American Chimera – 14.1

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“What in tarnation?!”

The interrogator unfolded a canvas and aluminum chair then plopped it next to the cell door. She sat down and unfolded her tablet from its stylus. “I need information. Information I don’t have time to ready the interrogation chamber for.”

Brett hurriedly stepped into his trousers and hopped around. “Well, you could’a tole a man you were comin’ to visit afore you caught ’im with his pants down!”

“You could wear clothing instead.”

“I ain’t gonna wear pants in my own room.”

“Fine.” She cleared her throat. “I’ve seen Dani’s grades. I know she’s somehow rated for a two child future despite being a chimera. How did you swing that?”

He tightened the drawstring at the top of his jumpsuit and sat to pulling the overshirt around his shoulders. “I reckon she’s got more brains than me. Maybe more than her mama – er, Janie, you know – but I’m a bit too dull to tell. She passed them tests, all I can tell yeh.”

“You didn’t rig them?”

“No. Wouldn’t know how anyway.”

“Her teachers could have cheated for her.”

“I don’t reckon that’s what happened.”

“Then prove it. Tell me something that will assure me Dani’s…safe. Prove to me that she’s both intelligent and moral.”


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8 thoughts on “American Chimera – 14.1

  1. Jules says:

    Ah… the moral bit. I wonder how the Doc played that card with the DNA?
    So many smart folks just don’t have any morals at all, them mostly being criminal elements.
    Again… too many crime shows watched where the episode has to get carried over until the next week because the criminal was a switch hitter (so to speak).

      • H.R.R. Gorman says:

        It made sense to me that the interrogator would be scared. Heck, even thumb-sized spiders scare me – a 300 pound one sure as shootin’ would need to be proven good before I got in a room with it, haha!

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Hmm… well, you’ll have to determine for yourself if Dani has any morality – but I know which way I lean. 🙂

      Perhaps I shouldn’t have cut these episodes so short, but I do think it’s hard to balance post size vs. number of posts for serials like this one.

      • Jules says:

        Write as you see fit. If I ever have the time I might start from square one. Hard to be both a spider and a human I would guess.

      • H.R.R. Gorman says:

        I would think so. The book is supposed to be a small commentary on racism, and Dani’s fate is supposed to be contrasted against the fate of others in the story. We’ll see if it pans out, right?

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