My name is Nick Caden. I’m fifteen and live in Savannah, Georgia. We moved to Savannah because a few months back, on Halloween night, a zombie snatched my sister. You might have read about it. It was all over the news for a while. The zombie who kidnapped my sister (not a real zombie – there’s no such thing) pinned me to a mud flat and waited for the tied to rise, but I held my breath long enough to escape.
When I am not in school or working at the boat yard near our apartment, I write for the Cool Ghoul Gazette. That’s a publication that focuses on paranormal and supernatural events. The Cool Ghoul is why I ended up solving a vampire murder, ghost town murder, and helped capture a werewolf. (Not a real werewolf, ghost, or vampire – there are no such things.) Which brings me to today’s “Breaking Noose” article.
The below news alert just arrived in my inbox.
“Hi. I am a Contract Specialist with the FDA. I am tasked with the purchase of tissues suitable for H.M. research. I would like to request a quote. Please review the Statement of Work and quote your pricing as outlined.
Statement of Work
The supplier will provide human fetal tissue with the following characteristics:
- Age range 16-24 weeks
- Liver and thymus tissue from the same donor unless liver only is requested.
- Tissue must be fresh and never frozen.
- No tissues where the mother is known to be positive for HIV or for Hepatitis A, B, or C viruses.
- No known chromosomal abnormalities.
- Testing for HIV, Hepatitis B & C will be completed on maternal blood for all tissues procured and results provided when available.
Period of Performance
Twelve months from the date of award of the contract.
In order to expedite the services required please return your quote to me by 3:00 pm Eastern Time. If you do not wish to submit a quote on this requirement, I would appreciate it if you would let me know.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.
My editor wants me to investigate this human fetal body parts smuggling ring that is using human tissue to create a new species of . . . Well, that’s where the mystery comes in. We’re not sure what the biotech company, Enhanced Bioscience Regeneration, is up to, but I’ll find out and report back. – Nick Caden