Spores: The Nemeses Within 4
General Evans’ Little Liability …
The next day, David visits the Albertson Pharmaceutical site where he finds Dr. Benjamin Riley and Dr. Nelson Cooper ambling around. As usual, Bernie Lancaster is overseeing the construction, barking orders to Pete’s crew and observing occasional dirty looks from Mr. Weatherby. Reluctantly, David approaches Ben.
“Your man Lancaster is effective as well as efficient.” Ben commences the conservation. Then he notices the express on David’s face and inquires.
“What’s the matter?”
“I’m sure you’ve heard of Jeremiah Evans?” David asks, noting how Ben’s countenance changes into a grimace.
“Yes, I’ve heard of Dr. Evans. I’ve had the unfortunate pleasure of working with him on a project a couple of years back, why?” Ben is hoping that the next words will not be what his mind is dreading.
“Well, he will be on this project. He will be working in Advancement and Containment under Dr. Nelson Cooper.” David feels that this is what must have happened when Mount St. Helens erupted.
“What did you just say?”
“I said that Dr. Jeremiah Evans will be working on Project Alpha 2-X.” David stands back because he thinks that Ben is about to slug him.
“And whose idea was this? Not yours?” Ben is looking for confirmation that David Albertson is not a two-timing backstabber.
“No … not at all. Colonel Broadnax just informed me late last night. He doesn’t like it any better than we do.” David pulls out his handkerchief to dab at the popping perspiration on his forehead.
“I know the Colonel. I can remember the circumstances as if it were yesterday. Nelson and I were on the Military Project Manifesto with Evans. He may be a scientific genius in his own right but he’s a one-man stick of dynamite just waiting to ignite. The man is totally undisciplined! This is a very important project, Mr. Anderson. I refuse to work with than buffoon!” Ben is adamant in his stance.
“Don’t you think I know that? I’m afraid we don’t have any choice in this manner. I didn’t want to say this, but the General is pressing hard to have Jeremy on this project. There might be threats of having some of your other key personnel replaced if he’s not on it. Not to mention a decrease in funding. Afterall, this is a military project and—” Ben interrupts.
“You don’t have to say anything more. But I warn you, Mr. Anderson. If that man steps out of line just one time—his ass is grass!” Ben looks at David menacingly and Nelson rushes over to the scene to assess what the commotion is all about.
“What’s going on with you two. I could hear the raised voices a mile off?” Nelson queries sarcastically until Ben tells him who will be joining the team as his assistant.
“Hell no!” Nelson vocalizes. “That man is the scourge of the scientific community. Why he’s been kicked off more projects than Liz Taylor’s had husbands.” Nelson retorts looking from Ben to David. “This is some kind of a joke, right?”
“I wish that it were. No, Colonel Broadnax just informed me last night.” David repeats himself and receives the same look as Ben gave him.
“Ben, did you tell Mr. Anderson—”
“It doesn’t matter, Nelson. It’s out of his hands. General Evans wants the Prodigal Nephew on this military project.” Ben has somewhat composed himself.
“I see.” Is all Nelson can say.
“Hey, who knows? Maybe Jeremy has changed.” But even David is not convinced of his own words. He just looks at the two men and turns to walk slowly away.
“Mr. Anderson—David!” Ben calls him back. “Sorry we jumped you like that. Just a reflex reaction to your news. Both Nelson and I will do our best to keep everything on schedule. Dr. Hilton Frye won’t be too thrilled to hear this news either. He’s scheduled to be here in a few days. You see, Hilton’s sister once had an affair with Jeremy. It didn’t end too well.” Ben won’t go into any details, but David gets the picture.
“This whole venture is going to be one disaster.” David laments and Ben puts his arm on David’s shoulder.
“We are professionals. I promise you that our personal prejudices will not filter into this project. Dr. Evans will have to learn to follow my directions or I will personally toss his ass off the project. Even the General won’t interfere with that—I guarantee.” Ben retorts.
“How can you guarantee that?” David looks at Ben in admiration.”
“Because, I am the one that kicked him off Project Manifesto two years ago.” And with that comment, Ben walks away to join Bernie.
“Don’t worry David. One thing I can say about Ben—he’s definitely a man of his word. He’ll keep both Hilton and Jeremy in line. The new project means everything to him.” Nelson explains.
“Yeah, it means a hellava lot to me too.” David rejoinders and both men look in the direction of Ben.
Meanwhile, the General has his Prodigal Nephew in his office.
“I promised my sister-in-law Grace that I would provide for you, protect you and see that you stayed gainfully employed but if you screw up this assignment—I’ll kill you myself.” General Evans throws the threat at his nephew.
“I’m a good scientist, Uncle Thomas—” The General cuts him off.
“Call me General, Jeremy. You won’t disregard my position here. I’ve told you that I don’t know how many times.” The veins are popping up in the neck of Major General Thomas Alexander Evans. He continues his oration.
“Everyone thinks I don’t know what’s going on with you. Everyone thinks that its blind loyalty that keeps me putting you on one project after another but it’s not, you little bastard! If it weren’t for the promises I made to my sister-in-law—your mother, I would have kicked your sorry ass to the curb a long time ago. But this is your last roundup.” The General yells.
“What do you mean, my last roundup?” Jeremy eyes his uncle strangely.
“Just that. I love Grace dearly. She was devastated when that louse of a husband—my brother walked out on her. Leaving her with you and a pile of bills. She would have ended it all if I hadn’t intervened. But I promise you this. If you screw up this important project—I will hang you out to dry and then I’ll hang you!” The General gives Jeremy a dismissing stare and Jeremy leaves the room, slamming the door behind himself.
“I’ll show him—I’ll show all of them.” Jeremy declares to no one in particular. “There are others who would be very interested in the success of this project. Foreign investors who would pay a small mint for a formula that would put Alpha 1-X under their complete control. But what if it could also be used to give an individual unlimited control over others. They thought that Colonel Schneider was crazy. Maybe he just moved too slowly. He gave his enemy time to discover his plans and thaw them. We learn from the mistakes of others. Now where did I put that telephone number?”
Jeremy rushes to his waiting Jaguar and starts rummaging through the glove box. There in the corner he finds a crumbled up piece of paper. He reads the name—Heinrich Schroder, Castle Luchsinger! There is also a cellphone number.
“That’s what I’m looking for. Yeah—I’ll play their little game. Be on my best behavior. Maybe even get me a steady honey! Then, I’ll walk off with the formula and leave those bastards standing with their pants down. Yeah, Jeremy Evans will have the last word. Now, let the games begin!”
To Be Continued ...
Spores: The Nemeses Within 5
- Spores: The Nemeses Within 5
While Dr. Jeremy Evans is poised to begin his espionage ploy, he is unaware that his moves are also being monitored. First, a reporter questions him regarding his involvement with Project Alpha 2-X. Now, there is a shadowed individual watching him!
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