Chapter Two of The Life Machine


Chapter Two: The Queer Diary

13 years later

Dear Diary ,

  • Date-16/10/87
  • So its been six years since i have first started to work on the life machine maybe even more than that but the good news is i have found the solution to its main problem so i just have to find some things and it will be ready in one two months. The first creature is already completed and i am working to make some others too.

    Dear Diary ,

  • Date-24/02/88
  • I have found the last part and it will be completed in a day i hope. It has taken longer than i had expected but it is at last complete and ready for use after so many problems.I mean almost complete anyway I am going to first run it on my daughters birthday.

    Dear Diary ,

  • Date-25/02/88
  • The machine is ready for use but Dave has just spotted an error he says that we can`t use the machine without any safety device it would be too dangerous and i had to agree. I am impatient but I guess I will have to wait.

    Dear Diary ,

  • Date-26/02/88
  • I told Dave that deconstructing and then making it again with the safety modification will take more than a year and we can`t afford to wait that long but he is still not convinced and says that we have to do something.

    Dear Diary ,

  • Date-28/02/88
  • I told Dave that I have thought and thought about it and decided that we will just make another device for safety and plug it into the machine that will be a temporary solution but that will have to do and Dave agreed,I convinced him that I am getting impatient and I will modify the whole system after one test run and that test run will take place day after tomorrow.

    Dear Diary ,

  • Date-01/03/88
  • Today I am very happy,the test run is today. I am so excited and i hope know that the test will be great so great that after some time I will be back here writing how great the test went. It is today at 9:00 am and today is the start of a new month all for the better cause its a lucky new month for a new start.The first creature I am going to bring to life is Doom and Dave is going to be in the secret laboratory too during the run and he deserves to be after all he has tried to help even if his “help” has always created problems.

    “Katey,Katey”,came a angry voice from the store room of one of the four houses that were located on street 14B in shape of a square.”I asked you and your brother to help me clean the room and reading that doesn’t count as helping”,the angry voice came again.
    Katey jerked her head and said while going through some pages,”huh! Its dad`s old journal I have some pages of it some are torn up ,some are blank,some are readable and others are….”.
    The angry voice said,”Katey, I did not ask what you are reading, I asked you to help me clean.”
    Katey said,”Sorry,Mom i was ju…”.
    Mom said,”No,you are not but you will be because you and your brother have a lot of cleaning to do and I am leaving,clean it up or you both are grounded”,and she left.
    her brother who has been silent until now said,”Thanks Kate for getting me grounded”.
    Katey said,”Oh come on we are not grounded yet”.
    Her brother said,”But we will be if you don’t start cleaning”.
    Katey said,”It`s not like you were working either”.
    Her brother,”I surely was wait mom`s not here i don’t need to lie I was slacking off but at least i pretended to work”.
    Katey said,”What`s up with mom why is she getting so angry it`s not like she expected us to really clean anyway”.
    Her brother said,”yeah it`s not like her to get angry so fast”.
    Katey said,”anyway come here and read this queer diary”.
    Her brother said,”Everything related to our dad is queer so forget the stupid diary and clean”.
    Katey said,”No seriously James, it is queer not insane and it even makes sense…..kind of”.
    James said raising one eyebrow,”Kind of”.
    Katey said,”I mean I have only found some pages most of them talk about connecting this wire and fixing this part here and other high tech stuff”.
    James said,”You may think its hi-tech but believe me its insane.”
    Katey said,”Listen I didn’t even read those pages ,some are blank but six of them make sense i think”.
    James said,”Fine,just quit blabbing”.
    He took the book from Katey and started reading.After reading it he said,”I do remember something about a machine that dad was building before he went mad”.
    Katey said,”And don`t you see the last date of his entry 1st March 1988 that`s the day he…died,the day of his big test run”.
    James said,”You are right there is some sort of connection between his death and the test and he himself wrote that he intends to write how great the test went but there is nothing written after it that concludes one thing,”
    Katey said,”What`s that”.
    James said,”The test did not went great”.
    Katey said,”We should ask mom about it and can’t you hear her steps,she is coming here anyway”.
    James repeated,”She is coming here”.
    And both kids started to clean with a jump.
    Mom said as she came in,”Well you both managed to beat the record of a snail maybe you can work your way up to a turtle anyway time for dinner”.
    After dinner James said,”Mom,can you tell us something about the machine dad was trying to make”.
    Mom asked,”Why are you asking that”.
    James said,”uhh…No reason”.
    Mom said,”Well your dad was making a machine that was supposed to bring any creature you can imagine to life,you don`t need a body or DNA a picture or drawing will do so you can bring back dinosaurs or other extinct creatures back to life or even imaginary creatures like unicorn or fairy.Then you enter something about it in its description like the ability to fly and the creature will be able to do so.
    Katey eagerly asked,”What happened then”.
    Mom said,”Obviously he wasn’t able to build it so the council cut off his funding for the research and then he was too grief stricken that he wasn’t able to bear it and turned mad.Now off to bed”.
    Katey said,”But mom how was he mad I mean what did he do”.
    Mom said,”He kept saying things that didn’t make sense and after that he started leaving house for long times and barely stayed at home.He was out drinking i suppose though he always looked sober when he came back but surely you can’t make out difference between drunk and sober in a crazy person.Lot of people suggested to admit him in a hospital but i didn’t want to stay away from him”.
    James asked,”What happened the day he died”,after some hesitation.
    Mom said,”Nobody knows how he died one day he was out like usual but never came back and the police never found his body and then even Dave never bothered to drop in”.
    Katey asked,”Who is Dave”.
    Mom said,”Dave was one of his assistants while building the machine and his only friend left after the funding was cut off,Dave often came here to meet your dad but after your dad’s death he stopped, didn’t come here even once maybe he got the news of his death through the newspaper all the other townsfolk did. I tried to contact him but his cell is always out of reach he lived alone so i couldn’t contact anybody else his parents died a few months before your dad and I didn’t know his address so i went to the place Dave and your dad used to work but they didn’t have it he has moved after he worked there some say he couldn’t afford it,I wanted to tell him the news so at least a few people attended the funeral but then I gave up.Now bed”.
    The kids left for their room.
    Katey said while on the way,”I am sure Dave knows what happened the day he died he was with him during the run according to the diary maybe he is not letting mom contact him because he doesn’t want to tell us anything or maybe he did something bad”.
    James said,”You are right he is our number one suspect let`s call the cops,they will find him and beat the answers out of him”.
    Katey said,”On what proof”.
    James said,”The diary”.
    Katey added,”Of a crazy person and i don’t think even the cops will be able to find him easily as soon as Dave finds out that the cops are looking for him he will go underground like all criminals do”.
    James said,”The book said he was making the machine in a “secret laboratory” we should search the store room for some other pages maybe we can find some pages where he mentions the path to his secret laboratory”.
    Katey said,”If we can find the secret laboratory(if there is one) maybe we can find out how he died”.
    James said,”No I am sure there is one after all this I think it all seems strange but not insane most of it makes sense…Dad makes sense maybe he was not mad after all”.
    So both kids ran up to the store room and started searching.


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