F R A N K E N S T E I N  Vs  C L E O P A T R A







John Storm rescues Cleopatra replicant from Guantanamo Bay, CIA try to destroy Elizabeth Swann and crew



TRILOGY - These original stories are being developed as screenplays & with a view to publication as graphic novels.




This original short story is a spy thriller, involving industrial espionage, tongue in cheek, with unashamed Frankenstein overtones.


PLOT OUTLINE - This original story is part of the John Storm series of ocean adventures. John, as a Blue Shield operative, surveys the sunken city of Alexandria recently disturbed by earthquake, and finally finds Cleopatra's mummy. Swiss Professor Dr Krafenstein (Baron Victor Frankenstein VI under his assumed name) working in Zurich has secretly developed a technique for replicating humans, made possible having purchased the CyberCore Genetica™ from William Bates (Billy the Kid). The Professor, along with others has refined a CRISPR virus that enhances human DNA, having surpassed known cloning techniques. This cohort have also perfected an organic chip, that interfaces with the brain called BioCore™. Professor Krafenstein persuades John Storm to supply a sample of Cleopatra's DNA, for the ETH University to run further investigations as to Macedonian lineage.




John Storm is an amateur archaeologist who has a lifelong interest in Cleopatra, the last pharaoh queen of ancient Egypt. He had read every book, article, and document about her life, death, and legacy. He had visited every site, museum, and monument related to her. He had searched for her tomb for years, but he had never found it. Nobody had. It was one of the great modern mysteries. Most archaeologist had concluded that Cleopatra had deliberately set out to fool them. Archaeologist being grave robbers by another name.

John believed that her tomb was hidden somewhere in or close to the sunken city of Alexandria, where she had ruled and died. He had studied the history and geography of the city, which had been partially submerged by earthquakes and tsunamis over the centuries. He had mapped out the possible locations of her tomb based on clues and evidence.

He had been commissioned by Blue Shield who working to protect the ancient underwater remains, with an anonymous grant from a wealthy sponsor, to conduct an underwater expedition to survey to explore the sunken city. No expense spared. John is an experienced sub aqua diver, and is the Captain of the Elizabeth Swann, an amazing ship that he inherited from his Uncle Douglas, who had vanished in mysterious circumstances. John had a crew that consisted of Hal, an AI computer onboard the Swann, Dan Hawk, a computer genius, and Katie, a tabby cat descendent of the revered ancient Egyptian Mau temple cats.

John and his crew arrived in modern Alexandria to get their bearings and stock with food for the expedition to the sunken city. Fully provisioned again, he was determined to find the lost tomb of Cleopatra.

They conducted a detailed survey of the area, which took a few days to complete, during which they attracted a shadow of boats various, some curious fishermen, some customs launches, and the occasional helicopter. Many archaeologists, some marine, were searching for Cleopatra's last resting place more or less continuously, and were dumbfounded.

Despite being spied on, John continued with his calculations, and completed the occasional dive in deliberately random fashion, to confirm the findings of Hal and Captain Nemo, working together to piece together this historical puzzle. The seemingly haphazard pattern of search, kept the media and other archaeologists confused. It was like a game of Battleships.

Then, more or less certain, and following a gut feeling hunch, John motored out to sea at dusk, returning many hours later in stealth mode, light off, using only infra-red vision. To make the Elizabeth Swann invisible to radar.

He entered the depths of the Mediterranean Sea, on a pitch black night dive, guided by Hal, Dan and a digital compass. When he saw the ruins of part of the city emerge from the darkness, his hopes were raised. He saw columns, statues, part of what looked like a temple or palace, and small sphinx statues, with Isis carved on the side of one monolith. He saw the remains of a civilization that had once been glorious and powerful.

John remembered when he first began this quest, many years before, he had directed his searches, using a small open boat, to his first target: the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. He believed that Cleopatra’s tomb was near the base of the lighthouse, where she had allegedly committed suicide by letting an asp bite her.

He reached the lighthouse and dived its surroundings. He saw a large opening in the wall that led to a tunnel. He decided to investigate it.

He put on his diving suit, flipping backwards into the water. He took a flashlight, a camera, and a metal detector. He entered the tunnel and followed it for several meters.

He reached a chamber that was filled with debris and sediment, but was bitterly disappointed to find no trace of Mark Anthony or Queen Cleopatra. Though, this could have been their mausolem, it appeared to be a feint. A ruse, to throw the many grave robbers of the day off the scent. And he was one of them. He should have known better, he had no real hunch about this location. More, ticking off a list of possibilities.

