"Hello, Simon, Simon..."
Facing the phone that suddenly cut off, Nia called his name again and again.
A hush fell over the hospital's front garden. She felt some kind of ill presence.
Suddenly, the air trembled. The dull sound of an explosion reverberated. Far away, a pillar of fire rose. It was in the direction of the downtown district.
Perhaps it was a reflection of the flames, but the maternity ward that had just been glowing with the blessing of the birth of new life was now dyed red.
Something moved within her body.