ew days later.
”We had no luck, but we never thought anything was wrong. It was only afterwards that it got worse.
” About a week after the Oracles arrived, we came across our first nightmare. We came across a wolf carcass split in two on the roadside. We thought of all kinds of possibilities, like getting run over or being attacked by a bear, but it didnt look like that. Anyway, we got the hell out of there.
”The second weirdness was when we tried to fill up the gas tank. With the environment making no sense, we were in constant fear of running out of gas. Wed fill up at any station that we saw.
”In the beginning, everything was normal. The small towns or villages where we stopped were normally inhabited, often with a gas station attendant present to greet us when we filled up. Unfortunately, that didnt last. »
”To be frank, during the last week we spent on the roads, all the villages we stopped in were deserted. Not a living soul for miles around. We even came across a small town that was missing half of its buildings.
”The last few days, we literally didnt run into anyone. We really thought for a while that we were the last human beings left alive. Luckily, we ran into an army escorted transport truck and followed them all the way to New Paris.
”There are still two more things to tell you. The first is that, as with the ghost towns, there were no more animals towards the end. No insects, no birds, nothing. Oh, we did come across a few beasts, but we all decided it was best to stay as far away from those horrors as possible. »
”Let me guess. ”Suggested Jake, falsely enthusiastic. ”Animals that look normal, but have translucent skin, creepy air, abnormal strength and ferocity and no Oracle on their paw? ”
Paul, Kanye and the twins stared at him in amazement.
”Did you see them too?! ”Elisa exclaimed, glad she had not gone insane.
” Yes, a mouse as big as a rat that devoured two stray cats right in front of me… ”
”Oh my gods… ” Sarah and Kanye were livid when they heard that. They had done so well to stay away from those creatures.
”If a mouse can do that, it explains a lot. ”Paul replied. ”It wasnt a mouse we saw, it was a Chihuahua. It may seem funny at first, but when its the only living thing in a ghost town, it feels completely different. It was devouring the corpse of a Saint Bernard mastiff…
”Speaking of dogs… Did you maybe notice the empty doghouse in front of my parents house? »
Indeed, Jake nodded, remembering the doghouse in the middle of the fallow garden. Without knowing why, the garden had left an austere and gloomy impression on him.
”Well, my dogs dead. ” Announced Paul with an unexpected coldness. ”Apparently, a few days before we came home, the dog started barking like crazy in the middle of the night. My parents ignored it at first, but then it stopped and they went back to sleep. In the morning, they found half a paw in front of his kennel…
”For the record, my dog was a well-trained German Shepherd Dog, the perfect guard dog. And the gate was closed. My parents thought it was a crime and reported it to the police, but to naught. Even they didnt really believe it. »
Even if Jake was twice as dumb, he wouldnt believe that one of those damn mutant bugs had nothing to do with it. The image of the dismembered cat being dragged in the dark was still vivid in his memory.
”And the last thing you wanted to tell me? ” Jake asked, preferring to refocus the conversation on the main topic.
” Ah, the latest scoop, this is a piece of information we managed to scrape together from the general who interrogated us.
” You see, even though we realized that pieces of roads or cities were disappearing, we unconsciously thought that somehow the planet was growing.
” Well, its the opposite. The Earth is shrinking. And very rapidly at that. Or rather, its slowly being transported away.
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