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Ross and Allison headed to their bedroom. When they got there, Ross sat at the foot of their bed, while Allison raided the closet.

“How about this dress?” Allison asked, holding a skimpy, navy blue dress.”

“That looks nice,” Ross said in a sad voice.”

Allison sat down next to Ross, with her dress still in her hands.

“I’m going to quit my job as an escort after tonight.”

“Are you Sure?”

“Yeah, I’m sure. We need the money, but we’ll manage. We always do.”

An hour later, Allison sat in a restaurant, waiting for her client. After a few minutes of waiting, a man with curly brown hair sat the table.

“Hey, Allison,” the man said.

“Michael!” Allison said. “I haven’t seen you since….”

“Since we broke up.”

“Right. Wait a minute, why did you hire me as your escort?”

“Well, you’ve never shown your face on your website. Plus, you’ve used a fake name.”

“Oh, yeah. I forgot. We might as well eat while we’re here.”

Michael and Allison looked at the menu.

“This place is expensive,” Michael said.

“I know,” Allison said “A buffet used to cost $20.00, but now it’s $60.00.”

“Not only is everything so expensive, but we have to pay taxes for literally everything.”

“Employee discounts.”

“Home-grown food.”

“Selling second-hand items at flea markets and online.”

“Putting air in our tires. The government actually managed to put a tax on air!”

“It’s nuts. Speaking of expensive, how were you able to afford my services?”
“I work two jobs and I write books. All together, I work about 80 hours a week.”

“Wow! You’re writings have actually paid off. Good for you.”

“Still together with Ross?”

“Yes. We live in a crappy two-bedroom apartment with Melody and Sarah.”

“I’m glad those two are still together. That reminds me, Steve and Shelly are still together and Shelly’s pregnant.”

“I know. I read it on Facebook. I’m so happy for them.”

“Same here. I’m gonna be an uncle!”

Throughout their time at the restaurant, Michael and Allison talked about everything from the weather, to the economy and they even spoke about old times. All in all, they’ve enjoyed each other’s company.

After Michael and Allison left the restaurant, they walked to a local dance club. Along the way, though, they saw UFOs flying in the sky. Out of the blue, one of them shined a blinding light on Michael and Allison and they disappeared.

Meanwhile, Sarah was at home watching Netflix when she had received a text alert.

UFOs have been spotted hovering over the skies of St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Paradise, and Torbay. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is asking residents to stay calm and to stay inside. Also, do not fire any weapons at the UFOs. Stand by for further instructions.

Melody entered the apartment.

“Sarah!” Melody said. “Look outside!”

Melody and Sarah went to the balcony, even though the text alert advised everybody to stay inside. As Melody and Sarah stared at the UFOs, a blinding light shined on them; the same one that shined on Alex, Steve, Shelly, Michael and Allison.

“What happened?” Melody asked.

“I don’t know,” Sarah said.

“I can’t see a thing!”

“I can’t either.”

“You’ll get your vision back in a minute,” a familiar voice said.

“Shelly, is that you?” Melody asked.
“Yeah, it’s me.”

Sarah and Melody slowly gained their sight back. Once they’ve fully regained their sight, they saw Steve, Shelly, Michael, Allison, and Alex.

“What happened?” Melody asked as she examined her surroundings. She and her friends were in an oval room with giant screens, and control panels. “Where are we?”

“We have no idea,” Shelly said. “Steve and I went for a walk and we saw these UFOs. Then one of the UFOs shined a light on us and we ended up here. That’s what happened to all of us, actually.”

“Why are we here?”

Angel walked into the room. “I’ll explain everything,” she said. “My name is Angel. Those UFOs are from a planet called Oberon. More specifically, they’re from the country of Kratos. They’re looking for a machine called a reality engine. It’s a machine that can manipulate time and to see through all of time and space, including multiple timelines. Scientists from Kratos invented the machine almost two thousand years ago.”

“What does this have to do with us?” Allison asked.

