Stacy was sitting in an ice-cream parlour, waiting for her friend with whom she had a plan to visit the most famous museum of the city. She had been waiting for him for over an hour and was utterly frustrated as her calls and messages got no response. Having no idea of his whereabouts, she made up her mind to go back home, by the next bus which was to arrive in half an hour; and decided to leave the parlour five minutes prior to that, as it would take hardly a minute, to reach the nearest bus stop. She looked at her cell phone, scrolling her thumb up and down, looking for something that could help her to overcome the boredom. Suddenly, an old woman (probably in her late sixties), approached her. “Hello, my dear”, she said in a honey like voice. “Do you mind if I sit here?”
“Not at all”, replied Stacy humbly. The old woman’s eyes reflected curiosity and inquisitiveness, as that of a child. She looked quite happy and excited to start a conversation. “It seems that you have been waiting for someone who did not turn up, right?” asked the woman. Stacy wondered how the lady could make this out, but then thought it to be an assumption. “Yes. I had been waiting for a friend, but I don’t think he would come now. So, I am leaving by the next bus.”
The lady had a striking resemblance to Stacy. It appeared to Stacy that she would look exactly like her, in her old age. They both had similar manners, smile and the way of talking. Stacy thought her to be a distant relative of hers.
But then, she noticed something, and could not hold herself from putting a few questions to the lady. “You look a bit like my grandmother. In fact, you resemble me. Maybe, we are related. Do you know my grandma, Giselle Woods? Are you a distant cousin of hers?” she hastily asked.
The lady laughed and said, “Well, you can say that.” Before she could ask more; the old lady diverted the topic.
She giggled and said “I was very excited to meet you. I can tell you very well, what you are thinking of, right now. You are thinking of your friend, David, who was supposed to be here. I even know that you are always worried about your future, and anxious that you might not be what you want to, but do not worry. You’ll have a great life ahead with a successful career, a caring husband and adoring kids, and of course, endearing grandchildren too.”
Stacy was astonished to hear this. She was already perplexed; how the lady could tell her friend’s name when she did not mention it before her, even if she made random guesses about the other things. With a surprised tone, she asked the old woman “Are you an astrologer? I mean how you could tell the name of my friend whom you don’t even know?”
“Oh! Don’t be so surprised. You would come to know that at the right time”, the lady said merrily. “I cannot believe I’m here. Good old days!”
Stacy could not understand what the lady meant by all this and found her to be eerily mysterious. She even thought that the lady possessed some extraordinary powers, for she was able to read her mind and foretell her future. Stacy realized that it was time for her to leave, as the bus would arrive anytime now. But the old lady held her hand and said “No, need to go, Stacy. David will be here any moment and he’s going to give a lame excuse for being late.” Stacy was dumbstruck to hear her name from the lady. Thinking her to be a ghost or a supernatural being, she managed to escape the lady’s grip and hastily ran towards the entrance door of the parlour, when she saw David coming.
“I am so sorry Stacy, for coming late. I could not find my tooth paste.”
Stacy stood speechless as she stared at the glass door. She then, turned around and looked for the lady, but she was gone. She rushed back to the table where they had been sitting and to her surprise, she found a note which read:
You are really silly or should I say I was silly then, to imagine myself as ghost or something. Don’t worry! Your curiosity will end when you’ll come back here again, after a long time.
Stacy couldn’t get the hang of it. She pondered what the woman meant by “I was silly to think that I was a ghost or something”. Was it a mistake that she made while writing the note? Her head was spinning. David was also stuck in a confusion to see Stacy so worried and shocked. He made her sit and tried to calm her. She showed him the note and explained him everything. “She didn’t seem to be a normal human being. Please believe me!”
“Calm down, Stacy. Of course, I believe you but tell me one thing. You said that the lady had a resemblance to your grandmother or maybe she was more like you in appearance.” Stacy nodded and said, “She even had a brown mark on her index finger, like the one I have. That’s why I asked her, if she was a relative of mine.”
‘You mean exactly the same mark on the same finger, of the same hand as yours?’
Yes, exactly the same.
David’s eyes grew wider and he looked at Stacy, astounded. “I can’t believe that it actually exists. It can happen in future. This is unimaginable.”
‘Look David, don’t scare me now. I’m already so baffled. Please come straight to the point. What actually exists and is so unimaginable?’
‘Do you know about time-paradox? I guess you don’t. After all, you never studied science but maybe by chance, you have some idea about it.’
‘No. I never heard of it. Don’t drive me mad and tell me what you are actually trying to explain.’
‘Well, time-paradox is an apparent or a logical contradiction. You see, it’s related to time travel. If you classify time paradox into its broad categories then what you experienced was “casual loop”. It states that an event in the future is a cause of past event, which in turn is the cause of the future event. It’s quite complicated. I never believed that it could exist. Scientists till date, have no proof or a real life incident to explain this theory. However, I am damn sure it was your future self. That’s why she knew each and everything about you. You will be travelling time in the future and come back here to meet yourself. This is so amazing. I hope I am that successful future scientist, who would have made this possible. It would be like a dream come true for me.
‘Rubbish! I don’t believe this. Keep your science stuff to yourself. You are talking about something that is impossible. I really need to go and talk to momma about that lady.’
‘Jeez! You don’t believe in time paradox? Then explain me all that she told you and wrote in the note. What did she mean by – should I say I was silly then?’
‘I don’t know.’
‘So you think I am speaking nonsense?’
‘I don’t know but this sounds impractical. And if you are actually kidding me, then let me tell you that isn’t funny at all. Anyway, I don’t want to go to the museum, today. We’ll make another plan for it. I am getting goose bumps now. I hope she was not some evil spirit.’
Stacy left the place to catch her bus. David was left in a state of confusion as even he couldn’t be so certain that, what he told her could be true or not. “Only time will tell that”, he thought to himself.
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