The cop swallowed hard to keep his last meal from making a surprise reappearance. In his years on the force, he had seen plenty of things, but never anything like this. That gaping maw of spoiled flesh tested the limits of his sanity, and he couldn't tear his eyes away from it.
The woman's cold, black heart was clearly visible through the opening in her chest cavity. It wasn't beating. Her lungs were both collapsed. She wasn't breathing.
Yet she wouldn't release her grip on his ankle.
"Police are saying that there's no need to panic," the reporter on the television said. "You should go about your daily business but remain alert. In case of emergency, call 911 and shelter in place until help arrives. Once again, this appears to be an isolated incident. Despite speculation online, there is no evidence of biological warfare, the plague, the Ebola virus or the zombie apocalypse.
"However, authorities have not commented on what could have caused the outbreak of violence or the victims' physical reactions to what police say was an unprovoked, unanticipated and unexpected attack at a local shopping mall."