Stars Aligned In Coincidence

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  "It's hard to believe in coincidence, but it's even harder to believe in anything else."   

~ John Green

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Okay, so maybe they weren't actually stars that had been kidnapped from the sky by evil scientists, forced to live out the rest of their miserable lives in the middle of the earth. 

 But they certainly looked like stars. 

Especially to someone who had crystals of dirt lodged behind her contacts. 

One couldn't hold it against her. 

Rubbing one eye with her palm of her hand, she waited for the scene to turn from foggy to clear.

 Below her, Jack huffed out a long breath and steadied himself. V.C. pursed her lips and shifted her weight. He didn't have to act like he was struggling to hold her. 

She didn't weight that much. . .

Focusing back through the window, V.C. took a longer look. 

Brightened lights still covered every inch of the area beyond the window but upon closer inspection, the golden lights appeared to be lightbulbs?

No, she knew they weren't technically lightbulbs but that's what she was going with for now. 

They traveled up the rounded walls and forms a dome at the very top, covering every single inch.

Everything was cast in a layer of gold. 

She had heard of places like this, but only in theory. 

"What do you mean you've heard of places like this? What kind of place is it?"

She hadn't realized that she had spoken out loud until Jack said something beneath her.  She wiggled and tapped his shoulder. 

"Let me down."

With a grunt- that definitely wasn't necessary- Jack lowered her to the ground. Feet planted firmly on the ground, she gained her equilibrium quite quickly. 

Jack snagged the flashlight from her grip, shining it up toward the dirt ceiling. 

"What did you mean- a place like this?" He asked again.

She wiped the dirt off her palms onto the knees of her jeans and explained her reasoning. 

"I think it's a Super-Kamiokande experiment. Well, not the actual one, but something similar to it. They're experimenting on neutrinos."

"Neutrinos?"

"A fermion that interacts only via the weak subatomic force and gravity."

"Okay, explain to me what that is to me like I'm someone without three Ph.D's."

V.C. smirked a little at his quip and pondered a way to make it more understandable.

"Fine, let's go back to sixth-grade science class. Everyone knows there are three parts to an atom: proton, neutron, and electron. But there is another particle called the neutrino that has a mass much smaller than the others, meaning it's very hard to detect them. But deep in the earth and in the presences of tons of water, they can be detected. "

She shuffled on her feet and glanced up at the window. 

"All nuclear reactors give off radiation and antineutrinos. So, in theory, if scientists can figure out how to detect these neutrinos, then nuclear reactors can be detected anywhere in the world. . ."

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