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Why oh "Y" Is the Cure Infectious

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Chapter 1

​Terri​ ​woke​ ​to​ ​the​ ​cool​ ​morning​ ​air​ ​on​ ​her​ ​face,​ ​sunlight​ ​trickling

through​ ​the​ ​thin​ ​curtains​ ​draped​ ​over​ ​the​ ​windows.​ ​Getting​ ​up,​ ​she​ ​followed
her​ ​easy​ ​morning​ ​routine:​ ​Tidy​ ​the​ ​bed,​ ​brew​ ​a​ ​pot​ ​of​ ​coffee,​ ​and​ ​see​ ​her
husband​ ​James​ ​off​ ​to​ ​work.​ ​He​ ​took​ ​a​ ​cup​ ​of​ ​coffee​ ​and​ ​headed​ ​down​ ​the
driveway​ ​to​ ​his​ ​car.​ ​As​ ​James​ ​left,​ ​Terri​ ​sat​ ​down​ ​on​ ​the​ ​sofa​ ​with​ ​a​ ​cup​ ​of
coffee​ ​and​ ​grabbed​ ​the​ ​journal​ ​she​ ​kept​ ​from​ ​under​ ​the​ ​couch​ ​cushion,
deciding​ ​it​ ​was​ ​a​ ​good​ ​time​ ​to​ ​write​ ​a​ ​new​ ​entry.


Another​ ​day,​ ​just​ ​like​ ​it​ ​is​ ​always.​ ​I’m​ ​beginning​ ​to​ ​grow​ ​tired​ ​of
the​ ​​ ​same​ ​old​ ​schedule,​ ​same​ ​cleaning,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​days​ ​don’t
differentiate​ ​as​ ​much….
Terri.​ ​August​ ​14​ ​1953


She​ ​sighed,​ ​knowing​ ​that​ ​no​ ​matter​ ​what​ ​efforts​ ​she​ ​made,​ ​it​ ​was
either​ ​this​ ​or​ ​go​ ​hungry.​ ​Terri​ ​didn’t​ ​know​ ​much,​ ​so​ ​it​ ​was​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​get​ ​a​ ​job,
although​ ​she​ ​did​ ​have​ ​a​ ​definite​ ​liking​ ​towards​ ​science.​ ​She​ ​liked​ ​to​ ​inquire
about​ ​science,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​was​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​get​ ​a​ ​job​ ​in​ ​it.​ ​Specifically,​ ​she​ ​was
interested​ ​in​ ​medical​ ​science.​ ​How​ ​the​ ​body​ ​works,​ ​reacts​ ​to​ ​things,​ ​and
antibiotics​ ​that​ ​can​ ​cure​ ​disease.​ ​​ ​Her​ ​sister​ ​had​ ​also​ ​been​ ​in​ ​the​ ​same
field,​ ​and​ ​Terri​ ​got​ ​most​ ​of​ ​her​ ​information​ ​from​ ​the​ ​things​ ​Alice​ ​did,​ ​as
James​ ​did​ ​not​ ​want​ ​Terri​ ​to​ ​be​ ​doing​ ​this.​ ​Alice​ ​had​ ​managed​ ​to​ ​get​ ​a​ ​job​ ​in

a​ ​lab​ ​and​ ​she​ ​frequently​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​curing​ ​disease,​ ​and​ ​occasionally​ ​just
experimented​ ​around​ ​with​ ​genes​ ​and​ ​how​ ​they​ ​reacted​ ​to​ ​other​ ​genes. 

