Poison Part 6
I sat once again waiting in
the forest near a certain someone's cave. There was the nagging doubt
that this time she would have upped sticks and moved. But I think even
now she wanted to be found.
It was a lovely night clear
and calm, the stars blazed in the sky like jewels. I sat and enjoyed
the sky listening to the sounds of the forest. I hoped the plan Frankie
and I had cooked up would work, there was a good chance if I could just
convince Jamie to trust me.
I had missed her in the morning,
half expecting her to be there requesting pancakes. I even put the cartoon
channel on briefly, she had barely been gone a day and I was already
missing her. I guess it just goes to show how much I was smitten with
this quirky, pancake crazy, cartoon obsessed, friendly, loving, scorpion
I heard the tell-tale rustle
in the bushes of her announcing her presence, I looked over and saw
a sad face peeking out of the bushes.
“I missed you Jamie,”I
She stopped there for a moment
then shot out of the bushes like she'd been fired out of a cannon wrapping
her arms around me in a surprise sudden rib crushing hug. I stroked
her hair and held her for quite a long time. Eventually she broke the
“They attacked me, and then
a gang came to try and lock me away. Like I knew they would,”she said
sadly. “The world doesn't want me there.”
“You'd be surprised,”I
said, “I know you've got it in your head that they were coming to
hurt you but it's not true.”
“You don't see it because
you are the only good person in the world,”she said sadly, “I'm
a horrible monster. Everyone else is against me just you love me.”
She hugged me again, crying
silently. “What if I could convince you that not just me loves you.
That there were others who wanted you back. What then? Would you come
back with me?”
“How?”she asked face still
buried in my chest.
“Well I'd need to bring someone
else here, someone you used to know, they are waiting down by the lake.
We can go visit them together and I promise they mean you no harm. It
will show you that the world does want you and that you are not a monster,”She
looked at me suspiciously. “Please, Jamie for me?”
She looked away then nodded
“Here,”I said opening a
bag I had brought with me, “this will help.”
I handed her Pinky Bear, she
grabbed it and clutched it to her stroking the bedraggled fur against
her face. I put my arm around her and eased her up. She cuddled against
me like a scared child but she came along without resisting. I pulled
out the torch so I could see where I was going and made my way slowly
towards the lake leading Jamie along gently.
We reached the edge of the
forest and the trees thinned out so we could see the shore of the lake.
I could make out two figures sat on the rock near the shore. Jamie stiffened
“It's alright Jamie, I promise
you they mean you no harm, I'm going to be right here with you,”I
said gently massaging her palm to calm her.
She nodded hesitantly and then
allowed me to lead her closer to the shore.
One of the two people saw us
coming and made their way towards us he resolved into a tall middle
aged man with greying blond hair and dark blue eyes.
Jamie froze in place staring
at him like she had seen a ghost then she squeaked, “Daddy?”
“Yes Jamie sweet heart it's
me. It's so good to see you I've missed you so,”he said coming closer.
Jamie began backing away looking
confused shaking her head, “But but but you can't be ... I killed
“No sweetheart you didn't,
it's true I got a pretty nasty shot from that stinger of yours but it
just paralysed me for a while. By the time it wore off you were long
gone. I searched for over a month, but there was no sign of you and
we had no idea where you had run to. I tried to get the police involved
but your mother told them I was hallucinating from drinking due to your
death. She took your disappearance hard went a bit mad. She threaten
to take Frankie away unless we moved house. I'm so sorry I didn't recognised
you straight away, it's haunted me all these years,”he began sobbing
“I thought I killed you,”said
Jamie also sobbing.
The two of them edged closer
together slowly as if scared the other would run off or something and
eventually fell into each others arms.
“Oh my sweet Jamie I thought
I never see you again,”sobbed Jamie's father.
“Daddy, I missed you. I was
so lonely,”sobbed Jamie.
At this point Frankie came
a bit closer and Jamie spotted her and got a nervous look on her face,
she didn't let go of her father though.
“Who's that?”she asked.
“It's your sister Francesca,”said
Jamie broke the hug finally
and went a bit closer to her sister examining her, “Frankie?”she
“Yeah it's me Jamie, I see
you got my message, I'm so glad,”Frankie said pointing at Pinky Bear.
