It was the year 2796,the end of the 28th century. People of this generation were leading peaceful lives and were happy all over the world. Technology boomed like anything and it was a period were scientists were on the verge of making time travelling possible. Scientists all around the world were working on the teleportation device also known as "The Savior".In the great Soviet Union was the famous scientist named Viktor who was working on the same machine too. He lived in St. Petersburg with his beautiful wife and his 18 year old son named Arthur. He works in his lab all day which is found just in front of his house where he performs these experiments with his colleagues. His payroll was just enough to feed his family and he barely spends his money on any other things. He lived under a small roof,with no fancy furniture ,fancy attire or any other fancy stuff. He led the life of an average Russian and both the adults were grateful with what they had. Both Viktor and his wife Karol made sure that Arthur wouldn't feel that he belonged to a middle class family. They grew him up by showering tons and tons of love and affection. Their love for him was unconditional and unbounded. In spite of their efforts Arthur hated his life to the core and he was depressed all the time.He wanted to live in big bungalows with fancy stuff,wear fancy clothes,go around the town in a fancy car ............He cursed his parents for being poor and never even talks unless he needs anything. In a nutshell he was desperate to live the life of a rich brat.He despised his father for being poor and was furious. One fine day without the acknowledgement of his parents he went to his father's lab,which his father had always advised him not to do so.In a vain attempt to destroy his father's lab he broke the front door and went in. The lab was filled with fancy machinery and other stuff. As he was exploring his father's lab he came across a glossy cylinder like machine with many buttons and with several warning signs. Arthur disregarded these signs pressed each and every button in the machine,he even broke a few but nothing happened. He felt hungry and decided to crash in his room after lunch. He slowly went to the front door of the lab and opened it. He was not pleased with what he saw there.
Ravaged buildings,burnt trees,corpse lying scattered,extremely hot weather and his house wasn't there anymore. He stood there all alone. Suddenly a boy around the same age dragged him to an underground shelter nearby and locked it.
"Are you nuts!!!What are you doing there all alone and I haven't seen you around who are you?" said the boy.
He was tall of stature,fair in complexion with scars all over his face.
Arthur replied"I am Arthur...I am sorry where am I?....what is going on.....?"
The boy replied"I am Val.....sorry to scare you...you are in Kirov.....don't you know what really is going on...?The Germans are trying to invade the entire soviet union and they are annihilating the entire Russian population.....Hostages are being taken to concentration camps where German sociopaths torture Russians death".
"I am sorry but Val what year it actually is??"
"It's 1965 dude where are you from man??"
"I am sorry Val I don't remember anything"Arthur clearly understood that he came back in time to 1965 and he right then knew he got teleported by the machine in his father's lab. He didn't want to scare Val off by his transportation stories and he decides to hide this from Val even though he was filled with terror. Soon he decides to visit the lab again and go back to his original home. Val provided food and shelter to Arthur and they both dozed off to sleep. It was around midnight when Arthur woke up and decides to go to the lab back again. He opens the door to the lab hits the same buttons which he pressed to get back in time. He finds that its energy resources were completely depleted and the time required for an another teleportation was displayed in big bold characters. "11,832 hours-493 days". A terrorizing chill ran through the back of is spine. With a shattered heart he returned back to the underground shelter and dozed of to sleep back again.
It was around 3 am and Arthur was tossing and turning all around his bed trying to get some sleep and he suddenly heard a loud sound "BANG" then he realized that the door of the underground was opened by somebody.He woke up to find out who it was. In front of him were three hefty men standing with gun pointed at Val's head. He lied speechless and the next second,one of the German's pulled the trigger. Arthur began pleading to the German not to shoot him...before he could clap his eyes he was shot in his forehead then everything went blank. He then heard some voice
"Hey Artie,what happened man!Artie come on open your eyes". When Arthur opened his eyes he was relieved to find that it was nothing but a nightmare. Val served him tea,Arthur took a sip of it and he came back to normal.
"Nightmares huh!!You will get used to it"said Val.
"What is happening here?......Why are we getting killed?...."asked Artie
"Don't worry I will tell you the entire story,Just finish up your tea".
After Arthur gulped his tea.....Val begin to describe what had happened.....
It all began 2 years ago,We were leading our lives very happily and one fine day......that awful news left everyone distressed.It was announced that the president was killed by the Germans and it was announced that the Russians would be spared only when if they agree to work as slaves....Everyone was beyond terrified....many tried to escape the country but unfortunately most of them were either shot or captured.They were left with only two choices either to work as slaves or to go under hiding.Thus Val and his friend Marley chose to go to an underground basement were they would hide.One day when Marley went to gather some supplies a group of Germans caught her up and dragged her to the most worst place a person could possibly be
"THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS" where people were tortured to death and were forced to work as slaves without food or water.....These camps were so agonizing that a person would choose to die rather than being in it.They were also called as the "HELL ON EARTH".Men,women,children......even infants were took there......It was the last time when Val saw Marley. He was depressed and lonely,led a lonesome cruel life until he met Arthur.....Days flew faster than a speeding bullet and Arthur had spent the next six months underground with Val.....they were like peas in a pod so close,so intimate.
