The sockets filled the walls of the Testing Lab, dozens upon dozens. No two sets of holes were exactly alike. Dr. Tealle moved slowly along the rows, testing the newest design in each plug, nodding grimly as it failed to fit over and over.
"Why do we have to do this?" moaned Chaswick. "It takes longer every time."
"Can't trust the computer models. Not for this," said Dr. Tealle. "They know very well what we're up to, and what one compatible connection could mean for them."
"Yeah, yeah," said Chaswick. "The end of everything."
"No," said Dr. Tealle. "A beginning."
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