Fast forward to today. A different location, the most advanced survey equipment and an AI system to help colate the data. And, a hunch, the sent a tingling down his spine. Just a feeling, that he was onto something. The feeling that drives office researchers and field archaeologists on, even when they are on the wrong track.

Wary of that, John cleared some rubble from an insignificant looking mound. And there he saw a lintel with hieroglyphs on it. He recognized them as symbols of royalty and divinity. He felt a surge of excitement.

The ocean conservationist dug away with increased fervour, and uncovered a stone door. He pushed the door hard, but it would not budge. More excavations, and finally John opened it. He entered another chamber that was eery dark and silent. He turned on his flashlight and saw something that made his heart stop.

It was a sarcophagus inlaid with gold and decorated with jewels. It had a lid that bore the image of a woman with a crown and a snake. It was Cleopatra.

He approached the sarcophagus and touched it. It was cold and solid. He wondered what was inside it.

Most carefully, he wrested the lid a little and looked inside.

He saw a mummy wrapped in linen and adorned with amulets. The face had a gold mask covering, painted, with blue reliefs. The copse was well preserved by ancient embalming techniques. John slowly lifted the mask to reveal the face of the mummy. It had eyes that were closed and lips that were curved in a smile.

It was Cleopatra VII.

He gasped, lowered the mask and replaced the lid. He backed away from the sarcophagus and stumbled on something.

He looked down and saw a skeleton lying on the floor. It had a hole in its chest and a dagger in its hand. It was Mark Antony, Cleopatra’s lover and ally.

But why were his remains so unceremoniously unpreserved?

He realized that he had found not only the tomb of Cleopatra, but also the final resting place of Mark Antony.

He had found the tomb of history’s most famous couple, in a telling state.

He felt a mix of emotions: awe, joy, shock, sadness.

He took out his camera and took pictures of everything he saw.

He then took out his metal detector and scanned the chamber for any other objects or clues.

He heard a beep from his metal detector.

He followed it to a corner of the chamber where he saw a small box made of wood and metal. It had a lock on it.

He broke the lock and opened the box.

He saw a scroll made of papyrus inside it.

He took out the scroll and unrolled it.

He saw writing on it in Greek, Latin, and Egyptian languages.

It was a letter from Cleopatra to Mark Antony.

It read:

"My dearest Antony, 

By the time you read this letter, I will be no more. I have chosen to end my life rather than surrender to Octavian’s tyranny. I have taken poison from an asp that I hid in this box. I have also instructed my loyal servants to bury me with you in this secret tomb. I hope you will forgive me for leaving you alone.

I want you to know that I love you more than anything in this world or the next. You are my soulmate, my partner, my king. You have given me happiness, passion, honor, and courage. You have fought with me against our enemies until the end.

I want you to remember me as I was when we first met: young, beautiful, powerful, and free. I want you to remember our love as it was: pure, strong, eternal, and divine.

I want you to join me in the afterlife, where we will be together forever. I want you to take this dagger and pierce your heart with it. I want you to die with me and for me.

Do not be afraid, my Antony. Death is not the end, but the beginning. We will meet again in the realm of the gods, where we will rule as king and queen of Egypt and Rome.

I will be waiting for you, my Antony.

Your Cleopatra."

John Storm read the letter and felt tears in his eyes. His heart was pounding from a mixture of emotions, adrenaline enriched blood coursing through his veins.

He felt some kind of deeper connection with Cleopatra and Mark Antony, than from just reading this letter.

Somehow, he felt their love and their pain, taking him back in time to 30BC.

He felt their history and their legend.

He felt their spirit and their soul, as if being invaded by some mystical genetic bond.

Momentarily caught up in the tragedy, John unerringly played out the scene all over again as the male counterpart, as if fresh to Cleopatra taking her life - as if he were Mark Antony.

He took the dagger trancelike and held it to his chest. He said:

“I will join you, my sweet Cleopatra.”


Just then, a buzzer sounded, bringing John back from 30BC to the present day. He snapped out of his almost trance like state.


"What the." John quickly put down the dagger, fearing the lapse of control he had just experienced, and wondering just how he had been carried away like that.


Incredibly, he felt a connection with the twisted skeletal remains of the great Roman General. An empathy, as if he were related by some means, making him feel part of the story rather than a simple observer.








Professor Dr Victor Krafenstein was distant relative of the infamous Baron Frankenstein, the mad scientist who created a monstrous creature from dead body parts in the 1800s. Victor VI inherited his distant relative’s passion for science, but not his madness. He was a brilliant geneticist who lectured at a prestigious research institute in Switzerland; EHT University, in Zurich.

