Authors note- I kinda decided to end the story happily and sadly, not exactly like the prompt suggested.
“Eureka! I have got it!” Ardus Macklemore yelled as he threw his papers all over the room. He had finally gotten proof that the Earth is not round, nor flat, but triangular. Ever since the terrible outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020, Ardus has had nothing better to do than pursue his interest in Earth science. He has been working on gathering evidence that the earth is a triangle ever since March of 2020. Now here we are, in 2030, still waiting for Ardus to prove himself right.
Ardus happily runs out of his office screaming “I did it! Hahaha! Screw you Matt Ellison!!!”. Matt was his main enemy. He tried to burn his evidence and sabotage his experiments! Ardus is now a wealthy 50 year old man with a family. His wife Martina came out with his two teenage daughters Emerina and Anissabella. They cheered in joy! Ardus has been trying for over 10 years to prove that the Earth is a triangle. He has traveled to the 4 highest points in the world and did several experiments. All of them went right.
Ardus planned to show all his evidence to the government next week. But first he had a plan. He would time travel to 3 years in the future to see all his awards. They already owned a time machine, so that night Ardus decided to go in the future. He decided to take his very grateful daughter, Emerina with him. “Emi, don’t get me wrong, I love both you and Anissa, but you know that she is kinda unsupportive, so I want to bring you with me. I need all the support I can get.”.
As Ardus set the time machine up Emi seemed very excited. She happily jumped around. When the machine was ready, Ardus and Emi wore some disguises so they wouldn't be recognized. They took about two minutes to get there.
Once they arrived, they were under a small tree so nobody could see them. They both quietly stepped out and began to walk around. Emi hid her beautiful naturally fiery red hair under a small beanie and wore contacts to hide her bright blue eyes. Ardus wore a long wig and a fake beard.
Emi came up to a middle aged man and began talking “Umm, so my name is… um Jess?”. The man let off a weird expression. “Oh ok, so do you know who Ardus Macklemore is?”. He burst out laughing “Oh him! Pathetic loser! All he is a piece of shit! Who does he think he is? A dumb piece of crap! He thought the Earth was a goddamn triangle! Yeah, a triangle!!! He got exposed at town hall and now all he is a laughing stock!”. As he continued to laugh, Emi walked away in anger and pulled her dad’s hand.
When they went back to the present, Ardus was terribly disappointed. “I worked for ten years to gather proof, and now I am the laughing stock of the world. My discovery is a failure!”. Ardus slammed the door to his lab and began to quietly sob. Emi walked in and said “It's okay you can gather more evidence and then prove the stupid world wrong”. Anissa peeked in and said “And the stupid world includes you and your dad. Like who the hell thinks the Earth is a stupid triangle!”. “SHUT UP ANISSA!” Emi yelled out.
For the next 3 weeks, Ardus stayed in his office, looking why his theory went wrong. He eventually decided to enclose his case, when he found out the miscalculated most of the calculations. He was heartbroken. “I spent half my life doing what I was passionate about, proving the world wrong, and becoming rich and famous.”.
The next morning, Emi woke up to the sound of the phone ringing. She checked to see where it was coming from and saw it was from Anissa’s room. She peeked in and saw Anissa on the phone at 7 am. “Yeah Matt, he has no idea that we sabotaged his plans! And you were right, lowering his confidence my discouraging him really did the trick. But are you sure he won’t realize that we mind controlled him? I can’t believe that we actually were able to brainwash him into forgetting how to do math!. But the effects wore off last week, so we better get him back tonight, but this is going to be hard because of that nosey head Emerina. She is going to tattle tail, like usual!”.
Emi was furious, but stayed quiet. “Oh so Ms Anissabelle and Matt Ellison teamed up to foil dad’s plans! Well I will see about that!”. Emi pretended to just wake up. She lighthy knocked on the door. Anissa fumbled and quietly said “CODE RED, I REPEAT CODE RED!”. She immediately cut the call and said come in. I walked in and grabbed her phone. I checked the time in effort to try to read all of her messages, but she snatched it. She never let go of her phone for the entire day, and Emi was beginning to get more suspicious. “Why are they going to brainwash dad? Why is Matt involved? Why is Anissa helping Matt? SO MANY QUESTIONS!”.
Emerina had a plan, she decided to sleep with Ardus that night in the effort to catch Matt and Anissa red handed. When Anissa stepped in the room right before bedtime, she tried to force Emi out of the room, but there was no way Emi was about to leave. So Anissa was mad and slammed the door, but Emi did not care, she believed that her father was correct so she stayed put. Right after that Anissa peeked in with a mischievous look, then pushed mom in. Her mom gave Emi a cup of water.
That night Emi was prepared. She kept on drinking coffee after every few hours, and made sure she did not fall asleep by sitting in the cold corner of the room with shorts and a baggy tank top. She also was wearing headphones and blasted rock music. At 3 am she felt weird. Her stomach felt like it turned inside out and her trachea closed on her. She could not breathe. Her face turned as blue as her shirt and she silently tried to scream, but she feels like her vocal cords failed. She lied there in pain. She then saw the unthinkable, Matt and Anissa there with a vicious look. They did this all. She blacked out
Emi had her eyes closed, she said to herself “Am I dead yet?”. She opened her eyes and saw that she was in the hospital, she was so relieved. “OH YES I AM ALIVE!!!!”. Her dad and mom were crying of happiness to see their daughter had finally come off the 1 month coma she has been in. Her parents explained everything, Anissa and Matt are in jail, Ardus having proven that the Earth is a triangle and life was perfect.
Now Emerina is remembered with her iconic line,
Am I dead yet?