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Cat saying thank you

Cat saying thank you

Cat saying thank you is always good.

It means that someone has been listening.

I look down at my new hand, then up at her.

"Yeah."

I want to ask if she thinks it's safe to wear the suit at night.

It's a good question.

I know I can't be any safer than I am now.

But I need to find a way to protect her.

I can protect myself—I am much more likely to survive than she is.

But that still leaves her vulnerable.

I don't like the idea of her being alone out here in the dark.

I look back over my shoulder.

I have a long walk ahead of me, and I'll be walking back toward the hospital.

I'll have to be careful.

But I can't worry about her now.

I have to get going.

I walk off.

# Chapter Seven

I am not surprised that I don't wake up in the morning.

I fall asleep and drift away to the sound of waves, the smell of salt, and a sun that is just starting to light up the sky.

I am so tired.

There is so much I still need to do.

But when I look up at the sun, I feel that I should do it now, before I go back.

I want to get it done while there is still time to save her.

So I roll out of the tent, put my suit on, and walk back to the hospital.

But as I walk, I find I am not alone.

Someone is watching me.

It's the same person I saw on the beach earlier, and who I heard leaving the same message.

Only this time I'm able to see their face.

They are not as beautiful as the woman I saw, but they have more character.

I wonder what happened to the woman I saw.

Was she captured?

Was she caught by the guards?

Did she run into the ocean?

I look up at the sky, where the sun is now bright, and look for a jet of fire.

If she was caught, will she have to fight her way out?

Or will she be rescued?

"Hello?" I say.

The person remns motionless.

"Hello? Are you in pn? What is your name?"

But there is no response.

So I walk on, past the guard, and head back to the hospital.

I don't know what to do, but I know there is something I need to do.

I still have hope.

I want to see if there's a way to save her.

I want to try one last time.

I see the building where the woman I saw the day before was.

I want to go to it.

I want to talk to her agn.

Maybe this time she will hear me.

But as I try to get closer, the guard stops me.

I try to show him my suit.

But he only steps aside and says, "I'm sorry."

"What do you mean?"

He doesn't answer.

He doesn't need to answer.

"I don't understand."

"There was a fire."

"What fire?"

"Just a few blocks back. I'm sorry."

"Did someone get hurt? Is there a hospital nearby?"

"There was an explosion."

"What kind of explosion?"

"I don't know. Something blew up."

"What happened?"

"I don't know. But I think you need to get going."

I turn away.

"I need to see about my sister."

"Your sister? There was an explosion?"

"Yes."

"I'm sorry, but there is nothing I can do."

"I need to try. There is a chance."

"There's no chance. There was a fire, but it was all cleared out. There was nothing left."

"Then I need to try."

"You need to get going. I'm sorry."

"I can't just leave."

"There is nothing I can do. There is nothing you can do."

"I need to try."

"But there's no point. There was an explosion, and then it blew up."

"Can I at least try?"

"I can't do it. There is no point."

"I can't just leave."

"There's nothing I can do."

"Please."

I step aside and look back.

I wonder if I could have saved her.

If I could have warned her about the explosion.

If I could have told her not to go near the beach.

If I could have made her not go out in the water.

But if I had, I would be as dead as she is.

I wish I had sd anything.

I wish I had tried.

I try to push all of these thoughts aside and get on with my task.

I can't just leave, so I head to the next closest


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