Cara from Flash Friday mentioned a new Flash Fiction competition she was starting called Race the Date. Seeing as it is the very first one I figured I might as well join in the fun. This weeks prompt is based on this fun fact – In 2011, Samoa changed its time from UTC-11 (UTC-10 DST) to UTC+13 (UTC+14 DST), moving the international date line and losing a day. The prompt itself is Time Travel, but I thought I would be a tad more literal with my inspiration!
Tomorrow is the day that everything changes. I’m going to wake up early, go to the gym, get fit and look good. I’ll come home, eat a healthy breakfast of fruit and hand picked tree nuts, washed down with freshly squeezed orange juice. Right after that I’m going to phone my boss and tell him to shove this office job right up his cubicle. I’m going to be a scuba diving instructor. I’ll spend my days under the waves pointing out colorful fish and friendly dolphins to all the rich tourists, who will tip generously. I’ll use the extra money to finally buy that engagement ring, the really sparkly one that I know she wants but is too polite to admit it. We’ll get married on the beach surrounded by fire dancers, burning our names forever into the sky. We’ll buy a nice house in downtown Apia, nothing fancy inside but we’ll splash out for an extra large garden so we can enjoy the famous Samoan sunshine. I think we’ll have three kids, two boys and a girl. Maybe a dog, he can teach the kids about responsibility. Yep, I can see it now, our future stretching out before me, clear as the crystal blue waters. I’ve got a good feeling about this. Mark it in your calendars, Friday December 30th 2011 is going to be the start of something wonderful.
The National Park of American Samoa – National Geographic – Randy Olson