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The Time Saving Agency By Christina Engela Characters: 5230

Updated: 2018-06-29 12:02


"What are you thinking?" Fred asked from his spot by the fountain.

"Can't you guess?" She smiled.

Fred could. He would've smiled if he had a mouth. He was happy for her. Fred knew that finding love or happiness in this universe was an incredibly rare thing, to be treasured if found and remembered with fondness if lost. A little fish splashed playfully in the small pond at the base of the fountain. The sun sank below the horizon and effectively, night time began. There was a faint sound from the front door of the automatic locks retracting. The door opened and she turned. It was Gary. He was the only other person who had a key card anyway. He was standing there looking like he'd had a really tiring day. He took a few steps inside and tossed a bunch of keys and his hat on the open plan kitchen counter as he stood beside it.

"I thought you were working tonight." She smiled, getting up and going to him. "I wasn't expecting you."

"Neither was I." He breathed as they hugged. She could feel the passion and love for her within him. She couldn't smell any alcohol, so he hadn't been to the 'Shock Diamond' for his usual after-work cold one. His lower lip had been split and there was dried blood on his shirt too. Something must have happened. Something more serious than usual.

"What's wrong?" She asked, "Rough day?"

"I love you." He said, looking her right in the eyes.

"I love you too." She said. "Now tell me what's wrong."

"Nothing, now that I'm here, with you." He smiled. Tears were welling up in his eyes and he was holding her s

ed the alternator at first slowly, then faster, and then very fast. The lights on the table top began to glow until it lit up the room – before the device (together with the table top) disappeared into thin air with a sound not unlike a thunderclap. He'd lost his eyebrows again too. Cough.

Mister Xyl was nowhere to be found, funnily enough. He'd awoken with a start and, not finding his benefactor anywhere, decided it was time to test the prototype alone. He wondered if he hadn't perhaps been sabotaged. He could think of no reason why.

Then again, to try to think through the complexities of human subterfuge was just too much at the moment. The laptop with all his calculations on it was gone too now, with the experiment – wherever that was now – leaving him stuck right back at the beginning, with no notes to start over with – unless he just started over completely from scratch. He pondered that point for a moment, thought 'Stuff it' and got up to treat his minor burns in the bathroom before looking for a change of clothes.

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