Chapter 0:

Childhood's End

DNA Prime


“Stop!”Bookmark here

Before my brother stops the bicycle I jump from the back of it and roll on the cracked concrete.Bookmark here

“What you do think you’re doing, Kimiko!?”Bookmark here

KImiko“Look, it’s hurt, Kazuo.”Bookmark here

My brother halts and rushes to my side.Bookmark here

“Are you ok!? Are you hurt anywhere?”Bookmark here

Once my brother helps me to my feet I rush to the side of the road. There on the patchy grass lays a crow barely hanging to life.Bookmark here

“This is horrible.”Bookmark here

I can’t stop tears from coming out.Bookmark here

“This is what you jumped for? Just for this.”Bookmark here

My brother notices something strange about the crow.Bookmark here

“Kimiko get away from that thing!”Bookmark here

My brother pulls me away from the crow just as I was about to reach for it.Bookmark here

“Can’t you see? That’s not a normal bird.”Bookmark here

On closer inspection, I notice the crow has rows of sharp shark-like teeth and a fin sticking out of its back. Bookmark here

“I don’t care what it is, it’s suffering. It keeps gasping for air or maybe water.”Bookmark here

“There isn’t anything we can do. I should just put it out of its misery.”Bookmark here

“NO!”Bookmark here

I push my brother out of the way and take the crow.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry, I might be late for school.”Bookmark here

I hop onto my brother’s bicycle and leave him behind as he runs after me.Bookmark here

“Kimiko, wait!”Bookmark here

- I feel my heart burning. I know I’m not the greatest athlete but that doesn’t matter. It isn’t too far off now, I can almost see it.Bookmark here

As I pedal down the road I can feel like my lungs are about to explode.Bookmark here

“There it is!”Bookmark here

- The ocean!Bookmark here

I drop the bicycle as I reach the sand at the shore.Bookmark here

“I can save--”Bookmark here

I feel someone grab my shoulder.Bookmark here

“Please… please stop.”Bookmark here

“Kazuo, it's right there.”Bookmark here

I look at the brilliant blue ocean.Bookmark here

“See.”Bookmark here

Brother points at the Crow in my arms.Bookmark here

“What about--”Bookmark here

It’s not moving. Bookmark here

“It’s cold.”Bookmark here

“It’s dead Kimiko.” Bookmark here

“It just needs water.”Bookmark here

Once again I push my brother out of the way and head for the ocean. Bookmark here

“Water will fix you.”Bookmark here

I lower the crow into the ocean. Bookmark here

“Please.” Bookmark here

The crow doesn’t move.Bookmark here

“I refuse, I refuse. I refuse.”Bookmark here

My brother holds my shoulder again but this time it isn’t to stop me but instead to comfort me.Bookmark here

“What are you two doing here? You’re gonna be late for class.”Bookmark here

- That voice, Tetsuya? Bookmark here

I try in vain to wipe away my tears.Bookmark here

“Hey there, Tetsuya. What are you doing all the way out here?”Bookmark here

“Well, when you and Kimiko didn’t show up on my way to school I knew something was wrong so I came looking for you.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya, my brother, and I’s childhood friend, casually strides toward the water with his untidy high school uniform as always.Bookmark here

“Anyways, what’s Kimiko doing in the water, you know Kimura sensei will have her head if she gets to school in a wet uniform. And you Kazuo, I guess you aren’t wearing your uniform today again.”Bookmark here

“Don’t worry about it and I’ll explain it to her.”Bookmark here

As Tetsuya walks towards me I hold the crow closer to my chest.Bookmark here

“So what do we have here?”Bookmark here

Upon seeing the lifeless crow, Tetsuya’s expression changes from carefree to serious. Bookmark here

“I understand now.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, you know how she is when it comes to these things.”Bookmark here

I show Tetsuya the motionless crow.Bookmark here

“I thought I could save it. I really did.”Bookmark here

I stare into the still glittering eyes of the crow.Bookmark here

“You did your best.”Bookmark here

“But it wasn’t enough.’Bookmark here

“But you did your best.”Bookmark here

As I face Tetsuya, still with teary eyes, my brother takes the crow from my arms while I’m distracted.Bookmark here

“What are you doing?”Bookmark here

“It’s dead, I’ll be disposing of it.”Bookmark here

“You can’t just throw it away.”Bookmark here

“You have to learn that if something dies it ceases to be itself and it becomes nothing more than a collection of cells.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya stops my brother and smiles. Bookmark here

