A Little Reminder

Submitted into Contest #62 in response to: Write about a character putting something into a time capsule.... view prompt

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Adventure Friendship Middle School

“I’m bored.” 

Cameron frowned at her best friend, Caisa. “Hm?” 

Caisa tossed a lock of her long, golden-colored hair over one shoulder. “I said I’m bored, Cam.” 

The two thirteen-year olds were sitting on Caisa’s twin bed in her small alcove room, scrolling through their Instagram feeds, when Caisa rolled over onto her side and dropped her phone by her chest. Cameron followed suit and faced her best friend. 

“Well, what should we do?” Cameron asked. 

“I dunno.” Caisa looked around her room, rolling back onto her back. 

“Want to shoot baskets?” Cameron suggested. 

Caisa shrugged and sat up. She reached over to her bookshelf and pulled out a novel on Egyptian traditions and customs. 

Cameron peeked over her shoulder. “What’s that about?” 

Caisa pointed down at a drawing of a small box with a snake on top. “This is a book on Egyptian stuff. That is a time capsule.” 

Cameron gave her friend a confused look. 

“Jeez, Cam. A time capsule is a box that you fill with stuff that you don’t use anymore, and then like twenty years later you open it up.” Caisa turned and met Cameron’s eyes excitedly. “We should make one!” 

Cameron raised an eyebrow skeptically. “What are we going to put in it?” 

The two girls looked around the room. Caisa hopped off the bed, then grabbed a Nike shoebox. She tossed the shoes and paper onto the floor and set it onto the bed, then plopped her Egyptian book inside. 

“Ooh, wait! Lemme run home, I might have my old iPod and some toys that I don’t use anymore. I’ll be right back.” Cameron pushed herself off the bed and ran out the door and down the stairs. She lived right next to Caisa. 

Caisa grabbed her old pair of Bluetooth headphones, a necklace, and a two dollar bill and placed them inside the box on top of the book. Cameron appeared back in her room, gasping, grasping a white iPod and a stuffed rabbit with a bent ear. She set them into the box. “Anything else?” 

Caisa tapped her chin with a finger. “Yeah.” 

She went over to her desk and grabbed a piece of lined paper and two pencils. “Let’s write a letter to our future selves.” 

Cameron grinned. “Good thinking.” 

The two girls bent over the paper and began to write. 

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12 years later 

Caisa exhaled slowly and leaned back in her office chair. She looked around her tiny grey cubicle, then shut off her computer and left the office. 

Caisa shifted uncomfortably in her black women’s blazer required for the office. She brushed her long, golden colored hair over her shoulder and pulled her phone out of her pocket, then called her best friend. 

“Hello?” 

“Hey, Cam. Busy?” 

“Not really. Just finished folding laundry and I put Lee down for a nap, and Michael’s working in the home office. Why?” 

“I’m just leaving work. Want to come over and have a drink?” Caisa stepped out of the sky high office building and started walking toward her apartment, just two blocks away. 

“Sure! I could use a break.” Cameron sounded happy, but tired. “See you soon.” 

Caisa hung up and scrolled through her social media, then arrived at her house. She unlocked the front door and went inside, picking up her French bulldog, Berri, on the way to the kitchen.

She turned on the TV on the island as there was a knock at the door. “It’s Cam!” 

Caisa jogged over and popped open the door. Cameron’s hair, dyed red, was in a high ponytail, and her green eyes sparkled at the sight of Berri. “Hey, Ber-ber!” 

She wrapped Caisa in a one-armed hug. “We haven’t hung in a while. I missed you.” 

Caisa laughed as they broke apart. “You have a husband and a one-year old baby. You have a good reason not to hang out.” 

Cameron shrugged and smiled, then rubbed her palms together. “Okay. About that drink?” 

Caisa laughed and led her over to the kitchen, where she pulled out a bottle of wine and two glasses. Cameron poured some for each of them, and they clinked cups before taking a drink. 

“Talked to your mom lately?” Cameron asked. 

Caisa’s mother had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, but she had been recovering quickly. Caisa shrugged. “Kind of. She was telling me she saw Michael in the grocery store and was thinking about us as little kids.” 

“Ha. Remember when we buried that time capsule? I bet it’s still in your mom’s yard.” Cameron laughed and took another sip of wine. 

“Wait- Cam, we should go get it!” Caisa set her glass down hard on the marble counter, and Berri barked at the loud noise. 

“You mean- wait, you want to go over to your mom’s house, take a shovel, and dig up a shoebox we buried when we were thirteen?” Cameron stared at her in disbelief. 

“That’s exactly what I mean.” Caisa grabbed her car keys. “Let’s go.” 

