The Mandela Effect and The Stein’s

Chapter 1: Luke… I am your Father…

Richard leaned back in his chair… mouth agape as he watched the laptop. “Shoooo Kah… shoo kah… No! I am your father” the laptop sang. Mindy laughed as the YouTuber continued on about conspiracies and multidimensional logos. “Caan… you believe these crazies?” Mindy asked.

Richard still sat his mouth open… he couldn’t tell her now that he always remembered it being “Luke… I am your father…” Richard smiled and shrugged “I know right” he let out a disconcerting chuckle. He dove back into his brain… He had always prided himself having a better memory than most people… but how could he misremember so many things…

It didn’t make any sense he had always eaten Chik-fil-A not Chick-fil-A… was he going insane? He thought back and could even remember Queen singing “end of the world” at the end of “We are the champions”. He used to love that part at the end of Mighty ducks 2… the one where they’re singing by the camp fire…

Mindy stood up extending her hand to Richard “ Come on Richard let’s go… I’ve had enough of watching youtube.” Richard took mindy’s hand barely noticing it being in his face. “I don’t know” he thought… “maybe my memory isn’t as good as I thought.”

He looked at the clock [6:25] it read, “ Where do you want go?” he asked. Mindy could always take Richard’s mind off the world- “Did she know what I was thinking?” he wondered to himself. “Could she tell it was bothering me?”

Mindy was in the kitchen grabbing her house keys “Come on or I’m leaving you here.” she called out as she headed to the door. Richard shook his head and moved to follow her. Opening the door to their flat Richard still couldn’t pull himself from his own thoughts.

Richard took mindy’s hand as they headed down the hallway to the elevator. Pressing the button mindy called it to the 14th floor… like all buildings their was no 13th floor but, everyone knew what floor they were really on. He smiled at Mindy and asked “ Well love… where are we going?”

She smiled Turning to him and putting her free arm around him placing her head in his chest. “ Well… I figured since I’ve been a good wife… you would take me to lunch… instead of me making lunch” Richard laughed “ oh… did you Now?”

[Ding] The elevator called as the doors glided open. Inside a man wearing a black fedora and a black three peice suit leaned against the wall. The hat was pulled down just enough to cover his face but, his grin could still be seen. They walked into the elevator and turned around laughing as both of them pushed the button for the lobby.

The elevator started moving and in the reflection of the doors Richard couldn’t see the man anymore. Richard didn’t turn around though- “It would be rude… I must just be in the way of the reflection…” he thought. [Ding] The door slid Open and they stepped out into the lobby.

Jake sat at the desk of the lobby watching the cameras it seemed but, really Jake was watching the Basketball game on his computer. “good afternoon! Mr and Mrs stein” They waved to Jake and he went back to watching the game.

“Nooo” they heard him call as they walked out onto the city streets- Richard stuck his arm up and began to flag down a taxi. After flailing his arm for a bit one pulled up and Richard opened the door for Mindy. “Jersey… take the tunnel…” Richard said as Mindy looked at him crazy. “Let’s go see my mom and then I promise I’ll take you to chez Catherine”

“If that’s the road you want… that’s the road I’ll take…” the cab driver said as he merged into traffic. “Chez Catherine is closed” Mindy said laughing- Richard could remember eating there last week though “ Well I guess… we’ll have to eat something else” he replied laughing as well to cover his confusion.

He looked into the rear view mirror of the cab trying to see the face of the driver but, he couldn’t no matter what way he leaned. His face hidden by a black fedora… “ That’s odd” he thought but it had to be a coincidence. Traffic slowed to a halt as they entered the tunnel- car upon car stacked behind the other honking.

A taxi driver ahead of them stuck half his body out the window and yelled “Hey you idiots… what’s the damn hold up” he threw his arms up and sat back in his car. “This is the road you chose… your decision…” the cab driver said looking in the mirror his face still covered by the hat.

“The nerve of this guy” Richard thought. he lifted his hand to point at the cab driver sternly. The cab driver looked up in the rear view mirror and lifted his hat grinning at Richard. The tunnel groaned which wasn’t uncommon and Richard took his eyes from the mirror as heard [CRACK]- a line splintered across the wall jutting up at an angle across the ceiling and down the tunnel.

“Mindy open the door!” Richard screamed turning to the door pushing her to hurry her. “We’ve got to get out of the tunnel!” still the cab driver sat smiling “ your decision…” it was then that Richard finally saw the man had no eyes… no nose… only his grin… Mindy had finally made it out of the cab and Richard fell out of the cab as the cab driver sat in the car laughing…

They were not the only ones the tunnel filled with frightened screams as people climbed from their cars and began to run for the entrance or exit… [CRACK] sang from the roof again followed by a [BOOM] and then the roofs to the entrances collapsed. Richard looked back at the cab…in the mirror still sat the driver calmly smiling…

There was another [CRACK] followed by a [WHOOOSH]… water flew out of the ceiling picking up the cars in a violent clatter. Still sat the man with half a face smiling in the mirror pulling his hat back down… Richard turned and took Mindy in his arms “ I love you” he said as the water tore her from his arms…

[6:26] the clock read in their living room… “come on or I’m leaving you here!” Mindy called from the door. Richard looked around stuttering water pooling down his face. “are you coming or not?” mindy asked turning to Richard. Richard caught a glimpse of some one walking by In the door- the man smiled tipping his fedora to Richard as he walked by. Richard collapsed his clothes drenched laying in a puddle of water…