Title: Gene Therapy
Description: Donia Miller and Jessica Ellis
Fae - November 29, 2008 11:24 PM (GMT)
Donia walked through the halls, offering a casual smile to those she passed. It wasn't too busy, the halls too deserted. She knew exactly where she was going. She'd been planning this for years, setting this up, every single bit of it a part of her plan. All that was left was to find the final pieces she needed. The only problem was that the samples she needed to acquire weren't exactly at her access level. Not that she couldn't get them...but her supervisors might not be so pleased as to find her messing with them. She didn't care. She needed this.
She punched the access key into the main doors of the Science Lab, having to wait a moment as it found her in the database. Finally, she stepped in, her heels clicking on the polished floor. She instantly headed off down the halls, keeping a low profile as she entered the higher level labs. She reached the door she needed, entered another code, and walked in. ...Fuck.
"Ms. Ellis, a pleasure to see you."
Symphia - November 29, 2008 11:44 PM (GMT)
"Good morning," Jessica said, not looking up from her work. "Subject Sigma has been giving us problems lately and we've been recruited to find out why," she said, thinking the person speaking to her was one of her team. She looked up from her and reached for her gun. "Donia! What are you doing here!? You don't have clearance to be in this area!" she shouted, drawing the automatic.
"How did you get an access code for this lab?" she asked, hitting the emergency lock down switch under her desk. The heady security shutters slid shut and locked, as did the main door for the lab. Only Sigma would be able to get in or out now. She flipped the safety off and changed her aim slightly, now the sight was trained on Donia's forehead.
"This is against company protocol, Ms. Miller," she said, her voice calm and even. "What are you doing here?" she asked flatly.
Fae - November 29, 2008 11:58 PM (GMT)
Donia drew her own gun, cursing her luck. "Where have you been? I have plenty of clearance to be in here. However, the reason I'm in here isn't exactly protocol." She waved with her other hand at the closed room. "Come on, couldn't you have given me a moment to explain before shutting down the entire building?"
She sighed, eyes rolling. "As you know, I've been working extensively in Gene Therapy, using different aspects of DNA to attain higher performance in Projects. As I'm sure you don't know, because I doubt you pay much attention to what I've been doing, I've had a Project in the works for 5 years now." Her eyes bored holes in her. "Five years. Now, we have samples of every Project's DNA in here, and I am ready for my final step. I wanted Kappa and Zeta's DNA for my Project."
She nodded towards the metal cases towards the right of the room. "The CEO thinks that this is a waste of our resources, but you have to understand, a Project put together with such selection could create the finest super soldier we've created, and I believe with work at this we could create something with Omega's strength, yet with a different personality, and much more."
She laughed. "So as you can see, it's in our best interests that this goes ahead as planned. I'm staking my life on it. And besides...don't you think Sigma could use a new partner?"
Symphia - November 30, 2008 01:55 AM (GMT)
"Sigma has a new partner, her name is Subject Lambda," Jessica said, holstering her weapon. "None of the new projects will even come close to replication of Subject Omega, Ms. Askella's work was one of a kind," she added, hitting the security release. The shutters slid back up and Jessica stood aside.
"You realize that Project Vertigo is attempting to create an ultimate being. So far, Vertigo has proven powerful, but also very very dangerous. In particular, her temper is as bad as that of Subject Kappa's. Tests suggest that she also carries Omega's skeleton," the scientist explained, relaxing some as she spoke.
She watched as Donia edged toward the storage racks. "I can't let you do that, Donia. The CEO sees it as a squanderance of resources and I agree with him. Subject Kappa's genetic materials are irreplaceable as it is," Ms. Ellis said, eyeing Ms. Miller.
Fae - November 30, 2008 03:58 AM (GMT)
Donia gave a frusterated sigh. "I don't need her original genetic material! That's the only reason I haven't attempted it earlier, I had to perfect the replication process. Look," she said, pulling out a vial and a sheet of notes, handing them to her. "Using her genetic material, I can replicate it and leave them none the wiser. What matters is the code, anyways, not the original. It won't do anything to the original, you can check my notes."
