At night, they disposed of the bodies. There was no ceremony, no ritual, no remembrance.
They’re human,” some argued.
They were human,” said others. Now they’re meat.”
We have to study the infection,” said the doctor.
We have to contain it,” said the counselor and gave her orders. Burn the bodies.”
A work detail was tasked with the burning. One by one, in the dead of night, green uniforms with white masks hauled corpses to the pile. The corpses were webbed with black veins, their entire network of blood vessels visible through the pale skin. Dried blood obscured their faces and each had a single hole in the temple by the eyes, where the killing bolt went in. They were put down like livestock, burned like sacrifices.
As the bodies crackled, the doctor watched the flames, her face half in shadow, half dancing in firelight. I believe there is a cure for this,” she said.
The counselor, standing beside her, nodded, but did not turn to look her way. Your cure is worse than the disease.”
You believe that?”
It’s the truth. Your way is treason.”
You’re in denial,” the doctor said. This is going to get worse if we don’t stop it.”
It’s a new world, Doctor,” the counselor replied. We can’t turn back the clock.”
Even to save people’s lives?”
These”the counselor gestured at the bodiesare not people.”
If it spreads?”
Is it spreading?”
The doctor watched the young members of the work detail tossing the bodies on the pyre. They moved with the assurance of youth, the kind of attitude that allowed them to stare infection and death in the face and believe it would never touch them. I don’t know.”
It is your job to know.”
I can hardly understand it. The blood turns against the body. Itching, burning. Then, expulsion. Half of them bleed out.”
And the other half?”
The doctor clenched her jaw. They haven’t bled out yet.”
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