This has been a strange week...
So we finally ran into lord Ruthven and he got the canopic jar that Mr. Murphy was keeping locked up. I think we need to look into some better more super natural creature proof security for the collection of world ending devices that we seem to be coming across. Maybe something a little more reliable than a 100 year old safe with only two 1 inch thick lock bolts. I would like to think the only reason he got it was because we had to prevent an elder god from being summoned. But I get a feeling after watching the videos he may have still walked away with it.
Something strange happened in the third reading room. Caine and I witnessed what looked like an alternate time line of my sister and I. I managed to record it. I cant stop watching it... I'm normal... I am fully human. Could it be what I would look like... what I would be like if I hadn't fallen from the cliff?
I have come to the conclusion that I need to develop some instrumentation to better analyze these situations and phenomena. I am putting the armor project on hold once I finish with Blaze
's armor tomorrow to do this. I have already completed Astrid
's, Roberts', and Ben
's. I wish I thought to bring them so Astrid
wouldn't have taken such a beating.
There are just too many things that I cant find an explanation for. Too many things current science cant answer. I have to find new ways of investigating, analyzing, recording, and fix these things. There are energies in use that we cant yet analyze. I need to start there.
I cant stop watching this. The alternate me is a little taller with longer legs. Its hard to tell from the one angle in the video but she seems to be at least two inches taller. I seem to be very close in my age progression projections outside of that... and my alternate has a slightly bigger rounder butt. I guess I made mine a little small... why am I thinking about my butt size? O_o
We were ice skating... Laura and I haven't done that since the day of my accident. She hasn't been ice skating since then. She used to love it. It was... probably, the only time we really got along too. I wonder if I can ice skate with this body?
Then there is Blaze
and Laura... First I find them naked together then a few days later Laura is putting on weight? Have... have they been... doing it? Could she be pregnant? Oh no should I tell dad? What would I tell dad? I knew they liked each other. But why do they always pick on each other in public? Are they really that worried about their images that they have to act like that in public? Maybe I'll talk to Robert
and see if he has any ideas about those two? I mean if they are really going to have a baby they should get along better. Maybe we can help?
"Who is having a baby?" Adrian's voice broke in over the computers speakers.
"Adrian? How did you get in my system again?" Chloe
"Sorry Closters your fire wall is on the fritz and I think I am starting to learn how you think... it only took me twelve hours this time." Adrian bragged giving her a cheep smile as his face appeared on her monitor.
"What do you want?" Chloe
asked in a flat tone, clearly annoyed with his intrusion.
"Well I would like to know why I have burn marks on my back and why the vice principal found me hog tied with para-cord?" Adrian asked holding up the rope Chloe
used to tie him up after knocking him out before the play.
"Oh!... Sorry..." Chloe
said sheepishly as she realizing she hadn't checked up on him after the play.
"Why did you tazer me and tie me up?" He asked again a little anger in his voice.
"You where under the control of an elder god. I had to do it to keep you from messing up our plans to stop the magical ritual taking place."
"What?" Adrian asked looking puzzled.
"His name was the king in yellow. Turns out the script was actually some ritual to summon him."
". . . WHAT!" Adrian repeated louder.
"More of the strange stuff we deal with." Chloe
said with a sigh.
"Oh... Maybe next time you could just handcuff me to a chair? I promos not to put up a big enough fight to threaten you." Adrian said with a raised eyebrow. Chloe
paused to try and decide if there was any innuendo there.
"WOW what the heck is this about handcuffs young lady?” Ms. Hoffman's voice called out from the door.
"Ms. Hoffman!" Chloe
Yelped nearly falling out of her chair.
"Ms. Hoffman?" Adrian asked not being able to see her in the camera.
"MS. Collins... Mr. Lennox... You two are not engaging in indecent behavior over the internet are you?" Ms. Hoffman asked in a sharp cold tone.
"WHAT! NO! Ms. Hoffman there is no chance of that happening" Chloe
cried out jumping to her feet.
"Not even a little?" Adrian asked giving Chloe
a hurt look.
snapped at him trying to sound angry but was much to scared and embarrassed to sound convincing.
