The lab is pitch dark and silent. A machine at the far-right, though subdued, hums consistently, its red-light blinking along in perfect rhythm. With every passing second, the machine devours a ream of paper and spits out confetti. As a result, the Biological Threat Reduction Program ceases to exist. In the wee hours of the night, within Ukraine’s bioweapons research lab funded by the US, evidence of the deadly samples, pathogens and engineered viruses continue to be methodically erased. Only the final step remains.
On 24-Feb-22, Russia launches an offensive, obliterating any trace remains of the lab in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
I have penned the above flash-fiction solely based on a conspiracy theory doing the rounds in China, Russia and now even the US. The theory states that the coronavirus had in effect originated in the Ukraine, in research funded by US. It also goes on to say that the entire Russia-Ukraine war is in essence part of a cover up. Personally, I do not make or endorse any such claims. Speaking of conspiracy theories, Deception Point by Dan Brown is one such book. It is based on mind-boggling deception at the highest echelons of power. I read this non-stop within 6 hours in one single night. It is a complete feast for conspiracy theory and political thriller lovers.