Chapter 5 continued
It went against any logic. What they were witnessing was almost impossible for their minds to comprehend or accept. Human eating human. They watched frozen in shock with disbelief and fear. Mesmerized by the insanity of this ghastly madness. The four of them having never seen such grotesque rabid animal like characteristics before in any human.
On the ranch Cody had seen many animals feed off each other. His own livestock had at times become prey to wolves and coyotes. Wild animals that occasionally wondered onto his fields looking for food. It just was not all that uncommon in the wild to see animals feed off of the corpse of other animals. He had even heard of different cultures where drinking animal blood was ritualistic. But this was sick beyond anything he had ever seen. He felt the threat of nausea begin to grow in him. He swallowed hard to fight back the purging feeling. "Doc can a a rabid human do something like this?" Cody asked quickly. " Is there some sort of disease or adverse reaction to a drug that would make a person act this way?" He continued. Doc Keller hesitated before answering. "I have seen hydrophobic before but- never seen anything like this." Doc said,while momentarily taking his eyes of the demented man that had just been slayed by Josiah's bullet. He had heard of demonic possessions, he had visited some asylums in his younger years but there was nothing in his medical career that he had treated or studied that resembled what they were seeing now. "Its like the bullet has only temporarily stunned him." Doc said as he studied the harrowing man some more. Then looked questioningly over to Eve he asked. " Eve what kind of research is going on here? " "Is this man a participant?' Eve stared straight ahead. She was unable to take her eyes off the bloody site in front of her. "We --umm the research we are involved in- was umm studying a drug that was potentially designed to treat a brain cancer." It was created to temporarily put the patient in a hibernation state." She said softly. She watched the man and woman behind him for a moment before speaking again. "Yes I think I know them both. But somehow they look so twisted and mangled."
They watched unsure of what to do next. Josiah steadying his gun in his hand, let his head turn slightly, surveying the grounds around them. "Shit, what the hell is going on." he mumbled softly not sure what the next move should be. But feeling Eve was the only one here that could offer some sort of explanation. He did not want any unnecessary risks taken by his companions, Softly he asked Cody. "If he starts to move again, we could tackle him and try to restrain him enough to let Doc examine him." "I can take him down again". Cody said as he watched the figure thrash on the ground while gnashing his teeth. Slowly behind him the female figure continued to make her way towards them.
Eve let out a gasp and felt vomit rise up her throat. This was her center. Her research center she was responsible for. How was this even possible she wondered to herself. "Oh God, what is happening?" She cried, as she turned away from the three men to release the contents rise to her mouth that she could no longer hold back. Cody put his arm around her to help hold her up. She wanted to collapse. Her knees shook and her head felt dazed.