Jeff knows that he can only depend on himself from now on. The first thing he needs to do is to hide the AUs. Running in the corridor, seeing wards are left behind him one after another, reminiscence comes.
30 days ago, the last baby birthed from his mother’s uterus. After that, every baby would bear from an artificial uterus (AU) due to the increasingly enlarging newborns’ head circumference, which is not limited by obstetric canal with the development of cesarean any longer, causing the circumstances that it is nearly impossible to have a natural childbirth, and even cesarean is quite dangerous no matter to the mother or to the newborn.
Hearing someone walking downstairs, Jeff is drugged to reality. He must be quicker so that he could protect these future lives from the NG.
Good as the invention of the AU looks since both the mother and the baby can have a more comfortable and safer life, some people started to fight against AUs because they think that machines like that are what offends God who created people as well as how people give lives to their next generation, naming themselves Nature Guards (NG), who empowered themselves to destroy all AUs. After thousands of AUs in twelve nations were destroyed in just several days and hundreds of future new lives lost their chances to come to the Earth permanently, Love Hospital, where Jeff is working, became their next attacking target.
After the beginning confusion in the sudden attack, the United Nations dispatched soldiers to various nations where the NG’s activities were not effectively controlled and built safety rooms for AUs in case that the NG goes into the hospital. But they still underestimated the NG, who quickly went into the Love Hospital from the gate in this attack, making 27 soldiers die.
Now, in front of the 32 AUs in the hospital, there is only one doctor, Jeff, who arms himself with 1 gun and 15 bullets discovered from a corpse. His opponent, several NG group members is now downstairs. Jeff doesn’t know exactly where they are and how many people they have. What he knows is that fighting with them is not a good choice. He must delay them and beg for reinforcements.
“What can I do?” He says to himself after successfully hiding the AUs. Walking around these 32 AUs, he watches the screen expressing the circumstance of these future babies, some of them will breathe in less than 20 days, some of them may wait more than 200 days. But it doesn’t matter. They are all lovely and beautiful. They shouldn’t be killed by those who are downstairs.
“Oh, negotiation.” Only negotiation can help him as well as these future lives get a chance to survive the NG, waiting for reinforcements.
He can replace all the signs so that the NG cannot find these AUs, which means he could get a chance to negotiate with them since the NG needs him to find AUs since they don’t know where the AUs are.
Quicker, quicker, and quicker. Jeff runs in the hospital, arming himself with various signs directing to different ways. Luckily, he finishes before the NG finds him.
“You won’t find the AUs. You won’t destroy any AU for long. AUs are people’s inventions, not what offends God. We just make people have a better life. Do you know? What you are for, cesarean, is actually what people invent, and even the natural birth is not educated by God but by people. I have hidden the AUs. Just leave.”
It does nothing. The leader of the NG group hangs up his gun. Closing eyes, putting his right hand into the pocket, Jeff knows negotiation worth nothing, he can only devote himself to these lives.
A loud noise, followed by the voice that someone is fallen to the ground. Later, Jeff hears someone talking.”I did not die.” Jeff opens his eyes, finding that reinforcements have come. Look down. On the ground is the leader’s body, with a bullet going through the head.
Jeff collapses with sweat, smiling, not knowing how long it will be before a great war and how many times the hospital will suffer attacks.