23.

The professor let the full idiocy of what his student said bounce around the lecture hall like some dizzy, window drunk bird. “Do those present have any more”–and here he pinched the skin between his eyes–“enlightening points to add?” Silence dropped: not a lemur, marmot, or Burmese python thought a digital syllable, least of all the human with his glitching, rental headgear. “Then if we could return to the matter at hand,” intoned the professor, hopping to the blackboard, surreptitiously checking the lecture notes filed inside his pouch.

grh

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