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Scourge by Victor Methos

Scourge by Victor Methos

Author:Victor Methos [Methos, Victor]
Language: eng
Format: epub, mobi
Tags: Medical Thriller
ISBN: 9781503246249
Amazon: 1503246248
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: 2014-08-29T12:00:00+00:00

“I can’t tell you what it felt like that day, knowing we were going to open the door and head outside. We didn’t hear a peep, of course, but I had a sick feeling in my gut. If they were smart enough to have a young woman act as a lure, they were smart enough to hide until nightfall. That first night, I convinced Jason not to go. That we should wait one more day before heading out. He agreed. The next day was spent doing not much of anything, looking through the same magazines, talking, and taking naps because we couldn’t sleep at night. I checked on Shui a lot, and he didn’t move, just stayed on the roof. I wanted to throw something to eat to him, but I knew I couldn’t make it all the way over there from the window.

“Thoughts of a vaccine and Shangri-La at this point were almost completely forgotten. We were just trying to survive. It’s amazing how much of your thought processes and brainpower are devoted to surviving when your life is at risk. It’s as though you can’t focus on anything else.

“That evening, the one when Jason was supposed to go out, I sat on the couch that was blockading the door and Luther came and sat next to me. He looked weaker, pale and thin. He wasn’t a man used to strife, and his body wasn’t taking it well. ‘I don’t know if we should be going to Africa,’ he said. ‘I think maybe I just want to go home.’

“ ‘To Boston? We haven’t heard anything about what’s going on out there. It could be overrun like Atlanta.’

“ ‘I have friends and family there. I don’t even know if they’re alive. I’m tired, Sam. I just want to be somewhere familiar. I don’t know whether or not you or anybody can develop a vaccine, but maybe some things just aren’t in our sphere of influence. I don’t feel I’m adding anything to that or taking away. You won’t miss me.’ He looked at me and grinned. ‘You should come with me, you know. Look out for yourself and that girl. Forget Africa.’

“ ‘If there’s even a possibility… I’m already dead, Luther. I’m infected. So is Jessica, and maybe even you by now. If there’s even a possibility I can save us, I have to try.’

“He nodded. ‘Just make sure you’re not putting her more at risk in the process.’

“Jason came down later. He gave Luther the shotgun. We stared at each other for a second and then he nodded. I rose from the couch and helped him move it away, along with everything else we’d put against the door. We worked as quietly as we could. Jessica came down and stood at the bottom of the stairs with her arms folded, her eyes wide with fear. I smiled at her, trying to comfort her, but I doubt it did much.

“Once the furniture was clear, Jason peered out into the darkness. He looked back at me and said, ‘Five minutes.


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