In a smallish windowless office a nervous intern waits anxiously. His palms are sweaty and his knee won't stop shaking, He thinks about what he assumes this... what he knows this meeting must be about and he tries to relax. He looks around, thinks about pacing the room, thinks better of it, just like he has for the last 20 minutes. He keeps checking his retro flip phone for the time, only the time function works as well as calls but the inner screen broke so he can't play any games. He thinks about if they purposely face the chair away from the door just to make him more anxious.
Now he hears two hushed voices with a hint veiled contempt in each muffled phrase, not contempt for eachother though. Maybe a little ill will from the big boss Thompson to Willard who is Cal's supposed supervisor, but contempt for Cal here who has probably ruined an entire years worth of stock. The fact that this has gone on for a year and Willard is just learning of it now shows how incompotent he is as a supervisor. The voices stop and just Thompson enters as Cal cranes his neck to see.
Before the big boss comes in you should know that Cal was on a drug that might be worth mentioning, but definitly not to Mr. Thompson. A small group of Cal's friends were playing with computer models that simulated brain chemistry when they discovered that adjusting the concentrations of two specific vitamins and introducing an small alien molecule to the system would lead to the self assembly of a new psychoactive drug. This drug would then be too big to pass through the blood brain barrier back into the blood which lead to 2 positives: first the drugs half-life would be greatly increased and secondly there would be no way to test for it in urine or blood samples simply because it would never make it there. Cal's friends were kind enough to tell him about this drug after a barage of under the table animal testing and they even offered to pay him to be the first human trial. After seeing the results in mice he was still wary but after seeing the remarkable results in Bo the black market macaque he decided a small dose was worth the risk. His friends made a big show of it, they held a small party for him and after a nice dinner with friends he took the first hit of what would be thousands. It’s nice to know such high quality chem and bio majors.
20 minutes is all it took before he started feeling the effects. The first thing he noticed was his perception of time varied with every minute. He kept trying to tell them everyhing as it happened but his mouth couldn't keep up with his experience. After his perception of time seemed to soften and even out he found a clarity in his thinking that was completly new. There weren't any distractions popping up at him and the more he concentraited on the open clear feeling the more substantial it felt. It almost became a cognitive loop where the more he focused on his thoughts the more they demanded to be thought. His mind took a turn for the...