Willa and Sidney

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It made the evening news.  Not the main story, but the filler that makes up the last few minutes of a broadcast.
“NASA announced today that its data analysis project, looking at over 150 years of astrophysical data, discovered two identical planetary systems around two identical stars.  Here with more is our own Lauren Stokes.”
“Thanks, Jeff.  I’m here at the Pardies Laboratory, jointly managed by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Clavius University, Santa Fe.  I’m with Dr. Sidney Fyreman, director of the facility.”
Sidney originally designed, and for the past three years, managed the facility.  As director, he accepted that he’d have to do interviews like this from time to time.
Articulate and good-looking, he was an ideal spokesman.  Fortunately, he also was one of the world’s top physicists.
Lauren was one of those dangerous reporters.  Though not particularly smart, she had the ability to ask tough questions and appear interested in the answers.  And more importantly, her face and figure were stunning.
Just listen to her questions, look at her eyes, and don’t glance down,” Sidney kept thinking to himself.  “Remember Willa.”
Sidney’s wife, Willa, was still recovering and she’d been “unavailable” for over a year.  A neurobiologist, Willa was injured when the experimental fetal alcohol syndrome drug she was working on spilled and created a mist she inhaled, causing a long-term psychotic episode.  She was getting better, but was still unstable.  She had recently become very possessive of Sidney.  And he knew that the news wouldn’t hesitate to show a clip of him glancing at Lauren’s body.  That could create a serious problem at home.
“So,” Lauren asked, “Stars are pretty much the same and most have planetary systems.  What makes this special?”
“These two are the same star and planets, in exactly the same orbits.  One is 20 light years away and the other is 40.  Taking into account the time for the light to get to earth and what appear to be some minor differences in the planets’ orbits, caused by the gravitational pull of nearby stars, we estimate that these systems came into being about 1 million years ago.”
Lauren looked perplexed.  “I thought that stars were billions of years old.  How could these system be only a million years old?”
Sidney looked at her eyes.  “They are billions of years old.  It’s just that it seems something or someone took one of the systems and duplicated it.  Now, we can do that with tiny subatomic particles and are getting close to doing the same thing with a proton, but doing a whole solar system is mind boggling.”
Sidney was lying.
“How could you duplicate something?”  Lauren actually looked confused.
“It’s simple in theory,” Sidney explained.  “All matter is really just a wave, going through space.  If we were in the ocean, bobbing in the waves and you were 50 feet to my right, we would both be pushed up by the same wave.  It’s still the same wave, but in two places at once.  With matter, though, we are a combination of many different waves, each interacting with it’s environment.
“These two machines you see here behind me create artificial black holes. One is the generator and the other is the receiver.  The bands around them spin near the speed of light, creating a hollow black hole.  Inside each set of spinning bands is an iron sphere.  The generator has an object inside it, like a proton, and the receiver has as good a vacuum as we can get.
“What happens inside of each of them is that the quantum foam is removed, creating an identical space.  The object in the generator, being a wave, materializes in the receiver where the space is the same.”
Sidney could tell Lauren was lost.
“Well,” she said, “I hope that the beach we’d be going to is secluded.  I’d love to bob up and down in the waves with you.”
He glanced.
No, you idiot.
He walked in the back door to his kitchen.  A coffee cup just missed his head and shattered on the wall behind him.
“I hate you,” Willa screamed.  “I saw it on the news.  You were looking.  I can’t let you out of my sight.”
Willa had a small device on each side of her neck, one by the jugular and the other by the carotid artery.  They were filters, grabbing the offending drug.  They blinked each time they captured something.  It seemed that the hormones caused by intense emotions helped release the drug from her brain and the lights flashed quite a bit when Willa was upset.  It reminded Sidney of Frankenstein with fireworks.
“Listen.”  Sidney hugged her and she calmed down.  “Why don’t you come to the lab with me tomorrow.  I have a test I want to run.  Nobody’ll be there.  It’s Saturday. But wear a turtleneck just in case.”
It would be the first test of a live animal.  Willa knew how to handle lab mice and besides, this would get her out of the house.
In the lab the next day, as Sidney was off preparing the chambers, Willa noticed a business card on his desk.  Loren Stokes.  On the back was a hand-written phone number and the words, “Call me.”
The turtleneck couldn’t hide the flashing lights.  She slowly and angrily walked to the generator chamber with the mouse.  She called out to Sidney that everything was ready.  He heard the chamber door slam shut.
Sidney started the machines.  Expecting to see Willa walking towards him, he called out.  She didn’t answer.
He powered the machines down and opened the generator chamber door.  Willa was holding the mouse, lying on the bottom and looking bewildered.  He helped her up, took her out of the chamber and just held her.
As he held her he noticed lights flashing behind him.  He turned and looked.  Willa was just staring at him, hatred burning as she saw him hugging another woman.

About the Author: 
Mark Snow is the CEO and founder of SafelyFiled.com, a secure file storage, organizing and sharing site for families and professionals. He is an attorney by training. His strong interest in physics remains a mystery to both himself and his family.

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