Kryptomon — Koa’s Log #6
It’s the pink glow! That pink glow is the biggest breakthrough we’ve had these 2 months since our Kryptomons hatched, and it might be my best chance in getting Embie back.
I’m getting ahead of myself though. To understand it all, we’ll first have to take a trip down memory lane, back to when the lab first burnt down…
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Embie is gone and it feels like a part of me went along with it. Like something is… disconnected.
We sent out search parties the night the lab burned down, looking to find all the missing Kryptomon but to no avail. Hours turned into days and our initial worry for the baby Kryptomons became overshadowed by the wider implications of what this could mean for society. They’re just babies after all, they don’t know how dangerous the world and people can be! Throw into the mix their ability to manipulate the elements and I shudder to think what havoc could be wrecked if they were to fall into the wrong hands.
Finding them before that happens is priority number one. The only question now is… how? There’s still so much we don’t know about Kryptomons, who’s to say they didn’t literally disappear into thin air?
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The Pink Serum
We had Lapis to thank for the first clue, as it was in the wreckage of the lab that I first came across the pink liquid. Without Lapis being on site to put out the fires Embie and the other Kryptomon caused, we might never have discovered what we’ve now coined as the Pink Serum.
It’s odd, this pink serum. Traces of pink light could be found on the lab equipment when we searched through the wreckage the next day. To be more precise, there was a pinkish sheen that covered some of the machines that survived the fire, but it wasn’t until I saw it dripping down the side of our faithful cryptographic supercomputer that I recognized it for what it was.
A superfluid existing in regular room-temperatures under ambient conditions. The phenomenon was not unheard of, as the researchers at CNR NANOTECH Institute of Nanotechnology in Italy and the Polytechnique Montréal in Canada recently proved. While the technology to create liquid light (as it is more commonly known as) exists, we’re still years away from this pink light that seemingly condenses naturally into liquid form and back.
This was fascinating, but not something that would help us in our search for the missing Kryptomon. Instead of wondering why the pink light could naturally display the properties of a superfluid, trying to figure out what connection it had with the fire or our Kryptomons disappearing would be a better use of our time. It wasn’t until 2 days ago that we realized just how important this pink light would be in our search, and how it might potentially prevent the past from repeating itself.
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By all accounts it was a relatively normal day. Ever since we discovered the pink serum, the team have set up “collection basins” around the lab in hopes that more of this pink light could be collected. It never did though, and what pink light we did have from the day of the fire couldn’t fill a single test tube.
I remember first hearing a whoop of excitement from Eva. Her face flush from the cold, she burst into the lab with enough aplomb to shock all of us from our research.
“It’s the moon!” she exclaimed, holding up a phial that was glowing a distinctive pink. “The moon is the source of the pink light!”
As if rehearsed, everyone swivelled to look out the window of the lab, to catch a glimpse of the collection basins we placed outside the lab. There was a moment of silence as we took in the sight of the basin glowing pink before the lab burst into a hive of frenzied activity.
I burst out of my seat and started dragging the indoor collection basins out into the moonlight and soon everyone followed suit. In hindsight, you could say I was the cause of it all, as the Kryptomons might have been safe if they remained indoors.
Working together, the collection basins were dragged outdoors and they began to slowly turn pink as they soaked up the moonlight. Something was finally going our way! That is… until the eclipse occurred.
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There we all were, gathered out in the courtyard with our Kryptomons in tow when a darkness begin to creep up. I definitively remember looking up and seeing the sun eclipse the moon, cutting off the moonlight we so desperately needed.
Then they changed. The Kryptomons began to warp and cry out, their faces and bodies draining of color. And I don’t mean this in the traditional English saying where someone turns pale when caught telling a lie. No, the Kryptomons were literally being drained of color, their bright colorful bodies slowly fading into a pale grey.
They screamed, shuddering in what seemed like great pain. They snapped at anyone who tried to come close and Spark, Professor Wang’s Electro Kryptomon even sent out tendrils of electricity that shocked away other Kryptomon. This set off a chain reaction that soon saw the beginnings of a fire, the crackling of electricity, the icy cold chill of frost…
This must have been how the lab fire started.
For a few terrible moments, I was reminded that despite their cute, cuddly exteriors, these Kryptomon were dangerous. They’re just babies for now, but who’s to say they don’t grow larger and stronger in time? That they don’t lose control of the elemental powers they wield? The damage an army of 10,000 Kryptomons could cause was astronomical.
Then as quickly as it had come, the eclipse passed and the darkness receded. The Kryptomons fell to the floor and lay unmoving as I thanked my lucky stars a full out battle didn’t break out.
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It’s been two days since then and the Kryptomons are back to their normal jolly selves. It’s not all sunshine and roses though. Everyone is… on edge after that night and the little flinches when a Kryptomon runs cheerfully through the lab speaks volumes to the fact that I wasn’t the only one who realized how dangerous our Kryptomons can be.
In other news, the research is back in full swing and the basins did manage to collect enough pink serum to fill 4 vials. There’s still much we don’t know about the Kryptomons, but if the events on the night of the eclipse were any indication, we can now surmise that this pink light helps prevent whatever it was that happened that night. The goal now is to figure out exactly what this pink light is.
We’ve also received reports of strange flashes occurring in the Kielder Forests. Strange flashes… and fires. My heart leaps to my throat every time I think it might be Embie. He’s lost, lonely and scared in the woods, never mind what might have happened to him because of the eclipse. I’d be on a train right now if Eva hadn’t volunteered to go in my place but she’s right. Out in the woods alone with what is potentially a wild Kryptomon is no place for a scientist.
Eva has Lapis with her for protection, and I’ve given her 3 vials of the pink serum for emergencies. It all rests on her now…