The discovery was like most others, an accident. Gravity, penicillin, duct tape. One day, one accident, changed everything. Sure, the first two are slightly more important than the last, though even gravity struggles to compare with what was discovered on June 17th, 2017.
June 17th, 2017. The day that would go down into school history books, as the day man was thrust into the position of God.
That Saturday, five scientists were working overtime, in the mountains of China. It was in the north, near Mongolia, and incredibly cold. Despite all their preparation, they were still miserably freezing. “I thought two coats would be sufficient-“Adam Kosmatka said, a young Polish man of 28. He was used to some cold weather, but this was simply ridiculous. Another scientist buried deep within another layer of coats, replied. It was muffled, but something could be made out. “Nope. You should have gotten three like I did, Ad.” There was a slight chuckle. The words had come from Laurie Adams. She was not only the only American on the voyage, but she was also the only woman. The other three scientists were completely silent. They never talked much, they were only there to do their job. Allan Belamy, a Frenchman, Gua Ruan, from China, and Magnus Dibra, an Albanian. They had been climbing in the mountains for two days. Suddenly, Laurie had a bit of bad luck. She toppled face first into the snow, tripping over a frozen rock. Adam, who was right behind her, quickly picked her up. “You okay, Laurie?” He asked, his English near perfect. She nodded, and looked at the rock. “Wait.” She knelt down, and pulled at the black frozen lump. Suddenly, it popped off, and she studied it. “That is not a rock. I...think this is what we’re looking for.” She held it up, for the others to examine. Finally, one of them agreed. Adam smiled. “Yes! Now, we can leave this awful mountain. Go somewhere warm. The Bahamas. We can write it off as work-related.” They all nodded in agreement in that statement as well, and turned around. Time to go thaw out the discovery of the century. At least, that’s hopefully what it was.