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合金装备1官方小说(中英)第一章

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MGCN独家翻译合金装备1官方英文原版小说

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SOME YEARS AGO


Dr. Clark quietly reentered the Visiting Chamber, stood still behind the U.S. president and General Jim Houseman, and listened to them whisper. The two men were transfixed in front of the observation window that overlooked the operating theater.

  “Is she in pain? ”the president asked.

  “I thought she was supposed to be sedated,” the general replied. “Now they’re blocking our view, damn it.”

  “What’s happening? ”the president asked. “Can you see?”

  “Do not be alarmed, Mister President.” Dr. Clark’s seductive and eloquent voice echoed in the chamber, startling the president.

  “Oh! You gave me a start, Doctor,” the gray-haired politician said. It always had struck Clark that the president was a very nervous type when he wasn’t in front of a camera. She rather enjoyed scaring the poor man; that was ironic because she was a woman, albeit a woman with a commanding presence and powerful charisma.

  Clark stepped closer, out of the shadows, and addressed them. “I apologize, Mister President. I thought you were aware I was behind you.”
The president laughed nervously. “It must be because we’re down here so far underground. I guess I’m a little claustrophobic.”

  General Houseman said, “We’ll get you back up to the surface as soon as you want to go, Mister President.” Clark noted that the general didn’t look too pleased to be there either.

  “Is she giving birth?” the president asked.

  “She’s been in labor for a long time,” Clark answered. “It’ll be very soon, I’m sure.”

  The president squeamishly turned away from the window and waved his hand around the chamber, indicating the hundreds of stalactites on the limestone ceiling. “Do any of those things ever fall? ”

  “They’re thousands of years old, Mister President,” Clark replied. “They won’t fall on their own, I can assure you of that. And the likelihood of an earthquake occurring in the southeastern corner of New Mexico is quite remote.” Her voice reverberated with upper-class sophistication and the timebre of a Shakespearean actress.

  The president nodded. “I know. It’s just amazing to think that on the other side of that cavern wall is one of America’s most popular national parks. Hundreds of tourists pour through it every day.”

  “The Carlsbad area was perfect for the project. I’m in debt your predecessor for backing it. ”

  The president tilted his head and said, “You know, Doctor, I inherited this project. Tell me how you got established in this facility.”

Clark smiled. “Ever since the caverns were discovered, there were many caves not open to the public. Caves just sitting here, available to the government.I belive the first time this cavern was used by the government was during World War II. The Roosevelt administration built a safe house here in case of research projects.” Clark glanced at the general. “Most of the military in nature.”

  “I see.”

  “We took it over in the mid-sixties.”

  The president turned back to the window. “Well, is the project finally going to succeed?” he asked. “This is, what, the ninth try?”

  “Have faith, Mister President,” Dr. Clark said. “I corrected the genetic code in the last batch. I also made sure that the surrogate mother possessed certain genetic latches, if you will, that could connect with those of Big Boss.”

  The president shook his head in amazement. “I still can’t believe you have so many samples of his cells. What did he think you were going to do with them?”

  “The man knew only that he was sterile and couldn’t produce children. He was unaware of our undertaking here,” Dr. Clark said.

  “The Les Enfants Terribles project. ”

  “Correct. We extracted the cells when Big Boss was in surgery, when he was wounded in the last war. The Pentagon gave strict orders that he was not to know about the project’s outcome-whether or not we succeeded. Although, knowing Big Boss, I wouldn’t be surprised if he has learned about it by now. The security surrounding our activities has not always been ideal.”

  “The security has been the best the U.S. government can supply,” Houseman countered. “You know that, Doctor.”

  Dr. Clark went on without acknowledging the military man’s defensive remark. “We reproduced the cells through analog cloning and the Super Baby Method, fertilized them into an ovum, as you know, and then implanted the fetuses into the mother.”

  “Dose she know she’s going to give birth to eight babies?” the president asked.

  Dr. Clark corrected him. “She’s not giving birth to all eight. Only two. Six of the fetuses were aborted months ago so that we could encourage the growth of the other two.”

  “So she’s going to give birth to just twins; is that it?”

  “That’s precisely it. But not exactly.”

  “What do you mean?”

  “There will be certain genetic differences in the two children. It was the only way we could succeed, as you know.”

  “So dose that mean one’s going to be better than the other? I thought they were supposed to be exactly the same.”

  Clark shook her head. “Mister President, one will not be better than the other. But it’s entirely possible that one will possess more dominant genes than his brother. But it’s noting to worry about.”

