Where is Richard?

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“Do you think this is going to work?” I asked, already knowing his response, “This is everything I have left, it just has to work.” He was right, we needed it to work, neither of us could admit we may have wasted the past 10 years of our life working on a broken theory. “Are you ready?” I asked, “Yes” he replied. We both went to our stations, “Let's do this” he said excitedly. We had devoted our lives to discovering if matter was divisible even further than once determined by the scientific community, and we were finally prepared to prove it. We believed that by exponentially increasing the energy of our proton accelerator, that we could finally prove our theory. It could have worked, but we'd never know.“Richard, are you ready?” I asked once again, “More than ever,” he replied.
We pressed the starter, but as soon as we did, it happened. There was a slight cracking sound heard, followed by an loud bang. An intense flash of white light consumed my vision, and then, nothing at all. It was days before I finally woke up, by which time Richard was nowhere to be found. I investigated our laboratory, there was no damage, except for a large crack in our accelerator. “Richard?” I said aloud, “Richard?” I said again, this time louder than before. He was gone. I reached for my phone, then dialled his number. The instant the phone began to ring, he answered the phone. “Hello?” he said, “Reggie, is that you?” I replied, “Yes, Richard, where are you? What happened? And how long have you been awake? And why didn't you wake me?”I became more furious with him as I questioned him. “There’s no time to talk,” he replied, “Just get over here as soon as possible.” Then silence, he was gone.
I rushed out of the lab, almost forgetting my keys. I hopped into my car, racing down the streets toward Richard's house, swerving in traffic. When I arrived, I rushed in the door and started to call his name, no response. I sat on the couch, then reached for my phone to call him, but suddenly, he was right in front of me. “How did you do that?” I questioned. Then instantly he was behind me, then gone. A blur began to fill the room, as if he was everywhere at once, I sat there puzzled. “That's not all I can do. The explosion in the lab must have done something to me, watch this,” he demanded. He was then on his treadmill, running at a quick pace. After about three minutes of running, he began to glow. He was glowing a faint red tint, similar to the red of the coke can on his desk in the corner. “What on earth happened to him?” I whispered to myself.
All of a sudden he was gone again, this time for hours. I decided to go home and rest. I didn't hear from Richard for days after this, I had been undergoing changes myself. I became uncharacteristically kind to everyone I met, even to people I have hated, I couldn’t control myself. I also began to notice an increase in my thinking capacity, I could intensely think about three things at once, something I could never do before. I began to become envious of Richard, he can teleport, what can I do? Until that fateful day, the day every bank in the world was robbed, all at the exact same time. “Richard,” I proclaimed aloud.
As soon as I said his name, there he was, in my living room. “Richard, what have you done?” I asked him. “I've been watching you Reggie,” he replied, “I know what happened to us in the laboratory. We're electrically charged.” It suddenly became clear to me, he was everywhere at once and he glowed when he began to tire. He had become a living electron. I could think three times as efficiently as before, as if I had three brains, like the three quarks of a proton.
“Why did you do it Richard, why did you steal the money?”I asked. “I couldn't help myself, just like you can't help but be nice to everyone. It's affecting us both physically, and mentally,” He disappeared, only to return seconds later, this time with bags money. “You deserve this, Reggie.” It became clear what I had to do, what he wanted me to do. He wanted me to stop him, which meant, I had to destroy him. I didn't know whether it was my new intelligence, or the many lectures I attended as a student, but I knew how to defeat him. It seemed simple enough, we needed to collide.
I stood up from the couch, and prepared myself for what was about to happen. I began to run at him, he closed his eyes as I approached. My shoulder collided with his chest, harder than I'd ever hit anyone before. Then suddenly, the same bang I had heard in the lab was heard again, followed by the same flash of light. Except this time, I was still conscious after the light faded, but Richard was gone. I reached for my phone and called him. His phone went off, it was sitting jeans that were now on the floor. The words “I hate you” were on his screen. I was no longer compelled to be good, I was myself again, a neutron. I thought of the lecture notes I had taken in school: “When a proton and an electron collide, a neutron and an electron-neutrino are emitted.” An electron-neutrino, I thought to myself, they have next to no mass. That meant Richard was still alive, just really small, but the question is, where is Richard?

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