Here is an excerpt from the draft:
I would strangle him, if I weren’t so busy writing down every single word leaving the mouth of the eminent Professor of Chemistry, Piercarlo Fantucci. Shaped like a planet, he dances his way in front of a rapturous classroom, his blue eyes blazing from behind thick, square glasses. “Sit on the nucleus! Be an electron!”
I scribble and transform myself into subatomic particles I had no idea ever existed. For the first time in my life I realize that there is a molecular reason to why my feelings are so complicated.
Physiology is as difficult as it’s fascinating. I love understanding the way the human body functions, the physics and mechanics of breathing, excreting, even thinking: our neurons firing neurotransmitters as a result of electricity traveling along their very long terminations.
Did you know that electricity is nothing but the movement of charged particles, like ions, the very same minerals listed on bottled water? Did you know that our cells are full of ions, flowing in and out of them, generating an electric flow?
I eat it all up, enthralled, learning that my feelings can travel to my brain at over 400 kilometers per hour. No wonder they change so fast.
About Gaia B Amman
Molecular biologist, part ninja, part unicorn. Author of the Italian saga below (complete in a month! check it out here)