“Fair enough,” Chloe said. “Can we do it?”
“Hypothetically, yes,” Katherine said. “We’ve got about six or seven alternates, and the program is supposed to be scalable to any class size. The problem is that we were counting so strongly on Rob, given that he was the highest scorer on the tests.”
“That’s not like you,” Phillip said. “You usually take the worst-case scenario.”
“This is the worst-case scenario,” Katherine said, “only it just got much more worse. The alternates we were counting on to cover for Rob’s absence washed out in earlier testing.”
“Please,” Chloe said, “let’s not go slinging blame. We have to consider the very real possibility that we will lose Twilight Wings.”
“If that were to happen,” Daniel said, “the amount of stress on our resources and assets may become too great to bear at our current operating level. I blame myself for this; I did not foresee any difficulties with Twilight Wings’ success.”
“We’d have to scale ourselves back, that’s true,” Chloe said. “We could probably try going out for more federal funding.”
“The Feds always the same thing,” Phillip said, shaking his head. “We have to go through the state. And the state always says that it’s in the Feds’ hands. We’d have to look into more corporate grants, and they’d be looking for more tangible products.”

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