Both Arthur and Val received their supplies with the help of a old vegetable vendor named Dimitrich. Dimitrich helps since Val had saved his life not once but twice. On one occasion when the Germans were behind Dimitrich's tail it was Val who pulled in Dimitrich to the underground. Had he not pulled him the Germans would have caught him. On an another occasion Dimitrich suffered from measles if he was left untreated Dimitrich would have suffered a painful death. But Val risked his life to obtain antibiotics from the nearby town. Thus Dimitrich was indebted to Val for life.........
Whenever he has got supplies for Val all he does is to knock the underground door twice and say the word "предметы снабжения" which means"supplies"..he says the word twice and knocks on the door back again twice.This served as a passcode between Dimitrich and Val.Everything was going well......Dimitrich provided supplies whenever Val needed and he stayed with Val and Arthur during weekends.
One day around half past nine in the night Dimitrich knocked the door twice and in a different voice said the word supplies and knocked the door only once....This rose suspicion......Arthur suggested that they should go hiding somewhere....but Val suggested that it would be none other than Dimitrich and opened the door. Within the next millisecond a gun was pointed to Val's forehead and this shook Val to his core. Arthur was dumbstruck and didn't knew what to do.All he saw was that Dimitrich was lying on the ground motionless with several bullets to his chest.This scared the shit out of him.There were two generals before Val and they dragged them both to a van....blindfolded them.....hit them hard in the back of their head and the in the next moment both were lying unconscious on the ground........
Arthur slowly opened his eyes and he found both himself and Val inside a truck with three other,a women with her two kids....They tried to jump out of the back door but it was locked. They had no other way but to stay calm. The ride was pretty arduous.They traveled for hadn't seen daylight in several days and were inside the same truck for quite long right now. Only four slices of bread were given to them every day and they had to live with that.They did nothing and they sat all day along looking at each other.They slept to pass time and were desperate to see daylight.Arthur went to sleep as usual after having his bread slices.A few hours later Val woke him up and the five in the truck were so relieved that the door of the truck had finally had opened.He was happy for a second but it was short lived. Two men in uniforms pulled out the women by her hair and dragged the kids out of the truck. Arthur cussed out at the German for being so rude. The German became furious and hit Arthur in the his face with his pistol and back again Arthur fell unconscious. Arthur felt a sudden chill and opened his eyes. Few hours later Val awakened him.Arthur was taken aback by what he had saw.
Three men were being lashed with wired oxtails out in the hot sun for trying to escape the place.He wondered why they were trying to escape and he had no idea were he was. It was also called the hell on earth which was the last place both Val and Arthur wanted to be in.It was the "THE CONCENTRATION CAMP".Life in these camps were worse than they had expected.Both were taken in line to a room were they were stripped of their clothes and their heads were shaved. This was done to strip the slaves of their dignity.They were provided with uniforms to wear and each were sent to a corresponding place depending upon their physical strength.Not even children were spared.Detainees who were unfit for work,including the young children,the elderly,pregnant women.....were ordered to take showers.However the bathhouses to which they marched were disguised gas chambers.They were gassed to death.The Germans thought that this was the most simplest way to eliminate the detainees who were unfitforwork.
Both Arthur and Val were sent to work under construction sites.There were hardly any sewers or toilets.They had to work all day with little or no food at all.If they stopped working they would sent to gas chambers.As new detainees flooded into these camps everyday the old unfit ones were being eliminated.Diseases were alarming dangers and the doctors showed little to no care to the patients.This appalling life went on for both Arthur and Val couldn't do anything about it.They were sheltered in a old building.Around 40 to 45 slept in a single room where there actually could be 15.Living conditions were far beyond worse.After an arduous day at work Arthur came back to his room,sat in a corner and regretted beyond measure for missing out such a beautiful life he had had before.For the first time in his life he missed his mom,his heart was filled with guilt and was thinking about the beautiful moments which he had spent with his parents and hated himself for being such a brat.He then dozed off to sleep in the upper bunk of the bed.It was around midnight loud screams came from the lower bunk of his bed.Before he could open his eyes to find what was going he was pulled out from his bunker by someone. When he had opened his eyes he was at the feet of a German official. There were several other intoxicated guards standing beside him.They teared all the prisoners out of their beds and were inhumanely beaten until the person falls unconscious or dies.That night after those nefarious German soldiers had left Arthur helped his co-inmates get back in their bed despite the pain he was suffering. He was shocked to find out that one of the soldiers had broken Val's leg and he was under excruciating pain. Both dragged themselves to the doctor in the same shelter.The door was wide open before they entered,they peeked through the door where they witnessed the most inhuman act they had seen in their entire lives.There were two infants who appeared to be twins.He took them both and placed each of them in a separate beds.He then took a syringe filled with some chemical and he was about to inject it into the eyes of one infant.Unable to witness that horrendous event they both came back to their bunkers and asked to the other inmates about the doctor.One of the inmate said that he was called the "Angel of Death" as he performed a range of experiments on the detainees.
