CHAPTER ONE - Project Code-X
I, Rebeka, am one of the last true witnesses from the Nation of Yuropia who can give an accurate account of what has really happened. There are a few others, but no one has played such a central role as I have. I am recording everything here in written format, starting my own account from the very beginning of my involvement with Project Code-X, right up until the point where this present world was left a desolate wasteland. I want to explain to you, my reader, the part I played in the whole thing, so that I can help you to get free now, and perhaps, make some atonement for the mistakes I’ve made in life.
You could say, in a way, that this is my confession, my last confession to the world. Brothers and sisters, friends and supporters, fellow human beings – read it, understand it, believe it and know it as the truth. It has the power to save you from the chains which have you bound.
My full name is Rebeka Taft, and I am thirty-nine years old at the time of writing this account. I am married to David Taft, a former Military Police Chief with the Yuropian Military Police (the YMP for short), and we have two children – Nathaniel, who is now seventeen, and Kassandra, who is now fifteen. Like I said, my story began ten years ago, when, at the age of twenty-nine, I was recruited by the Yuropian Government to join a team of scientists working on the final phase of development of a top-secret government project.
The reason I was chosen for this project was because of my ‘extensive neurological research into verbal and visual triggers for specific human emotions’, research which I carried out as part of for my four year doctoral studies at the Yuropian Institute of Advanced Science (the YIAS for short). Fascinated by my findings, I was anxious to pursue this research topic further so I put forward another study proposal to the YIAS. As a result, they subsequently awarded me an exclusive three year scholarship for further studies, which I was told would be funded by an anonymous benefactor.
The proposal I put forward was entitled ‘A Study on the Science of Words and the Inherent Latent Energy Potential they Possess in order to Affect Change on the Human Brain.’ This was most certainly a lengthy, mouthful of a title, but the subject matter proved itself to be enticing enough to win the approval of the entire YIAS Board. It was then, near the end of my last year of this further three years of research, that I was finally approached by the Junior Governor. The Junior Governor, whose official title was Junior Governor of State for Scientific Research and Development, revealed himself as my anonymous benefactor and invited me to join the Government’s human micro-chip implant project, which was otherwise known as Project Code-X.
Project Code-X wasn’t a new project by any means. It was a project which had been in existence for a very long time, however “...the previous prototypes which have been developed have so far proven unsuccessful in clinical trials,” the Junior Governor informed me on the day of our first meeting.
I later read the files for myself and noted that his team had put these failures down to being a result of, quote “...something deeply rooted in the human psyche which is resistant to this foreign object in the body. If we could succeed in breaking through this mental barrier, disarm it in some way, so the object would be seen as familiar and not foreign, then we should be able to gain access to the functioning of the mind and body that we so need...” end quote. This is precisely where the team was at when I joined the Code-X Project.
Like the other scientists on the project, I had been told that this chip was going to revolutionise healthcare across the board, not just in Yuropia but on a massive global scale too. And that if we were successful in our endeavours, our team would be credited with bringing an end to every physical ailment the human body has ever known. Not only that, but we would also be able to cure all mental illnesses, such as Alzheimers and Dementia, permanently.
So how would this work? The micro-chip was designed to be hyper-sensitive to even the slightest of changes taking place within the body. It was able to detect and monitor any deviations from normal body temperature or any degeneration in optimum cell performance instantly. The micro-chip was then able to notify the carrier immediately of these changes so appropriate action could be taken at once, therefore stopping sickness dead in its tracks before it could gain any foothold.
It must be said, however, that revolutionising healthcare around the world was not one of our main goals. This just sounded like a valiant and noble purpose for our work. The reality was that most of the scientists who had been recruited to the project, myself included, had much more selfish motivations behind why we had begun working at Project Code-X in the first place. What I mean by this is that science is a passionate subject, and those who undertake to study it seriously are usually motivated by something other. Often, there is this deep and burning desire within – not to save people’s lives, but rather to unearth and unravel those hidden mysteries of science, both of the human body and human mind. It is often an insatiable, tormenting hunger that scientists have to seek out the unknowable at any cost. And if this research was going to be revolutionary, it didn’t matter to me how altruistic its purposes were, I was already definitely on board. For me, the invitation to join this project had become the career break of a lifetime.