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Dump Miner - Chapter Twenty Two
Father Templar finds the discrepancy in the data.


Father Templar arrives at the Resource and Welfare Facility 4499 and makes his way to the facility Lab.

Father Templar:
I am here to survey the database.

Technician Ted:
Be my guest.

The technician steps to the side and lets Father Templar enter, he sits in front of the monitor and plugs in his B.I.B.L.E. Numbers and letters scroll past the screen. Suddenly, the scrolling stops and it displays mariA’s picture.

Father Templar:
There seems to be a flag in the DNA field of one of the Welfare recipients. When was this data refreshed last? Was this data was altered recently?

Technician Ted:
Last confession. Which recipient is it?

The Father Templar shows Ted his tablet. It is mariA.

Technician Ted:
I know her. She has the miners in frenzy.

Father Templar:
How?

Technician Ted:
Those poor saps think that she is carrying the Messiah.

Father Templar:
Why do they think she is carrying a Messiah?

Technician Ted:
The miners believe that it was an immaculate conception, that God touched her.

Father Templar:
Artificial Insemination?

Technician Ted:
No. What I think is that some guy knocked her up and then she made up the story so no one would call her a whore. Due to the law, she can’t be tested again until next confession. So the rumor is growing.

Father Templar:
Thank you for your time.

Father Templar leaves the lab and proceeds to visit Bishop Magnus. When Father Templar enters the Bishop’s office, Magnus is behind his desk reprimanding a guard.

Bishop Magnus:
They are still people; treat them as such and save the force for when it is necessary. Now get back to your post.

He recognizes the Father Templar.

Bishop Magnus:
My son, please sit. I am afraid my predecessor left rather hastily and left me at a disadvantage.

Father Templar:
Your holiness, can you please tell me what these rumors are of a Messiah?

Bishop Magnus:
One of the technicians explained to me that there was power surge during confession and some of the data was damaged. We are doing a complete back-up and expect to have clean data by next confession.

Father Templar:
Do you know who the father is?

Bishop Magnus:
My staff has told me that it was a miner who is back in the womb now. We should have a definitive answer soon enough.

Father Templar:
I will have to inform the Cardinals of this.

Bishop Magnus:
I understand. Any assistance you require, my staff is at your disposal.

Father Templar:
But I will wait, I will return after confession to view the results and if the data is in order then I think we can just forget about this.

Bishop Magnus:
Bless you my son. Will you join me for dinner?

Father Templar:
No, my work brings me elsewhere now.

Bishop Magnus:
Go in peace.

Father Templar leaves the office and Bishop Magnus goes about his duties.

 

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