“You will help me dump the reality engine somewhere in space, so nobody will get their hands on it. We will then travel back in time to prevent the reality engine from ever being invented. If we turn back time, you wouldn’t be able to help me.”

“Because we wouldn’t have been born,” Shelly said. “Turning back time is not the same as time travel.”

“That’s correct.”

“ Why did you choose us to help you?”

“I’ve discovered that you are descendants of people from Oberon.”

“Are you saying we’re aliens?” Sarah asked.

“No,” Angel said. “Oberon is another planet that’s inhabited by humans. Nobody knows how that’s possible. Anyway, since you are descendants of Oberon, you all have skills and abilities that surpass Earth-human capacity.”

“Like what?” Shelly asked.

“That’s something you’ll all have to figure out for yourselves. In the meantime, let me show you around.”

Angel’s space-time-dimension ship had large pantry, three locker rooms, six bedrooms, a mess hall, a laundry room, and a boardroom, which doubled as an entertainment room, and the bridge.
“So, that’s the tour of the ship,” Angel said. “Anyway, it is now 1:00 in the morning, Newfoundland Standard Time. Just pick a room and get some sleep.”

Melody and Sarah shared a bedroom, while Steve and Shelly shared another bedroom. Michael, Allison, and Alex had their own bedrooms.

Throughout the night, neither Michael nor Allison could sleep, because they kept thinking about how their relationship ended. Michael also thought about how he and Allison are now on the ship. There were a few times throughout the night that Michael took this as a sign they should be together. But he also thought about how their relationship went south.

Michael and Allison have lived together for almost a year. But once their honeymoon phase ended, they fell into a rut.

“What do you want to do?” Michael asked.

“I don’t know,” Allison said. “Think of something.”

“We can go bowling.”

“We did that last week.”

“How about a movie?”

“I can’t afford it.”

“Well, I’m out of ideas.”

“I’m bored! Why can’t you think of something for us to do? It’s not hard to do!”

“Don’t talk to me like that!”

“I’m not doing anything to you!”

Present Day…

The next day, everybody ate breakfast at the mess hall.

“Here’s the plan,” Angel said. “We’re going to drop the reality engine off on a planet that’s as far away from Earth as possible. We will then tell the Kratos Army, where it’s located. However, they won’t be able to use it, because I will lock it up. Even if they find a way to use the reality engine, by the time they figure it out, we’ll reach Oberon and we’ll go back in time to prevent the reality engine from ever being invented. All together, this journey will take a very long time.”

“How long?” Shelly asked.

“I’m talking years.”

“How many years?”
“About…ten.”

“Ten years?!” everybody bellowed.

“How the hell can I raise a kid on a spaceship?”

“It will be better than raising a child on a planet that’s invaded by the Kratos Army. Trust me, that would be worse than raising a baby in Nazi Germany.”

“So, where are we going?”

“I don’t know yet.”

That night, everybody on the ship watched old movies and TV shows. Michael and Allison sat on the opposite ends of the room. Throughout the time, Michael kept thinking about how he and Allison broke up.

They broke up when they still lived together.

“We don’t have any money!” Allison screamed. “Get it through your fucking head. There is no money in writing. You will never make it as a writer, no matter how hard you try. Your books are nothing more than a drop in the ocean. Stop trying to make money from your books and get a real job!”

“Okay, I’ll do that,” Michael said. “I’ll take a job that I’ll hate, making less money than I am now.”

“I keep telling you to apply for health care repeatedly but you’re not listening to me. Are you too stupid to make your own decisions?”

“Don’t you ever talk to me like that again!”

“Excuse me? You’re the one to talk. You never listen to me, and you get upset over the littlest things. Whenever I ask you to do something for me, you don’t do it right, because you don’t listen to me. I don’t need this shit. I’m done with you.”

The more Michael thought about their breakup, the angrier he got. It felt like his brain was on fire.

Michael left the room and he decided to walk around the ship to cool down. On Michael’s way back to the boardroom, he saw Allison coming out of the bathroom.

“Hey,” Allison said.

“Hey,” Michael said.

“Are you okay?”



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