Worse than the disease
Marv took a long drag on his Newport outside the clinic. They had been waiting for two hours so far, not too bad considering
the demand. NYF14 had just become available to the public and was already projected to be on back order for 3 months
minimum. Batches of the vaccine had been sent out hospitals and clinics all over the country, but they barely scratched the
surface of the demand the scare in New York had created. The media had exploded with responses to the news, ranging
from human interest pieces featuring housewifes and children showing up 5 hours early to be amongst the first to recieve
the wonder drugs, to interviews with the pharma reps singing the praises of their creation, to Tea Party members releasing
staments that amounted to gloating and I told you so. "Thank God Obama care hasn't taken effect, If this type of pandemic
were to strike us when our health care system was weakened by the new socialist regime who knows what state the country
would be in."
Marv ground the butt out under his heel and went back inside the lobby. Jimmy looked up for a moment and then returned
to reading a year old issue of Rolling stone. " Have you heard of this Glee show? what a horrible Idea, I give it two episodes."
Jimmy said strecthing his arms out. "Jimmy you don't watch television at all anymore, do you?" He shrugged,"Mostly
discovery channel." Jimmy had not heard about the release of NYF14 on the local news. Being a registered nurse at one of
the local clinics distributing the vaccine, his mother had advised him to show up before the doors opened. Marv had a seat
and settled back in. The waiting room was full of co-workers and old classmates. He amost nodded off as the receptionist
called another four names, including himself and Jimmy. The green tile in the corridor was dated and very clinical, It had
been pretty much unchanged since the last time Marv had come here as a child. There was something off putting about the
recognition of the long forgotten sights and smells. An attractive young woman in scrubs led them to large room divded by
privacy partions, and directed them each to have a seat in theIr own curtained off area. After a short wait, nurses wearing
blue clinical masks came to administer the vaccine. Marv relaxed after the intiall pin prick, breathing a short sigh of relief.
One less thing to stress over.
The last living souls
The impact knocked the wind out of Jared for a second, he pulled himself to his feet and continued sprinting down the
back alley. This was a shit situation to be in. He grimaced at the low visability as he ran head long toward the fire escape
barely visable in the distance. Looking back just in time, he zagged to the left to avoid the full garbage can flying through
the air. The sound of the metal against brick and bottles breaking resounded down the alley. "Shit, this is getting too loud,
he's going to bring the whole neighborhood down on me!" Realizing stealth was no longer an opption he drew the Bersa from
his holster and turned to face his attacker. The darkness was thick, palpable. He choked on it as the Infected man stepped
into view. Still obscured by shadows, Jared could see the tall man moving forward more slowly than before, as if confused
by the sudden shift from retreat to defense. As the man stepped into the moonlight, his face now visable revealed the tell
tale red inflamation of the face, his eyes dialated and bleeding. He was still in the first few days of the agressive stage, he
was at his most dangerous now, his organs had not started shutting down yet. His heart rate was a frieght train, he was
swimming in adrenaline. He was oblivious to pain and injury, the only thing left was primordial rage. Jared breathed in sharply as he switched from safe to fire.The beast began to close the gap slowly , thirty feet away. Doing his best to control his breathing, Jared acquired his sight picture and popped off three rounds center mass. The sounds boomed against the walls like three explosions. The tall man howled out an inhuman sound, gutteral and wet, and then sprinted at Jared, arms outstreatched to grab and tear flesh. Fighting every urge to run, Jared fired four more times in rapid succession,finally striking the the diseased man throught the bridge of his nose. It fell before reaching him, a bloody gurgling heap.
Without stopping to breath, Jared turned and continued his race to the fire escape. He could hear shrieks in the distance,
breaking glass. The city had heard and was on it's way to him. He lept up pulling the rusted ladder down, climbing to the stairs and made his way quickly to the roof, he could hear the chaos in the streets and in neighboring buildings. He ran to the make shift bridge his people had placed between the two adjacent roof tops, and crossed over hearing unkown noises in the alleys below. He put as much distance as he could between him and the corpse he had left in the alley. He ran untill his body refused to go forward. He slumped against the nearest wall and caught his breath. He strained to hear noises off in the distance now. He pulled himself up and continued back to the apartment with his cargo, a rucksack full of ramen and canned soup.