TIS Nefarious Device Storage Log
Device name: Cranville Biological Duplication Engine
Storage Date: 10 Jul 188x (NB Ref 7)
Location: Cupboard Bin 25, Level 3
Threat level: 4
Device secured by Stingray team 3 (Beckett). Returned to New Babbage and secured in Cupboard.
Next time, just lock it up. Next time, don’t bring it home first.
It seemed innocent enough. The team brought it in and they unloaded it in the back room of the plant, so of course Kimika and I took a look, gave her a chance to poke at the works and make sure it didn’t have anything dangerous or poisonous or explosive inside…and I decided to grab a bath and go to bed. Mistake 1.
I woke up early to get the movers on the way and I saw a sheep trundle out of the factory and head out towards the field beside the quarry. Not wholly unusual, but not expected either. I got my coffee and walked out onto the floor and saw another sheep cropping grass out by the greenhouse. After seeing a third, then a fourth, in such close proximity….
The machine sat there, thrumming gently in the morning light. I checked the control box and the counter read 50. Apparently it had been running all night.
I tried to round them up quickly and quietly, but when you suddenly have an influx of smart genetically augmented rapidly reproduced sheep in a fairly contained area, people tend to notice.
It took a while to round them all up, but we got most of them contained. Kimika did insist on keeping a few of them, and of course we managed to keep the blame squarely pointed at the ‘usual suspects’.
(Thanks to my favorite co-conspirator for not only making the sheep appear in such numbers first, and then building the machine to blame it on. Additional thanks to Mr Osterham for denying the existance of a New Babbage Torchwood)