* Chapter 3: The Plot Thickens *
The front door to the Wise Men's house knocked. When no answer
came, it knocked again; still no response. It knocked one more
time. No answer came, and so it was leveled with a well-placed
jujitsu kick. "Piece of cake," Chisato said as she
stepped over the door's remains. Noel shielded his eyes in embarrassment.
Filia entered the hall to see what the commotion was about.
"Oh, hey!" she called out. "Come on in! We didn't
hear you knocking."
"Listen, sorry about the door," Noel said.
"Don't worry about it," Filia said. "Happens
all the time. Anyways, come on in to the living room. Everyone
else is there."
The three stepped into the Wise Men's living room, where the
rest of the Wise Men were sitting. All except for Indalecio,
that is. They made conversation for a few minutes until Indalecio
walked into the room, pushing a small cart with an obsolete
"Guys, can I get your attention, please?" Indalecio
called out, trying to sound important. "Now, I suppose
you're wondering why I called you here today..."
"Get on with it!" Marsilio shouted out.
"Humph," Indalecio sneered. "Very well. Where
shall I begin? About three weeks ago I was figuring our taxes,
but things weren't working out. I had Cyril," he said,
pointing at the prematurely gray sorcerer, "look at some
notes I had jotted down. He couldn't decipher them because he
was holding them upside down. However, I then took the paper
back, looked at it upside down, and had a revelation. Thanks
to my superior intellect," Indalecio grinned as he said
this, "I realized what I was holding in my hand were the
first characters of a computer program that would enable us
to resurrect Energy Nede to how it was shortly before it was
destroyed! I spent the last few weeks writing this code and
typing it into ol' Jimbo here." He patted the computer.
"Now all I have to do is run the program, and Energy Nede
will be back!"
A hand shot up in the middle of the room. "Yes, Berle?"
Indalecio said, recognizing his armor-clad compatriot.
"Are you going to do like Narl did with Expel, and bring
it back from the past using a Time-Space shift? Wouldn't that
create a massive paradox in the space-time continuum?"
"No," Indalecio said. "This program works sort
of like a Copy-Paste action does in computers. What it'll do
is make a 'copy' of Energy Nede just before we arrived, and
then 'paste' it into our time. Of course, there will be some
slight changes. For example, I have made it so that they'll
forget whom we are and what we did. Another change is that Noel
and Chisato, on this Energy Nede, will 'mysteriously' disappear
shortly before we arrive."
Another hand shot up, this one belonging to Noel. "You're
not going to crash Expel into it to get there again, are you?"
"Of course not!" Indalecio said. "The last part
of the program will transport all of us in this room to Energy
Nede, without any adverse side effects to Expel."
One more hand arose, this one belonging to Ruprecht. "You
mean that you're going to take Energy Nede from the past, copy
it, transport the copy into this time period, and transport
all of us there, using a program written on a 286 with 640KB
"286 WITH 640 KB OF RAM DOES NOT COMPUTE!" Shigeo
yelled out in his robotic voice.
"It's very resource-efficient," Indalecio explained.
"Any further questions? If not, then I'll initiate the
program now." Indalecio typed the following on the computer:
C> cd \indaleciostuff\private
After doing so, the computer began making loud and somewhat
frightening noises as it strained to run the program. Then,
through the window, came a flash of light as bright as sunlight,
despite it being 9 o'clock at night.
"Step one is completed," Indalecio said. "Now
onto step two..." The room filled with an intense, sparkling
brightness, as the people in the room were transported to Nede.
"You did remember to turn the oven off, didn't you, Decus?"
Filia said as her body disappeared.
"Yeah, I think I...wait, did I?" Decus replied. It
was too late to check, however.
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