The two men backed away. “Hey man, we were just kidding!” One said as they both ran away.
Meanwhile, Jonathan continued to look around the lab. “Hello?” He called out. Suddenly, a man in a labcoat seemingly appeared out of nowhere, accompanied by a flash of light. Jonathan nearly jumped out of his skin. “Jesus, man! You scared the Hell out of me!” he said as the man in the labcoat chuckled. “Sorry, Johnny. I was just testing my teleportation technology.” He said as he showed some computer diagnostics to Jonathan. “I have nearly perfected the smaller, handheld devices. “ The scientist said with excitement. “Does this mean you’ll be able to complete the Gate soon?” Jonathan asked, looking a blueprint for a larger, ring shaped teleportation machine. The scientist sighed a little. “No, not yet. I may be one step closer, but I am nowhere near completing the gate. That may take years of research. And I could be dead before that.” The scientist said as he began to rummage around for something. He then pulled out an elegant silver key, bejeweled with a Ruby. “Which is why I wanted you to see this. This is the key to my laboratory. When I pass on, you will be left with all my research and legacy, in the hopes that you could carry on the research that I may never finish.” he said as he put away the key. “Anyways, I am very busy, so i’ll have to get back to work now. Aren’t you going to the ball?” the scientist asked Jonathan.
“Well, yeah, but i’m just a bit shy.” he said sheepishly. The scientist chuckled. ‘Well don’t be. I’m sure you’ll have fun. Now go!” he said, waving him off as he went back to work.
“Later, Doctor Zed!” Jonathan said, leaving the lab.
Walking out of the lab, Jonathan saw a man lying on the ground, covered in dirt. He scrambled over to him and helped him up. “Hey, are you alright?” he asked as he helped the man stand. The man nodded. “Yes, i’m fine. They just roughed me up a bit.” he said. “Tell me, what is your name?” Jonathan asked.
“I’m Eric.” he responded.
“Well, Eric, why don’t you come along with me? I’m headed to the ball. We can have some fun together, you and I. And i’ll make sure to keep you out of trouble.” he reassured, putting his arm over Eric’s shoulder.
“Thanks.” Eric said to Surius as the pair left.