I'm coming back right away, I'll bring pizza. You want extras, Jimmy?
Jimmy and Oryx were sitting in Jimmy's room. Oryx was preparing to leave. Jimmy tried convincing her to stay but she'd already made up her mind. Oryx left.
He'd waited for her first with impatience...
Sir, we need you in the monitor room. There's been an outbreak!
then with anxiety...
What's going on?!
I think we have a problem.
...then panic. It shouldn't take them that long to make a couple of pizzas, thought Jimmy.
Jimmy was soon distracted when a staff member from the video monitor room came to get him. Crake was off-site and so Jimmy was second-in-command. At first Jimmy thought it was routine, another minor epidemic or splotch of bioterrorism, just another news item.
They noticed the outbreak in Brazil. Far enough away. Then the next one hit, and the next, the next, the next, rapid fire. All across the globe. This was major!