Jones ran a Health-Metrix Scanner over Mystery Woman. She had a penchant for shiny things and with all of the blinking lights involved, she was too busy staring at them all to repeat anyone.
“Running her vitals,” Jones said. “Skeletal mapping…organ mapping…checking for abnormalities…”
Mystery woman went crosseyed as Jones held the device between her eyes. He then ran it over the top of her head.
“…recording brain waves….and…finished.”
“About time,” I said. “What’s her deal?
“Based on the information in this report,” Jones said. “And after conducting a critical analysis of all variables at play…”
I was hooked on every word coming out of the little dude’s mouth.
“…and taking into consideration all relevant medical data.”
“Enough already!” I said. “What the hell is she?!”
“A completely healthy adult human female.”
I slapped my forehead. “I could have told you that.”
“But you didn’t,” Jones said as he held up his scanner. “And besides, now we have scientific confirmation.”
“So she’s definitely not a mongo?” I asked.
Mystery Woman turned to Jones and mimicked me. “So she’s definitely not a mongo?”
Jones pressed a button on his scanner, turned the lights back on, then handed it over to the woman.
“Here, play with this,” Jones said.
Mystery Woman took the device and repeated, “Here, play with this” but with a sense of childish wonder, as though she were staring at a work of art. She was healthy and she liked blinky lights. That’s all we knew about her.
“So you’re not able to discern any medical reason why Sourcemind wanted her?” I asked.
“Not at all,” Jones replied.
“Why is she bald?” I asked. “Does she have that dark age disease? What was it? Prancer? Dancer?”
“Cancer,” Jones said. “It was no laughing matter. There was a time when heart disease, cancer, and driving your vehicle into oncoming traffic while texting your girlfriend were the top causes of human death. But no. She does not have cancer. She just does not have hair.”
“Do another scan,” I said. “She can’t be completely healthy. She’s a hooker, for Christ sake, she’s got to have something. Your doo dad is malfunctioning.”
“It’s state of the art and accurately calibrated, thank you,” Jones replied.
“So she doesn’t have the clap?” I asked.
“Nope,” Jones answered.
“Upper Crimombolite Fungal Fusion?”
“Rekolakian Crotch Rot?”
“No,” Jones said. He was getting testy. “Roman, I don’t have time to listen to the results of your last physical.”
“You’re going to stand there and tell me that a working girl doesn’t even have a case East Pamalorian Cooter Flies?”
“I’m going to stand her and tell you she’s not a working girl,” Jones said.
Mystery Woman waved the blinky gadget around and giggled.
“Yes she is,” I said. “I found her in Izok’s harem.”
“She may have been there,” Jones said. “But she wasn’t working there.”
“And how could you possibly know that ya’ big green nerd?”
Jones coughed to clear his throat, then quietly mumbled, “Because she hasn’t, you know.”
I didn’t know. The look on my face made that clear.
“The petals are still on the rose,” Jones said.
Jones rolled his eyes.
“Her factory seal has yet to be broken, so to speak.”
“Stop talking in riddles, man!” I shouted.
“SHE’S A VIRGIN, DUMBASS!”
Jones was too loud to be ignored. Mystery Woman looked at me and on cue, screamed, “SHE’S A VIRGIN, DUMBASS!”
“You are?” I asked. Why I expected anything other than the “You are?” she asked me in return I have no idea.
Jones handed her a tongue depressor. She didn’t find it as interesting as the scanner, but she checked it, ignoring our conversation again.
“How is that even possible?” I asked
“Not everyone gets it on with anything that moves, Roman,” Jones said.
“Oh what do you know about it you asexual freak?”
The look on his face. Jones rarely got mad but when he did. Wow. He walked away.
“Aw, come on, Jones,” I said. “I’m sorry.”
Without looking back at me, Jones extending the middle of the three fingers on his right hand at me before leaving the room.
“What are you looking at?” I asked Mystery Woman.
You know the rest.