"Sorry I'm joking." Adrian said waving his hands in front of him.
"Am I going to have to talk about this with your father?" Ms. Hoffman asked leaning in close to Chloe
"No Ms. Hoffman its not like that at all. It happened when we where working on the play. It was an exorcise that went wrong and he got shocked. His joke was in poor taste." Chloe
"Is this true Mr. Lennox?" Ms. Hoffman asked suspecting the truth.
"Yes Ma'am I apologize for my uncouth behavior. I have nothing but respect for Ms. Collins." Adrian replied sitting up strait and trying to look presentable.
Ms. Hoffman's eyes narrowed as she glared at the monitor with Adrian's face on it. Adrian scooted back slowly.
"Your father asked me to tell you that Mr. Burke is here and ready to take you to the cannery to look at the machine line. He will be ready to leave in about twenty or so minutes. He is having a talk with your father.” Ms. Hoffman said her eyes slowly leaving Adrian's face to look at Chloe
“Ok I'll be ready to go by then. Thank you Ms. Hoffman.” Chloe
said with a nervous smile.”
Adrian and Chloe
waited for her to leave before resuming their conversation.
“Now I don't feel so bad about leaving you tied up.” Chloe
gave him a sour look.
“Really not even a little chance?” Adrian asked at the same time she spoke.
“What?!” They both responded at the same time.
“Why are all guys such perverts?” Chloe
asked with anger in her voice.
“Awkward adolescence and hormones.” Adrian responded. Chloe
's eyes narrowed and she sat back down at her computer and started typing at her two keyboards.
“OH? I'm ready for you this time.” Adrian responded as he began typing away at his keyboard.
“How did you get a bug in past my security encryption?” Chloe
“Damn you caught that already? You are amazing.” Adrian replied. Chloe
blushed and lost her momentum. Suddenly the displays all around the one that had Adrian's face on it all displayed in large font letter. “Adrian is the master.” Chloe
grumbled and typed a few key strokes executing a command. Adrian's monitors then went blank before showing in the same large text. “No he isn't.”
“Huh... how did you compress that worm into such a small file size?” Adrian asked as he scrolled through some code.
“Sorry the masters secret.” Chloe
“Oh funny.” Adrian chuckled.
“So what this about the cannery?” Adrian added.
“Part of my business venture involves providing parts for the cannery. I have done some small repairs already and now that I have built an official business out of it I am looking to step up the upgrades to the cannery. I have machined a few parts so far and fixed a couple of flaws in the design. The machines are ten years old though and the company that built them is no longer in business. I never found out why your father went out of business though?” Chloe
“You know I don't even know why. All I know is that he was happy to sell you that building and recuperate some of his losses. I mean we aren’t hurting for money but it seems to have lifted his spirits.” Adrian explained.
“That is strange because a lot of the machines where brand new when he closed down the place. Why would he invest in new machines then close his business?” Chloe
“Hmm you know I never really thought about it. He just let me use it for my... science fair projects.” Adrian replied.
“Hey you know I could meet you down at the cannery and take a look at the machines with you. I have studied all my fathers designs and specs.” Adrian said.
“I know the machinery and I have modified them.” Chloe
“Yea but didn't you want me to work for you? Wouldn't it be best to bring along a consultant?” Adrian replied.
“Ms. Collins Mr. Burke is ready to go.” Ms. Hoffman's voice came from behind the door.
“Fine! Meet us there. I have to go and get out of my systems.” Chloe
said standing up and grabbing her backpack and coat.
“Computer pause data entry.”
“Wow so confident and strong.” Adrian replied with a smile.Chloe
staggered and almost tripped as she reached her door.
“There we go.” Adrian added before the monitor went blank.Chloe
glared at the screen.
“Lennox...” She said with narrowed eyes. Chloe
opened the door to find Ms. Hoffman standing at it.
“Ms. Collins. Don't forget that you and I have an appointment tomorrow as well.” Ms. Hoffman stated. Chloe
looked at Ms. Hoffman for a second her normal cool stern expression had a slight smirk to it.
asked tilting her head to the side.
“Oh nothing sweetie.” Ms. Hoffman replied as she turned and walked off.
