Full Medical (Chapter 1, page 1 of 13)


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Chapter 1

Old Bob stared into the lifeless eyes of the corpse. The hour was just past 8 pm but the evening was still warm, so he wiped some of his sticky sweat off with a sleeve that was even dirtier than his brow, wondering if he were dreaming at the bottom of the bottle again. It was a late spring night in the little southern Maryland town of Lexington Park.

In the US of May, 2053, the number of homeless had reached a hundred-year high. It was partly due to a bad economy but mostly it was due to the fact that there were just not enough good jobs in the world for all the people in it. Bob Martin was just one of many who had no job, no benefits, and no home. Most of the time he preferred it that way, or just didn't care. Alcohol was his drug of choice to wipe out his ability to care about anything. But that night he couldn't remember drinking anything all day, so he cared. It made him depressed and hungry.

He had just lifted the lid to the trash bin behind Cindy's Olde Towne Family Restaurant. It was usually good for some edible scraps, especially after the dinner hour when the customers graduated to dessert, coffee, or after-dinner drinks and the dishwashers, Josh and Ray, started throwing out the garbage.

He backed away quickly from the eyes, suddenly wishing for a drink instead of food. He hadn't seen a dead man for a long time now but he knew those eyes did not belong to the living.

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