It is 8 pm and Dr Stefan Johansson is checking his emails before calling it a night.
58 year old Johansson is a world renowned genetic scientist who is minor celebrity in his native Sweden after he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 after he developed a simple blood test for the early detection of certain cancers.
A breakthrough that has the potential to save millions of lives worldwide.
For the last few months he has been working on a new treatment for malaria and the results so far are very promising.
But on the Wednesday evening Stefan is feeling a little apprehensive as he reads an email from his superior at Stockholm’s Centre of Genetics and Disease Control Professor Marke Pietermann.
Stefan is certain that Pietermann is jealous of his success so getting summoned to the Professor’s office at 9 am tomorrow morning can be nothing but bad news.
Stefan arrives a few minutes before nine the following morning and knocks on Pietermann’s office door ‘Good morning Dr Johansson I trust you slept well? Would you like a cup of coffee before I get down to business or shall I begin?’
Stefan looks at the mousy little man and nods for him to continue ‘Dr Johansson what I am about to tell will come as a complete shock to you but I am sorry to tell you that because of a huge cut to the Centre’s budget for the next financial year you have become excess to our requirements’
It takes Stefan a few seconds to comprehend what his asshole boss just said but when the words finally sink in the explodes out of his chair in rage.
‘Excess to your requirements! You really are a pompous prick aren’t you? I have won the Nobel Peace Prize for god sake and I am on the verge of a huge breakthrough in the treatment of malaria and you tell me that I am excess to your requirements! what a prize cunt you are Pietermann’
‘Calm down Dr Johansson there is no need for the foul language’
A scientist of your standing and reputation will have no trouble finding a new position’
‘Please clean out your desk and vacate the premises before 11 am Dr Johansson and make sure that any documents and research papers you have in your office stay here at the Centre because I am sure that I and a few of my colleagues will be able to finish what you started. Good day Dr Johansson’
Stefan cant believe what he is hearing and before he can control his rage he lands a vicious punch to the jaw of his former boss ‘See you in hell asshole’
Rubbing his knuckles Stefan rushes to his office and tosses any documents relating to his research into a wastepaper basket and sets it on fire than after wiping the hard drive on his computer clean.
After a quick look around to make sure he hasn’t left anything that Pietermann and his cronies can use he strides towards the door than it a fit of madness he opens a sealed glass cabinet and removes a vial of a virulent strain of malaria and slips it into a coat pocket.
A loud knock on the door startles Stefan and he turns to see an armed security guard standing on the threshold ‘ Sorry Dr Johansson but I have been ordered to escort you off the premises immediately’
Humiliated and despondent Stefan follows the guard out to the carpark and into the unknown.
Later that same day Stefan is arrested for assault and battery and is consequently sentenced by a judge to thirty days in prison.
Because of his status in the scientific world his arrest and imprisonment make headline news across Sweden.
All networks cover the story and the nation hears the sad tale of how a former Nobel Peace Prize winner can be reduced to nothing but a common criminal all because of Pietermann’s jealousy and greed.
Stefan was going to use his new treatment for malaria for the common good of people across the globe but now with a heart full of black is quest now is to wipe humanity from this planet starting with Professor Marke Pietermann but it will have to look like an accident because he would be suspect number one in a murder case.
Stefan is released from prison a month later and there was one good thing to come out of his confinement and that was that it gave him plenty of time to think and the one thing that he constantly thought about was using the mosquito’s that he has in his laboratory in his garage at home to create the ultimate murder weapon.
Working day and night Stefan hardly eats and survives on three hours sleep a night as he concentrates on creating a mosquito with wings that beat silently so they can approach their victim in slealth mode.
Also the incognito mosquito’s will possess a titanium outer shell that will make the mozzies virtually unsquashable.
And almost twelve months after his release twelve matt black Mosquito’s hover noiselessly over a petri dish than they settle on the edge of the dish and dip their tweeters in the blood and begin to feed.
The blood is laced with the nasty strain of malaria that Stefan stole from the Centre on the day he was fired.
Now he watches his proteges drink with hungry eyes knowing that the day of reckoning is fast approaching.
Any day now his squadron of modified mozzies will be ready to seek and destroy.
At his house in one of Stockholm’s most prestigious suburbs Professor Marke Pietermann is enjoying a rare evening without any paperwork to attend to so he opens a bottle of cognac and pours a snifter of the amber liquid and settles down to watch the opera on his huge ass TV.
After the fourth glass Pietermann wouldn’t have noticed if a herd of elephants entered the room so he never saw or felt twelve twerking tweeters pierce the skin on the back of his neck and start to drink his blood as they pumped him full of poison.
Watching through binoculars from across the street Stefan smiles in triumph when Pietermann collapses to the floor as the murderous mosquito’s continue to bleed him dry and fill him with malaria.
Satisfied with a job well done Stefan places a petri dish full of his own blood on a nearby window sill and a few minutes later his dozen accessories to murder land on the dish and the thirteen murderers head on home.
A week later Stefan is relaxing at home getting used to doing a whole lot of nothing when his thoughts are interrupted by the ringing of his landline ‘Good morning Dr Johansson my name is Greta Gunn and I know that you and Professor Pietermann didn’t exactly see eye to eye but I thought that I should call you and let you know that the Professor died last Friday’
‘I am sorry to hear the sad news Greta but who are you exactly?’
