Many Things Have Hatched

“Do stars hatch from eggs?”

The little girl glanced up at her aunt as the two sat on a fancy padded bench before the glass display.

Her aunt smiled at her. “Not everything that’s born comes from eggs. You didn’t.”

“Then where did I come from?”

“I’ll…let your parents tell you all about that. But if you want to know about eggs, I do have a story you might like.”

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The Station Companions

Andrew saw it first.  About a month into our six-month rotation maintaining the company’s Arctic monitoring station.  He was doing weekly maintenance on all the pumps on the north side when he thought he saw some motion.  At first, he thought he’d just imagined something. 

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