The small Caribbean island no longer had human residents. All that remained was a team of scientists. They sat in an armored shelter overlooking the site. Dr. Ewan Johnson watched through binoculars and carefully took notes as the helicopter flew in.
“I still can’t believe we’ve got living Terror Birds,” said Dr Hewitt, the newest team member.
“The new DNA techniques made it possible to grow these beauties,” said Johnson.
“Hell yeah. Those two-meter tall carnivores are incredibly efficient killers.”
“True, but further study is necessary.”
As the helicopter landed, Johnson wrote in his log.
The animals are no longer afraid of the helicopter. They rush towards it, knowing the machine always brings live food.
“So who is this guy the Justice Department is bringing in?”
“Some doctor who molested a whole bunch of young girls.”
“What’s his name?”
“Dunno. The shipping manifest just says: ‘Live Prey Item: 1’ ”
Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2018/01/20/pico-duarte-dominican-republic/
Euphemism: the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.
Larry Nassar (the offensive term): A doctor accused of molesting 150 girls including Olympic athletes.
Terror Bird: “…colloquially known as terror birds, are an extinct clade of large carnivorous flightless birds that were the largest species of apex predators in South America during the Cenozoic era; their temporal range covers from 62 to 1.8 million years ago…They ranged in height from 1–3 metres (3.3–9.8 ft) tall…”