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Year 2020

One day I was helping Kyoko to tidy around the house a little and I was putting stuff away in the top draw of her dresser. My fingers touched upon two wrapped, round objects. I was going to open them up when suddenly Kyoko saw me and ran across to the dresser. “STOP! What are you doing?”

“I was curious about these two round objects,” I said defensively. Hey, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to pry darling. It’s just that.........”

“Just what?” she snapped.

“Wait here,” I said and I went to my office.

Within thirty seconds I was back holding my baby rock in my right hand. I showed her the rock and she looked astounded. We went and sat on the sofa and she opened her two objects up. All three rocks were uncannily identical.

“Where did you find them?” I asked her.

“I found them together in an old antique shop in the north of England. They were very, very cheap. Apparently, a local farmer had found them in a field where he grazed his sheep. He and his wife were very old, they say that he was 150 years old when he finally passed away. When his grandchildren did a house clearance they found them on top of an old bedroom dresser. They just assumed that they were perhaps just a couple of paperweights and put them in a basket of odds and sods to be sold for very little at that antique shop.

The strangest thing is, as a child I was often very poorly. But ever since I bought these I have never had a day’s illness, not one!”

“Can I ask you something, do know what time you were born?”

“Sure, my mum never ever let me forget that one. She said I should have had the sense of decency to be born at a more convenient time. It was five past three in the morning. Why?”

“Heck, this is one hell of a story darling. I bet my friend Stuart could tell it as nobody else could even begin to try. Ok, I got an idea, come on over here.” I said. And with that, I stepped over to an old wine cabinet we had on the back wall of our lounge.

I set all three rocks in a line on top of a beautifully embroidered runner across the mahogany top. Almost immediately all three rocks began to glow and illuminate our house and home. In fact, it would be fair to say those lil ole rocks have lit up our entire lives ever since.

As for my mysterious heart transplant, I can only guess that when I touched that small rock there was some sort of transfer of energy which stopped my heart from ageing along with the rest of me. Whatever it was, I feel good for another 150 years and look forward to many more decades of blissful happiness.

The Doc? Well he did, as I fully expected he would, trying to make something of it in the medical press. However, he just got laughed at and was dismissed as a deluded crank. Last I heard he spent the rest of his days trying to locate me, all to no avail thankfully. I presume he is now long since deceased, god rest his soul.

And so here I am in the year 2104, the 150-year-old man. And as I type my final words of this amazing story I look up across my pond to the woods beyond to see two beautiful speckled Koi carp leap joyously out of the water and flash across my view, glistening in the warming rays of the Autumn sun as they briefly light up nature in all its glory. It’s a good life if you want it. It is even better with the love of a good woman with a heart as big as a bucket.

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