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The berries were certainly odd well..if you could call them berries. They were a mahogany color, round and slightly firm. They would give resistance if you tried to squish them between your fingers. But once squished, you find some juice on your finger tips. From what he saw, they always grew on a bush type of plant that was often a seafoam green of all colors! Yet the berries would start out as that same color, ripening to the point they somehow went from a soft seafoam green, to a dark mahogany. The berries themselves were the size of blueberries but he did see one that was half the size of a coin. Rather fascinating but, that wasn't the most fascinating thing.

The door of his lab opening is what snapped Hyde out of his thoughts. The tall and thin scientist jerked slightly, as if ripped from his thoughts and various...notes; that were literally torn about and strung all over the place. The newcomer would find themselves looking at the doctor as he stood and faced them. Seeing his short dusty grey hair; that seemed to have a tint of brown to make it look the way it did. Their eyes were a bluish green and they gave a nice enough smile. Their round glasses slid forward slightly as he tried to fix his disheveled labcoat; that seemed to be recently patched up from all the stitching and tears still in it along with sporting a cream color rather than the traditional white fabric.

"Sorry, I wasn't expecting company.." Hyde apologize. "Dr. Hyde Oakspine, and you?"
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Post by Kim » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:03 pm

"Pleasure to meet you, Dr. Oakspine." The violet eyed young woman smiled as she bowed in greeting "Aster Blake. I heard you were looking for assistance on your research." She rose once more and casually flicked one of her short braids back over her shoulder, meeting his eyes for a moment. Her eyes glittering in the lab's soft florescent lights. Her own appearance was neat, the pleats of her skirt and her blouse were pressed and in good condition. A small black satchel strap rested over her left shoulder.

"I have all of my references and my resume for your review, I can send it you digitally or I can hand you a paper copy."
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"Yes, it would be nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of as well as having more than one head, works wonders to figure things out." Hyde replied. "A paper copy will do fine, staring at the screens makes my eyes hurt sadly."

Of course, if she had that copy with her and offered it, Hyde would take it from her. Already he would start looking it over. Ink was so much better than a glowing blue screen with white words on it. No matter how many times he fiddled with the settings, it always hurt his eyes. Even with his glasses. Oh well.

"Tell Miss Blake, what have you heard about my research? I apologize for the lack of information I put into my wanted ad of sorts. But i'm sure a few others have told you something of my work?" he asked.
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Post by Kim » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:48 pm

Aster had pulled her resume from her satchel before she resettled the flap down again. She scanned the state of the lab, her tone was polite and curious. "Mostly that you are dabbling in xenobotany and are investigating the medicinal properties of a berry that you discovered. Everything else has been rumors in the online research boards. Some people are claiming the berries are psychedelics and others say it's more in line with a juniper berry but if it was something so simple, there would be corporate sponsorship, unless, you are hoping to reveal your findings at next year's conference?"

Her eyes shifted back to the Doctor again from the pieces of paper on the floor. "You were hoping for assistance in organizing your notes for presentation?"
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"That is one way to put it." Hyde replied with a small chuckle.

Though he soon broke out laughing at the mention of the juniper berry and the psychedelics.

"Oh goodness, if it was that simple there would be no sponsorship for sure." Hyde commented as he soon exhaled. "I would like to show my findings next year but I'm not sure if much progress will be made toward it. Well doing it on my own that is."

Looking around at the mess, he gave a weak smile. Yeah..his lab was a mess. A very big...note filled, mess.

"That is but a small part of it. Yes, my note organizational skills are poor and help with that would be great." Hyde replied. "What I need is for someone to help me with the experiments as well as a additional set of eyes to observe things that I might miss."

Stopping in reading the resume, he set it down on the table and gestured to the seafoam green planet that had several mahogany berries dangling from it.

"If these were psychedelics then they are far more potent than anything currently made in that department." Hyde said. "These do more than affect the senses and the mind, it can affect the entire body and it's structure. Or it could just allow you to tap into a force greater than what you could imagine. You know those shows where a character can just creature a blast of power on par with a nuclear bomb? There's a potential possibility one of these berries could do that to you and that power could last five minutes, a hour, or just a few seconds."
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Post by Kim » Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:09 pm

"That's incredible. The potential for weaponization is there. Government sponsorship seems likely with a good enough proposal if it can be controlled or distilled," Aster moved closer to examine the plant. "Getting your notes in order and digitized isn't that difficult of a task, just time consuming. What are you calling these?" Her fingers brushed the rim of the pot. She looked from the plant back to Hyde. "Oh, you don't have to answer that, if you wanted to decide on my hiring before you gave me any more information about your discovery."

