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Bypass Gemini By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 5313

Updated: 2018-01-19 12:02


"Meh, " he said with a shrug, "there are easier ways to cause mass brain trauma. But, then, I guess you can never have too many ways to skin a cat."

He scratched down 'Seizure Bomb' on his pad and moved on. Lex made a mental note to choose his words wisely. The pair worked their way through a series of inventions with defects ranging from low battery life to massive radiological risk.

Karter must have been unbelievably single-minded in their creation, because even the most harmless observations seemed to inspire him. Granted, the inspirations tended heavily toward the destructive, such as the prototype humidifier that was now well on its way to being an 'oxidation accelerator, ' which evidently had something to do with causing rust.

After an hour or two, the tour of the Hall of Rejects was nearly complete.

"Well, it just goes to show you, " the inventor said, as he flipped through the pages of notes and ideas. "It is easy to think outside the box when you aren't smart enough to know where the box is."

"Uh-huh, you're welcome, " Lex said. "What's that?"

At the end of the hallway was a massively reinforced section of wall. It had the sort of door Lex would expect on a nuclear reactor, and some sort of hazardous materials suit hung conspicuously outside.

"Oh, come on, check it out!" he said, almost excitedly.

"No, thanks. As a rule, I stay away from rooms that require an outfit like that."

"The suit's a leftover from when I ran this thing off of an isolated power supply. We're hooked into the mains now. No more danger. At least, not the kind th

e of the door, and smiled.

"Are you sure about--" Lex began.

"Let 'er rip, Ma!"

There was the echoing, mechanical clunk of a huge relay actuating. The lights dimmed, the throbbing power sound faded, and the fans slowed. For a few seconds, there was only comparative silence and the dim glow of the various indicator LEDs. A moment later the lights and fans were restored and the various noises returned to full volume, now joined by a crackle of power and an odd, hard-to-place hiss. In the center of the ring, which was now wreathed in pale blue light, there was a tiny black dot. Strangely, the view of the machine through the ring seemed closer, like the ring was a magnifying glass. Around the machine, the cables on the walls all seemed to pull slightly toward the center of the ring, and the whole of the facility seemed to tilt toward it. Lex leaned back and held a little tighter to the door's rung.

"Ta-da!" he said.

"I don't get it. You created the least efficient magnifying glass in the universe?"

"Ma! Show us an external view!"

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