By the year 2000, Monica became an engineer. She broke up with John and had decided to enjoy the single life. Martha, however, married Larry. They had a six-year-old son named Steve. Martha was pregnant with a daughter who they’ve named Emily. Because Martha was pregnant, she and Larry looked for a home with an extra room.
One day, they looked at white two-floor house, with a backyard full of flowers and large windows for each bedroom.
“You two must be Larry and Martha,” the real estate agent said. “I’m Angel.”
Martha, Larry, and Angel took a look at inside the house. The house had a medium-sized living room and a large modern kitchen. The upstairs had three bedrooms, and two bathrooms: one in the hallway and another in the master bedroom.
“What do you think of this house?” Angel asked.
“It looks nice,” Larry said. “It’s just that…” Larry’s stomach rumbled. “I’ll be back in a few minutes.”
Larry went upstairs to the bathroom. Meanwhile, Angel opened a door in the living room that Martha never noticed.
“I didn’t notice that door was there,” Martha said.
“You’re not supposed to,” Angel said. “Come on it.”
Angel and Martha entered a small room with a control panel and two screens.
“This is the inside of the reality engine. It’s a machine people can use to manipulate time and space.”
Martha looked around the room, trying to process what she was seeing.
“What’s all of this?” Martha asked.
“I told you, it’s the inside of the reality engine,” Angel said. “Hang on.”
Angel pushed a few buttons on the control panel. “There, I just stopped time,” Angel said. “This should give us more time to talk…ironically…I think it’s ironic.”
“Will you explain to me what’s going on?” Martha asked.
“Martha, I know that you and Monica are from Oberon,” Angel said. “I’m from there as well. More specifically, I’m from the country of Libertas. So are you and your sister. I came to Earth to hide the reality engine. However, the government needs me elsewhere. Martha, I need you to keep the reality engine safe. As long as you don’t tell anybody about it, it should be safe.”
“What if this house catches fire?”
“Shit. I never thought of that. Anyway, will you be the new keeper of the reality engine?”
“What if I refuse?”
“I can’t make you do anything you don’t want to. But if you agree to this, you can make sure your kids have bright futures.”
Martha left the reality engine control room and she looked around the living room.
“I suppose I could paint the living room teal,” Martha said. “Okay, I’ll do it.”
“Excellent. Let me show you how to operate this thing. The reality engine has the following functions: you can use to see into multiple timelines. That means you can see many possible futures. As you may have guessed, you can use the reality engine to control time like a movie. But that’s not all. You can use the reality engine to create portals, manipulate the molecular structure of any object, and you can reverse or accelerate the age of any object.”
From their perspective, Angel spent the next half an hour showing Martha how to operate the reality engine. After that, Angel returned time back to normal and they went back to the living room. About a minute later, Larry came downstairs.
“Larry, I think we should take this house,” Martha said.
“Can we afford it?” Larry asked.
“Let’s put it this way” Angel said, “you won’t be able to afford a house 15 years from now.”
“Larry, we can afford it,” Martha.
“Alright,” Larry said. “We’ll take the house.”