“Let’s go back to the rock and see it at four-forty,” says Stone.
Leavitt punches a few buttons. The rock is lit at the edges, with a glowing green gel in a large crevasse.
“If that’s a meteor, it’s a damned peculiar one,” says Stone. He walks toward the monitor. “This… left border, over here — it’s smooth! Almost like an artificial surface.”
“Painted, maybe,” says Leavitt, weakly. “Luminous paint?”
“If I keep watching it, I might think so,” replies Stone. “Wet paint sign and all.” Stone turns away from the monitor. As he does so, the green blob flashes white and expands.
“Jeremy,” says Leavitt, blinking. She’s not sure what she just saw.
“What?” asks Stone. The green blob is now motionless again.
Leavitt leans her head forward and rubs her eyes. “Nothing,” she says.
“You okay?” asks Stone.
“It’s just my eyes are getting tired,” replies Leavitt. “We’ve been at it for five hours straight.”
“We’ll take a caffeine break in a minute,” says Stone. “First, though, I’d like to see one of the separate green patches at a thousand.”
Leavitt punches two more buttons. A single green luminous blob fills the monitor screen, with the caption “1000 X” below it.