TEC: Chapter 28: Strange!
Back with Murphy and Isis in the library, and in a five-page chapter, four of the pages are devoted to Murphy reading from Dr. Anderson’s notes, and the last page being Isis’s reaction to them. And in all this, a certain word keeps being repeated again and again…
But first of all, Anderson has titled his own journal: “The Journal of Harley B. Anderson.” Now, I haven’t had a diary since the age of 11, but is it really common for grown-ass men to title their professional daily journals as such? I suspect Dr. Anderson’s diary has copious pictures of unicorns and kitties on the front cover.
But on to the science!
Today J.M. and I were contacted by three men from a group called the Friends of the New World Order. They want us to artificially inseminate a girl for them.
So that’s how it works, huh? Strangers just accost doctors who have never successfully managed to artificially inseminate anyone, and ask them to inseminate a random girl, with no reason given? And you’re okay with that?
We met again with the Friends of the New World Order. They promised to pay for a fully-equipped lab.
Wait…they came to you for help with this brand-new procedure, and you don’t already have a lab?
That will cost a great deal.
They said that they had one stipulation–that we would have to keep the entire matter in absolute secrecy. They are very strange.
J.M. and I met the young woman to be inseminated for the first time. She seems nice but a little frightened. Her name is Calinda Anhuis. She is Romanian, and J.M. had to translate and explain the procedure to her.
Wow, agreeing to inseminate a stranger, sight unseen, and she’s scared. Nope, no medical ethics problems here that I can see!
Today we received the sperm and egg provided by the Friends of the New World Order. They would not tell us who the donors were. Strange!
You know what else is strange? That they found another unethical doctor to subcontract out the extraction of the egg.
But, nothing doing, they go ahead and implant Calinda, and all appears to proceed as normal (well, as normal as it can be, considering that this is the first time this procedure has actually worked, a fact that causes surprisingly little excitement in the offices of Docs Anderson and J.M.
[J.M.] has fears that we may be doing something illegal.
We both do not care for the people we have met. They seem evil.
Wow, and they seemed so nice at first! With a happy name like Friends of the New World Order and dragging scared teenagers around to give them mysterious and untested medical procedures!
Despite being nervous about their possibly illegal actions and being warned by this mysterious group to keep things quiet, Anderson does some digging and traces the family tree of the new fetus. Calendars parents are Carmine and Kala Matrinka Anguis. Egg donor is Keres Mazikeen and her mother is Mariana Yakov and her mother is Zigana Averna.
Sperm donor is Alfred Meinrad, a scientist. Huh.
baby boy Antichrist is born on April Fools’ Day. Six weeks later, J.M., who had expressed his fears for months, is killed in a car accident. This is, according to Anderson, impossible, as it happened in the mountains, where J.M. didn’t like to go, and he “always [drove] under the speed limit.” If you say so, dude. I have no idea of my coworkers’ driving habits.
Anyway, cut to Isis and her reaction to all this:
“That does sound very strange, Michael,” Isis said thoughtfully.
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Murphy dials it up, confirming that not only is the situation STRANGE, but also EEEEEVIL:
“In my talk with Dr. Anderson before he was killed, he was convinced that they were evil people who had an evil plan of some kind.”
“He even suggested that he might have helped in the birth of the Anti-Christ.”
“You mean the Anti-Christ of the Bible that you’re always talking about?”
“No, the AntiChrist from Alvin and the Chipmunks—YES THE ANTICHRIST FROM THE BIBLE!”
“The same one,” Murphy said, soberly.
Y’know, these books would be a lot more fun if I was drunk right now.
So Isis sits there and thinks about her faith. She reminisces for a whole second on Noah’s Ark, which, hell, I would think about for longer if I was her. She decides she needs to be “open-minded” and think about making a decision about God. Sometime in the vague nearish future.
As you would.