Short story: Squidman the Timetraveler

“Squid eye image source”

“Reconnect our past and conclude our future.”

I dreamt a whole story scenario where the past effected the present effected the future in a continuous loop.

So it started off i was on a boat joking around with my wife talking about the variety of sea monsters out there in the wild deep sea that have never been discovered and how in the past there would be gigantic monstrous leviathans wrecking boats and eating ships whole. A man in a beanie and sunglasses bumps into us and says these illusive words “The squid was a mistake, got to reconnect the past, have to conclude the future. Enter the rock, it’s your destiny. Plan for the future. What ever you do don’t trust the squid man. ” and with that he runs pass me through the door way next to me and before i could ask what the heck he means he disappeared like Batman. We continued our tour of the sea animals and then an announcement that a Giant exotic baby monster sea squid would be joining the family of sea creatures at 6 pm tonight! How exciting. We would come back to see it tonight after dinner.

6 pm that night we went to see the giant baby squid but something went very wrong. The museum had almost been completely destroyed, we passed a few museum pieces a samurai suit of armor, an Urn that is said to hold the ashes of an ancient unknown era king and a boulder the size of a coffee table that had a plate with engravings on it. “This place no one must see you come in. The way is open. Beware squid man.” I was sure the last time we went across the boulder that it had said something boring about sediments and rock layers but surely i would’ve remembered a passage as ridiculous as this. I stood there wondering “Enter the rock. It’s your destiny.” I had a brilliant idea to jump on the rock, and said “follow and do as i do” to my wife. She says “what are you going to do?” I respond “i don’t know, just going to jump on this rock, it’s my destiny”. She rolls her eyes. I get on a stool and jump on the face of the rock and fall through a endless dark vortex i could feel the wind pass under me and through me indicating i was going downwards at incredible speed.

I ended up on an island outside and had no clue what time it was and where i was. I hear something collapse on the ground behind me and jumped. I hear the funniest moan “Owww, i think i broke something.” The wife came through too so i had someone to confirm my experience with. We entered the closest thing to us and it was a cave, we weren’t really thinking about wild animals because we were on a mission to find out why we were here just like an explorer. We see a man in a hood writing at a make shift table under some candle light. He says “i know why you have come. What it is you seek and how i can help you. I have a gift and and blows some sparkly dust on me and i collapse on the ground, All i hear is my wife screaming in panic. I go into a deep sleep and i see people around me in shadow with pikes and weapons that were sharp and this angered me. All i hear is “LEVIATHAN” repeated again and again. I see tentacles as i swim away there were ships ahead with more angry people with harpoons and all sorts of weaponry. A voice in my head said bend the metal and wood with your mind! And i saw all the ships around me lift up and get crushed by the might of my physic powers and then the voice said you’re first born will allow you to travel back to your time. I thought “great i have a wife, no problem then. Then a thought struck me my wife is in danger!”

Everything was dark i was having trouble breathing i woke up in a sweat and i hear. “Finally i can get out of here and break the curse! I am sorry Evelynn” His face was deformed, no nose, skin was pale almost translucent and there were wrinkles like a pugs face that covered his eyes and mouth. He jammed his face into Evelynn’s face what looked like a kiss. I yelled “get away from her you freak”. He turned at me with a malevolent stare soon you too will feel and do what i have just done. His face reverts to – my own face. And i feel something change around my face it gets heavier i feel the pulsing of fluids to my face and i yell what have you done to us? Evelynn looks at me and cries it hurts! i can see a vein pop up on her neck from all the pressure built up and asked “what did you do to her?” He cries “What has to be done, I must go back and fix this.” A message popped into my head you will wait 2 years alone on this island to fend for yourself and then your opportunity should you take it or not will come.” A squid bursts out of Evelynns face and leaves her mouth gaped and dislocated. Her nose starts to bleed and she collapses. I yell “NOOOO.”. I curse and threaten to kill him but knowing to no prevail because my ropes were too tight. Why would you do this to your wife, “why, why, why” he turns to me and tells me with sad eyes that he regrets what he did too but he had no choice. He starts packing all the items and i see something familiar “Enter the rock. it’s your destiny. “He picks up the squid and yells back to Sept 10th 2020 5:50 pm!”. I think to myself that’s only 10 minutes from the time we entered the rock.. So it’s true. It was truly me. I know i wouldn’t have done anything to hurt Evelynn but maybe the 2 years stuck here really changed me. The room flashes with a powerful sequence of flashes until the room lit up with complete white and he vanished.

