One fine evening, Raghav was walking in the forest and it was all quiet and dark, turning out to be a perfect evening for him to enjoy his me time. There was an area inside the forest, where there were no street lamps. It was pitch black. As he entered that area, the temperature started dropping down and in a fraction of seconds, it was all chilly. Raghav was always curious to know about cosmos and on that evening too he was occupied in his cosmic and supernatural thoughts.
Suddenly, he started feeling weird and was goofed up by the atmosphere. He ignored his intuitions and started walking down the footpath. The moment he was about to take another step, he heard a voice questioning his identity, “who are you, creature?” The voice had a depth in it and was bassy enough to give him goosebumps. Raghav collected all his strength and dared to look back. The moment he turned around to revert back. It became the moment he would dread for eternity.
What the hell is this! Was his reaction after what he saw? It was a giant spooky tree with ability to walk and talk. Its branches were bigger than an elephant’s trunk and resembled human limbs. Raghav was all scared with its glimpse but somewhere was intrigued towards him. With all his courage, he cross questioned “who are you?” And the voice replied “I am Shaakha from planet Stur”. Raghav, dumb but a curious teenager was not deterred by the fact he was talking to a spooky tree and initiated a conversation. The tree again questioned him about his identity. This time Raghav replied “I am Raghav”. The tree asked another question “which breed are you?” Raghav confused with uncanny nature of question, said “I am a human, what are you?” Astound by Raghav’s answer, Shaakha pondered over for a minute and asked “which year is this?” Raghav replied 2019. “Oh my! Have I really done it?” Shaakha exclaimed.
Raghav bit confused and asked “done what, what have you done?” The tree replied “time travel”. Raghav was blown away and his mind flustered with thoughts, questioning about its possibility. “Is it a friend trying to prank me?” “What if it’s true?”
Giving rest to his tornado of thoughts, he asked “Tell me all about it”. Shaakha was patient enough to give a detailed account.
With time racing towards dawn, they gelled up over their discussions on planet earth to the cosmic secrets. With each passing second Raghav was getting intrigued more and more. And suddenly he popped out a question - “where is time machine? I want to see it”.
Shaakha took him to his machine. Hence breaking the laws of physics. Raghav dazzled with the time travel machine, came up with a desire to visit future and meet his great grandchildren. Shaakha, having no reason to deny to his little new friend, agreed to fulfill his desire. The moment they were ready to cross the line of time and meet his great grandchildren, a dazzling light appeared and a blunder took place. Neither he was able to meet his great grandchildren nor he can go back.
Ironically his desire erased him from all the books of history. He became just another boy on the missing poster who disappeared from the forest.
Raghav after realizing how his curiosity terminated his existence was in a dilemma to go back in the past and freak everyone or chose to stay. Instead he followed steps of his dear friend and became a time traveler.
“So, this is my story boy” Raghav telling an alien child about his journey on an alien planet.