“I’ll take care of this.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya takes the crow from my brother.Bookmark here

“What will you do with it?”Bookmark here

“Just because someone is no longer with us doesn’t erase that fact that they once were. The experiences and lives touched by that individual don’t fade away just because they ceased to be. Wouldn’t you agree, Kimiko?”Bookmark here

“Yeah.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya reaches the corner of the beach and kneels.Bookmark here

“Then what will you do with that thing then?”Bookmark here

“What else, give it a proper burial.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya uses his hands to dig. Bookmark here

I stand up, my uniform dripping wet, and head towards Tetsuya.Bookmark here

“Make it quick Tetsuya or we’ll be late.”Bookmark here

Reaching Tetsuya I notice that he has run out of sand and is digging into the dirt. His fingernails are cracked.Bookmark here

“Tetsuya, I can help.”Bookmark here

“I said I’d take care of it so don’t worry.”Bookmark here

“Fool.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya lowers the crow into the hole and starts covering it.Bookmark here

“Any words?”Bookmark here

I kneel next to Tetsuya.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry I wasn’t able to help you.”Bookmark here

“How about you, Frown-face.”Bookmark here

“I have nothing to say.”Bookmark here

“Well, I guess I’ll finish up here. I may not have known you long, Crow-shark creature, but do rest in the knowledge that you will not be forgotten. And in that sense, you are just as alive as any of us.”Bookmark here

I stack some rocks to mark the burial site.Bookmark here

“Thank you Tetsuya, I know that you only did this to make me feel better but still, thank you.”Bookmark here

“Alright, let’s get out of here.”Bookmark here

My brother takes my hand and drags Tetsuya by his shirt collar with his other hand.Bookmark here

“Hey, let go of me!”Bookmark here

***Bookmark here

My brother walks with his bicycle on his side as Tetsuya and I walk beside him.Bookmark here

“So what was that thing anyway?” Bookmark here

“Who cares.”Bookmark here

“Really Kazuo, you aren’t even a little curious?”Bookmark here

“No.”Bookmark here

My brother continues to look straight ahead.Bookmark here

“He’s right, Tetsuya.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya turns to me with a look of confusion splattered on his face. Even my brother turns to face me in disbelief. Bookmark here

“Has Frown-face’s brainwashing finally taken over your mind?”Bookmark here

“It doesn’t matter what it was, it lived just like the rest of us.”Bookmark here

My brother turns back away from me.Bookmark here

“That isn’t what I meant.”Bookmark here

“Don’t worry about him, Kimiko.”Bookmark here

- I hope Brother isn’t mad at me.Bookmark here

“Stop!’Bookmark here

My brother holds his arm out to stop us but Tetsuya notices too late and bumps into him.Bookmark here

“What’s the big idea?”Bookmark here

“Look.”Bookmark here

In front of us are six men in what appear to be white military uniforms with the word CELL marked on their arms. The soldiers are all wearing gas masks.Bookmark here

“They don’t look like the Japanese military.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya takes my hand and pulls on me.Bookmark here

“It’s ok Kimiko, let's just walk around them.”Bookmark here

My brother slaps Tetsuya’s hand from mine.Bookmark here

“Wait here.”Bookmark here

Brother puts down his bicycle and heads toward the soldiers.Bookmark here

“Is there a problem here?”Bookmark here

The soldiers ignore my brother.Bookmark here

“Hey, you!”Bookmark here

One of the soldiers turns to face my brother.Bookmark here

“Get out of here kid, we don’t have time to deal with you.”Bookmark here

The soldier tries to push my brother away but he backsteps away.Bookmark here

“Did something happen? Why the gas masks?”Bookmark here

Another older-sounding soldier steps in front of my brother.Bookmark here

“It’s ok, you have nothing to worry about.”Bookmark here

“You guys have ‘worry about’ written all over you.”Bookmark here

“Ha, our company is rolling out a little experiment in the area and unfortunately it causes your eyes to water uncontrollably. Kind of like chopping onions.”Bookmark here

“CELL is your company?”Bookmark here

“Exactly. So if you don’t want to ball your eyes out uncontrollably I would suggest that you head out. Actually, shouldn’t classes have already started by now and why aren’t you wearing a uniform?” Bookmark here

