A little stumble

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            I turned the switch on, but the only thing I noticed was that the electronic
hum made the sound in the cavernous room seem muted. Our sensors began
collecting the data from around the room but were limited to about a thirty
foot accuracy. We kept monitoring the inputs for about half an hour before
Virgil yawned, got up, stretched and walked toward the coffee pot.
            “Anyone else want one while I’m up?” he asked while walking
backwards facing us. Suddenly before anyone could answer he stumbled forward
as if struck from behind by a baseball bat to the head. Arnold was looking up
at that moment and saw Virgil falling back toward a table he had just left. It
looked to him as if  Virgil backed into a wall that he had misjudged the distance
to.  Nico got up and almost instantly crossed the distance to where Virgil
now lay out cold on the floor.
            “He’s out, but he’s breathing and he’s not bleeding.” Nico reported
much to our relief, “but he’s got a nice knot on his head.”
            “Let me get him a wet rag, I think there is some ice in the freezer,”
I said. I could hear Virgil moaning as I got up and headed for the kitchenette
thinking this was strange but at least he sounded all right.
I took only about six steps before I too was laid out cold next to Virgil.
 
 
 
 
By the time I regained consciousness, there were two more of us
 lying on the floor of the warehouse. Just picture this, four university
researchers lying on the floor within six feet of each other, knocked out
cold by some unseen entity and two more sitting on that floor trying to
revive them, too afraid to move.
            “Oh my head,” I remember hearing Virgil complain as the fog began to
lift from my brain. I reached up to feel the giant lump now emanating
from my hairline.
            “What the heck was that, is everyone all right?”  I quietly asked
thru the ever increasing pain in my head. Nico and Arnold were sitting on
the floor between me and Virgil.  
            “What hit us,.. Did something explode?” Virgil asked his voice still
shaky from the experience.
            “We don’t know, we’ve been sitting with you guys since you were
unconscious,” Arnold replied.
            “What about Phillip and Dr. Bonn?” Virgil continued looking around
at the inert bodies next to him.
            “I think they will be okay, I heard the doc breathing, actually snoring,”
Nico said turning to face his two colleagues on the floor.
 
            Dr Bonn suddenly sat up, began coughing and announced,
“Nobody move from where you are right now.”  Then turning toward Phillip
he asked us if anyone thought they had a concussion. Phillip was now
trying to roll over on his side and Nico slid over to help him.
            “Do you know what happened to us?”  I asked our guide and
advisor.
            “The way we all bounced off of clear space, it looks like we made
some kind of barrier with all of this electronic equipment that we have going
here,” Dr Bonn replied trying to sound as confident and reassuring as he
could muster at this point.         
            “Is it still on, don’t stand up yet” Phillip said as he rose to a
seated position while rubbing the front of his head.
Now that everyone was again awake and aware, Phillips’ question became
paramount.
            “Yes, but nothing has changed from five minutes ago.” I replied
as I got up with my hands above my head. I could feel the curve of a dome-
like  wall over me, as I stood up to go back to the table that had the
control switch.                                           
            “We have to record all of the levels that the equipment is operating at
before we turn any of them off,” I continued while inching my way back to
the tables like a blind man in a maze.
            “Good idea, be careful as you get up try to feel what’s around you
remember we can’t see it,”  commented Nico.
We regained our composure and recorded data for another few hours before we
shut it all off.
            “And that was how we discovered we had turned on the first stasis field.” 
                                                                                    Dr Pietro Damichi
                                                                                    At Nobel acceptance ceremony for the
                                                                                    Team that discovered stasis      2093
 
This was started in an old off campus warehouse loft shared by the six
researchers who were studying oscillating fields, with equipment they made
from used lab equipment and odd parts they were able to make operable.  And
that was the beginning of what we now class as force fields, which thru many
iterations became one of the most useful physical principals ever discovered.
At first they did not understand what had even happened. And for many years,
the exact mechanics of what was discovered were not fully understood until
2169 when researchers found the resonant and harmonic modulations of the
“Ghost Field” as it was known at the time. Since those early days many wars
were fought, but many more averted by the existence of that discovery.
 
                                                                                                R P. 10/10/13
 
 
 

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