The news broadcast had been transmitted all across North America: Over the past few weeks, thirty-one teenagers were found sitting at their computer desks or lying on personal hologram projectors brain-dead. Both the cause of death and modus operandi remained unknown. Some called it the work of a serial killer while others believed it to be a string of mass suicides. Debates and conjectures sprang up on every social network website. Despite the overwhelming amount of curiosity that the deaths had generated world-wide, the University of Pittsburgh campus remained relatively quiet. The only sound that could be heard that evening was the tap-dance of fingernails on cell-phone keys as people continued to argue about the strange phenomenon online.
Bus eighty-six, bound for Redwood Park, screeched to a halt at the stop just outside the Computing Science Center. Already a crowd of students had gathered; most dressed in university-brand sweat pants, clutching I-Phones, wi