(OCC - if my posts are too long please tell me)
Jake sat, fidgeting impatiently in the passenger seat as the ambulance raced through intersections and over bridges toward Eric’s house; the wailing siren and flashing lights assaulting the senses. His worry for his colleague overtook his mind as he urged Jill to go faster and faster until they were traveling at nearly 125 mph. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, the ambulance screeched to a halt outside a small, red brick one-story house. He turned to Jill.
“I want the equipment ready by the time I get back and not a second later. Do you understand me?” He commanded in firm but anxious tone.
Jill quickly nodded as she hopped out of the ambulance; running quickly around the back where she began to ready the equipment.
Jake yanked the ambulance door open and jumped out of the door. “On second thought,” he thought as he reached for the bio suite encased in a small drawer in the side of the ambulance. He quickly suited up. “Better safe than sorry.” He thought to himself. He then grabbed the other suite and ran it over to Jill.
“Put this on.” He ordered. “This flu strain is impervious to our vaccines and I don’t want anyone else catching it.”
Jill nodded obediently.
Jake quickly zipped up the suite and sprinted toward the door. He grabbed the handle and tried to open it but found it to be locked. “Damn it! Come on!” He said as he jiggled the doorknob madly. He took a step beck and kicked at the door with all his strength. The door splintered where the lock met the door frame and banged open into the wall beyond. A piercing alarm immediately filled the air. “You’ve got to be kidding me.” He said as he rushed into the house. On the wall next to him was the alarm pad with the key code. He drew back his arm and elbowed it as hard as he could, crushing the alarm box. While it got rid of the alarm, a signal would still be transmitting to the LEPrechon office. He knew he only had moments to get in a get Eric before the Police were swarming all over the place. By the time Jake explained the situation with the police and got Eric back to the ambulance it would probably be too late; if it wasn‘t already. He ran past the kitchen, bathroom and living room before arriving at the bedroom. Here was a sight even a trained doctor like Jake wasn’t entirely prepared for. Eric lay slumped on the ground. His normal, tan pallor had transformed to a ghostly white and his skin looked like dried parchment; cracked and crinkled. His body had been transformed into a shell of the man it had once held. His chest remained still and unmoving and a thin layer of white foam coated his lips. “Dear lord.” Jake said as he stared, immobilized at the sight of his friend. Jake quickly shook himself out of his daze and ran to the body. He quickly and effortlessly lifted Eric’s body into his arms. “Oh my God,” thought Jake. “He’s skin and bones”
Jake raced out of the house with Eric’s limp and lifeless body in his arms. The ran to the back of the ambulance where Jill was waiting at the door in a bio suite. Jake jumped up onto the ambulance and laid Eric’s body down on the stretcher. When she saw Eric’s body, Jill turned pale and had to lean up against the wall for support.
“Oh my God… Eric… Oh my God… Oh my God…” Jill said repeatedly as she stood, frozen in shock.
Jake ignored Jill as he tore Eric’s button-up shirt off. He reached immediately for the electrodes and pealed off the safety coating, slapping them on Eric’s chest. “Charging!” Said Jake as he pressed the charge button on the panel. “Clear!” He said as he pressed the discharge button after the charge bar reached full. 350 volts arched across Eric’s chest, jolting his body up off the stretcher before it came back down. Jake reached down and placed his fingers on Eric’s neck, feeling for a pulse. “Come Eric, Come on.” He said anxiously when didn’t feel a pulse. Jake repeated the process, increasing the voltage. “Charging! Clear!” 700 volts coursed through Eric’s chest. Jake felt his neck once again for a pulse. Feeling none, he once again increased the voltage on the defibrillator. “Damn it, come one Eric, You can make it. Charging! Clear!” 1200 volts arched through his chest. Jake felt desperately for a pulse. “Come on , Eric.” He finally felt a weak but steady pulse as his heart once again forced blood through his arteries and veins. Eric’s body shook as he took a ragged breath but didn’t regain consciousness. Jake immediately wrapped a tourniquet around Eric’s arm and inserted a hypodermic needle directly into his vein. He then attached a tube from the needle to a saline solution on hanging from the side of the ambulance which immediately began to pump nutrients and water into his body. He then grabbed an oxygen mask and slid it over his mouth and turned the knob on the canister to full.
In the distance Jake could hear police sirens sounding as they raced toward the house. Jake quickly strapped Eric’s body down to the stretcher. He then looked over to Jill who was still frozen, her arm still supporting her.
“Jill,” said Jake in an attempt to bring her out of her stupor. “Jill, hey, come on Jill.” He walked over to her and shook her shoulders. “Jill! Snap out of it!”
“Huh… yeah, I mean… I’m fine.” She said as he came out of her daze.
“Come on Jill I need you to call the hospital and explain the situation.” He said to her. However, her gaze was staring at Eric’s body. “Jill… Jill, what is it?”.
She pointed in the direction of Eric’s stomach and said, “Sir, what is that?”
Jake immediately looked to where her finger was pointing. There, on Eric’s navel, was a large white pustule at least two inches in diameter that bulged out of his skin. Jake stared at the anomaly in horror. Fear filled his eyes as he stared at it. Outside tires screeched as the police cars slid to a stop outside the house. He looked to Jill. “Go tell the Police what happened and immediately order a bio crew to quarantine this house.” Jake saw her hesitate. “Go now, I’ll be out in a moment.” Jill nodded and headed out the door to confront the police. Jake stared at the pustule in mounting fear. “Whatever this is,” he thought. “It sure as hell isn’t the flu.” It was then that he began to think about the other flu cases that had been taking hold of the Haven and realized the immensity of what was on his hands. He pulled out his communicator and called the hospital lab. He had to tell Catelyn about what was happening. “God help us.” he thought as the phone rang.
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