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Apr. 19th, 2005 | 04:23 pm
posted by: i_like_neon_ice in shatter_it

Xiu shivered, in part from apprehension and in part from cold. She rubbed her arms a bit and stared at the stark grey walls of Tunnel 8 out of boredom. Their silence answered her. Tunnel 8 was one of the old tunnels which the Iron Federation had carved out of the moon’s surface decades ago. Somewhere in the distance a high reverberation grazed the edge of her hearing. Must be a moon mole She thought. They were one of the many genetically engineered creatures that inhabited the land of the Iron Federation, created by people like her. People the Federation had hired to aid them in what she liked to think of as World Domination. The moon mole started off as a lab experiment for Earth scientists, but with the development of stem cell research it was engineered to produce valuable totipotent zygotes used for producing everything from human-compatible myelin to bovine pancreas secretions. Because these lab rats weren’t of “higher intelligence”, humans had no problem creating them only to destroy their offspring during the 10 day window. Xiu mused at this irony. Too bad scientists were too thirsty for knowledge. Some German geneticists figured out how to increase the production of their nervous cells, previously thought to be unable to undergo mitosis. Of course, something had to go wrong, and those previously harmless lab rats inherited a new gene. The gene that gave them a bit of an edge. The adult moon moles probably didn’t know exactly why they could never reproduce. But a few of them figured out it wasn’t natural. Iron Federation lost control of a few of them, and they managed to escape into the tunnels, where they waited. Tampering with their DNA sequence left high probability for mutation. Humans have natural defenses against this, with several enzymes and processes for weeding out “bad DNA”. The moon moles didn’t have these defenses. Just one of the many species that the human race lost control over in their genetic tampering. Xiu shivered again as a lower screech reverberated in the tunnel. Nobody really knew what the moon moles are doing in the tunnels, but Xiu really didn’t have the desire to find out. The Iron Federation pretty much ignored the problem, just as they ignore everything and everyone else below them. It’s kind of creepy without anybody else here, she thought. Then the image of William’s fake-white smile came to mind, and suddenly she didn’t mind being alone so much. She wondered what he wanted to talk to her about… She had heard rumors of something stirring within the upper-class geneticists. Something new… something wrong with the system…

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Princess Yin

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from: snowmagnolias
date: Apr. 22nd, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
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ooooh.. suspense!

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thynameiscow

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from: thynameiscow
date: May. 21st, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
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wow... your character sure thinks a lot, haha

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