Anti-Man by Dean R. Koontz

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But a change of face could gain you time to complete your evolution," I said. "Get me to the cabin," He said, gripping my shoulder in His mammoth hand, "and I will only need the three days you promised. " I put on my goggles and mask, for my face was already prickled with numbness that felt like a huge injection of novocaine had been rammed into both my cheeks. I fumbled the compass out and read it, pointed straight ahead. He took the lead, breaking a trail, spraying the snow to both sides, tramping it down, charging through it at a brisk pace.

I had been with Him that day on the ground floor of the testing lab, working on analysis of His reflex pattern (which had just then begun to show an extraordinary rapidity, especially in the areas of heat and light tropism) when the explosion had rocked the research complex. The floor trembled, windows rattled, plaster dust sifted down onto us. I didn't think about Him or leaving Him alone, but I grabbed my bag and ran, following the intercom directions to the sector of the disaster. I worked for two hours in the smoking ruins, trying to do preliminary patchwork on the dying bodies-trying to convince myself that they still had a chance-while we waited for the base and the town ambulances to return from their agonizingly slow trips to the local hospital.

Many times," I said. I wondered what he would have done if I had said fourteen times in the past week. "Remember to strap tight. " I waited until He moved into the capsule and took the left seat, then I squeezed through the oval entrance-way and climbed into the right. The officer frowned. "Let's see you grip the wheel," he snapped. We gripped it, though there was no need to prepare this far ahead. "That's better," he said. He eyed me suspiciously, obviously trying to remember something. "Don't let go of that wheel until beam contact," he repeated.

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