Morobu had used his sense of gravity to choose the direction to travel uphill, towards the grand summit of Fujisan
. He had mostly ignored local plants, wildlife, temperature and other cues. No wonder that I have travelled down towards the sea!
He looks at Suruga Bay, then back at imagebot
, then at his feet.
Finally Morobu breaks the silence. "But where is Timborme
"I haven't seen him for wips. We walked past a pachinko
parlour and the next moment I turned to look, and no Timborme
. I suppose he went in to play 'a few games'
. But after what happened to him with Cookie Clicker
, I doubt he stopped at just a few."
"He has his transponder?"
"Oh yes, and I'm sure he'll pop up when he is ready. He's a big boy."
"Hmmm..." (Morobu looks doubtful) "Yes, well... I guess once you're done bird-watching, you could always use the TARDIS
scanners to locate him." Morobu suddenly feels heightened urgency. "For my part, I must get back to the hills, and Fujisan!
You'll excuse me?"
Without another word, bot and human part, and Morobu returns up the beach. He climbs back over the jetty, and trots back along the first beach. Near BlueCrab
's home he turns to the right, entering back into the difficult undergrowth. There is yet a long journey ahead.
Thanks for noticing!
I thought that chapter felt familiar... but I've read them all so many times I kind of lose track.
There was a change to the story, which I'll describe here. The earlier chapter 26 read, in part:
in the original ch. 26, I wrote: imagebot swivels her head to glance at the bay, then back at her creator. "I don't feel it, but apparently humans and land animals do, and some plants. Circularly-polarized gravity [...]"
I had a few problems with this imagebot
section of the story. In chapter 24 imagebot
was looking at a gull inexplicably rising without exerting effort, but in this chapter the bot says that birds are not affected by the gravimetric projections (necessary for various reasons; consider the interaction with Link
in chapter 15
). I also had no statement of why imagebot
was on the beach at all. I edited chapter 26 to address this:
in the new ch. 26, I wrote: imagebot swivels her head to glance at the bay, then back at her creator. "I don't feel it, but apparently humans and land animals do, and some plants... and maybe those gulls. That's what I'm investigating right now."
Morobu glances up at the sky, looking for the gull that spiraled up and away, as imagebot continues.
"Circularly-polarized gravity [...]"
Thanks also to @balthasar_s
, etc. for noticing the mustard. I'll give it a
on the MSMS
. Indeed, perhaps the TARDIS
is a MusTARDIS