Tidbit #4

Please state your name for the record,” Jonas said.

“Soeuc Kingan,” Soeuc said, leaning into the microphone.  Jonas waved him off of it and shook his head.

“And why are you here today Mr. Kingan?”

“Uh, well…  I’ve been conducting a series of experiments over the last few years–”

“Experiments involving what?” Jonas asked sharply.

“Tide.  More specifically, the mechanism by which Tide occurs in the soil of the planet, and its effect on local organisms.”

“And you are putting this research on record for what purpose?”

“For the…”  Soeuc trailed off and started patting his pockets.  When he had found what he was looking for he held up a finger to Jonas with his free hand and produced a small puffer with his other.  He took a deep puff and then, waiting for only a moment, took another.  His bright, oddly coloured eyes surged with colour for a moment and his W shaped pupils constricted.

The sight of it made Jonas shudder, though he did his best to hide it.  “Let the record show that Mr. Kingan took two doses of Tide during this time.”

Soeuc exhaled in agitation, but kept himself in check.  “Where was I…?” he mumbled.  His eyes darted back and forth for a moment, as if reading through a books worth of data in his mind.  “Ah, yes.  I’m putting the research on record because I believe it to be significant to our understanding of Tide production and, more importantly, its origin.”

Jonas looked at Soeuc with a complex expression on his face, and then motioned for him to continue.

“We know Tide’s effects on human biology.  We know that it enhances different abilities in different people.  With some, it makes their reflexes and strength beyond that of a normal human.  With others, like myself, it affects only the mind, increasing problem solving skills, mathematical prowess and so on.  Some people aren’t affected by it at all, and others react so violently they can die from it.

“The assumption that follows is that it would have the same effect on plant life and animals where Tide naturally occurs.  When I started this research I had expected to find animals that had become better in some way.  Stronger and faster predators, animals that no longer had to scrounge for food due to methods they had invented using their relatively superior intelligence.

“What I found was quite the opposite.  In over two thousand case studies, not one animal I found had received any kind of benefit from ingesting Tide.  Over ninety-six percent of the animals I studied died within two weeks of ingestion.  Those that did survive were subject to horrifying deformities and severe mental retardation and died either due to a lack of food or the inability to protect itself.

“During this time I also studied Tide’s affect on plant life.  Although not as severe, I again found that the results of my studies ran in the face of what one would expect.  Forty-three percent of all plant life died outright when exposed to Tide.  Those that did survive had a severely reduced seed count and lifespan.

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