Fictober, Prompt 15 – “I like that in you.”
Warnings: none for this part.
I frowned at the spell on the screen in front of me, erased part of it, and rewrote it on the integration pad in front of me, the new sigils appearing on the screen. That…might work.
Laying my hand flat on the pad, I sent a pulse of energy into it to trigger the spell, then held my breath.
And then the screen lit up in a blaze of data.
“Yes!” I yelled, jumping out of my chair. “Finally!”
The layers and layers of monitoring spells on this planet had been nearly mind-numbing to wade through, but they had gone down to a certain point beneath the planet’s surface and then there had just been nothing. Vivi had given up two days ago, going to work on something else instead for awhile, but I had been sure there were actually more spells deeper down, and that I just needed to write the correct kind of connector spell to get them hooked into the station’s systems again.
And I had been right.
Data streamed in, too much to take in all at once, but one of the flagging spells I had set up previously started to pull pieces out for me. The composition shifted around a little bit but didn’t significantly change: silicates, iron oxides, that continuing series of weird calcium deposits, some carbon-heavy layers. None of it especially surprising in a planetary crust, but something about how it was arranged still pinged wrongly in the back of my mind.
Abruptly, the data stream stopped.Continue reading