The first time we turned the lights out and I saw the bioluminescent speckles along the back of that frog, I had a thrill like I’d never felt before. Seeing those glowing spots seemingly dancing through the darkness of their own accord, by an amphibian who seemed blithely unaware of her importance to the team…I’ve never felt anything like it, before or since.

Perhaps if I’d know where that road would have led us all, I’d have felt something else: raw dread.

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