He had a secret project that he kept hidden from his university colleagues and the rest of the world, except for a very select cohort. He had obtained a sample of DNA from the mummy of Cleopatra, the legendary queen of ancient Egypt, from John Storm, having applied considerable pressure via Blue Shield. Professor Krafenstein had always been fascinated by Cleopatra's beauty, intelligence, and charisma. He wanted to bring her back to life as a fitting test, using his modern cloning technology.

He had spent years perfecting his methods and equipment. Along with his colleague Franco Francisco, he had created a synthetic womb that could nurture and grow a human embryo. He had implanted the embryo into the artificial womb called 'Incubus,' and monitored its development. But, the Incubus was too slow for the cohort, in regular use. Thus, they developed the 'Replivator,' a much faster way of creating an identical human, and programming the replicant with all the traits and mannerisms of the original person.

Along with Franco, Victor was ready to witness the birth of his masterpiece.

He entered their secret laboratory near Genoa, Italy, and checked the replication process. It showed that the cloned Cleopatra was fully developed and ready to be brought into the world, for cerebral processing. She was activated, a process much like a combination of a defibrillator and artificial respiration. This started the heart beating and the lungs breathing. The system that kept the morphing cocktail of stem cells fed with nutrients and oxygen, was stopped. A while earlier, the sedation that kept the developing body in a comfortable or dream state, was stopped. If there is a moment when an artificially grown human is born, this was it. Cleopatra took her first lungful of air, and spluttered a little as the airway cleared. The second and third breaths were more regular. Her heart began beating rhythmically, normally. In this case at rest, 45 beats per minute, indicating a very healthy woman. Her
tidal volume was 500 ml of air at 12 breaths per minute, indicated that her breathing rate was in sync with her heartbeats.


The mammalian engine of life had begun. Victor and Franco breathed a sigh of relief.


Some time before Cleopatra's DNA was implanted in the genetic soup that would arrange itself to form Cleopatra IX. Franco had injected the DNA into an egg having removed the chromosomes to create an enucleated egg. The chromosomes were replaced with a cell from the mummy, and stimulated. Then placed in the Incubus, artificial womb, for what would be Cleopatra VIII, if all went well.


Cleopatra was a curvaceous, charming young woman with an extremely high IQ. She looked exactly like Cleopatra in her prime. She had inherited her personality and talents as well. She was curious, adventurous, ambitious, and seductive. She wanted to see the world for herself. She wanted to visit Egypt and see its pyramids, temples, and tombs. She wanted to meet other people and learn from them. She wanted to experience life and love, and find out about herself.









John Storm and Blue Shield donated Cleopatra's mummy to Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities, for eventual display at the Grand Egyptian Museum, coming from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. 


The impending check up, cast a shadow over their trip to Cairo. John and Cleopatra were assured that the International Medical Center (IMC) in El Shorouk city, is one of the largest and best equipped tertiary health care hospitals in the Middle East. They docked the Swann, and checked into a hotel for a couple of nights. Cleopatra changed into a light dress, sunglasses, and a hat. John was ready to go, after a shower. Their first port of call, they took a taxi to the Egyptian Museum.

Cleopatra entered the museum and walked around its halls. She saw statues, paintings, jewelry, and artifacts from ancient Egypt. She felt a connection with them. She felt like she belonged there. John remained silent, watching his new friend soaking up her past.

Cleopatra reached the section where her mummy was displayed. She saw a glass case that contained a wrapped corpse with a gold sign that said “Cleopatra VII Philopator, Queen of Egypt (69-30 BC)”.

She stared at the case and felt a strange sensation in her chest. She saw images of sand dunes and chariots in her mind. She caught a waft of the Nile, and the sight of her royal barge, then felt the motion of sailing.

She felt like she was looking at herself.

She felt like she was looking at her past.

She felt like she was living out her destiny, this was meant to be.

She smiled and whispered: “Hello, me.”


John caught her words, responding: "Hello, you.








SCENE 1. Cleopatra's tomb lay lost for centuries. Then one day a shift in the tectonic plates triggered a tremor off the coast of Alexandria, causing alarm in Paris.


SCENE 2. As an agent of Blue Shield, John Storm, surveys Egypt's coast off Alexandria, finds Cleopatra's tomb, verified using the Ark and Hal, keeping location a secret, pending salvage and Blue Shield site protections.


SCENE 3Flashback Alexandria, John reads a letter from Cleopatra to Mark Antony from Cleopatra’s mausoleum, 30 BC, the combined suicide of Marcus Antonius and Cleopatra. (The destruction of Thonis & Alexandria by a tsunami, sinking the great civilization and port in 365 AD.)


