VisDare – Enter Kathlyn

The corn field stretched far and wide. Kathlyn shielded her eyes from the sun’s glare as she surveyed the land. Everywhere she looked she saw nothing but dead, withered crops. No corn.

“So, doc, what’s your diagnosis? You think you can make some corn grow here?” The farmer asked. “Dry season’s been especially harsh this year.”

Kat looked at the man. “First of all, I’m no doctor. I’m a biological engineer. And yes, I’m pretty confident we can make your field thrive with corn.”

“You better be damn sure, Little Miss Biological Engineer,” the farmer spat on the ground. “I paid good money, a lot of good money, for your services.”

Kat dismissed the man’s snarky remark. She got down on her knees and took a glass jar out of a square, metallic container. The jar was blanketed with a thin sheet of frost that quickly melted under the sun’s unforgiving heat.

“What’s that?” The farmer asked.

“Just a little something we cooked up in the lab.”

Kat carefully set the jar down. Its lid was held in place by two iron clamps which could only be released with the use of a security code. Kat punched in the seven digit code from her wristwatch. The clamps released their grip and Kat slowly twisted open the lid.

The farmer watched what seemed to be a ball of grey smoke rise up from the glass jar. It steadily expanded in size as it floated higher and higher into the air. He then realized it wasn’t smoke at all but a cloud.

Ten minutes later and the sky was all black. Thunder and lightning made their presence felt. A minute later and rain started to fall.

“Is this some magic?” The farmer asked, his soaked face turned to the sky.

“Not magic, sir, just science,” Kat replied. “Each raindrop is made up of microscopic corn seeds mixed with our specialized bacteria that’ll shield them from the sun’s extreme heat and they’ll also speed up growth. You’ll have your field full of corn in about a week. We’ll call back after a week to ask you about your satisfaction with our services. I’m pretty sure you’ll get your money’s worth.”

The farmer simply nodded in reply.