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TimeMail: Time Travel Email

 

TIMEMAIL

Time Travel Email

Tim Barry Jr.

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Copyright © 2016 Tim Barry Jr.

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 10:16 AM

Subject: Email from the Future

 

Dear Me,

It’s you…from the future.

I know what you’re thinking—BULLSHIT—but I swear it’s really me. I’m you.

I’m contacting you through “TimeMail” (time travel email).

This is the first time I’ve tried it, and I’m not even sure if it actually works, but I have some really important things to tell you about your future—my past—our life. So I thought I’d give it a try.

Anyway, if you (I) receive this message, email me (yourself) back. And tell me something only we would know, so I can confirm it’s really you—or me. Once I know this is legit, we can proceed from there.

Yours truly,

You

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 10:31 AM

Subject: Re: Email from the Future

 

WTF is this? Did you hack into my email? Is this some kind of practical joke?

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 10:53 AM

Subject: Re: Email from the Future

 

Past Me,

I’m sorry. I know this is difficult for us to believe, but I’m really you—from the future.

Look, I don’t know how TimeMail works, but some super smart scientists in the future figured out a way to send information back in time through the internet. They can’t send people back or anything—only email. So we can’t kill our own grandfathers. And the TimeMails can only travel back 30 years to the day exactly, so we can’t tell someone to kill baby Hitler or warn them about 9/11. We can’t change anything that happened before 2016, but everything after that is fair game. So fear not, we should be able to stop Triple-20.

From,

Future You

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 11:09 AM

Subject: Re: Email from the Future

 

Sure… What the hell is Triple-20?

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 11:34 AM

Subject: Re: Email from the Future

 

Past Me,

On March 20, 2020, there’s a terrorist attack on—never mind, it’s better if you don’t know. The government takes care of all national security matters like that. They’ll use TimeMail to make sure Triple-20 never happens in your timeline.

Big picture global events like that are none of our concern. We just need to worry about my past—your future. I can help you—or myself—and save you from making the mistakes I made.

From,

Future You

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 11:52 AM

Subject: Re: Email from the Future

 

This is crazy. Why should I believe a thing you say? How do I know you’re not just messing with me?

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Subject: Who are we?

 

Past Me,

How do I know you’re not messing with me? Maybe the government has been lying to us about TimeMail, and you’re just a computer program they created to pretend to be my past self. Maybe they did it to control us by comforting us with the idea that anything bad that happened to us, we can undo by TimeMailing our past selves. When in fact, we’re just talking to an AI and not changing a damn thing.

From,

Future You (Or just Me)

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 12:37 PM

Subject: Re: Who are we?

 

I could say the same thing about you. At least I know I’m real.

If you’re really me from the future, send a picture of your/myself to prove it. Actually, go outside to film some video of the future world.

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 12:49 PM

Subject: Security Questions

 

Past Me,

TimeMail doesn’t allow attachments. We can’t send video or images. Just text.

How about we ask each other questions to confirm our identity. I’ll go first.

Question 1: What was the name of our first pet?

From,

Future You

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Subject: Re: Security Questions

 

Of course you can’t send attachments…

My first pet was Frosco.

Question 2: What did I have for lunch today?

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 1:17 PM

Subject: Re: Security Questions

 

Past Me,

You seriously think you’ll remember what you had for lunch on a random Tuesday 30 years from now?

Whatever it was, I know it was vegan and gluten-free.

Question 3: What is our dream job?

From,

Future You

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 1:25 PM

Subject: Re: Security Questions

 

Owner of a gluten-free vegan pizzeria.

Question 4: What was our first job?

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 1:39 PM

Subject: Re: Security Questions

 

Past Me,

Domino’s delivery driver.

Question 5: What is our current job?

From,

Future You

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Subject: Re: Security Questions

 

Domino’s delivery driver.

Question 6: What’s the name of the pizzeria I want to open?

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 2:16 PM

Subject: Gloovy’s

 

Past Me,

Shit, that’s right. I was still working at Domino’s at your age. We hated that job. Don’t worry, we open Gloovy’s eventually.

From,

Future You

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 2:28 PM

Subject: Re: Gloovy’s

 

You’re telling me I actually open my own gluten-free vegan pizzeria? When? How?

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 2:41 PM

Subject: Re: Gloovy’s

 

Past Me,

Yeah. Gloovy’s is doing great. Number one gluten-free vegan pizzeria in the state. Which is actually saying something because just about everyone is vegan in the future.

It took a damn long time to get to this point, though. Sixteen more years we spend delivering pizzas, saving up enough to convince the bank to give us a loan to open our own restaurant and start making our own pizza. (gluten-free and vegan)

That’s why I’m TimeMailing you. To guide you along the path and help you open Gloovy’s sooner.

Let me help me.

From,

Future You

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 2:54 PM

Subject: Re: Gloovy’s

 

Okay… If you know about Gloovy’s then you clearly know me. But that doesn’t mean you are me.

You could have gotten all that information from hacking into my computer. None of that proves you’re actually from the future.

To prove that, you need to tell me something that hasn’t happened yet, but will happen soon, so I can confirm.

Like, what’s the score of the Yankees vs. Blue Jays game tonight?

 

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From: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 3:13 PM

Subject: Yankees/Blue Jays

 

Past Me,

The _____ won -__ in my timeline, but it could be different for you. For instance, _____, 30 years later, could email his past self and warn him not to throw that slider to _____ in the bottom of the sixth that he hit for a three-run homer. So the outcome of the game in your timeline could turn out totally different.

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TimeMail: Time Travel Email

Mark, a pizza delivery driver in the year 2016, gets an email from his own account, claiming to be himself from 30 years in the future. * * * Dear Me, It's you...from the future. I know what you're thinking—"BULLSH*T"—but I swear it's really me. I'm you. I'm contacting you through TimeMail (time travel email). This is the first time I've tried it, and I'm not even sure if it actually works, but I have some really important things to tell you about your future—my past—our life. So I thought I'd give it a try. Anyway, if you (I) receive this message, email me (yourself) back. And tell me something only we would know, so I can confirm it's really you—or me. Once I know this is legit, we can proceed from there. Yours truly, You * * * "TimeMail: Time Travel Email" is a short story in the form of the email exchange that follows. Is "Future Mark" telling the truth? Is time travel email possible? Read the TimeMails yourself and be the judge.

  • Author: Tim Barry, Jr
  • Published: 2017-09-20 23:20:08
  • Words: 5924
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