UPDATED IN #22
Thank you! Back at the query after a year or so off, so here we go:
Nearly two years ago, the unnamed narrator makes the worst accidental mistake of his entire life. He lost a vial. A vial containing a disease that he created, a disease so vile that he alternates between heart bursting pride at having created such a thing and gut wrenching guilt that maybe he’s destroyed everything.
So far, though, nothing’s happened. Not a peep has been heard from anywhere in the world that some mysterious illness had been wreaking havoc. So, he decides that it’s finally okay to move on with his life. But of course, just when everything seems to be finally coming together, it all falls apart. After all, terrible things always happen on beautiful days.
He sees a newspaper, emblazoned with the headline, “Seven Dead from Mysterious Cause,” and begins to panic. He’s pretty sure he knows exactly what that cause is, and excuses and reasons begin to tumble into place. He never had a chance to test his disease, so there’s no evidence this is really his. But what else could it be? All the symptoms match. The intentions are clear. It must be his.
He’s not a monster though - he never meant to kill anyone. It was just supposed to be a little experiment just to prove he could. He had intended to destroy that vial, he really did. The panic rises as seven becomes hundreds, becomes thousands, becomes millions dead.
He doesn’t know how to help. He doesn’t know if he wants to help. He’s proud of his work, proud of the destruction it’s causing, proud of the scientific success. He doesn’t want to be found out but he can’t manage the crushing guilt.
But when an old friend, perhaps the only friend he’s ever had, now infected and dying, pleads for help in finding a cure, he has to make a choice that will ultimately define his humanity.
Complete at 71,000 words, GLASS DOMES is a psychological thriller exploring the makings of a mass murderer.
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