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WEST OF MANAUS

Charley Temple was always curious as a girl, and though now a grown woman, and some, had never lost that inquisitiveness that sometimes landed her in hot water.

 

She continued heading upriver, when some fifteen hundred yards north-west of the dockside, she spotted a group of buildings nestled in the jungle, hardly noticeable, unless you were looking hard. She ducked down instinctively.

 

Charley crept forward crouched low, crawling the last ten meters on all fours, until she thought the coast was clear. Then she dashed to one of the doors. It was locked. She tried a number of other doors. All locked. It seemed the installation was deserted. But she'd triggered an invisible infra red security sensor, from one of the many wildlife cameras hidden if the trees.

 

She found a window that was loose fitting and a little rotten. Using her jungle survival knife, the adventuress prized the opening upwards, making quite a lot of noise in the process. Then realizing her mistake, remained motionless for a while.

 

She heard nothing, except the sound of the Amazonian jungle, a cacophony of insects, birds flying as they chirped in tune and plants rustling in the gentle rainforest breeze. The sweet smell of aromatic plants almost lulled her into a sense of well-being, despite the fact her heart was racing.

 

With no sign her intrusion had been noted, Charley levered herself onto the window ledge, then went arms first into the opening, realizing how vulnerable she was, as she squirmed forward, angling down as the bulk of her body was through, but her arms had still not found the sill on the inside. Too late, she fell forward, her legs following, landing on the wooden floor with a thump.

 

Ouch, that hurt, thought Charley, rubbing the bruised areas of her body. Must be more careful next time.

 

Charley inched forward, now with a torch to illuminate her passage. She was in a room filled with filing cabinets. They were mostly locked, but she manage to open a couple with a fine hairclip, where the locks were that worn. Unfortunately, the papers inside did not reveal much, listing the names of people and suppliers, but coded. The room smelled musty, like many document archives subjected to high humidity.

 

Charley moved into the next room. The door was stiff and noisy on the hinges, and some of the flooring creaked.

 

Jeez, she thought to herself. She wanted to call John and Dan to tell them where she was. They must be arriving soon. But dare not make any noise just yet. She had a feeling she was being watched.

 

She was, the trip had triggered an intruder response. A group of three locals, paid handsomely to guard the laboratory complex, were closing on the building. The shortest man was leading two taller men, both quite stocky and carrying titanium steel M24E6 machine guns. While the lead was sporting a 9mm Glock.

 

Charley's position was monitored by infra-red sensors within the complex, showing on a security application modified for an ordinary smartphone, as position by room. The lead used hand signals and radio walkie-talkies to direct his two heavies to intercept the intruder at 'L 5.' That was Laboratory five.

 

Charley did not know it but she was about to enter a corridor leading to a laboratory identified as 'L4.' She tried the door carefully, trying not to make a sound. This door would not budge. It was locked. She shone her torch into the keyhole. Hmmm, only a 3 lever mortise, she thought to herself. Charley unrolled a pouch from a discreet pocket, revealing a pick set. She'd not used this before. But, this was getting interesting. After a few minutes of botched attempts, the lock finally clunked open.

 

Further into the complex, the short security guard had entered Laboratory number five, and unlocked the internal door to the adjoining L4. He let in the two taller guards, who hid behind large medical machines on either side of the lab. They were sweaty and breathing heavily but managed to stay silent. The lead stayed behind the adjoining door.

 

Charley carefully pulled on the door, with her foot at the base, to control the opening. It did not creak. With a sigh of relief, she opened it wide and entered a white corridor, easily lit with her small LED pen torch. The corridor had cameras, the first she'd seen. She felt exposed, so moved swiftly to the far door at the end of the corridor, switching off her light. The next door was unlocked, it opened almost silently. She allowed herself a quick scan from her pen-light. It was well worth the risk. The room contained an amazing array of medical equipment, like the lab in Jurassic World. All signs and documents were in German, with some Nazi insignia evident.

 

The reporter floated deftly through the laboratory on virtual tip-toes. Her curiosity peaked, she could not wait to see what was in the next room. The She reached for the door handle. Behind the door, the short guard stood ready with his Glock. Charley tried the handle. The door was open. She inched into the darkened room, switching on her penlight for a quick scan, catching a faint waft of body odour. The short guard raised his pistol, striking Charley on the back of the neck hard, as she moved into the room. She collapsed from the shock, the guard just managing to break her fall a little, but not enough to prevent a head injury.

 

When Charley finally came to, she was handcuffed to an operating table in Laboratory Five. The lighting was now on in this room, hurting her eyes a little as she got used to the levels. Her head was aching. She was surrounded by some very sophisticated equipment. With various body parts represented by what looked like plastic mesh, in sealed glass display cabinets, lining one side of the room. Despite her situation, she was fascinated, wondering how these items may be connected to the Panamanian Running Man.

 

She was still bleary eyed, when a door opened and the short security guard entered with one of the taller guards, speaking to each other in Portuguese. The shorter man began in broken English, "what's a pretty lady like you doing sneaking around in the rain forest?"

 

Charley responded, "hi guys, I could do with an iced tea and some pain killers, if it's not too much bother."

 

The tall guard passed his boss a syringe filled with a milky liquid. "You will tell us. Better for you if you do."

 

"Why?" said Charley.

 

"If you want to depart painlessly tell me now - before it's too late."

 

"Where's the fun in that?" Charley was praying John would track her down. As soon as he realised she was missing. If only she'd waited. She needed to buy some time. She pushed her chest forward and spread her legs provocatively, as she beamed an inviting smile at her captors. 

 

The tall guard was immediately interested. His boss less so. Charley opened and closed her legs slowly. "Oh, come on, aren't you allowed to play." She knew this man was dangerous, but clearly, whoever was coming next would do her a lot of harm. Charley needed them to engage. Where was John?


 

 

 

NOTES: The Amazon basin, Manaus, Charley is taken prisoner. The Baron tries to blackmail John using hostage to demanding trade DNA from the Ark, in exchange for her. Dan and SN lock down. A rescue ensues, Storm and FBI Jack Mason, during which raid on jungle hideout, papers and equipment is recovered (stolen) that suggest warlords are planning something big in Washington, but more urgently, that plans for replicant are relocated to Egypt. Accidental archaeological discovery as incidental excursion – not now!!

 

 

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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