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Danny Hebert was running down the dock, glancing back once at spot some unseen danger. He cried out in agony as his Achilles tendons were suddenly cut. A moment later, his left eye erupted in a small shower of vitreous fluid. As he collapsed, his right hand was crushed into a mangled mass of gore.

“Hello, honey. Not much in the news today.”

Danny Hebert was running down the dock, glancing back once at spot some unseen danger. He cried out in agony as his Achilles tendons were suddenly cut. A moment later, his left eye erupted in a small shower of vitreous fluid. As he collapsed, his right hand was crushed into a mangled mass of gore.

“Taylor’s first day at Arcadia was good. She seemed to really enjoy herself.”

Danny Hebert was running down the dock, glancing back once at spot some unseen danger. He cried out in agony as his Achilles tendons were suddenly cut. A moment later, his left eye erupted in a small shower of vitreous fluid. As he collapsed, his right hand was crushed into a mangled mass of gore.

“The DWA lost a few more people, or so Lacey tells me. Sorry."

Danny Hebert was running down the dock, glancing back once at spot some unseen danger. He cried out in agony as his Achilles tendons were suddenly cut. A moment later, his left eye erupted in a small shower of vitreous fluid. As he collapsed, his right hand was crushed into a mangled mass of gore.

“I love you, Danny. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

Danny Hebert was running down the dock, glancing back once at spot some unseen danger. He cried out in agony as his Achilles tendons were suddenly cut. A moment later, his left eye erupted in a small shower of vitreous fluid. As he collapsed, his right hand was crushed into a mangled mass of gore.

Annette Hebert stood and blew a kiss to her husband, then left the small building covering the scene.

Danny Hebert was running down the dock, glancing back once at spot some unseen danger. He cried out in agony as his Achilles tendons were suddenly cut. A moment later, his left eye erupted in a small shower of vitreous fluid. As he collapsed, his right hand was crushed into a mangled mass of gore.

Danny Hebert was running down the dock, glancing back once at spot some unseen danger. He cried out in agony as his Achilles tendons were suddenly cut. A moment later, his left eye erupted in a small shower of vitreous fluid. As he collapsed, his right hand was crushed into a mangled mass of gore.

Danny Hebert was running down the dock, glancing back once at spot some unseen danger. He cried out in agony as his Achilles tendons were suddenly cut. A moment later, his left eye erupted in a small shower of vitreous fluid. As he collapsed, his right hand was crushed into a mangled mass of gore.


Some time passed and the loop continued and the nightmare that engulfed Danny’s mind started to twitch in different ways. It had been… a while since Annette had visited, hadn’t it? It was hard to think through the constant fear and pain and the borderline psychosis that he was increasingly closer to, but he was somewhat sure that she should’ve been back by now.

A light flared as the door to the small building opened. A tall man whose face was a little familiar… what was his name? Bert? Curtis? Something like that. Not Annette. The scrape of a metal chair against concrete was lost in one of his agonized screams as the man sat down and put his head in his hands.

A few minutes and another loop or two later, the man looked up at the scene endlessly replaying. He didn’t look Danny in the eye, though. Annette always had.

“Danny… I’m, I’m sorry. I didn’t think about… your situation, but… Annette is dead.”

Is it possible for a heart to stop in an endless time loop?

“She and Taylor were driving downtown when one of Squealer’s trucks T-boned the car. They say that Annette died instantly, but Taylor is still in the hospital. The, uh, funeral was yesterday.”

Was his vision starting to black out, even before he lost an eye?

“Annette apparently never set up a guardianship for her and… they’re talking about putting her in the foster system. Lacey and I have applied, but it’s not for certain.”

No. No no no. No NO NO!!!

There was a loud crack and displacement of air as Danny collapsed as he always did during his loop. But he still lay there instead of continuing or starting over. And then he stopped screaming from his injuries and, with a sore, throaty voice, demanded, “Get me to Taylor.”

Kurt stared in shock and horror as Danny finally fully collapsed to the ground, apparently unconscious after so many years, and fumbled his cell to call emergency services. “My friend is very badly hurt and needs an ambulance immediately. We’re down at Dock 15, in the building off to the side.

“I think he just broke a Grey Boy bubble.”