Book of the Found by V.E.S. Pullen EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: V.E.S. Pullen
- Language: English
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THIRTY-THREE DAYS, TWELVE HOURS,
THIRTY-SEVEN MINUTES AGO…
OR, THE NIGHT MOUSE DISAPPEARED FROM SALEM.
The day I realized that everyone else was dead was the first day I crawled
through a ventilation system since I was a kid, but it wouldn’t be the last.
Janus-23 hit Salem like a tornado dropping from a clear blue sky, but it
wasn’t until Aesli got sick that I got scared. Until then, I made the same
assumptions everyone else did: this was just a really bad flu. Sure, I’d noticed
that the hospital had been operating in crisis mode, but it seemed…
know, not a huge deal? They were all strangers, and I didn’t feel personally at
risk; the threat was an abstract concept until Aesli’s dad brought her in, and
they isolated her as soon as she crossed the threshold.
She was my special kid, so her oncologist waited for me in the ICU
reception area. He knew I’d be there the second I heard she was admitted, and
I’d stay by her side when everybody else was overwhelmed and distracted.
She had a fever, and her dad told them that Aesli’s mom and both her
brothers showed symptoms of the bad flu that was going around. She needed
constant supervision and his attention was too divided, but he’d be back once
he got everyone settled. That’s what he said, at least.
He told Aesli that he and her mom both loved her very much, and he left.
It wasn’t until after she recovered that she remembered her brothers had
already died before he brought her in.
Her dad never returned to the hospital. I tried calling him after a few days,
but no one answered. Her fever had been too high to understand why he left
her there or what he said, but I told her the story as many times as I needed
to, until she constructed memories so she’d remember him saying the words
By the time I made that phone call, I’d realized just how bad the outbreak
was. Only two weeks had passed between the first cases appearing, and
FEMA slapping up the fences around the town. I spent my time by her
bedside in a hazmat suit, scared out of my mind, scrolling through horror
stories posing as news reports on my phone while expecting her to die at any
minute. We stayed tucked out of sight, cut off from everyone in our little
corner room in the ICU, but when they stopped bringing her food or meds,
when I was the only one charting her vitals, I knew.
People were dying all around us, and I understood that Aesli and I would
join the ranks of the dead soon enough, but I couldn’t just sit back and
continue to wait. I needed to see for myself.
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