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A Strange Encounter

The day I met Alicia was just a normal day on Earth. I was out walking Scooter in the early hours of the morning. While coming back from the walk, I let Scooter walk without a leash because he was a very good dog. Most animals on this planet are tame. My grandmother tells me stories about our planet where most animals were wild.

I was strolling along when all of a sudden Scooter rumbled loudly and shot off. I ran after him calling loudly for him to come back. He was very fast and I could not keep up. I soon lost sight of him. I kept going in the same direction hoping to catch a glimpse of him. I saw someone in the distance. Running towards her I asked if she had seen my dog. The person was an old woman. She said that she had just seen him running towards the park. I thanked her and started walking towards the park. She walked beside me, surprisingly fast for an old woman. She told me her name was Alicia. Then she asked me a strange question,

“When am I?”

Confused, I told her she was in Wen Kroy.

“No”, she said, “Not where, when?”

“When?”, I asked.

“Yes”, she replied.

Still feeling confused, I told her the date. Her eyes lit up. When I asked her why she wanted to know, she said that she was from the future and had worked her whole life to make time travel possible. I started to get the feeling that she wasn't sane.

As Alicia continued to walk beside me, sharing her fantastical claim of being a time traveler, I couldn't help but feel a mix of curiosity and skepticism. It was hard to ignore the sincerity in her eyes, though, as she spoke with an unwavering conviction. Despite my doubts, a small part of me couldn't resist the allure of the unknown and the possibility that her words held some truth.

As we reached the entrance of the park, Alicia motioned for me to follow her onto a secluded path that led deeper into the woods. The morning mist hung low, creating an eerie atmosphere that seemed to enhance the mystery of the encounter I was having. I decided to humor her and followed along, my mind filled with questions and a growing sense of anticipation. Alicia began recounting stories of her life in the future. She described a world where time travel had become a reality, enabling people to traverse different eras and witness history unfold firsthand.

Listening to her tales, a glimmer of excitement ignited within me. I couldn't help but wonder why Alicia had sought me out specifically. Why had she chosen this particular moment in time to reveal her secrets?

Alicia seemed to sense my growing skepticism and paused for a moment. She looked at me intently and said, “I've been searching for someone like you, someone with an open mind and a connection to the extraordinary. You and your dog, Scooter, hold a key to unraveling a great mystery.”

Confusion washed over me as I struggled to comprehend her words. How could Scooter and I be connected to her enigmatic quest? I had always believed our lives to be ordinary, devoid of any extraordinary purpose. Alicia continued, her voice filled with urgency, “Scooter possesses a rare genetic anomaly that makes him sensitive to temporal fluctuations. It is through him that I've been able to track and manipulate the fabric of time.”

I stared at Alicia, my mind spinning with a blend of disbelief and fascination. Was it possible that my loyal companion, Scooter, held a secret that transcended the bounds of our mundane existence?

Realizing my hesitation, Alicia reached into her bag and retrieved a small device, intricate in design, emitting a faint hum. She held it out for me to examine.

“This device," she explained, "is capable of harnessing Scooter's unique abilities. Together, we can embark on a journey through time, uncovering hidden truths and shaping the course of history.”

My heart raced, torn between the allure of adventure and the instinctive caution that told me to be wary. This was a choice that could forever alter the trajectory of my life. I looked at Alicia, contemplating the possibilities that lay before me. After a moment of silence, I took a deep breath and made my decision. “Okay, Alicia”, I said with determination. “If what you say is true, then I'm ready to take this leap of faith. Let's unlock the mysteries of time together.”

With those words, our paths intertwined, merging the ordinary with the extraordinary. Little did I know that this encounter would mark the beginning of a remarkable journey, where the boundaries of time would blur, and the essence of what it means to be human would be put to the ultimate test.

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