“Ms. Hoffman?” Chloe
called after her.
“Yes Ms. Collins?” She replied.
“Umm can I ask you a question?” Chloe
“You may.” Ms. Hoffman replied.
“Well.. Umm you see I have a friend that umm she may be pregnant and the father is another friend of mine. I... I dont know how to talk to them about it.” Chloe
said in a timid voice.
Ms. Hoffman staggered mid step.
you better not be telling me you and that Mr. Lenux have somehow.” Ms. Hoffman began striding back up to Chloe
“What! NO! NO! NO! This isn't about me its about Laura...” Chloe
slapped her hands over her mouth too late to stop the words from coming out of her mouth.
Ms. Hoffman stood frozen. Her eyes wide.
“Ms. Collins you are going to tell me everything when you get back tonight.” Ms. Hoffman said in a stern voice.
“Yes... Yes Ma'am.” Chloe
replied with a squeak to her voice.
Ms. Hoffman's eyes darted down to Chloe
's stomach for a moment before she turned around and walked off.
“Oh god Ms. Hoffman I cant get pregnant you know that. I wouldn’t do anything with Adrian like that.” Chloe
Ms. Hoffman ignored her as she continued to march down the hall. Chloe
couldn’t see the smirk on her face.
“Oh crap what should I do now?” Chloe
mumbled to herself.
Gizmo settled on her shoulder and looked down the hallway at Ms. Hoffman.
“Why do you always hide when she is around?” Chloe
Gizmo recoiled and hid behind Chloe
's shoulder as Ms. Hoffman threw a glance back before preceding down the stairs.
“I guess she can be kinda scary at times.” Chloe
said in a low voice. Chloe
and Adrian followed Mr. Burke down the row of machines that where giving them trouble.
“So your saying your father had put out a recall on this thing and we didn't get the notice?” Mr. Burke asked Adrian as he came to a stop pointing at the part of the system that aligned the cans and filled them.
“Yea I looked up the parts when Chloe
told me about this. Fortunately there are fixes for these things.” Adrian said.
“These things?” Mr. Burke asked with a raised eyebrow.
“Yea well there are at least six other things that have flaws in their designs. Like that feed belt there, It's tension pulleys are not strong enough and... Oh it has been fixed already.” Adrian said looking back at Chloe
“Yea I fixed that a year ago.” Chloe
said looking up from her tablet.
“Gizmo can you give me a scan of those parts pleas?” Chloe
added pointing a laser pointers at four different parts.
“So what ells did you fix?” Adrian asked.Chloe
simply handed him her tablet after pulling up the files.
“Mr. Burke have you talked to my dad about replacing some of these machines?” Chloe
“Yea we have talked. The problem is finding the machines that will meet our needed capacity and getting them installed in a timely manner.” Mr. Burke said.
“I understand Mr. Burke. Time is money. You have four lines here. If you can keep three of them running I think it is possible to replace one line at a time and only have them down for a month tops each. I think I may be able to build the machines given the time to invest in the machines to build them.” Chloe
“Your father told me about your business. Do you really think you could do this? It's not easy to predict all the things that can go wrong. Don't get me wrong Chloe
I know you are a genius and you have yet to really let us down. Just remember the first part you made for us.” Mr. Burke said with a smile. Chloe
let out a sigh as Adrian gave her a curious look.
“Well it didn't help that dad wouldn't let me take it apart to get a proper look at it.” Chloe
“HA HA True! But I want you to be certain with this. This is a business. It is the livelihood of your family and a lot of people that work for them. You have to be careful in your decisions and so do we.” Mr. Burke explained taking a seat on a work bench.
“I know and trust me the scale of this hasn't escaped me. I know it wont be easy. But the reason I want to do this is to help the people who work here and help my family. I have lots of ideas to keep this place running and up to date. I understand that the board has talked about expanding and opening another cannery too. I want to be of help.” Chloe
Mr. Burk took a deep breath and let out a sigh.
