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Bypass Gemini By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 4863

Updated: 2018-01-19 12:02

"Hi, Mrs. Dunne. There's something wrong with the panel."

"Do you know what time it is!?"

"Uh, no, actually, " he said, checking his pad. He grimaced. 11:10. "Sorry about that. Uh, about the panel though. It says I'm evicted."

"That's because you are evicted, Alexander."

"Wh-what? But it's, like, " he sputtered, checking the date on his pad, "the eighteenth. Rent is only three days late!"

"This month's rent is. I'm still waiting for the last three months!"

"I paid April! Mostly."

"Get off my property, Alexander, " she said, reaching for the screen.

"Wait, wait, wait!" he said, quickly tapping through a few directories and shortcuts on the pad before pressing his thumb to it, dumping the contents of his bank account into hers. "There!"

She grumbled and brought up something on the side of her screen.

"You're still half a month shy."

"At least let me in to get changed!"

"Oh, no. You'll go in, grab your stuff, and I'm out half a month's rent. The door stays locked until we're square. I'll consider the crap in your apartment collateral."

The transmission cut off, and any further attempts to reach her dumped directly to a video away message, one she'd recorded two months earlier when her cat was sick that she'd never bothered to update. Finally, he gave up and flipped his bike on so he'd have a place to sit.

"Okay, Lex. You're homeless, you're drunk, you're broke, and you're wearing a tuxedo, " he as

s magnificent.

"No, no. Working late. Actually, I was about to call you."

"You. . . you were? That's cool. Me, too."

After more than a year and a half without more than an exchanged nod at the odd party or yesterday's group message, it should have struck him as unlikely. His drunken mind wasn't quite so skeptical.

"Yeah. You remember what I was doing today?"

His face screwed up as he rummaged through his booze addled memory.

"The. . . uh. . . The news thing! At the starport!" he declared triumphantly.

"Right, right. Well, I was going through some of the B-roll we shot, and you'll never guess who I saw."



She made some motion off-screen and the corner of the slidepad showed video from the starport earlier that day. The camera was actually pointed at some business bigwig or something, but as she fiddled with the controls, the video zoomed over his right shoulder and there he was, in his tux, right next to the limo.

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