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Caleb's 4x4 Contest Round 5: The Paradox of Time
My entry to Caleb's 4x4 contest
About this creation
Three days.
It had been three days since their argument. Three days of no conversation with Peter. Three days of Peter going to the lab early in the morning and returning home late at night.
Three days of unbearable solitude.

On that fourth day, Lucy Moore made a decision. She would follow him to the lab and speak to him for the first time since the quarrel.




He was where she expected him to be. Of course. He never worked in a different place.

Her footsteps were resonant upon the harsh metal floor. Peter turned to face Lucy in anger.

“So, I see you’ve returned. It’s too late, you know. I can’t have you.”

“Peter, what are you talking about!?” Lucy exclaimed. “You know I still love you!”

“You don’t love me,” he responded. “No one loves me. Nobody cares whether or not I exist.

“So I’ve decided to sacrifice myself in the pursuit of knowledge. I will test out my time machine and die in the past, so I can be victorious in my scientific engineering when I die.

“In a few moments, I’ll have never existed. I will kill my grandfather to make sure that I will never have disgraced this universe.”




Despite Lucy’s protests, Peter climbed into the time machine.

“Goodbye, my former wife. May you never remember me.”




Lucy hoped beyond hope that the time machine wouldn’t work, that it would fail to travel back in time. She should have known better. Peter may be many things, but he wasn’t a bad inventor.

He was gone.
Gone.
He would never return, yet the memories that now had never happened were still there.

Lucy wept as she remembered her last encounter with her husband.




Four days ago. It seemed like a lifetime, but it was only four days ago that they had had the horrible argument. Lucy couldn’t even remember what it was about, who started it, how it ended.

In fact she couldn’t remember much about… who was she thinking about? Oh yes, her husband…or something like that. Percy? Pat?
Even the name escaped her now.

She was crying. Why was she crying? She wiped away the tears from her eyes. She must have been daydreaming again. Oh, how she wished she could find someone who loved her.

Lucy Roberts walked away.




86 years ago…

Peter emerged from the wreckage of the time machine. Of course it would be wrecked! It had landed partially inside of the hill that was partially leveled to build the laboratory. The collision must have caused an explosion. It was but through sheer luck that he had survived without the same fate.

He set off toward young Herbert Moore’s house to fulfill his task.




Herbert played inside, building a LEGO lighthouse. His parents were away to go shopping; he was home alone.

He heard a door creak, but didn’t think much of it. It was probably just his dog trying to get in.




Peter looked at the boy, playing contently.




Peter lunged at him, pulling out a knife.

That moment was the longest moment of his life.

As he looked upon the epitome of innocence, he began to ponder whether life had a greater purpose. Surely there was some reason that he couldn’t be as happy as the little boy!

At the same time…
What would really happen if he killed the boy? If Peter was never born, then he would have never killed his grandfather. But then if his grandfather wasn’t killed, then Peter would have been able to go back in time to kill him. But then…





Mind blown





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Wow, that was a tough build. It's sheer height (somewhere around 50 bricks) and the fact that the second level is pretty fragile made this a really difficult creation to work on, since it basically fell over every few minutes. It's probably my favorite of all my entries (or of my last three, at least) to this contest.

For those wondering about the meaning behind the parts use of the mind blown scene, it's all symbolic about what Peter cared about most. The railing symbolizes construction and engineering, the control panel symbolizes technology, the treasure map represents his non-monetary treasures, and the dollar bill symbolizes money.



Here's an overall picture from the front.



And from the back. The inclusion of the word restricted my workable space for front detailing to 4x3 studs. (or 4x2 not counting the wall.) I do like how the word came out though; note the switch to transparent colors for the lower three levels to show the switch of environment to the lab...


And the mandatory (4 this time, since it was already hard enough to find the pieces to make one brick wall, not to mention balancing it...) no overhang pictures:









For round 5 of Caleb's 4x4 contest in the category "Paradox".





