Dust particles danced in the air, it was stifling, sticky and uncomfortable. I shuffled the papers together trying to maintain some kind of order. My eyes were red and swollen from the microscope. I fought the feeling of hopelessness everyone else had succumbed to. Somewhere in the stack of information was something I needed. I just didn't know what or, where.
Picking up my cup I brought it close to my lips, glancing down, I watched the cockroach crawl over the lip and fall onto the desk. I didn't touch it, it deserved to live. The crawling little creature buoyed my spirits and I started my search anew besides, there had been too much death.
My attention was not focused on the chalk board or, the test strip in front of me instead, I was at the beach, in the park, I was in fact, anywhere but here. The Prof cleared his throat and I realized he'd addressed a question to me.. "Do you find this theory to be true?" Couldn't think of a thing to say, certainly nothing witty. I shrugged and alluded to the fact... I had no idea what theory he referred to.
Was that a thing with Professors.. making you feel like an idiot.. I was deciding whether or not to confront him when we heard the commotion. A security guard, (which I lovingly referred to as Rent-A-Cop) ran in telling us someone was outside with a gun and for us to stay inside, he told the Prof to lock the doors behind him and he disappeared around the corner. From my seat, I could see out the window, a man ran past, I didn't see a gun but... I saw his face, I saw the open sores, I saw the hanging eye, the lips blue, swollen blood oozing from the corners of his mouth.. patches of his scalp hung from his head.. I screamed, I think.. That was the first we heard about it. They named it.. Molecular Melt.. and that's what the body did.. it simply melted.
Tears still flowed freely when I think about the beginning, they flow when I think about all the deaths, they flowed when I think about how helpless we are, still.. Back to work. There was something here, I knew it, I could feel it, I couldn't stop until I found it.. One thing I did know, it only happened to human beings..