May 21, 2022 2:57 PM
Ellie in lyingverse
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"How would someone find that out.  I don't mean to be uppity, I swear I would be so much less pushy with fewer lives at stake, officer - "

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"Well - Rome is in Italy -" He goes back to his computer to look up the country code for Italy. "Okay, try it with a 39 at the beginning."

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What?  - Doesn't matter.  "939 or just 39 or 399?"

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"Nine, then three nine."

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939 et cetera!!

"Can we get more people to try with other lines - does anyone have a mobile phone, I can write down other numbers to call - "

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"Maybe the plant already blew up and that's why they aren't answering," someone suggests, but somebody coughs up a cell phone and will accept her directions about what to dial.

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"Might be, might not - here's someone who's not there right now - " she scrawls down a number, this one with a locally-appropriate number of digits.  "That's uh - this is all um, ah, assuming I wasn't unconscious for very long when I teleported - actually, swap with me, use this one - " she writes down the first number she tried " - in case it's just that this phone is broken - " dial dial one of her coworker's cells, double-checking against the note she wrote -

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"Wrong number," somebody reports, trying the first. Her coworker's cell gets a busy signal.

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She checks her note four times and hums the tune that goes along with dialing it and checks it twice more.  "No it isn't; try again.  Please."

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He tries again. "Same wrong number and the guy on the other end is really mad that I re-dialed," he reports.

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"And you did the 939?"

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"Yeah."

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"Where is Texas?"

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"Fractious States of America," someone says.

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"Which is where.  - Is there a map - "

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"Ma'am, are you still worried about your power plant blowing up?" someone says. Someone else digs up an old road map booklet and finds the most zoomed out picture in it.

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"Extremely, I'm just wondering if you might use an entire different phone system because this number is c - why's this - " she rotates the map 90° and squints at it, then spins it back to read the labels.  "How old is this?"

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"Uh, I think I've had that since - '68?"

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"I haven't learned a lot of geography but I think these national borders are - different from the ones I'm familiar with."

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"I don't think any national borders changed around here recently."

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Ellie stares at the map a little more.

"Probably we aren't going to be able to contact my power plant.  It -  I can't think of anything else it's worth trying, can you?"

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"Do they have a website?"

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"I can try emailing them."

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"You can use my computer," someone says. "I want to look heroic and have a good excuse to put off my work."

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". . . Okay."  Computer computer.  " - Where's the on symbol?"

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