WS ST Posted April 29, 2017 Share Posted April 29, 2017 CHAPTER III THE BALL DROPS SHELLY MONTANA MID DECEMBER Snow and Ice. Howling winds. The northern plains in December were not a hospitable place. In the town of Shelly life startlingly went on it normal routine, after all the strangeness all the catastrophes and all the unacknowledged lies, Shelly was still Shelly and that meant that everyone was getting ready for The Winter Ball. Another tradition in the states Christmas vacation and proceeding that the Winter Formal Dance or Ball. This year the ball would be held on Saturday the 17th in the Town Civic Center instead of the School auditorium due to some weather damage the auditorium had suffered during the recent heavy snow fall. As with most school events the whole town was looking forward to doing their part in making it a memorable Ball. Tickets had been sold, Dates had been asked and all that awaited was for Saturday to arrive. BULWARK AFB DECEMBER 12, 14:30 Hrs Anhita rubbed the back of her neck, she needed a break or to be enhanced, if only that were possible. She stepped out of the elevator four stories below ground in what had once been the Beta Site of Project Stepping Stone and was now ground zero for that projects successor, Project Guardian Shield. The guard at the Titanium doors checked her badge as he did every time she came here, even though she had been coming everyday for the last six weeks, as he handed her the badge the door receded a half foot into the wall and slid aside. She stepped through and the door slid shut behind her. She found herself in a nice accoutered office space complete with a young attractive airman serving as receptionist. “The Colonel and Dr. Mizuki are waiting inside ma'am.” The receptionist/guard said. “Thank you Peggy.” Anhita responded and meaning it even though she knew that Peggy Lake was a trained killer and amazed that that no longer seemed to bother her. She went into Col. Pryor's office to talk to the only two people in the world she could talk too freely. The three of them had been meeting almost everyday now for over two months ever since the first incursion. Unlike Pryor and Mizuki, Anhita had no family here at Bulwark, she was single and did not have much of a social life before Project Stepping Stone and less of one now. Her only living relatives were her Mother and sister living in Michigan. She still had blood relatives in Iran but had no connection to them both she and her sister had been born here in the united states they were American through and through He parents having fled as teenagers after the fall of the Shah so many years ago. Her father had died almost twenty years ago of cancer her mother never remarried. Now at the age of 37, Anhita was part of history unfolding. “I have the report on Enhanced. It is very detailed and isn't going to be understood by most of the people who read it.” She tosses a three inch thick Air Force Blue binder onto the desk then hands to flash drives, one each, to her companions. “So what's in it in a nutshell?” Asks Pryor. “Well, “Anhita Reshoud began, “we have cataloged everyone we think may have been exposed to the Quetrino responsible for the manifestation. This turned up three additional QEH's from the base incursion which raises the number to nineteen plus the Irregulars but does not include Devin Jauntsen. He is a QEH but we cannot reconcile where he may have been exposed although we do have some theories. But I'll get to that later. She sips her tea. “DNA scans have been completed of all QEH's and we have established that all of them are still 100% human The manifestation did not mutate them or otherwise change their base genetic structure. The organ which absorbs and regulates the Quantum Energy flows, is a part of the endocrine system and when the organ transited from it's dormant stated it released a series of unknown but natural growth hormones which in turn activated preexisting segments of each individuals genetic code that we call Introns. These Introns which we, meaning the Genetic research community, have always thought were just junk DNA left over from evolution, in turn seem to code how each individual uses the energy the node supplies. Every human has these Introns millions of them in fact and every human also seems to have the node. But it is dormant until it is stimulated by an as yet unknown process. The stimulation causes the pineal gland to release hormones which causes a sudden growth in the node organ which in turn feeds on the Quantum energy allowing it to grow rapidly and release its Hormones and so on.” “Are you telling me that all of us can have these powers” Pryor asks startled by the information. Dr. Mizuki answers. “No. the pineal gland has to be at it's most active which occurs in humans between the ages of about twelve to to twenty years of age when the body is experience it's most active growth.” “Dr. Mizuki is correct, that's why the children were effected most and why they are more powerful. While an older person can manifest under optimum circumstances, that person will not manifest to a high degree. This has led us to make some codifying tables classifying the QEH's for our own use. Currently we are classifying the QEH's into four classifications Class I – which are the Irregulars and anyone displaying what we are terming Superpowers, like Flying, Shooting