Kyle sat reading the day’s newspaper. He had been stationed at Particle Wave Emitters and Tableware’s for most of the day. It had been busy and it was the first break he had. Forks and the B-type particle wave emitters sold particularly well today. Last week, it has been the C-spine wave emulators and knifes. Sometimes he wondered what they were all bought for. He didn’t know of anything that used a B-type or a C-spine in anything.
Avera crawled out of one of the air vents and landed on the floor in a heap.
“It only works when I manage to sneak up on you, Avera.” Kyle said without taking his eyes off the paper.
“I’ll figure out how you do it one of these days.” Avera said as the dust from the vent puffed off of her and settled onto the floor.
“You are too loud and noisy. And the mad cackling doesn’t help either.”
‘I wasn’t… okay maybe I was giggling. But only a little.”
“That wasn’t a giggle.”
“Says you!” Avera spun a chair around and sat down on it backwards across from Kyle.
“I volunteered you to go over to section Q.”
Kyle put down his paper. “Why?”
“Because they wanted us to both go.”
“So you came to get me.”
“Right!” Avera smiled.
Kyle felt his neck prickle. “And why just me now.”
“Because the last time we went to section Q, I had noodles for hair for days. Do you know how tempting that is to eat your own hair?”
Kyle thought back on that one. “That’s because you…”
“Noodles!” Avera stressed. “For Hair!” She dropped to a whisper, “and she terrifies me.”
Kyle raised an eyebrow. “Oooh, her. Terrifies… you say?” He put the paper down onto the table so he could stare at her quizzically.
Avera slunk lower into the chair. It was his turn to grin.
“It’s not funny! She’s got some weird freaky powers or something.”
“You all have weird freaky powers from my perspective.”
Avera gave him a blank uncomprehending stare.
He sigh, “fine.”
“Great! We were supposed to be there 20 minutes ago. I’ll watch the shop.”
Kyle headed out the door. He was in section C. It would take him close to 40 minutes to walk to Section Q. He started off down the corridor, staying a safe distance from the safety railing.
THERE IS A THING YOU CAN TRY.
“Is it deadly?”
“What is it?”
In response a door way slide open to a dimly lit hallway. Kyle peered down the corridor. “Do you need to make that creepy?
BUT THAT IS NO FUN.
The lights brightened considerably.
At the end of the hallway sat a massive machine full of pipes, tubes, conduits, cables and lights. In the center was a platform large enough to stand on.
“Okay, what is this?” Kyle walked up to the machine and poked it.
IT WILL TAKE YOU EVERYWHERE.
A DISTINCT POSSIBILITY.
“Did you build it?
NO. IT WAS A GIFT.
Kyle sighed. “Alright, lets get it over with.” He stepped up onto the machine.
Humming filled his ears. Static prickled his skin. There was an intense tug on him from every direction that made it feel like he had been unraveled thread by thread and then woven back together in a single moment. He blinked and rubbed his eyes. “I don’t think it’s working.”
He got off the machine. It smoked and smelt of burnt metal. He walked to the end of the hallway and entered the main halls. People bustled around him.
OH THERE YOU ARE. SEARCH PATTERNS HAVE BEEN RUNNING FOR 20 MINUTES TO LOCATE YOU.
“I didn’t leave the room, nothing happened.”
“Oh,” Kyle said. He thought on it for a moment, “where am I?”
SECTION Q, AS IT IS CALLED. AN INVESTIGATION WILL NEED TO BE STARTED.
“Kyle!” a women’s voice called out. “Where have you been and why isn’t Avera with you? I told her she needed to come.”
Kyle turned to wave at a women just shorter then he was. “Hi Meg. I got lost. And did you know Avera is scared of you?”
“You? Lost? Avera scared?” Meg shook her head and laughed. “That doesn’t sound right.”
ITS TRUE. THERE WERE COMPLICATIONS ON ARRIVAL.
“Did you use the Quantum Express?”
“A distinct possibility,” Kyle said laughing.
“It’s good you didn’t go everywhere then.” Meg grabbed his arm and pulled him towards Engines Galore Club, “I need you to take care of a small infestation.”
“That’s why you wanted Avera. What did you do to her?”
Meg smirked. “Come on, before it gets any worse,” she changed the subject and they headed inside of the shop.