Jack Carter was sitting in Cafe Diem. He had just ordered a cup of
coffee and scrambled eggs for his breakfast when he felt his
BlackBerry phone vibrate in his pocket, and then heard the
distinctive ring tone for an incoming text message. He pulled the
phone from his pocket and opened the communication. It was from Dr.
Douglas Fargo, head of the Global Dynamics company's section located
in Eureka. The message was simple. "Need
U in my office, now".
Jack yelled to Vincent who was busy cooking and asked, "Can you make mine to go, perhaps as a sandwich on an English Muffin?"
moaned and quickly finished cooking Carter's eggs, slapped them
between two English muffins, and warped and bagged the order He
handed the bag, and a large insulated Styrofoam cup of coffee to the
Jack jumped into his Jeep, and drove the short distance to Fargo's office in Global Dynamics main building. Fargo had been made head of G.D. in Eureka following a strange time warp that had involved himself and several of his close G.D. associates, including Jo Lupo, Dr. Henry Deacon, and Dr. Allison Blake. If a time paradox could happen anywhere, it would almost be expected in Eureka.
Carter pushed the door to Douglas's office open a crack to see that the Dr. had a guest. Fargo and the other man were standing in front of his desk, having a friendly discussion. The other man was better than a head taller than Dr. Fargo, well over six feet in fact. He was well dressed in a neatly pressed suit, and well groomed. He had a full head of dark black hair, a matching beard, and a prominent roman nose.
Dr. Fargo noticed Jack standing in the door way and motioned for him to enter. "Come in Jack, there's someone I need you to meet."
Jack entered the office, and then noticed the young boy sitting quietly in a chair right in front of Fargo's desk. The lad looked around ten to twelve years of age, and about four to four and a half feet in height. He had the same dark hair color as his dad (Carter assumed that the boy was the man's son). The kid's hair was well combed with two spikes sticking up in the back of his head, both held in place by lots of hair gel and spray. He was dressed in mid thigh length short black pants, a light blue tee shirt, and red boots. The boy was fidgeting as he sat, and was eyeing some "toys" sitting on Douglas's desk.
"Jack, this is Dr. Taro Uma Tenma, formally of the Japanese Institute of Science. Dr. Tenma will be joining our staff here at G.D., and he'll be the new head of our Robotics group. I've just been explaining to him about the company's benefits and housing plan. He'll be living in the house formally occupied by Dr. Stark. The movers have just arrived with his belongings. I was going to run him over there, but I've just found out I have a high level meeting with the General in a half hour, so would you and Andy mind giving him a ride?"
Carter knew that Fargo's real reason for handing the job over to him was to avoid any heavy lifting. No doubt he and Andy would end up assisting the movers. Well, it had promised to be a slow day anyway, and he was in a good mood.
"No problem, Dr. Fargo," Carter smiled.
"Oh where are my manors?" Fargo said. "This is Dr. Tenma's son, Tobio."
The boy finally gave in to the temptation, and grabbed the remote control for Fargo's quad copter and started it up. The flying model started buzzing about the office. It seemed that Tobio had the machine under control, but his father noticed him playing with it and yelled at him.
"TOBIO, PUT THAT DOWN!"
The boy was startled by his dad's outburst and lost control of the model 'copter. The miniature flying machine crashed into the glass shelves on the rear wall of the office and knocked down the miniature figurines that had been sitting there.
Fargo flinched, but didn't loose his cool. He picked up the model quad-copter and handed it to the boy, after picking up the remote control from the floor. He handed that to Dr. Tenma.
"You seem to have better mastery of that toy than I do, why don't you keep it, Tobio?" Douglas told him.
Carter's robotic deputy, Andy, was waiting in the Jeep outside of G.D. H.Q. Dr. Tenma and Tobio got in the back seat, and Carter sat next to Andy who was in the driver's seat. Andy turned around to face their guests and said hello. He smiled at Tobio.
The boy's face suddenly lit up, and with a big grin he said, "Hey, you're a robot, just like ..."
"TOBIO!", Dr. Tenma interrupted him.
"That's quite alright," Andy said. "I took no offense in the boy's pointing out the obvious, although I must say, the kid is quite bright and observant to have noticed so quickly."
Andy put the Jeep in gear and they headed off to the house where Dr. Tenma and son would be living.
It was a short ride, and they quickly arrived at the Tenma's assigned house. The door was already open, and a moving van was parked in front with the family's belongings. Two burly looking men had already started carrying in the van's contents.
"I'm so glad that the movers could arrive today. I thought we'd be stuck in a hotel for a week," Dr. Tenma said.
"We tend to be rather efficient around here in Eureka. G.D. takes good care of their employees," Andy remarked proudly.
Dr. Tenma and Tobio entered the house and started looking around. The Dr. looked around the first floor and spied a room that he was apparently looking for. He also noticed a large box marked fragile. It was a heavy corrugated box held together by sealing tape and reinforced with rope.
"Ah, I was worried about this one. It seems intact. Can someone help me move this box into my downstairs office?"
Before the Sheriff could even offer to help, Tobio grabbed the top of the box by the rope, using it as a handle. The boy lifted the box effortlessly with one hand, and started to carry it toward the office.
"TOBIO! PUT THAT DOWN, IT'S FRAGILE!" his father yelled.
Tobio quickly set the box down and hurried away from it.
"I'll get it for you," Carter offered.
Jack grabbed the box by the rope handle in the same manor that Tobio had. Based on seeing how the boy picked the box up, he was prepared for a light weight object. He pulled up quickly on the rope and almost ripped his arm out of its socket. The damn thing was heavy, and must have weighed at least 60 lbs! Carter tried again, this time using both hands, one on each side of the box. He lifted it with some effort, but was able to carry it to the requested location.
Jack and Andy remained on the premises while the movers finished the deliver. They helped move some items around, but it would be up to Dr. Tenma and son to finish the job to their own likings.
"Thank you very much Sheriff. You can tell Dr. Fargo I really appreciate his handling of my arrival, and that tomorrow I'll be busy getting Tobio started in school here in Eureka. Once he's settled in, I'll be reporting in to G.D. to start my new position."
Jack drove back to the Sheriff's office. Andy took off to patrol around town, and Carter walked into the police station. Jo Lupo was seated at her desk when Jack walked in. She looked up at him.
"Where have you been all day?"
"Dr. Fargo put Andy and myself to work helping Dr. Tenma move in." He replied.
"Oh, Dr. Taro Uma Tenma, the new head of G.D.'s robotics group? I worked up the dossier on him before he was hired. Brilliant scientist and engineer, but a little weird." She said.
"Dr. Tenma didn't seem very abnormal to me, though he was a bit harsh with his son."
"Son?" Jo asked.
"Yeah, he had his boy Tobio with him. Very cute kid, quite smart too. He actually acted a bit strange though, if you ask me." Carter answered.
"That's rather weird. When I did the research on Dr. Tenma, I came up with a police report for a fatal accident involving a Tobio Tenma."
"Well, maybe the report was in error, because I saw the kid as plain as day."
"Well, I guess it's possible. Anyway, it probably doesn't matter. Fargo saw my report, and he approved Tenma's hiring. So it's out of our hands now.