In Episode Two (chapters 3, 4 & 5), we encounter security guards, more agents of the supernatural, and Nick gets up close and personal with the scientists of Gargantuan Enterprises.
Here’s an excerpt from this episode:
Several moments later, two men in white labcoats came in the room and peppered Nick with questions:
“So how often do you eat?” one asked — he did not introduce himself but Nick immediately thought of him as Doctor Flanksteak.
“Three squares a day, chief.”
“Good, and how many servings of fruit do you have per diem?”
“Well, if I’m feeling Latin, sometimes I’ll have a glass of orange juice, and occasionally an apple.”
“Fine. We just need to know,” the other scientist said, whom Nick thought of as Mr. Squeeze, Master of Constriction.
Dr. Flanksteak and Mr. Squeeze proceeded to ask him many questions, most of which Nick answered truthfully.
To the question: “Have you ever had a hallucination, vision or other psychotic episode,” Nick said, “No.”
They believed him, which just goes to show how good an actor Nick was, because at that very moment, the dreadful maw of the komodo dragon was superimposed over Dr. Flanksteak’s face.
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