It is all a dream. 
An angel arrives. 
Reinforcements penetrate. 
They are defeated by a virus. 
You are a character in this book. 
What you forgot, that which now saves you. 
The author intervenes. 
[ ]s appear, borne on metal wings. 
Published online June 01 2011.
From Ex Machina by Jonathan Ball, published by BookThug, 2009. Reprinted with permission of the author.