stolen-century era barry and lucretia nerding out together 💕
we call this, the author demonstrates her brief interest in cell biology combined with a penchant for emotional headcanons about our favorite characters’ families
The world the Starblaster encounters during cycle eleven is filled with beings so long-lived as to be practically immortal. Finding the Light is no trial - with age comes wisdom, and the ancient beings populating this world hand it over with little difficulty, wisely parting themselves from such a destructive force, handing over the Light and earnest well-wishes.
Lucretia’s spending the day with Barry, in his lab. She’s tired of spending so much time outside, because this planet has three suns and despite Lucretia’s darker skin she, eventually, burned as well. Today, Barry’s looking into - well, immortality.
Lucretia is a relatively unobtrusive observer. For the most part she listens patiently as he explains his research, puts up with his tangential ramblings and long pauses for thought, and skillfully steers him back into explaining whatever point he’d lost in his own distraction. He supposes she’d rather need interview skills, being a biographer and all.
She wasn’t trained as a scientist by any means, but she asks the right questions, and that’s more important than any amount of schooling, in Barry’s opinion. That and genuine curiosity, and she’s already a sight more fun to bounce ideas off than half the researchers Barry encountered during his time in university.
She’s not asking many questions today, though, which is strange. Barry’s rattling off the basics of chromosome generation, using human biology as a basis, and she takes notes astutely, her pen skittering unfettered over the paper.
“So, uh, basically what I’m looking for is - like, in all of our bodies there’s this thing that kinda…prevents our chromosomes from being destroyed before they age properly.”
“Telomerase,” Lucretia fills in without looking up from her notebook, and Barry says “Yeah,” before he really processes what she said.
Then: “Wait, what?”
“Telomerase,” she repeats, and her pen pauses its movement. “You’re talking about this - the equivalent of telomerase in whatever version of cells these people have, right?”
“Yeah,” Barry says slowly. “Yeah, how did you know that?”
It finally seems to occur to Lucretia that Barry is impressed. “Oh,” she says, flushing. “That’s, um, not a story for the lab, I think, but I’m just - if I had to guess, they’ve probably got too much telomerase, so their chromosomes aren’t being degraded fast enough, right? Too much telomerase and you’ve got immortal cells and functionally immortal beings,” she says, looking pleased with herself, before her smile drops. “Well. In most cases.”
You seem too happy and unaffected about all this...
lol come on, you guys have been asking me the same question repeatedly even tho i’ve already answered twice. there’s like 4 new ones just sitting around in my inbox. no matter how many times you guys ask me, my answer will always be the same. i’m sorry if it isn’t as exciting as you were expecting it to be. astrid is just gonna be busy with her new job and a lot of other things. and no i’m not making it up, and yes we do talk still. so yeah, this is the last time i’m gonna answer stuff related to this. ヽ(°〇°)ﾉ
also, of course i’m sad she won’t be participating in the fandom anymore, geez. she’s mostly who i talk to about stuff and she’s a really good friend. i’m pretty sure even you guys can see that. she’s always supported me ever since i made this blog and joined the fandom– but then again, i’m not gonna make a fuss about her wanting to level up irl. her career and her personal life takes precedence over tumblr~ let’s all just wish her well! (ﾉ´ヮ`)ﾉ*: ･ﾟ☆