Currently,​ ​there​ ​were​ ​many​ ​things​ ​going​ ​on​ ​inside​ ​the​ ​lab,​ ​little​ ​to
Terri’s​ ​small​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world​ ​around​ ​her.​ ​Alice​ ​had​ ​not​ ​told​ ​her
anything​ ​that​ ​was​ ​going​ ​on​ ​inside​ ​the​ ​world​ ​of​ ​the​ ​scientists,​ ​and​ ​honestly
didn't​ ​plan​ ​to​ ​unless​ ​she​ ​got​ ​asked​ ​directly.​ ​There​ ​was​ ​no​ ​need​ ​for
someone​ ​like​ ​her​ ​poor​ ​little​ ​sister​ ​to​ ​have​ ​this​ ​knowledge,​ ​just​ ​to​ ​spread​ ​it
around​ ​like​ ​a​ ​rumor​ ​in​ ​high​ ​school.​ ​Through​ ​Terri’s​ ​eyes,​ ​this​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​thing
was​ ​meant​ ​to​ ​be​ ​spread​ ​around​ ​to​ ​the​ ​general​ ​public,​ ​to​ ​be​ ​known​ ​by​ ​all
people,​ ​but​ ​she​ ​didn't​ ​know​ ​that​ ​advertising​ ​this​ ​was​ ​possibly​ ​the​ ​worst
thing​ ​that​ ​one​ ​could​ ​do. 

As​ ​soon​ ​as​ ​people​ ​get​ ​a​ ​glimpse​ ​of​ ​what​ ​they​ ​were​ ​doing,​ ​the​ ​world
would​ ​go​ ​crazy​ ​over​ ​it.​ ​What​ ​once​ ​was​ ​something​ ​that​ ​was​ ​impossible
would​ ​be​ ​now​ ​obtainable​ ​by​ ​mankind,​ ​and​ ​available​ ​for​ ​all​ ​to​ ​use,​ ​just​ ​as
everyone​ ​would​ ​want​ ​it​ ​to​ ​be.​ ​Genetic​ ​development​ ​could​ ​get​ ​so​ ​big​ ​that
the​ ​demand​ ​would​ ​make​ ​it​ ​impossible​ ​to​ ​get,​ ​even​ ​for​ ​those​ ​who​ ​actually

did​ ​need​ ​something​ ​through​ ​it.​ ​Things​ ​like​ ​this​ ​worried​ ​the​ ​few​ ​that​ ​were
working​ ​in​ ​the​ ​lab​ ​with​ ​Alice.

Terri​ ​got​ ​up​ ​to​ ​call​ ​her​ ​sister.​ ​She​ ​didn't​ ​really​ ​know​ ​why​ ​she​ ​had​ ​had
this​ ​urge,​ ​but​ ​James​ ​had​ ​left,​ ​so​ ​they​ ​might​ ​as​ ​well​ ​go​ ​out​ ​for​ ​lunch​ ​for​ ​no
apparent​ ​reason​ ​at​ ​the​ ​time.​ ​She​ ​grabbed​ ​a​ ​five​ ​dollar​ ​bill​ ​off​ ​the​ ​counter
and​ ​shoved​ ​it​ ​into​ ​the​ ​pocket​ ​of​ ​her​ ​dress.​ ​She​ ​grabbed​ ​the​ ​receiver​ ​off​ ​the
phone​ ​and​ ​spun​ ​the​ ​rotary​ ​correctly​ ​for​ ​Alice’s​ ​phone​ ​number.​ ​Her​ ​sister
responded​ ​and​ ​said,​ ​“Hello​ ​Terri,​ ​Nice​ ​day,​ ​isn’t​ ​it?​ ​How​ ​are​ ​you?”​ ​a​ ​silence
prevailed​ ​for​ ​a​ ​second​ ​as​ ​Terri​ ​gathered​ ​her​ ​thoughts.​ ​Maybe​ ​she​ ​might
ask​ ​about​ ​the​ ​research​ ​going​ ​on​ ​within​ ​the​ ​science​ ​community.​ ​“I’m​ ​alright,
but​ ​I​ ​was​ ​wondering​ ​if​ ​you​ ​would​ ​want​ ​to​ ​go​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Crystal​ ​Cafe​ ​diner​ ​with
me​ ​in​ ​an​ ​hour.​ ​How​ ​about​ ​it?”​ ​“Oh!​ ​That​ ​sounds​ ​wonderful.​ ​Meet​ ​you​ ​there.
That​ ​is​ ​the​ ​one​ ​that​ ​is​ ​about​ ​a​ ​five​ ​minute​ ​walk,​ ​correct?”​ ​Terri​ ​grinned​ ​as
she​ ​realized​ ​that​ ​her​ ​plan​ ​would​ ​work​ ​just​ ​as​ ​planned.​ ​“Yeah!”​ ​she
exclaimed,​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​too​ ​excitedly​ ​for​ ​the​ ​context​ ​of​ ​the​ ​phone​ ​call.​ ​“Okay,​ ​see
you​ ​there,​ ​Ter.​ ​Bye!”


