The Display

There were just so many tubes; it was a staggering sight to behold. Even from outside the university building they looped and knotted from out of the walls and the windows. They quivered at strange places, even though they looked empty and the strong breeze seemed not to cause any of the other areas to move.

Yarina wondered what it all meant. The research had been taking place for the last thirty years, and the building of this fantastic apparatus that she could see portions of poking into the outside world had taken the last decade.

None of the students and staff could or would comment on what it was. The level of secrecy was quite remarkable. Some thought it was sinister. Mostly Yarina found that students who had been refused access to the thing were the most bitter, yet even they would not give out even the most vague idea of what this thing was.

Now that it was complete half the local the scientific community—mostly physicists of the classical and quantum mechanics stripe—was in attendance along with members of the media who wouldn’t take the slightest interest in such things under normal circumstances.

Yarina recognised television presenters as well as film actors in the crowd. The sense of pomp was strong and quite at odds with the feeling that this was an important occasion in the history of physics, science and perhaps world history.

She and other people viewed this kind of thing as requiring a more sombre and low-key unveiling. Even though none of them were sure what it could be.

You can find the complete version of The Display in issue 71 of TBD.

William Crouper