You walk into a store that sells everything, literally everything. You can buy a new hard drive for your PC, fresh fruit, a new mattress along with a new bed. You can even buy things like courage, pride, and a new soul if your current one has become a little stale, dusty or something like that. It's really a store with everything and everything for it's price. At the front door you stop to read the map which shows where to find everything. You can even take a copy of the map with you, it even shows the shuttle routes though they only come buy once an hour. Your very first purchase, no matter what you choose to buy, is free. What do you choose as your first purchase. Think about the options first, you only get that one free purchase. Do you really want a new car or an original painting worth a fortune over something that could be priceless to you, personally?
A really annoying wizard has just turned you into a worm. As you're tunneling down through the garden you find an odd looking seed. Of course, it is the size of a boulder to you now and, really, most seeds look odd. Still, there is something unusually odd about this seed. You can't move it, far too big for you as a worm. But you squirm around it give it a couple of pokes. It gets a tiny crack and a root pushes out. Right in front of you it starts to grow, leaves shoot out and grow up towards the sunlight. Curious to see the plant above the soil you dig and squirm your way up. It's already sprouting a few flower buds. Someone must have really dumped on the Quick Gro. In a few minutes it has flowers, red and shiny petals, like a softer version of a lily. In another hour the flowers have gone through their whole life cycle and are now seed pods, ripening at the end of their stalks. One drops off right near you. It splits open and a new batch of seeds splatters all over the garden. You decide to mosey along, see if you can't find that wizard and get changed back into yourself again. But you are stuck. Totally dried out and immobile, like a worm caught out in the open on the pavement after the rain. It's painful too. You didn't feel it as long as you were staying still looking at the flower, your attention absorbed. You need to find water, right away. Or maybe you can remember that spell to make it rain.... How does that one go again?
It's the Great Tea Party Festival! You dress up in something light and frilly and bring out your prettiest china to serve the tea and dainty little cakes. The table is set with a lace tablecloth, flowery cloth napkins, your best china (with a floral pattern of course) and there are roses in a vase as your centrepiece. It's beautiful, like something out of a Victorian fashion magazine. Your friends and their daughters come over and everyone has a great time at the Great Tea Party Festival. After the clean up you are free to go out and walk down Main Street with everyone else for the Great Tea Party Festival Parade. All the women (and some of the men) parade down the street wearing their tea party dresses. A few men are all dressed up in old fashioned suits with hats and gloves and they join the parade too. It all ends just as the light is fading into evening and everyone gathers at the Community Centre for a little socializing and a bake sale. What kind of tea did you serve at your Great Tea Party Festival?
Your time machine is stuck. You can only go forward 5 minutes at a time and you're now 3 years into your past. Not one of your best days but things did pick up. You just went back thinking you could fix things with all you know now. It backfired as you are now stuck in your own past. There is small hope you can fix your time machine. It's missing some part which some kid pulled out while fiddling with it. Never to be seen again, the kid or the part. Do you (very patiently, a little desperately, with only a little cursing) keep working on going ahead 5 minutes or do you just stay where you are and live it all again? If you stay there is the possibility that you will change something small (or big if you give into too much temptation) and change the future for yourself and then never get back to the future you know at all. Also, you will live the rest of your life three years older than you really are.
You're having dinner with a couple of your clones. It's still odd to see two more of you sitting right across from you, like an eerie feeling of talking to yourself way too much. But, having a couple of clones does come in handy when you have a lot of things you have to do. Or, when there is something you would rather not have to do. They do make great evil minions. An argument starts about what to order for dessert and which is your favourite. Both clones think they know you really well. But neither is right about the dessert you would pick from the menu. As they argue you wonder if you are really still the leader of this pack of yourselves. Shouldn't they be asking you what you want and then following along? What's wrong with these clones anyway, they used to be such perfect minions. How do you settle the argument and what do you and each of the clones end up ordering for dessert?