I woke up to a dark, cloudy sky, I really didn’t mind it much. Just doing the daily routine with the ever-changing weather isn’t really something to worry about. News on the TV saying to be careful of catching the flu and recommend to go to the doctor if something feels wrong – still normal… I just went to work with people wearing face masks due to them catching the flu. It’s good that I didn’t get it since it’s that time of the year so it’s good to take care of yourself…
“I was naive…”
More people are getting sick and the News is saying that there’s an epidemic going on. I wore a face mask to avoid getting infected with ‘the flu’. Almost all of the people in the office are wearing them, either to prevent them from spreading or to prevent them from infecting others. Some of my co-workers got it worse and are not present. It’s bad… But hey, what could go worse?
“I should’ve planned ahead…”
Work has been called off – or rather.. we have no choice but to call off work since even the higher-ups have gotten the flu and we can’t do work without them. Most of us stayed home… But for me? work getting called off means more time to enjoy outside. Not forgetting to wear my facemask, which is now a trend among people outside, went outside to enjoy myself… I still see no signs of the flu getting better for other people. Good thing I didn’t catch it. While strolling the streets, the News is announcing a riot in one of the hospitals far away. It shows the Riot police barricading the hospital from the outside, preventing people from getting out of the place… Wait, isn’t that supposed to be the opposite? I was intently watching the news on the TV and it suddenly cut off the live video… My brain started to imagine something only fictional movies would have, then immediately shrugged it off as me being too stressed at work and enjoyed my day… But that thought still lingered in my mind…
“Realize it!! You idiot!!”
After releasing my stress yesterday, I was having a good cup of hot chocolate in a still cloudy sky while surfing the net. Apparently, the flu is even affecting other countries. Posts about ‘the world is going to end’ is written across the internet. I thought “lots of trolls are going at it again”, and decided to entertain one of them by clicking the title “They’re here! – This is not a joke”. It’s a video of one of the hospitals I saw on the news, the riot police are preventing the patients from getting out of the hospital. The patients seemed scared of something inside the hospital and are screaming at the police to let them out, but the Police don’t pay them any mind and stood their ground. The video captures one crazy patient lunges another by the hospital entrance and kisses him on the neck… was what my mind is telling me… But kissing the neck shouldn’t make the neck bleed, blood pouring out, pained screams made the entire area pay attention to the scene… This isn’t happening with just one, but most of the patients are having the same situation. The one pushed down suddenly became still, limbs sprawled out and not moving to resist. The crazy patient then got up, only to reveal a bloodied, bitten neck of the still-patient. Everyone stopped and was trying to think hard about what to do. While the crazy patient walks toward the Riot police, bloodied mouth with flesh dangling from the teeth slowly but surely walking. During the silence, a movement was spotted from where the crazy patient was. The supposedly non-moving patient was getting up like the wound on his neck didn’t exist at all. Spurts of blood still flowing down his hospital gown, not minding this at all, moves toward the police, even the other patients that were ‘kissed’ were getting up one by one and heading towards where the police were… Those weak-looking patients used their unimaginable strength to push through the police, getting through them one by one. Some police are getting bitten through their vests, some through their hands, and others through their faces. The one holding this camera caught sight of one police that was bitten, stood up from the ground. Lifeless eyes including wounds and scratches across his neck look towards the camera, staying silent and slowly walked towards it. The last scene seen in this video was the guy running away from the scene of carnage shouting “Zombies!!! They’re here!!”
… This is a joke, right?
“This is reality”
My mind was still a mess after watching the video yesterday, the news today is showing lost of similar cases about riots in the hospitals and clinics but never going into specifics. The government announced to quarantine a city due to the epidemic and to ‘avoid the flu from spreading’. I know this is a lie, they’re just hiding the real situation to avoid mass panic. I started to make preparations, secure the house, get non-perishable foods, all daily necessities. Price doesn’t matter, it’s gonna be a piece of paper soon anyway.
“I will survive…”
I’ve made my preparations as much as I can, took note of locations known that have supplies ‘to borrow’ if mine runs out. Made escape plans if different scenarios. I told my neighbors and friends that “They” are real… Some made preparations while most of them think I’m crazy but I’m willing to be the crazy one if it meant living. “They” haven’t appeared near my area yet but they’ll be coming soon. I need to resolve myself to take them down … or else I’ll be one of “them”.
“Don’t hesitate!, it’s either you or them!”
News revealing the information that was kept hidden for a few days… Infected people would bite healthy people and pass the infection through bites, and the cycle repeats until no healthy people are alive and there’s still no news of a cure. It’s started – nearby houses up in flames. People running to the nearest evacuation center for safety. I didn’t follow, an evacuation center is just an invitation for all you can eat buffet for the infected. Typical scenarios happening in movies would be someone hiding that they’re bitten, going to the evac center. Then infecting all the people in there. I still would mark the evac center to know more about the behaviors of the infected. There’s still more that we don’t know about them and it would be good to know their strengths and weaknesses to have an advantage against them, and eventually driving them off…
“I have not come this far to die now…”