Zera and the Green Man: Chapter 30

Lily looked at her watch. “It’s time, Ted. Let’s go.”

It had been one of the most uncomfortable ten minutes of his life.

The front desk was vacant, Meg gone. Efficient, Theodore said to himself, as he and Lily approached the elevator and got in. He thought again of the secretary’s resemblance to Crystal, how eerie that was, and for a moment his mind touched on cloning. No, he thought, that would be impossible, crazy. His next thought mocked him — as crazy as plants growing human organs? He forced himself to think about what he and Lily were now doing. Lily had explained to him that Drew made sure digital imagery in the surveillance cameras were altered with “doctored” versions, to make it look as though he and Lily had left the building through the front doors. The security guard “Harvey,” an expert forger, would take care of their signatures on the sign-out sheet, and make sure Fred was away from the desk when Lily and Theodore “left.”

“Rooftop,” said the female elevator-voice and the door opened. The landing-pad lights were the only ones on. The chopper’s blades were revolving at a high speed. In the lighted interior of the helicopter, Theodore sa­w Drew, Bear, and Zera.

At the door Lily barked, “Next to Zera.”

The door opened and they climbed in, Theodore next to Bear and Zera, Lily up front with Drew.

In an instant they were whirring over the city, tens of thousands of lights twinkling below them.

“Is everything set for the lab?” Lily asked Bear.

Bear nodded. Lily glanced at the floor next to him to some gray metal cases and said, “Good.”

“How are you doing, Zera?” Lily asked.

“I’m okay,” Zera said.

Lily reached back and patted Zera’s knee. “You are an awesome young woman.”

With great difficulty, Theodore averted his gaze from Lily.

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Zera and the Green Man is a novel by Sandra Knauf, a local author and sustainability advocate living in Colorado Springs.

To learn more about Zera and the Green Man visit the official website. Paperback and Kindle versions of the novel are available on Amazon.

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Published by Greenwoman Publishing, LLC
P. O. Box 6587, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80934-6587, U.S.A.

First published in the United States of America
Copyright © Sandra Knauf, 2013
All rights reserved

ISBN: 978-0-9897056-0-8 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0-9897056-1-5 (ebook)

Cover drawing by Paul Spielman.
Cover photography by CanStockPhoto 11569383
Cover and interior design by Zora Knauf.


This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or living-dead, is entirely coincidental.