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The power to swim can have been stripped from me. by the point I succeed in the spot at which a bridge as soon as crossed over to Maryland, that span will not exist. My former dwelling self might have recognized the indicators that the bridge’s destruction were planned, however the me so as to ultimately be all that continues to be won't, won't have in mind the explosions that had happened and which I had heard and famous the month prior to I died, nor will bear in mind my lack of ability then to interpret them. Gunfire in my neck of the woods is usual, yet I’d by no means earlier than heard explosions of that importance, and had no concept what they can have intended. no matter if this motion can have been taken to maintain the undead from crossing to Maryland from West Virginia or to West Virginia from Maryland, i cannot comprehend, or perhaps be capable to reflect on, or care. i'm going to arrive at what is still of the bridge and proceed strolling, out onto bent struts after which past, until eventually there's not anything yet outdoor underneath me, and that i will fall ahead, tumbling into the icy Potomac River less than. i cannot trouble to flail my fingers as I drop, and that i will emit no sound. as soon as I hit the water, i'll sink, for the lifeless don't waft, however it won't subject. i'm going to continue placing one foot in entrance of the opposite, the river backside no much less international than the roadway. i'll sometimes clamber over rocks, creating a sluggish and clumsy development, until eventually I succeed in the opposite shore. My head will upward push slowly out of the water. i'm going to pause there for a second, nonetheless submerged from the neck down, awaiting an indication, ready till I experience my spouse back. just once she registers will I proceed on. My first kill can be made in confusion. As I movement toward dry land and are available up out of the water, i'll startle a fisherman, who, as he backs violently clear of me as soon as he discovers what i'm and what i'm really not, will slip and crack his cranium amid the rainy rocks. i'm going to, before everything, no longer recognize fairly what to make of his contortions as he twitches there in short, then stills. i'll be momentarily frozen, pushed to kill, but while not able to inform no matter if the prize of that kill has been taken from me, for i could purely dinner party upon dwelling flesh. i'm going to have a starvation, and that i may have identified even sooner than that starvation turned mine how that starvation might occur, and the way i used to be intended to soothe it. one way or the other, even if i'll understand so little, i'll recognize that. on the grounds that i will be able to merely get what i would like from those that nonetheless breathe, from those that haven't but develop into like me, whilst I fall to my knees, i'll be doubtful as to what comes subsequent. It won’t be until eventually I surge onward uncontrollably, biting throughout the man’s stomach, and till I then pull again, his intestines in my enamel nonetheless pulsing, his blood carrying on with to movement opposed to my face, that i'm going to comprehend, as a flower realises that it's been watered, that i can't were too past due. As I commute, my existence will move earlier than me, however it are usually not a existence i'm able to know. relocating on from the river’s part, on from my first banquet, i'm going to amble slowly throughout Maryland, heading again to her.