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By Kenneth Gordon

On a warm summer night, Jack Wallace awoke with a start. A strange feeling led him outside into the eerie night. A very odd sound greeted his ears as soon as the screen door closed behind him with a click.

He heard the sounds of retching coming from every house on the block that had children.

Each bathroom window was illuminated as the sounds increased in volume, duration, and frequency. Jack proceeded to walk around the neighborhood. The road was illuminated by the streetlights as well as the faint glow coming from the houses. It wasn’t long before something else pierced the veil of the night. The wail of ambulance sirens and a whirl of red and white lights roared past him one after another.

This is only the beginning.

Genre: Science Fiction

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Cover Art by Simon Nightingale

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Author: Kenneth Gordon
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Chapter 1

 

It was a warm summer night. The humidity felt like a moist blanket all around. If you didn’t know any better, you would be fully convinced a moose had licked you with his tongue. It was tough for sleeping, but something else hung in the air.

Whatever it was woke Jack Wallace with a start. He was soaked with sweat. The fan did little save push around the hot, stuffy air. He peeled the wet sheets away from his body and moved to the side of the bed. Jack stood and grabbed a shirt and a pair of shorts he would have slept in except for the closeness of the night air. That strange feeling led him outside and into the night.

A very odd sound greeted his ears as soon as the screen door clicked closed behind him. He heard the sounds of retching coming from every house on the block with children.

“It’s the middle of summer. There aren’t any stomach bugs going around this time of year,” he thought to himself.

Each bathroom window was illuminated as the sounds increased in volume, duration, and frequency. His own stomach began to churn in sympathy to the guttural noises.

Jack proceeded to walk around the neighborhood.

The road was illuminated by the streetlights as well as the faint glow coming from the houses. It wasn’t long before something else pierced the veil of the night. The wail of ambulance sirens and a whirl of red and white lights roared past him…one and then another. There were four and then five mobile response teams, pulling up and storming into the houses, bringing out ailing children. Some could walk, while others lay unresponsive on the gurneys, the acid-filled remains of their dinners staining the fronts of their pajamas. Their cries echoed to the trees and curdling the blood of anyone with a heart.

The situation was surreal.

As quickly as it began, Jack watched as the ambulances pulled away one-by-one, and scream into the night with their precious cargos.

Once again, the night was silent save for the crickets’ loud chirping. They were completely unaware of what was going on around them.

Jack himself was perplexed. He didn’t want to interfere and didn’t feel it would be appropriate to inquire of the parents. That would have to wait for daylight. He walked around the neighborhood, making note of all the houses with lights still on. Some driveways were empty along with some garages.

The very air was charged with anxiety and fear. Jack felt it would penetrate his very being if he let it. It was a strange feeling indeed. He finished his lap around the block and returned to his own quiet house. The screen door opened and he went inside.

     The thoughts still swirled around his head, making sleeping nearly impossible. Slowly the clock ticked toward dawn as the sky began to brighten in the east. The moon retreated as the sun broke over the mountains. Its rays spread over the worried land as another day began. 

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