Cameron snorted. “I always loved your rash thinking, Cai. Let’s go dig a hole in your mom’s yard.” 

***

“You better patch it up afterwards!” Caisa’s mom yelled as the two women left the house, Cameron holding a shovel from the garage. 

The friends rolled their eyes and laughed. They walked over to a terra cotta birdbath. “We buried it right next to here,” Caisa said, pointing at the ground. 

Cameron stabbed the shovel into the ground, and it sank hard as she scooped it out. After a few minutes, a bright orange shoebox gleamed out of the dirt. 

“Ooh, grab it!” Cameron panted, throwing the shovel down and kneeling next to Caisa. 

Caisa reached in and gently pulled the shoebox out of the dirt and dusted it off. They opened the lid and grinned at all the items. 

“My iPod!” Cameron exclaimed. “Jeez, I used to think I was so cool with this thing. I ruled the fourth grade.” 

Caisa laughed. “Let’s read the letter.” 

To Caisa Brooks and Cameron McCallister 

Hiii, it’s your younger selves. You guys are probably super old now. Like twenty. But we’re thirteen and Caisa wanted to make this soooo

Enjoy this stuff. And you two better still be best friends. 

Love your younger selves, 

CaIsA and CaMeRoN

October 04, 2020 00:21

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47 comments

Megan, I am being totally honest when I'm saying this, but... this story could actually be in a real graphic novel! Seriously, the entire time I was reading your story, I could almost picture this as a graphic novel. These two characters you made... Cameron and Caisa, they almost sound like real people to me! While reading this, I could picture how they would look like and their personality traits! :) Another amazing detail I really just HAVE to mention (not that I don't have other details to mention... because if I really took the time t...

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Megan Sutherland
10:36 Oct 15, 2020

Oh my gosh! Thank you so much for the feedback, likes, and follow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

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16:11 Oct 05, 2020

Hi! I found you through a comment thread when I was upvoting somebody, and I came to check out your work! It's awesome! I love the ending so so much! The note was super cute! And the whole story was really good, it's the perfect example of a great short story. Short, but it wraps it all up at the end! Amazing work! PS) I'm upvoting YOU now!

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Megan Sutherland
16:12 Oct 05, 2020

omg thank you so much!!!!!!!!

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16:17 Oct 05, 2020

You're welcome! :)

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16:18 Oct 05, 2020

Also, I LOVE Tom Holland, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Chris Pratt! I am a hardcore Marvel fan! What about you?

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Megan Sutherland
16:23 Oct 05, 2020

SAME! I love Loki and Scarlet Witch, they're awesome. Quicksilver should have been given more time- he got one movie that he died in at the end. :( What about you? Who's your favorite characters?

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16:33 Oct 05, 2020

Megan, thank you thank you thank you. QUICKSILVER IS MY FAVORITE CHARACTER!!! Favorites (some of them are dead, some aren't even superheros): 1. Quicksilver - I just love him! 2. Morgan Stark (Tony's daughter) - I feel like my personality would be her if she's like her parents - Organized, Smart, Snarky 3. Scarlet Witch - Her powers are awesome, and I can't wait to see WandaVision!

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B. W.
23:14 Oct 17, 2020

I'm sorry

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Megan Sutherland
01:58 Oct 18, 2020

for what?

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B. W.
02:03 Oct 18, 2020

It just seems like i've been really rude

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Megan Sutherland
02:07 Oct 18, 2020

no no no! It's just hard for me, I've been really busy lately and I am trying to get to your story as soon as possible. I will go read it now!

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B. W.
02:27 Oct 18, 2020

well alright

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Bailey D.
19:59 Oct 06, 2020

Cute! And awesome! Wow! Youre a amazing author! Like crazy amazing! I cant wait to read more of your writing! -Bailey W.

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Megan Sutherland
19:59 Oct 06, 2020

Thanks so much Bailey!!!

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Bailey D.
20:00 Oct 06, 2020

No problem!!! <3

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Read your bio again! Ooh, sorry, WELL HENLO A FRIEND OF YOURS IS HEEERE! Lol. Oh, and happy birthday! I have an early-b-day ‘gift’ for you 😆 Not really a present but...well...you’ll see soon. OOH, I LOVE SUNFLOWERS! Although water lilies are my fav :) Also, um...should I...er...write a short story today? I don’t knooooow BYEEEEE NOW

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Megan Sutherland
16:22 Oct 05, 2020

YES WRITE ONE NOW!!!!!!!!!! I missed you so much Aerinnnnnnnnnnn wdym by birthday gift?.... im suspiciously curious Your Reedsy Friend (who missed you A LOT) -Megan S.

