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Interlude one: early hours phone call from CERN

Interlude One: CERN calls at 5:00 AM

The phone rings, waking me at five in the morning.

“Never fear, Jephrey's here,” I say into the telephone.

“This is Wendy, calling from CERN,” says a slightly squeaky woman's voice.

“CERN? Where the particle accelerator is?”

“Yes, among other things. We do all kinds of research.”

“Yes, of course.”

“That's why I am calling. Research. Have you noticed that reality is behaving strangely lately?”

“Stranger than usual?”


“Can't say that I have. Why do you ask?”

“We're noticing fluctuations in the fabric of space time. In other words: reality.”


“Wow, indeed,” says Wendy. “Look, do you mind if I call you from time to time to ask about the state of reality – from your perception, that is?”

“No, I don't mind at all. I'll pay close attention to reality for you.”

“Thank you.”

“My pleasure.”

She rang off.

Only later, when I was drinking my morning cappuccino, did I begin to wonder why CERN called me of all people.




© 2018 Jeffrey Baumgartner