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TOP SECRET WEAPONS DIVISIONS & ANTIQUITIES

 

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities wished to meet and speak with Cleopatra at their museum in Cairo. Believing she is their former queen reincarnated according to foretelling in their ancient religions. A kind of living exhibit contrasted against their mummies, Jurassic Park fashion. As such, Cleopatra represents all things Egyptian, one of their most important national deities, and a living resource to be admired and studied.

 

The incumbent President of Egypt, Husani Hassan, took a different view. It occurred to him that the former Pharaoh might stake a claim to the Presidency, having been resurrected. Thus, triggering an election, where other contenders, would find it nigh on impossible to run against, in any effective campaign. And indeed, one such scenario he would not oppose, but rather support, where he very much admired Cleopatra and the ancient ways. President Hassan was thus truly concerned for the safety of the reincarnated deity, imagining a kidnap and ransom situation.

 

The media and medical scientists all wanted questions answered and to run tests for possible cures. It was a veritable scrum. Then somebody in Interpol leaked the story to the press, who at first did not believe a word of it. But then the, BBC Overseas Service got whiff of a Guardian reporter taking the rumors seriously as they'd been following other archaeological digs at Taposiris Magna, and the underwater explorations of Franck Goddio at Thonis-Heracleion, with quite a number of false starts, triggering Cry Wolf syndrome, where from that point nobody was believed.

 

Jill Bird asked Steve Green and Charley Temple to step in, creating a conflict of interest situation, where Charley felt beholden to John for rescuing her.

 

"Hello Steve." 

 

Is it morning already? Hi Jill." It was 7:30 by his bedside clock.

 

"Wondered if you'd heard about the so-called resurrection of a woman from mummy DNA?"

 

"Charley has mentioned it, very tight-lipped, and off the record by-the-way."

 

"Is there any truth in it?"

 

"As I said, she's not saying much at the moment. It has something to do with her research of drug money laundering and Nazi's up the Amazon. All a bit far fetched if you ask me."

 

"I'm inclined to side with Charley on this one Steve. Just in case. I hope you don't mind?"

 

"Not in the slightest. Charley does have a nose. So, how can I ... we, help."

 

"The Beeb will pick up the tab on this one, if you feed us first."

 

"Done," said Steve. "I'll float that upriver."

 

While the media cauldron was bubbling away, other parties were keen to corner the market, comprised of the British Ministry of Defence, the MOD, MI6 and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) biological weapons divisions. They had other ideas. They did not want to share, and were not in the business of observing human rights, claiming that Cleopatra was not a human, but that dark forces had created her in connection with infiltration objectives, to challenge the dominance of their economies. If the Egyptians had known about this, they'd have created a special guard for their former queen.

 

General Sir Rodney Dunbar had been in communication with Nick Johnson, defence minister. Agreeing to let the US take the lead via the CIA. They'd had high value prisoners detained in this way, before Barack Obama began disassembling the torture camp at Guantánamo Bay. Those efforts undone by President Trump, authorizing permanence of the facility, by way of a policy ping-pong. A high level power struggle.

 

"Hello Nick, Rodney here."

 

"Dunbar, what's the latest?"

 

"That DNA break in thing at the Yard. Now it's coming back to bite us."

 

"Yes, just a little. But we've got our exit strategy in place," said Sir Rodney. Is it agreed we'll let the CIA take over?"

 

"Ideal. But what about their human rights record?"

 

"Blind eye to the telescope old chap. I see no ships."

 

"Righto," replied the defense minister. "DARPA must be keen on this one. Really pushing all the buttons with our DSTL and PM. I have my instructions."

 

Arguments ran back and forward, fearful that Russia and even China would like to get their hands on the technology, for their New World Order; global financial assault. There were Covid 19 implications, they almost feared a cure for viruses. And they were right! What if Russia had superhuman replicants, clones or whatever variation of synthetic, enhanced human she was, judging by the Panamanian Running Man. They had to take control and prevent any other super power from getting their hands on the technology. Though at the moment, they were not even sure what that might be. The situation was tense.

