Originally published on March 9th, 2014
Copyright © 2014 by Christian Bergman, All rights reserved.
All people, places, and events are fictional … except when they aren’t.
The Nudist War – Day 45
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
~ Genesis 2:25, King James Bible
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Jess awoke to the sound of thunder. She opened her eyes and turned to look at the alarm clock. It’s luminous face showed 6:30 AM. She reached over to her laptop and brought up one of the outside security cameras. The video and audio indicated that it was raining heavily. “At least the weather is still normal,” she thought before turning off her alarm, rolling over, and going back to sleep.
In the next room Eddy was snoring heavily. When he got back to the lab the night before, they both agreed they desperately needed a good night’s sleep. After several medicinal scotches, they both retired for the night. The DNA sequencing could wait, besides they were making no progress anyway. A good night’s sleep was the least they were due.
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It was close to noon when they both finally got up. Jess was the first one to arrive in the break room. She was drinking her coffee and watching a security camera feed on the wall display. Eddy staggered in. “Is it ever raining out there,” Jess commented. “Are you really sure you want to go back to MAN’s today?”
“I’m sure that I don’t want to go back to MAN’s today, but I’m not sure I have much choice.”
“Why don’t you call him?” Jess smirked.
“Very funny. Why don’t you call him?” Eddy retorted.
“Hand me the phone.” Eddy handed her the phone. She autodialed the Seaside Hotel. “Hello, this is Jessica Munroe, is MAN there? I’ll wait. … Hi MAN, it’s Jess. How are you?”
Eddy stared wide eyed and silently mouthed “What the f…?”
“Glad to hear it. We’re OK. Just hangin’ out at the lab. Ya know, savin’ the world and all. What?” She laughed. “Yeah, you’re right about that. Say, Edward and I need to come out to talk to you about something. When is a good time? Yeah, that’s what we thought too. OK, tomorrow at 10 AM it is. See you then. You too.” She hung up the phone, grinning like a Cheshire Cat.
“What just happened?” Eddy asked sheepishly.
“MAN said it was too dangerous to be out in the pouring rain. He said to come out tomorrow at 10 AM.”
Eddy was speechless. “I mean, how …?” Then it dawned on him, “EDWARD? You called me Edward again.”
“Go back to bed. I’ll wake you if the rain stops,” Jess offered.
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