A Whateley Universe Story
by Bek D Corbin
When Tyler got up the next day, there was a fresh laptop waiting for her, and the recovery disk she’d burned. She looked at the DVD like it was Pandora’s Box, and if she inserted it into the laptop, she’d unleash a whole new raft of woes into a world that was already packed with them. Finally, she steeled herself and popped the disk in. No tears in the fabric of time and space, or insectoid invaders, or spasms of new Personal Hygiene issues that could only be solved by buying expensive chemical products appeared.
Tyler trudged out to breakfast. Barb asked Tyler if she was okay. “ahhh… yeah. It was just… it was just weird, seeing it like that. I… didn’t know that I’d been screaming.”
"Hughie was your best friend,” Barb said, suddenly realizing that for a slight kid like Tyler, socially isolated by his rampant intellect, Hugh Fienberg may have been his only friend. “It would have been weird if you didn’t scream.”
The other ‘Yellowjackets’ gathered around Tyler, and Tyler showed them footage from the as-yet unaired episodes just before and after the La Isla Maldita incident. Tyler made a point of showing both the raw uncut footage, and the carefully edited post-production version, highlighting how Lennox could change, either subtly or jarringly, the emphasis of any footage. He showed how Logan Hogan had handled one situation a lot more reasonably, with his temper and frustration building a lot more sympathetically in the raw footage, than in the post-production version. “Why does Logan put up with that?”
"To be honest, I think that Loogie’s only just starting to pick up on it,” Tyler admitted. “I mean, he makes ME look like ‘Mister Social Skills’. And I am, like, Captain Clueless when it comes to personal stuff. When it does register for him, he is gonna be PISSED. I hope and pray that he’s safely at MIT, and nowhere near the Diogenes when it happens, ‘cause if he’s anywhere near the boat- BOOM! Never piss off a chemical genius.”