!!tNMe/juXMAK 05/18/11(Wed)06:22 No.14967788|
Bill nods, and says, "Right, water."
He goes down the hall, and you can hear him puttering around in what you guess is the kitchen. He comes back with a glass that's more like a tankard, filled with water. He hands it to you, and you drink.
You give him a perfunctory thanks, and ask what's going on.
Bill says, "Yeah. I'm an inventor, and back home I was working on muon-catalyzed fusion engines in pico-scale containment vessels. Endless energy if I could do it, right? Well, I did it. Turns out there have been other people who did it too. None of them were well prepared enough before they figured it out though, myself included, and the local Illuminati picked them up, and me in turn, and disappeared them, and I, to this place. Wherever it is. Whenever it is.
"It's not just the physics nerds like me, either. It's anyone who offends the Illuminati, from any of the many worlds that can reach this place, that ends up here. They're not total monsters. They've left us comfortable, but cut off from everything."
Bill shrugs, and says, "Anyway, I found you in the new arrivals area and brought you home. Can I ask, what did you do to piss them off? A human friend of mine recognized you as an astronaut; our first one if she wasn't thinking of a double of yours from her world."