She pulled her hand away. "I am experienced with organizing researcher notes and writing proposals. So depending on how you want to present, and the format you want your notes to be in, will help organize it better."
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"It is however...the berries are random. There's no guarantee you'll ever get the same affect twice let alone twice in a row." Hyde mused. "I call them Joke Berries, due to how they seem harmless but they do strange things to you. Almost as if they're playing a joke on the poor creature that thinks it's wise to eat them."

He gave a small nod, though he picked up her resume and held it out to her.

"I think you'll be just fine here as my assistant." Hyde replied kindly. "I would like to be further along however...before offering anything to the higher ups or at the conference next hear. So far there isn't a way to control the berries or to induce an outcome that one wishes. Until I get somewhere near that, I'm not sure if I will be taking my findings to the conference next year. As...that is something they would want to know right away."
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Post by Kim » Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:03 pm

"Of course, there are varying biologies to think of as well for potential effects," Aster thoughtfully commented as she let her hand rest on the rim of the pot before reaching out for her resume with her other hand.

"It's interesting to think that the plant might be capable of that sort of intelligence. So, where would you like me to begin? Sorting your notes? Or are we starting trials?" She smiled brightly at him as she waited. "I am ready to begin whenever is most convenient for you, Dr. Oakspine." She deposited her resume back into her satchel and smoothed the flap down. Her fingers brushed the edge of a bracelet beneath the cuff of her jacket. "If you want to digitize your auditory discussions, we can begin whenever you are ready. I have a recorder handy."

She raised her right hand so that the sleeve slide down to reveal the smooth obsidian surface of her bracelet. It had the look of an old military issue wrist communicator with a full volumeric touch panel but it was miniaturized. "I modified a R-Com that I found at an old surplus store. It should be helpful for this. I can write the notes down later for a regular log and digitize the notes as well."
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"Well, you certainly have a lot of things already prepared. As for the recorder, I guess it wouldn't hurt to do that," Hyde commented with a smile. "Hmm...well, to do trials we would need someone or something willing to be be affected by the plant..."

In truth, he had eaten a berry or two when he first discovered it. It was the strangest experience of his life to date. He didn't want the young assistant to go through something she might not want to.

"Though note sorting might...take a great while longer..." Hyde added as he looked at the mess. "Tell ya what, would you rather be sorting notes your first day or running a trial?"
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Post by Kim » Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:03 pm

Aster smiled as she considered the prospect of being a human guniea pig. "Well, it sounds like it could be fun!" She glanced between the doctor and the plant and nodded. "Okay! I don't mind running some trials. So the first order of business would be initial blood work and a physical then? Just to get a good baseline before I start eating these things?"

She set her satchel on a mostly empty section of counter before standing in front of Hyde. "Where do you want me? I can remove my jacket if you would prefer to take my vitals manually?"
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Post by Readlliea » Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:13 pm

A brow was raised. WEll then, he honestly hadn't expected her to...jump on this.

"I think it may be best for your first day to be one where you keep your mind in case the berries decided to mess with it." Hyde commented. "But I like your enthusiasm on the matter."

At least she was willing to take the risk. Though, he still wasn't sure about this.

"Tell you what, depending on how this experiment goes today, we might do a second one." Hyde said. "In which you can be the test subject for the second one. I've done this before but never had anyone else to jot down the things that go on that I might miss. And judging by how you are, I'm sure you'll pick up on the things I'll miss. But, shall we still do a physical and blood before getting starter?"
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Aster continued smiling. "Blood work might be the easiest way to start the test and monitor changes if the effect is like a conventional drug. We should be able to determine elevated biochemical levels." She slid off her jacket and hung it neatly on a hook by the door, moving her satchel to the hook as well. She wore an simple white sleeveless blouse over a tartan pleated skirt that swished as she moved about the small lab. "But that sounds like a plan. Let me wash my hands and put on gloves before we do a blood draw." She sheepishly smoothed her braid back behind her shoulder as she realized that she hadn't mentioned it in her resume.

"I spent a little bit of time helping out in the medical bay of the station. They had me practicing on oranges for a few months before they let me try my hand with needles," she coyly explained. "We were short handed for a long time and my mother insisted that we all dabbled in the different fields on Shizi before we settled on one area to be our specialty. I don't have it in me to be a soldier like her." She did a quick scan of the laboratory and located the sink beneath a pile of lab notes, like a pile of leaves at a river's edge. "I'll.. just stack these neatly over here so they don't get wet." The young woman gathered up the papers and tapped them straight before placing them in even stacks on the silver counter, away from the splash radius of the sink. "How long have you been running these tests on the Joke berries on your own, Doctor?"
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Post by Readlliea » Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:16 pm

Indeed, it was. And since the changes form the berries could affect the body down to the smallest atom well. Bloodwork should show something new. Or something that wasn't the same as before. Partially removing his lab coat, he easily rolled up his shirt's sleeve to where it would be out of the way in order to get some blood. Taking a seat, the man listened to his new assistant.

