It was another morning cappuccino at the Foundation for Understanding Nature in
“You want to grab a latte and go to the café?”
With that he stood and off we went towards the node, where the small coffee stand was. He bought his from the attendant, who had substituted a photo of Greta Garbo for her own on her photo ID without security noticing, and we found some seats in the airy atrium space.
“Gosh it has been so long since our trip to the
He said “I think so. My luggage is feeling ignored. It has never been this long since between trips before.”
“What do you think is going on?”
“I don’t know. We keep running into trouble when they send us out. That could be it.”
“I remember. But each time they send us out, we still come home with results. I mean in the Amazon, we came home with a possible cure for HIV, we did a great job in
“Yup! I don’t know what they are thinking. But, I think it has been long enough, and we should ask.”
Just then, Dr. Gutekunde strode up and joined them. “Hey, how are my two favorite field scientists?”, he said, giving Mr. Butterfly a hard slap on the back.
“We were just wondering when we were going to see the field again.”, said Mr. Butterfly as he recovered from the slap. “And how are you Dr. Gutekunde? And how is our pet compound?”
“Ah, I am well thank you! Not to worry, you two will be back in the field before you know it! We have a special trip planned for both of you. But first and update on our compound. The scale up is going well and I don’t think the difficult synthesis step will be a problem. The safety studies were begun on time and should be completed in three months. No significant safety issues have been noted so far. Human protocols are written and we should be first in man by then. Try to think of name for it. So it is all good news for the compound.”
“That’s great Doc!”, I said.
Mr. Butterfly smiled and nodded. “Hmm. A name, I’ll have to think about that. ‘Mr. Butterfly’s HIV cure-all and lube’ How does that sound?”, he said jokingly.
“Very funny.” And I gave him a finger poke in the ribs.
“Ow!”, he said comically.
Dr. Gutekunde just smiled at our antics.
“Now,” he said, “for your next assignment. So, have you been studying up on new orchid species Dr. Fairview?”
“Why yes. Do you mean the ones in
“Hmm. Actually I was referring to the ones in
“Oh boy! I’m going to get to see Teagueia in their native habitat!”
“Yes, that’s true.”
“And me?”, said Mr. Butterfly.
“You my boy are going to get a look at the rare butterflies and moths of the cloud forests of the
“Oh boy!”, we said in unison.
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Several days later, the trip was shaping up. Our flights were set with American Airlines from
So it was, that we would be in