Thick smoke billowed through the gaping hole in the lab wall, the woodlands silence broken by a cacophony of sirens and screaming apes. Subject 403CX emerged from the twisted wreckage of his cage. Months of excruciating tests and injections were over. He leapt out heading for the fence. A security guard tried grabbing him and got a wrist bite for his troubles. Over the fence and into the woods he went.
It was Emilio’s second week at Innotech Laboratories. It was also his last. By nightfall his wrist had swelled to the size of a watermelon. Vomiting and diarrhoea swiftly followed and just two days later, death. The 12 people he’d breathed near that day soon suffered a similar fate.
Despite their best efforts, virologists never found a cure for this mysterious blood-borne virus. Millions died before the virus finally subsided, including the animal rights extremist who planted the bomb.