Caleb's 4x4 Contest Round 5: The Paradox of Time . My entry to Caleb's 4x4 contest . Three days.
It had been three days since their argument. Three days of no conversation with Peter. Three days of Peter going to the lab early in the morning and returning home late at night.
Three days of unbearable solitude.
On that fourth day, Lucy Moore made a decision. She would follow him to the lab and speak to him for the first time since the quarrel.
He was where she expected him to be. Of course. He never worked in a different place.
Her footsteps were resonant upon the harsh metal floor. Peter turned to face Lucy in anger.
“So, I see you’ve returned. It’s too late, you know. I can’t have you.”
“Peter, what are you talking about!?” Lucy exclaimed. “You know I still love you!”
“You don’t love me,” he responded. “No one loves me. Nobody cares whether or not I exist.
“So I’ve decided to sacrifice myself in the pursuit of knowledge. I will test out my time machine and die in the past, so I can be victorious in my scientific engineering when I die.
“In a few moments, I’ll have never existed. I will kill my grandfather to make sure that I will never have disgraced this universe.”
Despite Lucy’s protests, Peter climbed into the time machine.
“Goodbye, my former wife. May you never remember me.”
Lucy hoped beyond hope that the time machine wouldn’t work, that it would fail to travel back in time. She should have known better. Peter may be many things, but he wasn’t a bad inventor.
He was gone.
He would never return, yet the memories that now had never happened were still there.
Lucy wept as she remembered her last encounter with her husband.
Four days ago. It seemed like a lifetime, but it was only four days ago that they had had the horrible argument. Lucy couldn’t even remember what it was about, who started it, how it ended.
In fact she couldn’t remember much about… who was she thinking about? Oh yes, her husband…or something like that. Percy? Pat?
Even the name escaped her now.
She was crying. Why was she crying? She wiped away the tears from her eyes. She must have been daydreaming again. Oh, how she wished she could find someone who loved her.
Lucy Roberts walked away.
86 years ago…
Peter emerged from the wreckage of the time machine. Of course it would be wrecked! It had landed partially inside of the hill that was partially leveled to build the laboratory. The collision must have caused an explosion. It was but through sheer luck that he had survived without the same fate.
He set off toward young Herbert Moore’s house to fulfill his task.
Herbert played inside, building a LEGO lighthouse. His parents were away to go shopping; he was home alone.
He heard a door creak, but didn’t think much of it. It was probably just his dog trying to get in.
Peter looked at the boy, playing contently.
Peter lunged at him, pulling out a knife.
That moment was the longest moment of his life.
As he looked upon the epitome of innocence, he began to ponder whether life had a greater purpose. Surely there was some reason that he couldn’t be as happy as the little boy!
At the same time…
What would really happen if he killed the boy? If Peter was never born, then he would have never killed his grandfather. But then if his grandfather wasn’t killed, then Peter would have been able to go back in time to kill him. But then…
Wow, that was a tough build. It's sheer height (somewhere around 50 bricks) and the fact that the second level is pretty fragile made this a really difficult creation to work on, since it basically fell over every few minutes. It's probably my favorite of all my entries (or of my last three, at least) to this contest.
For those wondering about the meaning behind the parts use of the mind blown scene, it's all symbolic about what Peter cared about most. The railing symbolizes construction and engineering, the control panel symbolizes technology, the treasure map represents his non-monetary treasures, and the dollar bill symbolizes money.
Here's an overall picture from the front.
And from the back. The inclusion of the word restricted my workable space for front detailing to 4x3 studs. (or 4x2 not counting the wall.) I do like how the word came out though; note the switch to transparent colors for the lower three levels to show the switch of environment to the lab...
And the mandatory (4 this time, since it was already hard enough to find the pieces to make one brick wall, not to mention balancing it...) no overhang pictures:
For round 5 of Caleb's 4x4 contest in the category "Paradox".