Dr. Bartholomew Albert Spencer
Time: 0450 EST/ 0950 GMT
Location: Georgia State University, Institute of Public Health, Basement C
The twists of metal turned slowly, pushing the pair of cream-filled sponge cakes towards the edge of the shelf. Dr. Bartholomew Albert Spencer watched, his forehead pressed against the glass of the vending machine as he leaned into it, exhausted. The hum of the fluorescent backlights filled the tight hallway of the lab area, joined by the low mechanical whir of the coil’s motor.
Then, moments before dropping into the space where he could retrieve it, the sponge cakes stopped and remained. He sighed and rocked back slightly. He fell forward again, his forehead impacting the glass with a resonating thud. The confection remained on the small shelf, unattainable.
“You have got to be kidding me.”