My Boyfriend Took Me From 1985 to 2015 In A Flying Car Time Machine And Forced Me To See My Own Future. That’s a Deal Breaker, Right?

Dear Abby,

I consider myself a pretty easy going person. When my friends want to hang out at the mall, I’ll meet them there. When my chemistry study group wants to meet at the library, I’ll also go, even though Kevin never really participates. What I’m saying is that I tend to go with the flow and I don’t make a big deal about anything. However, the other day my boyfriend did something that got me a little annoyed.

Last Saturday we were talking in his driveway when his friend pulled up in his car. This time instead of pulling up in his old Buick, he drove over in his flying, nuclear-powered Delorean. He asked my boyfriend to help him with something he needed to get done. That’s when things got weird. Turns out that the flying car was also a time machine, and one thing led to another and suddenly we were in 2015 and I woke up in my future home!

Needless to say, it was all a bit of a shock. Not only did I interact with a future version of my boyfriend (who apparently is going to be my husband?!) and my teenage children, but I also saw a 46 year old version of myself. Let me tell you, it wasn’t the day I expected to have when I woke up that morning in plain old 1985!

I think what annoyed me the most about the whole experience is that my boyfriend didn’t ask if I wanted to come along. It’s one thing to surprise me with a movie ticket and a bucket of popcorn, but it’s another to break the fabric of space and time and possibly the universe without first consulting me.

To top it all off, my boyfriend then dropped me off in an alternative version of 1985 where the city and possibly the country is run by an egocentric millionaire who has no regard for law or consequences. And he didn’t even come back for me!

Am I too much of a pushover? Should I really have insisted that we consult a few theoretical physicists before creating a butterfly effect of future consequences? If I’m being honest, this all really feels like a dealbreaker. I know we are only in high school, but I imagined I would be spending the rest of my life with this guy. Heck, not only did I imagined it, I literally saw it!

What should I do? How can I trust my boyfriend again? I know he had good intentions and he just wanted to help his friend, but it felt like he didn’t consider my feelings at the time. He has never done something like this before and I’m willing to accept that it was a one time mistake. But what if he does it again? The time machine Delorean is now broken, but now the friend has a flying time machine train!

In my heart, I still love him, but I wish he would consider my feelings first before forcing me to see my own future. Should I break up with him or forgive and forget?



Writer, performer, all around nice person. Reductress contributor, NBC Late Night Writers Workshop class of 2018.

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