energy from hands or eyes, etc. Class II – is a QEH who is displaying Psychic Abilities and Class III – which are those QEHs who display only enhanced physical and mental enhancements. We are also classifying each individual by power level which is actually easier to quantify. For this we have five levers currently using the Greek alphabet with Alpha being the lowest power rating and following the sequence, Beta, Gamma, Delta and skipping to Omega as the highest. This allows us to insert additional levels as needed.” “And what do we have?” The Irregulars are all class I with power levels ranging from Gamma to Omega. The rest are a mixture of Class IIs and IIIs with low Power level Alpha and a few Betas.” “Well at least we are getting somewhere.” muttered Col Pryor and while he didn't ask he knew that as soon as he could he would look up what was in this report about his daughter. Spoiler Power Level is directly related to Quantum score with Quantum 1 being an Alpha Level and 5 Being an Omega. If/when a Quantum 6 score is reached 6 will become the Omega Level and 5 will be come Epsilon and so on. DECEMBER 14, 08:45 Hrs General Robinson's face peered out of the multiple screens set around the room, beside her on the split screen were two other faces. One belong to the outgoing Secretary of State the other to the Deputy Director of the NSA. Sitting in the room were Col. Pryor, Capt. Mckeller, Doctors Mizuki and Rashoud. Standing in the center of the room everyone looking at her was a young woman slightly overweight, wearing unflattering spectacles, her light brown hair brushed back and tied in a french braid. She was dressed in a comfortable business pant suit and holding a customized tablet and a stylus. Her name was Carrie Green and she was one of a handful of NASA Specialists assigned to PROJECT GUARDIAN SHIELD. “As you can see on your pads,” she makes a couple of rapid circles on hers. Each person sitting her and those on the screens see two circles appear on their data pads which display a jumble of charts tables and other incomprehensible, to most of them, things, “this two indicators are irrefutable proof that the Chinese or at least someone or something in Northern China has activated a Transportal at least four times in the last three weeks” “ Do you have a location?” General Robinson's voice came from all around the room. “Oh Yes ma'am, pin point,” the stylus flicks and the pads now display a map four stars appear as if by magic. “ Those are the four sites where our satellites recorded the Quetrino's..” “The what?” The Secretary of State asked with a lost look on his face. “Sorry sir, The Quantum Energized Neutrinos. That what we have taken to calling the set of charged particles, about four dozen different kinds, that are emitted when something passes through a portal. All of them are harmless and most decay within seconds...” This time the interruption can from Gen Robinson, “How are we detecting this. The last brief I read said we couldn't detect these except at close proximity.” If the interruptions bothered Green, she never let on simply sliding from one answer to the next. “The Brain Trust, what the QEH's are calling themselves in the labs, mainly Ms. Cassidy, developed some software with which we were able to up grade all of our existing geo and weather surveying sats. All of those are equipped to detect high energy particles but off by nuclear detonations and reactor accidents. It was never an issue of detecting them it was always in knowing what we were looking for. Now we can identify the Quetrino's we can pick up and sudden burst as long as we have a detector pointed that way. Back to the location of detection, all four portals were opened in a single area about 4 kilometers square located in a remote mountain area in Burqin, Altay, Xinjiang the closest settlement is a small lumber/mining town called Hemukanasixiang. We don't have population figures for that town or the other town nearby.” “How close to the population center were the portals opened?” Asked Dr Mizuki without taking his eyes from the pad. “The area where the portals opened is located four kilometers north of Hemukanasixiang. The location is only accessible by foot. Even helicopters have a hard time due to winds and they can't land in the terrain.” Answered Green. “What's worrying you Dr Mizuki?” the Col questioned his friend even though he already knew the answer. “That is with in our supposition range for triggering of a QEH manifestation.While we have not yet identified the exact particle that cause the triggering we know that it is linked to the Portal ejecta. Even if the portals in question are not Chinese there is a possibility that some one has been enhanced there. I hate to sound paranoid but knowing what our QEH's are capable of. I shudder to think of what the Chinese will do if they discover them.” Said Mizuki a hint of worry in his voice. “Do you have anything else Miss Green?” This from the NSA Deputy Director. “Just the other data...” she started. “I think I can handle that part Miss Green. Thank you very much for an excellent briefing.” Dismissed the NASA rep left the office. Spoiler this is the teaser for Chapter three and the set up. There is more to follow DO NOT POST CURRENTLY IN THIS THREAD Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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