I finally get the ropes off of me after struggling to get them off for 2 days. My arms were rug burned from struggling so much with the ropes. I decided it wasn’t the end of my life so i went outside and walked around the beach for a while and ran across a boat and started to wave at it. It came in and left as soon as it saw my face. I forgot i looked like that freak because of the curse. “I guess i’m now Squid Man” i sighed. I was bored and thought maybe i wrote a journal or something to keep myself busy. I went back into the cave and started looking. I found the shelf with all the journals, i knew i loved to write so i assumed i had written some. It seems that who ever initially had the curse put it on him and he was left here to die until i came is what i concluded from reading the journals. I lived in isolation for 1 and a half years even started calling a nearby coconut shell “Wilson” to humor myself based on the film Cast away. I thought to myself “My cross roads really was a surprise ending.” I started planning about what i was going to do when the other me reaches me assuming that the future me has done some work to leer some poor me of the past to come here to take my place in the present. I decided i was going to do it. I decided i was going to be this monster and get my wife killed and go back to fix all this to become as if it never happened. I’m sure the future me is one step ahead of me on this, i know i’m not a complete monster no matter how bad i had it here. I will atone for my sins and go to church every day and be a good person i swear it. Probably not to that extent but i’ll redeem myself surely. So i planned all day for the last 1/2 year. All loop holes and all possible variations to events that may happen because of what i change in history. I would have time traveling abilities at a very heavy price but i promised i would use it to the good of man.

I thought about what i needed to do to keep the wife safe and from becoming squid man. So i thought if i just sit here and live my days here and forget about that opportunity and because my past self will be stuck here too with the wife i’ll befriend my past self and live with my wife and him stuck here on this island until we kill each other or go insane. I thought about swimming to the closest piece of land as squid man but being ugly doesn’t automatically make you breathe under water. I finally sat down to some scenarios. Sitting down to this book Prophecy by the past inhabitant of this island. It said that the future world never existed because global war started by 2030 and China waged war over the world. America was no more. Canada allowed Americans to move to their country for a time until they hit the limit for taking American immigrants. USA was a constant war zone and civil wars and rebellions were ignited throughout all the states. Everyone was bunkered. In the end Nuclear warheads were used and the magnetic field disappeared and all life on Earth was lost. I contemplated on this and thought maybe i could fix this. So definitely i need to sacrifice my wife and subdue my past self into going through what i have so that i have the power to time travel. I need to guide myself into getting to where the future me is today.

I started remembering what that man in the beanie and shades said that started all this. “The squid was a mistake, got to recconect the past, have to conclude the future. Enter the rock, it’s your destiny. Plan for the future. What ever you do don’t trust the squid man.” Well looks like i entered the rock, it’s my destiny and don’t trust squid man is complete now i guess i’m planning for the future. So first i thought of all the weird things that happened to me. There was that attack on the museum, i don’t know if i can do anything about a giant squid on the rampage. Maybe i can communicate with it seeing that it is telepathic or psychic and since i’m the father right? maybe it’ll understand and listen to me. In the book of prophecy it spoke of the monster squid’s eye and that it holds the key to time travel but the future time travel capability is only available once the squid has turned to an adult and used with a certain pendant. I found a hidden bookshelf safe and it held the pendant the book spoke of. I read more on the pendant “Beholder of the pendant, know that he who holds this pendant holds the world at balance. This pendant is in your hands, thus it is your responsibility for the world is in your hands” That is all that was written for that chapter. “Boy, way to be cryptic” i thought. So i need to make sure past me is guided to here so that present me will be able to continue if i failed here and make a bad decision. In future me’s journal i read all the things he wanted to attempt to do and I’ve seen all the out comes because of it so before i save my wife from embarking on this journey that leads to her dying this brutal death i need to make sure the world will be okay. The journal mentions having to stay an additonal 2 years because there was another me before this and he tried to kill Squidman and swim away but he and his wife died drowning carried by the tide trying to get away from Squidman after trying to explain to them what he had gone through and what he needed to do.

