Lucy lives in a small town of Overbrook. Overbrook has about 30 blocks and 85 people. The neighborhood is so small because there is a doom that covers the whole thing. 15 trucks are used to come and bring food and other necessities. The trucks go in through the one hole, in the doom. Lucy doesn't go out much because she only has one friend. Today is April 15, 2013, Lucy is in her room surfing the web, just like every other boring Saturday. Lucy could hear, her best friend, Molly running up the steps and through the hallway to her room. Lucy sat up and prepared for Molly's grand entrance, because she wouldn't be Molly if she didn't have one.
“Lucy! I’m coming in”, Molly says while out of breath.
Lucy gets up to open the door, she didn't want Molly to break it down.
“What kind of story do you have for me today? Did your dog go swimming in my pool again? Are you being sent to your grandparents house this summer?” Lucy sarcastically replies.
Lucy sits in the house all summer long. The farthest she goes is to her aunts house that is right around the corner. While Molly is always sent away they never get to hang during the summer. Every summer Molly’s family take really crazy vacations. Because her father is like the mayor of our town their family is able to leave and come in and out of the doom. The only thing is they are not able to stay out for long. Maybe a month or two at the most, but back to the doom they go.
“No, this summer Im not going anywhere” Molly’s face looks down. She was wishing to visit her cousins in Paris, but she can’t.
“So what is it, spill the beans” Lucy replies with a smile on her face.
If the time really here where her BFF will be around this summer.
“I found a way to become one of the popular chicks again”
“Popular? We could never be them,”
For the past two years both Molly and Lucy where bullied because of the way they looked. Lucy and Molly both wear their sister’s hammy downs so by the time they get the latest trends it is no longer in. When Lucy was in the 9th grade she had the most embarrassing moment of her life. It was her first freshman friday experience, and also her last. A 12th grader poured milk in her gym locker, going on all her clothes and shoes. So Lucy didn’t have anything to wear after gym class. Lucy raged with anger and considered hurting them. She knew during your freshman year you have to be nice. Well, that is if you want friends in your 10th, 11th or 12th grade. The rules of Overbrook high is to play as nice as you can to get your popularity. Sounds weird but mean people are not really popular unless you're the girls who bully me. I think its because their dad is the principal. When Lucy’s mother heard what happened she went to the school defending her daughter. She defended her alright, and also took away any chances she had at being popular. Lucy is now known as, ‘the girl who needs her mommy to fight her battles.’
Molly, is constantly picked on for associating with her. “Ever since my mom came to the school to defend me in 9th grade I will always be a loser. A big one at that, and no one could be seen with me”. Lucy added
“Look Lucy just picture this. We can create a new you. Even though it was one year six months and now 5 hours ago, you’ll be fine”. Molly said grabbing Lucy’s shoulders.
“Trust me” she added.
“What kind of magic tricks are you pulling from your sleeve now?” Lucy says while giving Molly a hug.
“There’s a program we could join and it’ll teach us how to be more popular.” Molly says with a worry voice.
Lucy doesn’t like to go out and do anything because she think all kids are the same. She thinks if even though people did not see what happen to her a year ago some how they all found out.
“Molly, now you know..” Lucy says but is stopped because Molly interrupted her.
“Molly, nobody ever likes me. Blah, Blah, Blah” molly says mocking Lucy because she heard it before.
“Lucy you need to stop begin like that, nobody else knows about it”, Molly adds.
The truth is because their neighborhood consists of about 40 different blocks, it doesn’t take a while for news to travel. When the next door neighbor's dog spot ran away he was found so fast because there wasn’t really anywhere he could go.
*Lucy’s mother knocks on the door and enters*
“Oh hello Molly, I should have figured that was you running up here”. Her mother says
“Hello Mrs.S, sorry I just couldn’t wait to share my exciting news.” Molly replies.
“Would you girls like anything to eat”? her mom asked
“No mom , now please go because you're ruining my life”. Lucy yells as she is pushing her mother out of the room.
“Okay sweety, have fun girls” her mother adds just before Lucy slammed the door
*Lucy’s mother exits*
It’s Monday morning the Lucy is getting ready for school. It’s the middle of the spring so her window is a little crack to let in a little air.
“Come on Lucy, we can not be late today” Molly yells from outside of the window.
“I’m coming, it take me sometime to get ready” she yells back.
“I dont know why” Lucy states to her self. “No matter what I put on they’ll find away to same something is wrong about it”. Lucy adds.
Lucy is now already and walk out the door to her mother's car. Lucy hates when it’s her mom turn to drop them off because then everyone will see her. So everyday she request for her mother to drop her off at least two blocks from the school. The girls enter the car and buckle the seat belts.
“You know Lucy I am not going to get dropping you guys off two blocks away”, her mother says with a demanding voice.
“I understand mom, but until I can become popular again I need this”, Lucys says grabbing her mothers shoulders where the chair is.
“I wonder what kind of joke they’ll have for us this morning”, Molly says staring outside the car window
“You know i’m really lucky to have to as a friend”, Lucy says to Molly.
At first Molly was homeschooled until she got into 9th grade.
She never really stated at the school but she was transferred in.
‘You had the opportunity to become one of them if you wanted”, Lucy says
“Become what a bully?”, Molly asks
“You know what I mean Molly. I love the fact that you stayed my friend know that this would be your life”. Lucy says as a single tear falls from her face.
“Everybody out of the pool”, Lucy’s mom adds.
The girls exits fixing their clothes on the way out.
A piece of paper fly’s hitting Lucy in the face. She stops to see what it says.
“A young man is looking for a brave guinea pig”, Lucy says reading aloud.