 

Lord knows it was going to be difficult. Not one of their consortium of defense agencies knew much about such developments. Their efforts in this direction had all failed miserably. They'd been advised by their boffins that it was impossible to clone a human from old DNA. How then had this under funded Neo-Nazi cult succeeded. It beggared belief.

 

The CIA's Jack Mason was ordered to step in, where he was the closest contact Storm might trust. He was ordered to smooth talk the Swann's skipper into allowing them access to his guest. Especially, as Jack knew of the special bond between John and Cleopatra, that he felt and showed - but could not explain. Jack knew about this but had not let on to his chiefs. He planned to exploit John's obvious concerns for the well-being of his guest.

 

DARPA's head, had to almost threaten Jack Mason, who did not want any part in it, but then DARPA told Jack his contact, John, would be able to visit Cleopatra every day. And it would only be for a week at most. On that basis, Jack was prepared to try and negotiate.

 

"Hello, Jack Mason calling Elizabeth Swann, come in. Over"

 

Hal need not have bothered, but: "John, a call for you from that nice Mr Mason"

 

"Thanks Hal, I'm on it. Hello Jack. What ails thee, friend from Langley?"

 

"John, the big brass have asked me to find out if it might be possible for our specialist doctors to give your guest a check up."

 

John was silent. Jack continued: "If you are amenable, they want to be sure that the lady is in good health and firing on all six cognitively. All expenses paid, and they are talking of a very sizeable contribution to a good cause of your choice, for inconveniencing your party."

 

John looked to Cleopatra. The reincarnated queen gestured to show she felt fine, with a shrug and hand gesture.

 

"Hold on Jack." John muted the mike.

 

The Swann was cruising the Mediterranean, en-route to Greece, Hal at the helm.

 

"Are you sure", said John to Cleopatra, his concern very much evident.

 

"Well, I must admit to feeling caught in a whirlwind of learning. The world now is so changed and exciting. So, yes, I am in a confused state."

 

"But if it's just to see doctors?" said John.

 

"Just a medical examination, so long as you are with me." Cleopatra beamed. "You are the only people I trust. Come to think of it, you are the only people I know in this modern age, who treat me as a person. And I unreservedly love this ship already, weapons or no. I love the water."

 

Dan smiled. Hal interjected, "Analysis of our guest's vocal communications and onboard sensors, indicate a high level of intelligence, problem solving and accelerated learning. Linked to metabolic pre-eminence."

 

Dan and John together, "I'd agree with that." John continued, except for the metabolic thing."

 

It was difficult for John to judge anything to be normal, when he was still undergoing physical changes, from his Amazon encounter.

 

"Hello Jack, are you there? Over."

 

"Yes buddy. What are your thoughts? Over."

 

"We were heading for Pireas. A sort of cultural prod. Then into the Aegean, to Thessaloniki. We could cancel and rendezvous somewhere convenient. Say Crete. Does that suit the medical team, and are they from the World Health Organization? Over."

 

"Not exactly, though they are a player." Jack parried the innocent assumption. "What are you plans after Greece? Over."

 

"Back to Egypt for a while. Though an oceanographer chum has requested the Swann for a survey of activity off Jamaica. Over." 

 

"Jamaica," said Jack, unable to contain himself.  "As I said, they'd cover all expenses, including a trans-Atlantic run. Both ways buddy. Over."

 

"Hold on again Jack."

 

"Cleopatra, how do you fancy seeing a New World first hand?"

 

She thought for a moment, then said, "I don't want to upset your schedule John, Dan, and you Hal. But I am thrilled to see familiar coasts. You have been so thoughtful. Thank you for making me feel so unconditionally welcome."

 

Dan chimed in, "why not complete a circuit of the Aegean, then if our guest feels comfortable, pop across The Pond."

