Hello Dear Readers! This week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge is to write a story between 33 and 333 words using the third definition of the word year: 3 : a calendar year specified usually by a number <died in the year 1900>
The Knee Deepians
Melvin Foink was giddy when NASA announced they had discovered time travel — albeit accidentally. It seems one of NASA’s break-room physicists was trying to perfect NASA’s Nuclear Mr. Coffee Machine, when he randomly set the automatic timer for 6:36, pushed brew, and suddenly found himself knee deep in Mammoth Lake in the year 636 — cold, confused and coffee-less.
NASA had immediately capitalized on their Nuclear Mr. Coffee Time Machine by charging civilians $10,000 a pop to stand knee deep in Mammoth Lake in the year 636 for 45 minutes; the only stipulations being:
- that travelers remember to ”not mess with anything”
- that travelers remember they might never return
- and that travelers remember to wear Bermuda shorts (available in the NASA gift shop for $85)
The lucky people who had time traveled to Mammoth Lake, year 636, and returned alive were dubbed The Knee Deepians and had become instant celebrities who got their own talk shows or, failing that, their own reality shows or, at the very, very least — were invited to compete on Dancing with the Stars.
It took Melvin Foink six years to save up for his time travel ticket. He took on a few part time jobs in addition to his normal duties at the Peoria waste disposal plant.
On any given day, you might see Melvin earning extra cash by performing magic tricks at children’s birthday parties, or by washing cars at children’s birthday parties or by giving haircuts at children’s birthday parties.
The day finally came when Melvin Foink found himself at NASA standing in the line leading to the Nuclear Mr. Coffee Time Machine awaiting his turn to push “brew” when a commotion arose up ahead.
Everyone watched as NASA guards led a man away who was wild and inconsolable. He kept screaming, “Mammoth Lake is coffee! Coffeeeeeeeee!”
It was just Melvin Foink’s bad luck that NASA’s Nuclear Mr. Coffee Time Machine would suddenly pick now to go back to “just making coffee.”
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