“So what kind of robot were you thinking? There are many different types.” Lyra took me over to the bot emporium as soon as I got back to the future.
“I’m not sure, what do you suggest?”
“Well, you seem like a musical guy, am I correct?” She guessed.
“You are actually, I used to be in a band back home.” I smiled solemnly. I hadn’t even thought of the band, we had to be broken up now because of the issues between me and Freesia. It sucked, I lost my girl and my band.
“Well they have musical robots, I could show you one if you’d like.”
“Yeah, that would be great.” I smiled at her. It would be nice to have someone to jam with, even if that someone was a robot
“Great, let me show the one I know of.” She smiled and guided me across the emporium.
“This is Seven, she’s a musical robot, but that’s not all she does. She can do whatever you like, she can cook and protect your house. Anything you want.” Lyra took a seat while I examined Seven. It was even cooler than the one I saw last time I was here, and I thought that one was perfect.
“I’ll take her.” I smiled excitedly. I couldn’t wait to own my very own robot.
“Just stick the cash in there and she should come to life.” Lyra explained while pointing to the money slot on the machine.
“Hello, Master. I am Seven.” The robot stepped off the platform and addressed me.
“This is so cool.” I turned to Lyra and smiled giddily. I felt like all my dreams were coming true, I felt like I was living in one of my old books. “Hello Seven,” I turned back to my robot. “Let’s go to our new home.”
“Yes Master, I will follow you.”
I smiled at Seven even though I wasn’t entirely sure she could recognize emotion, but I didn’t really care. I was too happy and I needed to express it. Things were looking up.
Jamming with Seven was a lot different than jamming with my band. She played a strange laser instrument, but it was the coolest thing I’ve heard in a long time. It was the best jam session ever.
“Wow, you guys sound awesome together.” Lyra commented from her spot on the couch.
“You think?” I asked with a shy smile.
“Yea, you guys should become a music group.”
“Ah, I don’t know. Last band I was in just broke up, it was pretty messy.” I put my guitar down and walked over to her.
“You done jamming for the day?” I was glad she didn’t pry into things any further.
“Yea, now it’s time to do my ‘after practice’ ritual.” I laughed.
“Oh? What’s that?” She asked.
“I’ll show you.” I grabbed her hand and pulled her over the the elevators, the two of us giggling like weirdos.
“What is this stuff?” Lyra asked a few minutes later as we sat in my bedroom.
“Weed, do you guys not have it here?” I asked while taking a puff from the joint.
“We don’t have anything like this here. All of our drugs are used for strictly medical purposes. But this stuff is amazing.” She chuckled to herself.
“Well good thing you’ve got me, I’ve got a whole bunch of this stuff, and even stronger stuff if you’d like.” I offered. I had a feeling getting access to medical marijuana would be difficult, but I could always go back to my time and buy some there.
“Master, this is not a good idea.'” Seven crossed her arms and stood over me.
“Don’t worry Seven, I’ve been doing this for years. We’ll be fine.”
“It’s not a good idea.” She pestered.
“It’s one joint, Seven. We’ll be fine.”
“You must be careful, Master. Meddling has consequences.”
“Ha-ha, ok. Go sit down or something.” I chuckled, the weed was starting to hit me so I didn’t really pay attention to what Seven was saying and sprawled out on the floor.
“This is the most fun I’ve had in a long time.” Lyra laid down on the floor next to me.
“Get ready then, we’re gonna have a blast together.”
Within a few hours, the rest of the house had joined us and all of us were high as hell. It was fun, I didn’t really know these people all that well but now we were starting to become friends.
“So Lake, what did you do in your own time?” Ursa asked from across the circle.
“What do you mean?”
“Like what did you do for a job?”
“Oh, um, I hadn’t really gotten to that yet.” I admitted, I had depended so heavily on my music career that I didn’t even bother getting a day job.
“Why?” She asked, she was prying but I didn’t mind, I guess I would want to know about someone who traveled to my time.
“I was in a band, I was kinda depending on that to take off.” I shook my head and half-laughed. “But that didn’t work out, so I came here.”
“My drummer slept with my girlfriend.”
“That sucks, man.” Canis chimed in from next to me.
“Whatever, doesn’t matter. I’m in the future and I’ve got a robot. Jokes on them.”
“Why did you travel through time, Lake?” Lyra asked hesitantly.
“Um, well you know I was trying to go back in time, right?” I looked around as they nodded. “Well I was trying to go back and save my sister. She drowned in a storm and my brother and I thought we could save her.”
“Oh my god, I’m so sorry, that’s awful.” Andromeda placed a hand on her heart dramatically.
“Yea, it sucks. I know I’m gonna have to go back to my time soon but I’d much rather stay here for the rest of my life.” I sighed and adjusted my bandanna.
“What’re you gonna do when you go back?” Canis asked.
“Probably still pursue music. I’ll have to get a new band or try a solo career. But I won’t give up just yet.”
“That’s good, but don’t you think you should try and get a job? Maybe just something part-time so you can have some money? Maybe get your own place?” He suggested, and it actually made sense.
“Y’know, I’ll do that. I’m gonna need my own space soon. I need to get away from my family, I can’t tell them that I didn’t even try to save my sister.”
“So why don’t you try?” Orion suggested.
“I screwed up. Big time. If I tried to go and talk her out of going to the beach, she wouldn’t listen to me. We were on bad terms, she’d go anyway and the same thing would happen all over. It’s not worth going through that pain again.”
“I guess that makes sense. What’re you gonna tell your brother?”
“Nothing. I’m gonna avoid him for as long as I can, he works a lot and if I start working too I’ll never see him.” It was the best I could come up with, I didn’t want to tell him the truth but I also didn’t want to lie to him.
“What’re you gonna do with Seven when you go back?” Andromeda asked after a few moments of silence.
“I-I don’t know, take her with me?” I questioned.
“I guess you could, but how will you explain that to your brother?”
“Um, I guess I could go back without her, then when my brother’s gone I can come back and bring her home.” I suggested.
“That’s genius.” Lyra giggled girlishly.
“Yea, I guess” I chuckled.
“When do you think you’ll go back?” Canis asked sadly.
“Dunno, some time soon I guess.”
“Aw, that’s too bad, this was fun.” He frowned and glanced at the box of weed.
“If you want, I can leave it here with you guys. I can always buy more when I get home.” I offered, even though I didn’t have a reliable dealer anymore. No matter how much I wanted to get high, there was no way I was ever talking to Blackberry again.
“That’d be really awesome, actually.”
“Awesome.” I smiled, I was actually kind of looking forward to going home. I had a plan to get my life back on track and I couldn’t wait to put that plan into action. Maybe I wouldn’t be a complete failure after all.