 

Hal interjected, "it will be educational, watching progress on our instruments. Miss Cleopatra may find the West Indies culturally appealing."

 

Cleopatra thought for a few more moments. "As long as I'm with you John." She blushed a little, and so did John. "I love learning, and experiencing new things. The West Indies sounds intriguing." Cleopatra clasped John's right hand in both of hers, looking deep into his eyes. They both had a déjà vu moment, of somehow belonging together. "I like being on the water, and this boat ... it's incredible."

 

Dan felt a little awkward. Hal knew exactly what the attraction was.

 

"Jack, over."

 

"Hi buddy, over."

 

"If it's just a medical and I'm on hand. Over."

 

"We could give you the once over too John. I noticed you feeling a little unwell, and perspiring a lot in Egypt?"

 

John knew about the US military's human enhancement programmes and the DSTL's biological warfare laboratory, and was suspicious of any government in this regard.

 

"Let's just stay with a medical for Cleopatra. Over."

 

"Fine by me buddy. See you in Jamaica, Port Royal. Let me know when you get there. Over and out."

 

Hal chimed in, "thought you should know that the CIA are presently tracking us via satellite, John."

 

"Of course they are," responded Dan."

 

"We'll proceed with caution. We don't want to upset our cousins if we don't have to. You know how touchy they can get. Is that okay with everyone?"

 

Curious, Cleopatra asked, "what is a satellite?"

 

Dan explained, "it's like a bird flying very high in the sky, following us, and telling it's master where we are."

 

"Except it is a mechanical bird," said Hal.

 

"Talking of which, better let Charley know our new destination. Can you message her Hal?"

 

"Your wish is my command, John."

 

"Oh. And bring George up to speed at the same time, we may need his input. I smell a rat."

 

"John. If you smell a rat, why are we going along with it?" questioned Cleopatra.

 

Because, if I'm right, we can take the fight to them. If I'm .... we, are wrong, no harm done. But if we don't figure this out now, and I, er, we, are right. They can hit us when we won't expect it, giving them the advantage."

 

Cleopatra thought for a while. John, Dan and Hal waited patiently. She paced the Swann's cabin for several minutes. Then finally said, "okay, so I'm, uhumm, we are bait to draw them out. Am I right?"

 

"That about sums it up. We are sitting ducks if we let them strike when we least expect it."

 

Hall chimed in, "we give them the benefit on the doubt, and allow them to reveal their true colors."

 

Dan interjected. "They want you Ms, and they want John and all the Nazi equipment they must know we have taken from Manaus. If they knew the capabilities of Hal, and that we helped you both, they'd want us eliminated."

 

"But that is only if we're right about their intentions," said John.

 

Cleopatra again paced the helm cabin with a concerned look on her attractive face. Finally she explained, "tactically, I agree we have very little option. First the Germanians, and now this CIA, that Jack works for, could be far worse. It is somewhat like the games I played when I was Queen of Egypt."

 

George Franks called on the radio. "George to Swann, over."

 

John rushed to the mike. "Swann to George. How's your day so far, blue. Over"

 

"Better scramble this one. Over." George switched to scramble mode.

 

Hal engaged at thier end, they used an advanced random sequential algorithm, one hundred times more effective than the Enigma machine. "Okay skipper."

 

"John my boy, it does not bode well. Our contacts confirm that the Fourth Reich detainees captured in Egypt, are being tortured. Over"

 

"Jesus." John could not contain himself. So much for democracy and fair play, he thought to himself. "Does that mean we are next? Over."

 

"Reckon so my boy. Proceed with extreme caution. Record and cloud stream everything coded. If it goes pear shaped, we'll leak to the media. Good luck. Over."

 

"Thanks George. Over and out."

 

"Jesus," repeated Dan on catch-up.

 

"Who is Jesus? asked Cleopatra.

