By Muffy Borgeron
The team of ATOM Labs scientists who were encased in a vat of super-strong adhesive a few days ago are still stuck. They’ve been unable to move ever since.
“That stuff is stronger than anyone thought,” said project supervisor, Daryl Freeman. “Stronger than anything we’ve got to cut, crush, dissolve, or disintegrate it. I’d say we had a winner on our hands, but we may have too much of a winner if you get my meaning.”
Carl Michaelson, Denise Detroit, and Margo Doll have been stuck in a vat of their own adhesive, known as KR-1078, for several days. Michaelson and Doll were pinned with their backs against the control panel in Testing Room 21, which proved fortunate for them. They’ve been able to eat and drink without complications. Detroit, on the other hand, was caught bending over with her head facing the ground. She’s had to eat everything with a straw or have food spoon-fed to her. But eating hasn’t been the hardest part of the ordeal.
“They have to go to the bathroom at some point,” said Freeman. “That has been interesting to say the least. Luckily, we have plenty of things to root out the smells.”
Apart from basic bodily functions, the three scientists have been in good spirits. Their families stop by everyday to visit and usually sleep on beds Freeman had rolled in from other rooms. They’ve been watching movies, either on a TV or on a tablet (for Detroit), reading books, and working on projects through speech-to-robot technology.
Freeing them from KR-1078 has become ATOM Labs’ top priority. Freeman has called in Dr. Amazing for a consult, but he won’t return from an off-planet mission for another couple days. Adonis has stopped by to try using his powers in any way possible to no avail. “If superheroes can’t break it, we may have something on our hands here,” said Freeman. “Maybe not for buildings and roads and such, but maybe space ships and deep-sea vessels. Something that really needs protection.”
“Needless to say, we’re keeping a close eye on it, so it doesn’t fall in the wrong hands. And if it does, maybe we can glue those hands together and see how far they get.”