“The Contact”

Here is my presentation for the DPchallenge : Time Machine

Year 2514

AV2502D woke up with the sun like everyday. But today was not like any other day.. this was going to be his first day at the library. Going to the library was allowed only to the grown ups here because that kind of risk could not be taken with the young ones. He was proud that last week he had finally qualified his test and given a license to visit. And the following week was full of training on how to behave while there.. and how to make the use of the content available. He was excited.

When he got out of his bed he made a telepathic note to himself which got recorded in his data storage device on his left wrist,   that he had to inform his parents that he might be late from school today as he was going to visit someone. But he didn’t realize that they won’t feel that time when he is absent.. as only he will perceive how long he is gone..

His was one of  the first few colonies on the moon. His great great grandparents were those lucky residents who were chosen to start the community here about 250 years back. And since then no one from his family had ever visited earth.

Though he knew little of what life was on earth was like through his grandmother. May she rest in peace. But his interest was recently kindled by a conversation he had heard. It was his parents.. a few nights ago after dinner they had sat down for a teleconference with the family of some old neighbors. As both the families had had their ancestors living in the same old city, they had chosen to have quarters nearby on moon so that they could keep some of the memories fresh by talking to each other.

Countries and cities are what they had had on earth long back.. something that had divided them and caused the citizens to say and do some mean things to each other.. now here it was just one whole community living together with no geographic or political division. He had wondered what the use could be of having cities when all were sharing the same earth..?

During the conversation he heard about something called writing. He had never heard of that before. And the conversation suggested that it was something unique.. fun for some and dreadful for the others..

He thought to himself that this was surely what he will look into.. it seemed interesting. Thinking about what it could be he had gone to bed.. and that’s when he got the idea for the visit. He could see first hand what it is. Something to share with his classmates during the ‘Information exchange class‘.

He had decided what had to be done.. only one thing left to do. Taking the “first trip.

Today he decided not to use the teleporter as he wanted to make sure he understood the old ways.. he walked along the roads towards school. Although for many years students had been learning via online classes,  it was a renewed concept to start schools again as they were a good source  for learning more than the course materials. His parents were on the committee which brought about this change.. and he was proud of his parents to have thought about it..as he enjoyed his time in school a lot.

While walking he passed across the H2O factory. He made a note again to find out more about how water was found on earth. He had heard that it was not always that water was mass produced like this in factories.

In the mid 23rd century many countries on earth were facing their worst time. Almost all the ground water had been used up and even water treatments were not able to supply enough for the entire population.. after many of the countries suffered great loss of lives.. In the year 2283 came the breakthrough. A scientist came up with a synthetic way to produce water. And that had been the the beginning of reconstruction of the species.. it was like a chain reaction.. that led to building these colonies on the moon.

Entering the school he went straight to his class as it was his favorite.. and something that would come in handy today.. ‘21st century chronicle’.

There was a surprise test today. The tutor had collected some artifacts from that era and displayed in the classroom. The students had to correctly identify and write short notes about them.

He waited for the artifacts to present themselves at his desk one by one.

As they appeared he was quite delighted. He knew this one.. it was called a currency note. It was used long before all of it was announced obsolete by the government and replaced totally by plastic cards.. even that got cancelled some two hundred years later as now all people used their own promissory oath. No one ever had heard of anyone who had not kept his oath.

The other one confused him a bit.. it was about 3/4th of a foot long.. made of wood.. painted in red and black stripes with at one end there was a whole ring of black paint and the other showed some black spot at the centre.

Was this what he thought it was.. a pencil.. that is what it was called.

He thought and it got noted. Others were easy for him.. a tie..  hand blender.. a wrist watch.. what all funny things they had in past.. he thought. Careful that he doesn’t mistakenly add these thoughts too into his test records.

Finally all were done and the tutor asked them to take the rest of the class off and they will have their results in the next one.

He could not wait the rest of the classes as he had an appointment at the library today. Special permission by the School Senior (principal/headmaster was what they were called in the past he thought).

As he entered the library he was identified and proceeded to his requested cubicle immediately.

He had learned in school that the last few years had seen tremendous progress in the time traveling technology. Though it had been around some hundred years.. last couple of years had changed the way of not just the administration but also completely eliminated the chaos it used to cause.

Now you could choose whom and when to visit and make contact with them in advance and let them know of your arrival.. once there you would be just a spectator and in no way would be able to alter the reality there. Though you would be able to freely roam around and communicate with all.

These special precautions had to be taken so that when one enters the time.. neither their life nor whom they contacted gets affected. This was a one of a kind programme to enable the residents to quench their curiosity about the past.

For those interested to visit the future there were separate laws and training for that as that technology had not been perfected yet.

He carefully went through the data and finally stopped as he had found whom he was looking for. He was satisfied with his selection as this was the person who could educate him well about all that he wanted to know.

Her profile perfectly met his need. She was from the 21st century and was known to be a writer.. exactly what he was fascinated since he heard about it.

He nodded to himself and made the contact.

Year 2014

Lekhikaas’s mobile pinged. She had a new mail.

P.S – How else do you think I got to know about all this..? ; )