What If 9/11 Never Happened?

Twin Towers view from Empire State Building 86...

Twin Towers view from Empire State Building 86th floor observatory, three months before the September 11, 2001 attacks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Go Neo, go! Kick his butt!” Andrea Élan cheered as she and Dicky Michaelson were sitting in front of the TV watching “The Matrix“. Logan Dara shook his head as he sat at his laptop, typing out the final part of a script that he had been working on for the past three years. He really didn’t have much time for Andrea, Dicky, and their antics.

Just then, a newspaper appeared on the table next to him. Logan never liked reading the newspaper; he always believed that all the news ever talked about were child abductions, murder, and corrupt politicians. He convinced himself that there was nothing good in the world anymore.

“Logan, what’s that?” Dicky asked him as he and Andrea looked up from the TV.

“It’s just the news,” Logan said as he tossed the newspaper aside. “You can read it if you want.”

“Why don’t you read it?” Andrea said.

“I’m busy,” Logan snapped at her. “And I’m not about to fill my head with more crap about child abuse and whatnot.”

“You are too paranoid, Logan,” said Dicky. “No wonder why Homer and Treasure don’t go outside to play.”

“You’re always acting like someone is just going to snatch them if they set even one toe outside your house,” said Andrea. “At least Roger isn’t overprotective of Anastasia and Consuelo.”

Logan was about to respond when Dicky glanced at the paper and gasped. “You guys, we have a problem!” he cried out.

“What?” Logan and Andrea cried out.

“I don’t know if you know this, but this is tomorrow’s newspaper!” Dicky yelled.

“And your point is?” Logan frowned at him.

“New York gets attacked tomorrow morning by terrorists,” said Dicky. “And you want to know what the worst part is?”

“What’s the worst part?” Andrea said.

Logan flipped to the next page and saw the following headline: “Logan Dara, Andrea Muty Élan, and Richard Michaelson Found Dead! Were They Murdered or Victims of the 9/11 Attacks?” He gasped in horror as he read the article, which detailed his own death and the deaths of Andrea and Dicky.

“What kind of story is this???” Logan snapped in anger. “How can they claim that we were victims of this attack when it’s clearly evident that we could have been murdered?”

“Yeah,” Dicky agreed. “Who writes stuff like this?”

“Maybe that headline is sending us a message,” said Andrea. “If we don’t do something now, this could be our fate.”

“But we don’t have the means to stop these so-called terrorists from blowing up the Twin Towers,” said Dicky. “We’re not cops! We’re not affiliated with the Mafia! I don’t have any connection to any gangs! I want to live!”

“Get a hold of yourself, Dicky!” yelled Logan as he slapped him. “Besides, there’s only one person who can stop them.”

“You and I both know that cousin Sean doesn’t want to have anything to do with America,” Andrea snapped at him, “not since last year, when he was heckled by some gay person at the VMAs.” She shook her head with disgust at that memory.

“He will help us, if he’s part of our family,” Dicky snapped. “How dare he calls himself a Trichenberg and refuses to help his American cousins!”

“We can’t force him to help us, even if it is just to keep us alive,” said Andrea. “It has to be his decision and his decision alone.”

“Maybe we had better email this article to the FBI and let them handle this,” Logan frowned. “And perhaps stay home tomorrow. I don’t plan on dying, not when I have two small children to raise.”

“Me neither,” Andrea agreed.

“I’ve only have teenagers, so this really isn’t an issue for me,” Dicky smirked.

“It’ll be an issue if you die and Lysander and Margaret are being shoved into foster homes,” Andrea snapped.

“What are you two worried about?” Logan frowned. “I’m going to be heading back to California after this. Plus, you really think Sean is just going to stand there and watch helplessly as the Twin Towers are blown up by terrorists?”

—–

September 11, 2001

As it turned out, Logan had the right of it.

Sean Michael Black, cousin of Logan, Andrea, and Dicky, found out about the attacks from an informant working for the FBI. He, his Knights, the FBI, and the NYPD showed up at JFK International Airport and arrested 19 men before they could board the four planes that were bound for California. The news broke out all over the country and around the world, but instead of an attack that killed 3,000 people, 19 men were arrested for plotting the attacks.

Plus, Logan, Andrea, and Dicky disappeared from Dicky’s apartment that same day and were found in Boston, Massachusetts after a nationwide search that lasted for nearly five days. A man and a woman were eventually arrested for plotting to murder the three cousins. (It was rumored that Sean himself had given the man the beatdown of the century…wait, scratch that…millennium before the police separated them and took down the other man.)

Well, to make a long story short, there was no September 11, 2001 attack. It was all thanks to whoever gave Logan (a man who hated reading the newspaper) the newspaper that featured the next day’s headlines.

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