“The Frenchman said he kept skipping around in time with no control over where or when he’d land,” Lumbra continued. “It turned out the fool who built his device had hardwired it into shuffle mode. That was an easy fix.”
Jackie glared at Steve, who muttered “Yeah, what an idiot.”
“Ours has the same problem,” Jackie announced to Lumbra. “Can you fix it?”
“Of course. How strange that two such poorly made devices should arrive here? It seems a very unlikely coincidence.” Lumbra mused. “Come. We’ll take it to the lab.”
“What about AMNOZ?” Jackie asked. “We can’t leave him out there!”
“We will rejoin him at the lab,” Lumbra answered, somewhat impatiently.
“What is this place anyway?” asked Jackie as they headed for the doorway.
Lumbra replied, “This structure is but the shadow of what was once called GeoSphere. It was a foolish project centuries ago to build an
artificial planet enclosing the original one.”
“It seemed so perfect!” Steve remarked. “What happened to it?”
“What always happens.” Lumbra sighed with an air of resignation. “Humans create and then neglect.”