She​ ​ended​ ​the​ ​call​ ​and​ ​placed​ ​the​ ​phone​ ​back​ ​where​ ​it​ ​belongs.​ ​She
could​ ​not​ ​wait​ ​to​ ​get​ ​to​ ​the​ ​cafe​ ​and​ ​have​ ​a​ ​discussion​ ​with​ ​her​ ​older​ ​sister.
Terri​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​get​ ​a​ ​quick​ ​shower​ ​so​ ​she​ ​could​ ​fix​ ​her​ ​messy​ ​hair​ ​with​ ​the
curlers​ ​and​ ​hair​ ​dryer.​ ​She​ ​carefully​ ​selected​ ​a​ ​blouse​ ​and​ ​skirt​ ​to​ ​wear​ ​to
the​ ​diner,​ ​making​ ​sure​ ​it​ ​was​ ​comfortable​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​walk​ ​in.​ ​She​ ​walked
across​ ​the​ ​house​ ​to​ ​go​ ​into​ ​the​ ​bathroom​ ​with​ ​her​ ​clothing.​ ​She​ ​hopped​ ​in
the​ ​shower​ ​and​ ​managed​ ​to​ ​be​ ​out​ ​within​ ​five​ ​minutes.​ ​She​ ​threw​ ​the​ ​outfit
she​ ​has​ ​previously​ ​chosen​ ​on​ ​and​ ​got​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the​ ​bathroom​ ​with​ ​her​ ​wet
hair.​ ​She​ ​went​ ​to​ ​the​ ​living​ ​area​ ​of​ ​the​ ​house​ ​and​ ​grabbed​ ​her​ ​rollers​ ​off​ ​of
the​ ​coffee​ ​table.​ ​She​ ​knew​ ​that​ ​she​ ​did​ ​not​ ​have​ ​much​ ​time,​ ​so​ ​instead​ ​of
air​ ​drying​ ​it​ ​like​ ​the​ ​traditional​ ​way,​ ​Terri​ ​decided​ ​that​ ​it​ ​would​ ​be​ ​better​ ​to
just​ ​dry​ ​them​ ​the​ ​fastest​ ​way,​ ​unnaturally.​ ​When​ ​she​ ​had​ ​finished​ ​drying​ ​her
hair,​ ​she​ ​pinned​ ​her​ ​locks​ ​in​ ​place​ ​and​ ​hairsprayed​ ​them​ ​so​ ​they​ ​would
stay.​ ​She​ ​put​ ​on​ ​a​ ​pair​ ​of​ ​flat​ ​shoes​ ​and​ ​grabbed​ ​the​ ​money​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the
pocket​ ​of​ ​her​ ​other​ ​dress​ ​to​ ​head​ ​out​ ​the​ ​door. 

