I gathered up my few belongings and the dead who wished to travel with me.
I scoured the grounds one last time, searching desperately – and in vain – for any living person who was trapped within the confines of the orphanage and the asylum.
When everything was searched, when I had exhausted all available options, I returned to the worst of the places.
I went to the surgical theaters where they had butchered the living and tortured the same.
I returned to the places where the children had been forced to eat the dead.
I went into rooms where they had been locked away to starve and to die.
I remembered the living and the dead, for there was no one else to do so.
In the end, I set fire to the buildings as I had promised I would.
As day eased into night and the flames devoured the buildings, I listened to the screams of those who didn’t know why they were dying again and the rejoicing of those who did.
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