Story Goal - Tendrils in Her Mind - Episode 3
Before she set off from the Fortress, Dr. Miraine did her homework. She pinned the locations where the Fortress scouts had picked up all the samples on a map, cross-referenced them against wind direction, and traced the lines back to find a point of origin. In the end, there was no doubt about the source: all the lines pointed back to the Romolo Park Zoo.
Dr. Miraine needed to waste no time explaining the importance of her mission to her new companion. A new wave of mutation was sweeping across the region. A more radical form of mutation spreading its tendrils into every form of life.
The zoo was practically within sight – all they needed to do was cross the plaza and they would already be in Margaret Park. There, they’d need to follow a path through what used to be the flower garden, take the bridge over the pond, and they’d be at the zoo’s gates.
Of course, they knew it wouldn’t be that easy.
Dr. Miraine had been a research assistant at Romolo Park Zoo for a while, back at the start of her career. Its research labs were among the best in the country. The only question she had was – who was doing it? Playing around with mutation at this level required a brilliant mind and a thorough understanding of genetics – the kind of understanding Dr. Miraine, and perhaps only a handful of others in the world, had.
The Whisperer – “the Black Widow!” Sharpie insisted – knew they were coming, and what they’d be trying to do. They could count on her undivided attention. But, after all, Dr. Miraine reasoned, even a psychic has to sleep every once in a while. She asked Sharpie about the past months, and her new ally didn’t have to think long.
“Nights are easier. I feel less of her after midnight.”
Still, the night-time presented its own challenges. In the long years since the gardeners did their last rounds, Romolo Park had grown wild – they’d be venturing into an overgrown tangle of weeds and branches in the dark. And, if the animal mutations had spread far enough to be picked up by the Fortress scouts on their sorties – well, who was to say what lurked here, so close to the source?
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