The loud thunking sound made me lose count of the holes in the ceiling tiles, so I started over. I got to 37 before the thunk sounded again, this time a double. I sighed, and began again, this time only getting to 18 before another thunk.
“Do me a favor, Jack,” I growled. “Put a divot in your skull. Really cause some brain damage.”
“Wouldn’t change my charming personality.” He thunked his head against the wall again.
After five days in Switzerland, and at least two dozen tests, we were bored out of our skulls. Nat, Kate, and Anna Maria had to go and respond to weather threats since Jack and I were out of commission. We didn’t even have our phones as a stray static charge along the outside of the phone could react with the positrons Jack and I produced. Jack was still furious over losing progress in a game he had been playing.
Ursula came into the room, looking cheerful as she flipped between pages of a report. “I have good news,” she smiled. “The latest test results are clear.”
“So you know what we have?” I leaned forward.
Jack paused his head thunking.
“Hmm? Oh, no. I still don’t know. What I mean is that we do not have to repeat that test again. The readings are clear, so we can proceed to analyze them, now.”
“Yes, I thought so. Well, it should only be another hour until we’re set up for the next test.” With that, she turned and walked back out of the room.
Jack resumed his thunking.
“Hey, you think you’ll reach level 30?” I asked.
“Bite me, Reilly. Just bite me.”