Project Magenta - Chapter 2 preview

Project Magenta - Chapter 2 preview

The sterile white walls of the hospital room enclosed Alecia and Dale Yoshawa as they sat on the edge of a clinical-looking bed. Dr. Celia Grant, a middle-aged physician with long messy brown hair, a slim build, large round glasses, and a pale complexion, gave a warm, but troubled expression. She stood before them, holding a transparent digital clipboard that displayed a series of moving charts and images that nobody outside of a trained physician would be able to make heads or tails of.

"Mr. and Mrs. Yoshawa," Dr. Grant began, her voice gentle but tinged with sorrow, "I've reviewed all the test results three times and consulted with several of my colleagues. I'm afraid I have news that is going to be difficult to hear.”

Alecia's heart pounded in her chest as she exchanged a worried glance with Dale. She gripped his hand tightly.

"Your husband," Dr. Grant continued, "has an advanced case of Cerebral Lymphoma. It’s a very rare form of brain cancer…I...I’m sorry to say it's already spread too far to consider conventional treatment. I'm so sorry."

From the doctor trying to restrain her own emotions while delivering the news, Dale and Alecia quickly realized that this may have been the worst news that they could have gotten.

Dale swallowed hard, his face paling. Alecia felt her throat tighten as tears welled up in her eyes. She turned to the doctor, desperation in her voice. "Isn't there anything you can do, Doctor? Anything at all?"

Dr. Grant sighed, her expression sympathetic. "I wish there were, Mrs. Yoshawa, but given the stage of the disease, it's beyond our current capabilities to treat effectively. We can provide palliative care to make him as comfortable as possible.  With regular treatment and care, we can extend life expectancy by 1 to 2 years. Without treatment, Dale may only have a few months. Again, I’m so, so sorry to be giving you this news.”

Through his shock, Dale feebly managed to rasp out a question. “What could have caused it?”

“We still don’t know all of the causes for this type of cancer.” Dr. Grant explained. “There’s been a lot of speculation about possible radiation exposure from your job with time travel, but there’s never been any clinical proof of such claims. At the end of the day, the technology is just too new for us to know if there is any connection.”

Alecia felt a wave of despair wash over her. She couldn't bear the thought of losing Dale, her love, her rock. A glimmer of hope flashed in her mind, the kind of idea that is borne of extreme desperation.

"What about the Time Well?" Alecia blurted out. "Can't we use it to go back and prevent this from happening?"

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