This story has been set to a rating of PG-13. Age verification is required to proceed.
“How are they proposing the test their hypothesis and what kind of experiments are they talking about?” Tina asked nervously.
“He didn’t go into more details during his presentation but that’s why I stayed another week so I can snoop around. More wine please…” Alice turned the wine bottle upside down to show that it was empty. Tina got up to get another bottle and Alice began searching for something in her giant tote bag she brought in.
“That’d s huge bag, what’s in there?” Bette asked curiously.
“What’s NOT in there,” Alice mumbled. “I’m trying to find my notebook and I have so much crap in here.” She pulled out a few small ketchup packets and tossed them on the coffee table. “I think I got those around a year ago at McDonalds. They are probably still good.”
“Ew,” Bette shook her head and laughed. “Probably not.”
Tina brought another bottle and poured into Alice’s glass first.
“Finally, found it,” Alice exclaimed and pulled out a small worn out brown leather notebook out of the depths of her enormous handbag. She flipped a few pages and got almost to the end of it. “I wrote it down while eavesdropping and under pressure so it might be incoherent. Electro-magnetic…blah-blah…activity and energy…blah-blah…oh, here it is. When they know with a 100% certainty where the time portal entrance is, they are planning to conduct an experiment by using Einstein theory of relativity where time and space are linked together and a gravitational wave, which is an invisible ripple in space. Since it travels at the speed of light and can squeeze and stretch anything in their path, they are planning to use LIGO to detect it.”
“I’m sorry but what is LIGO?” Bette asked.
Alice flipped a few more pages as she mumbled to herself, “I know I wrote it somewhere because I asked the same question…aha, here it is, LIGO stands for Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, a very sensitive instrument that uses lasers, mirrors and extremely sensitive instruments to detect any tiny changes in the atmosphere.”
“Are they going to through some object into the portal opening to follow its path or do it with a human?” Tina’s confusion was obvious.
Alice scratched her head, “I’m not entirely sure. Professor was very vague on that matter and since I was there incognito, I didn’t want to draw a lot of attention by asking too many questions. Apparently, this is a completely new equipment operated by California Institute of Technology. It’s very expensive and had never been tested. That is why our dear professor needs a lot of money. The last thing I heard before I had to get out of there undetected was something about using lasers in the tunnel.” She shrugged and helped herself to more wine.
“So, what’s now?” Bette also poured more wine to hers and Tina’s glasses and sunk into the sofa.
“Nothing right now. We need to live our ordinary lives and try not to attract any unnecessary attention. Tina, just continue working on your documentary. Bette, are you back in the museum, getting your next exhibit ready?” Bette nodded. “Good, just act normal and be yourselves.”
“What are you going to do?” Tina asked.
“I will try to get another assignment that require research so I can be out and about. I would take my vacation time but it might be suspicious, so working on the story is as good excuse as any. I just need to figure out a way to make professor Kroll and his team to believe that the time portal will be open in November, not October. That will throw off their calculations and maybe they will abandon the whole idea, and on top of it, it would make Helena look like a fraud.”
“And how do you propose to do that?”
“Don’t know yet,” Alice began pacing. “I need a plan C and I need it soon. I had to work under the assumption that Professor Kroll might now believe my story and began looking for me to get more information. So, do I wait or seek him out first?”
“I think you should wait, Al,” Bette said slowly. “Let them show their hand. If you go to him, the professor might suspect you know more than you let on. If you do nothing, we can watch professor and Helena and…” she winked at Alice and they said in unison, “set a trap for them.”
Tina laughed, “Look at you two, plotting and scheming, setting traps for our enemy…I feel hopeful now.”
“And so you should,” Alice nodded. “I have an idea but in order to pull it off, I need to wait for their move. It’s like playing chess. We wait for the Whites opening and then we’ll make a move.”
TBC…soon, I promise