…Standing on the front porch, dressed head to toe in the finest black suit was a strikingly handsome man. On his head, he wore a tall thin top hat, and on his hands, finely tailored lamb’s skin gloves. In one hand he held a long black cane with a silver handle and in the other a small parcel…

…The room was dark. An endless pitch blackness surrounded her. The foul stinking odor which filled the house was now even stronger. Sammi gagged and held back a mouthful of bile as it rose in her throat. Reaching to the right of the door, Sammi’s hand shuffled along the wall, feeling for a light switch. Eagerly, as soon as she found it, she flipped it on.

All at once, the surroundings of the room filled Sammi’s eyes. Her mind, instantly berated by what she saw, filled her with a terror unlike any she’d ever known…

…The deafening sound tore through the air, ripping all sense of rationality from Matthew as the tears flowed and he shivered. It crouched, lowering its torso to the ground. It’s back legs digging into the earth, preparing to pounce. This was it, Matthew thought as every fiber of his being struggled to remain intact, tearing itself apart from sheer terror…

…I knew that there were times in human history, the world of science had not just the right, but the responsibility, to forgo society’s ethics and in turn create something magnificent. Whether it was my own hubris preventing me from letting the situation go, or something worse I’ll never know…

…She smiled and a strange feeling stirred in my stomach. She moved, stepping behind me. I shuddered as her small soft hands pressed against the bare skin of my back. Gently she ushered me forward, carefully pressing me toward the hearth…

…The rain felt like bullets, falling down at a hundred miles an hour. Each droplet was a freezing, stinging incentive to move faster. The path back toward the gas station seemed further than it had been when he had been shown to the motel…