Where Did They Go? - Part II of II

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In this story I explain what the holographic cities on this planet are for. --- This is Part II (the final) of this story. Both can be read independently.

Submitted: August 14, 2017

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"Don't you see the light blinking on the display, Donner?" asked a short haired woman in a maintenance type jump suite.

"Sure I see it, Gina, it is just an incoming message from Central; like that is going to be important," Donner replied while munching on an apple.

Donner read the message from Central and laughed.

Then he said, "Central is saying that the repair job that we have traveled for two earth weeks to get to, fixed itself. They advise that we divert to our next scheduled maintenance appointment."

"Divert my ass," said Chin-lo, "the repair assessment report stated that a cable had been severed on unit Two. Cables do not repair themselves, so need to see that cable. There is something fishy going on and our client has suffered a three week shut-down as it is."

Gina replied, "This sort of thing wouldn't happen if there were permanent techs on duty in these installations. The way it is now, a whole planet is shut down for a month or more before we can reach it and make repairs; that is not good business.

Gina slid her buff little body into the pilots seat and entered some numbers into the guidance system, then she sent Central a reply.

"Our internal guidance computer is malfunctioning and we are unable to reboot until our present destination is achieved. Once we have landed on DP-One we can reboot and reconfigure destination co-ordinates. Will notify you when we have landed, --- Out."

Another week, earth time, and the three safely landed near the entrance to the underground computer installation.

"Someone has been fooling around here," stated Chin-lo, "the door to the chamber is missing and someone has fabricated a very thick glass door to replace it; possibly made from nearby sand."

"Well that was cleaver, at least they didn't leave the doorway wide open," Gina replied. "

"Enough with the gab, let's go have a look and see what they've done to our computer," Donner grumbled as he descended the exit ramp from their space craft.

 

The three repair techs stood at the glass door and wondered how they were going to open it.

"The center dial looks like a combination lock-face," stated Gina.

"Then what are the buttons for? One is red so I wouldn't push that one, try the white one," Donner mumbled nervously.

Chin-lo stepped forward as he stated, it is a LTIL, Low Threshold Intelligence Lock. I read an article about these in Intergalactic-Times. Let us see if it works.

Chin-lo placed one digit from his left hand on each of the buttons that were the same color, then with his right hand he pushed on the knob that looked like a combination lock-face; the door opened ever so slowly.

"Well isn’t that a hoot," Gina said with a laugh.

"I could have figured it out, eventually," Donner stated.

 

The three moved along the long and descending hallway until they came to the computer room.

Chin-lo pointed to the cable and said, "That cable section is new." And after examining it he stated, "It is not anything like our cables. It looks like carbon-fiber, but it has silicone properties that allow greater flexibility.

I am going to run a by-pass cable and take this cable section back to the ship for analysis.

Suddenly a voice echoed around inside the computer chamber and a holographic display screen appeared on one wall.

"Greetings, I am Bonn! I am the individual in charge of a team tasked with the duties of charting and documenting intelligent life forms in the galaxies.

My students discovered the malfunctioning computer and repaired a cable.

We did this so the system would work again because we were curious as to what its fictions were. We hope we did not cause more of a problem than help.

However, as scientists we are still without the understanding as to why anyone would build such an elaborate system without any living residences.

All holographic residences, as odd and often humorous looking as they may be, seem to be there in a servant capacity. Therefore, it makes no sense to us what good they will be without someone to serve.

So in the interest of science we would be grateful if you could enlighten us.

Please note the link in the lower corner of this display, you may reply using it. --- Thank you so much, sincerely Bonn, of Galactic Research and Charting.

 

Everyone in the computer chamber was shocked; they had encountered aliens before, but none that wanted input from three lowly tech geeks.

Most of the aliens that they had encountered were all bossy and talked down to them. This was a nice surprise.

 

"Well what are we going to do?" asked Gina, "We sure can't explain what this place is for; these aliens may not even understand the concept."

"Why tell them anything, it's not our job," Donner mumbled.

Gina replied with a sort of tenderness in her otherwise gruff voice, "Because they are respectful and interested in what we know. Besides, it might be an opportunity to make some friends with someone out of the ordinary. We may never get another chance like this, ever."

"Well I am all for it! But how are we going to arrange this without Central getting involved?" Chin-lo questioned. "

After all, it would require that we invite Bonn and his students back here.

They will have to experience ("The Disney Planet"), with all its rides, attractions, and holographic attendees, in person."

 

D. Thurmond / JEF

08-13-2017


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