Terri​ ​then​ ​carefully​ ​closed​ ​the​ ​door​ ​and​ ​started​ ​down​ ​to​ ​the​ ​diner.
When​ ​she​ ​realized​ ​that​ ​she​ ​was​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​late,​ ​she​ ​started​ ​to​ ​sprint.​ ​After
all,​ ​it​ ​would​ ​only​ ​be​ ​five​ ​minutes​ ​maximum,​ ​right?​ ​Turns​ ​out,​ ​she​ ​was
wrong.​ ​Her​ ​skirt​ ​got​ ​snagged​ ​on​ ​a​ ​rose​ ​bush​ ​that​ ​was​ ​just​ ​a​ ​little​ ​too​ ​close
to​ ​the​ ​sidewalk.​ ​She​ ​stopped​ ​and​ ​attempted​ ​to​ ​untangle​ ​herself​ ​from​ ​the
little​ ​thorns​ ​that​ ​the​ ​roses​ ​had​ ​all​ ​over​ ​them.​ ​She​ ​managed​ ​to​ ​get​ ​out​ ​with
only​ ​a​ ​little​ ​damage​ ​to​ ​the​ ​garment.​ ​A​ ​rose​ ​had​ ​come​ ​off​ ​of​ ​the​ ​bush,​ ​so
she​ ​picked​ ​it​ ​up​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​with​ ​her.​ ​She​ ​then​ ​continued​ ​to​ ​run​ ​down​ ​the
sidewalk,​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​further​ ​away​ ​from​ ​the​ ​side​ ​the​ ​plants​ ​were​ ​on. 

After​ ​not​ ​too​ ​long,​ ​she​ ​managed​ ​to​ ​get​ ​to​ ​the​ ​cafe​ ​and​ ​find​ ​the​ ​spot
where​ ​Alice​ ​was​ ​sitting.​ ​She​ ​sat​ ​down​ ​and​ ​sighed,​ ​and​ ​gave​ ​her​ ​sister​ ​the
rose.​ ​“So,​ ​What’s​ ​your​ ​story,​ ​Ter?”,​ ​she​ ​said​ ​snickering​ ​quietly.​ ​“Gosh,
Alice.​ ​Always​ ​straight​ ​to​ ​the​ ​point.​ ​Anyway,​ ​I​ ​had​ ​an​ ​encounter​ ​with​ ​some
flow-”​ ​Alice​ ​cut​ ​her​ ​off​ ​there.​ ​“Oh​ ​really​ ​now?​ ​Taking​ ​‘Stop​ ​and​ ​smell​ ​the
roses’​ ​to​ ​a​ ​whole​ ​new​ ​level​ ​now,​ ​eh?”​ ​Terri​ ​sighed,​ ​trying​ ​not​ ​to​ ​crack​ ​up​ ​at
her​ ​sister’s​ ​sarcastic​ ​nature.​ ​“So​ ​can​ ​I​ ​see​ ​any​ ​of​ ​your​ ​research?​ ​I’d​ ​love​ ​to
see​ ​how​ ​you’ve​ ​been​ ​doing!”,​ ​she​ ​implored​ ​to​ ​change​ ​the​ ​subject.

The​ ​waitress​ ​then​ ​realized​ ​that​ ​they​ ​were​ ​there​ ​and​ ​approached​ ​the
table​ ​as​ ​quickly​ ​as​ ​she​ ​could​ ​go.​ ​“Hello,​ ​welcome​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Crystal​ ​Cafe.​ ​what
can​ ​I​ ​get​ ​you​ ​ladies​ ​to​ ​drink?”​ ​They​ ​each​ ​ordered​ ​a​ ​coffee,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​waitress
returned​ ​in​ ​an​ ​instant​ ​with​ ​the​ ​coffee​ ​they​ ​ordered,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​a​ ​pitcher​ ​of
cream​ ​and​ ​a​ ​small​ ​dish​ ​with​ ​sugar​ ​in​ ​it.​ ​“Enjoy!”​ ​the​ ​waitress​ ​shouted,
huffing​ ​slightly​ ​from​ ​the​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​times​ ​she​ ​had​ ​ran​ ​through​ ​the​ ​building.

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