“The King of Egypt and the Emperor of Constantinople had made upon each other, for some time, sanguinary wars. At last, they grew tired of carnage and devastation, renounced their discord, and concluded peace. To confirm their reconciliation, they made a double marriage between their children; each gave his son in wedlock to the daughter of the other. From that time, the fathers themselves became close friends. Neither of them undertook an affair, however inconsiderable, without consulting the other, and if there was between them any germ of discontent, they settled the difficulty amicably. One day the Sultan of Egypt wrote to the Emperor of Constantinople:
‘Nothing can be dearer to a father than the happiness of his children, in whom he lives even after his death. Everything else of which he is master will be taken from him after a few years ; but a happy progeny is a tree that will flourish forever on his tomb.’”
Jeff, believing that labor laws of some sort must have been broken, spoke to his lawyer.
Jeff was looking for some way to be recompensed for his past labors at Big Pharma. Besides; that was a dirty trick that The Director had pulled.
After hearing about Jeff’s notebook, the sketch overlaying his technical notes, the of use of photoshop to separate the words from the pictures; – – – well, the lawyer lost all interest.
Thinking that Jeff was a little off-center he decided not to take the case. Of course, like any good lawyer, he never was candid with his client. He told Jeff that without the notebook there was nothing he could do.
Of course what the lawyer was thinking was “This guy is a nut-case!”
Meanwhile, back at Big Pharma, The Director was presenting “HIS” new breakthrough on “The Magic Ring” project.”
“Women all over the world will be using this form of birth control” stated The Director to those in the board room. Continuing on he boasted, “Just think of the sales in China alone; not to mention India.”
“Go get ‘em tiger” said the CEO as he rose from his chair and departed.
And the progeny of Jeff’s stolen work was born – – – or was it?
TOMORROW: 14. The Mirror