The Second Attempt
Doctor Hugo Raines arrived at my office rather late and consulted with me urgently. Since I knew about the girls, I was prepared to discuss with him about the second option more scientifically. But I insisted that we check thoroughly at least once.
"Hugo, it seems that something-perhaps alien-is interfering with the mitosis."
"So it would seem."
"We should eliminate that before we do anything further."
"Yes, of course. Let us proceed."
We started the procedure by examining the skin sample under an electron microscope as a more in-depth study of the structure was needed. My hypothesis was that something very microscopic and alien had entered Sophie's skin at cellular level and disturbed the process. We aimed the lens at the epidermis and attempted to probe deep underneath; but I was not totally sure it would disclose anything. Any interruption may be at submicroscopic level.
We continued to observe the structure and the cells and probe for signs. We probed every layer of the skin to the Stratum Basale. There, at last, we discovered the cause of the disorder. What we discovered, eventually, that evening seemed utterly unearthly. There was an entire network of alien cells and junk DNA interacting with Sophie's cells. I desired to photograph the network for my colleagues to identify, but I also doubted that they could identify this. The cells resembled no network of cells known to Earth science. Lacking the equipment to photograph the network, I endeavored to describe it in my notebook. I described it as vividly as possible. Then I left the slide and the notebook beside the microscope and turned to Hugo Raines.
"Hugo, there is something very peculiar about all of this."
"There is indeed."
"We cannot proceed further until we can identify those cells. I hope that you and Sophie can wait."
"We must, I dare to say."