 

"Dan, we are going to need to pull out all the stops," said John. "Jesus, Miss Cleopatra, is a legendary figure, credited with preaching codes of high morality to all his followers, so compelling, that we now call anyone who is thoughtful and kind, being a Christian. After the Galilean preacher; Jesus Christ."

 

"Jesus Christ! Being Christian." Cleopatra, mulled out loud.

 

"Yes. The preacher was so influential that we number our years before Jesus, and after Jesus. A calendar system. The acronym BC means the number of years before the preacher - as in Before Christ, BC. And AD, means Anno Domini, Latin for ..."

 

“In the year of the Lord”, Cleopatra interjected.

 

"Yes, said John. "You were first born in the year 69 BC. Sixty-nine years before the preacher, 'Jesus Christ' was born."

 

Hal cut in, "biologically created. What a glorious day!" Cleopatra blushed.

 

"Okay Hal," said John, then after a short pause "yes, actually, a very happy day."

 

"That's kind of you," said Cleopatra. "Now what about the ambush we are walking into?"

 

"Right. First, we need transmitters for all of us, so that Hal and George know where we are. They must be those shielded ones, coded to emulate radio waves from other devices as invisible carriers."

 

"I've worked out what those miniature circuits are John. The ones we er, 'liberated,' from Manuas."

 

"Uh, huh," said Cleopatra and John in unison.

 

"They are biological implants for the brain."

 

"What on earth for," said John. Astonished, but ready to believe anything, after all the high tech flying around.

 

"They communicate with the little 'CyberCore Genetica' wrist computer wirelessly."

 

"Uh, huh," nodded his audience.

 

"Well to be more accurate, these tiny flexible chips, connect a human brain to the wrist computer, without all the clumsy headgear, gubbins, we 'liberated.' According to the scientific data we 'liberated,' it's an easy operation to attach to the occipital lobe of a brain."

 

"No." said John. "No way. I'm still adjusting from that Nazi serum. I can't stop eating nuts."

 

"You're adjusting! I've just been resurrected into a perplexing future world, like I've traveled through time!"

 

"Like Jesus," said Hal.

 

Cleopatra became even more curious about the preacher. Mentally noting for later that he'd been resurrected also.

 

"Okay. Okay, will it hurt?"

 

 

 

DRAFT NOTES

 

John refuses to cooperate with any form of detention, as violation of all that is sacred in a democratic society. Does not share information of equipment they recovered from the Amazon. Charley agrees not safe to give this information to any of the stakeholders currently vying with each other to secure technology for military purposes.

 

Storm retains technology for own use, as protector of the natural world and guardian of world peace.

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER 1.   THE POISON ASP

CHAPTER 2.   WRATH OF THE GODS - The destruction of Thonis and Alexandria

CHAPTER 3.   NEW WORLD ORDER - A Neo-Nazi plan to regenerate Aryan supremacy

CHAPTER 4.   CYBERCORE GENETICA - Nano computer technology is purchased at an auction by a religious sect.

CHAPTER 5.   INCUBUS

CHAPTER 6.   SPLICE

CHAPTER 7.   TREMORS - Cleopatra's tomb lay lost for centuries. Until a shift in the tectonic plates triggered a tremor off the coast of Alexandria.

CHAPTER 8.   PANAMANIAN RUNNING MAN -

CHAPTER 9.   THE AMAZON

CHAPTER 10. TOMB RAIDERS - Safiya Sabuka and Musa Bomani dive among sifting sands to discover precious artifacts and golden treasures.

CHAPTER 11. SCOTLAND YARD

CHAPTER 12. OPERATION ALEXANDRIA - Neo-Nazi occultists recover Cleopatra's sarcophagus from underwater tomb near Palace.

CHAPTER 13. KIDNAP - Charley is taken prisoner 

CHAPTER 14. UNESCO - Catholic Church fear grave desecration heritage theft, asks agencies for help. Interpol issue Red Notice.

