April 5, 2057
I trust by now you have purchased the farm. I’ve included detailed blueprints for the laboratory and the numbers to another lottery. From here, it will be much easier to conduct experiments as we will be sending test subjects back and forth between identical facilities. You will have 1 year to complete the project at which time I will send test patient number three.
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August 23, 2014, 4:31 am
Greg woke up early and stumbled out of his tent. The bottom of his tent was a swimming pool and his sleeping bag was drenched. It had been the most miserable trip from start to finish, not the least issue being that his uncle hadn’t told him he’d sold the farm six months ago. He’d had to sneak onto the back field and pitch his tent rather than stay in one of the dry rooms in the house.
He’d set his alarm for 4:30 so he could pack his things up before the new owners of the farm caught sight of his tent in the early morning summer sun. He didn’t need to bother with the alarm. He’d been awake most of the night.
He was just packing up his tent trying in vain to shake the water off the canvas when an odd metallic screech like a metallic bird sounded. He stopped moving thinking maybe he’d pulled one of the tent poles the wrong way. As he examined the tent the noise sounded again, but seemed to be coming from above him.
Suddenly, there was a great gust of wind that sent his tent flying and nearly knocked him off his feet. An enormous crack of thunder sounded and shook the ground with tremendous force. Then, just as suddenly as it started, the stilled and everything went quiet.
He brushed the dirt from his hair and looked around and saw to his surprise a woman standing in front of him. She appeared to be in her late 20’s and was grinning broadly at him. She walked towards him with her hand outstretched.
“Hello,” he said, jumping a bit in surprise when he caught sight of her. He had no idea where she came from.
“Hi,” she smiled. “My name is Stephanie. Are you Jason?”
“No, my name is Greg. You must be looking for the owners.” He frowned slightly. “My guess would be up at the house.” He pointed to the right. “I can drive you up in my truck once I find my—”
He broke off as he realized that his tent was nowhere to be. Oh well. Good riddance. He didn’t plan to ever camp again.
“Ah, no actually,” she said, laying a hand on his arm. “Do you think you could give me a ride into town.”
As they climbed into his truck, they missed the angry man running down the driveway towards them, lab coat flapping in the breeze. He was waving his hands frantically trying to get their attention.
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Somehow, they were ended up spending the entire day together. She new in town and fascinated by everything. She kept asking question after question.
It wasn’t until after supper that she started to look a bit green.
“Are you feeling okay?” he asked, as they walked out of the restaurant.
“Yeah, I’m just feeling a bit nauseous.” Her eyes started to droop.
“Do you need to sit down?’ he asked, guiding her to a nearby bench. No, I think something might wrong. I need to see—”
“Darling! There you are!” A man with a blonde mustache and a lab coat came up to them. “Ah, tsk, tsk, tsk.” He shook his head sadly and said conspiratorially with Greg. “She drinks too much, my love.” He gave Greg a nudge in his die with his elbow.
Greg frowned. “She wasn’t drinking. And who are you?”
“Me?” he said, looking scandalized. “I’m her husband.”
Greg looked over at Stephanie. ‘You’re married?”
She stared blankly back at him, her eyes glazed over.
The man scooped her up and carried her over his shoulder.
“Stephanie!” he said, feeling very uneasy about this man carrying her away. “Is this your husband.” But she was now unconscious and didn’t say anything.
The man sauntered down the street leaving Greg greatly troubled.