Episode Eighteen of Infinite Realities:
David texted back:
No Darren. I don’t feel like being Damien Echols today. I’ll tell you what I’ll do with the tablet today. I’m going to activate the time travel app again. I want to go back to the summer of 1965.
Darren texted back:
Go for it. As long as you have the tablet in your possession you can use it in any way you desire.
“There are some things I want to know about the tablet,” David texted.
David could now hear Darren’s voice coming from the tablet. I’m getting tired of texting back and forth. From now on let’s communicate through the Skype app on our tablets.
As David found the app on his tablet he could now see an image of Darren on the touchscreen.
“Hey Rick. Now you get to see what I look like. That’s not entirely true. The corporation has created a virtual image taken from hundreds of other people’s picture. So. In a way, you are seeing a collage, not the real me. Technology is amazing, isn’t it? What would you like to know about the tablet?”
“How long do I get to keep it?”
“As long as you want it. However if it leaves your possession for any reason you will not be issued a new one.”
“How could it leave my possession?’
“In various ways, someone might steal it from you. You might misplace it. It might accidently or intentionally get broken. And, of course, the corporation reserves the right to take it away from you if it decides that you are violating any of the terms and conditions of the contract.”
“What terms and conditions?”
“The User’s Agreement that came into effect the second that you picked up the tablet. This is a default feature of the product.”
“Hold on Darren. I didn’t know about any Users Agreement or any terms and conditions.”
“Come on, Rick. You know that no one actually reads those things. They are in small print and take too long to read. People just scroll through them and check off the box that says ‘I agree’. Don’t worry. The corporation’s legal department has gone over the contract with a fine tooth comb.”
“I have another question for you Darren. The Time Travel app allows me to visit different times in history. While I am using this app can I actually change the outcome of significant historical events?”
“Only in the virtual sense. In reality nothing will change. The corporation is not God. It can only create experiences limited only by the user’s imagination. You were chosen as one of the five select people to receive a tablet because we know that you possess a creative mind well beyond most of your peers. It’s evident in your writing.”