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Story Notes:

This chapter is just for building context. The process scenes begin shortly after.

Author's Chapter Notes:

This chapter provides context to the story and introductions to the characters. I have also added some physical descriptions as well.

Introduction

Emily Rath is a brilliant scientist - someone would argue the greatest. However, if you were to ask Emily about her brilliance, well, she'd laugh in your face. You see, Ms. Rath is a bit too humble and self-deprecating to ever consider such a title - or at least not until she'd finished her life's work.  The work this story is centered on, the work she's been dedicating almost all her time to for the past 20 years towards, ever since she first graduated cum laude from MIT with two PhD's (chemistry and genetics) at the young age of 26. Those 20 years proved difficult for Emily, however, as she was left to pursue her research and raise a child by herself (don't ask for the specifics on the father - he's not worth a mention). Emily was no coward to a challenge though, and she did her best to raise her son, Magnus as best she could - all the while pursuing her scientific goals. Fortunately for Emily, Magnus was a genius like herself and was self-sufficient at a young age. Doubly fortunate for Emily, Magnus would soon help her achieve her ultimate goal. Enough about Magnus right now though, we'll get to him later, let's get back to Emily and her life's pursuit.

Emily wanted to save humanity; she cared about the well-being of others tremendously. Her goal to save humanity, she believed, could be achieved by removing the need for food and sustenance to survive. She postulated that the poor would no longer die of starvation and the rich would no longer die of over-eating. Emily’s plan to achieve this was through altering the way in which human beings converted energy: instead of pulling energy from food, humans would pull energy from the atmosphere (sort of like plants – though not entirely). This energy would then be used to repair the body, build the muscle, and enable all other human functionality. If this plan were to be achieved, human beings would no longer worry about weight, or weight-related diseases, life expectancy would increase significantly, and everyone would have a healthy body. Unfortunately, Ms. Rath has not yet been able to achieve her goal – even after 20 years of research; she was now forty-two years old and she wasn’t getting any younger. Though, with the recruitment of her son’s mental fortitude, she will soon find that two great minds are just what was needed to help her realize her ultimate goal.

Magnus shared his mother’s genius; he also shared her aspirations (though not because of a vested interest in ending world hunger – no he was fascinated with her). Magnus loved his mother, she was all he ever knew. She taught him everything, raised him by herself, and brought him up to be a competent individual. Because of this, Magnus wanted the world for his mother and he was prepared to do just that. Now, at the age of 21 and after just graduating college, Magnus has begun working with his mother in her research laboratory. 

 

Physical Descriptions

 Emily:

Although Emily is forty-two years old, she would give any twenty-year-old a run for their money. Her face was soft and pixie-like. The cherry of her lips was complemented by the pale tone of her skin. Her body wasn't toned or muscular (though she wished she was), she was womanly and curved - a product of a healthy diet, but a lack of exercise. Emily had no issues in the height department, in fact, she was taller than her son (that's likely because of his father's short stature), standing tall at 5', 10" she always felt bad towering over her four-inch shorter son.

 

Magnus:

Magnus was in the prime of his life, and he looked it. His body was toned and wiry, a result of his running habits. His face was prominent and masculine, capturing the eye of any female (or male) within 50 meters. Though his height, at a mere 5' 6' was a major pain point for his confidence - especially because his mother was so much taller than him. He looked up to his mother (both figuratively and physically) and he wanted to be her equal to offer her support like she did for him in his formative years, but the difference in height, although just a physical difference, made him feel as though he weren't worthy. 

 

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