Think Like a Dog by Edgar Allan Poe is an interesting series of books written in the late nineteenth century. The story deals with the events surrounding the sad but necessary death of Dr. James A. James' dog Spot. It's a charming and sympathetic book. Its basic plot revolves around the need to re-examine a strange phenomenon at the local hospital.
The dark laboratory was an exotic place, hidden behind a curtain of mist and, when no one was looking, a deadly curse came into being. When the lab was razed and the cursed particle was released, the plague spread, and spread... Eventually, it killed the doctors who had been attempting to deal with the problem. Then, one year later, a new doctor was assigned to the hospital, a wonderful and honest young woman named Mary. Before she arrived, the medical professionals had been trying in vain to find the cause of the plague, and were seeking out a cure.
Mary was hired as a medical professional immediately. She was with the new doctor as she drove down the hospital's parking lot. They'd been talking about the mysterious event at the lab, and Mary, a student in chemistry, had asked what the lab could have that would have caused such devastation. The doctor explained that the only thing he knew was that a foul odor and a strange noise came from a room directly below them. When the doctor got out of the car, he looked up to discover that the room was empty, the previous occupant of which was none other than the mysterious doctor whom he'd met at the beginning of the road.
As they drove, Mary had mentioned the horrible smell and mysterious screams that came from that room. She thought he might be a good candidate for a cure. But the doctor was adamant about being put into a room without any lights, and, in general, he was not the type to play games. Hedidn't understand why Mary would want to see him and insisted that he didn't want to be alone.
So, they stopped the car and she began reading the book, leaving the book open in the car. He moved closer to her and gave her a worried look, then opened the book and let out a long moan. When she went back to the book, she read on the first page, and, upon completion, she decided that she wanted to hold the book in her hands, and see if the 'screams' continued.
This is when she was surprised to find that she was reading from the book. She turned the pages rapidly, keeping the book close to her, until she got to the last line, then she pulled it away and put it on the floor. When she finished, she turned to go, but a hand grabbed her wrist and held her.
The doctor, now seemingly backed into a corner, was insisting that he wanted no part of that terrible book, so she handed it back to her and told him to get out of her sight. He demanded that she do this, in addition to the fact that she wasn't to mention to anyone else where she'd found it.
They went back and forth like this, and as they did, Mary found herself thinking about her own life. How strange it was to read a book about something you've never even seen before. And how at times, it seemed more important to live through the moment than to actually understand what was happening. But then, that's what living is about, isn't it?