Crando & Tamalia: The Time Date!
It was another quiet day in the small town of Citiburbia. Well, for most of the inhabitants of the suburbs in town anyway. Young Crando was heading to his best friend Tamalia’s house. Tamalia was beautiful and highly intelligent, always inventing amazing things. The other day she created a rubber band that could fuse back together once broken. Crando had a secret crush on Tamalia, but was too shy to admit it to her.
“If only she could invent something to help me overcome my fears.” Crando thought.
Crando reached Tamalia’s house and knocked on the door. Tamalia’s mom answered the door and smiled at Crando, inviting him in. Crando went to Tamalia’s room and found her sitting at her desk, reading a magazine.
“Hi Crando, thanks for getting here so quickly. I really needed to see you!”
“You did?” Crando asked, his heart fluttering in his stomach.
“Yes, I need your help with my creation.” Tamalia said excitedly. “And I want you to join me on the journey.”
“Creation? Journey? What have you invented this time?”
“I’ll show you now.” Tamalia beamed, dropping her open magazine onto the floor. The magazine was open on a page with an advertisement for a science camp.
“Secret lab, take us there!” Tamalia exclaimed.
Tamalia and Crando were pulled into the magazine, and within a moment they found themselves in a huge laboratory. Tamalia gestured for Crando to follow her, leading him to a giant bowl full of Rice Krispies.
“That’s a huge bowl of cereal!” Crando said in amazement, thinking about how there was enough in it to feed their whole town. “All the snap, crackling and popping would be pretty incredible with this one!”
“It would, but this isn’t for eating or sound effects.” Tamalia laughed, giving Crando a playful shove. “This is my newest work, a time machine!”
“A cereal time machine?” Crando asked, amazed and shocked at the same time.
“Yeah!” Tamalia said proudly. “Originally I thought about using a car or a phone booth, but there were already patents on them. So cereal it was. Climb in and take a journey into the past with me.”
“I would go anywhere with you my lov... erm, my buddy!” Crando said as his face turned red. “Yeah, sounds like fun!”
Once Crando and Tamalia were sitting in the giant bowl of cereal, Tamalia pushed a button that was buried under some of the Rice Krispies. Two faucets rose above them, and out of the faucets poured milk.
“Shouldn’t we have worn swimsuits for this?” Crando asked, secretly wishing to see Tamalia wear her bikini again.
“Oh, don’t worry about it buddy, this milk won’t soak us!” Tamalia reassured him.
“Oh, that’s cool.” Crando said, trying to hide his disappointment.
“This milk is like a fuel for my machine, which will allow it to send us back in time! Hey Crando, if you can guess where we’re going, I will go on a date with you wherever you choose!”
“Really?” Crando exclaimed, turning red again. He should have known that the smartest person he ever met would catch on that he was in love with her.
“Absolutely!” Tamalia replied, winking at Crando. “You have three guesses. And go!”
“Are we going to meet Jesus, while he was here on Earth?” Crando asked.
“On the way back, but we’re going somewhere, or somewhen else first. Two more guesses!”
“Are we going to see dinosaurs?”
“Nope, you know I disagree with the science from those theme park dino movies. One more try buddy!”
“Go see sliced bread get invented for the first time?”
“Nope, sorry! Ready to find out?”
“Yeah....” Crando said dejectedly. He was really hoping to guess correctly and score a date with Tamalia.
“We are going back to August 11, 1919. Back on that date, the president of the German Reichstag, Friedrich Ebert, signed a constitution that began the Weimar Republic. Besides being a point in time I have wanted to visit since hearing bedtime stories about it since I was a little girl, I am also looking to get some real life experience with it. There is a Prose writing challenge asking for details on where we were when it happened, what we were wearing, and what the event meant to us while it unfolded. The only way to get those details is to visit that event in the past, so that is what we are doing!”
“Well, if you’re going to be there, then there’s no republic formation I would rather oversee!” Crando said boldly, no longer blushing. “I love you Tamalia, and I will go anywhere, or anytime, with you!”
“I love you too Crando, and that’s why I asked you to join me.” Tamalia said passionately, resting her head on Crando’s shoulder. “You didn’t guess the event correctly, but the condition was for going on a date that you picked. So I will pick the date. Let’s go back in time, together!”
Crando smiled widely as the cereal bowl floated into the timestream. He couldn’t wait to watch history unfold with his favorite person of all time.