The Diary of Jacob Peake Vol I.
Date: November 17th, 2019
Entry Tag: In the Beginning
To say we saw it coming would be the lie of the century. We thought it was coming on the twelfth back in two-thousand and twelve, but we missed it by a couple years. Today is my brother’s birthday, or at least it would have been any other year. But as of two weeks ago life changed for everyone, and sadly, forever.
Repent. Those were the words on everyone’s lips the past week or so before the end. The activities of the Chinese government in partnership with the organization DAWN stirred up trouble in more than just the political and commerce spheres. DAWN was infamous after their fiasco in Peru with human experimentation, and their presence in China scared everyone. Reports today saw that the Pentagon had gone into DEFCON 3 in caution for an unforeseeable consequence from the alliance. It was brilliant they had. On Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 the compound in Northwestern China (just five miles south of Urumqi, and six miles east of Bayingol) detonated in an explosion that covered seventy square miles! The blast sent a shockwave across Asia that wiped out communications throughout all of China, Mongolia, India, Southern Russia, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and other neighboring countries. The explosion forced the US Government into DEFCON 2 as reports of a nuclear fallout rained in from across Asia. Clearly China and DAWN had been planning something big, and it blew up in their faces, literally.
Over the next week the world held its breath as the consequences from such an explosion could not immediately be determined since the Chinese government denied all knowledge as to what DAWN had been working on in their country. CIA reports claimed bio-weaponry was the most appropriate project and that a nuclear project would have been detected by Geiger counters stationed throughout the globe. Then, four days after the explosion, the first true news came in. An ex member of the DAWN organization came forward with news of what could have possibly been occurring within China. On live television, broadcast across the world, he told us what we had feared all along.
“As of October 22nd, 2019 till November 3rd of the four days ago, the DAWN organization—which stands for the Department of Artificial-biometrical Weaponry and Neurosciences—in conjunction with the presiding government of China, did so knowingly and without remorse, experiment and torture human beings in the pursuit to develop bio-weaponry capable of a cellular transformation of its intended target. This weaponry was commissioned and paid for solely by the government of China, and was intended to be used as grounds for expansion into Asia and possibly America.” This report shocked the world and set the stage for what would have been The Third World War, had it not been for a second—and more grievous report from our current ambassador in China. The explosion, as he reported, had been caused as the result of a leak in the viral labs that affected the staff and scientists on base, these infected individuals sabotaged the power systems and sent the reactor powering the base into meltdown and eventual critical levels. In turn this reactor detonated below the base causing a chain reaction with explosive chemicals contained above and in surrounding storage facilities. However, the worst is yet to come. The ambassador claimed that in essence the experiment had been successful and the virus wielded the power to alter the physical states of any living creature it came into contact with, at least in a limited fashion, but that same virus had not been destroyed in the blast and was spreading throughout China and the rest of Asia.
This sent the world into panic and fears of this virus and its abilities scared almost every living sole; and when the first cases of this virus popped up in Russia two days later, Armageddon started by man’s hand. Asia went dark within hours, with the Middle East, and Eastern Europe to follow as well. By noon November 11th, 2019, only the America’s and Australia were untouched. Refugees who fled Europe, Asia, and Africa were turned away for fear of spreading the virus, even those proven to be uninfected were turned back in paranoia. It wouldn’t be until three days later on the 14th that word would reach us that Australia, who had mistakenly let in refugees, and South America, who had ordered infected supplies, had both fallen. But with these reports came enlightening news as well. Apparently the virus worked in three stages, with the ability to fight it off in the first stage and become immune possible. In the first stage one became infected and a carrier for the virus, spreading it to anyone who breathed the same air as him/her. The virus would remain dormant so long as the only beings the infected individual came into contact was were humans. In the second stage, activated when in the presence of any animal as it seemed, the virus would finally show signs of its infection—coughing, sneezing, and a relative sense of sickness were its symptoms. Then in the final stage, activated mere hours after the second, the infect individual would undergo a radical transformation of the cellular structure that would match that of whatever animal he/she had come into contact with hours before. This transformation, depending on the will and mental strength of the infected, would progress to anywhere between altering the physicality of the infected to have a tint of animal about it—such as pointed ears and the lengthening of the canines—to the point of a full transformation, physically and mentally, into the contact animal if the subject were a child or weak minded person.
This news went over surprisingly well with the American public, as it beamed a beacon of hope down upon us. If one could get infected with the virus and avoid animal contact for the week it took to fight off the infection we could save at least ourselves. However, this hope was quickly killed.
Groups of refugees, known to be infected with the virus at any stage were let into the US, and systematically that virus was spread to the general population as all animals were rounded up and slaughtered if cattle, impounded if pets, and contained if wild and endangered. The path to salvation seemed bright as days passed and the system seemed to be working. Those who were in stage one of infection and had survived their week were introduced to animals again and no ill effects were recorded. Everyone was happy and hopeful.
Then it happened.
Infected individuals in stage one came into contact with individuals in stage two and immediately broke out in stage two symptoms, and this didn’t happen in contained area, oh no. Once almost everyone was infected and all animals had been rounded up and dealt with quarantine was lifted and people returned to normal lives. No one even considered that stage two could activate stage one.
Over night half the US population went into stage two of the virus, and those of us lucky to avoid contact formed quarantined sections in small towns and rural areas, determined to avoid contact with anyone outside our groups for the remaining four days.
Now it’s November 17th, 2019. Two days after the Stage Two Incident. I am Jacob Peake of Quarantined Section Gamma of Pennsylvania. This is my diary to my future self and others, so that this may never happen again.