Gender: Female Age: 57 Location: N/A
|Introduction: Graduate student tricked into being a test subject , gives birth to unusual species of insect|
Mantids - Birth
Jennifer's story continues:
Kelly was my nurse that night. Maybe because we had just watched the videos, I dreamed about flying with the mantids again. In my dream the mantids were smaller, more human sized, yet they had no trouble carrying me. They also held me with my back to the earth, so the sex in my dream was face to face. Afterwards, on the ground, the mantids talked to Dr. Greenwell, though I didn't actually 'hear' any of what they said.
I was aware of Kelly coming in to check on me a couple times, even though she didn't wake me up fully. When I did wake up, Annie was my nurse. Dr. Greenwell didn't want to risk the eggs in Kelly and didn't want her to work anymore, so after that it was just Annie and Karen taking turns watching me. Kelly did visit me sometimes, and when she did she was wearing a hospital gown like me, so I think they had her in another room.
That morning when the technician came in pushing the ultrasound machine, Dr. Edwards and Dr. Greenwell were with her. I asked why they had to do so many ultrasounds and Dr. Greenwell said they were just trying to learn all they could about the mantids and since the only ones they had to study right now were in my womb (and Kelly's) the only way they had to study them was by ultrasound, but that when they were born and they had live specimens they could dissect one or two and study the behavior of the others. I don't know why but I didn't want any of them dissected. I decided I wanted to see the babies and I told them so. They seemed a little surprised but Dr. Edwards said, "Sure, why not?"
They had to turn the machine around though and there wasn't room enough for everybody to see the screen, so Dr. Edwards sent the technician away and she sat on my bed next to me and took the probe herself. She squirted some of the gel stuff on my belly and started to move the probe around. The screen just looked like a bunch of grey lines to me mostly, but when they pointed out the eggs to me I could make out the circles. They would say, "Here's a wing cover," or, "See the thorax?" but I really couldn't tell what was what. Dr. Edwards said, "This is an eye," but all I could see was a little oval.
After letting me look for a while they started taking measurements. Each egg was about as big as a chicken egg and the baby mantids were curled up inside them. Dr. Greenwell said they eggs stayed the same size but the mantids had gotten much bigger. They were about ten centimeters long now, which would be good sized for a normal, adult, backyard mantis, but these weren't even ready to hatch yet. After they had done all the measuring they wanted, Dr. Edwards turned off the machine and Dr. Greenwell wiped the goop off my belly. "Still afraid of them hurting you?" she asked.
I still was, a little, but I shook my head no.
"Good," she said, patting my hand.
I asked if maybe next time they did an ultrasound I could have a picture like my cousin got when she had an ultrasound when she was pregnant and they looked at me kind of funny. "Honey, why do you want that?" Dr. Greenwell asked.
"I don't know, I just want to be able to look at them."
It turned out the machine recorded everything so I didn't have to wait for the next ultrasound, Dr. Edwards just printed me a picture right there. I still couldn't tell much by looking at it but I propped it on the bedside stand where I could see it. Before they left I asked if I could see the tapes from the helicopter again and Dr. Greenwell took the TV remote and entered some numbers. "Anytime you want to see it, just tune to channel 87," she said. They left me alone then and I picked up the remote and started watching my mating flight again.
Not a lot happened for the next several days. They wanted me to exercise to stay healthy, but not to overdo it, so I walked in my room and in the short piece of hallway I was allowed in. I also watched the tapes over and over. It's amazing I never noticed how beautiful mantises really are. How efficient as predators, how exquisite as flying machines. I watched how the female gripped my thighs, how carefully she pried them apart, and how gently she really did it. I marveled at how precisely she brought the tip of the ovipositor, without being able to see, directly to my slit. Again and again I watched the insertion of the ovipositor and my implantation with mantis eggs, the subsequent free fall to the male and his insemination of me.
While watching one of those free falls and thinking about the poor girl who wasn't caught, an idea occurred to me. What if someone, (I was the someone I imagined) wore a small, streamlined, compact sport parachute? Then if the male wasn't able to catch her (me) it wouldn't matter. I told Dr. Greenwell and at first she seemed doubtful but when I explained how light and compact a chute could be made, she said she would look into it.
Then one day I woke up and felt funny. I was wet between my legs and I was warm. Karen took my temperature and said I had a half a degree of fever. She called Dr. Edwards who came to see me and called Dr. Greenwell. They were a little worried about the temperature but Dr. Edwards didn't want to give me any Tylenol until they saw if it went any higher.
Dr. Edwards put on gloves and checked me, pushing two of her fingers way inside me. "She's dilating," she said to Dr. Greenwell and they called Annie in too and they took some blood from my arm.
