One of reporters – name omitted for their safety – met with a member of WIA, the Waterbank Intelligence Agency, to discuss a black project that might shed light on recent news stories.
Below is an edited transcript of the interaction between the reporter and the WIA source:
“Project 53 was an anti-zombie program wasn’t it?”
“Yeah. You have to remember that back then Waterbank and the Mayor were worried about it. The disease was completely unknown and there had been two city closures because of outbreaks. Sunnydale was classified as a radioactive leak, but if you could see the pictures, you’d know why Project 53 started.”
“So what was it?”
“Back when Project 53 was in its heyday, there was a lot of funding put behind countermeasures. Everything got funding, from anti-aging medicines to super weapons. They called one of the projects ‘population replacement,’ and that’s where Sketch Sun came from.” The aging man coughed for a long time, then took some coffee to change the taste.
“Sketch Sun? You mean the President of the WBA?”
The man laughed a bit, then continues. “Him too. Who knows how many of them are out there. We lost hundreds just in Undine-”
“They’re all called Sketch Sun? Same person?” (The reporter is clearly shocked.)
The man laughed heartily. “Clones. Population replacement. The only way you can tell the good ones from the bad ones is if they start shooting at you.”
“There are bad ones?”
More coughing. “Yes. I don’t know how many, but when we were counting there was a rate of ten percent that went bad. Ended up in criminal groups like the 55s, or even the Claw.”
“Takes all kinds -“ He laughs at the pun, “-and once we let that genie out of the bottle, Waterbank was a different kind of operation.”
“How much of Waterbank is ‘populated’ by Sketch Sun?”
The man shook his head, dodging the question. “Let’s just say that the pumps are still running.”
“How do you know so much?” Our reporter asked.
The man got up to leave. “Because I’m one of them.”
Readers have noticed for years that there were similarities in photos of various players on the Waterbank scene, but until this reporter met with their source in WIA, there was little to corroborate conflicting accounts of Sketch Sun. The knowledge that there may be hundreds of clones has given Waterbank residents pause, and more than a few are wondering if the Sun family is larger than reported. Waterbank Intelligence Agency and the Mayor’s Office refused comment for this story.