I took the card from Tom. On the front of the card was a picture of a hundred or so lifesavers. When I opened it it said “Happy Birthday to my love and my lifesaver. Love, Tom.”
“Maybe you saved my life, “he said as if he were trying to explain the relationship to himself.
“Maybe,” I said. Oh, wow I really did do a reading for Tamera Kelly.”
“Really,” Tom said leaning in over my shoulder to get a look at the blog.
Well, I call her Kamera Felly on my blog, but I noticed we had become Facebook friends and what I wrote here describes her physically.”
I sped-read through a few more blog post. It was full of my usual sarcastic observations about my clients. There were only about twenty posts since 2010, it had only been an outlet for my most frustrating emotions.
While I read my old blog Tom found my day planner in my desk. It occurred to me that I should feel invaded or offended or something, but the truth is I didn’t. It was like he was looking at a stranger’s planner. I didn’t know any more about what was in it than he did.
“Do you have your own shorthand or something,” Tom asked.
“What do you mean?”
He handed me the planner and I looked at the day’s agenda.
“T’s feed turt get wi and crack,” it said.
“Well I would guess that I need water and crackers for something.”
“Did you check your Facebook page?”
I went to Facebook and looked, but I did not see any events coming up. I checked for friends events, but there were none that day.
“Let’s check your Facebook,” I said may be they’ll be a clue or two there.
He reluctantly logged on and we looked at his page. His profile picture was of him holding a turtle. There was a picture of the two of us stand in front of the Staples Center in his albums. Other than that there were no pictures of me.
We scrolled down and found that he was going to North Carolina for a few days for work. Most of his post were links to music he liked and a few random articles. He scrolled back several months, but there weren’t really any clues to where I might be. He slowed his pace when he came to a post that said January 11, 2012 became friends with Kelly Peirce.
“Go to Tom’s to feed Turtle, pick up wine and crackers.” I said finally able to understand my note.
“Do me a favor,” I continued, “look to see if we have any mutual friends. There were several one was my neighbor Gina, another was a guy named Frank Peppers who neither of us knew and then there was Katrina Fuller.
“Do you actually know Katrina Fuller,” I asked.
“It sounds vaguely familiar.”
I clicked on Tom’s private messages.
“Hey, what are you doing? He said.
“I wanna see one thing.”
I scrolled though his messages until I got to one from Katrina.
“Why settle for ramen when you could have steak…just sayin….”.
I thought I saw a small smile play on Tom’s lips. I felt jealous, Katrina was pretty.
There was only one other brief exchange in which they discussed a movie they’d both liked.
“Where do you know her from,” I asked.
“Look, Kelly I don’t know what happens in the future, or I mean what happened in the past or I mean, I mean, it’s not like I can answer for my actions in this case and it’s not like we are really together.”
“No, it’s not that. That woman had been emailing me repeatedly asking me to work at a party, I never mailed her back and I don’t know why.
“I seem to remember her having something to do with work, like I trained her on some software, or something. Look, I hate to say it, but it sounds like you might be at my house feeding my turtle, maybe we should look for you there,” Tom suggested.
I grabbed a hundred dollars out of my old cookie jar stash and we took a cab back to Tom’s place. We were relived to find his key worked. We entered and found the turtle tank in the kitchen. He had two small bowls that were already full of food and water.
“Goddamit,” Tom said. “You’ve already been here.
“Wait there’s a note,” I said.
“Hon, I went to 2040 to sell some antiques at Luther’s. Be back tomorrow.”
“Is that your handwriting,” Tom asked.
“Yes.” I said.
“Maybe you’re lost in the future.”
“Maybe,: he said.
“It makes sense, I mean I didn’t have a lot of close friends except for apparently, you it only stands to reason that you wouldn’t report me missing considering the time machine and everything.”
“Tom, I’m gonna go to 2040 and look for myself. I ‘m gonna go to the ATM first. I think about $500 should do for a couple of days. Do you want to come with?”
“No, I’m good.” Tom said.
“Are you going back to 2014,” I asked suspicious that he might try to go back a few months and “fix” things.
“Yes, but you go first.”
After a sojourn to the ATM and a trip to the 7- 11 for sundries I packed a small bag with the few clothes I had at Tom’s and got in the machine.
“It’s already set to June 10th, 2040,” I told Tom as I entered the machine.
“Have fun.: He shut the door and I pushed the button.