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North Pacific Ocean

Several days and many degrees later Reggie was on deck shuddering as he looked off into the distance, using one hand to hold the shaking binoculars in his hand steady while the other was buried in the pocket of his parka. It was said that a trip to Antarctica from their starting point would take about 10 days from their starting point, and so far it had been about half that allotted time, and the air was turning cold enough to see his breath in the daytime as well as at night.

He’d studied for several years as a beginning physics student, learning the ins and outs of his chosen discipline, and the truths and theories that had guided the studies he’d been interested in for so long, and it still boggled his mind how anyone could possibly call themselves educated and believe in something that ancient civilizations had known to be a falsehood. For some reason he got the idea that it was little more than an idea thought up by a fevered mind that had somehow taken root in those that needed something to believe in.

“Trying to see the ice wall?”

He didn’t know why Anna was here at this moment, but he shook his head in response.

“If you see anything it’s going to be the ice wall of Antarctica, and if we could sail around it you would see that-“

“Oh God just stop,” she said in exasperation, “Every time you talk I just want to stick needles in my ears.”

Reggie raised an eyebrow, “Well that’s graphic.”

“Why can’t you just accept what we’re right and admit it? The earth is the center of this universe and everything you’ve been brainwashed into believing is wrong.”

“Well, one reason is because I’m going to love the look on your faces when you’re proven wrong. The other is that the ice wall does exist, but it doesn’t form a protective ring around the entire world. If if did then getting to it would take little time from any of the outlying continents.”

He turned around to see her looking at him as though he’d just sprouted another head, her eyes wide in amazement.

“You do know how stupid you sound right?”

“The wise usually sound foolish to the unwise. I guess that’s why you don’t have a lot of educators and certified scientists on this trip.”

The look she gave him before storming off was just priceless.

(to be continued)

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