The Towne: Project Alice

Day One:

Reason deserted me! I’ve given Alice Campbell the cure so that she may remain in reality with me. Who knows how I will beg forgiveness, but I feel the decision should be followed to completion. Without the cure, Alice will succumb to the fate of my virus, lost to this dimension. I am ignorant to how long the process will take in a human being, but I’ve awaited this leap in genetics all my life. See, it’s not so much a virus as it’s more a genetic enhancer. The acceptable term is virus because that’s more comforting than anything that suggests genetic alteration; I’ll never understand politics. The intention of genetic enhancement is to adjust and add DNA to make the subject better overall. Specifically for this strain, Elysian, the goal is to send human subjects into the sixth dimension. The virus enhances the pineal gland as well as the intelligence level of the subject, and at a seemingly random moment the subject would blink out. Disappear.

The mice all disappeared. The primates, too. Vanished into thin air. Once up to chimps, I sent them with video cameras, tape recorders, cell phones, but nothing returned. I suggested in backward ways to the board that humans alone would be able to devise a way to communicate and return through genetic enhancement. I admit, it was pure theory. Wild, brass decision yet the board was all whispers. Contracts were drawn up out of nowhere, and I found myself settling in as a researcher for the local lab in the Towne.

Day Two:

Alice learned French today. Not a word but the whole language. I left her to read in the morning, and when I came home for lunch she didn’t realize she was speaking in French. Luckily, I speak French and easily adverted discovery.

Day Three:

Subject experiencing similar levels of heightened human abilities. Movements are faster, comprehension is immediate both in mechanical and linguistic challenges.  The cure should have aborted these actions. Instead, it seems her abilities are farther along than the other subjects.


The Towne: Rui arrives on the scene…

The lab transferred him to the Towne to collect variant research samples. The residents were kept in the dark. Rui knew the very air was tainted. Good thing for him that he was the one to create the virus and therefore developed a cure simultaneously. The virus would not kill the residents, at least he did not figure for demise, but it would expand their minds and pave the way for dimensional travel.

He was not expecting infatuation to hit him so hard, but never before had a woman thrown herself at him – he was in uncharted waters. He told himself there was no room for love in science, that the pleasure lifestyle was beneath him; but her crystal blue eyes sent primal messages he could not ignore. Rui gave Alice the cure the first night they were intimate; fed it to her like candy. He carried the guilt of distorting the test group. He feared the repercussions with the lab, the loss of scientific data, and the non-conclusive final outcome.

But most of all he feared the side effects arising in Alice.

Oddly enough, she did not appear to be conscious to the slight changes and alterations her very being underwent. Rui noted the developments in his private journal, constantly reminding himself to separate her responses from those of society – Project Alice. He deeply sighed, already grieving the end of a passionate love affair. Nobody could accept that they were unknowingly being subjected to experimental testing, let alone still care for the man who erased normal reality. Yes, Rui knew he would lose Alice. He simply could not refuse the ride.