Day One: Pandemic

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“Honey, come here! Quick!” My wife’s voice rose from the other part of the house, the part I commonly thought of as ‘hers’. It was good for each of us to have our own space, where we could get away from each other when it was needed. We were blessed in that we didn’t have to use it too often.

I hurried down the hall, somewhere in between a jog and a run. Jessica was standing in front of the flat panel television in her office. She turned the volume up for me as I entered the room and stood next to her.

“Reports indicate that more than eight thousand have died in just twenty-seven days. This influenza strain appears to be completely resistant to all current vaccines and has already spread throughout most major cities. It is incredibly virulent and everyone is encouraged to stay in their homes. Do not, I repeat, do not go to the hospital or see your doctor. Epidemiologists believe this virus has a incubation stage of up to ten days with no visible symptoms, but the subjects are still extremely contagious.”

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  1. Avatar Mostly Harmless

    The tag ‘four-part idea’ gives me confidence that this will move somewhere remarkable, but this first piece is a bit… Empty.

    Obviously the set-up is important, and the news report is suitably foreboding and intriguing, but I didn’t get a lot from the characters, other than some undertones of marital strain perhaps?

    Looking forward to where it’s going, but not blown over backwards by where it’s at – MH :)

  2. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Not an entirely novel scenario, especially since I just watched ‘Doomsday’, but I really like the cute character set up in the first paragraph.

  3. Avatar oldgraymare

    Eeee as a hypochondriac I don’t like where this is going lol
    But otherwise, I denno maybe a little more dialogue would have helped but I think the point is pretty clear.

  4. Avatar Welsh Mullet

    Reminds me of the UK tv show survivors.
    Man, i so want to be in that show