Flash Friday Short Story: Thermodynamics

Source: Wikimedia

Source: Wikimedia

I was inspired by this writing prompt: http://flashfriday.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/flash-friday-35/

“Just a few microns. Half a turn clockwise.”

“Do you ever worry about breaking the laws of physics as we know them?”

“If they can be broken they must be wrong.”

“Or the shaft will break like last time.”

“We should wear goggles. Hans nearly lost an eye.”

“No. The new rotor is perfect. And I will align it correctly if you two shut up long enough!”

“Quarter turn. Back a fraction… stop!”

“OK. Press the button.”

The machine turns with an industrial sound. Parts start to blur with speed as the sound rises higher to be replaced by a droning vibration felt more than heard, getting louder, a cacophony, a powerful metal monster of an orchestra. Dust fell from the ceiling like white smoke. A heavy, cloying smell of hot oil and plastic filled the air. They had to shout loudly to be heard.

“IS IT OK? CURRENT… DROPPING.”

“AS I THOUGHT. GOOD. INCREASE THE VOLTAGE.”

The sound dropped, leaving a sound only just heard like a mosquito. Dust falls to the ground.

“It will synchronise soon.”

“Then what?”

“Then they will know.”

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