Hindsight is 20-20

As Benjamin looked over New York City from his 38th floor, glass walled apartment, he began to reflect, speaking directly but facing away from a man dressed in a grey suit with black shoes.

“I can rewrite history? What’s the catch.”

“No ‘catch’, but there is a price.” The man from Decathlon Technologies responded. David Houston, the senior vice-president of sales and marketing for Decathlon Technologies, had just informed Benjamin about Decathlon’s Technologies newest ability, to rewrite history.

“Benjamin, what is it in your history would you like to rewrite?”

Suddenly a flood washed over Benjamin as he thought of 3 or 4 very distinct events, that if he was able to change, would, Benjamin believed, drastically alter the course of Benjamin’s life. Benjamin was now lost in his own head, thinking about how he would fix his past mistakes, and where he would be in his life if he never made those mistakes.

Before Benjamin could answer, David calmly stated the price:

“$10,000 per event.”

The price was no longer a consideration for Benjamin at this point in his life. From the age of 5 until 13, Benjamin lived on a one-room, thirty-four (34) acre farm just south of Atlanta, in Murphysborough, Georgia where his father was a farmer, who, if he worked hard enough, could scrape together enough food for Benjamin and his family to eat for that day.

“So how does it work?”

Revealing what, appeared to Benjamin to be similar to an Apple iPad, David opened his HyperView 2035 and, after a few hand gestures, a hologram of the Hindsight 2020 filled the entire apartment, displaying the technical details of a new machine designed to travel back in time for 15-20 minutes at a time.

“What you are now seeing is the Hindsight 2020 by Decathlon Technologies. After approximately 3 decades of research, this unit is now available to a select, few, high-worth individuals such as yourself.”

David paused while Benjamin considered the technology.

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To Jennifer–My Dream Reader

Jennifer,

It has been many years since we last spoke, but the love in my heart for you has only grown stronger.

Over the past many years, I have made every attempt to somehow communicate what you mean to me as a person, and so thank you for this opportunity.

Part of what has allowed me the confidence in myself to become a writer has been the experiences we shared, and the heart break I carried.

When we first broke up I was devastated and filled with a fierce desire to succeed. After one year when you did not return to me, I won student body president so that you would see my capabilities and potential, and invite me back into your life. That did not happen, and my disease became more acute.

I stand before you today, a survivor of that long and dark time of my life. Throughout my life, after you, I have desperately grasped towards anything in my life that could act as a substitute, or replacement, for you. At various times it has been work, school, or another relationship, all the while ignoring whats truly in my heart and mind. The academic level I have risen in my pursuit of your acceptance is a Master’s Degree, all to show you what you mean to me.

Jennifer, my dream reader, these stories were inspired by our time and lessons learned from you. I hope to one day be able to capture the feelings I experienced with you, through characters on Sensually Desired.

-Forever Yours,

Benjamin Arbor