Spores: The Nemeses Within 8
Private Experiments ...
Eleven months have passed since Jeremy first stole the two test vials. In that time, not only has he received the necessary equipment to further his research, but he has managed to get himself engaged. Jeremy recently moved from his luxury apartment into a very stylish home with his fiancée Shirley Woodard. She has assisted him in making it an extremely lovely place. However, there is a room that is off limits to everyone except his assistant Ian Schmidt.
“You guard that room as if it’s were a Fort Knox annex.” Shirley teases.
“You’re a smart girl, Shirl. Every guy has his Man Cave, well this is mine.” Is Jeremy’s flippant reply.
“Excuse me. I guess I’d better be going.” Shirley answers as she gets up from the sofa, heading for the door.
“Wait—I’m sorry, honey. Please, don’t go.” This is the first time that Jeremy has really been in love and feels torn between emotions.
“When we became engaged, I thought there would be no more secrets—guess not.” Shirley responds with her hand on the knob.
“Look, I’m sorry I was so abrupt with you. I don’t know why I’ve been so tetchy lately. I really love you, Shirley. Don’t go yet.” Jeremy finds himself pleading.
“Okay, let’s just enjoy the breakfast I’ve prepared.” The two return to the kitchen, enjoy their meal and then prepare for work.
The man in the shadows must patiently wait until both have left before he makes his move. He checks in to make his report.
“Ms. Woodard has just left their home.”
“I don’t know what she sees in him. An attractive girl like that could have her pick. I thought at one time she and Dr. Riley were tight, but he is too saturated in work. This Ian fellow—what can you tell me about him?” The Boss aka Colonel Stuart Broadnax wonders.
“His name is Ian Schmidt. He’s originally from a small village near the Black Forest in Germany. Believe it or not he is the brother of Fran Schmidt.” The shadow replies.
“The same Fran Schmidt that used to work for Colonel Schneider? Damn, this mystery keeps getting better. What connect would that little weasel have with one of the Colonel’s henchmen?” Stuart wonders.
“I’m not sure but you can bet your ass it ain’t good.” The shadow aka Dominic LaRue, Army Intelligence, replies.
“We’ve got to find out what that little wiener is up to. This may be a high level security breach. When he leaves for work—look around. I told the General that little creep couldn’t be trusted.” Stuart remembers, then ends the connection.
Dominic has to wait about an hour before he is able to enter the house. With the expertise of an espionage specialist, he quietly slips inside and begins to look around. The place is exceptionally well kept. Jeremy and Shirley have a maid come in twice a week to keep things immaculate.
Dominic moves from room to room observing and placing hidden electronic devices. Then he comes to a room with an unusually strong door. He’s guessing that it must be reinforced with steel. A lot of the homes in this part of the country have outside doors fitted with an alloy that will withstand animal intrusions. This is the first time he has found one on the inside. It also has a combination lock.
“Whatever that little twirp has in there, it must be very valuable.” Dominic imagines aloud. After making several attempts to enter the room he gives up in utter frustration. Dominic is not used to failure. He leaves the house.
Dr. Riley is making great strides with Advance LZ-902. He has progressed from mice to wolves. The pair that are test subjects include an alpha male and one of his subordinates. The new formula makes him even more protective toward the other wolves and when returned to the pack, he is gentle and caring but extremely territorial.
“I think we are almost ready to turn this over to the General.” Dr. Riley tells Dr. Hilton Frye proudly.
“It has been a long haul. Notice how Jeremy’s been acting lately?” Hilton inquires.
“I’ve been meaning to talk to Nelson regarding this. He’s quiet sometimes and at other times he’s downright mean.” Ben acknowledges.
“You’d almost think he’s been taking the serum.” Hilton replies jokingly while Ben gives him a strange look. “I was just joking Ben. There is no way that Nelson would allow it.”
“You’re right—Nelson would never allow it. I still don’t trust that little twirp.” Ben responds as he prepares to takes the latest Advance LZ-902 over to Nelson for containment. After carefully getting things ready, he heads toward Advancement and Containment.
There he finds both Nelson and Jeremy hard at work.
“This is the latest load.” Ben tells Nelson as he hands him the package. “We are almost ready for distribution.”
“That’s great news, Ben. So are we almost out of a job?” Nelson retorts sarcastically.
“Not according to David Albertson. Research and Development will be constantly at work.” Ben tells him.
“I’m sure you’re right. They will find that getting Alpha 1-X from Dr. Weinberger-Hawkes may not be that easy. From what I’ve heard, she’s very fond of the animal.” Nelson says.
“I know. She rescued Alpha 1-X from Castle Schroder when it was under siege. She is a project of the military. Dr. Holloway was perfecting her when he absconded.” Ben reminds him.
“Such a brilliant mind!” Nelson exclaims.
“Greed does a lot of things to people, Nelson. Have you noticed a change in Jeremy?” Ben questions.
“Yeah. Been out to dinner several times with my sister, cousin and him. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say he has been taking the serum. Not at all like the man who first came here. Then, when I question him—he becomes extremely defensive, even hostile.” Nelson acknowledges.
“Has there been any time when he’s been alone in this lab?” Ben inquires. By now, Jeremy is noticing the extended time that Ben has been in the lab. He usually just drops the package off and leaves. He comes over to them looking a little peeved.
“Is there a problem?” Jeremy asks.
“Why would you think that?” Nelson inquires of his subordinate.
“I can tell that you two are whispering about me. You’ve been jealous of me from the beginning. I should have been in charge of this project. I have made more progress than either of you.” Jeremy realizes that he’s said too much.
“What do you mean by that, Dr. Evans? Have you been engaging in private experiments of your own?” Ben questions.
“Maybe I have.” Jeremy says, feeling at this point that he really doesn’t need the job at Albertson Pharmaceuticals anymore.
“How would you have gotten bacteria to conduct your own? Have you stolen from us, Dr. Evans?” Ben probes.
“Dr. Nelson, have you seen me take anything? Is there any missing vials? Well—is there?” Jeremy is displaying extremely aggressive behavior.
“No, I haven’t noticed anything. But you act as if you have been injecting yourself with LZ-902, have you?” Nelson is looking very menacingly at Jeremy. Reluctantly, Jeremy backs down, refusing to answer.
“I don’t know how you got ahold of any of the serum but whatever you are doing with it you need to stop right now?” Ben gets very close to Jeremy and notices the same fierce looks that his alpha wolf sometimes displays when he is about to attack. There is a low growl coming from deep within Jeremy.
“Nelson, call security, I want—” But before Ben can finish his sentence, he is attacked by Jeremy. It is as if he has become a wild animal. If it were not for the quick reflexes of Ben and a stool to the back of the head by Nelson, Ben would have definitely suffered serious injury.
Within moments, security officers are there to take the unconscious body of Jeremy to the Infirmary prepared for the sick or injured.
To Be Continued ...
Spores: The Nemeses Within 9
- Spores: The Nemeses Within 9
It is becoming quite obvious that there is more going on with Jeremy than meets the eye. Another interesting point is that his fiancée Shirley is clearly not at all surprised about the entire affair. See what’s behind that locked door in their home!
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