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Project Genesis

on Sun May 06, 2018 5:04 am
Project Genesis, they called it. Names like that were always the fault of someone who was religious or who read too much fiction. Genesis, meaning 'origin', because this project was going to be the origin of new life as humanity knew it. Frankly, Mary thought it was all very over the top and it would all be buried in the annals of history as a failure. Trying to edit the human genome to eradicate the propensity for cancer was no mean feat, and after all these years of failure, Mary had pretty much given up. She had just been in yet another meeting with the funding board, who were basically at the point of cutting the funds for good. Most of her colleagues had already quit and moved on to other things. In fact, the only people left were her long time friend and fellow mad-man Victor, and some shady government agent called Jones who had wanted to use her research to effectively weaponise cancer. Jones was kept around because he was, now, the only one left who funded this whole thing. "It's funny," Mary was saying to Victor as they sat in their lab chain-smoking and looking at a giant petri dish containing their latest failure. "Most of what we create ends up looking like a giant cancer." The three foot high glass dome contained a gelatinous white blob that jiggled about. Another donated fetus, wasted.
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Re: Project Genesis

on Sun May 06, 2018 5:15 am
Victor sighed as he took another drag of his cigar. “Perhaps it is time we give up. Our funding is almost bone dry and I feel as if we are making no progress. I’ve stuck by you this long so what day we try one more stimulus and then pack it up? I’m sure with our high intelligence we can get jobs at McDonald’s.” Victor joked. Although he did joke he was about ready to give up. The only reason he had stayed for so long wasn’t because he knew how genius Mary was. But it was starting to feel as if this was a waste.
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Re: Project Genesis

on Sun May 06, 2018 5:32 pm
"Why're you talking all weird?" Mary scolded Victor, flinging a pen at him and scowling. She was only half joking. "We're all out of funding because you smoke those damn Cubans like some kind of movie character... But you're right, one more stimulus for the road," she said, getting to her feet and straightening out her skirt. It was too tight but she was too stubborn to admit she wasn't a svelte youth anymore. "Ol' blobby here looks like it's raring to go." The blob was still jiggling about.
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Re: Project Genesis

on Sun May 06, 2018 7:39 pm
"hmph if you're going to smoke you have to do it right." Victor said as he took one last puff and got up to get things ready. They both agreed to try a radiation stimulus that they didnt normally use, just because it might actually provide some different results and at this point it was all or nothing. Victor left it to Mary to provide the stimulus to the subject, since this was her project. He got the notes ready and they apply the radiation. Nothing was happening, as "blobby" just wiggled around like normal. Victor sighed as they called it. "Looks like this is a bust. Damn I was hoping....eh well I guess that's it." Victor said. "I think Im going to head home early. Got some leftovers I need to finish off. You gonna be good here?" Victory asked her.
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Re: Project Genesis

on Mon May 07, 2018 9:22 am
"Nah, I'm good," Mary replied, shaking her head at both Victor and the jiggly-puff ball in the petri dish. "I still have to find that malt whisky you hid, remember? It's needed right now." She said her goodbyes to Victor, then grabbed the whisky bottle which she had told Victor she never found, and went to look at her final creation. She had never cared about any of the live human trials they'd been doing - her moral compass was a bit askew - but all of a sudden she wondered if this thing could feel anything at all. "Well, here's to death," said Mary glumly, holding up the bottle and taking a swig. "Your death, my career's death, and the continuing death of countless humans because of a problem we couldn't fix."
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Re: Project Genesis

on Mon May 07, 2018 9:29 am
The petri dish of course didnt respond, but it did do something interesting. While mary was sitting there drinking, she probably didnt notice that it began to wiggle, but in a different way. It then started to slowly began to shape into something. If she wasnt too drunk, Mary might notice it.
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Re: Project Genesis

on Mon May 07, 2018 10:00 am
Mary wasn't some soft teen who got drunk off of a couple of sips of whisky. If anything, at her age, it just made her drowsy, with the cigarettes, calming her into further sleepiness. Heh, she hadn't had a waking dream since she was young, but she could have sworn that blobby was growing arms and legs and a really giant... "Holy shit," yelped Mary as she stumbled backwards and fell on her ass. "Holy shit... Holy shit... Holy shit!" Was this really happening? Had she finally lost her marbles?!
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Re: Project Genesis