“Shit.”Bookmark here

Brother rushes back to Tetsuya and me.Bookmark here

“How did it go?”Bookmark here

“Forget about that, you'll be late for class.”Bookmark here

Brother gets on his bicycle and pulls me up.Bookmark here

“Let’s go, Kimiko.”Bookmark here

“Yeah.”Bookmark here

I get on the back of the bike as Tetsuya walks up to my brother.Bookmark here

“Got room for one more?”Bookmark here

“No.”Bookmark here

Brother goes full speed leaving Tetsuya behind.Bookmark here

“That was mean, Kazuo.”Bookmark here

“He’ll be fine.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya effortlessly catches up to us and keeps pace with my brother.Bookmark here

I smile at Tetsuya and he reciprocates with a thumbs up.Bookmark here

“Freak.”Bookmark here

“Whatever you say, Frown-face.”Bookmark here

I pull at my brother’s shirt.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry I am slowing you down.”Bookmark here

“Stop that, you're the reason why I can go this fast.”Bookmark here

I tighten my arms around my brother.Bookmark here

“Let’s win this race Kazuo!”Bookmark here

“Hey, that’s not fair, it’s two against one.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya begins to slow down as we leave him behind again.Bookmark here

“Try to catch up, Tetsuya.” Bookmark here

I wave at Tetsuya and yell.Bookmark here

“See you at school!”Bookmark here

- They might have grown up but they're still just as childish as back then.Bookmark here

***Bookmark here

We made it, Wakawakashi High School. It’s small, with not too many students but it’s comforting. At the gate stands Kimura sensei, a woman with long flowing brown hair and the one person you don’t want to make mad.Bookmark here

“Who… who made it first?” Bookmark here

Tetsuya exclaims as he reaches the gate.Bookmark here

Kimura sensei walks up to Tetsuya and grabs him by the shoulders. Bookmark here

“I don’t care about your little race, do you have any idea how late you are?”Bookmark here

The normally cheerful Tetsuya’s face turns pale as a ghost.Bookmark here

I step in between the two even though my legs are shaking in fear.Bookmark here

“So.. sorry Kimura sensei but we don’t want to be any later than we already are.”Bookmark here

I grab Tetsuya’s hand and we run past Kimura sensei.Bookmark here

“Hurry Tetsuya.”Bookmark here

“Later Kimura sensei.”Bookmark here

Kimura sensei yells out as we enter the school.Bookmark here

“And why is your uniform wet?”Bookmark here

My brother who stayed silent through the entire exchange turns his bike to leave the scene.Bookmark here

“So you aren’t coming back?”Bookmark here

Kimura sensei turns to face Kazuo.Bookmark here

“I have a job to get to.”Bookmark here

“You're only 17, you shouldn’t be doing that job and you were so close to graduating too. I know that it’s hard with only you and Kimiko but we can help you. I can help if you just ask.”Bookmark here

My brother turns back to face Kimura sensei.Bookmark here

“So what, will you give us a place to live? Will you feed us? Will you pay for Kimiko’s education?”Bookmark here

“...”Bookmark here

“That’s what I thought. It’s just like you said, it’s only my sister and me.”Bookmark here

“Even if it means abandoning your future?”Bookmark here

“She IS my future and if that’s the price to pay, I’d say that I got a pretty good deal.”Bookmark here

Kazuo rides away.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry that I’m a useless teacher.”Bookmark here

***Bookmark here

After entering the school I let go of Tetsuya’s hand.Bookmark here

“We made it. Do you think that we’ll get in trouble?”Bookmark here

Tetsuya states at the hand that I was holding.Bookmark here

“Hello? You there?”Bookmark here

- He’s spacing out. Bookmark here

I close the gap between us but Tetsuya is still unresponsive. I spread my arms apart.Bookmark here

“PIERCING MAXIMUM ACCELERATION SONIC ATTACK!!!”Bookmark here

I go all out and slap both of Tetsuya’s cheeks. In shock, Tetsuya drops to the floor.Bookmark here

“What was that for?Bookmark here

“It’s not my fault you were somewhere in the stratosphere. Plus, we don’t want to be any later than we already are.”Bookmark here

I offer my hand to help Tetsuya up but Tetsuya swiftly gets up.Bookmark here

“No thanks, I’ve had enough of that for one day. Also, do dry yourself in the bathroom.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya walks onto the hallway leading to the classrooms.Bookmark here

“What did I do?”Bookmark here

***Bookmark here

Tetsuya and I stand in front of the door to our classroom.Bookmark here

“Come on Tetsuya, open the door.”Bookmark here

“No, you do it.”Bookmark here

“What, are you scared or something?”Bookmark here

“You bet I am.”Bookmark here

I open the door to reveal Asuma sensei, a balding man in his mid-40s wearing a black suit and tie, in the middle of a lecture. As soon as he spots us he stops and faces us.Bookmark here

