is the Chrome word for right triangle—we know that for sure.
And here, is the very next color pattern in the sequence—the
same word with a yellow tip. That’s how the Chrome says that
don’t follow this gibberish at all," one of the
visiting generals quipped loudly.
like a unicorn," Alec continued. "The Chrome could
have a word for the concept of unicorn—just like we do—but
we wouldn’t say that such a thing actually exists. So, the
Chrome uses the bright yellow tip to give a concept
arose in the assembled group and Dr. Crink burped
look, here the Chrome is saying ‘right triangles exist’…it
is using a positional logic technique just like the one Lewis
Carroll invented." Alec pointed to a diagram on the
murmurs arose but Alec continued oblivious to the mounting
look here," he continued, "here is the Chrome word
for ‘a thing that has the form A2 + B2
=C2’…and here is the statement ‘some things
exist that have the form: A2 + B2 =C2‘,"
Alec pointed to the corresponding logic diagram. "And
here, is the final Chrome statement ‘all right triangles are
things that have the form: A2 + B2 =C2’…you
see, it matches the pattern of this diagram here."
is preposterous," Dr. Crink whined and then burped again.
"I’ve never seen such nonsense in all…"
up Crink," the General Gomez interjected. "Show me
more, Mr. Booner. Show me how this works with some of the
other pattern sequences we’ve recorded."
proceeded to review other sequences recorded on the Chroma
Comp. Frame by frame, he matched the Chrome’s color
statements to corresponding diagrams on the laptop. The
gathered scientists wagged their heads in amazement and
uttered ohhs and ahhs with each match Alec demonstrated. He
showed how each recurring pattern represented a basic
mathematical truth—‘pieces of the Rosetta stone’ Alec
is just logic games we’re looking at here," Dr Crink
objected in a loud, rasping voice. "This is mumbo-jumbo
science if I ever…"
up Crink or I’ll have you ummmm…stand in front of Gog
and flip the switch myself," General Gomez said in a
calm, detached voice. The pale, sickly-looking scientist
shuddered and walked off, stumbling toward his trailer. The
general turned to Alec. "Damn good…damn good Mr.
Booner! But one more thing, if this really works, we should be
able to send messages to the Chrome too—yes?"
I guess so," Alec said hesitantly.
Johnson," the general said abruptly, "work with Mr.
Booner to put together some simple messages to transmit…something
like, ummm, ‘all Earth people love peace’…stuff like
that." Dr. Johnson and several nearby scientists huddled
around Alec. "If we can send messages to it and get
sensible responses…well…uhmmmm, we’ll switch off Delta
Green. I’ll, umm, tell the president that we’ve had a
breakthrough—hard work by the whole team…right up to the
last minute," the general announced with an unusually
few more minutes, Alec and the others working around the
Chroma Comp, displayed their first message on a large digital
display set up facing the almost lifeless Chrome. After
several repeated tries, the creature revived and began to
flash new patterns. Cheers and hoots and whistles erupted from
a new message from the Chrome," Dr. Johnson shouted.
"The Chroma Comp translates it as 'Open light comes to the
now-seeing planet beings'... Darned if I know what that
just a bad translation," Alec interjected. "It’s saying ‘Greetings
of peace to the people of
Gomez walked over to Alec and Dr. Johnson. "Fine work…damn
good work boys. Dr. Johnson, I want you to work with Alec to
program the computers for fast translation and transmission. I
think we might have a lot to learn from this…umhumm…Chrome
Dr. Johnson, and a large group of attending scientists worked
as fast as possible to record and send new messages. The
Chrome flashed new color patterns at a bewildering rate—faster
than the Chroma Comp could translate in real time. And then, after only a few minutes, it was obvious that the Chrome was
slowing down again.
translation, new message from the Chrome," Alec called out
excitedly as he studied the Chroma Comp's most recent set of
recordings. "It says 'Message bringer returns to start
planet...Message bringer empty...Message bringer comes next
cycle to be with the now seer."
Alec looked up suddenly at the Chrome. The creature looked
directly at Alec and placed both of its hands in front of its
eye, fingertips-to-fingertips, palms out. Then the Chrome
moved its hands up and down, alternately covering and
uncovering its eye and aura.
stood and walked over to his old front-row seat. He climbed
over the fence that encircled the being and walked up to
within an arm's reach of the Chrome. The Chrome looked down at
him as it continued to slowly cover and uncover its
face. Alec mimicked the Chrome's gesture and called in a clear
voice: "Good-bye for now friend. I'll wait for you."
the Chrome slowly withdrew a thin black reed from its pouch
and pointed it downwards to the shimmering globe under its
feet. In the next instant, the globe, the blue field of light,
and the Chrome vanished silently.