Dr. Hoc Chen nearly dropped the blood sample in his hands when he heard the harrowing scream echo from the hallway. The research and medical lab, where he and four other top scientists in microbiology were gathered, had been fairly quiet, which allowed them all to work in a sort of peace. The screams made Hoc’s muscles stiffen, and he gripped the small vial of blood so tight he thought it might shatter, contaminating him with the lethal virus. His brain flooded with horrific possibilities of what was happening outside the steel door.
“What’s going on out there?” He thought. Or, had he said it out loud? Just hours earlier, he’d arrived in what was supposed to be paradise. A beautiful island in the pacific so frequently trafficked by thousands of tourists, was the perfect place for the government funded lab. Hidden in plain sight and disguised as a cancer research clinic. All those tourists and, even the locals, had no idea that this small lab contained a collection of the world’s deadliest viruses and antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. No one seemed to notice the team of around the clock armed guards, because they were dressed like civilians, weapons concealed.
Are we under attack from terrorists? Hoc wondered. Was someone coming to claim the research and samples to inflict all manner of biological warfare?
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