Jamie lifted up Pinky Bear
and reluctantly offered him to Frankie maybe thinking she wanted him
back. “No that's alright sis you keep him, he's your bear I gave him
“You look different,”said
“You too,”grinned Frankie.
“I missed you too Frankie,”Jamie
said in a quiet voice.
“I missed you too Sis. It
was no fun growing up without you,”Frankie said with tears in her
Both sobbing they embraced
and their father came and hugged the two of them, I felt like I was
intruding. But then Jamie broke the hug and came over and grabbed my
hand leading me back to her family with a big grin on her face.
“This is Thomas, he found
me in the forest, we're special friends,”she said grinning.
Frankie smirked at that and
Jamie's father raised an eyebrow, the fact that me and Jamie were quite
close hadn't really come up in the conversation.
Her father grinned at me, “Given
that he's reunited us with you I'd say he's a fine young man in my book.”
Frankie chucked at that but
Jamie beamed and took my arm in hers.
Jamie's Father took her other
hand and looked up at her, “Come back to the village with us Jamie,
we have so much catching up to do. I'd love it if you came back with
us to the house. You could stay a while, there is a spare room you could
Jamie turned and looked at
me, “Is that OK with you?”
“Of course it is, why wouldn't
it be,”I said to her.
She smiled and said, “well
I mean you'd be all alone then.”
“He could stay too, the guest
room has a double bed,”said her father looking away.
“Yay!”cried Jamie and leaped
into my arms nearly knocking me to the ground.
With that we made our way back
to civilisation and to Jamie's fathers house stopping off en-route at
the hotel to grab our things. The house was a three storey fairly spacious
place with a rustic feel to it. The spare room was a nice sized room
with a comfy looking double bed in the middle. Jamie's Father, who insisted
I call him Richard, made the four of us tea while we sat at their old
wooden dining table and talked. The full story of what had happened
for their side came out over mugs of tea.
The car Jamie had been thrown
from had continued down the hill and hit a fuel storage shed, where
the forest service people stored fuel for their vehicles. It had all
gone up in an intense fireball starting a large fire that had destroyed
a large area. When they had gotten the fire out they found no sign of
Jamie in what little was left of the car they assumed she had either
burned up or been blasted into the adjacent lake. They had done some
searches and dredged the lake but found nothing. Jamie's mother had
taken this very hard and had been inconsolable. Then a week or two after
she had gone missing the new Jamie returned and the events at the house
ran their horrible course leaving Jamie in the woods and her father
When he recovered he had frantically
searched for Jamie but to no avail. He had tried to get the police involved
but they had been sceptical especially after Jamie's mother denied the
whole thing and told them he had been drinking a lot due to the grief.
Jamie's mother became more
erratic after Jamie returned insisting on moving, Jamie's father Richard
didn't want to in case little Jamie came back again. So she threatened
to divorce him and take little Frankie away and not allowing him to
see her citing his nonexistent alcoholism and fabricated violence. He
capitulated not wanting to lose two daughters. They moved far away from
the village though both Frankie and Richard still wanted to go back
there to see if Jamie would one day return.
The marriage between Jamie's
Father and Mother deteriorated quickly and eventually ended. Frankie
chose to stay with her father rather than her mother still blaming the
woman for driving Jamie off. Jamie's Mother married a man from her work
she had been having an affair with and started a new family, Frankie
and Richard moved back to the village. Frankie grew up and was currently
attending university and by a happy coincidence had just come back for
the holidays working in the pub to earn a bit of extra money to pay
for a holiday. Richard worked locally both Frankie and Him had given
up hope of seeing Jamie alive and were overjoyed to have her back.
The three of them talked long
into the night and when we finally went to bed we fell asleep almost
immediately Jamie snuggling up to me with a happy grin on her face.
I was woken in the morning
by Jamie crouched over me still dressed in her teddy bear pyjamas, “Pancakes!”
she said and shook me, “Wake up Daddies making pancakes!”
I gave her a sleepy grin and
said, “I'm up I'm up.”
I put on my clothes then followed
a very happy Jamie out to the kitchen. Sat at the table was a very sleepy
looking Frankie and their Father Richard was at the hob making pancakes.
“Gah, she woke you up too,”said
a grumpy looking Frankie.
