posted on Mar, 3 2017 @ 05:28 AM
Jason Jones, his boss, had been the one to champion his rise to the upper echelons of management, he had been the one to push for the promotion for
Elias, he would understandably be angry as this indiscretion on Elias’s part, albeit a minor one. His reputation was also on the line due to his
enthusiastic backing of his charge and friend.
He was surprised, however, to see his colleague Simon standing before him, looking as if he too had had a bad weekend if truth be told. Simon was a
good worker, a man of integrity, a little too much integrity if Elias was completely honest. In this game you needed to be a little bit ruthless, and
generally the more ruthless you are the quicker and further you tended to rise up the ranks, hence Simon’s current and perpetual job title of
“Assistant senior junior buyer.”
“We’re mostly on our own today big boy” Simon said, “Half of the staff couldn’t be bothered to come in,”
although they only worked for a small to medium size company this was very unusual.
“What’s wrong with everybody?” Elias asked, “maybe it’s taken until now for that whipping you gave us all at Poker last week to really kick
in and now it has they’re all sulking” he said, which caused a whimsical smile to play across Simon's generous lips.
“Don’t know” he replied, “But I’ve whipped them all before, why would this time be any different!”
“What about management?” Elias asked, hoping that the meeting at least would still be on, he had waited a long time for this opportunity and was
not happy at the thought of its cancellation at his expense.
“Not a sausage I’m afraid” answered Simon, “All of them have called in sick, and to be honest, I’m thinking about going home myself” he
continued, “I’ve got this pain in my chest that’s been bothering me all weekend”……..
“Well that’s strange” said Elias, “I’ve had the same thing for the last few days, and so has Jane, Must be a virus or something, a pretty
virulent one given the lack of personnel today!”
“Well, I’ve still got plenty to do today, catch you at lunch man” said Simon and with this he playfully punched Elias in the upper arm and
trudged back to his own office down the corridor…..
Elias sat and contemplated their conversation for a while after Simon had left… It was certainly a coincidence that Simon happened to be bothered
with the same strange affliction as him and his wife, but not a complete surprise as on occasion in the past it was not unknown for a small proportion
of the company to be off at the same time given an illness of sufficient virility and effective dispersion. This seemed different though, It was far
more people than usual and could not simply be attributed to a common cold or a bout of transmittable sickness.
He was only now starting to realise that there could be a pattern here, the people on the streets as he drove to work, the lack of people in the
office, the apparent slowing down of the world over the weekend, and now the stark fact that he, his wife, and Simon were all feeling this same
strange pain in the chest area… Given the evidence it would be safe to assume they were all suffering from the same thing, but given his limited
medical knowledge he couldn’t for the life of him work out what it could be….
Elias inadvertently crushed his paper water cup when the tortured scream reached his ears.. It was so unexpected and intrusive in this usually sombre
office environment that it took him by complete surprise, he dropped the cup, turned on his heels and hurried towards the source of the sound…
He got half way down the corridor before the pain hit him… It was worse than before, a lot worse. It coursed through his veins like swarms of fire
ants, his eyes watering as an involuntary whimper escaped from his own mouth. The tidal wave of pain fired through his nerve endings and caused him to
stumble and fall as he continued his journey to help his screaming friend, he crashed headlong into the pot plant situated outside Simon’s office
and ended up on the floor just outside writhing in agony but able to see into his colleague’s office…
His friend was laying on his back in the middle of his office floor still screaming like a woman giving birth, the two men made eye contact and each
seemed to be pleading with the other to do something to help. Helping his friend had now taken a back seat in Elias’s mind however, he was now
attempting to deal with the excruciating pain wracking his own body that was emanating from his solar plexus and effectively paralysing him.
He could feel strange things going on within him, a tingling under the surface of the skin, as if a thousand insects were all burrowing out from the
inside and trying to escape through his skin with ravenous intent. Suddenly, with a sickening “pop” his ribs snapped outwards, detached themselves
from his sternum and protruded outwards tenting the skin on his chest and threatening to burst out, Elias screamed with increased intensity as he felt
his ribs violently burst through the thin wall of skin keeping them encased within his body and ripping his shirt to threads. Arcing ropes of crimson
blood sprayed out in all directions as excruciating pain fired through every receptor exploding in his head and limbs…. Elias managed to turn his
head slightly and shout at Simon through clenched teeth and blurred vision;
“SIMON, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON….?”
The only response he got from his friend was the same incessant screaming and pained gurgling caused by his own horrifying metamorphosis. Inexplicably
this was happening to both of them at precisely the same time and at that exact point Elias couldn’t work out for the life of him why…
Where his ribs had broken through his chest they now began to fold back, opening up his chest cavity to the atmosphere and causing more pain to fire
through his now muted pain receptors. Adrenaline was now kicking in as natures defence mechanism, but this was actually having very little effect on
the huge swathes of hurt he was feeling at that precise moment. Nature itself was not even prepared for this apparently spontaneous mutation. He felt
bone crunching against bone, he felt the cartilage snapping and reforming, each snap causing him to issue a whimper from his now dry, cracked and
wobbling lips. He even felt his internal organs moving, rearranging themselves and stretching and twisting his flesh, muscle and ligaments. With each
snap his ribs folded back on themselves and fused into new positions as the ligaments between snapped, twisted and re-attached themselves in a new
alien formation. The pain was still unbearable and at this point he was beginning to think this may be the end as visions of his life flashed through
his half delirious mind. Strangely, at this point he was wondering if he’d left the gas hob on as he rushed out of his flat this morning, the human
mind confounding him with its own sense of priority at this critical juncture. This was the last thought that went through his mind before he blacked
It was always present this latent DNA, seeded many centuries ago when humans were primitive and lacked the knowledge to understand the complicated
processes involved or indeed the horrific implications..…
Elias awoke an indeterminate amount of time later to a dark and silent office and corridor, he was soaked with blood and lying on his back with the
pot plant resting across his legs and soil generously spread all over his crotch. The pain was just about bearable now and