Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Microstory 472: Floor 14 (Part 2)

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Floor 15 (Part 2)

Scientist 1: Hey, do you know where Lead Scientist is?
Scientist 2: I believe that he went upstairs to speak with the president.
Scientist 1: To what end?
Scientist 2: To request we move our offices and labs back to the original facility, because this one isn’t great for us.
Scientist 1: Yeah, it’s a beautiful building, but we really should go back.
Scientist 2: Yeah, we should def go back, but Lead Scientist should not have gone up there asking for that.
Scientist 1: Why not?
Scientist 2: This is a trying time for all of us, for no one more than Alpha. This was his company, his baby. It’s no wonder he faltered...literally, once it all started to come crashing down.
Scientist 1: Are you saying that Lead Scientist pushed him to it? I don’t mean pushed him, pushed him. I mean, do you think their conversation drove him to it?
Scientist 2: Oh, certainly not. In fact, I don’t even think he went up there early enough to say one word to Alpha before he fell. I just mean that it was foolish for him to do it. I don’t want to say he was lucky for having missed his chance, but I do think things could have been worse if he had been there—and I’m not just referring to the emotional trauma from witnessing someone’s death.
Scientist 1: Or he could have stopped it from happening at all, if only due to the butterfly effect.
Scientist 2: That’s true. But then his job would be at risk, even more than it already is. All of ours are.
Scientist 1: Yeah, I get it. I see what you’re saying. But he couldn’t have known how bad things had become for the company. I mean now we’re hearing all sorts of rumors flying around. Alpha dies, the elevator crashes and more people die? Things are getting worse. If none of that had come out, I bet going up there wouldn’t be all that bad of an idea.
Scientist 2: Yeah, maybe. I suppose there’s no way to know. What happened, happened.
Scientist 1: That might not be an entirely accurate assessment of our situation.
Scientist 2: What the hell are you talking about?
Scientist 1: I think maybe it’s time for you to see what my special team has been researching on the thirteenth floor.
Scientist 2: There is no thirteenth floor. This building was designed by superstitious people. Technically, this is Floor 13.
Scientist 1: That’s not exactly how this building was constructed. You’ll see.

Floor 12 (Part 2)

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