The Market

Desdemona was a very intelligent woman having just completed her doctorate from Harvard medical school with an undergrad degree from MIT in biological science. She was ready to start a career that could help her pay back the enormous student loans and offer the lifestyle that eluded her mother. Desdemona grew up watching her mother work very hard in a beauty salon and understood how important beauty and youthfulness was to a large number of women. Even though Desdemona always knew she wanted to go to medical school she didn’t realize that her mother’s career would eventually have a direct impact on her own. Desdemona came to understand that giving women an anti-aging agent that gave real results in a short amount of time could be her ticket to the life she wanted. Apparently, women were no longer content to have only firm boobs, butts, lifted faces and plump lips, they wanted to truly look as if they were still in their 20’s, they wanted un-stretched, soft, moist skin at any cost. So when she was approached by a former classmate about making a lot of money working with a young doctor in France who was perfecting such a product, she became very excited about the prospect.

The doctor in France, Dr. Francis Etienne who also happened to be the uncle of Desdemona’s classmate, Pierre, performed work in the past in which he discovered that by extracting melanin from very black skinned children in Africa and concentrating it into a soluble form it could maintain moisture in the skin and prevent wrinkles as well as reverse them. Dr. Etienne was well known in France until the methods he used leaked to the public. Extracting all of the melanin caused the children’s own skin to wrinkle considerably and they developed very light patches almost translucent in color all over their bodies. After this discovery no one wanted to publicly support Dr. Etienne who eventually was barred from practicing medicine. Because his clients were the very rich and famous who desperately wanted his product, Dr Etienne began working on the black market even thought he had serious reservations about the risks. It was common knowledge among his family that the melanin product was quite profitable and if the doctor could find a young clean-cut protégé to carry on his work, his business might just become legitimate again. This was something his family all wanted because they had already benefited quite nicely up to this point from his work. Pierre, who originally wanted to pursue his studies in France, was sent to MIT in hopes of finding someone suitable for his uncle to mentor. Based on the criteria he was given, Pierre knew right away that Desdemona was the right person; however, he took his time approaching her about the project.

When word got out among Dr. Etienne’s black market clients that he was having difficulty finding children to extract melanin from a former business associate proposed a plan for each client to adopt a black child as a way to source their product. They didn’t want to call attention to themselves so his clients slowly started adopting children from 3rd world countries. And with the potential to extract melanin from Asians although the melanin was not as strong and would not provide the best results, some of the clients adopted them as well. Some clients who were so concerned they would not have enough melanin for their use adopted several black children at a time. They also adopted Asians but not with the same vigorous pursuit as the black children.

Pierre knew he piqued Desdemona’s interest as he was well aware of her student loans and how much she talked about living the good life so he decided to invite her to France for a vacation, all expenses paid. Desdemona jumped at the opportunity to go to France. She had studied about the country and also heard firsthand from some of her friends about their trips so she definitely wanted to visit but she had no idea she would get the chance to go so soon. As the time came closer for them to travel to France, Desdemona grew increasingly excited. Initially, she was a little concerned about the long flight because she had not flown any further than a few hundred miles in any direction from her home however, the excitement of being in France made all her concerns fade away as quickly as they came and she just could not wait.

On the day they were to travel, Pierre picked up Desdemona from her apartment and they had dinner at the Nice Château before heading to the airport. He assured Desdemona that having a few drinks before and during the flight would cause her to lose all apprehensions. Desdemona was not a consumer of alcohol however she decided to throw caution to the wind and have two glasses of wine with dinner. Once aboard the plane she agreed to have several more beverages consisting of bourbon and rum drinks. It wasn’t long before it was apparent the Pierre was right because after the 3rd drink, Desdemona became very relaxed and quickly drifted off to sleep waking up only after the plane touched down in Paris.

Dr. Etienne was so anxious to meet Desdemona that he decided to pick them up from the airport, a place he had great disdain for and usually avoided due to the crowds and potential to get germs from people coming from so many different places. Upon first appearance Desdemona seemed a little awkward; Dr. Etienne thought she did not have the charisma to carry out the job. However, Pierre put his doubts to rest after he explained her fear of flying and the drinks she had to calm her nerves so the doctor agreed to reserve his opinions until he saw her at work in the laboratory.

