10. Invisible Factories (Genetically Modified); The Man of Sensibility

“Fadhel,  son of Yahia,  favorite of the Caliph Haroon-al-Raschid, was so generous that he almost eclipsed his master, and, because of his virtues, he was sung by all the Arabian poets. Thus, on the birth of his first son, they com­posed in his honor, and that of the new-born child, a multitude of poems. But not one of these poems obtained his praise. He asked the celebrated Demeschki if he would not try to produce something better. Demeschki did so: his poem obtained a general success; and Fadhel recompensed the author with a present of ten thousand pieces of gold.”


Jeff looked at his technical notebook for the next hour to determine what the solution to the puzzle would be. Several questions ran through his mind.

“Did someone accidentally pick up my notebook and leave theirs behind?”

“Did someone purposely swap notebooks?”

“Is someone playing some sort of sick joke on me?”

“Did I accidentally pick up someone else’s notebook?”

None of the questions resulted in a positive thought. Jeff had no enemies and surely there was not a single lab employee who would play a trick like that. The janitors and maintenance men are not allowed in the lab without one of the lab staff being there.

Jeff sat at his workbench while he looked at the sketch of the beautiful Arabic women. After a time he thought he saw something. Was that writing beneath the sketch?

Jeff is now faced with finding his own notes beneath the sketch. A completely different set of questions suddenly arise.

“Should I try to erase the sketch?”

“Would I erase my notes in doing so?”

 “Is there another way to see my notes?”

“Can I lift the sketch with tape – – – sticky note pads – – – transfer paper?”

“Is there an imaging solution such as x-ray or photo-shop?”

“Why can’t I get that story ‘Ten-thousand Pieces of Gold’ out of my mind?”

“Will I have enough time to solve this before The Director returns?”

Luckily Jeff had plenty of time – – – due to the fact that The Director either;

  • forgot about his problem or
  • did not really care about it or
  • thought that Jeff was losing touch with his sensibility.

Jeff himself was thinking about the sensibility question.


TOMORROW:  11. The Recompense


About Waldo "Wally" Tomosky

I am proud of my work life (not the jobs, just the work).  Bait monger  Lawn mower  Paper boy  Windshield cleaner in a drive-in theater (if you don't know what a drive-in theater is there is no sense in you reading any farther)  Snack shack janitor in a drive in theater (ditto for drive-in theater)  Milling machine clean-up boy in a tool and die shop  Plastic injection press operator  Centurion in the US Army  Factory hand  Apprentice boy  Tool and die maker  Software user manual writer  Computer programmer  Ex-patriate par excellence  Engineering manager  Software test manager  Retiree  University administrator  System analyst  Retiree (2nd try)  Licensed amateur paleontologist  Retiree (3rd try)  Shovel bum (archaeology)  Retiree (4th try)  Delivery driver  Retiree (5th try)  Graduate student (skipped AA and BA due to the level of difficulty)  Retiree (finally got the drift of it) I have been writing for fourteen years and have fifteen books on Amazon/Kindle. Some horror, some twisted, some experimental, some essay and a few historical. I think that now I will really, really, really retire and just write. Lets see if I can do retirement correctly this time!
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2 Responses to 10. Invisible Factories (Genetically Modified); The Man of Sensibility

  1. Indira says:

    Thanks for sharing your short stories for free. I’ll have to visit again to read them.

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