[There is a dragon on the strip
Or, perhaps more accurately, there is a lindworm
. It has no wings, but it makes up for its lack of flight with its size (about forty feet long), its tail (spiked and heavy enough to smash through walls), its venom (which liberally coats its many teeth) and its target (anything that runs). It is very interested in human prey.
Meanwhile, on the other side of town, a woman is brought into the hospital, apparently DOA, with a strange mark cut into her forehead and odd, dark blue skin under her nails. Cause of death cannot be explained, but is assumed to be heart failure in the face of the dragon
, and doctors move on to the rest of the many patients being brought in rather than linger over the dead woman, who twitches as soon as they leave the room.]