The director had not contacted him since the last time they had spoken. Risking a violation, Black used the hot line only the high officials of his company were allowed to use. The person on the other line repeated the same answer to all his questions: he could not confirm anything at the moment, so Black should continue standing by. Several colleagues’ phones Black knew were either turned off or notified him to leave a message. For a very brief moment, he thought that the end of the world would not be one where everyone died, but one in which everyone was forgotten or left alone.
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