Michael Wezzer paced impatiently outside the laboratory, clearly agitated. He hadn't become the CEO of Wezzer Industries by waiting around, so he tended to be a bit impatient in such matters. After some time, his assistant, a tall woman with red hair and glasses dressed in a professional pantsuit snuck out of a side door of the lab before him.
"Well? Is it done?" Wezzer demanded, and his assistant nodded.
"Yes, sir, I'm confident the malfunction of Kintobor's machine will create a diversion large enough for us to find his notes on the roboticizer," his assistant confirmed.
"Excellent! Kintobor may be a crackpot, but if this roboticizer works half as well as he claims, it could revolutionize the medical industry once we perfect it…And charge patients large fees just for their chance at a new, stronger body!" Michael chuckled before straightening up and adjusting his tie. "So, let's get this meeting underway, shall we?" he asked as he walked forward, pressing the button on the intercom next to the door.
"Who is it?" a slightly nasally voice on the other end asked as the intercom buzzed.
"It's Michael Wezzer, here to see the Doctor's newest creation in consideration for funding," Wezzer explained professionally.
"We'll be with you momentarily," the voice said and the intercom clicked off. After a moment, the door to the building clicked open, allowing he and his secretary inside where they were met by a short teenager wearing a green shirt with white stripes on the sleeves and front and white buttons on two flaps at the bottom. He had brown hair parted to either side of his head, and sported a nose so pointed Wezzer had no doubt it could've been used as a can opener.
"Greetings, Mr. Wezzer," the teen greeted in the same nasally voice from over the intercom. "My name is Colin Kintobor, my uncle is just finishing up some adjustments on his latest project…Please follow me to the main laboratory," he told them as he lead them down the hall.
"So, I take it you work with your uncle often?" Wezzer asked, trying to at least appear social to keep up the illusion of his support until he could make his move.
"Yes, sir, I'm actually working here as an intern under him for the summer," Colin explained. They soon arrived onto a large walkway overlooking the huge main laboratory. Colin walked over, leaning over the railing as he called to his uncle.
"Uncle Julian, Mr. Wezzer is here to see your new machine!" he called out.
"Ah, excellent!" a deep voice boomed back as he strode into view. Julian Ivo Kintobor was probably one of the most ridiculous people Wezzer had ever seen; in contrast to the tall, well-groomed businessman, Julian was short and dumpy, the aging scientist's white hair splayed out in a fashion reminiscent to that of Einstein. He always seemed a bit unkempt, though it seemed he hadn't slept in a while, making him seem even more ragged in his wrinkled lab coat. The bright blue eyes behind the bushy gray moustache on his wrinkled face were full of life, still having a certain sparkle to them as he cheerfully greeted his guests.
"Mr. Wezzer, I'm so glad you could take this time out from your busy schedule to come see this!" Julian called up to him.
"Well, I've heard some good things about you, Julian!" Wezzer called back down to him as he walked down the ramp down to the floor level of the lab. "Particularly about the roboticizer project you've been talking about..."
"Ah yes...I'm afraid that particular project is still some ways away before I can truly perfect the process and make a prototype," Julian agreed. "But for now, I've got something else to show you, something that may be even bigger!" Julian told him excitedly as he lead the way to a large machine at the far end of the room. It seemed to be a computer of some sort connected by cables to a round frame set on a stand in an open area a few feet away. The frame was rather large, at least seven feet tall and wide. Colin followed behind them, and took his position at a control panel on the machine as Julian himself stepped before another control panel set in front of the frame.
"So, what exactly is this?" Wezzer asked, stepping closer.
"Well, for now, it's a viewer of sorts...But someday, I hope it can be more, a portal if you will, making traveling the cosmos easier than ever before! Start it up, Colin!" Julian called to his nephew as Colin typed away at the panel as the machine soon hummed to life. Julian then typed at the panel in front of him as a holographic view of the stars opened up within the confines of the frame.
"Robotics have always been my true calling, but I've often dreamed of traveling the stars as well...My Grandfather, Gerald, he was involved with a research project on a government space station, and I've always wondered what it might have been like up there...But that's not the most exciting part," he continued as he started to type in some coordinates into the panel. Meanwhile, Colin was frowning at his own panel as he looked over the readouts.
"Uncle," he started but Julian waved him off dismissively.
"Not now, Colin, I'm trying to remember," he accosted his nephew.
"But Uncle, I really think you should..." Colin started again before Julian straightened up.
"Ah, here we are!" he said as the holographic display now showed what appeared to be a view of the Earth.
"I don't understand, Julian...Why have you brought me here just to look at the Earth?" Wezzer asked.
"Look closer, Mr. Wezzer," Julian urged, and so Wezzer moved a little closer, inspecting the image closely.
"Uncle, I think there might be something wrong with..." Colin stated once more before his uncle lost his temper.
"Confound it, I said not now, Snively!" Julian cried out as Colin quickly quieted down and looked away, seeming hurt. Julian sighed, running a hand through some of the hair at the side of his head. "I'm sorry, Colin, I didn't mean to call you that...I've just been a little on edge around here since..." he was cut off as Wezzer suddenly spoke up.
"Ah, I see it...It seems like Earth, but the land formations aren't right...Where is this?" he asked and Julian turned back to him.
"Ah, I'm glad you asked! I've discovered this planet several hundred light years away! Just think of it, another planet similar to Earth, that may even have sentient life! The implications are enormous! The scanner has its limits, of course, but I was able to get a few low-quality images of various flora and..." Julian raved as he zoomed in closer to the planet just inside its atmosphere. He was then interrupted as a loud beeping noise suddenly emanated from the machine.
"Colin, what's happening?!" Julian asked.
"I tried to tell you sir, there are some abnormal readings on the machine, and it seems the teleporter components are..."
"Teleporter components?! I thought I told you to wait to incorporate those until we could determine a stable transition!" Julian cried out as Wezzer and his assistant slowly backed away, beginning to look around for the Doctor's notes on the roboticizer.
"I was just trying to test them, I must have forgotten to disable them again before..."
"Portal open," a computerized female voice suddenly spoke up as the holographic display was no longer a display, but a portal as various objects in the room were suddenly being sucked through. Wezzer and his assistant ran for the walkway, while Julian clutched the control panel in front of him for dear life. Colin wasn't so lucky as he flew back towards the portal, hitting his uncle as they were both sucked screaming through the portal. The portal stayed open for several more moments before destabilizing and closing up again, a tremendous shower of sparks issuing from the machine as it overloaded.
"Where did they," Wezzle's assistant started, but he cut her off.
"Nevermind that, just find the roboticizer notes and let's get out of here..."