Two deep green eyes blinked slowly beneath the canopy of petals. They were glazed and tired. The three root tips that made up its fingers scratched at the ground and pointed toward the reflection pool.
Triff stared into the creature’s eyes.
“It needs water,” Triff said.
“How do you know?” Crest asked.
The Flowerman blinked and flexed its fingers.
“It’s telling us,” Triff said. Crest stared at her for a moment, conflicted.
“Okay… do you think it’s safe to touch him?”
Triff considered the danger for a moment, then dismissed it.
“I don’t know, but we can’t let it die. This discovery is too important.” She took off her lab coat and laid it over the creature, lifting it up without touching it. “We have to get it to Hydroponics. This water is filthy.” She sneered at the reflection pool. “And Crest… Let’s not tell anyone about this just yet.”
Crest sighed, then nodded.
“Okay, but first…” Crest wrapped the lab coat loosely around the creature until only its bloom was showing. “If anyone asks, we’ll say we’re working on a new growth serum..”
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