Wednesday, May 25, 2016

That’s Not Right, Dad. You Know It’s Not Right.

An Excerpt from The Tomorrow Paradox (Book Two in The Adventures of Mackenzie Mortimer):

Raymond Mortimer raised his hand to his face. “Son, what were you thinking, causing a ruckus at the hospital, kidnapping a clone, revealing our secrets to her—?”

Mackenzie pointed to the corporate logo on the wall, and to the Mortimer Enterprises motto beneath it. “That’s what I was thinking: With great power comes great responsibility. If I built, or will build, this company, then I must have been the one to choose Spider-man’s motto as our own.”

“Actually,” Raymond replied, “the quote is more properly attributed to Voltaire, but yes, you did choose it. You were mindful of the great power and wealth the technology we achieved through time travel would bestow upon us, and you wanted us to have a constant reminder of our moral obligations.”

“If you have the power to make a difference when no one else can, then you have a moral obligation to do so,” Mackenzie said. “They raised Gemma like a farm animal to be slaughtered. They were ready to cut her open and steal her organs. She’s living under a death sentence even though she’s never committed a crime. That’s not right, Dad. You know it’s not right. I had the power to save her and I used it.”

“But Mac—”

Mackenzie interrupted his father. “Don’t tell me the man I grow up to be is cool with selling people for spare parts and killing them for profit. I hope I haven’t changed that much. And I didn’t kidnap Gemma; I helped her escape. Our secrets are safe with her. She’s my friend… my only friend here… and I trust her. If you trust me, then you should trust her, as well.”

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Time is running out… fortunately, Mackenzie Mortimer has a few more minutes than anyone else!

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