By Jack Pinemonkey
Kyuunshi winced in pain
and staggered to a nearby rock. She sat down drunkenly. She put her hand
over her face. SHe had been in pain for awhile now and had tried her
best to hide it.
"What is wrong?" asked Badger. He put a hand on
Seeker's shoulder to stop him
Seeker turned towards Kyuunshi. He walked over to her, unslinging
his backpack. He unzipped and removed an instrument for testing blood
for imperfections. It consisted of a needle that had a tube attached to
it that ran down to metal a fist-sized, box-like contraption.
"What do you think, Seeker?" asked Badger rubbing his
Seeker held up one clawed finger and put it down. He kept his
eyes focused on the needle he held in his hand.
"Let me see your arm." Kyuunshi held out her arm.
Seeker put the needle deep into her neck, piercing an artery. The once
clear tube became red with blood. Little specks of green could be seen
in her blood. The blood gathered inside the metal box. Readings began to
appear on the side of the box.
"Hmm." Seeker read and nodded. He removed the needle
from her arm and put the instrument away.
"Let me see your eyes," said Seeker. Kyuunshi looked at
Seeker. Her eyes had begun to turn green.
"Kyuunshi," began Seeker, "You have been infected
by the Ultimate Virus."
"You know? Why didn't you tell us? When did you get
it?" asked Seeker calmly.
Badger reaction was a little less subtle. He began to demand
where she got it, what would happen if she spread it to them and every
one it the Nu and Alpha groups and began to look at his hands and pulled
out a pocket mirror from his backpack and began inspecting his eyes,
"I don't know how or when I got it, you know that just
breathing you can catch the virus."
Seeker crossed his arms and thought while Badger stomped his
mirror to pieces, his curses growing louder but more unintelligible
leaving one to wonder if he was not talking about monkeys, bunnies and
"Well, it usually takes about one year for the virus to take
full effect, and that is the minimum, so; do you think that you can
continue on?" asked Seeker.
Kyuunshi nodded and added that the pain had lessened.
And so Kyuunshi led the way with the help of Seeker while Badger lingered behind about five feet. The first sight of the great "desert" that hid the Survivors' camp Alpha and Nu was just coming into view.
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