In the bustling heart of Sydney, nestled among its skyscrapers, Eamon lounges at an outdoor café table, sunglasses on, sipping a chilled iced tea. The summer sun, bearing down, lends warmth to the city but also stands as a beacon of untapped potential. Arlen, on the opposite chair, sips his meticulously brewed Earl Grey, scalding hot despite the weather, and chastises his friend’s casual attitude.
“You’d think more folks would be onboard, considering the climate,” Arlen remarks, shuffling through a brochure from one of the leading energy solution providers in Australia.
Eamon shrugs. “Not everyone sees it our way. But really, with the benefits of solar power so evident, it’s perplexing why parts of the world lag behind. I mean, just look up!” He gestures to the blazing sun. “Free energy, mate.”
Arlen nods, adjusting his glasses. “During my recent consultancy, I came across a perplexing pattern, an energy signature unlike the typical renewables. Not solar, not wind, not hydro.”
Eamon, for the first time that afternoon, looks genuinely intrigued, setting his drink down. “Odd energy signature? Sounds like our kind of problem.”
Just then, a group of well-suited individuals shuffle into the café’s reserved section. Their hushed tones resonate with urgency, but Eamon’s heightened hearing catches snippets of their conversation. “Project Luminous… control the market… more powerful than solar…”
He nudges Arlen subtly, directing his attention towards the group. They lock eyes, and in that silent exchange, both recognize the gravity of their discovery.
After paying for their drinks, they teleport to a nearby alley, safe from prying eyes. “Coal and gas companies, trying to monopolise renewable energy? That doesn’t sit well,” Arlen murmurs.
Eamon grins, mischief sparkling in his eyes. “I say we dig a little deeper. After all, we’ve handled worse. How hard could it be?”
Arlen sighs, “Just when I thought I could have a peaceful tea. Alright, but first, let’s see how to get commercial solar energy systems installed here. This café could use some sunshine in more ways than one.”
And with that, they’re off, once again diving headfirst into a mystery, armed with wit, magic, and a drive to uphold the natural balance of the world.