Molly has already ran up a head so she won’t be late for first period. Lucy continues to walk slow reading more of the paper.
“Samuel Brooks has invented the very first time machine, and a brave person to try it out,” She added.
The bell rangs and Lucy runs the rest of the way to school. Stuffing the paper in her back pocket, she’d praying she lose it.
Both girls enter Lucy’s room after school. Lucy went straight for her bed leaving Molly to sit at the computer. Lucys turns the television up so loud is disturbed Molly.
“Do you mind,”? molly says as she’s covering both ears with her hands.
“Shh, and come closer have to show you something,” Luy replied
“What is it now,”
“The idea just hit me in the face, Literally,”
“Ooh noo, any idea you ever have is horrible,”
“Not this one, a guy build his own time machine,”
“And ……. what does this have to do with you,” Molly said while spinning around in the chair
“He needs test bunnies and I think,” Lucy was cut off
“Nope Nope Nope Nope,”
“You haven't let me finish yet,”
“We should go back in time and maybe become popular,”
“Don you know what would happen if my mom find out what I’m doing,”
“She won’t, Molly just trust me I’ll handle everything.”
Molly didn’t reply she just continued to spin in circles.
Molly has left for the night and Lucy is just in her room staring at wall. One thing she
always hated was thinking aloud. She wish she could control herself before she does it.
“Maybe, I would tell my mom that me and Molly are visiting her dad at his job and really go to the mans house. I wonder if we go back in time would the present still go on without us. Or would there even be a present still with all these things changing?” Lucy stop because she heard a noise outside of her bedroom door. “I’ll just go with that plan.
The next day Lucy woke up and hour then she normally does. In her house for some strange reason everyone seem to wake up at the same time. Lucy knew that is she wanted this plan to work her mom couldn’t be up to see her go. So she got dress really fast ran out the house eating a banana and holding the flyer. She went straight for Molly house. She has called Molly the night before so she could be ready and prep. The girls knew that their parents would be worried so they both left their mom’s a note. Molly saying shes with Lucy’s dad and Lucy saying she’s with Molly’s dad. They figured it would at least spare them a few hours until they begin to be worried. The girls arrive at Samuel Brooks house where they plan to become his test bunny.
“Who goes there” Samuel Brooks screams threw the door, loud enough that it scared the girls.
“Ummm, My name is Lucy and I read and ad about your time machine.”
“Yeah, what about it, don’t you and your friend thinks its a little to early to be here?”
“No, we would like to be your test bunnies and we need to do it fast and early before my parents wake up.”
The door creaks open and Mr.Brooks let the girls in
“It’s down stairs in the basement.”, he says point towards an odd looking passageway.”
The girls arrive down stairs and Molly is so scared she refused to answer any of the questions.
“So what time are you going back to” he asks why pushing buttons?
“When I was in 9th grade and the kid threw milk on me”. Lucy replies
She hopes that going back in time to fix the problem then Lucy and her both could be very popular.
“Okay, just step up to the mat and hold very still” Mr.Brooks last words before the machian took them away.
“This is not right.” Lucy yells
“What do you mean” Molly replies
“He didn’t send us to the past he sent us about year ahead!”
“Umm how can you tell”?
“Were standing on my lawn and you can hear the people inside singing happy 26 birthday”.
“Aww man, I say since were here we stay away and see how everything is.”
The girls knew that if they were to stay it would make two of them. So they went to a hotel and check themselves in under a different name. They plan to split in the morning to check out the future and so that way Lucy could try to figure out how to get back. The way Samuel BRooks set the machine up is he programed it to see the girls while they're there. In cases theres a problem or what not. But what he didn’t do was test it so unfortunately the product failed. What does this mean for the girls? Are they stuck?
“I want to visit my family and I would like to see how I am today.” Molly say to Lucy who is packing her bags.
“Okay but be back here @6:00, because were going back”
For the rest of the day while Lucy is running around town trying to remember where Mr.Brooks lives, Molly is spying on her husband and children.
Not know how this could affect their live the 16 year old Molly approaches her son. They talk and he looks at her strange the whole time. In his head he probably is wondering why his mommy looks so young. Or why his mommy looks like his sister.
“Hey Jacob, What are you doing the park alone,” Molly asks her son
“You brought me here with Sarah silly.”He replies confused on why his mom is asking dumb questions.
“Mommy did you know you can change the way you look”?
“What do you mean”
“Yesterday you turned 26 and you were begin to look old. Now today you’re as young as I am,”
“ Well Jacob mommy isn’t who you think she is,”
“huh, what do you mean?”
“I wish I could tell you, but right now I can’t because,”
In storms Lucy with a face as red as an apple. She seems to be a angry about something. And her begin angry means that something is not right.
“Look mommy, here comes aunty Lucy. She looks a little mad and young as well.” Jacob says.
“Umm, Molly I need to have a word with you” Lucy says
“Okay” Molly says in giving Jacob a hug before she walks away.
“So I don’t know where Mr.Brooks lives,”
“Which means what?”
“That we might be stuck her for good,” a tear falls from Lucy’s face. “If we can’t leave then we'll be caught”.
“Damn Lucy, I knew something like this would happen. When it comes down to you nothing ever goes right. I hate you and I wish I would have never been your friend”.
Molly runs away from Lucy. While Lucy is standing there looking in shame she hoped she didn’t mess things up. Until the girls find Mr.Brooks and he fizs the machine then they’ll be stuck for ever. And because the blocks are really small they need to hope that they don't get caught and thrown in jail. Jail is one of the worst places their town has. You don't eat and you basically die in there, just trust it is a horrible place. This story ends with questions being left behind. Will the girl go back home? Will they be caught and taken to jail? Let your imagination choose the way.