“I am glad to hear that. Unfortunately major upgrades to this cannery have been put on hold. We had to dip into the budget to replace the boat that went missing last month. However Collins International is still looking to expand to the UK. The decision was actually made last year the budget has been cleared and they are going to begin ground work on the new buildings in Maryport, Cumbria in late June. The talk your father and I had was actually about the possibility of flying you out to the site and working with the contractors to design the layout of the building. I saw those plans you gave your father. I got to say I am rather impressed with how well you took so many details into account. I see a couple of little flaws in the layout but still very impressive. I want you to go out there because I have come to trust you Chloe
. Like your father you are a genuine person. One I can get along with and you know me I don’t get along with many people. It will also piss off some of the board members and I enjoy that idea very much.” Mr. Burke said with smile.
“Wow!… I… I… thank you Mr. Burke… that means a lot to me. This is a lot to take on but I think I can handle it.” Chloe
“Of cores she can she has the brilliant son of the engineer that built these machines working for her.” Adrian said resting his hand on Chloe
“Ha! “working for her.” I see kid.” Mr. Burk said with a smirk as he winked at Adrian knowingly.Chloe
looked confused looking between Mr. Burke and a slightly blushing Adrian.
“Wait so does this mean you are going to work for me?” Chloe
asked looking up at Adrian.
“Yep I have decided you are totally worth working for.” Adrian said pulling his hand away from Chloe
“Well we obviously have a lot of work to do on our end and the final decision on the site has yet to be made. But your job for now is going to be convincing your father to let you go. He isnt 100% sure about letting you go.” Mr. Burk said.
“I'll talk to him. I will also work on more designs and ideas. Send me an email with changes you would like to see and I will make them.” Chloe
“So what happened to the boat?” Adrian asked.
“We don't know. It is missing. Three weeks of searching hasn’t even turned up a life boat. One moment they where on the GPS the next they where gone.” Mr. Burke explained.
“Weird.” Adrian said.
“No the weird part is they where only three miles from the coast. There was no hard weather and only a light morning fog.” Mr. Burke said.Chloe
looked uncomfortable as thoughts of supernatural things happening to it ran through her head.
“What was the name of the boat?” Adrian asked.
“The Barbosa.” Mr. Burke replied.
“Oh Mr. Burke I wanted to apologize again for the delay in those parts. We had a strange snag in the production line. I have already expedited the next parts so you should get them a couple of days earlier.” Chloe
said redirecting the conversation.
“That is great but like I said over the phone don't worry about it to much. Some of the maintenance crew where freaking out a bit but I wasn’t too worried. You know I sat down last week and crunched some numbers. In the past two years that you have been machining parts and fixing the problems we couldn’t figure out. Well the way I figure it we still owe you a good 80k in saved time and money spent on parts. So I think we can tolerate a few small delays. Besides it wouldn’t look good if we fired the bosses daughter.” Mr. Burk said with a laugh.
Gizmo hovered over Adrian before disengaging his rotors and falling the short distance to his shoulder. Adrian let out a yelp as Gizmo skittered down his arm and began poking at the touch screen of the tablet.
“You get the scans Gizmo?” Chloe
asked turning to face Adrian and holding out her hand for the tablet.
She took the tablet from his hand as he handed it to her and paused long enough to let Gizmo jump over to her hand.
“That is a nifty little toy you got.” Mr. Burk said looking at Gizmo.
“Oh Gizmo is more than a toy. He is a very handy little guy.” Chloe
said poking at Gizmo's top hat lightly.
Gizmo straightened his top hat before removing it and mimicking a bowing action towards Mr. Burk.
“Ha! That is very cool.” Mr. Burk laughed.
“So I understand you are making these little drones and selling them?” Mr. Burke asked.
“Not ones like Gizmo. He is special. But I am making a line of toys and hobbyist drones. I will be rolling out a series of utility drones in July.” Chloe
“I'll have to take a look at them then. I used to be into model plains and boats. This looks like a fun hobby.” Mr. Burk said.
“The hobby models come in kits so you can assemble your own.” Chloe
“I got one of your drones for Christmas... my neighbor shot it out of the air five minutes after I took it outside to try it out.” Adrian said.
“Well that’s extreme.” Mr. Burk said with a chuckle.
“Tell me about it. The drone was barely a foot over my head when he shot it. Scared the shit out of me.” Adrian said with a slight shiver.
