Bulmer and his team worked in the locked-down government building sub-basement, collating all the facts from the events over the last two weeks.
The reports, backed up by eyewitness accounts and CCTV footage were coming in from every Megacity in the civilised world. Contact with the Megaslums of the third world had been lost eleven days ago.
No-one knew where these things had come from, just that they were here... now.
They were strong:- They had been seen to flip vehicles over, and rip doors completely from their frames. They were also very adept at ripping people limb from limb.
They were fast:- There are reports of them running alongside trains and cars travelling in excess of forty miles per hour.
They were nimble:- They could scale buildings and high walls with unnerving speed, and leap wide distances between structures.
They were virtually bulletproof:- There were hundreds of accounts of small arms fire just bouncing off their scaly skin leaving no apparent damage.
They were organised:- Many massacres involved dozens of them working in unison rounding up the human victims.
They were smart:- Their learning curve was disturbingly steep. They had learnt to utilise lift keypads and the like, and they were learning more, rapidly.
They were cunning:- They were masters of concealment and ambush, they seemingly appeared and disappeared at will.
They were carnivorous:- They ate anything in the food chain, including humans... especially humans. And they had voracious appetites.
They bred fast:- Only two weeks after the first sightings, infants were seen on the streets joining in the hunt.
They were numerous.
The phone rang, Bulmer picked it up and curtly said “Yes?”
“Mister Bulmer, this is the president, what do you have for us?”
“Well, Mr President Sir, after assessing the massive amount of data we have collected, and collating all the facts at our disposal, studying thousands of hours of CCTV footage, speaking online to many hundreds of eyewitnesses, and bouncing dozens of hypothetical ideas around the think-tank, my team and I have run several possible computer scenarios, and in the final analysis, and after much deliberation, our considered opinion is....”
“Just give me the bottom line, will ya?”
“Well sir, we believe that the human race is very soon going to be in a world of shit!”
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Awakening (Part 1)
©2011 Stephen. J. Green.