"IT is quite alright, not everyone is cut out for some things. And no need to explain a skill such as this since it wasn't mentioned, eventually you would've gained knowledge on how to do this anyway." Hyde said kindly, he gave a nervous laugh at her finding his notes hiding the sink. "Yes...my apologizes. I'm a rather terrible organizer."

He did have the habit of spreading his research all around a room as he worked. In a way, it was a organized chaos as he knew where things were in the heat of the moment. It never looked pretty or neat.

"Several months now." Hyde answered. "I found them while out on a expedition as a favor to a old friend. I was curious in the planet as it didn't have signs of a advance civilization or any for that matter. I found many strange things there but the Joke berries revealed themselves when I got seperated from the group I was with. My supplies weren't sufficient by the fourth day and well, I resorted to trying one of the berries. I can't fully recall what happened but my friend claimed a pack of beasts were with me when I got back to camp and they only left cause I told em to. Only time it worked."

A small chuckle left him as he recalled some young soldier trying to command a beast to go away. The creature merely glared at him before headbutting them in the knee as well, the creature took him as a threat.

"I have avoided doing a great deal of tests since coming back. I have mainly been studying them, seeing how the plant grows and if a new environment changes things. The plant itself is rather adaptable." Hyde added.
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"It's quite all right. we'll get it sorted out together." Aster considered the story for a moment before she asked, "What happened to your friend?" She washed her hands in the sink, take care to work the antibacterial soap around her hands.

"Oh, where are your hypodermics and vials? I see the gloves here on the counter. I might need you to pull them out since I started washing my hands already," she tsked at her lack of foresight
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"Oh he's alive and well, off doing a few more missions before retirement." Hyde said as he got up and walked over to a cabinet that was across the room from where Aster was. "Last I talked to him he said things were going good, a bit quiet but he figured it was just the universe trying to prepare him for all the quiet time he'll have after retiring."

Opening the cabinet, he pulled down the hypodermics and a box that had some unused vials from there. Holding the two things in his hands, he worked to clear a spot on the counter for them to sit on. This caused him having to wrinkle a few notes but eh, he could read it still. Creating a new stack of random notes, he set those out of the way before looking to Aster.

"Anything else we're both forgetting?" Hyde asked, in a sort of playful teasing.
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"When was the last time you've eaten anything? This could easily be a fasted test but you might become light headed after I do the blood draw," Aster said thoughtfully as she gathered the alcohol wipes. "Have a seat please and roll up you sleeves. What arm would you like me to draw from?" She clucked her tongue as tried to think of the other things that might be important for documentation. "Do you have any concerns involving a blood draw? No medical conditions? It's been a while since you last had a berry?"
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"Two hours ago to be exact, it was a decent sized lunch. Nothing fancy." Hyde answered as if the question was natural. "No preference, whichever one you want. Nope, no concerns and no medical conditions. I'm healthy as my last check up will indicate. Several months have gone by since the last berry."

As he spoke, he rolled up the sleeve of his lab coat and presented it to Aster. Allowing the young lady to draw blood from the chosen arm. He had gotten used to needles and the like due to his profession, the familiar prick was uncomfortable but not to the point of discomfort to where he'd cause a fuss. He wasn't afraid of them. Once done, he waited for the all clear in before standing up and pulling his sleeve down.

"Anything else? Or shall we begin?" Hyde asked.
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Post by Kim » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:02 pm

Aster drew the Doctor's blood slowly and with a delicate touch. Once she had gathered a full vial, and removed the needle, she placed a small piece of gauze over the wound and put the blood sample away. She shook her head. "No, doctor. I just need to dispose of the needle and clean up the mess, then we should be ready to begin." The young woman smiled warmly as she cleaned up the area and disposed of the needle, gloves and wrappers.

"You are feeling good today then? No pain or strange sensations? Nothing worthy of note before you have a berry?"
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"Very good." Hyde said, pleased to see that she was still going to go through with proper disposal despite the anticipation of a experiment.

Sometimes one got too caught up in the growing excitement. Steps being skipped or missed, it was hard to say why the procedures meant to keep things safe and sanitized could get forgotten. It was strange and odd, a little quirk that anyone could acquire at a moment's notice. Still, he was glad to see that she hadn't fallen for that quirk.

"I am feeling well. No aliments to my understanding or knowledge, I have taken no medicine of any kind as well." Hyde said as he moved from his spot.

Lifting the small gauze, the bleeding had stopped and thus he dropped the gauze into the biowaste bin.

