Richard Everly had been a lucky man his whole life. Lucky enough to survive combat duty in Europe during World War II - twice decorated for valor. Lucky enough to marry a loyal woman who gave him six children. And lucky enough to live to be 102 years old. Unfortunately, good luck eventually runs out.
Mr. Everly was hospitalized at the Hugh Carey University Research Hospital, in Mount Kisco, New York due to a mild case of pneumonia. When his nurse checked on the old war hero earlier in the evening, he was sedated and resting comfortably. Four hours later, after the nurses had changed shifts, is when the killer cautiously reared her head.
No one realized that there was a serial killer on the loose in the hospital. The murderer was responsible for the deaths of three patients during the previous month alone. Her method was a simple one. She merely crawled into bed with each of them and gave them a nasty bite, which later festered into an ugly wound, resulting in paralysis and death.
Mini was a 103-day old intentionally infected lab mouse. She had escaped from the busy antitoxin research laboratory upstairs on the fifth floor. They never did catch the stealthy little white mouse. Eventually 13 people lost their lives because of her bite.
The botulism outbreak at the hospital did become national news after the death of Richard Everly, one of the few surviving combat veterans from the Great War. He had taken 12 lives during his career as a soldier. One less than Mini had during her career as a pest.
The rift in society had been growing for over forty years. Finally, like a pimple coming to a head, the pressure had caused the country to explode. The result was fighting in the streets and bloodshed as it had never been seen before in history. The Blue Army was defined by a pure ideology as was the Red Army. This war was a fight not over territory, but rather a battle for the minds of we the people.
It all started when the Blues came to power and began to initiate progressive policies which were intended to take the country forward, keeping pace with the rapidly changing world. Thus allowing America to remain competitive with other countries.
On the other hand, the Reds had a vision of isolation and preserving the past. The Reds welcomed neither new people or new ideas. Now it was too late. The country has become a wasteland deadlocked in armed conflict. The war has now devastated America. The once United States is now a shell of her former self. The state of the Union is kaput. We are now the divided states of America.
Neighbors have become armed combatants against one another. What is worst, brothers have become mortal enemies. Whole cities are now in ruins. There are corpses in the streets and alleyways in various stages of decomposition. The air smells of death and destruction. To think this could have all been avoided had the Blues not insisted that the Reds agree to switch to the metric system. That was the last straw. The Reds hated learning new things.
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