Some guy came in and set up a camera. There was a short, sharp little pain from my belly that went away right away and I felt even wetter down there. I wanted to worry about it, but I started feeling really tired. They put up a drape so I couldn't see, then they all just sat down in chairs around my bed. I wanted to stay awake, but even though I had just woken up I was too tired so I decided I would just close my eyes.
I couldn't concentrate. I felt delirious, the room seemed to come and go. When it was, I could feel things in my vagina, squirmy things that made me wanna cum. When it wasn't, I was other places. Skydiving, back home in my own bed masturbating before school, back on my observation platform in the jungle and other places, places I'd never been. I woke up and I was cuming. I tried to talk but I kept falling back to sleep.
Dr. Greenwell's report:
Test subject has successfully incubated. Seven mantids, ranging in length from 18.1 to 19 cm have hatched. See attached database and videos.
Whether by accident or design, the mantids appear to be masters at synthesizing human hormones. Prior to hatching, the mantid eggs evidently began releasing hormones similar to those used in the process of implantation and fertilization. Subject was prepared by these hormones for the hatching and passage of the mantids through her birth canal. Additionally, sedating substances were secreted by hatching eggs, presumably to prevent subject from inadvertently or intentionally harming mantids during or after birth.
Volunteer subject has successfully incubated the two eggs which had been implanted in the lab, one of which has subsequently died and will be used for dissection. This may be somewhat fortuitous as test subject Jennifer had been objecting to any 'experimenting' on what she has been referring to as 'my babies.'
When I woke up just Annie was with me. I felt my belly. The swelling was gone. "Where are they?" I asked.
"They're with Kelly, her eggs are hatching," she said.
"No, not THEM! Where are my babies?"
"The bugs? They're in the aviary, of course."
Well, I didn't even know there was an aviary and I ignored the part about bugs. "I want to see them," I said, and started to get up.
"No! You have to stay in bed till Dr. Edwards gets back!"
"Are they alright? I want to see them NOW!"
"Please," Annie said. "I, I'll check. Just lie down for a minute." She picked up the phone and dialed. She spoke very low and I wasn't able to hear everything. "No, I don't think so," she said, looking at me. "She's insisting.......Alright."
She hung up and said, "OK but you have to wait just a minute."
I laid back down and rubbed my empty belly.
"Are you OK?" Annie asked, "Dr. Edwards said you might have some cramping."
"I'm OK but I want to see my babies."
Just then a man in a white lab coat came in. I'd never spoken to him but I was pretty sure he was one of Dr. Greenwell's research assistants. His ID tag said his name was Darryl Penson. "Hi Jennifer," he said. "My name is Darryl. Dr. Greenwell said you want to go to the aviary?"
"I want to see the babies."
He looked at Annie, who nodded. "OK, well Dr. Greenwell said that would be OK, but only for a little while," he said.
He and Annie helped me out of bed. I felt fine and didn't need any help but they walked with me, one on each arm.
They took me through a door that I had thought was a closet or something and it turned out that my room opened right on this big open space full of plants like an atrium. Way above I could see netting between us and the sky and in the middle of this garden was a smaller tent like structure with finer mesh than that above. They took me to this smaller tent and there was like this double door that you had to go through to get inside.
The little tent was FULL of plants and I couldn't see anything right away. "Hold still," said Darryl, and left me with Annie. He crept forward a little and moved aside a branch. There, looking like a little green stick, was one of the mantids! I thought it was beautiful! A bright, delicate, little green mantis. Well, not so little compared to ordinary mantids, but dwarfed by it's parents.
Darryl carefully let the branch return to it's place and looked around. He pointed near the roof and I saw another of my babies. It was climbing slowly along a vine of some kind. Then, so quick it was just a blur, it pounced on something, a katydid like insect, and began to devour it. My babies were eating. Darryl wanted me to go then but I wanted to see them all so he stayed and we searched until I thought I had seen all seven, then I went back to my room and went to sleep.
Dr. Greenwell's report continued:
Test subject has continued to show interest in specimens and has been assigned to help monitor their growth and behavior. Remaining interns have been retrieved from observation stations and have been sent home without incident, still unaware of true nature of our research objectives.
Test subject has again approached me with the idea of a parachute. I asked how we would induce someone to wear it and she seems to indicate she would wear it herself. I think she actually WANTS to be mated again. This is an unexpected development that could simplify and speed up future research and we have looked into obtaining such a parachute.
Mantids continue to do well after the death of one of the two implanted in volunteer subject. Preliminary tests on DNA from that one definitely show ordinary Mantodea DNA, but also includes unidentified DNA possibly of extra-terrestrial origin. Whether this hybridization is accidental from some meteoric material or is the result of some deliberate intervention is only speculation at this point. Specimens continue rapid growth with behavior similar to known mantid species.
Full data to follow.
Cindee Greenwell, PhD
Lead Field Researcher
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