Lake Fae Chapter 20: Cause and Effect

 

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“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.

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“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.

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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?

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.”

“What? Why.”

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“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.

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Before I could react, his fist connected with my face and sent my flying to the ground.

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“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.”

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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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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“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.

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“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.”

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“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.

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“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.”

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“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 Master.”

“Goodbye Seven.” I gave her a pat on her cold, metal shoulder and headed for the stairs without looking back.

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“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.

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“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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂

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Lake Fae Chapter 16: My Future

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It was about six in the morning when I prepared to go back home. It was now or never, if I didn’t face my problems head on I’d get caught up in the magic of the future and I’d never leave. I needed to get my act together, chasing after my childhood dreams was silly, I couldn’t be a rockstar or a hero from a sci-fi novel. I had to grow up.

It was gonna be hard. I’d screwed up a lot. I was gonna have to face my brother, I was gonna have to tell him about why I couldn’t save our sister. I was gonna have to face my dad, I was gonna have to tell him I failed at my musical career and I was gonna have to do something else. I hated to disappoint them both, but I needed to grow up.

My friends from the future had inspired me. Even though I had traveled through time, I realized I couldn’t change the past. What was done was done, I made a lot of mistakes and lost the one person I loved the most, but meddling with the past would only make things more complicated for me. I couldn’t focus on the past, I had to focus on my future.

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“How’re you feeling, Lake? Are you ready?” Andromeda asked me.

“Yea, it’s now or never.” I responded with a smile. This wasn’t the last time I’d be seeing them, but it was still sad to say goodbye.

“I’m proud of you man, it’s hard to get your life back together.” Orion commented with a smile. I knew it’d be hard, but I was determined.

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“Good luck, Lake. We’ll be rooting for you.” Canis nodded at me. I gave him a nod back and smiled.

“Don’t forget to visit, you’ll always have a room here!” Ursa smiled enthusiastically.

“I will, don’t worry. Thank you guys for being so welcoming.”

“Anytime.”

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“It’s been fun. We’ll take care of Seven until you get back.” Lyra smiled at me and at the robot standing at the end of the line.

“Thank you, I won’t be gone too long.” I assured her, I wouldn’t want to burden her too much. “Oh, and don’t forget, I left the box of stuff for you guys in my room.”

“Take your time, and thank you.” She winked. I winked back then turned to my robot.

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“Don’t worry, Seven, I’ll be back soon.”

“Yes, Master.” She gave me a small wave and I felt a little sad, it’s like I was dropping my pet off at the vet or something. I didn’t wanna leave her.

“I guess I should get going, before I change my mind.” I laughed, making the other chuckle slightly as well.

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“Bye Lake!” They all called out as the doors of the machine slid open. I gave them all a big wave before jumping into the purple light of the time machine.

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A few minutes later I was thrown from the darkness and into my brother’s room. He was sitting on the couch, staring anxiously at the machine.

“What the hell is going on, Lake? Where is she?” He bombarded me as soon as I found my footing.

“Not right now.” I waved him off, my head hurt from time travelling and I wanted to avoid this as long as possible.

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“Lake, what the hell! Come back! Talk to me!” Stone called after me as I ran out the garage door. I couldn’t do this right now, I wasn’t ready.

I ran all the way to my room and collapsed on my bed. Even though I had just woken up, it felt like I’d been awake for a thousand years. Stress can do that to a person.

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The next morning I had managed to avoid Stone before he went to work, but I didn’t think I could keep it up much longer, he had knocked on my door for at least an hour. I had to get out of this house as fast as possible. So I called Allium for a little advice on getting a job that wasn’t dealing drugs. We had talked, neither of us could come up with any ideas, so we were taking a break and hanging out with Thistle. He was doing better, but he was still practically living here. I didn’t mind though, he was a cool guy and I was glad I could at least make up with him.

“So what’re you guys gonna do now?” Thistle asked, referring to the breakup of the band.

“I have no idea.” I responded with a sigh. “That band was my future.”

“That sucks bro.” Thistle gave me a sad smile. “What about you, Al?”

“Dunno, might start taking some classes down at the community college.” Allium responded with a shrug.

“Have you considered that?” Thistle asked me. I knew he was trying to help but I felt a little patronized.

“Yea, I don’t really think that’s my thing.”

