The Sightings 2020
We were sent to Iraq on a peace mission, the war has been over for some time now about 5 years. Trump was out of office, I guess he just couldn’t handle the stress and hate of the American people. It didn’t bother me much I wasn’t much into politics, all I knew was I had my orders the UNSS (United Nations Secret Service) wanted my unit to “calm down” a small uprising. It was no big deal since we were all experienced soldiers. “Wake up Josh, we are almost there”, I could always count on Jenkins waking me up in the middle of a dream. It was 9 am when we arrived in this old abandoned field. We headed to the embassy to be briefed on the exact details of the mission. I soon realized something more was going on when a small girl ran up to the truck and looked as if she was losing the skin off her face. The men they seemed fine, I guess the things that they saw in “real” war made this seem like it was part of every day life. But it made me feel a little uneasy about this mission.
We finally got to the embassy, it was a small ragged looking building but I guess low key is a successful strategy. It wasn’t the normal “embassy’s” that the civilians would know about, in fact it was more like a secret military facility. Embassy just always sounded better when speaking to the family about heading out. A man greated us at the gate,”Finally, we have been waiting for quite some time now for the UNSS to agree they needed to deploy a special unit like your’s.”. He was a older man didn’t look like military personal, but none the less he was higher ranking and more knowledgeable then any man in the S.D.U.
“Well sir, we still have little information about why the Special Disaster Unit would have to come for riot patrol?”, The man just looked at me and with a smirk said, “This isn’t a riot son. This is a eradication of a town..” Be for he could finish I cut him off “Your telling me you have a quarantined area with living people, and you want me and my men to “eradicate” them?”, I just stood their staring at Jenkins and Lur’Mar. The man just kept walking, so of course we followed. We entered the building and noticed it had no other rooms or windows. The man sat in the only chair in the room behind a dark desk and looked directly at me, “Not exactly living, but Commander don’t miss interpret what I’m saying these bodies are still extremely dangerous.” . I noticed on the desk it said “Dr. Walse”. Lur’Mar quickly glanced at Jenkins and I, “So when are we leaving?”. The Dr stared blankly into the wall and replied, “When the rest of your unit gets here.”. We all started laughing, “Im sorry sir, but this is the hole unit we aren’t considered “Special” for nothing sir.”
The Dr told us to wait out side for the transporter. “Hey commander.”, “yeah Lur’Mar?”, “well I was thinking, what does he mean “NOT EXACTLY LIVING”?.” I chuckled of course at the thought of the phrase being said by one of my men. “Well Lur’Mar we aren’t paid to think, are we now? Don’t answer I don’t want you to think about it again.”. This loud rumbling sound came from the north, “The transport boys get your gear and be ready! I want to get this done as fast as possible.”
“Doctor Walse. Hey Doc.” The doctor replied with a quick, “yes?” .
“Have you heard from them yet? It’s been three days.”, “No, I knew the UN wouldn’t take this as a real threat. John I think its type we leave and forget about this place.”.
John looked confused, “But doctor the orders.”, “Screw the ORDERS we need to think about are safety now, does it look like those men are coming back? The states don’t care and no one can convince the UN this is a serious outbreak.”. The doctor started to pack well John soaked the “embassy” in gas. “Its ready sir.” and with a blaze John lit the place on fire. It was about 3 am be for they finally found a small private plan company.
The sign said “In the air we fly, in the seas we die.” John couldn’t stand the thought of this flight, but the the Dr. Walse convinced him it was the only way out. “Don’t wanna be left in this god forsaken country when it happens do you?” John looked like he was about to puke “No sir, I just hate flying. What are we like fifty thousand feet up now?!”.
“JENKINS GET DOWN!” I couldn’t see much but I could see his sticker on his helm right where I tossed the T.A.D( Target Assault Droid.). Luckily for him it wasn’t targeting heat. Lur’Mar was yelling through the hole in the wall,”Commander what are these things?!”. None of us have ever had experience with a “Outbreak” of a highly reproductive parasite that the US was testing as the transport driver told me be for the little Explorer XV was ambushed. “Yo commander its been what 4 days an no sign of back up? How much longer can we stay held up in this cabin?” I couldn’t see the face but it was defiantly Jenkins, the little SOB was hiding in the bathroom again. “Jenkins, Lur’Mar, lets get out of here..” they both just looked at me like I was crazy. Lur’Mar jumped out from behind the tore up bedroom door, “Those gates out there are still live sir. The electric current is coming from a outside source we have no way to shut them off and no way to unlock the entrance we came in threw.. the keys where with that guy Rich the driver.”.
The doctor was looking intently at the pilot of the plane. “Whats wrong doctor?”, John seemed worried the doctor could tell. He quickly looked out the window and spoke quietly, “John don’t panic, but remember 5 days ago?” , John replied with a quick “yes”, “well john the man who escaped ground zero looked a lot like the pilot.” John instantly started having a panic attack. The pilot looked back and saw the severity of the situation and announce he will would land the plan quick. The doctor looked irritated and relieved at the same time. They where landing in Egypt at a small air port out side of Mut.