on Mon May 07, 2018 10:05 am
Although she might have thought so, she was not. The little grey blob was indeed growing arms, legs, and a very large tail. After it was done forming it's little body, two large red eyes opened up and looked around. They then found Mary and focused on her.
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Re: Project Genesis

on Mon May 07, 2018 10:22 am
Mary's eyes widened and she shirked away from whatever this thing was. "Jesus Christ... You're ugly," she squawked, scrabbling around for a scalpel and holding it out to the little creature. Oh no, had her experiments led to the creation of an abomination? Though, after she got used to its horribly placid skin and bloody red eyes, it was... Kind of cute. But that was probably just her ovaries screaming at her. Apart from those features, and the tail, it certainly resembled a normal human baby...
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Re: Project Genesis

on Mon May 07, 2018 10:48 am
The creature certainly acted like a newborn, as it wiggled its arms and legs, trying to understand how its body worked. It tried to sit up but ended up falling backwards and rolling a bit. Luckily its tail kept it from falling off the table as it wrapped around it and kept it still. It looked so innocent despite its monster like appearance.
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Re: Project Genesis

on Wed May 09, 2018 4:46 pm
Oh Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, her ovaries were screeching at her to pick the baby up and smother it with coochy coochy coos. Mary got a strange feeling that those huge, gooey eyes were just some kind of trick, as they were at odds with the rest of her body. Oh, but her limbs had that adorable stumpy pudginess of a young bairn. Ugh, she couldn't decide what to do. With the scalpel held up high in one hand, the other reach over and prodded the creature's leg. It's skin was a little firmer, but the flesh beneath felt squidgy just like a baby.
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Re: Project Genesis

on Thu May 10, 2018 7:32 am
The baby looked confused and upset when she poked its leg. It started to form tears in its eyes and began to sniffle. Uh-oh she was about to have a tantrum.
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Re: Project Genesis

on Sun May 13, 2018 1:56 am
Mary was horrified, and froze up thinking what to do. This discovery was... Mind blowing. She had to record everything down, but she got the feeling that none of this should be seen by anyone else, in case... Well, she'd seen plenty of movies and shows where scientific freaks had been horribly used by bad people. Like Eleven from Stranger Things. So she'd have to write this whole thing down - after she stopped it crying. "Hey~," she cooed as gently as she could, taking her hands away from the creature. "It's okay, uh, l-little one. Don't cry. Please?" She was terrible at baby speak.
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Re: Project Genesis

on Sun May 13, 2018 2:00 am
Her terrible baby talk didnt seem to be working as the baby was starting to rub its eyes. It started sniffling more and its tail uncoiled from around its body and then slammed down hard against the table. When it did it...cracked. It didnt seem to harm the baby, but if it continued to do that, it might actually break the table. It had an amazing amount of power in its body!
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Re: Project Genesis

on Sun May 13, 2018 2:18 am
Mary was starting to think less about recording this thing's behaviour and more about terminating it now, before anyone else found out. She had already long given up on her project being a success, and now this thing was monstrous and didn't even have anything to do with curing cancer. Her life's work was staring her in the face and it was all wrong. She'd have to do it quickly, before she had any regrets but more importantly, before the creature could harm her with that freakish tail of its. Quickly, she grabbed a can of gas and air with a mask, and put the mask over the baby's face. No, the creature's face. She may be about to kill an infant but she wasn't cruel. As it wiggled, Mary had to hold it still with her free hand clasping the creature's head. Oh, the top of its head was soft with downy baby hairs... "Shit," Mary cursed, taking the mask away and staring down at a now slightly drowsy baby. How could she think of killing something so small and soft?
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Re: Project Genesis

on Sun May 13, 2018 2:21 am
The baby was very confused as to what happened. It felt very scared and now it felt really sleepy. It tried to crawl away from Mary, the person who had just assaulted it, but it was having a hard time moving. It coughed a bit as its little arms gave out and it plopped on the table.
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Re: Project Genesis

on Sun May 13, 2018 2:29 am
Wow, this thing was incredibly mobile for a baby. The fact that just before it couldn't even sit up, and now it was crawling away despite being a bit doped out was fascinating. Mary would note all of this down, but not until she'd calmed it down and won its trust. She walked around to the other side of the table and knelt down until she was on eye level with it - with her, she realised, having seen it move around. "Hey there," she said as softly as she could with her raspy smoker's voice. "I'm sorry about that. Won't happen again. Okay?" She put her hands on the edge of the table and waggled her fingers. Babies liked waggling fingers, right?
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Re: Project Genesis

