The huge underground dome, an incubator of sorts, was dimly lit with soft yellow lighting of the same spectrum as the system’s star, a yellow dwarf. The enormous space was filled with stacked storage shelves firmly fastened to the floor and the ceiling and fifty feet high. On the storage shelves, oblong semi-transparent ovoids were carefully placed on each shelf, end to end, back to back, in single layers. A single shelving unit, of which there were thousands, contained thousands of these ovoids.
Durell1101 watched as a lift carefully deposited ovoids high on the top of a shelving unit. He was uncomfortable in the dome. T he temperature was stabilized in the dome by the planet’s geothermal energy, the main reason for locating the dome deep near the core of the planet. The other reason was security. The surface dwellers had no means to penetrate deep into the interior of the planet, and could not disturb the operation of the dome. However, the temperature was much higher than he was used to and he wanted to complete his inspection and leave.
“Senior Inspector, the electron flux rate continues to increase.”
“Yes, Durell1110, that is good for operations is it not? Does not an increased electron flux rate bring us ever closer to our glorious goal?”
“Indeed, senior inspector, one hopes that it can be maintained.”
Durell1101 looked at Durell1110 critically. Durell1110 was yet young; too young to have yet breached the planetary surface on his pilgrimage to maturity. For now, he ran the operations inside the dome with a meticulous zeal born of youthful idealism.
“The surface dwellers increase the electron flux exponentially just from the way they live. For every one-thousand units of electron-flux increase, one additional egg is laid and stored against the future.”
“And what future is that?” asked Durell1110.
“The future in which we will swarm to the surface and overwhelm the surface dwellers…the future in which we are no longer destined to live underground…when we regain our claim on the surface!”
“Yes,” said Durell1110, “Day 1…the day of all days…the day all of the eggs will hatch at one time. What a day that will be!”
“Yes, but until then, the electron flux must continue to grow.”
“I am familiar with the need for the flux, but why do we need it?” asked Durell1110.
“Egg production absorbs vast amounts of energy. A new egg cannot be produced until the energy level reaches a certain threshold. Then, once it is produced, energy must still be used to sustain it…until the energy level grows enough to product another egg. The whole process moves step-wise. Each measure of energy required to produce and grow an egg must be replaced a like amount of energy before another egg can be produced and grown.”
“But we have millions of eggs in storage ready for birth…the electron flux has increased that much?”
“In the past 25,550 rotations, the surface population has increased almost two-hundred fifty percent, and each one of those individuals’ energy use has increased almost one-hundred thirty percent…yes, the flux has increased that much.”
“So, we use the waste energy from the surface to hatch our eggs?”
“Yes…the energy fields surrounding power lines, lighting, even telephones and computers…every cell phone call they make, every text they send, every time the TV remote is used, every time car’s remote access or starter button is used; everything they do up there generates an electrical field that we detect, harvest and use to hatch our eggs.”
“At this rate, we’ll have billions of eggs by the hatching time.”
“Yeah…funny isn’t it…wasting their way to death and they don’t even realize it. And, we’re using it against all of them!
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