A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 038, Wednesday
February 7th, 2017
Chapter Three: Autopsy
Kathy booked a flight immediately. She arrived at the city morgue, and identified the body.
The pathologist informed her of the cause of death. It was a catastrophic stroke. An embolism burst in his brain, killing him instantly. Otherwise Jim had been in perfect health. He said that it was like a small explosive had gone off in his brain.
Kathy had no idea why she was the one to receive him, other than what the authorities were telling her. She was the only person he had been known to have any contact with.
“Why am I here;” she wondered, not about the process. She was wondering about Jim’s intentions. This whole thing had been orchestrated. She knew that it was his plan she was following.
There were aspects to the administrative process that she was engaged in that were not exactly normal, or even legal, but the officials she was engaged with were acting under orders. The judge, the medical examiner, other governmental functionaries she was forced to deal with, thhe were operating under some kind of pressure, but they themselves were not quite sure what the exigencies were.
There were plans within plans, and the person pulling the levers was here on the slab with her.
It was inscrutable.
There was a level of caution at work that reminded her of her own handlers. There were multiple levels of misdirection and masking, so as to keep the objectives of their research hidden from Kathy.
As far as the locals knew, Kathy was simply the only person the authorities could connect Jim to, it was irregular, but it was what it was, and that was enough
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