"OMELETTES AND IDEAS"
Celeste invites Terry, Nail, Nitro and of course,
TK to a late night after the races breakfast, at the closed truck
stop. TK and Nitro have taken a booth and are mulling over the
technical information that TK has gathered. A few of the mechanical
parts from the crate are partially disassembled and scattered
across the top of the papers. It looks like total confusion. TK
and Nitro have slipped off into their own world, and Terry doesn't
want to have anything to do with it. Terry and Nail grab another
booth and sit talking racing while Celeste makes Denver omelettes
for everyone except TK-he has a hamburger. Celeste sits down with
Terry and Nail to eat, after reminding TK and Nitro that their
food is getting cold, as they are too engrossed in their project
to notice. She explains that she and TK have been stuck in this
town for seven months now. Their station wagon broke down when
they got here so they just stayed. They live on the tips from
her job, and meals and a mobile home come free with the deal,
but things are still tough. There isn't any business to speak
of except when there's a race, and there won't be any more races
here this year so she and TK are hoping to move to a bigger town
where there might be better job opportunities. Luckily TK can
continue his education anywhere assisted by the modem on his computer.
In fact, Celeste has been taking a few classes, too. Terry and
Nail listen sympathetically as she explains their situation.
Oblivious to all this, TK and Nitro are matching
parts to plans and drawing diagrams and think they have come up
with a plan that will make this system work. When Nitro half-jokingly
asks to, "Rent the kid - or at least his brain - for a few
days," Terry offers to give them a hand moving to the next
town. TK is in seventh heaven; there's no way Celeste can say
no. "Besides," says TK, "once we get the H²O-S
system working, nobody, not even Bo Barns, will be able to run
with SuperBike." Terry grins; he likes that kind of talk.
CELESTE AND TK'S MOBILE HOME - next day
Celeste cleans the last of their stuff out of the
dilapidated mobile home that's been their home for over half a
year, as Nitro hefts the final piece of TK's computer equipment
into the side door of the Bikester trailer. All that's left is
Celeste's dirt bike, which Nail helps her roll into the trailer
and tie down. Nail is heading for a bike race in Texas, so they
all say their goodbyes and make plans to cross paths again. The
rest of them head west through the high desert. Nitro and TK feel
that if they had a few days to work on it, they could have the
H²O-S system ready to test, and Terry knows just the place
where they can put it together and test it without being bothered.
They're heading for a place near China Lake, an abandoned military
landing strip in the middle of nowhere.