Your local electronics store has just started selling time machines, anywhere doors, and invisibility helmets. You can only afford one. Which of these do you buy, and why?
(Thanks, atana’s world!, for inspiring this prompt!))
The mad scientist stumbled around the shop in haste, screaming at the top of his lungs “I have got it! I have got it!”
Clarice sighed. It has been this way for days. He running around and exclaiming his joy.
The stores sale had dropped drastically. Nobody buys from a store anymore. Online shopping sucks.
They have to come up with something that no website sells. Or at rates nobody offers. Both unfeasible options. Or shut down Original Electronics like every other shop on the street.
She wouldn’t be surprised if one day people sold babies and pets online too.
Something everybody wants, she thought again. Maybe its time to check what that scientist has made.
As she entered scientist’s workplace she was amazed. Everything was so organized. Nobody expected him to be organized, seeing how he hardly shaved or combed his hair. Thank god he baths, was what her boyfriend had said about him.
But as she saw now, she could see loads of stuff. And there was a robot coming towards her.
“Shit!” She exclaimed. From where did he get the money to make robots. And that robot looks like…. She couldn’t place it, but familiar it looked.
And then there was a gush of wind which blew her hair astray. She looked back and saw the scientist closing a door. A door which was never there initially, or even a month ago when she rented the place to him.
“You made another door?!” She shouted at him.
“Door? Of course I made it. What do you think I was so happily about? Yes yes I am so happy. What is that you ask?”
She didn’t ask. But conversation with him always were like this.
“Oh it is the best thing I have made this week. This week yes yes. Brand new! It was such a headache to make this one. I didn’t sleep or take a bath in last three days. No no I didn’t.”
There you go boyfriend, she thought.
“And you will be surprised. Where do you want to go?”
“What kind of question is that? And how is it even related?”
“Bear with me. Bear. Tell me where do you want to go? Tell me, tell me tell me…”
“Okay okay. Say I want to go to the…my home. My home.”
Scientist looked disappointed with her answer. But in a moment he was again superfluous with his, um, invention.
“Okay okay. You think of your house and walk through that door.”
She hesitated but then figured might as well she what happens. And with him on her heels, she walked in through the door.
And into her house.
She stopped dead in her tracks and he hit her from behind. How is this possible?! Her house is half way across town.
He became his own self again. He started screaming again “I did it! I did it!” And ran through the house. Meanwhile she stood there trying to process of what just happened.
She couldn’t understand. How! How! HOW!
He came around running to her and she caught him, stopping him in his path.
“WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!”
He chuckled but sobered when he saw her expression. He cleared his throat, tried to sort out his hair.
“I made it. I call it a Door to Anywhere!” He looked at her expectedly but she didn’t reply. He continued “It is so simple. Simple. You think of where you want to go, walk through the door and you reach there on the same day within moments. Isn’t it amazing?”
Clarice stood dumbfounded. It can’t be possible, it must be a dream. She thought. She slapped herself just to be sure. The Slap hurt but she realized that this is her reality.
He didn’t stop talking. “… and I have made so many things. I made a inexhaustible battery. I made a sticky gloves. I made a helmet that will make you invisible! And wait this is the best…..I made a TIME MACHINE!”
THIS CANNOT BE POSSIBLE.
A month ago this crazy looking scientists begged her for a place for his workshop. And now he could make things like these. She no longer was dubious of his claims, she had a proof of that herself.
“There is just one problem. Once you leave through this door and close it, there is no going back” He looked ashamed of this. Clarice couldn’t help it, she burst out laughing. She kissed him there, and the look on his face made it even more funnier for her.
She now had an idea. And she was sure this will work.
Who wouldn’t want a cellphone which never has to be charged?
Who doesn’t have regrets? Who doesn’t want to change their past?
Who doesn’t want to disappear? Leave their life back and start again?
And now she had what she wanted.
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