I was away too long.
On a routine excursion with my employer, Mr. Smythe, we became separated. I found myself in a strange land – filled with clean air (yikes!) and vivid colors. The smells were vibrant and stung my nose. My body had changed. I was larger, much larger – a giant. I wandered this way for months until it seemed as if my life in Babbage had been only a dream.
Dreaming. I found that I could not dream. My nights were filled with darkness – my mind void of the vivid imagery that once took me to lands undiscovered.
I had nearly resigned myself to a life without smog, without dreams, without furries (!) and without time machines – when one night a voice came in my sleep. A whip. A whisper. My Doctor’s voice beckoning me back.
“June. June – come back. You must only open your eyes and see.”
My eyes flew open. I was lying on my back on the time machine’s floor. I was myself again. He told me I had been wandering the time machine’s many rooms for months – rambling to myself – when I had eventually collapsed.
I asked him to take me home at once. When we landed, we took a tumble down a hill – my house was gone.
I discovered my land had recently been sold to an Elvin farmer (not Mr. Tenk’s fault, he had tried to get a hold of me) – my house leveled.
I have taken up residence at Mr. Mornington’s Brunel Hall as I have done many times in the past. I will eventually look for new land – when I am ready to rebuild. For now, Brunel Hall more than satisfies my need for a living space.
I am glad to be back.