CHAPTER 15. REPLICANT - The Society reproduce Cleopatra using Francisco's RepliVator™, uploading synapse sequence and implanted memories.

CHAPTER 16. FULL STEAM AHEAD - Storm speeds to Thonis, then uses the Swann's AI sensors and the Ark database to find tomb has been plundered.

CHAPTER 17. RITUAL SACRIFICE - The Baron prepares a drugged Cleopatra for ceremonial impregnation.

CHAPTER 18. SANCTUM INTERRUPTUS - John finds secret Nazi hideout near Alexandria, disturbs ritual - rescues Cleopatra, arresting conspirators.

CHAPTER 19. THE CHOSEN ONE - The reincarnated Cleopatra falls for her rescuer. John comes under her spell, despite her being a replicant.

CHAPTER 20. MILITARY INTERVENTION - The military detain Cleopatra to appease stakeholders, despite media & medical protests. Storm distraught.

CHAPTER 21. DÉJÀ VU - History repeats itself, military lock up technology as gross violation of human rights, John left disillusioned:  FINALE FOR NOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAPHIC BRIEF - SUGGESTED LAYOUTS/ FORMAT

 

CHAPTER 1.   THE POISON ASP - Overwhelmed by grief, Cleopatra poisons herself with a cobra bite in her mausoleum

CHAPTER 2.   WRATH OF THE GODS - The destruction of Thonis and Alexandria

CHAPTER 3.   NEW WORLD ORDER - A Neo-Nazi plan to regenerate Aryan supremacy

CHAPTER 4.   CYBERCORE GENETICA - Nano computer technology is purchased at an auction by a religious sect

CHAPTER 5.   INCUBUS - Franco Francisco accepts offer of employment from Roberta Ferrara

CHAPTER 6.   SPLICE - Klaus von Kolreuter perfects a method of gene manipulation

CHAPTER 7.   TREMORS - Cleopatra's tomb lay lost for centuries, until shift in the tectonic plates trigger tremor off the coast of Alexandria

CHAPTER 8.   PANAMANIAN RUNNING MAN - Marjorie Boyle videos exceptionally fast athlete, Sam Hollis investigates

CHAPTER 9.   AMAZON QUEEN - Elizabeth Swann navigating river and docking at Manaus

CHAPTER 10. TOMB RAIDERS - Safiya Sabuka and Musa Bomani dive among sifting sands to discover precious artifacts and golden treasures

CHAPTER 11. SCOTLAND YARD - London's secure DNA database is stolen

CHAPTER 12. OPERATION ALEXANDRIA - Neo-Nazi occultists recover Cleopatra's sarcophagus from underwater tomb near Palace

CHAPTER 13. KIDNAPPED - Charley is taken prisoner, John, Dan and CIA rescue her

CHAPTER 14. UNESCO - Catholic Church fear grave desecration heritage theft, asks agencies for help. Interpol issue Red Notice

CHAPTER 15. REPLICANT - The Society reproduce Cleopatra using Francisco's RepliVator™, uploading synapse sequence, implanted memories

CHAPTER 16. FULL STEAM AHEAD - To Thonis, then uses the Swann's AI sensors and the Ark database to find tomb has been plundered

CHAPTER 17. RITUAL SACRIFICE - The Baron prepares a drugged Cleopatra for ceremonial impregnation

CHAPTER 18. SANCTUM INTERRUPTUS - John finds Nazi hideout near Alexandria, disturbs ritual - rescues Cleopatra, arresting conspirators

CHAPTER 19. THE CHOSEN ONE - The reincarnated Cleopatra falls for her rescuer. John comes under her spell, despite her being a replicant

CHAPTER 20. MILITARY INTERVENTION - Military detain Cleopatra for stakeholders, despite media & medical protests. Storm distraught

CHAPTER 21. DÉJÀ VU - History repeats itself, military lock up technology as gross violation of human rights, John left disillusioned

 

 

 

 

 

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