  Some new activity behind the glass drew their attention back to the operating arena. All of a sudden, the sterility of the bright room intensified. It was as if the shine on the stainless steel surgical equipment had imbued the space with artificial energy as the doctors and nurses surrounded the table containing the writhing female patient.

  The steel door behind the observers slid open. A nurse entered and announced, “Doctor, they’re ready for you.”

  Clark acknowledged her. “Thanks. I’ll be right there.”

  “Is she giving birth?” the president asked.

  “Mister President, I must go deliver two strong baby boys.”
  The president stuck out his hand. “Look, Doctor Clark, this isn’t something I particularly want to watch. I need to get back to Washington. It’s good to see you.”

  Clark feigned surprise, but she had expected the president’s prudish behavior. She shook the man’s hand and asked, “Are you certain? We could have a meal later before you depart.”

  “Thanks, Doctor, but I must decline. To tell you the truth, this place gives me the creeps. Thank you for making us aware of the imminent, uhm, births. By the way-do I get the pick of the litter?”

  “I beg your pardon, Mister President.”

  “You know one of those…things…she’s giving birth to will belong to us. I’d like to pick which kid belongs to us, that’s all.

  “You have that right.” Clark held up her hands and laughed good-naturedly. “I have noting to do whatsoever with the politics behind the project.”

  The president nodded, satisfied. “All right, then I want the one you said has dominant genes. It’s got to have an advantage over the other one.”

  Clark was astounded by the man’s ignorance. She reminded him, “There’s no guarantee. But I shall do as you ask, Mister President. Now I must get inside before…”

  The president of the United States said: “Goodbye, Doctor, And good luck. Please keep me informed.” He looked at General Houseman and said, “Let’s go.”

  As the president and his escort walked away from the observation window and toward the cavern’s reinforced steel door, Dr. Clark rushed back to join the drama that was unfolding in the operating theater.

  It was terribly exciting. Finally, after several attempts, her efforts would bear fruit in the form of two live babies cloned from the genetic makeup of the most powerful fighting man the world had ever know, the legendary soldier Big Boss.

  As Clark washed her hands, snapped on gloves, and entered the operating theater,she wondered what would become of the remaining supply of Big Boss’s cells. Only a few trusted assistants had access to them. Would the president and his military cronies forget that there were some left?

  Dr. Clark was thrilled by the possibilities. Perhaps there could be another birthing procedure-should the need arise.