“Don't mind her,”said Richard,
“she's not had her coffee yet.”
“Well Jamie gets very excited
about pancakes,”I said with a grin.
“You're not kidding,”said
Frankie, eyeing her sister who was sitting next to her cutlery in hand
waiting for the food.
I think in this case her enthusiasm
stemmed more from the fact that it was her father that was making her
pancakes than anything else. Richard came over with a plate of pancakes
he had done and a caffitiere full of coffee which Frankie grabbed right
away pouring herself a mug and taking a few mouthfuls of coffee then
giving a satisfied sigh.
I grabbed a mug myself and
had one of the pancakes before Jamie devoured them all. After a wonderful
breakfast Jamie went to get changed into some proper clothes and we
sat down in the living room to work out what to do next. Frankie was
looking much more alert now that the coffee had kicked in and there
was generally a more serious mood than there had been at breakfast.
Jamie's father started, “So
there is a lot we need to sort out.”
“Like what Daddy?”asked
Jamie looking lovely in a pink baby doll t shirt with a cartoon giraffe
on it and matching pink shorts.
“Well you've been officially
declared dead years ago, we need to try and sort that out, there is
also the various post MORFS tests that were never done. From what Thomas
has told us you have a gift for healing and the testing people will
be able to tell you more about your capabilities. And, though I hesitate
to bring it up to spoil your good mood, the matter of those men attacking
you and your response. I've no doubt the local police will want to resolve
Jamie suddenly looked a little
frightened and gripped my arm, “They'll lock me away!”
I put my arm around her and
held her tight and her father took her hand, “Shush darling, from
what Frankie said there were plenty of witnesses that saw what happened
you were held down by four men while this other one beat you. You reacted
and tried to make him stop, it had unfortunate consequences but it was
not fatal. If it comes to it I know a very good solicitor who can help
us but as it stands I would hope the police will see it as self defence,
Jamie nodded her head doubtfully.
“Besides we've only just
found you again we're not going to let someone take you away now,”her
father said with a smile.
“Damn straight, no one's
taking my sister away!”put in Frankie looking very determined.
Jamie burst into tears and
then began hugging everyone in sight, it took some time and many hugs
before she calmed down again.
“Because of your change we
will probably need to prove your identity,” Jamie's dad continued,
“Maybe the MORFS clinic can help with that. Anyway the most important
part of this is your commitment Princess. This is going to take a long
time and probably be emotionally and physically painful. Do you want
to rejoin society again, come back into the land of the living?”
Jamie looked at each of us
in turn then nodded and quietly said “yes”
“We'll be here to help you
through it, every step of the way,”he said with a smile.
We had a long road ahead but
it seemed like the hardest step was behind us. I looked forward to the
day when my sweet beautiful Jamie would be a citizen again and also
able to walk the streets and control her destiny as was her right. It
would take some time but she would get there and I would be at her side
all the way.
To think how such a little
thing as slipping on some mud had changed my life for the better. Not
only that it had freed Jamie from her exile and given her back her family.
With so many lost years to make up for and missed experiences for Jamie
to discover it was going to be a fabulous adventure. Without delay the
four of us set the wheels in motion and began the slow process of recognising
legally what had already happened in our hearts, bringing the lost Jamie
It was another long day at
the office. Looking after the worlds elementals is tough job but someone's
got to do it. I was just about done and looking forward to getting home
to Amy and the kids almost on time for once when one of my alerts flagged
a news article for my attention.
I pulled up the information
on my screen and saw it was from some trashy tabloid news outfit in
the UK. I sighed expecting it to be another celebrity seen out with
an known MORFS survivor or some probably misleading story about an attack
or some other waste of my time.
The headline read, “Man Mutilated
By Half Human Half Scorpion!”I braced myself for another bigfoot esq
'Mr Gavin McWalter a local
construction worker was brutally attacked by a half human half scorpion
monster. Mr McWalter was walking home from a local pub when he was set
upon by the beast completely without provocation. The monster, by Mr
McWalter's description, was 15 feet tall generally human shaped but
covered in jet black plates with a lethal tail and pincers for hands,
attacked Mr McWalter who was able to fend off its physical attacks but
then fell victim to some terrible power. The skin on half of his face
and one of his hands has been changed into what appears to be black
shell. Mr McWalter is in constant pain as a result and is confined to
the local hospital. Doctors are baffled and even the staff bioelemental
was unable to reverse the change claiming the damage is too extensive
and that it was done at a level beyond their own abilities. Speaking
off the record a doctor at the hospital said they also found the changes
bear an energy signature that suggests a very powerful bioelemental
made the alterations. Mr McWalter now hopes to see a specialist bioelemental
at the St Giles MORFS special medical unit in London.'
