The Machine

Gwen, Julia, and Tien sat in a circle in the middle of Gwen's living room.

"All the doors are locked?" Julia bit her fingernails.

"Yep," Gwen twiddled her thumbs.

"Computer in the garbage?" Tien chewed on her lip.

"Yeah."

"Bring it out now?"

"Okay."

Gwen went down to her basement and brought out a hat not unlike a baseball cap.

Julia raised an eyebrow. "That's going to save us?"

Gwen showed them the wires and sensors on the inside. "There's only one way to find out."

Julia stood up. "I'll test it."

"You can't," Gwen looked behind her at the boarded-up window. "We need to test it on one of them."

"Are you crazy?"

"It should stop their mind control."

"Let's all go together," Tien rose from her spot.

Hands trembling, teeth grinding, they unlocked and opened the front door.

The End

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