“Do you think this is funny? You two are late and what, do you expect me to redo this lecture or help you make up the work?”Bookmark here

Tetsuya attempts to speak up. Bookmark here

“We had a good reaso--”Bookmark here

Asuma sensei interrupts.Bookmark here

“Do you think that I care about whatever sorry excuse you are going to give me?”Bookmark here

I bow, forcing Tetsuya to bow as well.Bookmark here

“We are terribly sorry this won’t happen again.”Bookmark here

Asuma Sensei looks madder than before.Bookmark here

“And now you think that a sorry excuse will--”Bookmark here

Asuma sensei is interrupted by Aneko, a girl with blond twintails that sits at the back of the class, as she uses her phone.Bookmark here

“You DO know that you’re wasting even more time with your ridiculous tantrum than them just sitting their asses down right? It seems to me like you just want to vent your anger at someone. Preferably at someone you see as beneath you.”Bookmark here

Asuma sensei clenches his fists and turns his back to Tetsuya and me.Bookmark here

“Take a seat.”Bookmark here

- That’s the first time that I’ve heard Aneko speak. She normally just sits in the back next to me and uses her phone. Although I do wonder why no adult ever says anything about it. It’s almost like they want to ignore her.Bookmark here

As Tetsuya and I sit at the back of the room I whisper to Aneko who sits to my right.Bookmark here

“Thanks.”Bookmark here

Aneko responds without reciprocating the whisper.Bookmark here

“Oh, don’t thank me. You own me one now and I’ll come to collect it.”Bookmark here

“Ha, sure anytime.”Bookmark here

I smile and take out my notebook. Tetsuya, who sits to my left, whispers to me.Bookmark here

“What a weirdo.”Bookmark here

“I like her, maybe we can be friends.”Bookmark here

“Seems like too much trouble for me.”Bookmark here

Asuma sensei picks up some papers.Bookmark here

“As juniors, you don’t have much time until graduation, so you better know what it is that you want to do with your miserable lives. This questionnaire will help you to decide how it is that you want to contribute to society, not that you’ll amount to much anyway.”Bookmark here

Asuma sensei hands the papers to the students in the front rows who then pass them back to us.Bookmark here

“I guess that I never gave much thought to what I wanted to do with my life... How about you, Kimiko?”Bookmark here

“Well, Kazuo always tells me that no matter what, I have to graduate from university, but I don’t really know what to major in.”Bookmark here

“With your grades, you could get into whatever school you wanted to. If it was me, I’d pick whichever is the farthest away from this island.”Bookmark here

“Come on you can’t mean that. Umarekawaru Shima is where we were raised. Think of everything that you would be leaving behind, like me and Kazuo.”Bookmark here

“That’s why I’d take you both with me.”Bookmark here

“Really?”Bookmark here

“Of course, us parentless have to stick together.”Bookmark here

“Yeah.”Bookmark here

I smile at Tetsuya.Bookmark here

“But Tetsuya, with your grades, I don’t think that you’ll even graduate high school.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya buries his head on his desk.Bookmark here

“You're right, I’m destined for despair.”Bookmark here

“Don’t worry because you’ll always have me.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya’s face becomes red.Bookmark here

“And Kazuo too.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya’s face goes back to normal.Bookmark here

“Hah… I guess.”Bookmark here

I turn to face Aneko who is still on her phone.Bookmark here

“How about you?”Bookmark here

Aneko remains unresponsive.Bookmark here

“Hello? Aneko?”Bookmark here

Tetsuya whispers to me.Bookmark here

“Slap her cheeks.”Bookmark here

I swat Tetsuya away.Bookmark here

“No way! That would be rude.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya makes a confused expression.Bookmark here

“But I do have a plan B.”Bookmark here

I reach my hand closer and closer to Aneko’s unsuspecting face.Bookmark here

- Almost there.Bookmark here

I stretch out my index finger to poke her cheek in order to get her attention. Bookmark here

- Almost.Bookmark here

As my finger is about the poke Anko’s cheek Aneko grabs onto it with her right hand while her left hand continues to use the phone. All the while never taking her eyes off the screen.Bookmark here

“You do know that I can use my phone and listen to your stupid conversation at the same time right.”Bookmark here

