Colour Sergeant Nightingale, a Victoria Cross veteran and member of a mysterious guild, shares his solemn prose. (Extract from Homo Nova.)
CHAPTER ONE: AN UNEXPECTED ARRIVAL
When going about her business alone at home, a sudden burst of warm fluid trickled down the inside of Astrid’s legs. She gasped, then hovered in a state of suspension, wondering if her bladder had relieved itself of its own accord. Without the aid of a mirror, she had great trouble seeing beyond the hemisphere of her bump, but in rummaging about in her underwear her hand met with the severest damp, though no smell of urine accompanied it. Drawing out her hand, she saw a sort of syrup clinging to her fingers; a mucus that, under the candlelight, seemed brown, red, and silvery all at once. And she knew that this, the harbinger of motherhood, the breaking of her water, announced the beginning of a journey of extreme and inescapable torment: the baby was coming!
What if it was possible to wilfully alter the expression of our DNA? Ulrik Magnusson, our protagonist in the story of Homo Nova is the only known person in the world who has a kaleidoscopic genome…
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