The Ides of March . 27. The Ides of March.
Great men, falls by treason and conspiracy! Tell us a story of assassination, treason and crime...
. For the Post-MA Contest in The Contest Group.
Collin: Listen, folks. Profit's been lower this semester. We need more inventions. Our company must dominate the industry! We need hard workers! We need people like Tim.
Collin: Now I'm hoping to see some hard work from our employees. Remember our amazing floating bed?
Mike C. Lan: Didn't that fall to the ground when any weight was put on it?
Collin: Silence. Anyway, we need innovation. That's the ticket to success.
Tim: Hey, Steve! I have something I want to show you.
Steve: Okay. Let's see it.
Steve: Wow! Looks nice, what does it do?
Tim: I'll show you. Watch.
Steve: Impressive! How'd you get it to handle weight?
Tim: I used a neural stabilizer. The telepathic signals force the thermostatic rays to decompose and form a beam that keeps it up when weight is put upon it.
Steve: Ingenious! Collin will be pleased! That's one of the best inventions I've seen in a while! Well, see ya!
Later that night...
Tim: Oh, hi Steve. Gee, you scared me there for a second.
Steve: Sorry 'bout that. Hey, I got something to show you!
Tim: Can't it wait? It's one in the morning!
Steve: No, I want you to see it now. C'mon!
Tim: What is this place?
Steve: You'll see!
Steve: Wait, I need my key...
Steve: There it is! Now let's come in, Tim.
Tim: Wow! So this is your workshop?
Steve: Indeed. Here I work on a few little contraptions and a few...not so little ones.
Steve: This here is a high power rocket launcher! It launches mini rockets up to a mile in the air!
Tim: Hey, what's this?
Steve: That there is something I'm still working on. It's a test to try to simulate the human body in a small contraption.
Tim: Clever. Oh, and what's that?
Steve: Ah, I see you've found my latest invention: the DM-5000! Want to see it working?
Tim: Hey, what're you doing?? Wha'd'ya think you're doing??
Steve: Don't struggle. This will only be very painful!
Steve: Ladies and gentleman, meet the DeathMaster 5000!
Tim: Why, Steve, why??
Steve: Why do you think? For years you've stolen my glory. Every time I do something right, you trample it - trample it!- with something of your own. My successes are never recognized, my failures are promoted.
Now, with my greatest invention, your Hoverchair 2000, my dominance shall finally be complete!!
Tim: So that's how you get all your inventions! You steal the ideas from everyone else's honest work! You're mad, I tell you! Stop this at once!
Steve: Oh, this will be over soon, don't you worry. But this time- this time I shall be the victor! And your presence will disappear at last! And finally I shall get the glory! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!
Steve: Well, I'll be going now. I must say, the screams do hurt my ears!
Tim: No! I'm so sorry! Take the Hoverchair, just don't do this to me!
Steve: And what? You'll tell Collin? No, I know how you play. Which is why, after all these years, you will finally be silenced. Goodbye, my enemy.
*machine whirs to life*
Steve: Oh, you are clever, yes you are! Today, today I shall find dominance! I will command this company with the Hoverchair 2000! Which, reminds me, I must go get it....
Steve: The evil genius has prevailed, once and for all! And now, the men of this company shall see my genius!
Tim: Not so fast, Steve.
Steve: What?! How did you escape?! The machine was designed to cause extreme destruction!
Tim: To small objects. Whereas for humans, it's easy enough to escape. There's hardly enough room for me anyway. I stretched out my legs and jammed the machine when I was about to go in. The saw cut through the ropes, enabling me to be freed. I must say, now that you make your own invention, the quality is noticeably lower. I can almost see why you find the need to steal from others!
Steve: Well, that is no matter. Perhaps this won't be as spectacular - but as they say, the ends justify the means!
Collin: Poor timing, Steve. Surely you'd find out that I had a meeting with Tim today. I see I had good reason to be suspicious when he didn't show up...
Collin: Now let's go, Tim. I want to talk to you about a promotion...
The conference room. I wanted to use this window so that the room could have some angled walls rather than being rectangular.
The plant's vase in the corner is one of my favorite parts. It uses a palm tree trunk which creates the correct shape.
The bedrooom is one of my favorite scenes. The curtains, made with this flag, were very tricky to get right. Since they were too long, I tucked the ends under the bed and dresser.
I also wanted Tim to have a blanket. I used a cape for this purpose.
Back view showing some of the techniques.
The outside of the workshop. Though simple, this was another of my favorites.
The inside of the workshop. The DeathMaster 5000 was tricky since I wanted it to look poorly made yet functional. The conveyor belt really moves!
The other inventions were just little tablescraps. The rocket launcher I'm quite pleased with, even though it's only 2 pieces...