“It’s just a camera. Where’s the special device you told me about?”
“It’s quite special Mikiko, if you’ll allow me to explain.”
Everyone called Desmond Llewelyn an “old curmudgeon,” but the Japanese agent found him endearing, sort of how she remembered Sofu. For the past year, he’d been outfitting her for missions assigned by their two governments.
“It’s a sophisticated sensor that detects specific rad levels from weapons grade uranium.”
“Then I’m going into North Korea…”
“Not precisely. During World War II, your government conducted secret operations to develop the atomic bomb. After VE Day, a U-boat transported Nazi uranium to a base in occupied North Korea. A working prototype was developed but the war ended before they could use it.”
“So you want me…”
“Intelligence says that Kim Jong-un is bluffing and has no nuclear weapons, but they are actively searching for the prototype. You have to find it first.”
Seven years ago, Mikiko Jahn had been horribly mutilated in a nuclear power plant disaster. Her “reconstruction” had been extensive and left her with a body more than human, but the frightened little girl inside didn’t know if she had the courage to face her personal atomic holocaust again.
I wrote this for the Sunday Photo Fiction Challenge of November 5th 2017. The idea is to use the image above as the inspiration for crafting a piece of flash fiction no more than 200 words long. My word count is 200.
I leveraged two series I’ve been working on. The first is the saga of MI6 Agent Ian Dennis and his discovery that North Korea’s nuclear weapons development is a fake. The second involves Mikiko Jahn, a young Japanese technician who was horribly disabled and mutilated in a nuclear plant accident and who has been reconstructed using advanced synthetic materials and techniques to become more than human and an agent working covertly for the Japanese and British governments.
I did find out that the Japanese were working on the atomic bomb during the war, they did have a secret base in North Korea, and after Nazi Germany fell, a U-boat carrying the remaining Nazi uranium was sent to the Japanese. In real life, the U-boat was intercepted, and the confiscated uranium was used to make the first four American nuclear weapons. I thought I’d tweak history a bit.
Oh, “Desmond Llewelyn” is the name of the late actor who played “Q” in the first twenty or so James Bond, 007 films. I have a sort of affection for the character, so I thought I’d pay homage to the man behind “Q”. Also, “Sofu” in Japanese means “grandfather.”
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11 thoughts on “The Search for Armageddon”
Fighting personal demons is the ultimate fight. Great story James.
Quite true, Susan. Thanks. I hope to develop Mikiko’s character more in the near future.
Loved the ‘Q’ reference, a highlight of many of the Bond films – and just the sort of gadget he would come up with.
I thought I’d have a bit of fun mildly mimicking a Bond-Q interchange. With a larger word count, I could have made it more entertaining.
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Entertaining tale, James
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I guess when all comes to all the mind is more important tham the body. What kind of reconstruction was it again? Robotic, was it, or some kind of biological thing? I think I read it, but I don’t remember.
She’s been reconstructed using biosynthetic materials designed to mimic, replace, and often enhance human tissue and organs. The imperative Professor Daniel Hunt was issued when given the assignment to reconstruct Mikiko with unlimited funds was to enhance her human abilities to the greatest extent possible.
Aha. Do you have a list of the chapters or stories related somewhere?
Scroll down to the bottom of First Flight and you’ll find a list of Mikiko stories in the order they were written, which is not necessarily in chronological order. First Flight is the story most recently written, but Murder at 900 Michigan Avenue comes after it chronologically. “The Swimmer” would be toward the end.
I enjoyed this story. I heard all of his speech in Desmond Llewellyn’s voice.
So did I when I wrote it. Thanks.
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