The enemy was encoding secret messages in plant DNA, so they “captured” a greenhouse.
The first decoded messages were recipes for various dishes.
It was slow going: the greenhouse only grew savory herbs.
The Leader asked, “Have you found anything good, yet?”
The lab tech said, “Only thyme will tell.”
When he asked for a re-count, they thought he was just delaying the inevitable.
They were going to make him the Leader, for the next four years.
And then they’d put him in jail for another four.
He was honest, but statistics were against him.
They were just being proactive.