The Safe

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Ever wake up in the middle of the night, or randomly check your watch in the daytime, to see the same thing following you around? For me it’s 11:17. I would say one out of every 3 times I check my watch it’s 11:17. You may have another one, like 3:33, or 12:50. If you don’t have one, count your blessings and stop reading. If you do have a time that you can’t seem to shake, follow these instructions.

Find the place where you were born. The more specific the better. The exact room if you can, but sometimes what you’re looking for can wander around a bit.

Search the room and the surrounding area thoroughly. You should eventually find a safe with a 4-digit keypad combination. You know which 4 digits to enter. (Use a 0 first if your hour is below 10.) Inside you should find a manilla envelope. Take it out, and be careful to note its surprisingly heavy weight, because you don’t want to accidentally drop it. With the envelope in hand, get out of there, and make sure nobody saw you.

Once you’re in a safe place, open the package up. You should find an external hard drive, and two envelopes. One is labeled “Photos.” Open that up, you will find a series of polaroids documenting your life story. Each one will have a date and a brief description printed in the white space. You will have never seen these pictures before, or have any recollection of someone taking them. The pictures will often appear to have been taken from secluded areas, as though a stalker took them. Be very careful when looking through these photos that you don’t look at any photos beyond today’s date, because they are there, and the future is not meant to be known.

The other envelope is labeled “Certificates,” and is nowhere near as thick as the photos envelope. I would advice against looking through this altogether, as it will contain all legal documents from your entire life, from your birth certificate, to your marriage license, to every driver’s license, business license, traffic ticket, and birth certificate that has your name listed under “mother” or “father”. Of utmost warning, it also contains your death certificate.

Obtain a cheap computer that you won’t feel too badly about parting with, and a high-quality printer that is full on toner and paper, with extras as needed to replace. Make sure the printer drivers are installed properly. Do not plug the hard drive in until you are complete ready to print out all the information you’ll find on it, and utmost importance: DO NOT CONNECT THE COMPUTER TO THE INTERNET. If the computer has wireless capabilities, remove them. It needs to be physically impossible for the machine to connect to the internet on its own.

Once you’ve plugged the hard drive in, don’t do anything on the computer. The hard drive has software that will take control from here on out. If you followed the instructions precisely, the printer should be spewing out pages like mad. They will be blueprints, schematics, and mathematical formulae that most people won’t have the capacity to understand. If the printer runs out of paper before it’s finished, be sure to load more in. You’ll know when it’s finished because the computer will shut down and never turn on again, and the final printed page will say “END OF INSTRUCTION SET.” It will then provide an IP address. Go to that IP address in your web browser. It will prompt you for your four-digit password. From there, further instructions will be given.

About a dozen of us have followed these instructions so far, and comparing our printouts shows that each hard drive only contained a piece of the whole. We don’t know how many more pieces there are out there, whether anyone has duplicates, but we’re pretty sure we have partial schematics for a working time machine, one that we are destined to construct.

I’ve never been brave enough to look at the photos and documents of my future, but others have taken the plunge. They claim that every time they look at one of their future pictures, the photo has changed, and sometimes, the number of photos changes altogether.

As a final warning: destroy the hard drive when you are finished. It is unlike anything any of us have ever seen before, and it seems to be able to turn itself on without a power source. I didn’t wait around to see if mine made any noises, but reports from the others say that at night, it seems to whisper to them.

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  • Commented on May 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    This is a really good concept. Great work.

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  • Commented on June 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Agreeing with SaneButStrange, it wasn’t very frightening. My times are 3:43 and 7:47. Makes you think though. . .

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  • Commented on April 29, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Loved it man. Only thing is it wasn’t really scary. But I also like ones that make you think..

    My time is 07:23.. July 23 is my birthday as well. That’s the time that follows me.

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  • Commented on February 28, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I’m thinking about doing this

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  • FunTyme
    Commented on October 13, 2015 at 6:56 am

    I don’t have a specific time.

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  • Commented on December 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    not scary, but a good think. my time is 6:04.

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  • Commented on November 5, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Classic, can’t say much more than that.

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  • Commented on March 18, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Mine is 7:04

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  • Commented on March 18, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Amazing not really creepy but very good add a ghost or monster here and there and it will be 5 stars worthy I give it a 4.5

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  • Commented on April 24, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Good idea. But it got kinda cringe worthy at the end. The time machine just seemed be kind of out of place is all. Other than that I really enjoyed this. Good work!

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  • Commented on May 7, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    SatansLeftBall , my time is also 7:47. This story really intrigued me!

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  • Commented on June 5, 2015 at 11:36 am

    I love this pasta! My time is somewhere at 5am, if I didn’t stay up late on my phone I wake up at this time

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  • Commented on July 19, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    I have no time but I read on anyway. It’s a very interesting concept, and I can really see this as a movie/novel.

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  • Commented on October 17, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Not very creepy but the concept of what time you have was great! I normally wake up around one in the morning due to nightmares, so it kind of made me think. Great story!

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  • Commented on January 29, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    My time is 20:40
    Should I start looking? ;-;

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  • Commented on October 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    My time is noon or 12:20

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  • Commented on July 11, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Mine is 1:11.

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  • Commented on November 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Great storytelling loved it this pasta has a great aftertaste

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  • Commented on September 8, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    I have 9:11 and 3:03

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  • Commented on December 15, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I used to have 3:04 am, 7:12 pm, and 11:09 pm…not anymore though…..

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  • Commented on January 29, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Have some kind of curse or demon gaurding the safe or something along those lines ill give a five right now ill give a 4.5

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  • xLaurenAshleyyx
    Commented on February 22, 2016 at 4:37 am

    11:11 and 1:11. I liked the concept. It was intriguing to me because it has always kind of drove me nuts always checking the clock at the same time and knowing full well it was happening and doing it anyways. This pasta was very interesting and now has me thinking about my time again wondering the connection between the time and me…

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  • Commented on April 10, 2016 at 5:24 am

    ” If you don’t have one, count your blessings and stop reading” *keeps reading haha lol

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  • Commented on April 10, 2016 at 5:32 am

    Wanna know what is weird mine is the same as NiceHatCrazyBat but only 9:11

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  • Commented on April 29, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    My number is 12:12. I want to try this even though I know nothing will happen… or will it?
    😛

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  • Commented on May 30, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Mine is 5:09

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  • Commented on July 5, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    0420 blaze it!

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