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Where are the Blueprints? (3)

Librarian:  I'm sure I don't know. It seems almost abandoned. But one night, (she pauses) Well this might seem silly…

Steve:  Go on, please.

Librarian:  Well I had to work late last month and I drive right past Omega on my way home. I was really surprised to see three trucks in front of the old hospital. There were people running from the building to the truck and back again with boxes. Then the trucks left. In fact, they were done so fast; I could hardly believe my eyes!

Steve:  Were there any lights on in the building?

Librarian:  No, and as I told my husband, the trucks didn't even turn on the headlights when they left. Isn't that strange?

Steve:  Very strange.

Librarian:  (She is still looking for the blueprints.)You know I was a "pink lady" at that hospital years ago. I was (looking at Steve's puzzled face and explains) that's a volunteer who wears a pink dress. One of my jobs was to wheel the take patients through the "rain tunnel."

Steve:  The "rain tunnel?"

Librarian:  Well that's what the patients called it. On rainy days, I could wheel patients from the county building to their doctor's appointments in the medical building through the tunnel that connected both buildings. It was very well lit, so we could go through there, night or day and have plenty of light. It was very well planned; it was even nice and warm in there. Being underground like that, you might think it would be damp and cold. Here it is. I was positive we had the history of the hospital. (points to blueprint and unrolls it on table.)

Steve:  Thank you so much! You've been a big help. Would it be possible to check this out for a few days?

Librarian:  Oh, I am sorry… like I told another person recently, blueprints can be photocopied, but the book has to stay in the library.

Steve:  Someone else was asking about this same blueprint?

Librarian:  Yes, he gave me quite an argument when I said it had to stay in the library. Foolish man even offered me money to take it! (indignant) Can you imagine someone trying to bribe me? What can be so important about an 80 year old blueprint?

Steve:  That's a very good question. I sure would like to find out the answer.

Librarian:  Now let me show you where the copy machine is, young man. (She leads him to the next room and shows him how to operate the unit.)

Steve makes copies of the blueprints and returns to the apartment. He shows Natalie and Cy the papers.

Cy:  Hey, here's something older than I am! (laughing as he looks at blueprints.) Ouch, that hurts!

Natalie:  Cy, be careful; you're not supposed to move around too much.

Cy:  I forgot that it would hurt. It's a terrible day when a man can't laugh for fear of hurting himself.

Steve:  Cy, could you look at this area where your lab is located? (pointing to paper.)

Cy:  Sure. Here's the stairway where we had to sit after the explosion; here's the elevator; here's the lab room, and this is where I made my room; but, this is strange.

Steve:  What do you see?

Cy:  The lab room. Wouldn't you say my lab is about 50 feet long?

Steve:  I think so, why?

Cy:  Either this blueprint is wrong or I'm missing a good 60 feet of lab space! Look here. (Cy points to area.)

Steve:  You're right; according to this, your lab should be almost twice as big.

Natalie:  Perhaps the building was remodeled and that part was closed off.

Cy:  It looks that way, but it certainly doesn't make sense. I've often commented the lab is too small for all of our experiments. Before all the assistants starting quitting, it was a tight squeeze in there!

Steve:  When did that start to happen?

Cy:  (rubbing his chin and thinking) Let's see the night time staff started quitting a few months ago, I don't remember the month.

Steve:  The night staff? Did any of the daytime employees quit?
Author: Torsten Daerr