Monday, November 12, 2012

The Inventor and the Bear, Part IV

It is a curious quality of some particularly perceptive men that they can sense the state of things as if it wafted to them on the breeze; such men can sniff the air and catch a whiff of popular opinion tracing its way through the atmosphere, or incline an ear and note a change in the timbre of a conversation just as if they were hearing the second violin inadvertently play a few pitches out of tune. The Inventor happened to be just such a man, and at the moment, his senses were practically screaming that something was very wrong indeed.