on Sun May 13, 2018 2:34 am
The baby was a little freaked out but then she started...wiggling her fingers. The baby rubbed her eyes and started staring at Mary's fingers, a bit mesmerized by them. Research did indicate that babies were always fascinated with movement. The baby sat up and watched Mary's fingers, reaching for them with her tiny little arms.
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Re: Project Genesis

on Sun May 13, 2018 3:04 am
Mary kept waggling her fingers, and even smiled. The baby was being... Adorable. Its whole being was adorable, despite the tails and scales, and those freaky red irises. When she had clasped Mary's finger in her hand, Mary felt a strange thrill of delight flutter in her heart. Such tiny, squishy hands, with perfectly shaped nails, and a not-so-surprisingly strong grip. "We got off to a bad start," she murmured, staring into the little girl's eyes. "I'm sorry. My name's Mary."
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Re: Project Genesis

on Sun May 13, 2018 3:07 am
the baby grabbed onto Mary's finger. It was really big, but warm. It felt nice in her hands. It was her first time feeling warmth, and she liked it. She looked up at Mary with her big red eyes. She couldnt comprehend what she was saying, but the baby felt...happy. She wiggled Mary's finger around and let out a cute baby giggle.
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Re: Project Genesis

on Sun May 13, 2018 3:15 am
Mary made sure to move slowly, and kept checking the girl's incredibly expressive face for signs of fear, as she put her free hand around behind her and gently scooped her up. She fit so perfectly into the crook of her arm... Despite having just been thinking that she should write her discoveries down rather than film them, Mary was thinking her scribbles wouldn't quite have the same impact as filming it. She remembered she and Victor had bought a camera that they were specifically going to use for when their experiments were successful, but it had gone unused. She went to the cupboard where it was and fished it out from behind the coffee mugs and instant noodle pots. It was still in the box, an older model, and was covered in dust that plumed all over both of them as she got it out. Mary coughed, making the baby bounce a bit.
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Re: Project Genesis

on Sun May 13, 2018 3:19 am
The baby was surprised when it was scooped up, but it wasnt scared. It felt very safe in Mary's embrace as she moved all around this unknown place. The baby could not fathom what Mary was doing so it just held onto her shirt with its arms,and its tail wrapping around Mary's arm for support. It then coughed and let out a cute sneeze as it was bombarded with some foreign material. "mmnmn..." The baby gurgled as it wiped it eyes.
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Re: Project Genesis

on Sun May 13, 2018 3:29 am
"Sorry," mumbled Mary, fumbling with the camera box and getting it set up. It was a hassle to do it with one arm, and then there were no batteries so she had to go and fish those out of somewhere. She clambered under a desk and bumped her head on the way back out, but now she had a working, if dusty, camera. She sat down at her desk, clearing away the clutter of empty food packets, and set up the camera. As it started recording, she cleared her throat and held the baby a bit more vertically. "Uhh... Th-the date is the 13th of May, 2025. Heh, it's a Friday. Um... A-after years of trial and error, of failures, project genesis has stumbled upon something... Unknown." She tilted the baby slightly to make her more clear to the camera. She began to explain what she and Vince had done to produce the creature, and how she had been reacting so far. "Whether or not this can be seen as a success for project genesis is unsure as of now," she concluded, looking down at the baby with doughy eyes. "But what I do know is that we are now entering a realm unknown to science and mankind. A true genesis... Jenny." She snort-laughed and reached over to turn the camera off, but not before it recorded her mumbling, "what am I getting myself into?"
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Re: Project Genesis

on Sun May 13, 2018 3:36 am
The baby, or Jenny as Mary called her, was curious about what it was Mary was doing. It was unsure but it listened and observed. When Mary had finished with the camera, Jenny began to groan. Her tail loosened around Mary's arm and she was going a bit limp.
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Re: Project Genesis

on Sun May 13, 2018 4:01 am
"Ack!" Mary spluttered, getting up quickly and gently bouncing Jenny in her arms. "H-hey there, Jenny. Jenny!" she said, quite unsure what to do. Was she tired? Hungry? Thirsty? What?!
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