The article then went on to
talk about his problems as a result and how he had lost his job and
girlfriend and so on. I looked at the pictures of a man with a face
half covered in black plating. Something about this trashy story reminded
me of something else I had seen earlier in the day. Then I noticed the
name of the village where the construction worker lived it had also
been listed on an unusual new entry in the database. A young woman outside
the usual age range of MORFS suddenly being entered as a very powerful
bioelemental. It had struck me as strange when I saw it and I'd made
a note to investigate. But a powerful bioelemental suddenly turning
up in a small village where a man is attacked seemingly by a powerful
bioelemental, that couldn't be coincidence. I looked up the entry and
another piece of the puzzle fell into place it listed her as a Scorpion
Hybrid only 5 foot 8 as opposed to 15 feet tall but still I would have
I sighed, another trip away,
Amy was going to be miffed. I checked my watch. It could wait till tomorrow
no one would be awake there for a while yet. Another rampaging elemental
was not what I needed right now.
I decided if tomorrow was going
to require overtime then the rest of today's work could wait. I packed
up and told the various staff that I would be out of the office tomorrow.
I got in the front door and
was ambushed by a cute bundle of white fur, “mama!”cried Faline
leaping into my arms, she was getting heavy.
“Hey Kitten,”called Amy
as I walked into the dining room, “what gives you're almost on time
for a change. You get time off for good behaviour?”
“I decided to cut school
early today, I've got another business trip tomorrow,”I replied depositing
Faline in her chair having some trouble with her tail that had wrapped
itself around my arm and gripped me possessively. I ruffled little Blaze's
hair affectionately as I passed his high chair.
“Where to this time,”sighed
“England; looks like some
Bioelemental running amok.”
“Well you better bring me
a souvenir this time,”admonished Amy.
“Well since you're here you
can help me with dinner. Come along kitten,”she ordered with a smile.
I followed her quickly into the kitchen, I never could turn down her
commands not that I wanted to.
Ludicrously early the next
morning I got up trying not to wake Amy. I dressed got my briefcase
then quickly formed a disk of dark matter and spun it focusing on my
desired destination. Space twisted in front of me and a picturesque
village appeared at the other end. I took a breath and then prepared
to jump through. I never seemed to get used to travelling this way.
I jumped through, landing neatly on a cobblestone road. I sealed the
portal behind me and strolled down the road to get my bearings. It almost
immediately started raining and I cursed myself for forgetting to bring
an umbrella, this was England after all. I compromised by forming a
shield above me that kept the rain off.
First stop would be the local
testing centre which seemed to be attached to the same hospital the
victim of the attack was in. Hopefully I could kill two birds with one
stone, find out about this new bioelemental and find out something about
the condition of the man who claimed to be attacked. The local police
might be helpful but it was always a job to explain who I was and why
they should talk to me, when I was acting in a medical capacity things
always seemed to be much smoother.
I made my way into the post
morfs testing centre and headed for the reception area.
“Hello can I help you?”asked
a nurse from behind the desk with a pleasant smile.
I pulled out my ID, “Hello
I'm Dr Miller with the International MORFS Registry we received an entry
from this testing centre that tripped a few flags and I've come to investigate
“Right,”said the nurse
looking a little surprised, “We don't usually get many visitors from
the Registry, I'll see if I can get you some time with our Doctor.”
She went away into the back
and after a short while returned smiling. “Doctor Howard is just on
her lunch break but she's got time to see you before we get our next
wave of appointments in,”she turned to indicate where to go, “If
you go through this door make a right then the break room is first door
on the left. She's just in there.”
“Thanks very much,”I said
and made my way through, the break room turned out to be just a room
with a single table a few chairs and a sink with a kettle and an assortment
of mugs next to it. Sitting at the table was a young woman with brown
hair, dark eyes, and a Mediterranean complexion dressed in a white doctors
“Doctor Howard?”I asked.
