A Big Question
by Deepak Bharathan
Insecurities, angst, and confusion--the kids have it all. That's why the University had me. Ty, my next appointment, was supposedly very special. Aren't they all? The brightest ones seemed to get younger every year. The file said the kid had severe adjustment issues.
As he slid into the chamber, the first thing I observed about this chunky looking fellow was his inquisitiveness. Rather unique.
"Remarkable graduating with the top honors in all five specializations," I said.
"Wasn't that a foregone conclusion?" he responded.
How the young underestimated achievement. But I decided to focus. "Are you going to take up the offer?"
"Phobos is too far."
"Not that far. My first assignment was in Europa. And we had far slower transports back then."