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Safe and Sound

It Friday Fictioneers day here on Planet Blog, hosted as always by the talented Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Randy Mazie.

The idea is to write around 100 words in response to the supplied photo which this week shows a library. Everything looks very idyllic, but very quiet.

Too quiet perhaps? Where are all the people? Where could they be?

This story was inspired by the video game “The Last of Us”, which I just finished (on “Easy”, because I’m rubbish).

To see other stories for this week, click on the little blue frog below.

 

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Copyright Randy Mazie

 

His goal in site, Drayvin collapsed, exhausted, falling from his bike to the grass. Infected three months ago, he had cycled through deserted streets piled high with stinking corpses, searching for The Library – a rumoured enclave of plague survivors.

He awoke to the sound of voices.

“He’s immune!”

“Infected but still alive!”

“A miracle!”

Feeling safe at last, Drayvin tried to move but found himself restrained. Confused and frightened, he strained to hear the voices in the next room.

“…immunity, we need to know…”

“..maybe in his brain…”

“…euthanise him first, then I’ll dissect the grey matter…”

Darkness fell as the potassium stopped his heart.

 

  1. November 26, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Put em down and dissect the brain? What did the world come down with, rabies?

    Blasted foaming possums, no doubt!

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  2. November 26, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    YIKES, was he poisened, Draliman 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Evening 🙂

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    • November 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      He survived a plague only to be dissected 😦
      You have a happy evening too!

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  3. November 26, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Probably just as well you aren’t doing a write up on National Squirrel Day, eh?

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    • November 26, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Mr Evil Squirrel himself also said something along those lines 🙂

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  4. November 26, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Poor Drayvin. 😦

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    • November 27, 2014 at 9:25 am

      He would have been safer staying out on the streets 😦

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  5. November 26, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Safety is all relative.. I wonder if he turned into vaccine .. hopefully they caught the plague from him.. selfish bastards.

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    • November 27, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Looks like immunity from the plague is no guarantee of safety.
      I guess their rationale is “kill one to maybe get a vaccine to save the world”.

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  6. November 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Drayvin may have only lived one hundred words but let us hope his brain gives more in death or may they all be killed by possum plague.

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    • November 27, 2014 at 9:27 am

      Let’s hope dissecting him was worth it! I expect they’re fed up dissecting possums.

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  7. November 26, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    The voices in the next room – Could they have been the evil bio-terror scientists who got infected by their own plague-carrying possums? I hope so 🙂

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    • November 27, 2014 at 9:27 am

      Maybe that’s why they’re so desperate to find a cure.

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  8. November 26, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    And so the darkness returns, lol. Great job 😉

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  9. NotAPunkRocker
    November 27, 2014 at 12:05 am

    It’s like I imagine The Walking Dead or The Stand to have been like in the early days of the outbreaks.

    I was thinking about getting that game, other than having to play it on easy was it worth it?

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    • November 27, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Also “28 Days Later”, in which you actually see the outbreak.

      It’s one of the best games I’ve ever played. It has a great storyline. And the PS4 remastered edition also includes “Left Behind”, which fills in some of the back story (I’ve just started that). It’s a bit scary though, I actually shrieked out loud at one point 🙂

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  10. November 27, 2014 at 2:19 am

    I didn’t even notice the guy on the grass until I read the story. XD

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    • November 27, 2014 at 9:30 am

      That’s Drayvin! Poor fellow 😦

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  11. Lyn
    November 27, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Man! you really like “kill, crush, destroy” stories dontcha 🙂 Poor Drayvin, so unfair. He survives the plague only to be bumped off by a bunch of callous boffins. They could have examined a blood sample–maybe even develop a serum to give protection for the future. Stupid idiots!

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    • November 27, 2014 at 9:34 am

      I think they’re hoping the cure is residing in the brain. “Kill one to save the world”, kind of thing. Callous, indeed.

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  12. November 27, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Well that was damn depressing.

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    • November 27, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Yup. I’ve been watching/playing too much Resident Evil/The Last of Us/The Walking Dead recently (all three in one day a week ago).

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  13. November 27, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I could see that playing out before me. Nicely done.

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  14. November 27, 2014 at 9:06 am

    “Goal in site?” Now that was depressing. 😉 I like the irony that they’ll be safe in the library, not a lot of people going there, I suppose. Good one.

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    • November 27, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Only the bookworms were safe when the plague struck!

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  15. November 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Wow, that was a little harsh.

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    • November 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Hopefully his brain will yield a cure. Doesn’t help him much, though 😦

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  16. November 27, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Ali, I see you’re in the dark, scary zone again. O_o I guess if someone feels ill they better stay away from the library, even if a fine is due. Well written. 🙂 — Susan

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    • November 27, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      I think if you might have immunity and a fine is due as well, they don’t even bother to euthanise you first 😦

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  17. November 27, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    if anything, i guess in this case the journey was the reward.

