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Topic: Work (07/27/06)
TITLE: Expect it to work
By Christopher Jenyns
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"It's not yours!"
"It has to be authorized!"
"Do you think they understand what they're doing?"
The motor kicked into operation. It whirred like an ice-cream machine and seemed to spit water out its corners. Lights flashed once and then didn't come on again for several seconds. For something as awkward and bulky as the machine was, it moved like an amusement toy.
Shortly the office floor around the two lab coated micemen trembled a little. The machine kicked into the tiles. Then one of the nearby pillars shook a little. The man on the left looked at it while the other simply glanced.
It was only a breath later that the machine began to function the way it was designed to work. A nearby photocopier stopped moving and then disappeared. Then a whole section of the floor picked up and vanished. The two men looked up and gazed at each other steadily.
In a moment the whole world was gone.
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