You’re up before dawn on a Saturday when the doorbell rings. You haven’t brewed your coffee so you wonder if you imagined the sound. Plonking the half-filled carafe in the sink, you go to the front door and cautiously swing it open. No one there. As you cast your eyes to the ground, you see a parcel addressed to you … from you.
You scoop it up and haul it inside, sensing something legitimate despite the extreme oddness of the situation. Carefully, you pry it open. Inside is a shoebox — sent from ten years in the future – and it’s filled with items you have sent yourself.
What’s in it?
Since I'm on a bit of having-writing-fun kick (which I'll write about next week), I decided I'll do a short (very short) story of it. Hope you enjoy! In case you're wondering, I don't drink coffee. Hence its absence from the morning routine.
The doorbell rings. No... please let that be my imagination. The dogs start in on their frenzied barking. Never could figure out their problem with the bell. Maybe they just don't like the tune.
I growl and roll myself out of bed, landing on my feet in a show of much greater alertness than I'm currently feeling. Then I trudge up stairs. This better be worth the aggravation of waking up early on the first Saturday in weeks that I could sleep in.
When I get to the door, there's no one. My black lab pelts past and starts sniffling the parcel on the welcome mat. It's addressed to me. Interesting. I pick it up and head back in, tearing at the wrapping as I go.
A shoebox. Even more interesting. I sit down by the kitchen counter and investigate the outside of the box. Nothing strange pops out at me, so I pry the lid off. Inside lies only three things, although the third is obscured by a huge slab of dark chocolate and a piece of paper with a note on it.
I pull out the note and stare, shock shooting through me. This is my own handwriting. Complete with ink splots, strikethroughs and just general chaos. Unable to help myself, I read it.
Hey there, kiddo,
I know you don't really like knowing what the future holds, so on International Send Back a Capsule Day, I thought you might appreciate these.
You're going to make it!!!
So that would be the piece of chocolate. What's the other thing? I check back inside the box and pull out a book. My own. I open the cover.
6th edition. And, as my future humoristic self notes in my infamously sloppy handwriting:
Fingers crossed it all comes true - and counting!ReplyDelete
I've visited several members of this bloghop. A very good gift from you to yourself, Misha.ReplyDelete
I like the positive and optimistice done of your entry.
I should have thought to send myself chocolate!!ReplyDelete
I'm hoping if future me ever sends me a package like that that she's considerate enough to include chocolate. You know, as well as a finished copy of my book.ReplyDelete
At least you know which story to focus on now.ReplyDelete
Love your future!!ReplyDelete
The future is looking bright for you...they still have chocolate! :)ReplyDelete
Love your future - especially the chocolate and your note! Sweet!ReplyDelete
Sixth edition - that means it will happen soon!ReplyDelete
Chocolate. Never goes out of style.ReplyDelete
chocolate -on my list! 6th edition - a distant hope for me for now, but I know... someday...ReplyDelete
Mmm, chocolate! You'll make it and I can't wait to read the post that your 7th edition is about to go into print. :DReplyDelete
chocolate is always good! Love that there's an International Send Back a Capsule Day :DReplyDelete
And counting, indeed. Good to see that future you is still a pretty cool chick. ;)ReplyDelete
Ha! Love it! I can't think of anything better than that find. I'm fairly new to the blogging world, so thanks for joining my site. I was slow to get my post up this morning, but it sounds like you can relate to chaos and being behind schedule. At any rate, I enjoyed your post and will be back. :)ReplyDelete
6th edition and counting, love it. And the chocolate too, of course. Great entry. :)ReplyDelete
And keep at it. That 6th edition will come and go as the next comes around the future corner :-)
Chocolate and a book...the perfect combination. ;)ReplyDelete
A great story, hope your dreams come true :)ReplyDelete
Hehehe! Awesome. I'd love for chocolate and a book to turn up on my porch.ReplyDelete
Love what you sent yourself! Two great things!!! :DReplyDelete
International Send Back a Capsule Day? Nice touch!ReplyDelete
6th edition... I love your positivity!
Super! Dark chocolate and a best seller. It doesn't get much better than that!ReplyDelete
In ten years I expect you to be on your 10th edition! Don't short change yourself! :)ReplyDelete
You'd better get going to have all those editions done in 10 years. ;)ReplyDelete
And counting! Perfect ending. :)ReplyDelete
Keeping my fingers crossed that it all comes true for you Misha.ReplyDelete
everything so sweet as the chocolates...good work..GOD LOVE UReplyDelete
Are we all writers or what? My excerpt included a book I wrote too, lol. I don't drink coffee either, nice to know I'm not the only non-conformist in the blogs.ReplyDelete
That was a very thoughtful gift from yourself!ReplyDelete
Ah yes, that would be the perfect gift to send back to yourself. :)ReplyDelete
Sixth edition is a fine ambition - dark chocolate a fine celebration :-)ReplyDelete
Had a word with the future Misha. Yes, I'm commenting into the now from the future. And it be true, you did make it! With that, I'm taking two future 'capsules' for my future headache which also seems to be happening now.ReplyDelete
.....I'm outta' here, zap me back.....
Misha, that was a fantastic Back to the Future shoebox. And, yep, the future's yours, girl! BTW, I'm not big on coffee either and honestly don't understand what's so great about a cup of coffee.ReplyDelete
What a fantastic idea. I never thought about edition counts. I'm hoping this becomes a reality for you.ReplyDelete
Love this story. This blog hop is a scary concept.ReplyDelete
I think this is the first I saw anyone mention editions, too. Nice work :) I love dark chocolate... mmmm! ate too much of it already this weekend. hahaReplyDelete
YAY FOR CHOCOLATE.!ReplyDelete
I sent myself that too and COFFEE.. LOL.