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Bypass Gemini By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 5374

Updated: 2018-01-19 19:02


"It is time to see if Karter is willing to play his part, " she said.

Lex stood and straightened his clothes. "What are the odds we'll convince him?"

"You don't want to know."

The mechanical arm continued to roll along beside him as he followed the lights that would lead him to Karter. Ma had probably calculated that having some physical representation of it beside him would make him feel a little more at ease. Ma was right. It was actually astounding that Karter could have built a machine that was so much better at being a decent human being than he was.

Before long, the lights came to a stop at the door to one of the work rooms a few floors up. It was the room nearest to the surface that was still fully functional, and seemed to have been Karter's base of operations for the last few hours. A glance through the window revealed tools and parts strewn across every flat surface, and a long list of damaged systems with estimated times of repair completion slowly scrolling by on a display screen. Some of them were measured in weeks. In the center of it all was Karter, who was sprawled precariously back on his chair, mouth wide open and engaged in what was either an epic snore or an earnest attempt to inhale his own tongue.

Lex knocked on the window, causing the snoring to stop abruptly. Karter's head turned vaguely in the direction of the window, eyes squinted. They remained that way as he clumsily got to his feet and opened the door.

"Karter, listen, I need your--" Lex blurted.

"Hold on a minute, " Karter said, rubbing his barely open eyes.

He leaned heavily on the

f focusing his eyes.

"That was more indicative of his expected reaction, " Ma said.

"Yeah. . . yeah, that was about what I expected, too, " Lex said, making a brief and unsuccessful attempt to raise his head.

The mechanical arm rolled forward and delivered three sharp clicks on the window.

"No, no, don't do--" Lex objected.

"If I have to come out there again, it's going to be an exclamation point, " growled Karter.

"No more punctuation!" squeaked Lex.

"Mr. Alexander would like to volunteer his services to field test some of your in-development projects in a real-world espionage scenario, " Ma stated.

There were several beats of silence, during which Lex managed to hoist himself to his elbows. Then the door swung open.

"Which ones?" Karter asked, one eyebrow raised.

Lex woozily extended the hand containing the printed battle plan. Karter snatched it, flipped through it, and frowned.

"This plan is going to get you killed. What good does it do me to have you test my stuff and then have you die before reporting your findings?"

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