Two weeks ago, I introduced you to my antagonist, Dr. Johann Schaak.

To say that he’s a complicated person, is a bit of an understatement. He means well, his methods, however, are seriously suspect. Just wait until I finish the story. You’ll read about his amazing bedside manner (which he actually has) and his lack of empathy for those he is experimenting on.

This week, I’d like to introduce you to my protagonist.

Dr. Melody Lin Yao Brandywine-Grayson was born in the year 2360, in the city of de Grasse, on  the continent of Cocconi on Tau Ceti Earth.

Melody is one of a twin genetic embryo. Her mother, Dr. Amelia Brandywine-Grayson was too busy (and vain) to carry children in her body, so she had them placed in an artificial womb. From there, she was able to manipulate DNA to create what she assumed would be the perfect children.

When her parents divorced, her father Robert, an engineer, was able to get custody of his children. Melody and Michael grew up learning how to make their own choices and not be the robots their mother had intended. This of course, majorly disappointed and frustrated the plans of the renowned geneticist. Amelia never lets an opportunity pass to let her children and her ex-husband know of her dissatisfaction.

At first, as a child, Melody wanted to follow her mother’s footsteps. As such, she became a brilliant geneticist in her own right. When Melody was asked to go with Dr. Schaak’s team to the moon in the Epsilon Eridani inner asteroid belt, her mother was against the decision. She berated Melody and told her it would be a colossal waste of time, effort and her talents. Especially since her mother adamantly believed there weren’t any truly intelligent alien species worthy of her daughter’s time in this section of the galaxy.

Ecstatic with the opportunity to prove her mother wrong, Melody signed up for the expedition. It would only take the science crew about six weeks of warp travel to reach their destination. Of course, she’d miss her father’s 70th birthday party, but this was an opportunity she wasn’t passing up. And her father wouldn’t let her anyway.

At 5’7″, athletic, Melody is descended from Asian, British and Caribbean lineage. A Buddhist in her beliefs, Melody pursues peace and believes that humans and all other aliens should live in peaceful co-existence. It is her hearts desire to make sure the aliens they meet are treated with kindness, inclusion and understanding.

Melody is at odds with the desires of Johann Schaak. What he wants to do with the aliens, though for the betterment of mankind, is brutal, inhumane and just outright wrong. Melody will do everything she can to thwart him.

Next week is my birthday week. As such, I have a wonderful surprise interview for you as well as a gift for one lucky reader/commenter. Tune in next Tuesday to find out who is coming to hang out for my birthday.

Until then,

“When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movements become headlong – faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget the precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it’s too late.”
Frank Herbert

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