Geoff was deep in thought as he turned and walked down the main corridor, determined to complete the task ahead without raising suspicions. As if from nowhere, a baseball-sized glowing orb appeared in front of him, clearly blocking his path. He stood perfectly still and waited while the orb floated slowly from side to side with a slight humming sound, then circled him gradually and deliberately. The orbs were sophisticated and very sensitive security devices that roamed free in the corridors of the complex, particularly from Level Three downwards. They had full sensory capability; basically, you couldn’t even fart without one of these devices detecting it and coming to investigate. Not a problem for him, but for the humans, it sometimes proved quite embarrassing. In fact, when they were first introduced, rumour had it there were quite often high concentrations of the globes in the restrooms, leaving the rest of the complex exposed. Someone forgot to tell the globes that going for a crap was normal human behaviour. Geoff waited as the orb completed a three hundred sixty-degree sweep, paused, and then carried on down the main corridor.
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