The Discovery by Andy Sima
Eureka! It doesn’t seem like a big enough word for what I’ve discovered. Shazam! Might be closer. Either way, there are not enough exclamation marks in the world to punctuate this discovery and to tell how my creation will alter the course of human existence. It all started one lonely night in my lonely basement lab…
The air was dark and musty, like the deep caverns of the Earth. And, not unlike said caves, various small creatures skittered and scrambled about, calling to each other and avoiding the probing beam of my head lamp. It was necessary to have a cave-like biome within my basement; my kind of research required quick access to a certain… quality of nature. I liked to call this quality “Bio-Aer,” short for “Biological Aerosols,” since it was exactly as the name suggested. An aerosol made of organic matter. But “Bio-Aer” was not what one would expect.
While it was produced the world over by all creatures great and small, Bio-Aer was most concentrated in closed spaces, such as caves, the forest floor, or deeper ocean reefs. So, replicating a cave in my lab seemed like a natural step towards creating my own controlled Bio-Aer. It allowed for easy access and an unlimited supply of the stuff. Something I desperately needed, because it was my ticket to a better life.
At this point, I should probably explain what Bio-Aer exactly is. It is a waste by-product of life, but it is not wasteful. No, in fact, it is quite the opposite. It seems that older scientists missed an important step in the cellular respiration process. A key factor was unknowingly left out. This factor was the creation of Bio-Aer along with all the typical parts of cellular respiration. Thus, when an animal lives, it produces Bio-Aer. This Bio-Aer then expands outward as a gas, diffusing at an abnormally high rate, as if it can’t wait to get as far away from itself as possible. This is, of course, the opposite of what I want, as Bio-Aer is highly combustible and self-replicating, when it found in high enough volumes (very, very high volumes, that is). That’s right; Bio-Aer is the oil of the future.