This post is dedicated to my two boys,…both who’ve witnessed the amazing resolve and strength of their mother over these past many months. With Halloween approaching and their life long appreciation for Comic books and Superheros I thought it would be fun to shake it up a bit for them this time…
Somewhere deep…within the dark, damp reaches far beneath Mount Torment winds an endless maze of cavernous tunnels. Only one combination of innumerable twists and turns eventually rewards it’s disoriented traveler with the frightening realization that the ageless myths are true. The research Lab of the brilliant yet mentally unstable Dr. Geiger actually does exist!
Busily preparing for the day’s events the slimy Dr. G. slithers amongst the endless rows of scientific instruments and bubbling concoctions scattered throughout the laboratory. Pleased with the resolve and inner strength of this new patient he quietly ponders the amount of testing still needed to achieve his elusive goal. His latest discovery is a very special individual…and the next “hopeful” in the long and tireless search for a truly amazing being. Just one test subject is needed that can endure the agonizing radiation process. Will this be the one? He MUST know his life’s work has meaning,…WAS not in vain, and WILL erase the many years of ridicule from his peers. Is today that day? The day his life long dream to present the world with a genetically mutated Super being is realized?!! Mmmm..wha-ha-hahaha!
Scurrying in the background, resident Lab monkey Pauvo Pecorino works quickly to tie down the last of the leg and arm restraints. The semi-conscious patient catches one last glimpse of the hideous assistant before succumbing to the effects of the preparatory injections.
“Heh heh…one strap left to tighten Dr. Geiger then we’re ready to administer the next dose of radiation.”
“Good, good…she’s been progressing wonderfully so far Pauvo. Let’s see how the fourth treatment goes. We’re well beyond the most aggressive accelerated radiation schedule ever tolerated by a human before…unprecedented.”
“Yesz Dr., such an incredible specimen..hee hee. No one has come remotely close to these bombardment levels before. Strong evidence of some sort of genetic anomaly I suppose? Her predisposition to express new and powerful abilities is very high isn’t it?”
“Most definitely Pauvo, but I just can’t put my finger on it – nor your incessant drooling. What is wrong with you Pecorino? But more importantly, what in God’s name has allowed her to tolerate such levels? Could she actually be the one to complete the mutation process?!!!”
“Yes,…YES,…your life’s work could be realized today…snort snort!” Pecorino slowly makes his way over to the wall of controls to initiate the program. He fumbles to set up the technical behemoth in front of him.
“I’m preparing the treatment chamber Dr. G.- dropping temps, oxygen levels maxed, external vacuum chamber armed and Linear accelerators engaged.”
As Pauvo’s incessant fiddling breathes life into the equipment he begins a series of inhumanly contorted dance moves to express his excitement. When finished, he pleasingly shouts “Treatment #4 is now in progress Dr. G.!!”
After what seems like an eternity, smoke begins to billow within the testing chamber and a cocophony of alarms suddenly erupt throughout the lab. The mad scientist and his gangly dull-witted assistant are all but helpless in trying to stop the chain of events initiated only moments ago.
“Pauvo, turn it off….something’s just not right – her cellular division is occurring at an alarming rate! All vitals are off the charts!”
” I, I, I can’t Dr. Once the system is initiated it has to run through to completion. There’s nothing we can do but wait it out and hope she can sustain it…uhhnzz”!
“Wh-what — this isn’t possible!! We’re approaching a 10,000 rad dose and climbing. She’s absorbing it as fast as it can be delivered…like some kind of radioactive sponge.”
“Quick Pauvo! The Antiemetic injection. Cellular division rate and internal temperatures continue to increase. Each cell has somehow mutated into an incredible power plant. Her body is converting all the radiation we can throw at her. All of them morphing into something far greater,….so much more powerful. Unbelievable…this could be it !!!”
As the confusion and excitement continue to build the doctor and his Lab mule work feverishly to stop what they had started. As they stare hopelessly into the chamber the thick smoke begins to dissipate. Peering deeper within, a familiar yet astoundingly different image starts to emerge before their eyes within the shadowy background. Is what they’re seeing for real? Could the experiment have finally succeeded? Could this astonishingly impressive figure now standing in front of them be the reluctant subject they started out with?
To their amazement they quickly realize just what they have created. Something very precious,…something the world shall never forget….something much stronger and resilient than ever imagined…
Behold,…the incredible RADGirl !
RADGirl (alias Joanne) is currently undergoing 25 rounds of daily radiation. So far, it’s been going well but there’s still another 21 sessions to go. And yet, with an endless stream of old guys without pants walking around the waiting room the entertainment value continues to be worth the drive every time 🙂