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    • November 28, 2014 at 8:30 am

      It certainly wasn’t the dissection.

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  18. November 27, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Death by irony. Poor Drayvin. Seems as though being cooped up in the library had left the survivors a little unhinged

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    • November 28, 2014 at 8:30 am

      They’ll do anything at this point to find a cure I guess.

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  19. November 28, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Oh lordy! Now put those games away and behave your self 😛
    Ellespeth

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  20. November 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Dear Ali,

    So much for being safe in the library. Very dark. I like it. Well played, sir.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • November 28, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Thanks! I expect he thought he was one of the luckiest people on the planet, being immune and all.
      Ali

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  21. November 28, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    A disturbing story. Nowhere’s safe when survival is threatened.

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    • November 29, 2014 at 6:09 am

      Indeed, desperate people do desperate things in the name of survival.

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  22. November 29, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Nicely done. All that work and . . . nothing! Makes me kind of sad – in a good way.

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    • November 29, 2014 at 6:09 am

      All the challenges and hardship he must have faced to reach “safety”…

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  23. November 29, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Such dark images, Draliman! Oh those video games. ;_)

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    • November 29, 2014 at 6:10 am

      The video games are turning me towards the dark… oh wait, I was already there 🙂

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  24. November 29, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Plague – the epidemiologists there would sure be a worried lot. Like your take on this one.

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    • November 29, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks! I hope there are some qualified epidemiologists left alive to be worried 🙂

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  25. November 30, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Oh no. What a sad end to his hope of safety. Poor Drayvin!

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    • November 30, 2014 at 7:23 am

      And after all the perils he faced getting there 😦

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      • November 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

        All in the hope and trust of the unknown. How hard life must have been in his reality. You story has run away with my imagination 🙂

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      • November 30, 2014 at 10:07 am

        A few survivors trying to scrape together a living and hopefully find a cure or at least a vaccine. I think I watch/play way too many shows/games of this nature! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  26. November 30, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Wow, great story with an interesting twist. I guess the library wasn’t quite the haven he had hoped for….

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    • November 30, 2014 at 7:24 am

      His immunity unfortunately was the death of him, rather than his salvation.

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  27. November 30, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Dear Draliman, WOW – Science Fiction – awesome! Where is Will Smith? Too bad the people in the other room weren’t smart enough to let him live and study the disease that he had survived only to be done in by some Frankenstein doctors. Good story! Nan 🙂

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    • November 30, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Dear Nan, Will was unfortunately absent so it’s been left up to the “ordinaries” to find a cure 🙂 Let’s at least hope that the key to the cure is in Drayvin’s brain as they’ll only get one chance! Ali

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  28. November 30, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Oh my this is so gruesome…and so well written in so little words.

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    • December 1, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Thanks! It’s been a while since I did gruesome.

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      • December 1, 2014 at 8:07 am

        I usually enjoy writing better than reading it…it actually scares me.

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      • December 1, 2014 at 8:10 am

        Well, parts of the game which inspired the story (“The Last Of Us”) absolutely terrified me. Good game, though 🙂

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  29. December 1, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Dear Draliman,

    They’re killing the goose that laid the golden egg. The only thing good that can be said about Drayvin’s fate is that all of his problems are over. A great tale and well written.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    • December 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      Dear Doug,
      Thanks! Yes, at least his trials and tribulations are over. It sounds like a pretty harsh world he’s just left.
      Ali

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  30. December 2, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Oh dear, pity Drayvin wasn’t in a better state when he arrived. Let’s hope his body provides them with the answers they need. Well penned.

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    • December 2, 2014 at 11:54 am

      I hope so too. At least then his death will mean something.
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  31. December 2, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Some people just can’t get a break.

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    • December 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      He was probably just planning the rest of his life when the bone saw started to whirr 😦

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  32. December 3, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Ah, love it. Great take on the prompt, and I can see the videogame influences just peaking through at the corners.

    Nicely done/

    KT

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    • December 3, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Glad you liked it!

      It’s amazing how many stories I write come from stuff I’ve just read/watched/played. Or understandable, as it puts me in a certain frame of mind I suppose.

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  33. December 4, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Creepy suspense that put me nicely on edge! Well done!!
    ~ Andrea ❤

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    • December 4, 2014 at 8:35 am

      Thanks, it did its job then 🙂

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  34. December 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I’ve had this picture on desktop for a possible idea prompt for a while- I had yet to see the “guy” at the pole. I thought it might have been a bookbag. Great idea!

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    • December 23, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks! I’m pretty sure it’s a guy, hard to see… 🙂

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