Dr. Reid looked all around her to make sure that someone other than Victoria was not listening to the conversation before she spoke.
"I'm looking for a special robot that was designed and built by my mentor Dr. DuGalle. He left the robot somewhere in the junkyard after getting frustrated by its imperfection and tossing it out.
" Dr. Reid explained. Victoria blinked. Who would throw out a perfectly good robot?
"OK. What does it look like?
" Victoria asked the blonde. The blonde took a sip of coffee and looked towards the brunette.
"It's twice as tall as a human, it's got round, bulky shoulders with disc-like protrusions, and it's painted red and black.
" She provided as much identifying information as she could. The brunette took a moment to think that information over and looked around the junkyard for anything that fit that description. She approached a nearby pile of junked cars and carefully walked around it looking for the robot that might be concealed by the pile. She carefully climbed over a nearby pile of scrap metal for a better view of the area and could not see the robot anywhere.
Victoria carefully climbed down from the giant tetanus risk pile and joined the doctor in looking through the entire junkyard. There were piles of scrap metal and junk automobiles everywhere, so they had a lot of ground to cover. They had better get to it.
-Motor City Junkyard, six hours later-
"It... it's not here. We looked everywhere. Everywhere.
" Dr. Reid gasped in exhaustion. Victoria took a few deep breaths. Her hands were hurting from moving large piles of metal back and forth. They were also hurting because a few of them were unexpectedly hot from baking in the sunlight and neither one of them had brought any gloves.
An older man wearing overalls with a red shirt and brown boots approached. The pair turned to face him and Dr. Reid did the talking.
"What are you ladies looking for?
" He asked them politely. Dr. Reid looked at Victoria and her facial expression showed that she was debating something. She then faced the man and spoke.
"We're looking for... um... a robot.
" Dr. Reid replied as if she did not expect the man to believe her. He looked at her a few moments with a blank facial expression.
"A red and black robot.
" Victoria quickly added. That helped the man remember because he soon jolted to life.
"Oh yeah, I know what you're talking about now! I found some red-and-black thing almost a year ago next to a junked sports car. It's twice as tall as me and it's got funny circles on its shoulders. It's in my garage.
" He replied with a smile. Victoria and Dr. Reid immediately focused on the man.
"Please show me!
" Dr. Reid pleaded.
"Right this way, ladies.
" The man said to them with a smile. Victoria and Dr. Reid followed behind him without delay. They wanted to see it before some shady dudes got their hands on it and sold it on the black market or something.
-Motor City Junkyard, the garage-
The man guided them into a two-car garage with a floor dotted with oil stains both old and new. Along the back wall was a metal rack of spare parts that were neatly labeled and two long silver toolchests on wheels sitting along the wall. In the left part of the garage sat a cherry red sports car that was made long before Victoria was born. It had a cherry red body and long fins on the back plus a hard top.
In the right part of the garage stood a red-and-black robot that was twice as tall as a human being. Its shoulders and body were somewhat rusty after having been left in the rain, but it had matched the description of what Dr. Reid was looking for. It was red-and-black, it had the funny discs on the shoulders, and it had a rectangular object in its right hand that was connected to a hose and looked like a vacuum cleaner."Oh my.
" Dr. Reid said simply. Victoria looked at the robot and felt a certain awe. There was something about it that inspired awe and respect.
"Is that what you were looking for, miss?
" The man asked her. Dr. Reid walked over to it and began to examine it closely. She looked over the body work, the details, and everything before announcing her verdict.
"This is exactly what we're looking for!
" Dr. Reid announced. She turned to the man with one question.
"How much do you want for it?
" Dr. Reid asked.
- DuGalle's Robot:
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