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Basking in the glow…

17 September

We have had to leave the house and move into the Nerds’ because the overall sensation in the house is overwhelming. Everyone is much calmer here and we nip back every now and then to check on the black hole – as of half an hour ago it was still doing the washing machine spin cycle trick. Been sending messages to the Green and Red to let them know that something is imminent – they said they were aware of a disturbance in the force (they didn’t really say that but it amounts to the same thing).

So, at the moment we are all living in a big hamster pile. The digital entity that is JudyZ is pleased to be out of the black hole static and is currently exploring the interweb and looking for ways into satellite systems.

The Monkey is now playing Mousetrap with the Monster Highs and is very excited by the prospect of a small plastic mouse being captured by a crazy ass jumble of plastic bits. I love the fact that he is powerful enough to do the world some serious damage but also still awestruck by the simplest things…

18 September

Rien ne va plus – we have a winner…

The black hole has stopped, and we now have a vista of overgrown and deserted buildings. It is night there so we can’t see much – there is a full moon but no light anywhere amongst the buildings. The Nerds are going to send through a GPS thingy and a GoPro attached to a drone, which they have finally managed to work out the technicalities of, so we can get an idea of where it is.

The Monkey has taken the diving man from the Mouse Trap game as a mascot and gaffa taped it to the strap of his webbing harness. The little plastic bastard is going to see some different action…

19 September

The Nerds have pinpointed the location of the new black hole exit point – fuck… We need to pay a visit to our Russian friends again in the hopes they can get us some different kit.

I had to explain to The Monkey what Chernobyl was and why we are all a little concerned…

21 September

The Russians just looked at us when we mentioned radiation suits and called us something which I think translates as mental. We thought it best not to mention our destination as we want as few welcoming committees as possible. The Russians seem ambivalent towards us at the moment. They have no love of the Illuminati and keep themselves out of the dealings of the Green and Red Society but we are about get into something right next door to them so we need to keep as low a profile as possible. An interesting challenge for us based on recent experience. Anyway, they say they can provide us with a few sets of military grade Hazmat suits in a day or two. A few vodkas sealed the deal…

The Nerds have done some narrowing down of the GPS signal and it looks like the black hole opens up in the middle of Pripyat, the town next to the reactor. The footage that came back from the GoPro was a mass of deserted buildings and streets that are being reclaimed by nature. A few stray dogs wandered around and to be honest it didn’t look much different from some rundown inner-city areas in this country, except that there was no litter or gangs of predatory yooth. We have informed JudyZ what is happening, and she has been trawling the internet for any and all information relating to Chernobyl and its current state of radioactivity. Seems that we might have been unduly worried as the local radiation levels appear to be safe and they even take guided tours around there. The real problem is contamination from dust etc that can attach to you, or from consuming the local vegetation – probably won’t be doing that. Tony said that we should rename her AskJudy but that resulted in a torrent of abuse and the displaying of some very strange porn which I think was the nearest thing she could come to expressing her feelings about that title and anyone referring to her as that. The Monkey still wants us to have the Hazmat suits just in case; after all, we do tend to make things go boom and that does tend to kick up debris.

We have also asked the Green and Red for their thoughts on the new location and what could be waiting for us. Hopefully we will get some sort of intel before we go blundering in. It would have been cool if JudyZ had sussed out the whole satellite uplink thing, but she is still feeling her way around that. The Monkey has us back out training. More target practice, more CQC, and more fitness work, all with extensive breaks for pasties and Rattler. It’s a closely guarded secret of Olympic athletes – no really – don’t give me that look…

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