Early the next morning I heard some movement coming from the other side of our cube. I poked my head up to find Kels fidgeting around with the communications beacon. She looked fairly preoccupied so I decided to go down and check on the cell cultures in the science bay.
As I crossed the courtyard a vehicle came driving into camp. This would certainly be Dr. Landry arriving back from the mining expedition. He had been gone a few days now, and I met him just as he crossed into the entrance of the science bay.
“Ah, good morning, Piper. How have things been in my absence?”
“Excellent. I collected some new microbial samples from the beach expedition and we were able to get the fishing station up and running again.”
“Well, that is excellent news. You know I love new microbial samples.”
“And how about you? Was the mining expedition successful?”
“Indeed, it was. I helped locate an excellent source of graphite we are going to be able to use for the battery project.”
“Very cool.” I smiled.
“So, tell me about these microbial samples you found,” Landry continued.
“Well, I was at the beach and collected some samples from the ocean floor. But when I was looking at it under the light microscope I noticed some very unusual organelles.”
“Well, let’s take a look.”
We headed into the clean room. Dr. Landry seemed to be in an unusually good mood today; I certainly was not going to complain. After gowning into the clean room with him, I said, “By the way, what are these creatures you have growing in the tubes?”
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