Roween has a PhD. in Biophysics specializing in genetic engineering. The ultimate career woman and femme formidable, she is a professor and consultant to terraformers. Roween is Mitra's mother.
She had to say something now, or wait until after supper. Roween nerved herself up. “Chelan, there’s a problem we have to talk about.”
This was ridiculous. She was having trouble keeping her voice steady. Really, how much of a problem could there be? The mining accident was one of those unfortunate coincidences. But as for the pressure tube itself going, well, even with the best possible checks and balances in place equipment failures did happen. Off the top of her head she could think of three serious accidents in bioengineering facilities. One of her colleagues had even been present during one of the accidents. It had been extremely traumatic, and the poor man had needed counseling for over a year. But it had been an accident.
And Mitra would settle down. She’d been in shock, the poor hysterical child. Roween kept repeating this phrase to herself, ‘the poor hysterical child’. Once Mitra got busy sorting things out she would be fine. And a company like Dellmaice Power Systems would give her the best possible legal support. It wasn’t like her own position where she often did independent consulting. Roween had had to see her way through five major lawsuits when bioengineered specimens based on her calculations didn’t meet design specifications, and the customers just didn’t seem to realize how subtle the calculations could be.
Chelan stopped and turned to look at his wife. She was reaching for the wine glass with visibly trembling hands. Oh dear. She’d messed up a calculation again. It seemed at times to Chelan that Roween’s life would be a lot smoother if she had a little less self-confidence. Every mistake wasn’t as harmless as Meg and Basil ending up sterile. She never seemed to see the possible mistakes until she was staring at them, and a lawsuit.
“Well dear, tell me once we’re eating. Right now I’m too starved to hear a word you say.”
excerpt from Gingezel 2: Bad to Worse where Roween tells Chelan, Mitra's father that the reactor has blown up. © Gingezel
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