“Geez.” I shook myself off after coming out of the machine. I had forgotten how uncomfortable the feeling of time travel was. Every time it felt like I was in a hurricane and there was something heavy on my chest. It was not a good feeling.
“Hello?” I called out, noticing that my friends were nowhere to be found. I glanced around the area, but I was all alone here.
“What the hell…” I muttered to myself as I noticed how different everything looked.
The sky was no longer bright blue, but a dark, foggy green. Everything was dull and rusty, unlike the bright, shiny chrome it used to be. The more I looked around, the more I noticed. The ground had huge cracks in it, it looked as if things were falling from the sky.
“How did this happen?” I whispered to myself in disbelief. How could things change so much in a year?
“Hello?” I called out again, this time inside the building.
“Hey baby, we’re in here.” A familiar woman’s voice called from my left.
“Guys?” I approached one of the rec areas and saw my friends. Or, what was left of them. They looked awful. Their clothes were old and dirty, they looked like they hadn’t showered in weeks, and they all looked like they were coming down from a heroin high.
“Oh, you’re not the dealer.” Lyra scoffed and rolled her eyes. She lazily took a puff from the joint in her hand. “You shouldn’t have come back here.”
“Why? Are you fucking kidding me? Look around, asshole! Look what you’ve done to this place! You ruined everything.” Canis yelled angrily.
“What? How is this my fault?”
“The drugs! You left them here, everyone’s addicted now and the world is shit. It’s all your fucking fault!” He screamed, and jumped up off the couch.
Before I could react, his fist connected with my face and sent my flying to the ground.
“What the hell man, I didn’t fuck things up on purpose!” I defended myself from my spot on the floor.
“What were you trying to do then?” He seethed.
“I was just trying to get you guys to have a little fun. I didn’t think you guys had access to any more drugs, so when those ran out I thought you’d be done! And I was messed up back then, but I’m clean now.”
“Thanks for rubbing it in, asshole.” Canis looked as if he were about to hit me again.
“Canis, calm down.” Andromeda pleaded, her voice hoarse and tired, nothing like the exuberant person I used to know. “Lake, sit, we’ll explain everything.”
As I took a seat, I couldn’t help but notice the extensive stash they had laid out on their table. They had weed, heroin, prescription drugs I couldn’t see the names of, and a few baggies of cocaine. Though I’d been clean for a while, it was hard for me. I still craved the highs, and being so close to these drugs probably wasn’t good.
“W-what’s going on?” I asked shakily, tearing my eyes away from the stash and focusing on Andromeda.
“Well, after you left we used up the rest of your stash. But we wanted more, so we sent Orion back to your time to try and get some more. He met a dealer, and ever since then the guy comes once a week to drop off more stuff. Lyra usually gives him his payment.” She motioned towards the vampire on the pool table. Now I understood why she was dressed that way and called me baby…
“Who’s your dealer?” I asked, I knew all the dealers in Appaloosa Plains.
“We don’t know his real name. But he calls himself Ninja.”
“Huh, I don’t know him.” I was puzzled. He must be a new dealer or a guy from out of town.
“We need you to do us a favor, Lake. We can’t keep living like this. But we can’t stop on our own.” Orion slurred slightly.
“Of course guys, whatever you need I can help.” I owed it to them, I got them into this mess.
“We need you to blow up your time machine.”
“What? I can’t do that. That would set my dad’s house on fire, and I’d never be able to see you guys again.” The thought of blowing up the machine made me sick. I loved time travel; I couldn’t just give it up like that.
“Please Lake, it’s the only way.” Andromeda begged. “If we keep going like this, the entire planet will get destroyed. We need this.”
“I-I don’t know. I don’t even have anything to blow it up with.”
“I have an explosive. I would’ve done it myself but I would’ve gotten stuck there.” Orion explained.
“Please Lake, look at Ursa.” Canis motioned towards his unconscious wife. “She’s never awake anymore. She just wakes up, gets high and passes out. I don’t know what to do.” He looked as if he were about to cry.
“Okay, I’ll do it. But can I say goodbye to Seven first? Where is she?” I asked, noticing my robot wasn’t around.
“Sure, she’s downstairs. She’s been powered down for a while though, so theres really no telling what she’ll be like.” Orion offered.
“That’s ok, I just need to see her.”
“Seven?” I cautiously approached her so I wouldn’t scare her. If you could even scare a robot… I wasn’t sure, so better safe than sorry.
“Master?” She asked as she sprung to life.
“Hey Seven, it’s me!” I exclaimed.
“I warned you. I told you that was a bad idea. Look at the world now.” She scolded.
“I know, and I’m gonna make it right. I’m gonna blow up the time machine. I just wanted to say goodbye to you first.”
“Good. That will fix things.”
“I’m glad. I’m sorry I messed things up so badly. And I’m sorry I have to leave you here, but once the group gets clean I know they’ll take good care of you.”
“Yes, Master. I will miss you.”
“I’ll miss you too.” I kind of felt like I wanted to cry, but I wouldn’t let myself. Not yet, not until I got home.
“Goodbye Seven.” I gave her a pat on her cold, metal shoulder and headed for the stairs without looking back.
“I’m sorry the others aren’t here to see you off.” Andromeda apologized as I got ready to leave the future for the last time. The others were either too high or too pissed off to come say goodbye.
“That’s ok, maybe its for the best.” I responded sadly. I hated that things had to end on such bad terms.
“I’m really sorry for all the damage I caused. I promise I’ll fix this.” I carefully placed the explosive in my pocket. My heart sped up, I really hoped this thing wouldn’t go off on its own.
“Thank you, Lake.” Orion smiled slightly. I nodded, before preparing myself for time travel, for the very last time.
After punching numbers into the machine, I turned to them and gave them one last wave. They waved back with small smiles.
The doors of the machine opened and soon I was jumping towards that familiar purple light.
“Bye.” I said softly to myself as I arrived back at home. My heart hurt, ever since I was little I loved robots and futuristic things, now I had to give all that up. But I messed up, and I needed to fix this. I couldn’t be selfish this time.
But could I do this? I wasn’t sure if I had it in me. Now that the task was right here in front of me, I didn’t know if I could go through with it. Could I really destroy my brother’s work? How would I explain this to my dad?
No, I had to stop making excuses for myself. I had to do this now, I’d deal with the consequences later.
Slowly I pulled the explosive out of my pocket. Orion had briefly showed me how to use it, and I quickly followed his instructions, threw the device on top of the machine and ran for cover.
I covered my ears and waited for the blast. As much as I didn’t want to destroy the portal to the future, I was kind of excited to see an actual explosion.
Within seconds, the detonator went off and the entire machine exploded and quickly burst into flames Debris was flying from the machine and all over the small garage.
The blast was so strong it sent me flying backwards into the trash. I watched as a large piece of metal came flying at me, but right before it hit me, my vision went black.
A/N: Next chapter is Lake’s finale 🙂