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May 19, 2008

Dave: The morning after

"I'm disappointed, Tony."

"It wasn't my fault."

"You absorbed about six square blocks of electrical grid, frying pretty much all the equipment in the process. PECO's not sure when things will be back working for the area.  Which area includes St. Joseph's Hospital."

"I didn't --"

"It wasn't just a power loss; the surge as you sucked it up knocked out backup generators, too. Twenty-seven people died, Tony. People on life support. People being operated on. Another 376 suffered major injuries. All because you wanted a cheap high."

"It's not that -- I need it. It's like food, Mr. Thorne."

"And --?"

Tony's eyes welled up. "And it tastes so good --" 

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