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"Can love be charted, Thad? Can it be measured and compared to previously gathered statistics? Can love solve the energy crisis, or cure cancer, or make the world a better place?" Marissa snorted scornfully. "Love is for fools."
"I don't understand it," Thad sobbed, tears coming to the corners of his eyes like lugubrious diamonds. "I've offered you everything. You're harder to bond with than a noble gas."
"And I don't understand your fascination with me," shouted Marissa, slamming her fist angrily into the seat next to hers. "Yours or anyone else's! You're all blundering idiots."
"You don't understand," replied Thad, the tears coming in earnest now, soaking the chest of his lab coat and outlining his well defined pecs. "You're like a micro black hole, and we're all just caught in your gravity well!"
The elevator mercifully stopped, exposing CERN's spacious marble-floored lobby. The brightest lights in science were coming and going here; very few of them turned to notice Thad's weeping state.
Marissa did not leave immediately. She instead looked at Thad, his good-natured face twisted in anguish, and resisted the urge to kiss away his tears, much as she had kissed him earlier, before...
"I'm sorry, Thad," Marissa said, standing. Her gaze was now hard enough it could conceivably have split an antineutrino. "I must have Schrödinger's heart -- I don't know whether I love you or hate you."
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