American Chimera – 13.4

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“So when you go to see Dani, you’ll notice her cephalothorax is a bit distended on one end. That’s from the injections and the extra growth of her exoskeleton.”

The interrogator chuckled. “I’d say it’s more an ‘if’ than a ‘when.'”

“You’re the only person I know of that can travel from our prisons to hers. You have to make sure it’s a when. I don’t know your Dr. Smith, but he has to be cruel if he’s used biosafety and science as an excuse to keep Dani from her friends and parents. Even if it’s only a few times, I need you to assure Dani that we’re all thinking about her.”

The interrogator let go of Dr. Worthington’s hand. “You think she’s Brett and Janie’s actual child, don’t you?”

“Yes.”

“That’s ludicrous. And why would you support that? You know what they were. You knew they were poor lunatics, the exact kind of people the government wouldn’t want raising a child.”

Dr. Worthington leaned in close to the interrogator. “I had two children. They each had two children. All of it with no oversight, no chance of involuntary sterilization. I lived a life you can’t even imagine, a life filled with sugar and beef and butter and wine.” She pointed to the door. “But I know what votes I had to cast. My generation knew that sterilization would be unpopular, but it had to happen or none of us would be here now. So hate us and hate our hypocrisy for as long as you want, but none of that will change my past. None of that will change the fact that you are suffering for choices you couldn’t have made. None of that will change the fact that Dani exists and is here now, imprisoned.”

The interrogator stood, her face dour. “I do what I have to do. If I were to treat this specimen like an accident child as you do, this country would be lost.” She crossed her arms. “So I’ll do what I have to. I’ll deal with the mess your generation left this world in.”

“Help me back down?”

The interrogator turned away from Dr. Worthington and left.

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7 thoughts on “American Chimera – 13.4

  1. Jules says:

    I think some countries tried to limit children… didn’t work all that well.
    Why would anyone gift any kind of a ‘child’ to people who couldn’t care for it…
    I’m not sure I agree with the good Doc either. But seeing as I haven’t read everything in order I’m still working on just what I’ve read.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I think it was China who did the child limit experiment. It was pretty effective, but it took a LOT of villainy to get it to work. I know a guy whose mother had a forced abortion and sterilization. Great guy, horrible situation.

      Since you’re reading out of order, I thought I’d let you know that the people who got the giant spider Dani were bad people, but the spider gave them hope and they decided to try for something good again. So that’s what happened.

      • Jules says:

        Kind of like putting a bully in charge of the school crossing guards… give ’em responsibility and they might try and be better…. Thanks for the insight.

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