This week's challenge is to write 33 to 333 words using the following definition of the word FLY: a ) to move, pass, or spread quickly
My entry is the beginning of possibly a novel with fact and fiction mixed together. Some names are real while others are not because of the need to fictionalize details. The program MK-ULTRA was indeed real.
Elias knew he wanted to kill from an early age. Even when his parents saw they could no longer have pets, he found animals to torture in secret. It was with great pleasure he signed the contract that turned his life over to the military. Extraordinary timing. The war had ended not long before and the CIA just came into its own after having been the Office of Strategic Services. British MI-6 officers had aided in the transition.
Psychiatrists had devised a questionnaire (unbeknown to Elias) to target sociopaths. He had passed with flying colors and, even though he was not a college graduate, somehow he had been drafted into officer training school under the auspices of the new CIA for a secret program. He got his license to kill just prior to his first assignment, Korea, before his 20th birthday.
According to plan, he married before his departure. He would not reunite with his bride until after his tour of duty for a year in Korea instructing Korean soldiers how to torture and kill. How he thrived on torture. His wife joined him at his next assignment in Japan. Once again he became involved in Japanese civil affairs where it was to US advantage for one side to win. Japan was also where his first child was born. He had already been trained to condition his wife to obey orders and sometimes hypnotize her to forget things she had seen or heard. That was crucial to his life in the underworld as a spy sanctioned by the secret level of the government. To his wife, time would just fly by when her baby daughter was taken for nefarious purposes. Her mind simply closed the time gaps.
In the beginning of the Cold War, US military was highly interested in mind control, especially having soldiers follow orders without question or memory. And so the behavioral engineering experiments began, and not just on the soldiers. The program known as MK-ULTRA was underway.
Part 2 of this story can be found here.