“No one loves so well as a scientist with a theory.”

Earth Doctor

Short Fiction, Published by Pearl Editions, LLC

Copyright 2011 Georgiann Baldino

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Earth Doctor

By Georgiann Baldino

Kenyon Hart slipped unannounced into Twin Lakes. He was tempted to stop and see Irene but sped past the Highway Café and went straight to the reclamation site.

A gust of wind yanked the car door open. He pulled up the hood of his slicker. The cold and dull colors of November made him wish for last summer. August temperatures had been oppressive, but the project heated up too, intensified and weakened in cycles and finally built to a conclusion. Success had been a long time coming, an entire lifetime of preparation. Throughout grade school and high school, he tramped around drainage ditches and forests, not to hike, but to crawl around in the shadows.

The only career choice that ever made any sense was environmental science. When Kenyon designed the reclamation process, he never saw a blinding flash of light. No one handed him answers. He broke large issues down into small, answerable questions, and stayed after them. First he had to understand the possibilities. He could not work a solution out on paper or even out in the field. He needed to visualize the chemical bonds. Clues came from years of study, months of setup, bits and pieces, until gradually the mystery unwound. Once he had various parts in place, a chain reaction started below the level of consciousness. Outside factors heated his thoughts and answers bubbled up. Finally the scientific puzzle fell into place.

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