Desdemona’s first full day in Paris was filled with all of the touristy sites and local shops and restaurants that could be crammed into one day. Pierre wanted to reserve as much time as necessary for the meetings and review of the skin renewing product. Dr. Etienne contacted one of his former associates to obtain what he called and who he would explain to Desdemona were volunteers for the work they would do her first day in the lab. He went on further to tell Desdemona the following day that the children’s parents often brought them to the lab to participate in the project because they needed the money for their families. Little did Desdemona know this was all a lie and that the children were actually going to be kidnapped. Dr. Etienne felt confident that she would never know the truth because after the extraction of the melanin there was no need to keep the children around and the effects took more than 5 days to be noticed anyway.

For as many kidnapping as there were in the area no one seemed to make the connections to Dr. Etienne’s project; they actually thought each case was random. The business associates who worked with the doctor, also known as the product hunters did a great job of inventing stories to leak to the press that witnesses saw the children eaten by wild animals or that the voodoo doctors took them. Some of the people in the communities thought these were outrageous stories, however as long as their children were not involved; they gave it little thought and seemed satisfied with the explanations for the disappearances. Dr. Etienne knew for certain that if he released the children back into the streets the lack in color and the wrinkled skin would link directly back to him.

It only took a few meetings to get Desdemona on-board with the project. She really did not seem too curious about anything other than how much money she could make. As a very intelligent person Desdemona did not ask many questions about anything. She understood the concept of the extractions, the effects it would have on the children (even though they did not discuss the effects during any of the meetings), she understood the demand and didn’t seem to mind that the doctor presently worked in the black market. And like the community people she seemed to have an attitude of complacency, as far as things affected her, she was not going to involve her emotions, she only wanted to get on with the business of making money. Desdemona’s detachment came as a surprise to Pierre who knew a different side of her from school. She was the forerunner when it came to human rights and she was anti anything that abused children and the elderly. What Pierre did not know was how great Desdemona’s desire was to escape the sub-existent life she saw her mother endure for many years when she often complained about having to stand all day on aching feet and touch some people she never would even want to have a conversation with.

Dr. Etienne, Desdemona and Pierre devised a plan to have Desdemona present the melanin extraction process as a medical breakthrough for people who suffered from chronic skin disease and debilitating sleep disorder to the French Medical Association, FMA. Because of her credentials and actual research she did in these fields at both MIT and Harvard they expected that as long as she worked very low key in France that no one would question her discoveries and if someone did they had a plan B. Dr. Etienne worked with some of the richest and most powerful people in the world who were still his clients and who were ready to twist a few arms or turn a blind eye as needed. Desdemona also went on the explain that based on the fact that Caucasians who had very little melanin in their pineal gland and who suffered no ill effect from this limitation indicated that if extractions were made from Blacks and Asians who have larger amounts they also would suffer no ill effect other than a little calcification in the pineal gland that could be corrected with diet. She also explained how the melanin had positive side effects of a deep darker tan which would protect the Caucasian race from the harsh effects of the sun. She alluded to the fact that some of the melanin could be extracted from animals reducing human contributions. And finally Desdemona provided research to show that melanin based supplements did not interfere in the genetic and DNA clean up processes underway for the new world order. This was her way of ensuring support from the highest echelons of government as explained to her by Dr. Etienne.

Less than two weeks after the initial meeting with the FMA, Desdemona and her team were given the green light to proceed with their work. At last, Dr. Etienne was once again able to work legitimately even though his role had to be as scientist and researcher which he did not mind because with the assistance of one of the most prolific world leaders he was able to get a patent on the product which he named, Melamins. The plan was to market Melamins as a health care supplement so his clients would not need a prescription to get it. In order to provide the product to the mass population, he made Melamins from the melanin of dark skinned black, which sold at an astounding price of $500.00 a bottle for a 30 day supply and a lesser strength version from the melanin of Asians which he called Melamins-lite and which cost only $99.00 a bottle for a 30 day supply. To fully understand the potential for financial success, Dr. Etienne could extract enough melanin from one child to supply one customer for a year.

After all the rich and famous people raved about the effects of Melamins the not so rich decided they needed it too and in a very short amount of time, Melamins made Dr. Etienne, Desdemona and Pierre richer than they imagined. Mergers and Acquisitions News reports that a large pharmaceutical company is in talks to buy Melamins and Melamins Lite and the price has been said to be in the two figure billions.

Incidentally, news reports are showing an alarming rise in the rate of missing Black and Asian children with some reports of offers seen on internet e-commerce sites of people trying to sell their children to the highest bidder.