these people spoke Simlish.
“Hello Lake, I am Lyra Mars and these are my friends. Welcome to the year four-thousand.” The purple vampire with cone-shaped hair stepped forward to introduce herself.
“W-what? That’s impossible, I was just going back in time. Is this some kind of prank?” I glanced around, looking for some kind of evidence of a practical joke.
“No Sir, I know you meant to go back in time, but your brother programmed the machine wrong, so instead of sending you back it sent you forward.” The woman named Lyra explained.
“How do you know all this?” It was a strange feeling to have complete stranger know your name and things about you. I didn’t like it.
“We’ve known about this our entire lives, you’re a legend! When you go back to your own time, you write about your experiences here. Many people don’t believe you, but as soon as time travel is proven real you become a hero.”
“Come on, I’ll have Orion and Andromeda show you around.”
“Welcome to Oasis Landing, the greatest town in the entire world.”
“And this room, this room is your bedroom.” Andromeda Stellar led me and her husband Orion into a bedroom. She had given me the whole tour, she was a very dramatic woman and it was very entertaining. I was really starting to like it here.
“In the corner there you have a jet-pack and a hoverboard, if you’d like to test them out before Canis and Ursa take you to the bot shop, there is plenty of room on the roof. We’ll see you at dinner.” She gave me a smile before dragging her husband out of my room.
As soon as they were out of sight I immediately made my way over to the cool futuristic toys. My first choice was the jetpack, even though I already had wings it would be awesome to be able to fly higher and faster without getting tired.
As soon as I got to the roof I started to fly around. It was such an amazing feeling, I’d loved flying for as long as I could remember, I vaguely remembered flying my siblings around when we were children. It was such a freeing feeling.
From my spot in the sky I could see the city better. It was large and chrome, exactly how I imagined the future when I was young and obsessed with comics. There were colorful trees and strange plants all around, I felt like I was in a movie.
All this excitement had caused me to completely forget why I time traveled in the first place.
A little while after my jetpack adventure, Canis and Ursa Major took me across the street to the bot emporium. They seemed to think I would like it, and they weren’t wrong. But there was one thing that was making me uneasy.
“Um, Canis, why are there humans here?” I whispered so they couldn’t hear me.
“Oh right, I forget that you come from a time where we were feuding. Things have been worked out for a few hundred years now.” He explained.
“Oh, ok.” I still felt a little uncomfortable, I hadn’t really been this close to a human before.
“You can go take a look around now, I think you’ll really like this place.”
I smiled and nodded at him before wandering around the emporium. I stopped in front of one of the robots. It was shiny and had glowing green parts. It was absolutely amazing. Ever since I was a child I wanted a robot, and this one would be perfect.
But if I got the robot, would I be able to bring it back in time with me? Or would it have to stay here? If I could bring it back, would I mess up the timeline? Would I ruin things for these people or would bringing my robot back cause no harm? Maybe if I kept it away from people I wouldn’t mess anything up.
“Excuse me? How much for that robot over there?” I asked the robot behind the counter awkwardly. Was it rude to ask that? I didn’t know anything about robot manners.
“Three-thousand.” It replied, it’s voice sounding surprisingly life-like. I didn’t have any money on me right now, but if I went back home and got some I could come back and buy it.
“Thank you.” I smiled at the robot and went to find Ursa and Major so we could go back to the house. I was going to go back to my time in the morning to get my robot money. I couldn’t wait to own my very own bot, it was a childhood dream come true.
“You’re going home already?” Andromeda asked sadly later that night at the table.
“Just to get some money, then I’ll be back as soon as possible. You probably won’t even notice I’m gone.”
“I don’t know, maybe you could just borrow some money from us. I don’t want you to leave so soon.”
“I-I don’t know. I’m already staying here for free. I wouldn’t want to do that to you.” I responded nervously. I didn’t just need money from home, I also needed some of my stash to keep here.
“I guess you can go, just be careful and be back as soon as possible. We’ll wait for you.”
Lyra brought us all food, since she was a vampire and didn’t need to eat she left to go to her room.
“So Lake, how are you enjoying it here?” Orion asked between bites of food.
“I love it, it’s everything I ever dreamed of as a kid. I used to be obsessed with books about robots and the future.”
“That’s great to hear, I’m glad we could make your dreams come true.” He smiled at me. I smiled back, but I couldn’t help but feel like I was forgetting something….