Monday, January 5, 2009

Chapter 51: The Experiment

The two brothers had just frozen their friend the fox for a few seconds. This was their first new power in a while, and they wanted to know how it worked.

"Interesting," Mike said. "Do you think we freeze time, or does time keep moving and we just freeze the person?"

"Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'. Into the future..." Johnny replied.

"Meaning...?" Mike asked, as he had not yet mastered interpreting Johnny's song lyrics.

"It means that freezing time is impossible. So we must just be freezing the people around us."

"Oh, so only the people who hear our, shall we say, 'secret phrase,' get frozen?" Mike asked, using air quotes.

"Dude, it is a secret phrase. You don't have to put it in quotes. But, I'm not sure how it works yet. We have to figure it all out. First, we have to know exactly how long it lasts. It seemed like it was about five or ten seconds last time. But, to know for sure, we're gonna have to experiment." The two turned to the fox.

"Aw, man!" the fox said.

"Alright, so this is what you have to," Johnny explained. "Say 'now' when you are no longer frozen. We'll time it."

"Oh, fine."

"Okay, Mike, ready? One. Two. Three!"

"Stenchman!" the two brothers said in unison.

"Now!" the fox replied immediately.

"Hmm," the two brothers said in unison.

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