Transcript of Mobile Phone Call

Norton & Co, Solicitors and Dr M Ridge

Wed,15/07/09, 1649h

 “Hello Will, I was hoping I’d catch you…”

 “Ah, Dr Mike, how was the visit to The Complex?”

 “Professional, courteous, detailed and just about pointless…”

 “Bugger, I was so hoping that…”

 “Hang on Will, the key word is JUST! I got into quite a long chat with the resident house mother there, one Aileen Blaze, who mentioned that she knew about two other deaths in kids that have been through the processes there. A girl, Debs, from the first course and lad Johnno on the first male week. She, Debs was killed in an RTA; he, Johnno hanged himself…”

 “Argh, did we know about either of these?”

 “Not as being connected in any way, no! I’ve got my researcher onto it as we speak and I will know by tomorrow for sure…”

 “Any help you want, Dr Mike, just ask…”

 “I was going to Will! Aileen, the house mum, described a typical day for the kids at The Complex. She mentioned, in passing, that they were all given an energy boosting drink each evening to help them be ready for the next day…”

 “That hasn’t been mentioned in any of the papers we’ve seen!”

 “Quite! Maybe quite innocent, lots of kids drink these quick shots it seems. But, these ones are provided by The Complex and not in commercial labelled bottles. I wasn’t being escorted by anyone when she told me this… interesting? Can you do some…”

Not tonight but I’ll get one of our juniors onto is first thing. Will you do a written report…”

 “I’ll wait until both our minions have checked things for us, OK?”

Fine, speak soon!”

Personal E-Notebook Diary of Aileen B

House Mother; The Complex

Wed, 15/07/09, 2230h

 “I’m whacked after a normal day and the official visit, although Dr Ridge was pleasant enough, for a shrink that is… Have I ever knowingly met one before? Not sure. Anyway, too tired for softball so to bed…”

Official Unit Log, “The Complex”

Entry By Night Watch Operative 3393

Wed, 15/07/09, 2245h

  1.  Routine review of the audio-visual recordings made on The Complex today disclose that Aileen, the house mother, spoke with the visiting shrink, Dr Ridge, about the energy drink given to students each evening.
  2. As she is not part of the Special Operations Team, she has no knowledge as to the contents of the liquid.Other parts of the replay are inaudible due to overhead aircraft.
  3. Acting-Director has been informed by me at 2200h and he will speak to Aileen tomorrow about what she did say to Dr Ridge.
  4. He, Dr Davies, has ordered no further action at this time.
  5. Second dose of mixture given to all course #9 members as planned.


Earlier today the FJ man from fundamental jelly (never been, go AFTER reading this, link in right panel over >>>>) asked for a quick synopsis of event in Code Ochre to-date for the newly arrived reader. It is with great pleasure that I highlight the key events… whether regular readers agree with this could be interesting?

 The Project” is a (fictional) British Government initiative to find international level sports-people, special forces recruits and employment for long term unemployed youths. Selected young people go to “The Complex” (aka TC) in Cheshire for a 5 day course of physical and psychological assessment under the supervision of Dr Davies. Whilst there they stay in a large old country manor with a House-Mother, Aileen Blaze. (Currently the focus of wild fantasy by regular reader Tony in Tasmania, I digress!)

 Whilst at TC each of the attendees is given a performance enhancing milkshake “energy drink” to see how they respond. None of the attendees and most of the TC staff are unaware that the whole site is under total but covert surveillance by CCTV.

 After the first course subject A1, a tennis hopeful named Debs, is killed in a car crash, and not long after subject Z11, unemployed Johnno commits suicide. Both these deaths happen about 2 weeks after leaving TC.

Then subject A27, a soccer aspirant, Damien Donald, drops dead at TC. No connection is deemed to exist between the deaths and happenings at TC which continues to offer courses after a brief closure.

 Subject M8, potential military recruit Frank Smith is shot dead by police when he fails to lower his weapon at an armed robbery, again about 2 weeks after leaving TC. His mother insists that Frank was “different” in his behaviour after his spell at TC.

A neuro-psychiatrist, Dr Mike Ridge, is retained by Will, the solicitor acting for Mrs Smith in the impending coroners inquest into the death of Frank. Dr Ridge is briefed to find any reasons why Frank might be different after his time at TC. To his surprise, Dr Ridge is invited to tour TC by Dr Davies. Whilst there Mike is told by Aileen about the “energy drink” being used, a fact not previously known.





