you need my help?” Amanda teased, “You really don't have much to unpack.”
Todd chuckled. “It was just easier to sell and donate the
items that wouldn't fit into my car.” After a pause to grab a box he added,
Amanda opened another box and peaked inside.
Todd pointed to a drawer near the stove.
As Amanda turned around, a cell phone rang. Both Amanda and
Todd grabbed their phones.
mine,” Todd said looking at his phone. “I'll have to take this outside.” With
that, he stepped outside of the apartment.
Amanda continued to unpack the silverware and turned to
grab another box. In doing so, she knocked over a smaller box and the contents
spilled on the floor. One of the items was a toothpick dispenser that opened,
scattering toothpicks everywhere.
Groaning, she stooped to pick it up. She'll have to warn
Todd about the toothpicks. He might be a germaphobe who doesn't believe in the
As she was picking up the toothpicks, regretting that she
had cut her fingernails that morning, she noticed two other curious objects.
One was a small silver rectangular block that seemed to be coated in some form
of plastic or glass. The other was a small flat disc, made with a similar
material. It had a few indents on one side, but other than that, there was
nothing to it.
Amanda stood up with the items just as Todd walked in.
Suddenly, she felt like a child with her hand caught in the cookie jar.
just, well, I,” Amanda stammered, not knowing why she felt guilty somehow. She
took a deep breath and tried again. “I knocked over this box, and everything
scattered, and I was just picking it up.”
Todd was smiling, almost laughing. Amanda relaxed. He
reached over and took the items out of her hands.
said as he held up the block, “is a prototype material.” He set it down onto
the counter. “Actually, it's two materials, titanium covered in gorilla glass.
It gives it an interesting look, doesn't it?”
held up the disc. “Is a secret.” He winked and set that down next to the block.
“It's just something I had been working on for a little while.”
I'll show you what it does later.” He said after a moment of silence. He then
picked up both items and brought them out of the kitchen.