She bounced on the balls of her feet, annoyed with herself for not check the lab before coming in. "You know that I have the utmost respect for every member of our company, but I wouldn't have attempted this if I didn't know what I'm doing!" Her voice was desperate, with a touch of honesty that was rarely heard in her voice. "And if I wait much longer, he will be too stable to alter." She waved her hands hopelessly. "I'd even work with Vertigo if I had to. I just can't live out my life doing the exact same things we've been doing for 50 years."
Symphia - November 30, 2008 09:29 PM (GMT)
Jessica looked over the packet of notes she'd been given and sighed. "Fine, I don't feel like arguing over this. So help you if you ruin the original though, we can't replace Kappa's code," she said, returning to her work. She hated it when her co-workers were given clearance over her, and she was the head of genetics division.
She sat back in her chair while Donia rummaged and stared up at the ceiling. I don't even know how she got clearance... she thought, watching as Sigma stepped inside the lab. "Yes?" she asked, blinking slightly.
"I need..." she trailed off as her eyes saw what genetics cache Donia was raiding. "What are you doing!?" she yelled, holding her right hand up, an orb of darkness already forming in her palm. Jessica was sure that Sigma wouldn't miss if she did attack, but she was still worried.
"Sigma, hold your fire! If you miss, you'll do more harm!" she cried. The raven-haired project glared at her then stopped.
Fae - December 1, 2008 01:51 AM (GMT)
Donia almost gave a squeal of delight as she rushed forward, quickly finding the right storage area and entering in codes. "Believe me, nothing will happen to it." She grabbed the vial she needed and turned around, and noticed Sigma. Standing with a ball of darkness in her palm. Oh for fuck's sake... she cursed. At Jessica's urging, she let it go, but she gazed at Donia with fury in her eyes.
"Sigma, calm yourself." Donia was now angry herself. Everything was almost perfect, and she was not having Sigma screwing it all up, not when she was the next step in her plan anyways. "You didn't own Kappa's genetics when she was alive, and you don't own it now. Since you seem...interested in what I'm doing, I'll explain." She held up the vial. "I am replicating and using her material for a new Project, as you would've known if you had waited an hour, because I was going to find you and approach you about it myself." She continued, a smile on her face.
"I'd like you to help me oversee him once he's woken up. Almost every successful Project has had a relationship with you, if not a close one, then at least a working relationship. Stop me if you don't see my logic, but if he has a maternal figure, someone who is TXS's pride and joy, someone who should be anyone's role model..." She raised an eyebrow. "You get my point?"
Symphia - December 1, 2008 02:43 AM (GMT)
"You wish me to be a slave for a male project!?" she shouted, her face filling with blush. Jessica laughed hard, holding her sides.
"No Sigma, she wants you to help him stabilize," she said, holding her side and wiping away tears. The raven-haired project stormed out, slamming the door behind her hard enough the glass broke.
"I think you should ask someone else," Jessica said, ignoring the screams echoing in the halls. "Sigma and Lambda are out of the question, but Subject Zeta might be useful," she suggested, flipping her monitor off and standing. "We should go clean up," she said, watching as a guard sailed past the window.
Sigma swung with a sword made from dark energy, swatting away a guard. Pieces of TL 12 Combat Armor exploded in all directions as the weapon struck the ferro-steel. "Get away from me!" she shouted, swinging again.
Fae - December 1, 2008 03:43 AM (GMT)
Donia kept frozen until Sigma was out of the room, the she, too, started laughing, arms clutching at her sides as she laughed her arse off. "Actually, I only wanted to get rid of her. Now that I think about it, it's not a bad idea, but I just wanted her to go away! Well, I should've figured she'd be mad... please, let me duplicate this really quick, and then I shall be right out to help."
She placed the vial on the glass table and started entering instructions into a touch screen, parameters and instructions, basic replication code. "Please let it work..." she mumbled. She slipped on some lab gloves and used a pair of tweezers to carefully place a piece of hair on a glass plate. She tapped the enter key on the screen, and waited a moment as a light burst under that plate and the plate right next to it. Please...
