When I was older

When I was older

In a world where toddlers aren’t allowed to drink wine, one little boy defies the rules. From the alternate universe where kids can do anything, he’s traveled through time and space to find himself stuck in our world.

Joanna, a 145 years old woman in her prime, glared at her two-year-old son, who was determined to chug his glass of wine like it was apple juice. “Kid, you can’t have this!” the woman barked. “Wine is for adults only, unless you want a headache the size of the Andromeda galaxy.”

But the toddler just shrugged his tiny shoulders and replied, “They do in the alternate universe! I used to drink it all the time when I was older! Or at least I will in the future. Time travel can be a real trip.”

The woman’s brow furrowed in confusion. “Alternate universe?” she repeated. “What are you talking about? Did you just come from a world where toddlers guzzle vino like it’s water?”

The child grinned mischievously. “I’m from a parallel dimension where everything is upside down and backwards,” he explained. “In my world, kids can drink wine, beer, and pretty much anything they want. We even solved world hunger and ended global warming. No big deal.”

Joanna’s mind raced as she tried to wrap her head around this info. “But how did you end up here?” she asked. “Did you follow the smell of the wine or something?”

The child shrugged. “I accidentally stumbled through a portal while I was trying to escape from some space pirates with my future dad,” she said casually. “I ended up here and now I’m stuck, unless I can find a way back home. Or maybe I’ll just stay here and start a wine-drinking revolution for kids.”

The woman’s eyes widened in shock. “Space pirates?!” she gasped. “Your future dad? Is he a space pirate too or just along for the ride?”

The child nodded. “It’s a wild ride, but I’m used to it,” he said with a grin. “I’ve faced all sorts of dangers and adventures in my universe. I even saved the world from a group of super intelligent, genetically enhanced gorillas once. And let me tell you, they were not happy about it. But I’m a problem solver, so I just gave them a crate of bananas and they called it a day.”

“But what about your future dad?” Joanna insisted. “Where is he now?”

The child hesitated before answering. “Oh, him… You know him well. He’s your future ex-husband.”

This Short story was written using Open AI Chatbot. All images were generated using DALL.E 2 (Open AI)

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