“You sure he didn’t shoot it because you where peeping on his daughter?” Chloe
asked giving Adrian a glare.
“What? No! I don't need the drone for that....” Adrian trailed off realizing he engaged his mouth before his brain.
“I am working in an anti peeping program into future models.” Chloe
said in a flat tone.
Mr. Burke laughed.
“Well if you have everything you need then I need to get home. I have yet another early morning.” Mr. Burke said with a yawn.
“Yea I have all I need.” Chloe
said double checking her tablet.
“Hey um I can take Chloe
home if you want to get home Mr. Burke.” Adrian said with a smile holding up his fathers car keys.
“Hmm I don't know... You two wouldn't take advantage of the situation to sneak out on a date would you?” Mr. Burke said with a sly grin.
“What? We are not dating.” Chloe
“No Sir I will see to it she get home safe and sound.” Adrian said once again straightening up and trying to look presentable.
Mr. Burke laughed.
“Well if its ok with the little lady then I will relinquish her to your care.” Mr. Burke said yawning again.
“I... I guess it's ok.” Chloe
“Great!” Mr. Burke said slapping Adrian on the back.
“I will talk to you later Chloe
take care.” Mr Burke said walking off towards his office to gather his stuff.
The drive was rather awkward. Chloe
sat tapping at her computer while Adrian adjusted the mirrors for the fifth time and was driving five miles under the speed limit.
“So... umm next Sunday is the V-day dance. You going?” Adrian asked breaking the silence.
“I try to actively avoid social situations especially dances.” Chloe
replied without giving it much thought.
“But I see you at the Soundbox almost every time I go there.” Adrian replied.
“Not exactly by choice. I... I am trying to get over my social anxieties. My... my friends think they are helping me by taking me there... I don't know if its working or not. I still worry about being found out.” Chloe
“Well then could I uhh say I am being a good friend and asking you to join me at the dance so that I am not bored out of my mind?” Adrian asked nervously.
“I... I guess.... wait... Are you asking me out to the dance?” Chloe
yelped her voice becoming modulated as she reached too high of an octave for the voice synthesizer to produce.
“What umm uh no it uh well I'll be attending to take care of the stage lights and sound system. I don't like these kinds of things either.” Adrian stammered.
They sat awkwardly for a few minutes until they pulled into the driveway to the house.
“I... I need to think about it.” Chloe
stammered before she looked up at the house and was reminded of the talk her and Ms. Hoffman would be having.Chloe
hesitated opening the car door.
“What's wrong?” Adrian asked.
“A great many things... right now though… I cant decide if I would rather sit here and talk to you a little longer or go face Ms. Hoffman.” Chloe
said in a small voice.
“Why do you have to face Ms. Scary lady?” Adrian asked.
“I... I accidentally told her that I think Lora may be pregnant. I don't know for sure... I panicked and just kinda blurted out what was on my mind when she accused you and I of doing inappropriate things.” Chloe
“Oh the classic mousy little nerd girl and her social blunders trope?” Adrian replied.
“Wait what kind of inappropriate stuff?” He added looking at Chloe
with a cocked eyebrow. Chloe
glared at him and Gizmo's eyes turned red as he glared at him too.
“Sorry?” Adrian said throwing up his hands defensively.
“I am just joking.” He added as his eyes darted back and forth between Chloe
's eyes and Gizmo's
Suddenly the passenger door flew open and Ms. Hoffman stood there with her arms crossed and a cold glare on her face. Both Adrian and Chloe
screamed hugging each other tight.
“Just what is the meaning of this young lady? You where supposed to be with Mr. Burke and here I find you with the very same young man you where holding inappropriate conversations with on the internet?” Ms. Hoffman scolded.
Both Adrian and Chloe
breathed rapidly trying to calm down from the near heart attack they both had.
“I, we, he, Not doing inappropriate things.” Chloe
stammered shoving Adrian away from her and hard into his door.
Adrian grunted as the air was knocked out of his lungs. He then began gasping for air.
“I swear we are not doing anything inappropriate Ms. Hoffman. Pleas believe me.” Chloe
“Are you alright young man?” Ms. Hoffman asked noticing Adrian gasping and struggling to catch his breath.