Aneko glaces at Tetsuya.Bookmark here

“Coward, just tell her.”Bookmark here

Aneko lets go of my finger, continuing to use her phone.Bookmark here

“Tell me what? Tetsuya, what did she mean?”Bookmark here

Tetsuya seems nervous and is bright red again.Bookmark here

“N… no.. nothing just fill the stupid paper.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya starts to fill all the questions and doesn’t face me anymore.Bookmark here

- What’s wrong with him? Oh well, it’s probably not important. Now, what do I want to do in the future? I do enjoy gardening, maybe I can open a shop or study flowers. Ugh, why is this so hard?Bookmark here

***Bookmark here

After school, Tetsuya and I walk towards the gate where my brother is waiting.Bookmark here

“Hurry up you slackers!”Bookmark here

My brother waves at us.Bookmark here

“Hurry Tetsuya or he’ll get mad.”Bookmark here

I run ahead of Tetsuya and reach my brother.Bookmark here

“Let’s go, Kimiko.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya reaches us as I get on the back of my brother’s bicycle.Bookmark here

“I really can’t keep up with you, Kimiko.”Bookmark here

“Then don’t.”Bookmark here

I look at my brother with a disappointed face.Bookmark here

“Come on, he's your best friend.”Bookmark here

“And when did I say this airhead was my best friend.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya smirks at Kazuo.Bookmark here

“Well, I am your only friend so by default I’m your best friend.”Bookmark here

“You idiot.”Bookmark here

Brother starts to pedal away leaving Tetsuya behind but as he does the bicycle begins to tilt on its side.Bookmark here

“Wow.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya manages to hold the bicycle, stopping our fall.Bookmark here

“I think you guys are better off walking.”Bookmark here

I help my brother get off the bicycle.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry I didn’t notice how tired you were.”Bookmark here

Brother pushes me away and starts walking.Bookmark here

“I can do it myself, you just worry about yourself.”Bookmark here

I nod at Tetsuya and he nods back.Bookmark here

“Well if you’re going to be stubborn about it then we will too.”Bookmark here

I grab onto my brother’s left arm and Tetsuya grabs his right arm as well as his bicycle. We hold my brother as we drag him forward.Bookmark here

“You two. Whatever.”Bookmark here

***Bookmark here

On our way back home, I turn to my brother.Bookmark here

“Kazuo what do you want to do in the future?”Bookmark here

Kazuo faces me with a puzzled expression.Bookmark here

“What do you mean? I’ll just continue doing what I am now.”Bookmark here

“But you can’t be happy with the job you have now. Don’t you want to have a career or fulfill some kind of dream?”Bookmark here

Tetsuya speaks up.Bookmark here

“Yeah like back when we wanted to be superheroes.”Bookmark here

I face Tetsuya.Bookmark here

“You’re not helping.”Bookmark here

“Sorry.”Bookmark here

Kazuo looks up at the setting sky and then at me.Bookmark here

“I’m already fulfilling my dream.”Bookmark here

“Really, what is it?”Bookmark here

“I can’t tell you, not yet. Not until it happens.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya speaks up again.Bookmark here

“But you can tell your best friend right.”Bookmark here

“Especially not you.”Bookmark here

I let go of my brother’s arm and get in front of him and Tetsuya.Bookmark here

“Well as long as we all stay together--”Bookmark here

*BOOOM!!!*Bookmark here

Suddenly I feel an intense heat behind me as I’m pushed forward along with Tetsuya and my brother.Bookmark here

“Ahhh”Bookmark here

Smoke fills the road and I lose track of Tetsuya and my brother.Bookmark here

“Cough cough. Tetsuya... Kazuo... Are you alright?”Bookmark here

I hear Kazuo’s voice in the distance.Bookmark here

“Cough. Yes, Tetsuya is with me. But don’t move, we don’t know what damage that explosion made to the road.”Bookmark here

“Yes, stay there and wait for the smoke to dissipate.”Bookmark here

“Alright, you stay safe too.”Bookmark here

I faintly see something floating in front of me. It looks about the size of a large insect. Bookmark here

- What are these things?Bookmark here

I look closer at them and can see that they look like the viruses we learned about in biology class, specifically Phages. They have an icosahedron top with a stem that connects it to six legs like an insect. Bookmark here

- Viruses aren’t supposed to be this large. What is going on?Bookmark here

I suddenly feel a sting on my right arm.Bookmark here

“Ouch, what was that?”Bookmark here

I look at my arm and find that one of the viruses stung me. I quickly brush it off me and walk away from the viruses in front of me.Bookmark here

“Tetsuya. Kazuo. Look out, there are some strange things floating around in this smoke.”Bookmark here