For example in an effort to study eye color he injected serum into the eyeballs of dozens of children causing them to suffer excruciating pain.He also injected chloroform into the hearts of twins to determine if both siblings would die at the same time and in the same manner.
All these facts shook them to the core and they decided to escape the camp.They had two options before them either to die of work,starvation or disease or to escape the camp.If they were caught they would die and it didn't matter as they were going to die anyway.So one fine day they decided to escape.It was around midnight they silently crawled out of their beds and went out side the building without being noticed. They had to run nearly a mile and they bypassed several guards in their path without being noticed. They had reached the end of the camp and they only had to cross a heavily barbed fence after which they could escape.Between the fence and them were 8 guards and it was near to impossible for crossing them.The thought of going back never crossed both minds.Val's broken leg cried out to him and he realized that had no chance of escaping the camp unless the god himself came down to earth. He realized his condition and devised a plan.He said to Arthur "When I say run....run as if your life depends on it and do not turn back and do not wait for me...I will be on your tail....don't worry..I want you to promise this to me and I hope you won't break your promise.....Artie"
Arthur said "Yes man, we will escape....."
"Love you Artie,You are my man"
Time became so slow that one could witness the motion of a bullet .The clock began ticking and everything went slo-mo.When all the guards were not looking at their side Val took a giant stone and threw it on the sideways near a guard such that it doesn't disclose their location ....The guards became alert and they started looking back and forth....When no guards were looking on the farther north Val said the golden word "RUN".Arthur ran faster than a speeding bullet and he crawled under the barbed wire to reach the other side and went to the safe side.He turned around to find where Val was but the unthinkable happened.He was lying dead on the ground with bullets all over his body.He was confused what had happened.What Val actually did was he ran east-ways and while Arthur was running he heard Val's voice screaming "Hey I am over here bastards!!" and he had distracted the guards while Arthur had swiftly dodged around several guards.In a nutshell Val, on purpose sacrificed himself for his friend.Realizing what had happened Arthur was moved and he stood there motionless,his heart shattered,tears rolled down his cheek and he was in agonizing pain.He was deeply bruised on an emotional level.He closed his eyes and sat down and he couldn't digest the fact that Val was dead.
When Arthur opened his eyes he saw the most painful thing.........Val's body was thrown outside the barbed fence. He silently sneaked near the fence and picked Val's body and buried it nearby.With tearful eyes he paid his homage to Val and was waiting for some vehicle to arrive.Fortunately an arms delivery vehicle passed by and Arthur went and jumped in it.This vehicle would pass Kirov where Arthur would get down. He went out to check if the Time Machine was ready back for an another travel when he got there the display said "1 hour 15 minutes".Arthur waited patiently and after when the Time Machine was energized he went back in.
"Wow,I am speechless"said Mason.
Arthur just smiled back and said "That's it".
"Where is the time machine right now??"asked Mason
"It still remains an unsolved mystery even today"said Arthur.
Mason was a prolific book writer and he had found about Arthur through his wife.It was the year 2808 and Arthur was narrating all his adventures to Mason,how war had taught him to be more compassionate,more empathetic and most importantly more grateful with what he had.His life in those camps changed the way he lived.If it had not been for the time travel and those camps he would have grown into a different person.Arthur grew up,became a doctor and helps injured people who returns from war free of cost.He owns a house near the place which used to be the camp and in memory of his friend Val he named his kid named Valentino who was 17 years old.
Valentino was an energetic kid.He playfully went to the basement and found it locked.He was always curious about what was inside the basement so he broke the lock and inside the basement he came across a glossy cylinder like machine with many buttons and with several warning signs. He disregarded these signs pressed each and every button in the machine so he went in the cylinder everything turned blank the next moment Valentino was lying on the ground.He heard a women's voice who said"Lincoln where are you?".When Valentino looked around and found pictures of a kid named Abraham Lincoln and something caught his eyes.It was the year"1827"
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