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  • Writer's pictureEva Nel Brettrager

Coughing Up a Lung (Please Pt. 4)

I have been hiding in the shred of this tent for hours. I can hear him howling outside, under the slowly disappearing moonlight. The sun is just barely starting to rise, so it’s lunarly sister is receding.

I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that all of this has happened in less than twenty four hours. Just this morning we were excited about the discovery, and now it’s ripped our entire team apart. Literally - it’s not an over exaggeration. After he swallowed the last of the Interplanetary, he went on a rampage and pulled my team apart limb from limb. I managed to slip away in hubbub of all the screams, and here I am. I got the idea to smear myself with the mud around me, to hopefully throw off my scent. So far, it seemed to work. Through the slits and slashes, I occasionally saw him scampering around the densely leafed area. He was on all fours, and still as naked as the day he was born. But he never came for me.

At some point, I must have fallen asleep, but the next thing I remembered was feeling the hot heat burning my exposed skin, and my eyes slammed open. I listened, closely. I couldn’t hear any movement. As slowly as I physically could, I began to look around. I saw him nowhere. I guess he got tired of this area and moved away.

I got up and began searching the grounds with as much stealth as physically. Possible. I discovered a couple of basic supplies, and just as I was getting ready to head back to our drop point I noticed a vial. One unbroken vial, with the cap half on. I grabbed it and saw that there was still a few drops of Interplanetary inside. I needed to protect this.

The entire day I trudged through the jungle, trying to follow the path we came in from. I found some edible berries and stopped to eat something. There was a small pool of water nearby that had some fish. I was so ravenous I snatched one with my bear hands and ate it raw. As I was sinking my teeth into the fish, I saw a glimmer out of the corner of my eye. Creeping forward slowly, I saw it was none other than the illustrious compound that caused all of this. I pulled out the vial, unscrewed the lid, and tried as carefully as possible to gather some without letting it touch me. I was scared of what may happen if it did. A small drop did hit me, and I felt an instant raging heat through my whole body. A sort of tunnel vision hit me, and I saw black.

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