Friday, July 16, 2010

SteamBoyz: Tiny Bubble - Surface

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by kvb (the hubby)
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Jade was fast asleep. She was dreaming about fishing. It was a beautiful sunny day and she was on a jetty trying to catch fish. Jade was not a fisherman, so this was a curious dream to be having. Some man was there saying “When you feel a bite, you have to set the hook!” She felt a little tugging on the rod and gave it a good jerk to pull that nasty barbed hook into the flesh inside the fish’s mouth. Only this fish wasn’t going to get hooked. Instead, the hook flew out of the water and straight at Jade. She dove onto the breakwater she was standing on to avoid the flying hook and the next thing she knew, she was in the water with the fish laughing at her. Laughing at her! What a funny sound that laughter was too. It sounded just like the growler of the 21MC engineering com circuit.

Jade floated up slowly to consciousness and dragged herself out of bed. She went over to the voice tube and said “Engineering”. Jane was on the other end of course. When the crew of a ship consists of one captain and one engineer, it is never too difficult to guess who is calling.

Jane said “I think we should surface and take it easy for a few days.”

“What about that blimp that was following us?”

“We’ve been submerged for four days now and I would guess that we lost them.”

Jade pondered this for a moment and said “Surfacing.”

Surfacing was an easy evolution. Jade simply had to blow the trim tanks which ringed the tiny bubble. She went to her console and pulled a couple of dozen knobs out. The actuated helium valves opened and allowed high pressure helium to displace the sea water that was in the trim tanks. The helium bubbled to the tops of the tanks and forced the sea water out of opened valves on the bottoms of the tanks.

Once the water was out of the trim tanks, she closed all the valves from her console and watched a pressure gauge as it indicated decreasing pressure. The tiny bubble floated up to the surface. For each ten meters she rose, the pressure gauge indicated almost one atmosphere less. When she reached the surface, the pressure gauge indicated one atmosphere and Jade called up to Jane “surfaced.”

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by kvb (the hubby)
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-ends July 31, 2010


* image source steampunk fish

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