“Hey, Wendy! What’s up?”
And Wendy was in a sarcastic mood, it definitely isn’t the good kind of sarcasm: “’Up?’ Nothing’s ‘up’ in here, Soos. Everything is down, boring and depressing. If I weren’t good friends with you and the twins, I would quit. It’s not a well paying job, you know.”
“I don’t think like that, Wendy. It’s fun to be around you guys and helping you out.”, Soos replied in an optimistic tone.
“And, don’t think that I’m not glad for that. I just don’t like Mr. Pines’ methods of selling useless junk to people, and this place doesn’t have a good WiFi connection and a cell phone coverage.”, Wendy said.
“Mind if I get you something, Wendy? You don’t feel fine.”, said Soos.
“I’m fine, Soos. Just let me have some ‘me time’, and I’ll feel better.”
Wendy gave a smile to Soos; but Soos understood that this was fake, and Wendy was only trying to make him not worry about her, but she was otherwise fairly depressed. At times like this it’s best to leave girls alone, Soos thought to himself and he went outside.
When Wendy was alone, she often fantasized about what other lives she could have had. And today’s daydream was no different, she dreamed of being a sweet and carefree girl in a rose tinted version of a fantasy Gravity Falls:
“Oh, how my life could have been if I was just living without a care and being happy! I would wear a flowy and girly dress, and flowers would bloom wherever I walked to in my heels. Wearing high heels also wouldn’t cause foot pain. Also I would make little Dipper at my age, so he wouldn’t be allured by that frivolous Pacifica. I believe that he would be happier with me at his side!”
Her daydream was interrupted by Dipper coming from outside. He told Wendy about the experiment in a way that she could understand: “Wendy, you wouldn’t believe what I’ve found with Grunkle Ford on the outside! It appears that the magic barrier that protected us through the Weirdmageddon was just an electromagnetic one! This is a huge step for the advancement of science, and it proves that there is no magic after all! Bill Cipher was probably just doing DNA alteration on the people of Gravity Falls to create his damned monstrosities!”
But Wendy wasn’t paying much attention to Dipper. She just said: “That’s great, Dipper! And, I was thinking about a scientific explanation for Mabel’s dream world prison in that Weirdmageddon event. Maybe Bill Cipher created a virtual reality chamber just for her.”
Dipper said, “Nobody can know what a twisted interdimensional entity like Bill Cipher actually even thinks at any moment other than himself. Thankfully, we haven’t seen the final extent of his craziness.”
“Yeah, that was scary. Also I was just wondering, since I’ve learned that all sorts of weird things happen in Gravity Falls, do you know any wish granting entities that aren’t evil? I am just going to make a small wish about something that would cure my depression.”
“Well Wendy, I know of a Time Baby who controls the integrity of the space-time continuum, but I wouldn’t go near 100 years of his current time of existence. He can really be angry.”
“Oh Dipper, mine is just an innocent wish. I wish for a timeline without any wars and everything is rose tinted. I think that you would like the end result too.”, said Wendy with a cute smile.
“Wendy, my advice to you would be to not mess with the timeline. We could cease to exist. Even if we don’t cease to exist miraculously, we wouldn’t know how would we end up.”
“It wouldn’t hurt to ask, and probably even this Time Baby would be happy to see that humans aren’t fighting anymore. Could you please do it for me?”
Dipper just couldn’t resist after Wendy made the cutest face ever: “Well… Alright, I will try to check the journals for time travel information. But, don’t say that I didn’t warn you. When I leave this timeline, you and this whole dimension could instantly cease to exist.”
“I’m sure that everything will be fine, Dipper. We girls have a strong intuition about these things.”
“Alright then. See you in the alternate timeline of your desire, Wendy!”
“Goodbye, Dipper! I’m sure that you would find your heart’s desire in that timeline!”
After an hour, the original timeline started to fade, and a new one started to exist. In that new timeline, the diverging point was 1954. The alternate counter culture wasn’t so big on being a unshaved rabble. Instead; they were the optimistic continuation of the Greatest Generation, and their idea of a peaceful world came not from a bunch of uninspired guitar songs, but scientific innovation and fine arts with a touch of aesthetics reminiscent of Art Deco and Art Nouveau. The first Lunar landing was in 1962; a permanent moon base was built in 1970, the first Mars landing was in 1973, and now in 2017, there are a bunch of colonies on Mars that are working on a single mission, to terraform the planet.
Civilian life changed too; anti-gravity flying cars and hoverpods were the pinnacles of transportation, and the homes were ecological and smart. The telephone evolved into an augmented reality glass with earphones and a microphone and it would never track people, instead of social media and texting there are highly interactive video calls with the augmented reality glass, the internet equivalent of PeerNet is an open platform for all the quantum computers to connect, money was abolished and replaced with a resource based economy without debts and interest.
Flowers and trees were in everywhere! Home grown organic food is the norm, and the neighbors in the suburbs visited each other often with their delicious dishes. Also, the clothing changed a lot! Instead of ugly tshirts and jeans, men wore futuristic Art Deco inspired suits, and women wore dresses with geometrical shapes with a touch of Art Nouveau and Art Deco and cultural symbols like the Norse runes and Greek letters.
Since this is Wendy’s wish, only she remembers the original timeline. With the help of a simple program, holographic flowers appeared wherever she walked to. Smart clothing adapted to the person who’s wearing them, so Wendy’s high heels didn’t hurt her feet.
Somehow, the people of Gravity Falls remained more or less the same. But the Mystery Twins were at the same age as Wendy was, just like her daydream.
Wendy thought to herself: “That’s my Dipper! Only he could make my dream come true.”
“Let’s get to know this timeline a little better. After learning the elementary stuff, I could surely ask Dipper out for a dance.”Since Dipper wasn’t interested in Pacifica in this alternate timeline, he gladly accepted Wendy’s offer. These two started to dance as if they’ve waited through their whole life for this dance…