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This story is in PRE Alpha, unfinished, please refrain from copying, will be released under CC or similar license once finished and properly edited.

During the 1990s, a team at the University of Texas, Austin, measured the attention spans of volunteers. These measurements were turned into a series of waves using Fourier transformation.

The result showed 1/f fluctuations, or "pink noise", and from it you could read the attention spans of the test subjects recurring at regular intervals.

The objective:

Try to write a short story that follows 1/f

Meaning that a story chopped up into segments fitting the standard attention span might become a better "seller".


Young female cop takes on rich and stark raving mad industrialist in genetic thriller.

Red snow

Silence encompassed everything, not a wind moved and a thick white carpet covered everything.

Rosie Hunt was looking out her window, she smiled despite the news she'd just had. Life must go on her mother used to say when the family was facing tragedy, and it did, despite everything happening in the world. Be it crazy dictators oppressing whole nations in the name of religion, political conviction, devious politicians sugarcoating fewer rights for the public, all off course in the holy name of terrorism, or be it brutal natural disasters slaying hundreds of thousands of lives in one fell swop.

Rosie nodded, yup life did go on.

Maybe if she hadn't been so preoccupied she'd have noticed something, but the magic of the outside view had her mesmerized, and as she pondered her future fate, it came to an abrupt end.

Rosie Hunt died aged 25.

Jillian Henderson was tired, her beeper had gone off a full three hours before her alarm was supposed to ring, the coffee bought at (XXXXXX insert sponsor here) was nice, but usually it took a little more to get her started this early in the morning.

As she drove up toward the crimescene a traffic cop waved her over, “Sorry mam, you probably need to find an alternate route. Pinewood Lane is closed for all traffic, unless you leve here ?”, Jillian flashed her EuroCop dectective badge. The traffic cop stepped to the side, “Excuse me mam, it's up 200 meters to the right, pull in over there. You'll need to walk the rest of the way.”

Jillian looked at the traffic cop “Why?” she inquired.

“It's messy, I hope you're not too iffy about blood, some freak who did this that's for sure.” The traffic cop waved her in the right direction.

Jillian pulled up behind the white coroners wan, she sure did'nt envy those guys, at least she had the opportunity to escsape the murder scene once she'd done her preliminary investigation, those guys did it every day.

- investigates, seems a bit odd, no enemy, decent person, quiet etc. boyfriend devastated, she had called, had something to tell him.


- Need title for this piece

Pregnant, blood test to find problems, no longer need for invasive test description of new type of test -

Another murder, called to the scene

Coroner states also pregnant, but no clues to tie them together say for the pregnancy test kit, from same manufactorer notices the detective, we'll give her a full screening later, the report should be on your desk tomorrow

Annual health check, psyche evaluation, for you I thik especially important psychologist/psychiatrist talking, EuroCop detective hates these,

partner laughing afterwards, well they think u just might flip some day, all 3 victims had history of EuroCop Dectective knows this

Gives EuroCop Detective idea - check for markers in other victims and there's a bingo, the record shows all carry same genetic marker.

As there is another murder, there's still nothing to tie victims together say the marker, search widened to victims doctors and hospitals where they have been committed if commited, stil no pattern as all victims have not had expression in gene nor behaviour, hard to get evidence patient privacy.

Partner spouts on way back from judge Coincidence - funny you share traits with your assailant, same marker a remark by an investigating detective.

Searcing DB's for corrolating cases - Other murders, random and unconnected people but same type of people. Other countries,

EuroCop Detective comes home, speculating as nothing correlating except marker for schitzo

EuroCop detective is attacked herself - saved by partner, who possibly dies

To the Next Level

Back from hospital, everyone wondering from the absense of any evidence, as if some chemical cleansing done that has accelerated genetic breakdown of any evidence and no surveilance video

take it easy, I am taking you off the xxxx case

hell you are


So I am just to bumble around here doing nothing ?

u can take leave of absense

Hell I will

By chance invited to a policemans ball there se sees her assailant

Assailant is extremely rich person owning genetic research facility and test producer, thus assailant finds victims world wide. Determined to eradicate the genetic problem.

Evt schitzo gen marker

They meet - staring each other down

EuroCop asks about DNA business, assailant cant really escape as she's with some vip

smalltalk but in a way that it is clear to the both of them that they are fully aware who's who

Heard u were attacked

I was, too bad the wireless cameras were jammed or we would have had a very clear picture of the assailant

yeah too bad, it is unfortunate that people have no respect for law and order any more, if only such traits could be bred out of existence.

Excuse me I have to go to the toilet

EuroCop goes out to barf.

Assailant uses the opportunity to slip away from party

EuroCop fuming with anger also leaves the party

At the hospital talking to partner

be careful etc.

No problem

Mouse and cat

EuroCop begins following assailant

Assailant knows

something something

stuff happening investigation homing in on assailant, manages to steal customer records by help of hacker - dares not go through channels as assailant is very powerful individual


EuroCop presents her evidence to assailant at some place she has chosen

EuroCop half dead when cops arrive

seems berieved partner of assailant finally has discovered the secret of the assailant and called in the cops after following him.

However it is EuroCop that manages to bring assailant down before “the cavalry” arrives

The End

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