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Untraditional Burials

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The Death had claimed so many lives all at once that for health reasons, traditional burials hadn’t been possible, with most of the dead winding up in mass graves.

Once the virus had burned itself out, Mister Smith had expected things would return to what had been the norm before the sickness had claimed so many lives: individual burials, funerals, and tombstones to identify those who had passed.

But as he stood watching the excavation, his pinhole camera poised to record the final resting place of the hundreds of people Daniel’s enforcers had murdered and dumped into a mass grave, Smith realized that nothing had really changed, and as frightening a thought as it was to him, was afraid it never would.