“Yeffs,”she replied with
a mouth full of sandwich.
“I'm Doctor Miller from the
International MORFS Registry, I look after entries on elementals and
one of your recent entries tripped a few flags a young woman outside
our normal age range very powerful bioelemental scorpion hybrid.”
The woman swallowed her sandwich,
“Oh yes Jamie,”she looked away for a moment, “such a sad story
and yet such a lovely young woman if a little scared of people.”
“I don't know any details
beyond what was in the entry,”I said wondering what she meant.
“Living in the forest all
those years like a wild thing,”said the doctor seemingly not hearing
me, “Lost thought dead then chased away by her own mother, tragic
really. To think there was a little kid living out there for years and
no one knew.”
“Hard to imagine that she
managed to survive out there, even more amazing that she isn't a complete
basket case as a result. Then to come back only to be attacked by those
anti-morfs nutters. She put one in hospital you know, did some pretty
nasty damage to his face with her elemental abilities, not that she
realised she could do that poor dear. Still at least it had a happy
ending what with her finding her family again,”She paused then shook
her head and looked back at me, “Oh here I go again rambling on when
you had something you wanted to ask me. What was it you wanted to know
There was a great deal I wanted
to know about from her little monologue but where to begin.
“So you're telling me that
this woman Jamie, was living in a forest?”
“Oh I assumed you knew?”
“No this is news to me.”
The woman then went on to tell
me a fairly fantastical tale about a young girl going missing thought
dead who had actually undergone MORFS and was living in a cave in the
forest then being rescued by a hiker.
“That sounds like something
from a fairy tale!”I told her.
“I know, but it checks out
as far as I can tell. The poor dear was trapped in a cave while she
changed. Made her way back but she got chased off by her mother. Spent
the next decade and a half living in the woods.”
“She must have been pretty
“How did she survive?”
“Some of it is down to the
new body MORFS gave her, it's very very tough, and it came coupled with
some senses and instincts that helped her hunt and survive. She's armoured
like a tank incredibly strong equipped with a number of physical weapons,
a set of pincers a venomous tail. Add to that her bio elemental powers
make her immune to toxins pathogens and any physical damage she did
receive would be regenerated.”
“How powerful is she?”
“Well we don't get a lot
of morfs survivors with powers due to the incidence rate being low and
the relatively small communities around here and even then I'm not sure
we've had a bio ele like her before. But even given that I'd say she's
incredibly powerful. One of our staff had an old leg wound that she
received as a child. Very deep damage her parents were anti morfs types
so refused her MBE care and she's never had the money to have it fixed.
Jamie saw the damage from two rooms away through several meters of concrete
and fixed it without even moving. Gave the girl quite a shock, but her
leg is as good as new no sign that it was ever damaged.”
“Impressive, so she was relatively
unharmed by her experiences in the forest?”
“Well I wouldn't say that,
physically she is fine but mentally is another story. I've recommended
she see someone more qualified to judge how to help her. She has been
basically alone in the forest for most of her life, she's missed schooling
and a lot of the normal social development that would go with that.
As such she's going to have a difficult time reintegrating into society.”
“Is she a danger?”
“She could be dangerous as
could a lot of people, she's had to fight to survive so she has a fairly
refined killer instinct. She's had to hunt and kill to survive at a
level most of us are never likely to experience. But she also longs
for companionship and family. While she has that I think she will be
happy and make the effort to try and fit in.”
“What about this incident
where she attacked someone?”
“Well that's an interesting
case. They're still not quite sure what she did to him most of the MBE's
they got to take a look ran out screaming.”
“Well ok no, though one did
turn rather green and had to get some air, but take my word for it it's
not a pretty picture. Anyway as for an attack it was a little more complex
than that, there were four of them holding her down while this guy attacked
her with a bat. She reacted and fought back did something horrific to
his face and one of his hands. The guy tried to have her done for assault
but with the witness testimony and the circumstances they didn't prosecute.
She's got to get some training to know more about her powers though,
so that sort of thing doesn't happen again. The medical people will
figure out how to reverse it at some point, and until then the guy can
just eat his meals through a straw.”
