Wild Time Machine Adventures - by John Griggs
“You IDIOT! You lost your job AGAIN?!” Madeline screamed.
“Babe, you know I can’t work under those conditions!” Steve replied.
“Yeah when you say ‘those conditions’ you mean coming to work drunk? How the hell are we going to pay rent???” Madeline quipped. She clenched her fists and she became more and more visibly angry.
“Babe, relax. All of our financial troubles will be over soon.” Steve got a beer from the refrigerator and gulped it down to help with his hangover.
Madeline grabbed a stack of overdue bills and slammed on the counter in front of Steve. “Yeah, you said that after you bought that ‘home-based business’ online. What do you have now Genius???”
“I got us a time machine!”
“What do you plan on doing?”
“Just trust me.” Steve confidently replied.
Steve went outside, entered the time machine, and pressed buttons. Soon flashes of lightning bolts surrounded it, and then it disappeared in a puff of smoke!
An hour later, Steve returned with the time machine.
“Babe, check this out. I bought something from the past and brought it back to the present time. I’m going to sell it now and get us some cash. I’m sure it’s worth millions of dollars now!”
Madeline had a beautiful smile, something Steve hadn’t seen that often lately.
“Wow, I’m impressed! For once, it looks like you did something intelligent. What did you bring back? The first Superman comic book?”
“The first issue of Mad Magazine?”
Steve jumped up and down with excitement, then kissed Madeline passionately for a minute. He then left their apartment with his prize still in the plastic bag.
An hour later, Steve returned, looking defeated.
“What happened?” Madeline asked, not looking happy now.
“Well, I went to the pawn shop, but they didn’t give me as much as I expected.”
“What did you buy?” Madeline inquired.
“I bought Paris Hilton’s first CD. It was still in the shrink wrap!”
“How much did you get for it?”
“They paid me five dollars… to dispose of it.”