"And you? Feeling well as well?" Hyde asked.
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Aster nodded as she moved towards the bush. "I am feeling great. I had a good flight here! The time difference hasn't caught me in a rough patch yet." Her gaze shifted from Hyde to the plant. Curiosity shined in her violet eyes as she circled the pot. "I have my fingers crossed that this is kind for this experiment. It would be a bad showing if I had to take you to the hospital on my first day. I don't think those security guards outside would like me too much."
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Hyde couldn't help but chuckle at that.

"I doubt the guards like me at all, so don't worry." Hyde told her. "These things have yet to put me into that critcal of condition. Granted they have had me horrible sore and a few burns but nothing major."

Need for a hospital was never needed, though he did see the dangers. This berry did alter the body, for a short time or not, it still did that. Just because he hadn't gone through something that caused him a great deal of pain or dealt him a injury, well. There was a first for everything. Hopefully that wasn't today as he plucked a berry from the bush. The surface of the berry was still oddly smooth.

"Ready to begin?" Hyde asked as he looked over his shoulder at her.
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Aster offered a confident smile and a thumbs up. "Ready, Doctor! Beginning the recording now," the gem of her bracelet glowed softly violet as she walked to the other side of the table to get a better look at the doctor's interaction with the plant. "Okay, I am in a better position, so bon appétit?" She hoped that nothing would happen to Hyde but it was her first day as his assistant and she did not know what to truly expect.
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It was good to see her having humor in this, it couldn't be full on serious all the time. She was taking the matter seriously yes, a bit humor didn't hurt anyone though. A kind smile was still given, the enthusiasm was great to see as well. Taking a deep breathe, he exhaled as he composed himself. Was some part of him afraid? Perhaps...his heart was beating a little faster. Perhaps it was the fact he had someone here witnessing it now? Without a word, he directed his gaze to the plant in order to get this underway.

There was a total of five ripe berries on this bush at the current time, their dark mahogany color stood out against the sea foam green stems and leaves. Although there were a few non rip berries, blending into the rest of the plant in color. Taking one of the rip ones, it easily came off the branch and he allowed for it to roll in his hand. It was one of the normal size ones, around the size of a average blueberry. Despite how used to doing this he was, he felt...some hesitation. Some unease with doing this. Perhaps it was some of his common sense kicking in still from when he first found this plant?

This was unwise...dangerous the old thoughts chimed in his head as he stood there, taking a moment before going through with this experiment.

A slight cough left him as the bitter taste hit his tongue, shuddering slightly.

"Well that one was a bit more bitter than I thought." Hyde replied. "Now...we wait."

Setting his hands on the table for a moment, he picked the planet up, and set it on a higher shelf out of the way.

"Just in case things do go chaotic, can't destroy our only specimen." Hyde explained as he turned to look at Aster as he did this.

However the man's body tensed as his hands hovered just inches form the plant when it was set up there. A pressure hit his chest and his face contorted to a pained expression.
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Aster watched the doctor's face and she bit her lower lip. "Doctor, please if you can, tell me how it is making you feel? Do you need me to do anything for you?" She asked as she moved closer to him. Her concern was plain as she watched him, but they were doing an experiment and he had insisted to be the guinea pig in the noble pursuit of science! This wasn't the first time, it would be alright, wouldn't it? Maybe it always hurt? But why would he want to do the tasting if it caused him pain? Perhaps, that was the real reason why he had declines to let her try it the first day on the job?

Her thoughts were racing as she hung in the mystery, waiting for a signal to stop the experiment and to get another doctor.
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Pulling his hands down and setting them on the counter, he took a deep breath and exhaled. Feeling the pressure strengthen in his chest and a warm feeling spread through the rest of him. This was...different. This hadn't happened before, not from what he recalled.

"There's....a pressure in my chest." Hyde said, waiting a few more minutes to make sure it was still there. "That's never happened before. So far I do...."

However, he was cut off as he felt a stronger surge of pain. A pained grunt left him as he grabbed at his chest. Burning...it was like a burning pressure. Was it some sort of fire ability? That would explain the warmth he was feeling but...the pain..why? Was it just the heat of the fire? Tension filled his body as his free hand twitched before pain started to fill it. The thing that would make him look would be a sound and a sensation. A cracking sound and a strange sensation of something moving inside of his hand. Raising his free hand up as he looked, the bones within shifted as his hand seemed to be changing.

"This....this is a first.." Hyde admitted before a louder crack made his legs buckle somewhat as he made a pained cry.

Grabbing hold of a chair to prevent himself from falling as he felt one of his ribs shifting around. Pulling himself up, he took a seat in the chair.

"Feels like....there's a growing pressure...in my chest." Hyde said in labored breathe as his ribs seemed to go back to their normal place.

The hand that had started changing looked human still, only it was a bit bigger and his fingernails seemed to be a little longer. The skin seemed to be slightly irritated from the shifting bones, as his white skin looked slightly red.

"It feels...a lot hotter in here." Hyde added, his temperature actually increasing.
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