The Oracle of the Needle

“Did research flag any suspicious purchases?”

“Maybe. There’s the yarn.”


“She’s always had regular yarn orders, it looks like,” I said, scrolling through the purchase history. “But…in recent months, it’s been increasing. These past two weeks, she’s receiving multiple orders a day. Some kind of ritual, you think?”

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Rain of the Bacteriophage

“…and Tower Three, Level Nine, Shift One, report your status, please,” the pleasantly professional voice on the other end of the communications channel requested.

Even though she’d already performed and submitted a thorough and systematic check, Vera turned her head slightly to the right, glancing at all the green indicator lights on the bioreactor beyond the glass. She turned back to her console and said. “Tower Three, Level Nine, Shift One end. Vera Pine signing out of duty. All is good.”

“Not for long,” a falsely sinister voice said, in a half-whisper from behind her.

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