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Marco has been locked in his lab for three days. No one has seen him since the biopsy of Z's subject, where he'd watched with quiet anticipation in the surgery, waiting for the moment when someone handed him the healthy tissue sample. He's been sequestered ever since.

Not that Marco being locked in his lab is any new thing. He does this often, usually working on several projects at once. When he finally goes home, it's usually for a few days, unless summoned.

It was easier to grow an entire organ, even if most of it wouldn't make it to the subject. It ensured everything formed correctly, and it took much longer for him to specify which areas to grow. Besides, better safe than sorry, and well... there was something beautiful about the creation of complete organs. He once grew a brain and a spinal cord just for the thrill of seeing them take shape. Unfortunately, the project they ended up being a part of ultimately failed. Neverthless...

He'd wanted to try a new technique, one that would accelerate the growth of the tissues and have them ready to go faster, but Z had expressed a bit of trepedation when Marco had admitted that it wasn't quite perfected yet. Z, in his opinion, still needed to take more joy in his job. Discovery! Science! Ah, well. He was a philosopher, Andre. No telling him about the wonders of genetics.

The heart, near full formation, floated in a cylynder of oxygenated liquid. It beat slowly, rhythmically. Marco watched it for a while, studying the amazing muscle. His job never grew tiresome.

What would he do if he didn't have The Shop?

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