“Larry! Why did you bring that? This is supposed to be a vacation. No tinkering.” She reminded him.
Larry was an inventor, uncomfortable without a project to do. However, he promised Maggie some time away. So, he only brought one thing.
“I brought my night vision goggles, just for fun. No tinkering, I promise.” He said.
He’d been studying the Deilephila elpenor’s ability to see color in the dark. That’s what standard night vision goggles were missing. He hoped to remedy that. He hadn’t been able to test them yet.
They dressed for dinner hosted by the hotel. Larry tucked the goggles into a worn satchel he carried everywhere regardless of occasion, and despite Maggie’s protests.
He enjoyed dinner but was distracted. If he could test the goggles, he could put them away and give Maggie undivided attention. He excused himself to the restroom but bypassed it to exit the building.
There was a cemetery adjacent to the hotel. He crossed over and put on his goggles. As his eyes adapted, a large figure came into focus. He quickly removed them.
He lifted them to his eyes peeking through once again. Clear as day, with colors, he saw a towering Gryphon near a mausoleum.
It was magnificent.
He had invented something that not only allowed color night vision but otherworldly vision as well.
“It is interesting that you can see me. I am the guardian of this cemetery and the spirits that reside here.” It stated.
“H..how long have you been here?” Larry stammered.
“Two-hundred years,” He replied eloquently. “I am afraid I cannot allow you to possess this ability.” The Gryphon removed Larry’s goggles and proceeded to crush them underfoot.
Realizing the device was destroyed, Larry dropped to his knees, head in hands. How would he ever explain this?