Chap. 1.7 - What About Today
Published Sep 24, 2015

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Look out; here she comes: PART SEVEN.

Look out; here she comes: PART SEVEN. Bzzzzrt “Pilot Hunter speaking.”

Solemnly, “Whoa, Hunter. You alright?”
I force myself to smile so Benjamin Martin can hear it, “I’m just out enjoying this B-E-A-utiful day we’re having.” “Huh. Nice. You think you could return that device I lent you. I know I said you could hang on to it until the end of the summer but one of the students—“ “Oh, yeah!” I say equably, “I understand. I’ve finished with it anyway; it's been sitting on a shelf since for awhile now. I mean, my nephew’s summer program class totally geeked out when I showed them.” I lie.

Martin laughs, “Yeah. Advanced technology tends to do that to people.”
“Oh! Right. If you’re in town—I’ll be messing around in my office in the graduate lab facilities until seven-ish. Does that work?”

“Uh,” I turn from Alyssa’s grave, but I nod, “Sure. Be right there.”
“You’re the best, Hunter. Thanks. See ya soon.”

“See y—” I start, but Martin hangs up.
My ears fill with the live thrum of working tech. The space is swallowed by the gizmos and clutter it contains.

I am in complete awe, “Why in the hell haven’t I been in this room before?”
“Hey, Martin? Paging one Ben Martin.” I call into the clearly vacant space.

On a countertop I find a hastily scrawled note: I took a restroom break. Be back soon.

“Of course,” I say to no one. I pull out the device gently, placing the gizmo inside it’s case— Until Next Time, dear readers.

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