Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, started another Finish The Story challenge, this one titled “Starting Over.” She invited me to craft part 2. But first, here’s Teresa’s part 1.
Ask anyone living today what they would do if they had a time machine, and they would respond with, “stop him from destroying what we had.”
Their response was reasonable, of course, as it had only been fifty years since the fall of the United States and ten years since the world crossed the point of no return. We were doomed, and we knew it. Maybe that’s why we didn’t question when they came. No one questioned when they said we could go back and change things. No one asked what they stood to gain from offering the human race a chance to change the present, by changing the past. Maybe we should have.
It was a hot December morning when …
And now for my part 2
It was a hot December morning when Tim was being interviewed. Tim wasn’t sure what to make of the experience. He was just a New America vlogger who had been very vocal about how, if he could, he’d love to go back to 2018 and change the course of human history. But here he was, sitting face to face — if you could call what the creature had a “face” — opposite an alien life form being interrogated.
“How would you proceed?” the alien asked Tim.
Tim didn’t know what to say. He wasn’t sure if these aliens could be trusted. What was in it for them? He knew he had to choose his words carefully. His life possibly depended upon it.
“The first thing I’d do,” Tim said, “would be….”
Okay, how about if we pass this off to The Dark Netizen. This should be right up his alley.