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LARC Transmissions - An Anki Legacies Science Fantasy Anthology for Young Adults By S Shane Thomas Characters: 5893

Updated: 2018-01-25 12:02


Dr. Jeffries and the boy stripped off their helmets and breathed the familiar air of home. The geneticist bent down and kissed her young friend while cupping both cheeks. She could feel the warmth of his blush on her palms.

"You saved me Bright Eyes."

"That was great. Let's do that again when I'm a grown man and we're married."

Dr. Erin gulped and nodded. She would eventually have to tell the boy she preferred the single life, but not today.

Antman

"I'm sorry Dr. Jeffries, " an engineer offered, his worried expression confirmed sincerity. "Jianyu moved the first dozen containers without a problem, then I saw him loose footing and…"

Dr. Erin Jeffries peered out her high pressure suit's face mask. Her engineer couldn't even be visually identified; his near panicked breathing fogged his features. The magnet crane still swayed in the breeze. A breeze which the colonists likely found refreshing since their human bodies carefully blended with the DNA of one Earth's strongest creatures, able to carry one hundred times its own body weight.

Their ant traits clearly evident, visible because their human bones were reinforced by a sturdy exoskeleton. They also inherited the insect's incredible body to brain ratio, an unexpected yet welcome side effect.

Perhaps the scholars and scientists among the half million altered humans would bring advancements to science and scholarly pursuits to the rest of the League of Atlantis Reborn Colonies.

The ant genes proved a necessity for mankind to inhabit this world, swathed in lush vegetation and seemingly inexhaustible natural resources. The atmospheric pressure weighed nearly six times that found on Earth. Even with the aid of her hydraulic pressure resistant suit, the young geneticis

ur ago, " the team lead barked "Report to sick bay."

"Sir… It won't happen again."

"It's been getting worse again. The doctors can help you Danny."

******

Danny chose to walk to the medical facility. The transit tubes entrenched among the miles of encapsulated city always showed evidence of disarray, litter on seats, smudged windows, and germs.

Danny Rogers had been to the doctor for obsessive compulsive disorder before. He took the medication unerringly, often removing the pill, inspecting, replacing, and repeating to be certain. He perfected the routine to sooth his anxiety. Danny noticed the problem develop shortly after leaving Earth years ago.

******

"It's nice to see you again Danny, " the Doctor expected him hours ago.

"Has the scanner's seat been recently sterilized?" Danny asked, as he skipped formalities.

"Fresh and ready for you, I double checked it myself." The Doctor smiled reassuringly.

Minutes later all the regions of Danny Rogers's brain had been mapped and uploaded in the medical unit's Computer Aided Drafting program. The doctor compared lobes against a healthy mind and discovered the source of Danny's malady.

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