base of the stairs leading up to the patio, the guard detained
Alec until General Gomez arrived.
hello Alec," the general oozed. "I have a few chores
up on the patio for you."
general opened the door to the patio, the Chrome came into
view. Alec saw that it was still in an almost sleeping state,
with only a few, slow colors drifting across its face. But as
the general led Alec closer, the creature appeared to wake up
and quickly became more active in its movements and color
just sit here for a couple of minutes Alec—until I can
attend to a couple of other matters." The general moved
off, leaving Alec sitting in a chair that was positioned only
a few feet outside the fence encircling the Chrome. In the
background, Alec could easily hear the rising excitement as
Dr. Crink barked instructions to his scurrying attendants.
Turning around, Alec could see that Dr. Crink was working at a
piece of equipment that he had not seen the day before.
need a time domain-reflectometry signal over here on the
Chroma Comp," Dr. Crink shouted. "And I want a
Gaussian filter on three."
turned back to face the Chrome. The creature seemed to be
looking directly at him, trying to tell him something. Just as
when he first encountered the being, Alec noted that there
were recurring patterns of color interspersed with what
appeared to be random, morphing chromatic sequences. After a
few minutes, the general returned.
have taken care of those chores ourselves Alec. But I was
wondering, would you be interested in just staying here for
awhile? After all, you were the first one to see the Chrome. I’ve
already received permission from Mr. Sturm—it’s alright
with him." The general’s smiled brightly.
thing, General Gomez," Alec answered without hesitation.
"But could you ask Monty…uh Mr. Sturm to send up his laptop
so I can…uh, play some video games while I’m here?"
sounds very reasonable to me," the general cooed.
"We’ll get right on it."
minutes later, an MP walked over and handed Monty’s laptop
to Alec. "Here ya are kid," he said, dropping the
device in Alec’s lap.
drifted away and Alec was quickly ignored as people scurried
about their instruments and gazed intently at computer and
monitor screens that now littered the patio. Alec turned on
the laptop and began taking notes on what he observed about
the creature and what he was overhearing in the background.
Various experiments and measurements continued, including some
of the same object and number experiments that he and Monty
had already seen via the hidden camera.
me a cube," Dr. Crink called out, "Now two cubes…now
response to each new visual stimulus that Dr. Crink specified,
the creature flashed different color patterns. To Alec’s
keen eyes, it was obvious that the Chrome was responding with
different color patterns that were often related in subtle
ways. Alec took notes furiously as the Chrome continued to
emit seemingly endless arrangements of color around the rings
on its face.