“I need sleep,” she spoke out loud.
The automated assistant woke up and answered. “Are you requesting a wake-up signal? I am Rhonda, your automated personal assistant.”
Her eyebrows rose. She did not expect a PA.
“Yes. Wake me one hour before sunrise. Thank you.” She entered the bedroom, grabbed the baggage rack, and flung her luggage on the frame.
The events since she’d arrived in Romala disturbed her, but sleep took precedence over the beast. After she prayed, she pulled the comforter over her body to sleep when her cell chimed.
She groaned and grabbed her cell from the nightstand.
“Hello.” The tone of her voice was a whisper and breathy.
“Doctor. It’s Brad, Brad Zemmbina. Are you okay?”
“Hi. What’s up, buddy? You must have something fantastic to tell me to call so early.”
“Sorry, doc. I forgot the seven-hour time change for you. Good news. I am in Michigan doing research with friends at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. I’ve found the Vibrio vulnificus in lakes and small ponds. From my analysis, the Vibrio vulnificus thrives in fresh cool water, such as the Great Lakes. It implies a connection to the tattooing of the skin with unsanitized needles. In addition, I discovered the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri alive in the Great Lakes. It’s a mutant parasite from the Naegleria fowleri. What do you think?”
“We must do more testing to verify your findings. I believe we have a solid connection to amoeba living in saltwater, stagnant, and freshwater. Who is using unsanitized needles? Dirty needles cause damage to the tissues of the body.”
“I don’t know who or why, but my research verifies they use unsanitized needles on folks worldwide.”
“The needle fact is disturbing. When are you coming this way? I need your help with another matter. Do you have data on the P.J. Waxit holograms?”
“Not much, but my buddies have data. One of them has been working with NASA on a special project. He may have what you need. I will ask him. Sophia, I’ll text back to you soon. My team wants to tackle the outbreak as soon as possible. When do you need me?”
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