A 'Happened' Story | Part II
A test of Signal over Noise
To recap — We’re trying something a little different for the next few weeks, using fiction to convey an idea we covered in a previous post. For context, see: ‘Happening or Happened?’
If you haven’t already — View here for Part I.
The first feeling of disillusion came with the very clear difference in the myriad of passerby’s. It’s visibly clear that you are not where you were before and in what nature the ‘where’ has changed, you aren’t yet sure.
There’s a thickness in the air from an age less conscious of the impact of their innovation on surroundings but it’s paralleled by the vibrant structures of those same surroundings. It becomes clear in a small section of time that the where has not been displaced, rather the when of that where.
After grabbing the shoulder of a stranger and engaging them for confirmation, it becomes evident what you’ve done in dialing your date of birth into the dial of the mysterious remote. Your mind begins to race with all the ways with which you can use this new power to your advantage. Be it to correct an error of the past, claim a wealth not originally yours or begin anew a relationship that once failed, you choose one and again you are met with a flash of light.
The prevailing detail will be scarce as we dare not proceed to describe your preferred altercation of the past, however as you dial a return to your present state, you immediately search for the sign of success necessary to indicate you completed your objective but are met with disappointment in seeing it be what it may.
The bank balance is constant, the error is still present, the relationship is still severed. You try all to many a variant of the same and different en-devours for some sign of success that your behavior in the past has altered your state in the present. In one iteration of your travelling loop, you even go back a mere 10 minutes to harm your past self, expecting to return with some lasting remnant of the altercation. Nothing.
Part III in your inbox — next week,