I raised an eyebrow, “That's
not a very sympathetic view.”
“No I guess not, but the
guy was basically trying to trap her. He even left a man trap in the
woods for her so I hear, wanted to sell her as a slave to one of those
overseas circuses or something. He was a low life anti-morfs bigot before
she did this to him I've no doubt he'd be the same if we removed it
tomorrow. We don't look too kindly on his sort round here, we're a very
close knit community.”
I got a few more details about
this girl then decided it was time to head over and to see what she
had done to her attacker.
“Thank you very much for
your help Dr Howard,”I said.
“Oh call me Ruth, it's been
my pleasure anything else you need just let me know Dr Miller,”she
replied with a warm smile then went back to eating her sandwiches.
“That's most kind and please
call me Sanura,”I said preparing to leave.
The doctors eyes suddenly bugged
open and she went bright red and nearly choked on a bite of sandwich,
“Not the Doctor Sanura Miller the famous elementoligist head of the
elemental database!”she squeaked once she was able to breathe again.
“Yes that's me, take care
now,” I gave her a wave as I walked out she was looking mortified
like she had made some terrible faux paux. It was nice to know she was
that helpful to anyone and she hadn't realised who I was in advance.
The doctors were a little reluctant
to let me see him until I told them I was an elementologist they told
me they had been having quite a lot of issues reversing the damage.
Surgery would have meant removing half of his face then having to find
new skin to graft back on. With the hand they didn't even have that
option they found it almost impossible to remove the shell it being
too tough for most of their normal tools to cut. With the face they
had an edge they could go under if need be. Most of the MBE's they had
brought in didn't really know what to make of the changes to the tissues,
some had tried reversing the effect but lacked the power to do much
more than small changes.
The man was restrained he apparently
had been trying to cut the blacken part of his face off. It was a pretty
chilling sight, most people forget that though most of the time bio
elementals just fixed things that went wrong with peoples bodies, anything
they could fix they could also break. Half the man's face was a twisted
black plate the edges where it changed to normal flesh looked red and
infected. That side of his face was frozen into a cry of terror. One
of his hands solid as if turned to stone frozen in a claw shape.
I was just wondering what to
ask him when he became extremely agitated.
“No NO NO! She's come to
finish the job! NO!”he cried trying to get out of the bed pulling
feebly at his restraints looking wildly at a point somewhere behind
I looked round and saw a normal
looking man accompanying a figure in a large coat that hung on them
oddly like it wasn't made for their shape. They had on gloves and the
hood pulled up over their head. The figure reached up and pulled the
hood back revealing a young woman with solid black eyes and long blonde
hair whose face was covered in shiny black plating.
She looked over at the screaming
man and said, “I just want to fix it.”
There was a strange sensation
like a pulse of static running through the air and a sense of pressure
and the man on the bed's cries grew in volume. I turned and watched
the black plate on his face seemed to be folding in on itself and turning
to skin again. Soon his face was returned to its previous state and
his hand was gradually loosening and changing back. The man looked at
his hand for a bit then passed out. The feeling of pressure went and
I heard a slight sigh from the figure. I turned to see her sagging against
the man who was trying to hold her up. I went over and helped him with
the girl, she was heavier than she looked.
“You must be Jamie,”I said
helping the young woman to her feet.
“I feel so tired,”she said.
“It's common when you over
extend your abilities like that, with practice you should be able to
manage your energy level better.”
She nodded, we helped her to
a seat while the doctors fussed over the passed out patient.
“Who are you?”she asked
as we got her settled she gripped the hand of the man she was with tightly
obviously a little nervous to be here eying all the doctors and nurses
“I'm Dr Miller but you can
call me Sanura, I work for the MORFS registry and I was looking into
your case due to its unusual nature,”I said. “I'd like to ask you
a few things about what happened to you maybe take a few readings.”
“Oh! You're like a kitty
cat,”she said pointing at my tail, “I had a book a long time ago
that said I might turn into a kitty cat but I didn't, I did grow a tail
though. I want to go back to Daddies house I don't like the hospital
much. Would you like to come along?”
“OK I'll come along,”I
replied and the girl smiled a little then got to her feet a little unsteadily.
“This is Thomas,”she said
nodding to the man and putting her arm around him.
