I don’t think she’s coming back. I don’t know where she went, either. I know the doctor wants me though. She wanted to run tests. A lot of doctors wanted to do that, before.
I can’t sit here anymore. I get up and look down the hallway. I don’t see her. I can’t ask her what I should do, because I don’t know where she is. The doctor wants to see me, though. I don’t know if I should go. But maybe the doctor will know what I should do. I’ll go see her.
I don’t know where she is, though. I walk through the halls, but all the rooms are empty. It’s a really big house. There are a lot of rooms. I check another room, but it’s just full of furniture. Furniture isn’t doctors. Or the doctor I’m looking for. At least, I don’t think that furniture is the doctor. I check just to make sure. It’s not.
I check the next room. It’s completely empty. There’s not even furniture. I start to worry I might not be able to find her or the room I was in before. I don’t know the way back to it. This is a really big place. I hope I can find my way back, or the doctor.
I hear skittering. Like this morning. I peek around a corner to see a small bunny girl carrying a box. She looks like the one from last night. Except not. She’s even shorter. And the bunny girl from last night was already very short. I wonder why she’s so short. She quickly moves around a corner. She seems to know where she’s going. I should follow her. I do.
She doesn’t seem to notice me. I guess it’s rude to follow a person without telling them, but I don’t know her name. I don’t know how to tell her. I try to think of what to say, but I really don’t know. Before I can say anything, she ducks into a room. Maybe it’s a room that doesn’t have furniture or nothing or doctors that look like furniture. I check.
I don’t really get to see anything, though. I get knocked down as soon as I look around the corner. The rabbit girl is off running again, back where she came from. She must be in a hurry.
I hear the doctor. At least, it sounds like the doctor. Maybe it’s just someone who sounds like the doctor. I get back up and look in, and it’s a woman. She looks like the doctor. She’s picking something up off the floor.
“Can’t rely on them for anything!”
She sounds like the doctor too. She must be the doctor. She notices me.
“Aha! Something useful!”
She comes over to me, dropping whatever she was picking up on the floor.
“I’m glad to see you here, although I question how you got here. I don’t remember telling you about my lab, nor you seeing it. Ah, but basic pathfinding skills are intrinsic to humans aren’t they, oh yes…”
She clasps her hands together and returns to where she was standing.
“Get up! We have much to do, oh yes. Much to do.”
I get up. I guess I should come into the room, so I do. It’s really hot in here. Really hot. Really really really really really hot. I wonder why it’s so hot in here. I wish it was cooler. I ask if she could turn on the air conditioner.
“Aha, but the heat is necessary, you see! Besides it’s only uh… what is it in your archaic measuring scale… 48 celsius? Ah yes, and 120 or so in whatever those imperials use.”
She makes big figures with her hands. I don’t really understand any of it, but I nod my head to show that I was listening.
“Behold! I have violated string theory!”
She makes more big figures with her hands, motioning to the other side of the room. There’s a small cube there. And it’s glowing green. Three lasers are coming out of it. Lasers are funny. It’s actually LASER. Light something something something something. Lasers are just light. I remember that from school.
“Now now, you may say: ‘Eirin, an undergraduate exercise? Are you not a published author and six time graduate of the Moon’s highest university?’ Why, yes I am, thank you for asking. But alas, a more complicated exercise would take too long to prepare and I am but mentally preparing my mind for your immediate examination.”
She leans in close to my face with a smirk.
“Did you get all that? Good. Now go get me the green container from the shelf. Go, shoo. There is much to be done, and your frail human body only has so many waking hours per day.”
She waves vaguely at the shelf. I look and it’s full of containers. I look back at her, and it looks like she was talking to me. I go to get the container, but there’s a lot. They’re not all one color. All of them have colored lids, but the rest of them are just gray. There’s one with green lids, and blue lids, and red lids, and black lids, and white lids, and yellow lids, and more green lids, and more blue lids… I don’t know which one she wants. I pick one of the green ones.
I pick it up and take it back to her.
“Hrm? Oh yes, thank you- Teal?!”
She slaps the container out of my hands, and it breaks on the floor.
“Green! Do you know what green is, you moro-”
She stops, standing back up and breathing in really hard. She seems angry. Really angry.
“Mormon. I was going to say Mormon. Because calling you a moron would be unethical. Mormon.”
She seems even angrier when she says that. I start to back away before she squishes both my cheeks together.
“Let’s be very clear here, intern. Green. Do you know what green is? Plants. Trees. Things like that. Green. Do you know what green is? Maybe I should show.’
“Maybe I should show you! Stay right there! Right there!”
She says the last part as she backs towards the door, motion for me to stay here. Then she runs. She runs really fast. Sprinting, it’s called. She comes back a little bit later. She took a while.
Oh, I know this one. I’m not actually supposed to say anything, just open my mouth. I do. She doesn’t look happy.
“Oh goodness I didn’t mean it, stop drooling. Stop. Close your jaws. Now.”
I do. I don’t know why she told me to do that if she didn’t want me to do it.
“This is simple, okay? Simple. You can do simple. I’m going to show you some colors. You just say what the colors are. Very… simple.”
I nod. She holds up a book with a bunch of pages, each one colored a different color. First it’s red, then blue, then green, then yellow, then green again, then green, then green…
The doctor yells loudly and tosses the book into the air. It comes crashing down in her experiment, then catches fire, along with the cube. I look around for some water, but there’s nothing like that in here.
“He’s not colorblind! Imagine that!”
I try to ask her where the water is, but she just grabs my shoulder and spins me around. I get really dizzy and can’t focus, but she grabs my chin and makes me open my mouth. She puts something in my mouth and then forces water into my mouth. I try to spit it out, but she rubs my throat and I can’t help myself. I swallow it.
I have to cough. My chest hurts. It hurts a lot. I cough again. I have to lick my lips to get rid of the last of them, but the pills taste odd. Not right. Pills don’t taste like that.
They taste really…
[ ] Bitter.
[ ] …Nothing?