Just Slightly Ahead of Their Time
By Dwayne Anderson
Note From the Author:In this story, the Futurama Gang meet the tweenage rugrats from the hit new show "All Grown Up".
"Didi!" called Stu. "Tommy! Dil! Everyone! Come see my latest and greatest invention!"
Everyone went downstairs to the basement.
"What is it this time?" asked Drew.
"Just my greatest masterpiece of all" said Stu.
He pulled a cloth off the table, revealing a device that looked like a television remote control combined with a calculator.
"What is it dad?" asked Tommy.
"A time machine" said Stu.
"A TIME MACHINE!!!" everyone repeated.
"Yes" said Stu. "I haven't tested it yet. It would be great for seeing the future without paying a gypsy to do it."
"I wanna see the next winning lottery numbers" said Drew. "Then I can go back into time and enter the lottery and win!"
"I wanna visit my dad before he died" said Kimi.
"And I wanna see my mother" said Chuckie.
"Now now" said Stu. "Be careful how you use the time machine. In fact, it can only take you to the future, but not the past. However, if you travel into the future, you can return to the present, but not go to the past."
Chuckie and Kimi moaned.
Suddenly, everyone heard the sound of steam.
"Eep!" cried Didi. "My tea!"
"My coffee!" cried Stu.
Everyone rushed back upstairs, except the kids.
The kids looked at the time machine device.
"What a great gizmo!" said Chuckie. "Too bad we can't go into the past. I could have met my mother."
Tommy picked up the time machine. "Why don't we give it a test run?" he suggested. "Let's say, 1000 years into the future?"
"Yes! Lets!" said the others.
Tommy pushed a few buttons. The screen of the machine read "1000 years".
A time gate opened and sucked the kids into it like a vacuum cleaner.
The grownups returned downstairs.
"Hey!" said Stu. "Where did the kids go?"
"And where's the time machine?" asked Didi.
"Oh no!" said Stu. "They've gone into a time gate!"
The time gate opened and the kids found themselves in a spaceship traveling through outer space.
"Yay!" cheered Kimi. "We're the first kids in space!"
"Uh...where are we?" asked Chuckie. "Is this the future? Where's Earth?"
"I'm going to find out!" said Tommy. "Wait here everyone!"
Tommy walked over to the door. To his surprise, it automatically opened up.
"Yep! We're in the future alright!" he said. He walked out the door.
He walked down the aisle and came to another door that automatically opened for him. Inside, he found a robot hard at work.
The robot turned around. "Who are you?!" it said.
"Ahhh!" screamed Tommy. "It's alive!"
He ran out of the room and back to the others.
"Tommy, what happened?" asked Lil.
"There's something alive on this ship!" said Tommy.
"What is?" asked Phil.
"It's a robot!" said Tommy. "And it was bending stuff like a straw. I don't want that to happen to me or any of us!"
"What did this robot look like?" asked Angelica. "Can we take it home to uncle Stu?"
"Get serious Angelica!" said Kimi. "This is a robot we're talking about!"
"Now let's not panic guys" said Tommy. "I know I saw a robot, but I know that they can't harm people. They can only do that if they are programed to do it."
Just then, the door opened.
"Hey, there he is again" said a familiar voice. "And he brought nerds!"
The kids turned to the door.
Standing in the doorway was the robot Tommy saw. With him was a young man with orange hair, a red shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes.
"Bender, it's just a bunch of kids" said the man.
"Kids?" said the robot. "What are they doing on the Planet Express ship?"
"Ummm" said Angelica trying to think of a good excuse. "We wandered here by accident?"
"Actually" said Tommy, "we're from the past."
"How far from the past?" asked the man.
"1000 years" said Tommy.
"Wow!" said the man. "I'm from the past too! I was cryogenically frozen on the eve of the millennium 1000 years ago."
"How did you spend time?" asked Chuckie.
"You don't understand" said the man. "It was like a coma. And it was kind of cold. While I was asleep, much has changed over the years. Aliens also live on Earth with us."
"Can you take us to Earth?" asked Tommy.
"We could, but we're on a tight schedule now" said the man. "We're making a delivery to the headquarters of the galaxy-wide government, the 'Democratic Order Of Planets', or 'DOOP'. Then we need to make another delivery to Mars."
"Martians?" asked Angelica.
"No" said the man. "People live on Mars now, well a few people."
"Well, I guess for now we'll have to tag along" said Tommy. "It appears the time machine's batteries just went dead. We'll need to recharge them somehow to return to the past. But it could be days before we do find a way!"
"Well, for now, how about I take you to the cockpit" said the man. "Oh by the way, my name's Phillip J. Fry, but everyone calls me Fry."
Fry led the Rugrats to the cockpit. Piloting the ship was a young woman slightly younger than Fry. She had a white shirt, black pants, and grey boots. Her purple hair was tied back in a pony tail. And one unique feature that sets her apart from the rest..."
"Leela, I need to talk to you" said Fry.
The woman turned to him.
"Ahhhh!" cried the Rugrats. They were quite surprised and shocked to see that the woman had only one eye.
"Fry, you know better than to let kids onto the ship" said the woman.
"But these kids are time travellers!" said Fry. "They're from the past, my past!"
"Actually, even though we came from the same period, we're actually from our own past -- we never met," said Angelica.
"Can I ask you something?" Phil asked the woman. "Who are you?"
"I'm Turanga Leela" said the woman. "But everyone calls me Leela. After we make our delivery to DOOP, we're going to Mars to make a delivery to the Wong family."
"Aren't they chinese?" asked Kimi. "I'm Japanese, although I was born in France."
"Yes they are Chinese" said Fry. "Try asking Amy."
"Who's Amy?" asked Angelica.
"I am" said a young woman as she entered the cockpit. She had black hair and a pink sweatsuit. "Nice to meet you" she told the Rugrats. "I'm Amy Wong. My parents own half the planet Mars."
"First humans land on the moon, and now they've colonized Mars" said Tommy. "What else could humanity do?"
"You live on Mars?" asked Lil.
"Yes" said Amy. "Actually I was born on Mars. I live in an apartment in New New York."
"What happened to the old New York?" asked Kimi.
"It was destroyed by aliens" said Leela. "Fry was frozen when it happened."
"We usually stop on Mars during the job to visit my parents. But it's always the same. As soon as they meet me, they always ask `where's my grandchild? Where's my grandchild?"
"Do you work on this ship?" asked Chuckie.
"Yes" said Amy. "I'm the intern. Leela is the pilot. And Fry is our main delivery boy."
"I hate being a delivery boy" said Fry.
Leela went back to piloting the ship. "Fry, why don't you introduce the kids to the rest of the crew?"
"But there's only Zoidberg and Farnsworth" said Fry.
"Hey can I ask you something else?" asked Dil.
"Does it have something to do with my eye?" asked Leela.
"No" said Dil.
"Then what's the question?"
"What's with the eye?"
"I'm a mutant!" said an annoyed Leela. "For a while I thought I was a cyclops living on Earth."
Just then, an old man entered the cockpit along with a lobster man.
"Kids, this is professor Farnsworth and Dr. Zoidberg" said Fry.
"Where's the robot?" asked Susie.
"In the supply room" said Fry.
"Hold on to your horses everyone" said Leela. "We're approaching DOOP!"
To Be Continued...