Comments

 I like it 
  January 7, 2014
Congratulations on a well-deserved win! You have been a fantastic competitor throughout the contest and all of your builds have been impressive. This one, with all of its levels, may be your best yet. I look forward to seeing more of your MOCs in the future.
 I like it 
  January 1, 2014
Excellent build!
 I like it 
  December 31, 2013
Your best yet! But try making different names besides names that have 'bert' at the end. xD
 I like it 
  December 31, 2013
That is a pretty epic little build there, nice work bro!
 I like it 
  December 31, 2013
Very impressive! The story is good, and all the varying scenes look awesome! The lettering just adds the finishing touch to this. Great job!
 I like it 
  December 31, 2013
yes!! i have been saying about that recently and everyone says "gah, you think too much" or "no it wouldn't. your dead and that's it" it's like killing your former self just before you step into the time machine to go back to kill yourself. anywho, one of the best enties I've seen, fantastic work and a great story.
 I made it 
  December 30, 2013
Quoting Mark McPeek Very impressive! The letters have to be my favorite part. You will be getting a good score for sure!
Thanks Mark, that's good to hear from a judge :P
 I like it 
  December 30, 2013
Very impressive! The letters have to be my favorite part. You will be getting a good score for sure!
 I made it 
  December 30, 2013
Quoting MCLegoboy ! Ha! This entire thing wouldn't work. Everybody knows that if one were to travel in time, you would create a parallel universe, not be stuck in the same one. That stuff in Back to the Future just means that even in the parallel universes Marty's parents never got together because all the parallel universes came together at a single pivotal moment of them meeting, but that is extremely rare. This is close to impossible. Pete would kill his grandfather and become the Fry of the LEGO world becoming his one grandfather, but in an alternate, parallel universe. But you know, the build is cool, too.
I think you people are trying to make this too complicated. Thanks :P
 I like it 
  December 30, 2013
Ha! This entire thing wouldn't work. Everybody knows that if one were to travel in time, you would create a parallel universe, not be stuck in the same one. That stuff in Back to the Future just means that even in the parallel universes Marty's parents never got together because all the parallel universes came together at a single pivotal moment of them meeting, but that is extremely rare. This is close to impossible. Pete would kill his grandfather and become the Fry of the LEGO world becoming his one grandfather, but in an alternate, parallel universe. But you know, the build is cool, too.
 I made it 
  December 30, 2013
Quoting Michael K. Very interesting, nice build. This is the tallest story tower I've ever seen.
Thanks Michael!
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  December 30, 2013
Quoting Ian ..... Just so you know: http://global3.memecdn.com/time-travel-paradox_o_900541.jpg Types of time machine theories.
That was an interesting read... Thanks for the link.
 I made it 
  December 30, 2013
Quoting Lindel Baskin Great writing on the short story, Halhi. The builds look great. Nice parts usage, and the lettering on the back looks awesome. Good luck!
Thanks Lindel.
 I made it 
  December 30, 2013
Quoting Alex Rode Ooh. I think you've got the win in the bag. Yeah, the front's great, but to include the letters on the back takes skill. Well done - good luck!
Thanks Alex, the letters on the back really added a lot of complications so I'm glad you like them!
 I like it 
  December 30, 2013
Very interesting, nice build. This is the tallest story tower I've ever seen.
  December 30, 2013
Just so you know: http://global3.memecdn.com/time-travel-paradox_o_900541.jpg Types of time machine theories.
 I like it 
  December 30, 2013
Great writing on the short story, Halhi. The builds look great. Nice parts usage, and the lettering on the back looks awesome. Good luck!
 I like it 
  December 30, 2013
Ooh. I think you've got the win in the bag. Yeah, the front's great, but to include the letters on the back takes skill. Well done - good luck!
 I made it 
  December 30, 2013
Quoting Gilbert Despathens My theory of time travel? You go back in time, kill your grandpa and life goes on. You are stuck in your grandpa's time and the police are after you. There is no paradox because you create a separate chain of cause and effect. Aside from that, the MOC is awesome.
Thanks for the comment. That's an interesting idea... then again, most paradoxes can be proven invalid, so it still works.
 I made it 
  December 30, 2013
Quoting Bill Daniels. Great! Good luck!
Thanks Bill.
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  December 30, 2013
Quoting Ian ..... Love how it spells out paradox. Nice build.
Thanks Ian!
 I made it 
  December 30, 2013
Quoting Stephen Boe Fantastic! Love the lettering on the back of the build!
Thanks Stephen. The lettering was probably my favorite part too, even though it created some space issues...
 I made it 
  December 30, 2013
Quoting Armon Russ Interesting short story. The builds are simple, but clean. Like the way you did the 'mind blowing' paradox. :P Nice work!
Thanks Armon. I actually wouldn't call most of the builds simple, aside from maybe levels 3, 5, and 6 though. (and even those still have some SNOT/interesting parts use, it's just that it's hard to fit a lot of detail/technique in a 3x4.)
 I like it 
  December 30, 2013
My theory of time travel? You go back in time, kill your grandpa and life goes on. You are stuck in your grandpa's time and the police are after you. There is no paradox because you create a separate chain of cause and effect. Aside from that, the MOC is awesome.
 I like it 
  December 30, 2013
Great! Good luck!
 I like it 
  December 30, 2013
Love how it spells out paradox. Nice build.
 I like it 
  December 30, 2013
Fantastic! Love the lettering on the back of the build!
  December 30, 2013
Interesting short story. The builds are simple, but clean. Like the way you did the 'mind blowing' paradox. :P Nice work!
 
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