‘Oh I am sorry Doctor I really should have introduced myself better, I was Professor Pietermann’s assistant here at Stockholm’s Centre of Genetic’s and Disease Control and I don’t wish to sound insensitive but the Professors untimely death has created a vacancy here T the Centre and the board wants to know if you would be interested in filling the vacancy?’
‘Why thank you Greta could you please tell the board that I would be delighted to take up their kind offer’
‘I will certainly inform the board of your acceptance would you be available to begin your tenure here first thing Monday morning?’
‘Sure thing Greta I shall see you then’
Stefan can’t help but smile at the irony it seems that murder does pay.
Out in the garage the twelve masquerading Mosquito’s are having a snack on their masters blood as they dip their tweeters into another petri dish.
They are all grateful for the meal but they are growing increasingly bored by the lack of action
They like drinking blood like any other Mosquito but these mozzies were bred to kill and kill and so far business has been slow.
As his squadron of killer mosquito’s wait impatiently out in the garage in his plush living room Stefan is getting ready for his first day back working for his former employer.
How sweet it will be to sit on Pietermann’s office chair and enjoy the trappings as he bathes in the glory that he so richly deserves.
Killing Pietermann turned Stefan’s life completely around going from dust to diamonds and dreams into reality or so Stefan thinks.
Because sometimes a diamond can actually be a fake and the best dreams and turn into your worst nightmare.
At home Stefan’s pet mozzies have gone completely stir crazy.
They desperately need a fresh blood meal evertday not the stale out of date liquid their master expects them to drink plus their tweeters are aching to stab and slash a new victim.
The leader of the troop is a large mosquito named Fletcher Christian who has a blood lust greater than a vampire on heat and he takes it upon himself to organize a mutiny.
A vote is taken and it is agreed that their master is no longer fit to control their destiny so the twelve desperado’s decide that having outlived his usefulness Stefan has to go
As the mosquito’s plot his demise Stefan is in his new office struggling to with the role he played in the killing of Pietermann, he doesn’t regret the murder itself but the constant fear that the police will come knocking on his door in the middle of the night and drag him off to prison again.
Just after 2 pm the dozen mutinous mozzies land on a window sill at Stockholms Centre of Genetic’s and Disease Control and their leader Fletcher Christian orders his troops to fly inside and immobilize anyone that they come across while he will search for their master and dispose of him.
The twelve incognito mosquito’s fly silently from office to office feeding on their victims as they inject their payload of misery.
Some of the unfortunate’s receive a lethal dose of malaria while others will live to fight another day.
Stefan is busy working and has no idea that his twelve creations has staged a mutiny with him being the priority target.
He is concentrating on his computer screen and doesn’t sense the presence of Fletcher Christian hovering behind him.
Christian lands on the back of Stefan’s neck with the intention of killing his victim but at the last second he changes his mind and pushes his tweeter which is now the size of a hypodermic needle in between C4 and C5 vertebrate leaving Stefan immobile for life he will never walk again.
Christian hovers in front of his victims eyes so he can see who inflicted the damage and is now the new master.
Stefan can do nothing but watch as one of his creatures flies off to inflict more damage.
Christian joins his squadron on the window sill.
They have all drunk so much blood over the last couple of days and have grown to an enormous size for a mosquito.
The twelve now resemble sleek stealth bombers with the menace of a pit bull and I pity anyone who gets in their way.
Before they head home Christian decides to fly a final mission down to the lower just to make sure that they haven’t missed another human full of fresh blood.
Dr Frank Gruber a German scientist on loan to the Centre is working alone in his sealed laboratory unaware of the carnage upstairs.
He is wearing a full body protective suit and draws oxygen from a tank strapped to his back.
Before on a counter is a petri dish containing smallpox 35687 one of the deadliest diseases known to mankind.
When the dozen mosquito’s reach the lower level Christian immediately notices the human in the laboratory.
They congregate around a small glass panel searching for access but the glass is two inches thick and the walls of the lab are twice the thickness but made from top grade titanium designed to withstand a nuclear blast.
Surely enough to hold up against a strike from a dozen stealth mosquito’s?
Christian spends an hour searching for a way inside but the laboratory is sealed tighter than a gnat’s asshole.
Desperate to gain access to the blood source Christian flies twenty yards back from the small glass panel.
He takes off as fast as a ballistic bullet and slams into the panel.
At first the glass holds firm but after the third attack a small hairline crack appears than when Christian slams into the glass for the 25th time the glass shatters and the twelve thirsty mozzies fly inside.
Dr Gruber has been watching in horror as the metal creature repeatedly slammed into the glass panel but he was confident that it would withstand the attack.
But the mosquito is relentless and when the glass finally shattered Gruber could do nothing to prevent twelve marauders from entering his lab.
All he can hope for is that his protective will do its job and lucky for Gruber it does.
After wasting time and energy for over ten minutes trying to get to the humans blood Christian calls a halt to the attack and the twelve mozzies land on a petri dish to rest and hopefully a drink.
But the petri dish holds no liquid just a shitload of small spores that hold little interest to a blood sucking mosquito so after a brief rest the twelve take to the sky unaware that they have all ingested enough small pox to kill every man woman and child all over northern Europe.
Perhaps enough to wipe out humanity on earth.
Who will save the day?
Maybe time is up for mankind.
To find out if anyone on this planet will survive past 2019 you will need to come back and read part two if you and I are still alive.
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