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The crossover

The crossover.
Kneeling on a small stool, hunched back, she rested her chin on the metallic frame of the window gazing at the mile-long straight stretch of concrete road running across her.
On either side, two protesting groups were separated unsymmetrically by the deserted strip of road. The right side, were the people from the Vrikanth state, demanding for water and the left were the Krikanth state who firmly refused to share their water resources. The excruciatingly long period of drought had vaporized their economy and traumatized the health of the Vrikanth people, leaving them no choice but showcase their desperation for survival.A mass demonstration of this caliber would surely pinch the thick-skinned rulers into taking some action.
“Gampu, Gampu, Gampu” her mother called out to her frantically. She immediately jumped out of her chair and ran to the kitchen. “Stay with your brother now, how many times do I have to call you. Your brother is not feeling well. Stay there, I will get him…
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The village.

The village.

Salim, checked on his blinker which was still flashing red, and gently slid it back into his pocket. Taking the last drag of his cigarette, he flicked it away to the piled trash which lay just outside the medical examination building. Courtesy of a recent virus breakout causing a decline in almost half of the population, one of the village huts was converted to a makeshift examination center. Salim was tasked with controlling the epidemic as the chief public health examiner, specifically sent by the WHO considering his vast field experience in controlling many previous epidemics all over the world. This unknown virus, was first reported in this village a couple months back, immediately alarming the medical authorities and notifying the WHO about the virus. The only documented and proven pathology of the virus was that it spread through air, and resulted in respiratory manifestations finally leading to demise in an average time frame of 10 days. The cases had significantly…