Act 0: The Lab Partner

You gloomily walk into the first lab session of QST102: Modern Telecommunications. The professor had assigned everyone a lab partner, and you have no idea who this Robert Smith person is.

You head over to your assigned workstation to find an unassuming young man sitting there, neatly arranging two printed copies of the lab. You introduce yourself. "How come I've never seen you before?" you ask.

"I'm Bob," he mumbles. "I just transferred here from Ryerloo because I was interested in the nanoengineering option in Engineering Science."

"I thought they were removing that option."

Bob sighs. Embarrassed, you turn your attention to the lab.