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“Found it scanning for metals before we wrapped him up. Almost missed it. He had metal pins in his ankle and after I removed them, there was still a faint reading. I assumed it was a fragment that we overlooked but it was in the wrong place. Found this embedded in the bone.”

Vaidehi tapped her finger on the display screen where a red circle highlighted an anomaly.

“What is it?” Marsh asked.

“Hoping you can tell me. It’s like nothing I’ve seen in a body before. Not natural and not serving any obvious medical purpose.”

“What did the expert…

Rook Winters

Tea drinker with a writing habit. Author of “Weight of Ashes” ( and “Cubicleland” ( Also at http://rookwinters.

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