John seemed to calm down now that he was off the plane, “Doctor it is him.” John noticed the pilot had a small bite mark on his finger. “John this isn’t going to end good.” John nodded as they quickly left the airport. The pilot didn’t want to chance driving back in the dark so he found a place in town to sleep. It was around 10 pm when the house keeper came to check on room 30 the room the pilot had rented out. “Aaaaah HELP HELP” the maid screamed, the man in the bed was dead. The maid quickly ran out to get the owner but when they returned he pilot was gone. The owner whose name tag read ja’hlum, just shrugged it off . It was no big deal to him they ran a shady hotel with a no ask policy. The pilot was out back by now stumbling around in the alley ways. No one really paid him to much attention he looked like another out of town drunk “visiting” for the wrong reasons.
Me and the guys decided it was time to make a break for it. We grabbed the last of are ammunition and head out in mid-day. We realized that those infected humans didn’t like the sun much, and in this weather I could see why. “Jenkins blow the gate! Screw it if we draw them out where would they go we are in the middle of nowhere!”, I wish I never said those words Jenkins got to close to the fence with the C4 and a spark spit off. “JENKINS Noooo.” Lur’Mar started running towards him. All I could do was blame my self, but it wasn’t the time for it. The noise had drawn the infected closer, they seem to get more irradiated when they hear loud noises. I yelled, “Lur’Mar, this is a direct order leave him and run. He’s gone we can’t save him at least he’s not infected like the driver.” Lur’Mar looked at me and shook it head, “This is all wrong it was just supposed to be a riot patrol.”. We started running as fast as we could, we had no idea how far the next town was, or even what way to head.
Nightfall and all we could do was hide in the cliff sides. Their wasn’t many infected in the town only about hundred. A hundred living rotting immortal beings, it just kept playing in my head over and over the first time I saw them I knew this wasn’t natural. The skin was rotting, the bellies where bloated and the stench was worse then three day old egg salad left out in the sun. Lur’Mar was staring at the moon when he asked me, “How does this happen? How can they…those things be alive we filled half of them with a full clip.”all I could tell him was I really don’t know. “I think we should get some sleep we should be safe up here.” Lur’Mar shook his head, “I don’t think so commander what if they learn how to get up those rocks and over to us?” I just laughed. “Lur’mar let it be. Forget them for tonight you need some rest, I’ll stay up and keep watch.” Lur’Mar nodded, “okay sir.”
“This was a horrible tragedy”, Said president Lampson, “this was never ment to happen, we where supposed to just test this “idea” in small isolated area’s and now we have reports of break outs in Egypt? And Dr.Walse and his assistant John Hermin is missing…What about are S.D.U.?. What are we doing about this Bill?”. Bill, a older gentlemen who had the military uniform but lacked the stance of a commanding officer, “well Jack, we have been through a lot … its been what 10 years since college?” President Lampson replied, “What does this have to do with the incident at hand?”. Bill walked slowly over to the presidents side and whispered some thing in his ear. The president stood quickly, “What did you say Bill? This has to be a joke.”, Bill turned around and walked towards the door, “Good bye my old friend.”. As Bill shut the door a gun shot rang out through the halls. Secret service was there in a instant just to find Bill out side the presidents door dead from a self inflected gun shot wound.
The press was catching on by this time about the “virus” circulating through the middle east. President Jack Lampson was holding a press conference about the incident. “Sir Sir Mr. President Sir.” all President Lampson had to do was tap the microphone a few times and they all seemed to quite down. “I am here today to discuss the crisis in the middle east. I have heard many of the rumors circulating through are news papers none of which are true. We have only known about this “disease” since the first incident was reported in Egypt. We are sending help over to the middle east as we speak to bring them supplies and medicine.”. A loud young reporter named Roger blurted out, “So we have a vaccine? There are earlier reports we just learned about that happened in Iraq is this Chemical war far? Is Iran attacking?”. The tension in the room was over welming at this point. The President had no comment and was rushed out of the meeting a hurry.
Lampson was siting in the plane heading back to the bunker, ” Poor Bill, I understand what he meant now by the plague… the people know to much. Im ruined and Bill knew it he knew we wouldn’t make it through this one.”
It was 3 am and the sun was rising already, it was already starting to warm up so I it was time to move. I went to wake Lur’Mar but his body was cold, I knew what had happened I didn’t want to accept it. I saw the marks on his arm, I must not of noticed them in the commotion or maybe I didn’t want to. I saw what it did to the pilot, I saw how it made him into a monster after he died. I knew be for he “re-awoke” I had to end it he wouldn’t want to turn into one of those things so I grabbed my 45. I was already half way down the cliff when I saw the X1 transporters, I was so excited all I could do was yell and scream, “I’m up here! I’m one of you!” . Luckily one of them must of saw me they stopped. I realized they weren’t normal soldiers by the bio-hazard suits they had on, but I didn’t care I just want out of this hell hole.