The Test in Time
Jeremy nervously looked at his watch as he frantically filled in the ovals with a #2 pencil. He couldn’t be bothered with reading the questions as there wasn’t much time. As soon as he got to the end, he walked to the front of the class and laid the test booklet on the teacher’s desk.
With an arched eyebrow, the teacher remarked, “Finished so soon, Mr. Ryan?”
With a desperate gasp, Jeremy said, “I think I’m gonna be sick!” before quickly running out the door and down the hall.
He burst into the bathroom and ran to the sink. As he caught a glimpse of the youthful reflection in the mirror, he turned on the cold water and splashed his face while breathing heavily. He could feel the room spinning around him as he fell to the floor, briefly losing consciousness. When he opened his eyes again, the room was dark.
“Did it work?” he wondered aloud. Jeremy struggled to his feet and carefully made his way to the door. The hallway was dimly lit by the sunlight coming through the glass doorway at the end. He made his way outside to the fresh air, leaving an abandoned and dilapidated building behind him.
He reached in his pocket for his phone, and dialed a number in his contacts. A woman answered the phone and announced the name of the company before asking how to direct the call.
“Alison, it’s Jeremy. Let me talk to Chris.”
“I’m sorry, sir. Who would you like to speak with again?” the woman asked.
“Chris. Chris Ryan. You know, the guy in charge of the Temporal Engineering department.”
“I’m sorry sir, but we have no such person or department,” came the voice over the phone.
Jeremy dropped the phone to the ground as he dropped his head into his hands. He sobbed briefly. His tears turned to laughter as he raised his head and lifted his clenched fists in victory.
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