Today’s prompt and DeviantArt link.

There are several legends about the 10mm socket among the many users of the tool since its introduction. Somehow, no matter what happens, when using a set of tools, if there is a 10mm socket in the tool kit, it will fall out and disappear. No one on Earth knows where they go, but many stories and legends have evolved around the possibilities.

Some mechanics, usually involved in military aircraft and ground vehicle maintenance, believe that the 10mm is made out of a metal of non-terran origin that causes them to vanish at their first opportunity just to allow the company that makes them to make more money from the selling of replacement tools. Part of the source of this belief is that no mechanic has ever met another mechanic who has ever heard a 10mm socket hit the floor. They always disappear between when they are dropped and when they should be hitting the floor.

Another legend about the 10mm socket states that the tool does not actually exist and is made of a material that makes it appear real until it is actually needed or needs to be accounted for. The fact that post job tool inventories of tool boxes can never identify the 10mm seems to be the most common source of this story.

After we discovered what actually happens to the 10mm socket, we discovered there was also a legend that had suggested as much. Since they’ve never been seen or heard to hit the floor, there’s been speculation that there is some sort of space anomaly that causes the 10mm socket to be transported to another place, probably on the opposite end of the universe, anytime someone drops one.

The one thing we know for sure is that somewhere in the universe there is a mechanic whose won a bet and is owed a drink for his theory of where the 10mm socket goes, but since he or she is not part of the crew of the USSC Aldrin, he’ll never know he won and can never collect on that bet.

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