EXPERIMENT THREE

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11:35am.

It's been another nothing day so far, and now Larissa is stuck in the middle of math period, a subject she has no patience for.

Even at the best of times at John F Kennedy High School her mind is often far away from the subject at hand, but this one is really too much to bear: the teacher droning on, the tiny desk, long silences, the collective feeling of others like her who just want it to be over soon.

The numbers... Larissa has something bigger and better than them inside of her now.

Then, like the sudden fulfillment of a miracle or magic wish, her special wristband begins to tremble and shake. It's big and heavy. It's impossible to not to notice. Larissa's blood begins to race at the secret signal Col. Baldwin gave her to wear, to let her know when it's time.

I guess he still needs me after all... she thinks, feeling relieved, satisfied, with what took him so long then crossing her mind before deciding to come up with an excuse to leave the classroom.

The old standby is trotted out: I need to use the bathroom and with permission granted, Larissa instead sneaks out of school (she's good at it by now) and heads for the park.

(Not a single soul sees her leave, not even the most vigilant of hall monitors)

Soon, by herself in the bushes, in a hidden place, there is no hesitation as she reaches into her backpack for the headphones Col. Baldwin made for her. She fits them around her head, tightens the band, and prepares quietly for what happens next.


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