Still more ants flowed out of the rubber, which had begun to sag in places. What had once passed for a person was revealed to be just a husk, a trojan horse, as waves of insects took over the office.

“WE ARE BUG IN HUMAN SHAPE.” The individual chittering of each ant, almost imperceptible on their own, merged into a horrifying mass vocalization, a grotesque parody of speech. “WE HAVE COME TO ENVELOP YOU IN LEGS AND JAWS.”

The exterminator screamed, but he was already swollen from a hundred welts on every exposed surface, and his own immune system was busily killing him from the inside out.


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