He searched his pockets for something as he struggled to take in enough air to speak.
“Asthma attack” He croaked out.
“Oh no.” Chloe
began to panic.
She began helping him search his pockets for his inhaler finding it in his inner coat pocket. He gasped painfully at the inhaler trying to get the medicine into his lungs. He managed to but not soon enough to prevent passing out from lack of air.
Adrian woke a few minutes later laying on the couch in the main room. Chloe
stood over him with a stethoscope listening to his lungs.
“Oh... are we playing doctor now?” Adrian said in a weak voice.Chloe
blushed bright red as she looked over her shoulder at her father who stood just a few feet away.
“Young lady I think its time we had a talk.” Mr. Collins said looking at his daughter then Adrian.
“Oh no... not the talk.” Chloe
said in a low voice.
“Oh yes. But first what is this business about Laura?” He replied.
“Oh crap. Look I don't even know for sure whats going on. I... I may have caught Laura and Blaze
together... naked... a few days ago. Then Laura's costume in the play was too tight on her and I heard people talking about her putting on weight.” Chloe
and Laura?” Mr. Collins asked in disbelief.
“I... I think they like each other... But I think they are just acting mean to each other in public to cover for their reputations.” Chloe
“Where is Laura Ms. Hoffman?” Mr. Collins asked in a stern voice.
“She is out with some friends.” Ms. Hoffman replied.
?” He added.
“I do not know where he is... I do know the last time I saw him was shortly before Laura left.” Ms. Hoffman replied.
“Inform them that I wish to talk with them tomorrow when I get home.” Mr. Collins said in stern authoritative tone.
Ms. Hoffman nodded and then looked to Adrian.
“And what about him?” Ms. Hoffman asked.
Mr. Collins glared at Adrian. Adrian grew extremely uncomfortable and wished he had still been unconscious.
“I... I umm should get going.” Adrian said standing up rather quickly.
“Sit!” Mr. Collins said in a stern commanding voice.
“Yes sir.” Adrian replied sitting quickly and sitting perfectly still.
Mr. Collins sat in a chair letting out a sigh as he gathered his thoughts.
Ms. Hoffman stood behind him with her arms crossed adding to the already tense atmosphere with her cold hard gaze. Chloe
scooted to the opposite end of the couch sitting down.
“I understand that you know about Chloe
's condition right?” Mr. Collins asked in a slightly less commanding tone.
“Yes sir. I understand that most of her body is machine. I... I don't know exactly how much and I don't know the cause of it. We honestly have not talked to each other much. I swear to you sir there has been nothing going on between us. I respect Chloe
. She is brilliant. I... I want to get to know her better. So I offered to help her with the machines at the cannery and to give her a ride home.” Adrian explained.
“I believe you.” Mr. Collins said after a solid minute of eye contact with Adrian.
“You do?” Ms. Hoffman asked.
“Yea... he doesn’t have the right attitude and courage to be an inappropriate brat chasing after my daughter.” Mr. Collins said with a grin.
“Hey I can be...” Adrian started to protest but was cut short by Gizmo swatting him on the back of the head with a tentacle.
“Ouch!” Adrian cried out rubbing the back of his head.
“Ok young lady just be sure to...” Mr. Collins began only to be cut off by Chloe
“Dad! I don't need “the talk” I know all about that stuff. I cant even do that stuff so pleas stop before this gets any more embarrassing.” Chloe
pleaded blushing bright red.
Mr. Collins let out a sigh before standing up.
“Just be safe sweetie.” Mr. Collins said before walking out of the room.
Ms. Hoffman gave them both a glare before pointing at her eyes then at them. She then turned around and walked out of the room.
“It is getting late. Perhaps Mr. Lennox should get home.” Ms. Hoffman said as she left.
“Umm yea my dad needs the car back.” Adrian said standing up quickly.
“I... I'll see you at school?” Adrian asked looking down at Chloe
“Yea... I guess.” She said in a low voice before standing up and leaving the room still blushing.
Adrian found his way out and got into his car. He sat there taking another hit of his inhaler before starting the car.
“Wow… what am I getting myself into?” He asked himself before driving off.