Official correspondence from the U.S. CRYPTID SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Department of the Interior
Washington, D.C. 20■■

Mr. Wyatt Resendez
FID: Agent Rizzo
■■■■■■■ Rd, Apt 3
■■■■■■■ MA


Dear Agent Rizzo;

We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected to participate in our department’s newest biounitgenesis program, Project BUG. This is a top secret trial run employing an exclusive pool of agents. You have been selected for participation due to your previous demonstration of competence in first contact.

You are to receive a package within the next several weeks containing the first genetic samples of Project BUG. We require you to:

  1. Make first contact with specimen and document initial proceedings. Compile a report on your findings. Please note that your report may be requested for submission with little forewarning.
  2. Maintain total isolation from Greater Humanity until further correspondence directs otherwise. This includes discussing Project BUG with other agents or biosamples within the trial run, should you become aware of any in the near future.
  3. Terminate the sample at the first sign of noncompliance, or intent to harm human life.

Thank you for your glad participation. We look forward to hearing from you as the project proceeds.


Yours Sincerely,

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Secretary of the C.R.Y.P.T.I.D. Department



Agent Rizzo’s assignment letter had been intended to arrive before the genetic sample, and contained information that would have been very good to know in advance of opening it.

It was not the first time that the department’s mail room had let Rizzo down, but he knew better than to cause a fuss about it. It would accomplish nothing; in fact, it could only reflect poorly on his reputation.

The official record on Trial Sample BUG05 begins several days after the sample was released, for better or for worse.