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Dr. Simms‚ waiting room was empty except for a lone receptionist. She looked troubled.

„I‚m sorry, Mr. Preston, I tried to reach you,š she apologized. „Dr Simms collapsed this morning with severe abdominal pain. She just came out of surgery. It was ovarian cancer.š

Leo remembered his drawing of a creature nipping at the doctor‚s belly. A flood of nausea choked him.

„Nobody knew she had it,š the receptionist continued. „They thought she had cysts.š

Leo sat down, dumbfounded. He couldn‚t deny it. The monsters were real. Did the invisible being cause her cancer, or did it just feed from it? And what did it matter? Nobody knew about them, so nobody gave a damn.

As Leo left Dr. Simms hospital office, the invisible universe fully manifested itself. Predators were prowling the corridors, hovering over beds, wandering from one patient to the next like guests at a wine tasting party. A particularly repulsive blob blocked his path, squatting in the corridor and sucking plasma from an IV bag. Leo averted his eyes but he could still smell it-rank, like a cesspool.

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