Sergeant Major Morris is enjoying dinner with Mr. and Mrs. White and their son Herbert on a rainy night, when Mrs. White suddenly asks Morris a mysterious question:
Oh that! No need to talk about it, all it does is grant you wishes. But I assure you, there is no need to EVER talk about that THING.
Hey, Morris. Weren't you talking about a monkey's paw the other day? What was that about?
Mr. White is curious and asks Morris if he can try out the monkey's paw, and see if it actually works. Morris says no and throws it into the fire, but Mr. White is fast to pick it back up. Everyone looks at Mr. White in anticipation.
I wish for 200 pounds!
The next day, two messengers knock on the White's door to deliver unsettling news; Herbert had died in an accident while working. They then gave Mr. White money to compensate for the loss. How much you may ask?200 pounds...
We're really sorry.
A week later, Mrs. White wakes up Mr. White in the middle of the night, and tells him to use the paw to wish their son back to life. Mr. White hesitantly picks up the paw and makes the wish...
I wish to bring our son back to us.
Suddenly there is a pounding on the front door. Mr. and Mrs. White quickly and quietly walk up to the door.
While this may seem like a happy ending, there is always a twist with the monkey's paw. When Mr. White wished for his and Mrs. White's son to come back to them, the paw took their son from a different timeline. This in turn took the son away from a different Mr. and Mrs. White. Mr. White also didn't specify that he wanted "Herbert" back. So when the paw took away the son of a different Mr. and Mrs. White, it also took a completely different son with a completely different personality. So now, in a different timeline, Mr. and Mrs. White lost their son. While in this timeline, Mr. and Mrs. White have a person they have never actually met in their house.
Herbert! You're back!
Why are you guys so happy to see me? I was only gone for-