Chapter1

数年前

克拉克博士悄悄再次走进接待室,静静地站在美国总统和Houseman将军身后,听着他们的低语,他们观察窗后的手术室中的一切惊呆了。
“她看来很痛苦?”总统问道
“我想他们希望她能平静一些”将军答道,“该死,他们挡住了我们的视线.”
“怎么样了?”总统问道,“你看不见了吗?”
“别那么紧张,总统先生。”克拉克博士清晰的充满魅力的声音回荡在房间里,总统冷不防吃了一惊。
“哦,您吓了我一跳,博士”这个满头银发的政治家说道。总统在没有面对照相机镜头的时候,显得很紧张的样子常常让博士感到诧异,她很喜欢吓一吓这个可怜的老头;更为讽刺的是她是个女人,一个极具领袖风度和巨大魅力的女人。
博士走出了阴影,离他们近了一步,说道:“对不起,总统先生,我以为你意识到了我在身后。”总统紧张地笑了笑:“恐怕是我们呆的地方深了一点,我都担心自己有点幽闭恐惧症了。”
Houseman将军说:“只要您希望,我们可以马上回到地面上去,总统先生。”克拉克博士看得出来,他也不太喜欢呆在这个地方。
“她要生了吗?”总统问
“她已经进入分娩期很久了,我确信快了”博士答道。
总统神经质地转过身,比划着数以百计的从石灰石天花板上垂下的钟乳岩:“这些玩意儿不会掉下来吗?”
“这些都有几千年历史了,总统先生”博士答,“它们不会自己掉下来,我敢保证。即使是新墨西哥州东南角发生地震的可能性也是微不足道的。”她的声音带着一种上层社会的狡黠和莎翁剧女演员的音色回响在房间之中。
总统点点头:“我明白,只不过想到一墙之隔就是美国最著名的国家公园之一,每天都有不计其数的游客慕名来访,总是很令人困惑的。”“卡尔斯贝(Carlsbad国家地质公园)是完成这个计划最理想的地方,您的前任还欠着我一些资助呢!”
总统斜了斜头,说:“你知道的,博士,我继承了这个计划。告诉我你是如何组建这个设施的?”克拉克微微一笑:“自从这些洞窟被发现以来,就有许多没有对公众开放,它们仅仅属于政府。我想这些洞窟第一次被政府使用是在二战时,罗斯福政府在这里建立了一个“安全屋”用以秘密研究项目。”她盯着将军,“当然,大多数研究是属于军方的。”
“我明白”
“我们在六十年代中期接管了这里。”
总统回过头看着透视窗的另一头“那么,这个计划最终成功了?这是……你们的第九次尝试?”
“放心,总统先生。”博士说,“我纠正了最后一批中的一系列基因编码,我同时确认代孕妈妈得到是确定源自大首领外源基因的受精卵,如果你愿意,那可以和大首领的基因作对比。”总统难以置信地摇摇头:“我始终不能相信你们弄到了这么多他的细胞样本。他对你们的所作所为又有什么感想?”
“他只知道自己失去了生育能力,对我们的计划一无所知。”
“魔童计划”
“没错,我们在他从战场上负伤归来接受外科手术时采集了细胞样本。五角大楼直接下达命令对他隐瞒相关的一切——无论结果成功与否。当然,即使他现在已经有所耳闻我也不会惊讶,要知道我们这里的保密措施并不如人意。”
“我们提供了全美国最好的保密措施”,Houseman抗议道,“你知道的,博士。”
克拉克博士不理睬将军的辩驳,继续道:“我们重新培养了这些细胞通过克隆和超级婴儿技术,用它们是卵细胞受孕,正如你所知,接着将受精卵植入代孕母亲。”
“她知道她将生育八个孩子吗?”总统问
博士纠正道:“她不必生育所有的八个,只是两个。六个胎儿在几个月前便已经人工流产了,以保证剩下两个的成长。”
“那她只需要生育一对双胞胎?”
“可以这么说,但不绝对。”
“什么意思?”
“这两个孩子之间有着明显的基因差别,这也是我们唯一的获得成功的方法。”
“那么说有一个要更好一些?我以为它们会成为完全相同的两个个体。”
博士摇了摇头:“总统先生,并非一个更好,而是其中一个胚胎得到更多的显性基因。不过这没有什么值得担心的。”
手术室那边一些新的情况吸引了它们的注意力。突然间,灭菌室的光线加强了。当医生与护士们围着手术台上因痛苦而扭动的孕妇,好像那些不锈钢的器具也都充满了活力。不锈钢门缓缓拉开,一个护士走进来示意:“博士,一切就绪,就等您了。”
“谢谢,我就来。”
“要生了吗?”总统问道
“总统先生,我必须去迎接两个强壮的新生命。”
总统伸出手“哦,博士,这可不是我喜欢看的,我想我该回华盛顿去了,很高兴见到你。”
克拉克假装很惊讶,但她正期望他拘谨的表现。她与他握了握手,问:“您确定要走?我们原本能在您走之前共餐。”
“谢了,博士,但是我必须谢绝。说实话,这个地方让我浑身起鸡皮疙瘩。谢谢你提供给我们最新的、即将来临的……嗯……出生。顺便问一句,我……能要一个吗?”
“什么?请再说一遍,总统先生。”
“就是……这个……她正生产的将属于我们。我希望能够得到那个属于我们的孩子。”
“您有那个权利。”克拉克双手环抱,笑开了:“我对于我们计划背后的政治势力无能为力。”
总统点点头,很是满意:“好的,那么我们想得到那个你说的具有显性基因的,毕竟那个更有优势。”
克拉克显然为他的无知吃了一惊,提醒道:“这我不能保证,不过我会照你说的去做,总统先生。现在我得进去了……”
“再见,博士,祝你好运。记得到时通知我”总统转向将军,“我们走。”
当总统和他的跟班走出那扇加强的不锈钢门,博士匆忙的跑回她的舞台去参加那场即将拉开帷幕的大戏。这的确很刺激。终于,经过数次尝试,她的努力结成了收获的果实——两个新生的婴儿——有史以来最强的战士大首领的克隆体。
当博士洗净双手,戴上手套,像踏上剧院舞台一般走上手术台,她正在考虑那些剩下的大首领的细胞将如何处置,只有少数亲信能够得到它们;而总统和Houseman将军是不是还记得这些呢?克拉克博士因为这些可能性感到无比兴奋,也许,也许将会再有一次新的克隆计划——假若情况允许。

 

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