“Pleased to meet you,”I
said offering my hand.
He gave me a guarded smile
and shook my hand, “likewise, Dr Miller.”
The girl Jamie pulled up her
hood and stayed close to Thomas letting him guide her she seemed fearful
of being exposed she would press herself closer when ever people came
near. They walked over to the car park, Thomas helped Jamie get into
the passenger seat of a fairly new SUV. He shifted some camping stuff
in the back so there was room for me.
“Sorry about the mess I've
not had a chance to sort it out,”he said with a smile.
We drove away from the hospital
and along a road leading around a valley with a lake in it. We soon
came to a small village, it was the sort of place people imagined when
thinking of a rural English village old stone cottages some even had
thatched roofs, dry stone walls, and windy cobblestone roads. Thomas
drove us to a three story house, we went inside and we were met by a
tall middle aged man with greying blond hair.
“How'd it go Princess? Who's
this with you?”he asked.
“This is Dr Miller, she works
for the MORFS registry and wanted to talk to Jamie about her case,”Thomas
“I'm Richard Dasley, Jamie's
father, would you care for a cup of tea Dr Miller,”he asked politely.
“That would be lovely,”I
Jamie had taken off her coat
giving me a clearer view of her body. She was wearing a small tshirt
with a picture of a bear on the front and a pair of shorts. Every inch
of her exposed skin was covered in shiny black armour plating, her forearms
had some odd structures covering them which from her file I understood
were deploy-able pincers, a fearsome looking tail arched up behind her
tipped with a vicious looking barb. The tail flexed a little as she
moved the barb at the top hinging about as if she was stretching. I
can see why people would be afraid of her, her body was very menacing
and a human sized scorpion triggered all manner of phobias in people.
Jamie sat down at the table
she had a stool to sit on so her tail didn't get in the way. Thomas
offered me a chair then went to sit down next to Jamie taking her hand
in his. I noticed he was gently stroking her palm which was one of the
few bits of her not completely armoured. Now that she was back in her
element with her family she seemed a touch more outgoing. She made eye
contact much more frequently though she still seemed a little shy of
“So what exactly do you do
for the MORFS registry Dr Miller?”asked Thomas.
“I look after the elemental
section of the database, as I said I'm Elementologist and have extensively
studied Elementals and their powers. As part of my work I investigate
elementals to learn about the effects of MORFS on people. The more we
learn about its effects the more we can help people who are MORFS survivors
and the better chance we have to usefully apply it's effects,”I replied.
“Apply like how for example?”
“Well take for example Jamie's
Bio-elemental abilities judging by her little demonstration earlier
with training she could fix almost any illness or injury in others and
going beyond that scar free re-constructive or cosmetic surgery to any
number of applications at the biological scale. We have many years of
working with elementals of all types to help them to control their powers
as well as maximizing their potential. Also the more we study these
abilities the greater chances of duplicating some or all of their effects
or find new ways to apply them. Imagine the boost to medical science
it would give if we could duplicate even a fraction of someone like
At this point Jamie's father
entered with a tray carrying tea and biscuits he placed the plate of
biscuits down in front of Jamie giving her a fatherly wink.
“Here you are,” he said
putting a mug of tea in front of me, “help yourself to milk and sugar
and try and get one of the biscuits before Jamie eats them all.”
“We can also help in other
ways, from what I understand Jamie has been cut off from any sort of
teaching for many years and also been very isolated. She will have missed
out on many normal parts of school and development, we can help you
get some training and psychological help. In exchange for that we study
her a little nothing more than some slightly more elaborate versions
of the test the post morfs centre already performed.”
“I assume this serves as
a monitoring function too, watching to make sure Jamie doesn't go round
attacking people,” Thomas said seriously.
I considered what to say, “I'm
not going to lie to you, there is an element of protecting the public.
All powerful elementals, myself among them, are recorded on the database
and based on their level of threat watched to make sure they don't pose
a danger to the general public. However what I am proposing is taking
advantage of the monitoring that would happen anyway to get schooling
and psych help. We only work with the best why not let us foot any bill.”
I sipped my tea, Jamie's father
was giving me a thoughtful nod, “It was something that concerned me
how we were going to get help for Jamie to help her learn the things
she needs to know. I want her to be able to make her own choices in
life and for that she may need to learn things I can't teach her.”
