Hiding in plain sight

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“Shh! They’re looking for me. They’ll never find me here. ”

“How can you be sure?”

“See that box behind the stop sign?”

“No.”

“Lower down. I know it’s a ‘no stopping’ sign and no, I don’t know why they chose to put it on the same post as a stop sign. Perhaps there was nowhere else to put it, what with all these other signs crowding the area out. But forget about that, just look at the box.”

“What is it?”

“It’s a cloak generator.”

“You mean it makes a cloak and covers you with it? What good does that do?”

“No, it doesn’t exactly throw a physical cloak on me. Let me try to explain it simply. You know about optical illusions, yeah?”

“Of course.”

“Have you heard about an optical allusion?”

“A what?”

“Look. When you want to hide something, if you make it reflect light with a polarisation exactly opposite to what the eyes expect, it becomes invisible when you look straight at it. You can still see it out of the corner of your eye, but as soon as you try to look at it, it disappears. That, my friend, is an optical allusion. ”

“And?”

“And that’s what this box does, creates a Symmetrically Extended Polarisation field around me.”

“So no-one can see you?”

“Precisely.”

“I’ll buy it. Why?”

“Wait till somebody comes by to pick up those bags of paper. You’ll soon see why I sit next to this SEP generator.”


This was written in response to Kreative Kue 230 published on this site.

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