“So thing really works Dr. Ray,” asked
Dr. Ray didn’t look up from the large metal and glass box that he was tinkering at. A large Jacobs Ladder sparked with blue electrical bursts and snapped. The air was scented with ozone and a static charge hummed overhead.
“It certainly works my dear boy. This device can transport you into the future,” answered Dr. Ray.
“Has anyone tried it out yet,” asked
“My pet gerbil, Roscoe, has been the first and only time traveler,” said Dr. Ray.
He motioned over toward a large and cluttered work bench. In a clear plastic cage sat the overweight gerbil, Roscoe. Roscoe, the first and only time traveler sat motionless except for the heavy breathing it was doing. It looked like Roscoe was not only the first time traveler, but also the first gerbil with diabetes.
Gary moved closer to the
work bench to get a better look but Dr. Ray flung a long arm out at him and
blocked his path.
“Roscoe doesn’t like to be bothered while meditating,” said Dr. Ray.
“Oh. I’m sorry Doc,” said
Dr. Ray’s face hovered close to
Gary’s face and Gary could smell the onion
sandwich Dr. Ray had for breakfast. Dr. Ray smiled and turned back toward the
buzzing and whirring machine.
Gary. How were you to know
about Roscoe’s meditation rituals?”
“So Dr. Ray, I appreciate the invite to your lab but I have to ask why I’m here,” said
Dr. Ray turned around from the machine with a flourish. His dingy white lab coat swirled around him like a dancer’s skirt. He smiled at
“You Gary are going into the history books as the first human time traveler,” exclaimed Dr. Ray.
“You’re kidding right,” asked
Dr. Ray stepped forward and grabbed
by the shoulders and shook him ever so slightly.
“I am not kidding my boy. You have the endurance, the strength, the intelligence, the charisma, the chutzpah, and the fact that you’re the only one to answer my ad from the paper,” said Dr. Ray.
“Well, if you think I’m good enough Dr. Ray. I guess, I’m your man,” shrugged
Gary, this is what I’d
like for you to do. I’d like for you to step into this machine to my left. Once
inside the time chamber I’d like for you to put on the special goggles. There
will be a lot of bright lights and I’d hate to damage those precious blue eyes
of yours. Secondly there will be two levers at hand level on both sides of your
body. I just want you to hold those two levers and not to let go, no matter
what happens, don’t let go,” explained Dr. Ray.
“What happens if I let go Dr. Ray?”
“Don’t interrupt. But, if you do let go you’ll be lost in the time stream and I might not be able to retrieve you,” said Dr. Ray.
“Now, there might be some turbulence and the Time Chamber might start shaking about, don’t be worried. This prototype time chamber doesn’t have the right shock absorbers but once we send you through time and back, I’ll get the grant money I need to make Time Chamber 2.0, or as I’ll call it, Alice,” said Dr. Ray.
Dr. Ray was looking off into the distance with a dreamy glare in his eyes.
Gary stood by his side, imagining the future.
He felt like this Dr. Ray was a good enough guy and if he was successful Gary wouldn’t have to
worry about sharing that dirty apartment with Moonbeam and her hippie friends
“Let’s do it Doc. I’m ready,” said
“Excellent,” said Dr. Ray.
Dr. Ray went up to the glass window of the time chamber and asked if
Gary was ready. Gary nodded back to say that he was. Dr. Ray
began a countdown.
“10…9…8…7…6…5…thrusters at full…4…3…2 power at maximum…1!”
Dr. Ray pulled a giant switch on the time chamber machine and the lights in lab flickered. Electrical arcs surged across the room and cast a giant shadow of Dr. Ray on the far wall. Unseen valves hissed and the whole basement laboratory started to shake and pitch. The ground seemed to rumble and resist Dr. Ray’s creation.
Everything went black. The machine stopped rumbling. The lights stopped flickering. There was silence.
realized he had his eyes closed. He opened them and saw he was still in the time
chamber. He looked out the window and saw Dr. Ray jumping up and down with
let go of the levers in his hands and took the goggles off. He opened the Time
chamber door and stepped out.
“Success my boy! Success!” shouted Dr. Ray.
Gary Looked about the lab and everything seemed exactly the same. Roscoe the gerbil was the same fat thing in its cage. The room was still dank, but filled with a little more smoke.
“It worked Dr. Ray?”
“It absolutely worked my boy. Welcome to the future! You have traveled exactly 35 seconds into the future!”
“You’re famous! The world’s first human Time traveler!” shouted Dr. Ray.
“Doc, I was actually in the time chamber for about 35 seconds. I didn’t go anywhere. I just, you know, went in and then came out, just 35 seconds after I went in,” said
“Correct! You’re in the future!”
“I told you Roscoe, but you kept saying it was impossible to send a human into the future. So it’s not only you anymore. Jealous much? I love you too,” said Dr. Ray
“Well, Dr. Ray, this was great but I’m going to go, um… explore this future world, um… can I get the twenty you promised?”