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20 Responses to CODE OCHRE #11

  1. Because I am late to the party, I admit I am not sure what we have here. How about a rough outline for the uninitiated (sp?).

    • davehambo says:

      Hello FJ; thanks for visiting and stimulating me to do a synopsis for new visitors. I had wondered about this and will do it as a PS to this post in a few hours after urgent shopping trip, supplies of gin and beer perilously low… Try again later, please?

    • jillsy says:

      Uh..hum….i totally disagree with this shoddy request…cliff notes for a short story…palleeeezzzeeee….. 😉

      • davehambo says:

        Hello Jillsy; erm, WTF are “cliff notes”, pretty please?

      • jillsy says:

        CliffsNotes (formerly Cliffs Notes, originally Cliff’s Notes and often, erroneously, CliffNotes) are a series of student study guides available primarily in the United States. The guides present and explain literary and other works in pamphlet form or online. Detractors of the study guides claim they let students bypass reading the assigned literature. In contrast, the company claims to promote the reading of the original work, and does not view the study guides as a substitute to the reading.

        Hmmm….always thought they were called Cliff Notes (cause I NEVER used any!) 🙂

      • davehambo says:

        Thanks Jillsy Girl; here in Britain the BBC have a whole series of such things called “Bitesize” (I think). All they do is help the pupil pass the exam, not actually learn anything, IMHO!

  2. Uh oh, looks like its curtains for Aileen.

    Is it so wrong that I’d like to try this fictional drink?

    • davehambo says:

      Hello Scott; welcome back, could be, but how, when and where? As for sampling the brew, what haven’t you so why not?

  3. Dan McGinley says:

    The passing aircraft overhead just may save the day, unless Aileen moves to cover herself. Hmmm, hmmmm . . . there is a great glimmer of hope here, but also an oppurtunity for mayhem to ensue. Really an enjoyable read, Dave. The synopsis was a nice review, and thank-you for that. Other than a novel at bed and checking other posts, this is my daily read.

  4. starlaschat says:

    Quick synopsis, I personally think that it is a good thing, to have on hand for the read who has just arrived and wants to get up to date quick. Some folks are not as fortunate to have started with the old timers. :+)

    Last night was my last screen writing class. So hopefully, I will be on a more regular schedule. I can’t believe my teacher ended the class with a 20 minute story about how writing screen plays is a mostly male dominated profession. The story she told was of her attending a conference of mostly men. Interesting, I was in a bit of fuss when I came home thinking about it. I’m almost over it now, I thought the days of people pointing and saying” You can’t do that because your a female.” I thought those day’s were just that back in the day. Oh well, always learning. I guess I’m still a bit fussed.

    • starlaschat says:

      As I’m walking the dog, the thought came to me screenplay, did I spell screen play wrong? Oh the horror, came home and goggled it, one word not two. Seems I’m always haunted by one thing or another.

      • davehambo says:

        Hello starlaschat; congrats on finishing the course. The veracity of the homily from your female lecturer is beyond my knowledge, but sounds right. What was the sex ratio amongst the students? If mostly female then maybe… well I’m not sure?

        I am much taken by the word “goggled”; an evocative term for us sitting intently watching PC screens whilst google tries to find the subject matter we mis-spelt in the search bar!

        Have a nice weekend!

      • starlaschat says:

        One male and one female drop out of the class mid way. Finishing the class there were 3 females and 3 males that is including myself. I’m feeling better today not so fussed. I guess some times a comment from a teacher can take you off guard. I think in a way it was a good thing having me look at what kinds of limiting thoughts from the past may keep me from writing or doing what ever it is that I’m hoping to do. The class was very helpful learning the bones of script writing. Now I’m looking for a new project, I’m still fascinated with fiction so I may go in that direction for a bit.

  5. starlaschat says:

    I’m not worthy, but thank you. I only write to get what’s swimming in my head out! I either paint it out or write it out. :+) That’s really it, nothing more.

  6. Tony says:

    Currently the focus of wild fantasy by regular reader Tony in Tasmania???
    Surely Not????
    I think she may be heading for trouble for speaking out of turn
    Run away baby, run away!!!!
    Send Flat Tony, he will save her!!!!

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