I hear Tetsuya yell out.Bookmark here

“Yeah, I know these damn mosquitos keep stinging me and Kazuo.”Bookmark here

“They aren’t mosquitoes, idiot.”Bookmark here

“Well, whatever they are, I don’t like them.”Bookmark here

The smoke begins to disperse and I can see Tetsuya and Kazuo a fair distance away along with the decimated road we were on. The viruses disappeared along with the smoke.Bookmark here

“Are you alright Kimiko, did they get you?”Bookmark here

“Yes, Tetsuya but not that many.”Bookmark here

“Those bastards.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya and Kazuo begin to walk towards me when even more explosions are heard in the distance. Kazuo looks in the direction of the sound.Bookmark here

“This can’t be an accident.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya looks as well.Bookmark here

“What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“We must be under attack. Terrorists or maybe another country. Either way, we have to hide somewhere safe.”Bookmark here

I walk towards Tetsuya and Kazuo but my legs feel weak. I fall to my knees, unable to move. Kazuo cries out rushing towards me along with Tetsuya.Bookmark here

“Kimiko, are you hurt?”Bookmark here

Before reaching me they both fall to their knees as well.Bookmark here

“Kimiko hold on.”Bookmark here

Tetsuya begins to crawl towards me until he has no more strength to move either.Bookmark here

“Guys, I feel strange.”Bookmark here

It feels as though my insides are fighting each other. My body heats up so much that I feel as though I’m being boiled alive.Bookmark here

“Tetsu… Kazu…”Bookmark here

I can hardly let out a word anymore.Bookmark here

I began to lose sensation in my right hand and as I glance at it, I can see something coming out of the place where that virus had stung me. It’s another one of those viruses and another and another. They keep coming out. As I look to see if the same is happening to Tetsuya and Kazuo, all I see is their horrified expressions as they witness what is happening to me. Kazuo powers through and crawls towards me.Bookmark here

“Kimiko, don’t panic, I'm almost there! You’ll be alright!”Bookmark here

Tetsuya follows after.Bookmark here

“We’ll take you to the doctor and everything will be fine. We have to get out of this island together, remember?”Bookmark here

The viruses begin to multiply inside me. They have consumed my entire right arm and are beginning to spread to my face and torso.Bookmark here

“Get.. get away.”Bookmark here

I will out words of warning.Bookmark here

“You..’ll get... infected.”Bookmark here

Kazuo continues to move closer.Bookmark here

“Don’t talk, it doesn’t matter what happens to me.”Bookmark here

I can see them inside my right eye, I can hardly see from it. I can feel them spreading. Bookmark here

Tetsuya stops.Bookmark here

“Why can’t I move, damn it!?”Bookmark here

Something is beginning to cover Tetsuya’s body but it isn’t viruses. It looks like some kind of shell. It’s growing from within his skin and making him unable to move.Bookmark here

“Kimiko!”Bookmark here

Kazuo suddenly stops as well but it looks like he’s sinking into the ground.Bookmark here

“NO! No no no no no! I’m almost there!”Bookmark here

Tetsuya and Kazuo struggle but neither can move forward anymore. I don’t know how much I’ve been consumed but I know that I don’t have much left.Bookmark here

- Is this the end? I don’t want it to end here. I have so much to do. I want to live. I have to show my brother that I appreciate him. I have to get a good job so he doesn’t have to work so hard anymore. And Tetsuya, I have to convince him to stay on the island… with me. WHY?! WHY?! Why me? Why now? It’s not fair. Please, if there is a God. Please save me. I don’t want to die. Bookmark here

I can no longer see anything, hear anything, feel anything.Bookmark here

-This is the end. Did I accomplish anything? I. I. I. Ha. I guess I’m selfish, thinking of nothing but myself. This is the end for me but maybe they still have a chance.Bookmark here

“T.. t.. th..”Bookmark here

Tetsuya and Kazuo look up at me with tears in their eyes but are unable to speak.Bookmark here

- I don’t know if they can hear me or if I’m even making any sound at all but I have to say this before I’m gone.Bookmark here

“Th.. t… thank.. Thank you and live.”Bookmark here

- I can feel my consciousness fading away as if I’m being swept away to a dream. I don’t want it to end but as long as the two of them are alright then I can leave. I just hope that they argue a little less.Bookmark here

...Bookmark here

From inside this stupid shell, I see the last of Kimiko’s body disappearing into those damn creatures. Bookmark here

- I think Kimiko was trying to say something but I couldn’t hear what it was.Bookmark here

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