Author : TJMoore

I’m starting to get a little worried now.

Some more kids stopped by to visit Adrian today.

At first it was just his friends, kids that I know and have met before. Now, it seems like every teenager in the county is stopping by.

Almost as troubling is the fact that his friends don’t seem to come by at all anymore.

I thought I saw one or two of them a week ago sitting in a car along the road, like they were waiting for someone or something.

Now, it’s just strangers who say they know Adrian from school, but I don’t know them.

I’m not even sure why they come. Adrian’s condition hasn’t changed. He still lies perfectly still in the bed, staring at the ceiling, whispering.

I tried to make sense of what he was saying, even recording it to slow it down or speed it up, but it’s just unintelligible noise.

At first, the scientists at the university were asking a lot of questions. Questions about how and where he found the strange metallic shell.

Now, they don’t even answer my calls and the offices where they work are mostly vacant. I don’t even know where the shell is now.

I’m not even sure the shell is to blame for Adrian’s condition. How can listening to a shell cause such a catatonic state?

I think it’s just coincidence, but still, it is very peculiar that he went into that fugue state right when he put that shell to his ear.

The really disturbing thing is that I thought one of the kids I saw sitting in the car was also staring ahead and whispering.

I’m really starting to get a little worried now.


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