Spores: The Nemeses Within 5
The Games Afoot ...
What would have taken most contractors a year—Bernie Lancaster and his dependable crew are able to complete the task in five and one-half months! The grand opening is the most exciting thing to happen in Thomasville since the incident at the old Thomasville Conservatoire. The mayor stands to make a speech.
“Citizens of our fair town, it is with great pleasure that I cut the ribbon on the new Albertson Pharmaceutical Laboratories. Mr. David Albertson has been an outstanding contributor to our fair town for a number of years and we hope that the association will be a long and productive one.”
The mayor is then handed a very large pair of scissors and the ribbon is cut. The media is there for a tour of the building. There is of course the restricted area where only authorized personnel may venture. Jeremy Evans is acting extremely cordial and Nelson Cooper notes this immediately.
“I can’t get over how cordial Jeremy is acting. I don’t trust it.” Nelson tells Ben.
“Nor do I. We’d better keep an eye on him. I think it would be a good idea to introduce him to Shirley Woodard.” Ben replies.
“Why Shirley?” Nelson asks.
“She’s attractive, intelligent and will be perfect in keeping us inform.” Ben surmises.
“Jeremy has a reputation you know, or have you forgotten?” Nelson reminds him.
“Yeah, that’s right. Look, it would seem that Jeremy is already making a move on Shirley. I’ll talk with her later. Let’s just enjoy today. We’ve got a lot of work to do starting tomorrow.” The two men decide to mingle among the people, losing sight of Jeremy and Shirley.
“Let me introduce myself, I’m Dr. Jeremiah Evans. I will be chief laboratory assistant for Dr. Nelson Cooper. And who might you be?” A suave Jeremy asks while providing light sherries for the both of them.
“My name is Shirley Woodard and I’m the receptionist for Albertson Pharmaceuticals. Pleased to meet you, Dr. Evans.” Shirley extends a well-manicured hand. Jeremy clasps it gently and rubs it against his warm lips. Shirley is immediately captivated.
“If I can call you Shirley, why don’t you call me Jeremy?” Jeremy begins to spin his web of deception.
“Perhaps doing nonworking hours. However, we prefer to use professionalism during the day.” Shirley corrects.
“So, does that mean I’ll be seeing you during off-time?” Jeremy inquires, moving ever so close to Shirley.
“I would think for the next couple of weeks, you will be busy with Dr. Cooper working on the new serum.” Shirley replies and puts a little distance between herself and Jeremy. This just excites him even the more.
“Shirley is going to be quite a victory for me.” He thinks to himself. “She will be invaluable in the pursuit of robbing Albertson Pharmaceuticals of all their secrets regarding Alpha 2-X. Like most women, she’ll be putty in my hands within two weeks.”
Ana Guano, one of the reports for the Daily Chronicles, recognizes Jeremy and grabs him by the arm.
“Hey, aren’t you that same scientist that got kicked off Project Manifesto? Right when they were almost ready to make a move. I heard that it was the same doctor that is over this current project that did it. Isn’t that a little awkward?” The reporter asks.
“Honey, I will be under the direction of Dr. Nelson Cooper. Besides, that was a couple of years ago. Some people change you know.” Jeremy replies giving Ana the masculine once over.
“And some people don’t.” The reporter counters, jotting some notes down on her IPad and then walking away.
“Bitch!” Jeremy murmurs under his breath. Then he is approached by the wife of the mayor and his debonair façade promptly returns.
“Well, hello Mrs. Cartwright. Can I refill your glass for you? And my, you are looking attractive tonight?” Jeremy’s words are smooth and have the effect on the woman as spreading butter has on a hot bun. He had met the mayor and his wife during a previous engagement.
“Oh Dr. Evans, you are the charmer.” Blushes the hefty Mrs. Cartwright. “But the mayor and I will need to be leaving soon so I’d better not.”
As if on cue, the mayor beckons his wife toward him, and she immediately excuses herself to join him with Senator Hightower. The same report who moments ago spoke to Jeremy is with them too.
“The fat old cow.” Jeremy chuckles to himself. “I wonder what that reporter is talking to them about? No matter. The women in this town are going to be an easy mark. However, there may be some problems with my bosses. Dr. Nelson is no fool and Dr. Riley—that bastard is as sharp and shrewd as they come. I am really going to have to be on my toes.”
Jeremy manages to ease out of the main entrance and return to his Jaguar. There he dials the number for Heinrich Schroder at Castle Luchsinger. This time he receives an answer on the first ring.
“Ah, if it isn’t Dr. Evans. And what do I owe the pleasure of this call?” Heinrich replies, then you can hear him having a conversation in German with a woman giggling in the background.
“I didn’t mean to interrupt you, Mr. Schroder but do you remember me telling you a few months ago about a project that could produce billions on the black market?” Jeremy replies.
“Yes, I do vague recall such a conversation. Do you have anything new to tell me?” Again, Heinrich says something in German and apparently the female is disappointed and replies harshly. Moments later however, it is quiet.
“We are completely operational now and will begin the work in the morning.” Jeremy informs him.
“This is good. I will inform my investors regarding the commencing of the project. Keep me knowledgeable, Dr. Evans. There could be a lot riding on the success of this endeavor.” Heinrich smiles.
“Don’t worry, I won’t let you down.” Jeremy answers.
“You had better not. My investors are not as forgiving as your dear uncle is. By the way, how is General Evans?” Heinrich enquires.
“He’s well.” Jeremy doesn’t like discussing his uncle with anyone.
“I see. Will be talking to you later. Auf Wiedersehen!” Responds Heinrich as he releases the call. Unknown to Jeremy, a shadowy figure has been watching his every move. Silently, he reaches for his phone and makes a call.
“Dr. Evans went to his car. It looks like he’s made a phone call and now he is just sitting there.” The observer reports.
“We’ve got to put a trace on him—bug is cellphone. You know what to do.”
“Don’t worry boss—that’s my specialty!” The man replies as he replaces the phone in his pocket. Then he thinks—
“That little bastard doesn’t know who he’s up against. The General was not bluffing when he said that Jeremy better not screw up this assignment. It can cost him everything!”
To Be Continued ...
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So far the new “wonder drug” Enhanced ZL-90-2 has proven successful in clinical trials with the current laboratory specimen. Jeremy is overjoyed by this revelation and wants the drug to be accelerated to produce results more rapidly.
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