INT: Office: DAY
Key EngineerVulo and hia usual suspects pace about a cluttered table worthy of Da Vinci, wh of course would not be born for another 9,000 years (T). Emajin his scribe stands by, hoping to be consideed useful whlie the floor show is going bls-nlah-blah over the Problem Du Jour, Emajin gets he willies. She drops her notebook and clutches her indigo scarf. That's her fave colour....
“Something made me cringe last night.”
“What was it, Emajin?" Vulo said.
“ I heard a strange sound. A loud screech.”
“Was it metal?” hia helper said.
“No, it was an animal. A Tiireejit.” That seemed logical at the time; they had high, screechy voices, spread all kinds of stuff in their fur and they usually woke me out of a lot of some of my favourite afternoon sleeps. Vulo nodded and changed the subject.
“Emajin, I don’t know where we are today with the new baby bird. All we got out of Trade lately was a couple of new songs and a motor-floater. And I had to use that to keep the wind off the Watcher this morning.”
I remember a trip was supposed to be set up for that morning. Vulo and Watcher Heissal would inspect the network around that new airframe in docks. Then the iBrejNa rang and I was supposed to be off on this latest makework project. I revealed a stack of proper square, white paper. It stood halfway to my head from the desk, and as I was standing there next to it, its figures contained a lot of repeated 32’s. What they said was unimportant. “Right now we’re stuck in standards adherence. I could add water and turn it into paste but this is nowhere near enough to paint a ship, let alone four. “
“Well, the paste will have to dry so I can draw on it, then grid ‘em up into prototype models. Figure in another Kinssa worth of engineering time and I can make it bigger,”
“I never figured youd work so fast.”
“Engineering is the only place in the world where you can bend a lot of metal with some paper. Remember, Emajin, I’m a designer. I don’t solve problems, I create them.”
©2015 Ariel Cinii. All rights reserved.
This work was Produced Under The Influence To Influenc Others Positively (PUTITIOP). Completed product available late June, 2016.