The day finally comes and i decided i was going to sit at the desk like i was suppose to but realized being civil about this would just make past me run away and drown himself. There was no other way i needed the baby squid to travel back in the past and to break the curse i needed to kiss the wife in cursed form.  I needed to get the grown squids eye which i’ll give it a year to grow by going one year earlier i guess thats September 10th 2013, i’ll tell it to come back to that same place in a year and i will take the eye on September 10th 2014 6:00 pm at the museum. While i was busy writing a man comes in from the side and i say to him “I’m sorry. This must be done, i need to reconnect our past and conclude our future.” I blow dust on him and made sure to leave another copy of my journal for him to read just in case i screw up. “It’s all a dream within a dream i have created a loop that will allow me to continue until i prevail and achieve what i came out here to do.” I continued my preparation until he woke up. The wife lays on the floor bound. “i have prepared everything you need to do for our future. I will be civil and straightforward with you, your wife will die but through it the world will be saved. I have set many journals and resources for you to research on your own time here but in 2 years you will have the chance to decide what you want to do when the decision to do what i have done should be done. There was no other way i assure you and i rely on you to fix what i have done wrong and continue this quest to save the world. I will leave this pendant on the lake floor under the stairs of the docks by the church, you will know what it is in time.” The man yells “What are you talking about? What is going on? Where am i? Don’t touch my wife!” I kiss her and tell him as my face reverts to human “she’s mine too.” The squid bursts out of her face and i grab it and say “September 10th 2019” and the room flashes in a sequence and a white light blinds the room.

“I was back. The city lights, the nice paved roads and skyscrapers. It was good to be in civil society again.” I think to myself “okay there’s a lot to do right now. “Baby squid” i say. Words come up in my head. The Squid responds “I know what i have to do, in 1 years time i will grow and come back. You will have my eye. Father.” I was a little freaked out about a squid calling me father but i think to myself “I’ll get over it.” I live a year in the city writing books and blogging all day freelance and i kept hearing about conflicts about the world going to war with other countries. Picking out all the countries that went against the United Nations. Canada, Britain, Germany and France were usually in the heat of it. Canada usually being the emergency relief unit bringing in the rations and water for countries they were defending. Also bringing in their military forces to join the other countries in the defense of America. America being in the center of it all attacked from all sides while in its depression by rebels, renegades and looters and also by other forces around the world such as Russia and China being the superior powers at the moment. They were fighting over pieces of American soil trying to claim it for their own. China holding the west coast and Russia the east coast.

One year had passed. I go back to the exact spot near the museum i told Squid to go to. I wait and then a giant shadow under me came up and he says i am here. I decided i needed to scare the people of the museum away so i asked the squid can you rip up the south part of the museum with your psychic abilities as a last request before i take your eye? Just as i said that a figure ran pass me and dives into the water and i see another Squid not my squid but another wrecking the museum. “Two squids? What have i done?” i ran around the corner to find the squid waiting for me to approach but when i approached it was already dead with one eye missing. I guess the trauma of losing an eye was enough to kill it. I pry the last eye out and place it in the pendant, it glowed a dim blue. I told my giant squid “Son. Go live a happy life in the ocean free and happy.” and he swam far away leaving a message “Call me and i will hear you. If you ever need me.” “Wait i beg. What should i call you?” “Chronos i exclaimed. You will be named Chronos after the God of Time.” I enter the museum and pried the plate with the new one i wrote. “Jump in here. Beware of man in cave, fight him to live a happy life with your wife. He will try to sedate you.” I can see a man hiding behind us waiting for us to finish. “I know you’re there.” “Come out and talk to me.” It was the man in the Beanie and sunglasses aka future me.

“Speak your mind, what have you done so far and what are your plans. Now that we have 2 time travel devices, we can work together. But don’t think i’ll ever forgive you for killing Evelynn”. He responds i waited 4 years to do what you did and warned you that if you didn’t do it you’d wait 2 more years am i right? I cut half the wait time down for you to do what you had to do. i thought about cutting off the line after you came so that no more of us would come out of that tragedy. 2 time travelers is enough. I thought about approaching you and telling you to not embark on this journey to the museum at 6 pm but then i realized had you not come through i wouldn’t have been where i am now. I tell him “There might not be a third time traveler if i tell the one here to kill the squid man on this plate”. Future me exclaimed” You did what?” You will destroy the flow of attempts we can have at fixing the world if you did that. All the past you would be stuck on that island because squidman is dead and he cannot reveal the key to time travel. Not to mention there’s an evil original squidman time traveler about with prophecies and who is also insane from his isolation until you came. “Have you met him?” i asked. “No not yet, i’ve only affected our timeline from what i see. Use this.” he says “This place no one must see you come in. The way is open. Beware squid man”.

—To be continued—-

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