Welcome to the conclusion of the adventure! Thank you to everyone who participated. I hope you enjoy=)
Fixing Genius Option Aa: Try the Cable
Using the mice will probably get them all killed and although they’re annoying when they wake you in the night, you don’t exactly have a death wish for them.
And breaking the ceiling seems extreme.
So you point at the cable, “lets try more cable.”
Edwin nods vigorously and snaps his fingers at his colleagues.
With a jump, five of them race to the platform and release the lever. The platform whooshes away and you hear a collective “weeeeee” as they disappear.
It’s moments later that you hear another “weeeee” and the five Scholars reappear on the lift huffing for breath. You don’t know how they made it so fast but you haven’t the time to ask as another bolt of lightening sends the scope rocking on its base. You’re not sure you’d get an answer anyway.
The Scholars bring over a gigantic coil of cable.
You sigh, realizing your chances of this working are slim and the likelihood of you getting the stuffing shocked out of you is extremely high.
“Okay,” you say, “lets ground the cable to the ground outside, can we run it out a window?”
The Scholars all look at each other and then at their toes like a class full of students reluctant to be picked.
You suppress the urge to growl.
“I saw a window on the lift ride up,” you say, “if you have to break it, do so, then run the cable out until it hits the ground.”
You toss one end to a short man to your right.
He yelps but catches it and stares at it like it’s a snake.
“Now!” you shout and he jumps toward the lift with two other Scholars following behind.
“Do we have something to insulate the cable with?”
You grab him by the shoulders and shake him. The contact sends an odd cold feeling through your hands but you ignore it. “We don’t have time for you to be evasive. Go get whatever you have that will insulate! Now!”
Edwin hops toward the lift platform and you resist the urge to kick him.
He comes back a bit later with some type of rubbery blanket.
Throwing it over the cable running from the roof, you allow yourself a sigh.
The small Scholar who you charged with grounding the second cable scurries back to you. He hands you the free end and gives you a wide grin.
“Everyone stand back.”
What you have in mind isn’t exactly a clean way to ground the cable, but you don’t have a lot of time, so you’re willing to try it.
All the Scholars back against the wall.
You lay the free end of the cable over the rubber blanket.
One, two, three…
You pull the blanket out from between the cables, rolling the top one into contact with the charged one beneath and duck out of the way.
Your hair stands on end.
Holding your breath, you wait.
Cheering makes you look up. The Scholars have their hands raised into the air and they’re shooting static back and forth from their hands like it’s a ball.
Relief laced with apprehension settles in your stomach. The crazy Scholars have their static back. Glancing at the scope confirms it’s calmed to mahogany from ruby red.
You scrub your face with your hands, allowing your stress to drain but as you rub your face, an odd tingling covers your head. You pull away your hands only to find the hair on your arms standing up and light sparks tracing your finger tips.
The static was supercharged. The extra had to go somewhere.
You stuff your hands in your pockets as Edwin comes to hug you. Awkwardly accepting the embrace, you back away with a slight bow.
“I would not suggest trying that again,” you caution. “Now, thankfully our attempt to diffuse the situation worked. I’ll bid you goodnight.”
“Oh, yes, yes.” Edwin agrees and leads you out.
As you walk away, you look down to find a mouse walking beside you. It follows you home and curls up on the rug in front of your hearth.
Interesting. You’ve now gained sticky static and a pet mouse that can teleport.
Staring at your hands, you shudder. Now you just need to figure out how to handle the static. With a glance at your bed, you grimace. The bed’s in pieces from when the static shot from you to it. Learning to handle the static could take a lot of time. But you’re not willing to go to the Scholars for answers. You’ll just have to figure it out as you go.
Blessings and I hope you have a wonderful week,