What Comes Around Ch 22 bit – Curies

“I think he’s saying you might have information on totally innocent people in there, dear,” Sarah observed, glancing toward the other room where Matt was hopefully ensconced with cartoons and the younger children. “So poke through it carefully.”

“Well… I wouldn’t say completely innocent.” Alan rubbed the back of his neck, trying to look harmless. “But – yeah. She didn’t tell me everything she was working on. So I can’t tell you what not to look at.” He swallowed, and sighed. “I’m going to have to trust you.”

Drakon scowled.

“Oh come on, I know I can trust you.” Alan’s smile had just a hint of mischief. “You followed Simon through man-eating monsters to get your family back. You’re one of the good guys.”

“Man-eating monsters.” Richard’s voice was suspiciously calm.

Drakon winced. “From what information I was able to get before Simon… short-circuited the computers, those appear to have been-” He had to stop, and shake his head. “A side-effect.”

Fingers interwoven and clenching, white-knuckled, Sam cleared his throat. “Monsters were…?”

“Ja’far thinks they were using Life Magic to make some kinds of odd medicines,” Aladdin told him. “And the easiest way to do it was make things that were almost-alive creatures to grow it.”

“Insane as it may seem, that’s consistent with the files I managed to get,” Drakon gritted out. “The radioactivity appears to have been essential for maintaining the lifeforms’ stability inside the tanks. Outside the labs – apparently they made a practice, every few months, of removing a small creature and leaving it in various shipping facilities to decompose. So there were traces of possible dirty bombs to find.”

“My god,” Richard breathed. Stared at Alan. “And you think this has been going on for centuries.”

“This, specifically? Probably not,” Alan shrugged. “I mean, Madame Curie didn’t even start poking radioactive stuff until the 1890s, right? But if you mean this, taking people to drain out their energy, to kill them slowly…. Yeah. That’s been going on a long, long time.”

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10 thoughts on “What Comes Around Ch 22 bit – Curies

  1. Poor Richard. Finding out *this* was in the place where his son and the love of his life were living is going to give him nightmares.

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      1. And then Morgiana. How does one abbreviate “clue-Spider-Man ceiling cling, kidnapping, transporting you across the city, then throwing you into a wall”?

        (Sorry, I just love that scene. So much.)

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      2. That ep is just Awesome.

        And surprisingly practical. When someone’s in a really twisty relationship like Alibaba’s with Cassim (Cassim, I love you, but you are a jerk of a manipulating bastard), then the best thing you can do is physically remove them from the situation.

        That way they have a chance to think.

        So yes. Morigana wins everything for that one. 🙂

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  2. >>“Ja’far thinks they were using Life Magic to make some kinds of odd medicines,” Aladdin told him. “And the easiest way to do it was make things that were almost-alive creatures to grow it.”

    I suspect that there will be a number of doctors who will be very upset about the loss of those medicines… until they hear (a sanitized version) about how they were being made. At which point you’ll very easily be able to tell the ones worth keeping, and the ones who should be thrown in a deep pit. (Hint: the ones still upset about the loss of the medicines are in the second category.)

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