Our Favorite Detective Duo is...
Not Russian Enough
Chapter 2: Getting in the right headspace
Richard looked at me expectantly, as though I should be saying
"I simply asked what was going on guys. I'm not looking for a bunch
of secret details. It's just that I've been trapped in this office for
so long that I've got no idea what's going on so all. Do they still
have stores? Do people live in houses? Are there aliens taking over
the place? I've really no idea what's happening at all these days.
Last thing I knew, the world started disappearing and then it came
back, and now I'm stuck here. What's going on?"
"The man never reads, but he's become so bored that he wishes he read
the news." I can't tell if Cynthia was perplexed, just having fun, or
some combination of both.
"I, uh, I have an idea that might allow you to go back to your home."
I had a feeling this was not going to go over the best, but I have to
try something. "I know that you're not a big reader, so I don't know
if heard about this, but quite a while ago FrillerIdiot reviewed a
device that can... uh... You know? Why don't we back up a little bit?"
This was getting uncomfortable fast.
"Cynthia, the reason that Richard is in here in the first place. It's
because he knows something he shouldn't, right?"
"I'm right here you guys." Richard looked annoyed.
"Yes. Richard is quite possibly in serious danger because he knows
who I am. What are you getting at?"
Ohhhhhh boy. This one is not going to be easy. Um....
"What if we were... what if... uh... If there were a way tooooo
"You can't just dig stuff out of my brain!" Yup, he's horrified all
"No, not quite that, but if we could block off some bits of that
information so that you can't think about it, it'd be kind of like not
remembering and thus not knowing, right? So, if that could solve the
problem, can we do this? Like, if we could do it in a safe way that
only does that and the other functions of the device were turned
"WAIT! WHAT DEVICE!? WHAT DO YOU MEAN 'OTHER FUNCTIONS'!?" Yeah I've
completely terrified him at this point.
"So, um... I have a friend who lives in Russia, and he's a researcher
in taking over people's minds."
"TAKING OVER PEOPLE'S MINDS!?"
"Yes... that is his field of research, but's he's not a bad guy, I
promise. He's *snicker* really not a bad guy." Why can't I contain
this laughter, this is **not** good.
"You're laughing about this. I'm stuck in this office, my life is in
danger, you're talking about taking over my brain and... and... You're
laughing! You're just... laughing!" Now Richard busted out laughing
too, but his was in the absurd sarcastic way. "Let's all just have a
laugh then. It's really REALLY FUNNY how f---ed up this all is! HA HA
HA HA HA HA HA! BOY WE'RE REALLY HAVING FUN HERE!"
It was at this point that Chief Geordi knocked on the door.
Everything got silent for a moment, and then the door creaked open
just a crack, with only an eyeball sticking in the room and a hand
placed on his 2A self-defense stick. The door creaked open a little
bit more, and CG slowly came in.
"Is everything all right in here? I heard some shouting down the
hallway, and I came to see what's going on."
Richard demeanor straightened up just a little, but he still looked
"This... this is just unbelievable. Your dude here's got me stuck in
this place for a while with not much to do and..."
CG calmly but firmly interrupted. "Yes, your wife has filled me in on
the situation. I understand that it rough, but you've got to..."
"Did they tell you what they plan to do with me?"
"Beyond keeping you here until they can figure something better out,
no, they haven't."
"This dude here said he knows a guy who can make me forget because
he's an expert at taking over people's minds. Then this joker starts
laughing saying it's okay because he's not a bad guy. Can you believe
this? Mister 'Not a bad guy' takes over people's minds."
CG puzzled over this for a second. "Not a bad..." Then the light hit
"Oh. So uh... this means you remember." CG was looking right at me.
"How much do you know?"
"I just remember that Jaseph is my friend, and that he moved to
Russia to become an evil scientist, but not one that does anything
mean." Not sure what I was supposed to forget, but okay.
"Okay, that's... that's good. Are you still in contact with him?"
"It's been a while since I've called. I never did get to try out one
of those NAVAL implants of his, but I think that if I could get him to
modify one with Cynthia's direction, then maybe Richard should be
CG stopped and visibly let the idea churn in his head for a minute.
"Cynthia, what do you think? Would this help his situation?" CG still
looked a little unsure.
"Well, if we were to find a way to really make it known that he can't
remember who I am, then maybe I can use that to advocate that he
doesn't get hurt." Cynthia looked a little uncomfortable, but rather
sure of herself at the same time.
Richard even started to relax a little. "So you say that this will
really be a good thing?"
"Yes honey. I really think that this would be what's best. If our
friend here thinks he can really pull this off, then I believe that
you could finally come home."
"Well then, that's settled." CG slapped his hand on his leg. "If you
can do just a little checking up on some stuff for me, the city will
pay for Cynthia's and your fare to go to Russia and check this out for
me. Make your phone calls, set some dates, and make it happen soon."
*Off to Russia huh? I would have never thought that one of our
people would go so far away from Arkwood Pond. I hope that they'll be
all right, but the only way that we can know is to stay tuned and read
further on to the next episode of Our Favorite Detective Duo.*
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