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He cruised up past Thirty-eighth, eyeballing cross streets. A fat naked guy on the loose shouldnt be too hard to find. People on the sidewalks seemed okay, not freaked. One helpful citizen smoking outside a bar saw the slow-rolling cruiser and stepped forward, pointing him up the street. A second and third call came in, both for a naked man marauding outside the United Nations headquarters. Officer Karn hit the gas, looking to end this. He cruised past the lit-up flags of all the member nations flying out front, to the visitors entrance at the north end. Blue NYPD sawhorses everywhere, as well as car-bomb deterring cement planters. Karn rolled up on a detail of bored cops near the sawhorses.more...

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There was little time to be shocked. The splash-splash-splash sounds echoing in the catacomb were the footfalls of the second vampire running aheadracing to alert the others. Eph grabbed his Luma light off the floor and took off after him with his sword at his side. He imagined that he was chasing the one who had lured Kelly here, and that anger carried him along the steamy passageway, his boots splashing hard. The tunnel hooked right, where a wide pipe ran out of the stone and down the length of the narrowing hole. The steam heat fostered algae and fungal growth that glowed in his lamplight. He made out the dim form of the vampire ahead of him, running with its hands open, fingers clawing at the air.more...

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Give me a break, Everett. They found the police station empty this morning. The entire town appears to have been abandoned. Not abandoned. Theyre all still there, just hiding. Come sundown, in Westchester County its going to be like Transylvania. What you need are strike teams, Everett.more...

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Anselyou have to keep quieter, at nightMr. Otish from across the street called the police, thinking it was the dogsthe dogs She grew teary, everything threatening to spill out of her. II almost told him about you. I dont know what to do, Ansel. What is the right thing? I am so lost here.more...

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Eph carried his schematics up the wheeled stairs and into the aircraft. The seats were all empty now, and the lighting inside was normal. The only other difference from Ephs and Noras perspective was that they were no longer sealed inside contact suits. All five senses were available to them now. Eph said, You smell that? Nora did. What is it? Ammonia.more...

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Hold on, he said to them. They straightened and stepped back as Eph knelt and unzipped the seam, exposing the corpse inside. It was the young girl who had died holding her mothers hand. Eph had memorized her bodys location on the floor without realizing it. You always remember the children. Her blond hair lay flat, a smiling sun pendant hanging from a black cord rested against the pit of her throat. Her white dress made her look almost bridelike. The officers moved on to seal and take the next bag. Nora came up behind Eph, watching him. With his gloved hands, he grasped the girl gently by the sides of her head, rotating it on her neck.more...

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But I do know that I want to be the best father I can be. Because that is what Zack deserves. And that is my only goal right now. All appearances to the contrary, said Dr. Kempner. Eph gave his phone the finger. Nora stood just a few feet away. He felt angry, yet strangely exposed and vulnerable.more...

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His fingers plucked at his vest, over his heart. Eph set down his sword. He ripped open the vest and his shirt, baring Setrakians sagging chest. He reached up under his jaw for a pulse, but couldnt find one. Fet yelled back, Hey, Doc! He kept pressing forward, pinning the Master up against the edge of the sunlight. Eph massaged the old mans chest over his heart. He didnt start CPR right away because he was worried about the mans bones, about crushing his rib cage. Then he noticed that Setrakians old fingers were no longer poking at his heart, but were reaching for his vest. Fet turned back in a panic to see what the hell was holding them up.more...

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He was on his way back to the kitchen when he heard a rustling in the closet. He stopped, listening again. He went to the door and opened it. All of his mothers clothes were pulled down off the hanging rack, lumped in a big pile on the floor. The pile was moving.more...

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He smiled, surprised by her trepidation, enjoying the sense of control over her that it gave him. Then what is it you plan to do? Her mouth opened, but she couldnt think of anything to say. IIll take care of itI dont know how. He looked at the back porch, curious about the light on in the kitchen. Is the man of the house available?more...

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