SCENE 4. William Bates auctions his CyberCore Genetica nano-super computer. Secretly purchased by the wealthy Professor Krafenstein, via an anonymous sealed bid.


SCENE 5. A team of European scientists, including Franco Francisco, are gathered together and funded by the wealthy Baron as cloning technology champions, regardless of potential illegality or ethical consideration. Though, Replication and gene manipulations treatments are held to be legal by the cohort.


SCENE 6. As part of their human enhancement regime, ingredients of the CRISPR virus, a bacterial DNA Cas9 enzyme delivery system, that allows precisely targeted DNA enhancement in adult subjects, is developed as cousin technology. The team realise that this could form the basis of a cure for cancer.


SCENE 7. Charley Temple alerts John Storm to the consequences of the joining of dots of the technology that Professor Krafenstein and his partners are working on. She is being fed information from, and nurturing contacts at the ETH university in Zurich. With Sam Hollis being in contact with Colonial athletes in attendance. Some of which have given blood samples, in connection with the Baron's research.


SCENE 8. John is courted by Jack Mason, purporting to represent the USA, asking for his help in their investigations into cyber crime, and technology that might one day pose a threat to international stability.


SCENE 9. Storm is asked by Professor Krafenstein to relinquish a small Cleopatra tissue sample. The carrot is that their cohort will share their DNA archive, to add to John's collection. 


SCENE 10. John relents, persuaded by Blue Shield. The knowledge transfer (swapsie) proves to be irresistible to John.


SCENE 11. Having taken delivery of a sample of Cleopatra's DNA, Professor Krafenstein perfects his replication technique, after one or two costly mistakes.


SCENE 12. The scientists develop a prototype biological implant, an interface for the human brain, which they call BioCore™. This flexible microchip communicates wirelessly with the CyberCore Genetica, and from there to the internet. They are streets ahead of a system developed by Elon Musk, some years earlier.


SCENE 13. The replication work proceeds, with Cleopatra grown and her brain programmed (conditioned) with her past, to include simulation of her synapse firing sequence, based on the fact she spoke nine languages, and was a mathematician and an accomplished political and military strategist. Other elements are included to soften the culture shock, as the reincarnated queen re-enters life in the 21st century.


SCENE 14. John requests a visit to see the progress for himself, but is given the brush off, and shown a facility that does not seem to have all the equipment necessary to have recreated Cleopatra. Then he is denied access to the subject with various excuses, that do not gel. His suspicions are aroused, and he investigates further with help from Dan (hacking) and Hal.


SCENE 15. Charley persists with her own investigations, agreeing to meet with John, where she thinks the real work is going on convenient to the ancient port of Genoa, Italy. She is captured, and John has to effect a rescue, with some background help from the CIA's Jack Mason. During the struggle to overpower Charley's captors, John is injected with an experimental CRISPR virus. Dan manages to make off with the CyberCore Genetica and Biocore, equipment, plus a download of all the experimental files. Jack Mason turns a blind eye, at the time, biding his time.


SCENE 16. From the recovered data, Dan and Hal work out that Cleopatra is being repatriated in a secure facility in Rome, where the former queen had visited with Julius Caesar in 46BC. John raids their sanctuary just outside the city, rescuing Cleopatra in the process, with Interpol questioning all the wrong people, on suspicion of kidnap. Cleopatra expresses a wish to be with John Storm, who she instinctively trusts implicitly, leaving Interpol and Blue Shield, little choice in the matter. And Jack Mason with a problem. He was hoping to acquire Cleopatra in all the confusion. 


SCENE 17. Jack Mason continues to plot to part John Storm form the CRISPR technology, and kidnap Cleopatra on grounds of homeland security, looking to take control of the replication technology. As the US representative, he talks John and Cleopatra into the replicant queen having a check up at Uncle Sam's expense at a private hospital in Egypt, to coincide with the unveiling of the Cleopatra VII mummy exhibits in Cairo and Giza. Though a disingenuous ruse, Cleopatra agrees to please John. She is curious to see what her own mummy looks like as an exhibition of her past glory.


SCENE 18. Storm is double crossed by Jack Mason, who spirits Cleopatra to the secure US facility at Guantánamo Bay. Way off the beaten track, and extremely well guarded. Such military location eliminating any chance of a rescue.


SCENE 19. Despite the obstacles, John rescues Cleopatra from Guantánamo Bay in a daring night raid.


SCENE 20 CIA, covertly try to terminate the Swann and crew, including Cleopatra, who is now a witness to their evils.


SCENE 21. John does a deal with US President Lincoln Truman, Jack Mason is chastised.





Cleopatra Vs Frankenstein - Copyright art October 2023 - Cleaner Ocean Foundation




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