“All we have to do is attack this problem, like any other in science, ” says Stone.
“You could spend years working on a thing like that without solving its structure,” replies Dutton.
“But when you do, there’ll be some red faces around,” says Leavitt. “It could change everything!”
At 1500x magnification, the green blob grows.
“Great,” says Hall, rubbing at his nuclear key.
“Ruth, since Kirke isn’t here, you take over the growth program in microbiology,” says Stone. “We’re halfway home if we can find out what will keep that from growing.”
“Charlie, you work with me on the E-M,” says Stone, referring to the electronic microscope. “Hall, I want you t-“
“Let me get back to my patients,” replies Hall. “I’m sure they were protected by the same thing: some simple mechanism I just don’t recognize yet. There’s gotta be something the old man and the baby have in common.” He heads toward the exit door.
“Oh, Hall,” says Stone, “FIVE minutes.” Stone is reminding Hall that he’ll only have five minutes if the containment is breached.
“You told me before,” replies Hall.
“Yes, we wouldn’t want you to get too far from a substation, now,” says Dutton. Hall turns and leaves.
Back at Big Head Pass, Utah, Air Force investigators continue to comb through the plane wreckage.