The Formula

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Cambridge looked at Smith,
“Did you get it?”
“What?” Smith was pouring over the data. He looked up with a stunned visage, rubbing his eyes.
“Did you get it?”
“Get what?”
“The answer!” Cambridge spun in his seat, the single red sliver of light stabbing through closed drapes, put a spotlight on Smith, who shrugged. “I don’t know if you noticed, but the sun outside is cooking us alive, now if we don’t get that formula …”
“Oh that!?” Smith nodded, “Ya, I’m working on it; shouldn’t be too long!”
There came a beep.
“Ah, there we go!” Smith looked down his nose at the monitor, and there was a complex formula scrolling across the screen.
“What in the hell?” Cambridge whispered.
The formula stopped. It was punctuated with a two digit answer: 42.
“Ha!” Smith clapped, and giggled.
Cambridge stood dumbfounded, his bottom lip hanging loose, and eyes glazed over. “What .. what is that?”
Smith rubbed his hands, “The ideal time to cook the best Fish’n’Chips in the oven: 42 minutes. You hungry? I’m starvin’!”

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  1. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    ha! This is kinda what I was thinkin’ but I didn’t use characters. :) This is great, the imminent danger, the lack of focus, the great question reduced to personal trivial matters..

  2. Avatar ALRO613 (LoA)

    ya.. and only geek scientist would use UBERCOMPUTERS to calculate the most precise amount of time to cook fish and chips in an oven… :)

  3. Avatar Mostly Harmless

    The interesting thing here is that you haven’t actually led us in the wrong direction… As far as Cambridge is concerned there is still impending doom waiting behind the curtains… But I am glad you decided to focus on the fish and chips instead ;) MH:)

  4. Avatar ronmurp

    5 pencils for creative and imaginative writing. Real Fish & Chip[s] are of course cooked in deep hot fat by a fully apprenticed operative in a Fish & Chip shop or Chippy, in England; so to encounter such a surreal world where they are cooked in the oven, and with only one chip to go with the fish, well it blew my mind!