Time. It isn't real, but it dictates everything around us. Kind of like a surreal fairytale. Time is precious, each moment in your life counts for something. Even when it doesn't seem to matter. It scares me, to know this, that something we created, can basically control us in a sense.
But I guess time is what makes life worth living.
But time isn't perfect, much like me and you, it can mess up. It doesn't happen often, but glitches can occur, making us question reality.
This is a story about when time messed up.
It all started 7 AM that one morning, I had started my walk to school. After a few minutes, rain started to pour down everywhere, my shoes were seeped with water, leaving me feeling soggy and uncomfortorable. I was done with my day before it even started.
But then, all of a sudden, the rain stopped. It had lasted for maybe 2 minutes at the most, and there I was, starting my walk to school again. I swore that i'd already walked away from my house, but yet, it seemed like I had went back into the past and started all over again.
I began my walk to school.. AGAIN. This time, it didn't rain, it SNOWED.
"What the..." I trailed off staring at the snowflakes falling from the sky. "In the middle of spring?"
I shook my head, slightly smiling, and continued my ominous walk to jail- I mean school.
2 minutes later, the snow stopped. And I was back at my house, starting my walk again.
I felt a ping of fear, I knew this had to be some weird dream.
"This is freaky!" I screamed to myself, the neighbors must have thought I was insane.
Instead of beginning my walk to school this time, I ran inside of my house and locked the door.
I went upstairs to my room and searched for a thermometer, maybe I was sick, or something like that. I checked my temperature, 97 degrees.
"What is happening??" I rubbed my head, I felt a panic welling up inside of me.
I decided to lay down on my soft mattress, and to cover up in my silky blue blanket. My breathing quickened, missing one school day wouldn't be so bad, I would just have to make up a TON of work. But I guess that was the least of my worries.
I looked through the curtain, out of my window, this time there were massive winds. I watched as my neighbors car fell on its side, and I watched as the trees almost fell off themselves. I checked my phone, hurricane warning.
"Great!" I mumbled.
2 minutes later, it stopped. And guess what? I was beginning my walk to school AGAIN. I was getting sick and tired of the time "7 AM" by now. I needed to stop this time loop. But how?
Time needed to fix itself, learn from it's mistakes.
Actually? That would be way too easy! I had to come up with a plan on my own time, not that I had much of it anyways.
I decided to phone my mom, Andrea. She was out of town for a few days, possibly at the worst time she could have been.
"Hello?" My mom said in a rushed tone. "I'm doing something right now, Leah."
I gulped, here goes nothing. "Time loop..."
"Huh?" My mom said annoyed. "I really don't have time for this."
"I'm stuck in a time loop!" I shouted into the phone. "I swear I'm not crazy!!"
My mom stayed silent for a few moments before finally speaking. "Listen to me, Leah, Phone this number!"
My mom gave me her friend, Daves, number. She said he would know what to do. I made a mental note of it and waited till the next time loop to begin this "plan." I said plan, but I honestly had no idea what I was doing.
I phoned Dave.
"Ello'?" Dave spoke fragilely.
"Hey!" I talked frantically. "I'm the daughter of Andrea, your friend, IM STUCK IN A TIME LOOP."
Now that I think back to that, I probably should've worded it better. But oh well, I guess I'm your resident crazy.
"Don't worry!" He said calmly, almost too calm, as if this had happened before. "It's just the curse in your family. It'll be fine."
I thought for a second. "What??? When does it end?"
"Your mother should have told you by now." He paused. "You have to break out."
Break out? I thought. The only place I break out is on my face, and it's not a pretty sight to see.
"How?" I said quickly. I needed to know as fast as possible, for obvious reasons.
"By..." He spoke slowly. "Beating the time."
"What?" I screeched. "And whats this about a curse?!"
"Every once in a while, you, or a member of your family will have a time loop. Your ancestors were cursed in the past and it just continued, I suppose." Dave yawned.
And yet again, I was beginning my walk to school.
DARN IT TIME LOOP!!!!!!!!!
I wondered what he meant by "beat the time."
Wait.. I thought for a moment. If I made it to school in time, that should free me from the time loop! I AM A GENIUS.
After those thoughts, I booked it, I ran as fast as I possibly could, ignoring the weather.
"Come on!" I tried to motivate myself as I ran across the fields, the sidewalks, making my way to school. When I finally arrived at school, I was out of breath, but was I out of time?
I stood there for around 10 minutes, making sure time was passing by.
It was, time was fixed, my life was fixed, I had never been so happy to be in school.
But that wasn't the first time that time would mess up, and it certainly wasn't the last.