AN EPOS OF POSI AND NEGA
- Ficha técnica
- JOE SKIDMORE
Posi and Nega live a care free existence of whirling and dancing and is filled with strange adventures!
Thus it is we find Posi raging with stark fury, and Nega sweetly and mildly excited, on their way to the ocean!
"A fine piece of business!" snarled Posi, suddenly breaking a long and sullen silence. "But at least we're out of that infernal sewer."
"Where are we?" purred Nega, eager for information and glad to observe Posi's better humor.
"Watch your orbit!" vibrated Posi sharply, as if the whole universe depended on his command. Nega in her excitement had oscillated the slightest in her speeding flight.
"Watch your own flight!" hissed Nega. "I've as much orbital pride as you. I'm getting sick and tired of your surly growling ! I--"
"Wait a minute! Don't get excited, my darling Nega. I just wanted to make you mad. Do you know, my sweet, you look so lovely when you glow that charming, angry red? It fits you like the tail of Halley's comet."
Posi smugly fancied in his vast conceit that he was the great lover of the atomic universe. Jurgen, in the novel, boasted no greater conquests of love than Posi did.
Nega, ever gullible and eager for flattery-as women usually are- was instantly mollified.
"Please tell me where we are," Nega's vibrations were beseeching.
"We're now in the ocean called the Pacific by those dumb humans. We've been carried out to sea about five miles by offshore currents." Posi's humor was better as he went on academically.
"This Pacific Ocean is a great place after all. Those foolish Tellurians are very proud of their land, but they don't realize that their little planet, earth, is, surfaced by many times more of an area of water than of land. Maybe this won't be so tough. After all, you're always with me!"
"What is this water that makes up the mighty oceans?" purred Nega archly, pretending great ignorance that her lover might appear important. "You are so wise, Posi. You know everything!"
It seemed that the colossal conceit of the positive electron fairly increased his mass as Nega's words vibrated on his consciousness.
"My dear Nega," buzzed Posi, with vast importance, and using his best scholastic manner, "ocean water is a most interesting liquid. We will drift about and meet many electrons who live in different elements. Of course you know that oxygen atoms, and you and I live in one of the oxygen atoms, combine with hydrogen atoms to make pure water. I've lived in ordinary water before, and it was not so exciting. But in sea-water it's different. The salts in sea water are seventy-eight percent sodium chloride, fifteen percent magnesium salts, and four percent calcium salts."