Gerhard studied dials, inhaled sharply then whistled softly with his tongue between his teeth. Hubert and Moritz stood nearby, holding their breath and watching his every move.
“Yes, yes, good..very good!” Gerhard breathed, glancing over at both Hubert and Moritz in turn before looking back at the dials and writing numbers and symbols in minuscule script in his notebook. Finishing the last character with a flourish, he snapped the book closed.
“Gentlemen, ze machine is successfully calibrated vit no errors!” Gerhard said as he pushed his spectacles up the bridge of his nose, a grin on his face. The other two men exhaled audibly and chortled along with the engineer.
“Ve can finally begin” said Hubert “Moritz, let’s turn ze thing on!”
Moritz flicked a switch, causing the machine to hum and the spindle to rotate, gradually becoming a blur as hum became song; all three men retreated and covered their eyes as electricity arced about the device.
“Dis ist going to blow Schrödinger’s mind!” Hubert shouted.
There was a bright flash of light; the machine slowed to a stop as the men uncovered their faces.
The cat which had appeared glanced about the lab with wide eyes, meowed inquiringly.