All the Way Round the World
Delsante Corporation told me I could take it or leave it. Can you believe that?
My family owned this farm for ninety-two years before I had to go and sell a majority stake to a local distributor. Well, Delsante is way up his ass so you know they’re now up mine.
But I tell you what: if I make it out of this alive, I am sure going to enjoy watching those corporate bastards take a red-hot one in the ass. Same for the USDA.
We had no choice. They told us to plant the G646-DSGMO-666 or we could forget about distribution of any of our corn. Well, if we can’t sell anything, we may as well just give the farm to Delsante and be done with it. They’ll hire some Mexicans to come up here and plant that shit for them and they’ll never even remember my name.
So we planted it, watered it, and did fuck-all that their scientists told us to do. I have never in my life seen corn get so big so fast. After a month, I could disappear into those fields. And I’m six-three.
The USDA inspector came out one day along with a fella from Delsante. They were so impressed with how things were coming along. They took some cuttings away in a small plastic bag. Never said a word to me what they were for.
Well, along about eighty days into the growing cycle we started seeing a rust-colored pus oozing out of that corn. I told everyone to stay out of the fields and not touch anything. We walked the perimeter. That stuff just dripped down the ears. I got on the horn to the local distributor rep and I guess he called Delsante because they came out to the farm with a huge RV that had a lab right inside of it.
They set up spotlights on the cornfield and kept them going all night long. They said it was just a precaution. Precaution for what? I remember thinking at the time.
There were lots of guys in lab coats and SWAT uniforms. Nobody told us any details about the pus, but I could tell they hadn’t expected it, and they were running around like their heads were on fire and their asses were catchin’.
Then one day, I was over in the barn replacing a fuel filter on one of the combines when I hear somebody start screaming. I thought one of the lab guys had stepped in horseshit again. I looked out the window and saw a huge red dust cloud swirling around. All the lab guys and the SWATs were gasping and choking, falling to the ground. I could see they were dying. All of them.
Not thinking, I just ran for the combine and closed myself inside the cab. The wind blew that red dust right into the barn and it covered everything. I can’t see anything through the cab windows now. And there’s no water in here.
So, I’m hoping Delsante Corporation sends somebody out soon to find out what happened to their scientists and soldiers. I saw them die; at least I think I did. But now I hear things shuffling around the barn and grunting. And one time, something tried to open the cab door, which I now keep locked. I don’t even want to think about what that thing was.
Far as I can tell, anyone coming near this farm will meet the same fate as those things stumbling around my barn. The chemistry folks at Delsante sure did a bang up job. The only thing I know about chemistry is H-2-0 is water and K-9-P comes out the ass end of a dog. But, I’m a farmer and I know pollen when I see it. That red pus dries and blows off. I think Delsante Corporation has a little problem with their fucked up corn.
G646-DSGMO-666 was engineered to survive. I think of all that pollen on the wind.
You can’t stop the wind. It goes all the way round the world.
Now I want to be explicit and state that this is a work of FICTION and any resemblance to actual corporations and/or actual persons living or dead is entirely coincidental. Go here for the real horror story…
March 29th, 2011 at 9:47 am
WOW Bob, what a fantastic story! I was gripped right from the start – can’t wait till your next one 🙂
March 29th, 2011 at 10:09 am
Holy cow…I felt as if I were observing the scenario as it happened….Very dark, and scary, because it’s only a matter of time….I need another cup of coffee…
March 29th, 2011 at 11:09 am
Thanks Nancy and Tony for your comments. I just want to put out some stories that people will want to read. Something that doesn’t take a big time commitment. Glad you find them interesting.
March 29th, 2011 at 9:32 pm
loved the writing and yuck on the pus. i thought zeb would love it too — and actually he would — but i figure i need to censor profanity somewhat for a 12 year old — not that he hasn’t heard it all from my mouth anyways. how do i read more?