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He was about to respond, but our conversation was interrupted by my dad coming down the stairs. None of us really knew how to respond, we hadn’t seen him down here in such a long time. He’s been worse since my sister died, he never came out of the attic, not even to go to work.

I decided to be bold, so I said, “Hey Dad, what’s up?”

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“Not much, I’ve got a question for you boys though.” My dad stood over by us and I couldn’t read his expression. I wasn’t sure if he was angry with us or not. It was intimidating.

“Yea, sure Dad.” I responded with a gulp. My father was a scary man, he could flip his lid any second and we’d have no warning.

“Well, I’m reopening the bar soon, and I need some new bartenders, mine quit. I was wondering if any of you would be interested.”

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I immediately jumped up. This was perfect, I would get a job, I’d be working nights so it’d be easier to avoid Stone, and I’d be working alongside my father. We never had a great relationship, I tried to not let it bother me but it always did. Now was my chance to get close to him.

“I’d love to.” I answered enthusiastically.

“Are you sure, what about the band?” He asked, making my stomach drop.

“Um, it broke up. It’s ok though, it was just a pipe dream.” I admitted.

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“Well alright, meet me in the attic later so we can start training.” He gave me the first genuine smile I’d seen from him since mom left, before heading up the stairs. I sat back down on the couch with a huge smile on my face. I couldn’t believe how perfect this was.

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 Later that day after Al left I met my dad upstairs. I hadn’t been up here since I was younger and snuck up here with my sister. It seemed like a million years ago but the place still looked the same.

“Alright, now pour that one into there.” My dad instructed while pointing to the bottles. Mixing drinks was a lot harder than I thought, it was gonna take some time to learn all of this. But the busier the better, I suppose.

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The bottle I was using slipped out of my hands and fell to the floor with a crash. “Whoops.” I smiled cheekily at my dad, hoping he wouldn’t freak out.

“That’s alright, keep going.” He encouraged. It was odd behavior from him, but I didn’t question it. It seemed like he was actually trying to be a father to me. Though it was a little late, it was still nice.

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It took me a few hours to get the first drink right, but when I did I couldn’t help but feel extremely proud of myself. I was finally starting to get my life on track. It seemed like my dad was trying too. I just hoped we could stay on this path.

Lake Fae Chapter 15: Seven

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“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.”

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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.

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“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.”

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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“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.”

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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.

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“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.”

“What happened?”

“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.”

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“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.

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“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.”

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

Lake Fae Chapter 14: Back and Forth

A/N: NSFW images, and I got new eyes defaults towards the end of the chapter so everyone looks a little different. I’m not sure how I feel about them yet, let me know what you think. Enjoy the chapter 🙂

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“Are you sure you want to leave so soon? We can buy you a robot if you really want one, we have plenty of money.” Ursa offered me for the millionth time this morning.

“Thank you, but I’d rather use my own money, and besides, I want to see if my girlfriend wants to come. She’d probably like it here.” I thought about Freesia last night, I knew she would love the future and I had to see if she wanted to come.

“Oh, okay. Well, be back as soon as you can, alright?”

“I will, I promise.” I gave them all a quick wave before heading over to the machine.

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I clenched my fists as the doors opened. The feeling of time travel was extremely uncomfortable, but it was something that had to be done.

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Luckily it only lasted a few minutes. I once again came out of the machine, but this time I was back in my own time. As soon as my feet hit the floor I remembered everything. I remembered that I was supposed to go back in time to save my sister. I remembered that Stone was counting on me. And I remembered I didn’t even try to go to the right time. He was gonna be pissed.

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“What happened? Are you okay, you look like you’re gonna be sick.” Stone immediately started questioning me as soon as I noticed he was there.

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I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t know how to answer him without letting him down. I also didn’t know how to tell him I ended up in the future and only came back to get money to buy a robot.

So I ran.

“Wait, Lake, what happened?” I heard him yell after me. I ignored him and kept running. I didn’t know how to explain myself.

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I didn’t stop running until I was in my room. I immediately searched for the box of money I had under my bed. It was just enough to buy the robot, I’d been working with Blackberry for a little while and managed to save up. It was supposed to be for the apartment for Freesia and I, but I knew she’d understand.

After finding the box, I stuffed it with as much of my stash as I could. I had no idea if they even had stuff like this in the future, so I had to take as much as I could get.