The light dimmed, and she saw a drop of liquid appear on the other glass plate. Pure DNA. Quickly, she picked it up and tilted the plate into a separate vial, which she slipped into her pocket. She'd check it later to see if it was a true copy. Quickly, she put back Kappa's genetic material and stepped out into the hallway.
Symphia - December 1, 2008 03:56 AM (GMT)
"Interesting device," she said, stepping into the hallway, her gun drawn. "Security, stand down," she ordered clearly. One operative was in the middle of cocking his rifle as she spoke and he finished pulling the slide all the way back before raising the weapon to his shoulder. "I said stand down!" she shouted.
He opened fire, but the bullets ricocheted harmless off Sigma's shield. Jessica fired, the shot penetrating Sigma's shield and grazing her shoulder. The surprise on her face was clear as she stopped her attack and dispelled her dark blade. "Cease fire!" someone shouted. The operative emptied his clip and reclipped his assault rifle before raising it to his shoulder again.
The scientist glared at him before putting three shots into his back, killing him. "Have his body delivered to my lab," she said, kneeling and sticking a tag to the man's armor. "Sigma, cease, Donia was just joking," she said gently, stepping dangerously close to the dark project.
Fae - December 3, 2008 02:32 AM (GMT)
Donia kept her distance from Subject Sigma as she went on a small rampage. Donia acted rather differently around women than men...much more upfront. She wasn't a beat around the bush sort of person, anyways. "I know you might not feel emotions as humans do, but humor is one of the most basic things I thought you could at the very least understand. It's not something to go killing people for." She eyed the body of the guard she had smashed.
Surely it couldn't be that motherhood struck a nerve. Not possible. It was probably just Ms. Ellis' laughing that irritated her. Why would it? She thought that Sigma was way past the point of needing anyone or anything's love, why would she feel irritation at mothers and motherhood? You're reading too far into it, Donia. She frowned at the deceased guard who had obviously been shot by Ms. Ellis. "What'd he do? I liked that one!"
Symphia - January 6, 2009 10:11 PM (GMT)
"He was going berserk," a security commander said, taking out a body bag and helping several other members of his team pick up the corpse and put it in the black reinforced plastic bag. He snapped his fingers and they hauled away the body. He put a hand on Donia's shoulder. "Don't worry missy, others will come," he chuckled, walking away, leaving the project and two scientists alone.
Jessica slowly edged forward and gently placed a hand on Sigma's wrist. "Relax," she said. The project allowed her arm to be lowered and dropped to her knees, exhausted from her loss of temper. "Everything will be okay," the scientist added, kneeling next to the powerful project and holstering her handgun.
Sigma looked up at her. "I want Lambda..." she said, collapsing into Jessica's arm. Jessica smiled rubbed Sigma's back.
"Donia, page Lambda," she ordered.
Fae - January 6, 2009 11:27 PM (GMT)
Donia cocked an eyebrow at the affectionate display, but complied. "I need Lambda in the Bio Genetics area, high level authorization required, Ms. Ellis requests and gives confirmation." She sent an appreciative smile to the backs of the guards and glanced at Sigma and Ms. Ellis.
Well, it seems like I'm not the only scientists with attachments. Damn my quick thinking, now that I think about it, that idea about Sigma knowing my Project was a good one. If only I hadn't phrased it in a way that pissed her off. Smart, Don. Real smart. A bleep from her communicator told her that Lambda was on the way.
She felt the vial in her pocket and held it tight. "Well, now that I have this, I do believe it would be best if I...remove myself, from this situation. Obviously you have this under wraps, Ms. Ellis. I'm sorry for the trouble I caused, but I think I have a Project to work on tonight." She was right. Her reports told her that it was stabilizing itself fast. More than a day or two, and it might not be majorly alterable. Fine tuning can take place any time, but entering major genetic coding takes a while to sink in.
"And of course, you are always welcome to peek in and check on my progress. I believe by first light I will be done."