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TEHEHEHE HOPE I’LL FINISHHHH Aw thanksssss but im always a comment away :D Hehe...it’s not really a ‘gift’, more of a...idk. Thing in honor of your b-day. It’s really small but I mean, best I can do. You Reedsy friend (THANKSSSS ME TOO LOL), Rainbowwwww

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Megan Sutherland
17:26 Oct 05, 2020

Ooh boy What is itttttttttt Aerin?!?!!?!?

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lol, not yetttttt....

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Megan Sutherland
18:16 Oct 05, 2020

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Avery G.
01:58 Oct 05, 2020

Megan, this was so good! It was cute, and I enjoyed reading it! Great job! Also, thanks for putting me as number one in your bio!

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Megan Sutherland
11:33 Oct 05, 2020

Thanks so much, Avery! And obviously! You deserve it! You're always the first one reading my stories and you always leave feedback, which I really appreciate. So thank YOU!

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Avery G.
18:45 Oct 05, 2020

You're welcome! Aww, you're so sweet!

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Megan Sutherland
19:14 Oct 05, 2020

:)

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Echo Sundar
22:24 Oct 14, 2020

Wow this was a great story! My only thing is that I thought it was a bit unrealistic they were friends twelve years later, but I guess that can happen. But like someone else said this is a great short story and it went my so fast! Great job!

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Megan Sutherland
23:32 Oct 14, 2020

Thanks so much!!

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I.B. Dunn
19:20 Oct 12, 2020

This is such a fun read and it reminds me of my friends from youth. I've often said there are no friends like childhood friends. You captured that so perfectly. I also like how basic the note was. It was exactly the kind of note 11 year old girls would write. I'm really glad there was no major drama in this story. I was able to read it from beginning to end with a smile on my face the whole time. It a really great job. If you get a moment, take a trip over to my page and check out my story "The Purse". It uses the same prompt and ...

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Megan Sutherland
00:10 Oct 13, 2020

Thanks so much! And I'm so sorry, I will asap. I'm really busy with school and sports so I'm only on for about ten minutes a day.

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Jasmine Navarez
20:55 Oct 11, 2020

That was a super sweet story! Good job!

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Megan Sutherland
00:09 Oct 12, 2020

thank you so much!!!

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K. Antonio
20:10 Oct 10, 2020

I think the story is "cute" (yeah I don't use that word often). But I do think you could have taken it an extra mile by making it longer. Right now, it seems kind of short with a lot of dialogue and though we get a sense of your characters friendship from all that's being said, I still feel like the story seems a bit "basic". I have seen stories that have taken more or less the same turn as this one, with a very similar vibe. Saying that, the story is great, the natural dialogue is a hoot, but I still believe that the story has space to grow...

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Megan Sutherland
23:05 Oct 10, 2020

Thank you so much!! I will as soon as possible!

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Ava F
19:35 Oct 04, 2020

I love this story!! i really enjoyed reading it, and it was so cute!

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Megan Sutherland
19:41 Oct 04, 2020

Thanks so much!!

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Bookmark Here
14:31 Oct 04, 2020

It was a really cute story. I quite enjoyed it. I think everyone should do a time capsule with their childhood friends. I only thing that I struggled a bit with, and this is only because I am a parent. Who was looking after the sleeping baby? Lol Otherwise great job!

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Megan Sutherland
15:07 Oct 04, 2020

Thank you so much, Bookmark! And haha, I guess Michael is. I don't know, I didn't put much attention into the baby. But I love babies and in real life I take care of them haha

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Bookmark Here
00:58 Oct 05, 2020

It happens to the best story writers. It is still a good story. Keep up the good work! ☺

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Megan Sutherland
01:36 Oct 05, 2020

Thank you! I will try my best!

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Rambling Beth
13:42 Oct 04, 2020

This was so cute! I loved the letter at the end, really sweet. Very nice that Cameron and Caisa were still friends at the end too! There was one sentence where I think you missed a word - "We haven't hung in a while" should be "We haven't hung out in a while" - but that's a tiny thing and easily done. I really enjoyed this story. I think you did a good job conveying a strong friendship and I liked finding out where the characters were twelve years later too. Lovely. :)

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Megan Sutherland
15:06 Oct 04, 2020

Thank you so much!! I really appreciate it! As for the sentence, I actually made it like that hehe. I wanted it to seem casual but I understand how you caught that. Thanks!

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Rambling Beth
15:27 Oct 04, 2020

That's alright! I thought it sounded a bit weird, but if that's how you wrote it, it's probably just me, sorry. :)

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Megan Sutherland
15:30 Oct 04, 2020

No, no, no, you're fine!!!:)

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