Today was the day they'd finally launch the operation.
"All systems online sir, r-ready to start at you mark," Aaron, a scientist who had just recently began to work for Dellium Labs said. Compared to the other scientists, Aaron was a prodigy. He had only been working in the science field for a few months now, but even so he knew more than the people who'd been working at Dellium Labs since the operation was initiated. Still, Aaron was shaky voiced, and fairly unsure of what he was doing.
As the room grew quiet, one man stood up. A strongly built body and a few scars here and there indicated that he was serious about his work. His uniform was one that you'd expect to see a general wearing. A nice, navy blue blazer, with badges of honor decorating the whole thing. Clearing his voice, he grabbed everyone’s' attention.
"One last thing.. I want to commend everyone here. We've been working towards this day for 3 long years. Even if this test fails, I want you to all know how proud I am of you all."
Clapping filled the room after he gave his speech, a few people even had tears in their eyes.
Not too far from Aaron sat a female scientist, Dr. Lanie. She'd always been a bit skeptical about this whole operation. According to her calculations, the process was missing one key factor.. But when she told other scientists this, they neglected to believe her. In her mind, now she could say "I told you so."
After everyone went quiet, the man that had once talked before looked around on last time. "Aaron, start the process."
Nodding, he entered a few final commands into his computer. And... Enter.
Everyone's gaze turned to a giant tube centered in the middle of the room, as they watched it unfold. A creature was being born. Wires inside the tank sent vital signals to the embryo, acting as it's brain. To Dr. Lanie, this was their mistake.
Almost as quickly as the creature had began to developed, it started to fade away. Scientists gasped in horror as they watched the being die, most of them couldn't figure out what went wrong.
Later that day, Dr. Lanie stood by the exit and watched as the disappointed scientists and other crew members left. But Dr. Lanie knew what went wrong, and she intended on fixing it. But now, getting back into the creation chamber would pose to be somewhat of a challenge for her. She knew there were camera's watching all the entrances.. If only..
"H-hey Dorian!" a childish voice said.. Aaron, of course. He must've been working on some new configurations for the creature after the failure that happened earlier.
"Please.. Refrain from calling me Dorian. I despise my first name. Lanie I don't mind.." Ruffling his caramel brown hair, Dorian smiled as much as her lightly aged face would let her. Then, remembering her plan, she noticed Aaron was still holding the door to the chamber open.
"Aaron, I think I left my flash drive in one of the computers in here. Would you mind letting me back in?" She asked, being sure to keep a straight face even though she was lying about the flash drive. But knowing Aaron, he would have let her back in with or without an excuse.
In response to her request, Aaron held to door open for his co-worker. Giving her thanks, Dorian proceeded to walk in.
"Oh! Dor--" Aaron coughed, trying to cover up him almost calling her by her first name. "Dr. Lanie?" he asked, poking his head through the door.
Surprised he was still there, she jumped nervously when she heard his voice again. But after taking a deep breath, she turned back to the boy with a fake smile. "Yes hunny..?"
"I'm sorry people doubted you before.. I did some calculations.. You were right.. Something is missing."
After a moment of thought, Dorian looked up at the young boy. He wasn't just saying that to be polite. He was truly sorry. Now she felt bad.. She set her briefcase down and walked over to the door, still being held open.
Once face to face with Aaron, the female scientist leaned her head forward and whispered in his ear.
"... Come with me, let me show you something." drawing her head back, she studied his face, trying to figure out his next move. If he decided to run and tell boss that she was doing something unauthorized, that would result in the permanent loss of her job, probably even jail time.
After a minute or so, Aaron's gaze finally met hers. He knew by now she wasn't getting her flash-drive, but instead she was going to re-launch the creature program. "I-I.."
Aaron bit his lip, but soon he stepped in, being sure to quietly shut the door behind him.
"Let's turn the lights on again. That would be helpful, yes?" Dorian nodded at her own question, and with one of her slender fingers, she flipped a light switch upwards, causing the lights to turn on.
Aaron watched as the room became filled with light just as it once was earlier. While Aaron was still in a daze from the fact he and Dr. Lanie were jeopardizing their jobs at Dellium Labs, Dorian had already made her way to the main computer.
"H-hey! I-I usually sit there.." Aaron whined, looking to the side. He could hear her entering command codes from the sound of the clacking keyboard.
"Quiet, Aaron," she snapped. Aaron was shocked. He never heard Dr. Lanie snap at anybody like that before, especially not at himself. Nobody ever snapped at him.
After typing in a command code, she pressed enter on the keyboard. In response to the command, the tube where the embryo had once been lit up, and now, a small compartment on the chamber automatically slid open. In the compartment was an empty vile.
Seeing this pleased Dorian. Scooting the chair she had been seated in back, she pushed herself up, trembling slightly.
"Dr. Lanie.. What're you doing?" Aaron questioned her. She was walking down the steps towards the chamber now. When she reached her destination, she quickly slipped on her latex gloves, and carefully picked up the empty vile.
"I'll need a blood sample. Wish to volunteer?" she raised an eyebrow at the young boy.
Aaron was horrified.. Doesn't she know that with human blood, the creature could become self intelligent, and possibly break out?
"W-why don't you use your own blood..?" He stalled. If anything he didn’t want it to have his blood. Then Dellium labs would be able to trace it back to him.
"Stage 2 kidney failure young boy.. I didn't want to disgrace the being with my stupid blood.. I understand if you don't want to." she cleared her throat. Even though she was only 37, her body was weak.
Aaron gulped. He didn't even know she had kidney failure. Despite being completely against her ideas, he pitied her. Rolling up his sleeve, looked over at Dorian. "Sure. I'll donate some blood.. W-Who needs it anyways..? " he smiled weakly.
Dorian gave a whisper of a smile.