I nodded, I knew what I'd asked him to do and I knew full well what the cos was if it didn't work. I turned back to the sample as he thought it over. After a while I heard a sigh, "Ready when you are I guess," he said unconvincingly.
"you sure?" I asked, I knew what this could mean and I know what could happen if it went wrong.
"No, but it's not like I have a good reason to not do it" he shrugged I nodded again, I guess none of us really had much left to live for these days. I strapped both his arms and legs to the chair although I was 99% sure this would work "just in case," I said grimly, I really wanted this to work. Not just because it meant I'd have developed the cure an could possibly save humanity but also because I'd actually begun to like Cancer, even though I wasn't ready to admit it really.
Cancer tested his bonds as I went back to my kit and began getting everything ready. I got the syringe out of the wrapper and attached the needle and retrieved the vial of Zombie blood from the case in my bag. After putting everything together I turned back to Cancer "are you sure you want to do this?" He looked calm, too calm.
"Just get on with it," he said still staying calm, he eyes betrayed him slightly as I could see a nervous glint behind them. I knelt down beside him as always chewing my lip nervously.
"I don't know how long this will take to set in so I need you to tell me if you begin to feel any kind of change, it could take a while so I'll need to keep an eye on you," he just nodded and stared straight ahead.
I slid the needle into his arm gently and pressed the plunger, watching as the toxins now entered his bloodstream. Here goes, I thought, terrified.
He shuddered and attempted to lighten the mood with a half assed joke about how he wished it was heroin, I let it slide as I knew he was scared, we both were. I took the needle out and placed it on the side, standing back slightly. After a few seconds I checked his eyes with a tourch. The first sign of the infection in most people was a sudden pupil dilation but Cancers eyes where responsive to the light, meaning they contracted when the light passed over them. I muttered to myself and started taking notes. Aware that Cancer was watching me.
I had to wait longer before I could be sure. I checked the clock it had been a few minutes since I'd administered the toxins "how are you feeling?" I asked, taking a note of the time. "headachy, kinda ill," he replied No no no, I thought to myself, this can not be happening. I was so sure that it would work. "are you sure?" I placed the back of my hand on his forehead. He felt ok but again that didn't mean to much.
"it's my body, I think I know how I feel," Cancer responded irritably.
"I'm sorry, I just need to be sure, your not showing any of the early signs of the infection." I looked at his eyes again, still normal. I took his pulse and it was at an average resting pace. I suddenly had a thought. I mean he surely wouldn't look this normal If the infection was taking affect. "I'm going to have a quick look at your bloods now, I won't need to take a full sample, just a drop" I got out a new slide and a needle "ok?"
He grunted and I quickly turned to look at him. He was still ok, just being his usual grumpy self. I rolled my eyes and pricked his finger, collecting the small drop of blood onto the slide. I put the slide under the scope and began examining it again.