He smiled at Jamie who was
munching on a biscuit who grinned back.
As I watched the scorpion girl
munch her way through several biscuits I was a bit concerned that everyone,
myself included, was dictating what Jamie would do with her life. I
wanted to study her to increase our understanding of elementals, her
family wanted her to be out in the world, but were we just pushing her
in the directions we wanted not taking what she wanted into account.
"A lot will depend on
what Jamie wants to do, we can have all the best intentions but she's
going to be the one who has to put the effort in."
Thomas nodded, "I can
see you're concerned we are pushing Jamie into this and speaking for
her but I can assure you she does want this and she's fully aware of
how hard it's going to be. And she can speak for herself."
He gave her hand a squeeze
and looked her in the eye's with a light smile, Jamie returned the smile
and looked over at me. She was obviously very shy and she hesitantly
met my gaze.
"I ... I do want to learn
to live in the outside world," she looked away her expression sometimes
hard to read due to the plating but she looked pensive, "I spent
a long time in the woods and it was very ... lonely. Then Thomas found
me and brought me back to Frankie and Daddy again. I want to be able
to stay out of the woods and for that I need to know how to hunt and
feed out here."
She turned back suddenly spearing
me with a very intense gaze her unblinking piercing black eyes giving
me a glimpse of the predator lurking beneath her seemingly shy demeanour
the survivor that had lived in the woods for 10 years, "I'll do
what I need to whatever it takes so I can stay with Daddy and Frankie
and Thomas outside the forest."
She looked away again and I
let go a breath I hadn't realised I'd been holding. When she wanted
to be Jamie was quite terrifying. Even though I knew rationally she
meant me no harm and with my powers I could almost certainly take her
in a fight her form and intensity were hard for the non rational mind
to cope with.
It was only partly due to her
body with its armored shape built for combat her massive stinger arching
behind her periodically flexing as if keeping ready, it was also those
rare moments when she focused on you and you with her whole body still
and silent like a statue with her eyes boring into you watching evaluating.
That glimpse of the predator, that part of her that had allowed her
to survive, the instinct to kill and hunt a part of her reactions that
no matter what she might learn or become she would probably never lose.
An edge that most people wouldn't have.
Her power was another factor
she was very new at using it and even so she was terrifyingly powerful.
If she had a will to she could unravel the very fabric of a human body
from quite a distance. Right now she tired easily but that would change.
She was in every sense dangerous
and needed careful watching but there was great hope for her. She had
survived in a situation that would have destroyed a lesser person and
while she was far from unscathed by her experiences she seemed to have
maintained a friendly and positive personality. What she wanted out
of life now was not revenge or some other dark purpose, she wanted friends
and family, love and companionship. I suspected with careful coaching
and help she could be a great force for good.
"I can see you're determined
and ready to face up to the challenge ahead of you. I'll see about organising
some training and help in teaching Jamie some of the things she needs
to know. There will probably be more tests we want to run on your powers
and physiology that might require some trips to various facilities but
I'll make arrangement for that," I said, Jamie shot me a worried
look at the talk of trips away and I saw her clutch Thomas' hand tightly,"
Your friend will be quite welcome to accompany you."
I saw her relax a bit her fear
of new places and new people still obvious she would need to overcome
that perhaps even some specialist help.
"Anyway it's been nice
to meet you all here is my card in case you have any questions and I
look forward to seeing you Jamie in future," I said and rose to
I shook hands with Jamie's
father and Thomas who led me to the door, "Do you need a lift back
to the hospital?" he asked as exited onto the street.
"No," I grinned,
"I can make my own way but thank you for the offer. Goodbye Thomas."
"Goodbye Dr Miller,"
he waved and watched me walk off down the street. When I was out of
sight and unobserved I opened a portal aiming for the little town center,
I still needed to find a gift to bring Amy.
Normally I would investigate
cases and then leave the locals with instructions if need be but I sensed
taking a personal interest in Jamie's progress would be of benefit.
You never knew when you might need the help of a extremely powerful
bio elemental and even better one who could protect themselves if need
be. Yes I would keep an eye on this one I had a feeling that she would
be very useful to me at some point in the future.
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