The Pole of Inaccessibility
Published by A. Michael Bronston at Smashwords
Copyright 2012 A. Michael Bronston
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Beardmore Glacier Camp
Trans-Antarctic Mountain Range
Dr. Susan Engen lay hunched over the rough-hewn surface of the plywood table, cradled her forehead in her cupped palm, and breathed out an astonishingly descriptive string of obscenities as artfully and with as much conviction as she was capable of providing. Inhaling deeply, she made a vague attempt at calming herself, aware that the effort was in vain, but going through the motion anyway as a matter of habit. After the interval in which she was supposed to be composing herself had passed, she keyed the microphone again and spoke.
“Steven, I have no equipment!” she repeated emphatically. “We’re three weeks behind already, and now I have no equipment!”
“I heard you the last two times, Susan,” the voice from the other side said, annunciating the words in such a way as to project the impression that he was attempting to sound reasonable, yet firm in his explanation. “What I am saying is that all the paperwork shows that it did, in fact, ship.”