“Does anyone here like this job?” Joe asked. A half dozen replies sputtered in his headset. Grunts, half laughs, “No’s”, and a single “Eh.” "That you, Jerry? ‘Eh’, huh? You’re cool with it?” Joe tapped his tablet, the scan was half complete. All around him semi-opaque eggs jiggled. Each egg sat cradled in what looked like organs. Tendrils thick as an arm twisted from the base of each egg, connecting them to each other. These ‘roots’ throbbed like throats swallowing. “Ugh, they’re so nasty. I don’t understand why we can’t just burn them.”
“I mean I knew what I was signing up for when I got hired, didn’t you?” Jerry asked. He capped another sample vial and slotted it into the case next to the others. Each vial contained a swirling green liquid drawn by syringe from the eggs. Back at the lab they would continue their research on the substance. They’d been coming to the caves for the past three months, ever since one of the creatures came to the surface. That was before they’d injected each egg with a stasis serum.
“You remember when they were all the size of ostrich eggs?” Joe asked. “Look at this one, big as a fat kid. That serum we keep pumping into them might stop them from hatching, but they keep growing. I don’t like it one bit.”
Jerry closed his case. The rest of the team was packing their things away and were almost finished. “We’ll come back tomorrow, same as every day, and inject them again. We still need to learn more.”
As they were leaving Joe looked back into the cave. The thought of all the eggs hatching at once made him shudder. He’d been considering an idea for a couple weeks now. He’d tweak the stasis serum, just a touch. Enough so that it would kill the bastards. If no one else wanted to do it, he would. These things were dangerous, not pets to be studied. The one that hatched was the size of a small dog and had eaten half a flock of sheep. What would ones three times as big do? Best not to find out. Tomorrow this nightmare would end.