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Unformatted text preview: " "Dad," said Pierce, "if you look at the forensic reports, it's the same picture. They said, contaminated, or tampered with, or spoiled, be- cause otherwise it's the blood and tissue of something with a nonhu- man genetic makeup." "It's what Mona said," said Michael. His voice had dropped very low. He roused himself a little and looked at Ryan and then at Mona. Something in Aaron's manner was disturbing him, had been all along, but he didn't know what it was, and he hadn't known he was disturbed until he failed to look at Aaron. "I came home," said Michael, "and he was here. He looked like her. He looked like me. He might have come from . . . our child. Our baby. Rowan had been pregnant." He stopped. He let out a long slow breath, shaking his head a little and then realizing he ought to go on. "This man-thing was newborn," he said. "He was very strong. He taunted me. He ... he was moving like the straw man in The Wizard ofOz....
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