Scavenger Hunt

Dec 17, 2012 by     Comments Off on Scavenger Hunt    Posted under: Adam Drew This, Brian Wrote This, Fiction, Sketchbook
“For a full year of tinkering in the garage, all Lora’s mom had asked was, “Don’t touch the time machine.” … So Lora was left at home with the doorway—wormhole, technically—to all earthly history. And nothing good on television.”

For a full year of tinkering in the garage, all Lora’s mom had asked was, “Don’t touch the time machine.” But then the sabbatical was over and mom was back teaching quantum physics at Cal, and Lora was left at home with the doorway—wormhole, technically—to all earthly history. And nothing good on television.

All she’d wanted to do was get away from the crushing bore that was El Cerrito, California, circa 2012. So she took a few little trips. And like any tourist, she brought back a few souvenirs—which should not necessarily have changed the entire course of human history. And it’s not like it’s Lora’s fault that the time machine broke. Who invented it, anyway?

This would be Lora’s line of defense with her mother, when she managed to fix the space-time continuum so that the Cuban Missile Crisis didn’t go nuclear, and a gaping fourth-dimensional hole didn’t spill dinosaurs into 1977. (Also: It’s not like she could have known how well they’d adapt to an irradiated post-apocalyptic landscape. Some things are totally unpredictable.)

With the time machine broken, the mutated remnants of humanity huddled in caves trying to figure out how to open the odd discovery of a 50-year-old can of beans, and those dinosaurs down there eyeing her hungrily, Lora had a hell of a lot on her plate (as her mother would say, if she’d been born into this altered timeline). Lora had been smart enough to bring along the fat manilla envelope marked “time machine plans—don’t lose,” but the trick would be figuring out how to get the parts in a world that had pretty much gone Flintstone right after the invention of color TV. But she had Merlin’s wand and the ion blaster she “borrowed” from that totally hot star ranger from the twenty-third century.

All she had to do was figure out how to make them work. And how hard could that be? After all, she’d taught herself how to use a time machine.

 

Adam’s bizarre sketch came first, and Brian’s story was pretty much a dare to make some sense of it. The result being that Brian kinda wonder what happens to this kid next …

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