Chapter 3 begins with the introduction of scientist Caroline Kramer in D.S. Factor’s “Relentless”, our novel of globe-trotting suspense. Join us today as we reveal the continuing story of a woman in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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RELENTLESS – D.S. FACTOR
Caroline Kramer had had just about as much Law & Order and Maury Povich reruns as she could stand for one day…actually three days if you were counting, which of course, when it came to a throbbing migraine, she most definitely was. Maury had presented the shocking story of a young man who denied in no certain terms that he had fathered a child with his stepmother, resulting in a profanity-laced fist fight with his father, the audience enraptured by the sheer spectacle, shouting and egging the men on. The camera panned over to Povich, who was encouraging them to talk it out, while simultaneously filming every second of the confrontation.
She had left her lab late Monday morning, feeling a most intense episode coming on, and her headache meds had yet to significantly temper the pain. She found it strange that she wasn’t experiencing the usual bouts of nausea associated with the onset of the migraine, but being a chronic sufferer, she simply began popping the melt away tablets she still had on hand, washing them down out of habit with Classic Coke, and patiently waiting for relief.
Caroline had worked as Director of Research and Development for MA1 in their complex just outside of Branson, Missouri for nearly six years. MA1 was an acronym for MedAmerica One, Inc., a Fortune 500 company that partnered with leading pharmaceutical companies to develop sophisticated drugs and improved therapies, selling the successful results to a variety of clients from around the globe. Caroline never failed to marvel and wonder at what sometimes seemed like a supernatural ability in her staff to discover and render simple scientific compounds into complex medical miracles. She only wished now that her own miracle would arrive and she could get off the sofa and back to work.
Although forty-three, Caroline had a healthy youthfulness about her, with a flawless complexion, luminous hair the color of a deep Merlot wine, and an independent spirit that proved quite popular with her male colleagues, both young and old. She was also both outgoing and approachable, often finding others confiding in her the most intimate details of their lives and feeling their appreciation for the sage advice she was able to provide.
Closing her eyelids in an attempt to relax, she found her thoughts drifting back to her most recent run-in with Dr. Theodore Thompson at MA1. Serious doubts had cropped up in her mind over the past few months regarding initial implementation findings relating to their latest project, the “Medical Access Retrieval Quest” program, or “MARQ” as most of the team jokingly referred to it within the walls of the complex.
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