When two quantum particles are entangled, it can also be said they are “nonlocal”: their physical proximity does not affect the way their quantum states are linked.
Clara woke up from a nightmare. She tried to move her arms, but she realized that she was chained to the posts of a research test bed. She was about to scream for help when she saw two strange men in front of her.
"You're finally awake, robot." Liam, an astrophysicist, said in excitement.
“There must be a misunderstanding here,” she said. “I'm human!"
“Wait,” Ellie interrupted. "As a robotics scientist, I propose you hand it to me for a complete inspection. If you damage it with a chainsaw, I'm afraid we'll lose a significant reference for study."
Liam stared at him for several seconds. Ellie returned his look as calmly as he could. Finally, Liam replied in a serious tone. “Fine, take it.”
A soon as Liam left the room, Ellie moved closer and said, “You’re lucky I’m interested in high-end robots.”
Clara frowned in disbelief. Her mind was flooded with confusion. She missed her family. Things used to be so simple back at her place. They mistook her as a robot spy that infiltrated the research institute to steal confidential information for Maron planet.
"I’m not! I'm Clara, a Filipino geologist. I just got my license in 2019."
He chuckled while playing with her black hair. “Are you saying that you’re an ancient robot that experienced time distortions?”
“What year is it now?”
Ellie received a phone call saying that the true robot spy was already captured. He laughed and shook his head. He felt disappointed. She wasn’t a high-end robot but a human who was framed-up by the real one all along.
“Why are you laughing?” Clara sat on the couch as soon as he unlocked the chains.
“Your identity is finally cleared.”
“So tell me, what is it like in 3019?”
Ellie grinned. He sat her down in front of the plasma wall. He tapped on the screen keyboard, and a series of video files stored on the holographic drive were accessed in less than 0.2 seconds. Clara’s eyes widened as they played one by one. She found herself trapped in Paraiso, a man-made island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.
Meanwhile, institute director Mason Garcia was holding a jellyfish-inspired wristwatch in the safety of his locked office. He finally found the long-lost invention of his deceased father. He believed in the powers of quantum mechanics to place entities into a state of superposition. This allowed Clara to arrive in the future without having aged.
Clara managed to blend in perfectly with the people on the island while finding clues about her time travel. Several weeks later, the island experienced a serious power shortage. In his office, Director Garcia ran a hand through his thick gray hair showing a nervous mannerism. He invited Ellie, Liam, and Clara for a closed-door meeting. They discussed this problem.
Garcia showed the wrist watch to them. “This watch is the key to the space-time vortex,” he said, “and the extremely rare indigo quartz crystal regulates its movement.” “The crystal supplies extraordinary amount of energy and longevity to Paraiso as well. Because of its rarity on Earth, the institute continues its research in producing synthetic crystals for Earth’s next-generation energy technology.”
The watch reminded Clara of a tragic incident. She was strolling in the mall when a magnitude-8 earthquake had occurred. She was trapped inside the collapsed building. Her breathing had quickened, trying to appease her need for oxygen. She had noticed a glowing watch, and then her eyes blurred with tears.
Liam came up with the solution to their problem immediately. He would take part on a space mission to mine crystals in planet Proxima. Ellie suggested Clara to join the mission as Liam’s assistance. Garcia and Liam were reluctant to include her on a dangerous mission; but Ellie insisted and in the end they consented. Her intense preparation went smoothly. Ellie’s adult-size pod served as a knowledge signal input device. It converted necessary information from a supercomputer into memory signals, sending them to her brain.
And so they embarked on a space mission. As their oxygenated spaceship got rid of gravity, they saw Earth slowly becoming a blue planet in the universe. They successfully passed through the magnetic field around planet Proxima, thanks to their talisman— a black card with a magnetism manipulation power. They walked freely on the uninhabited planet. Clara released robots from the ship to help them with the mining operation. The prospecting robots provided a three-dimensional map of quartz-bearing areas, and then mining robots absorbed a seam of crystals that emerged on the surface after a big blast in the area.
“Mission complete,” they said with smiles on their faces.
They managed to survive an encounter with a meteor storm on their way home. The ship was off the course and all instructions were ineffective after it was hit by meteoroids. If the recovery system had failed, it would have turned into a cold meteoric iron floating in the lonely outer space forever.
Months later, they arrived at the island safe and sound. Clara visited Director Garcia in his office. She made up her mind. She wanted to go back home. When Garcia activated the wrist watch, it eventually lit up and opened a space-time vortex. The dust whipped up into the air, semi-blinding them. They stood and leaned into the wind.
“Wait!” Ellie and Liam walked into the room. “Don’t you have anything you want to say before leaving us?” Ellie asked.
“I have already built up some kind of connection with this world,” Clara said. “I came from a world where people have a pessimistic outlook in the future, thinking that Earth will become a wasteland sooner or later. Meeting everyone who’s a thousand years apart from me, I realize that there’s still hope in humanity.” She smiled, feeling relieved. The heavens and earth will be renewed, and they will exist in harmony, she thought, recalling the biblical narrative. She bid farewell to them and eagerly jumped into the vortex.