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As soon as I had everything I needed I started to run again. I had to get to Freesia’s before Stone caught up with me.

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“Hey babe, you’re mom let me in, I have the craziest news for you.” I exclaimed loudly as I entered my girlfriend’s bedroom. It was almost five am, but I knew she’d still be awake. She didn’t sleep until morning. I was excited to tell her the news, but that quickly disappeared when I saw what was going on.

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Freesia had a guest.

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“Oh my god, Lake.” Freesia immediately pushed Blackberry away, but it was too late. The damage was done.

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“Wait, Lake, come back!” Freesia yelled after me as I ran out of a room for the third time that day.

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A million questions clouded my mind. How long was this going on? Why did she do this? Was I not enough for her? Was she ever gonna tell me? I felt absolutely heartbroken, I loved Freesia and I wanted to marry her one day. It was the second worst pain I’d ever felt in my life.

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“Can we talk?” Her voice asked from behind me. I looked up at her, at least she had the courtesy to get dressed and leave Blackberry upstairs.

“Fine.” I sighed.

“I didn’t mean for you to find out like this.” She said quietly. That immediately set me off. I hadn’t even realized how angry I really was.

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“No, you didn’t want me to find out at all! How long has this been going on?” I was yelling, there was no doubt her family and Blackberry could hear me.

“Since he joined the band.” She replied quietly.

“This has been going on for a few years? How could you do this to me?”

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“I didn’t mean to hurt you, that wasn’t my intention.” She gave me her best ‘sorry’ face, but I knew she didn’t care all that much. I knew her too well. She wanted me out, that was obvious now.

“Save it. I wanna say I can’t believe this, but honestly I can. I never should’ve trusted you, my sister was right about you.”

“Lake, I really am sorry.”

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“STOP. I’m done. We’re over and I never wanna see your face again.” I screamed at her as loud as I possibly could.

“Lake, please.” She looked as if she were about to cry, and for a split second I felt bad. I quickly snapped out of it though, she didn’t deserve my pity.

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“No, fuck you.” I glared at her before storming out of her house.

I hoped this was the last time I’d ever see Freesia Gill in my whole life.

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By the time I got back to the garage I was fuming. I could barely contain my anger, I felt like I could punch an hole through something or someone.

“Lake, what the hell is going on?” Stone asked. He had been sitting on his bed but he jumped up as soon as I came back in.

“None of your damn business.” I snapped.

“I think it is my business, I built this thing and you were supposed to save our sister. Did it even work?” He asked angrily.

“Stop, leave me alone.” I glared at him as I started punching in the date again on the machine.

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“Dude, I’m worried about you, what happened?” He asked, genuine concern in his voice.

“Leave me alone, and don’t come looking for me. I never wanna see any of you again. I’m gonna be staying in the future.” I snarled as the doors of the machine started to slide open.

“The future? Lake what the hell are you talking about?” Stone asked, and I realized I had accidentally told him where I was going.

“Nothing, just don’t come for me. I’ll be happier where I’m going.”

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“Wait, Lake please don’t go, we need to talk!” I heard Stone yell as the doors closed behind me.

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All thoughts of Lake and Freesia were quickly thrust from my mind as soon as I got to the future. I immediately felt twenty times better, it was as if I never even went back home.

“Oh thank god.” I muttered as I happily looked up at the sky. I had been worried about being able to get back here, last time was an accident and I wasn’t sure it would happen again.

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“Welcome back, Lake. How was your trip back home? Where is your girlfriend?” Andromeda asked brightly.

“It was terrible actually, but I got my money. She was actually cheating on me, but I don’t really care. I’m okay.” I smiled, it felt like everything that happened had been years ago, and well, technically from where I was now, it had.

“I’m sorry to hear it didn’t go well, but at least you’re okay.” Orion smiled at me.

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“Yea, I’m great.” I smiled and dropped my arms to the side, immediately hitting the box in my pocket and reminding myself why I went back in the first place. I smiled slyly to the group and said, “So, who wants to go get a robot?”

Lake Fae Chapter 13: Childhood Dreams

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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.

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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.

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A few seconds after I arrived I realized not only was I in a strange place, but I was surrounded by strange people.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.”

“W-what?”

“Come on, I’ll have Orion and Andromeda show you around.”

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“Welcome to Oasis Landing, the greatest town in the entire world.”

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“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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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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….