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They let me go to the nurse’s office because I had a headache. She gave me an ice pack and told me to lie down on the cot. In the dark room, with yellow light streaming from the crack in the door, I massaged my temple, surrounded by the smell of sick kids.

The egg hatched at 2 in the afternoon. At 2:05, the infant broke through my skull. At 2:15 there was none of me left, and it had eaten most of the nurse. At 2:20, it reached the main office. By 2:45, the school was quarantined.

At 3,

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