‘The Plague Virus’ by Zak Younger Banks Year 8

Plague
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PLAGUE: 2017

 Year: 2017

Town:VirusTown 17.4

Location: Small village in the heart of the City Centre

Situation: All locations contaminated with the Virus are on total lockdown, and encased in a giant steel dome.

James was a 13 year old boy living in Virus Town 17.4.  His family and lots of his friends had been evacuated, now only the infected remained in the town.  Or that’s what the council thought.  After James had been checked for infections, he had felt a blow to the side of his head and the last thing he saw before falling entirely unconscious was his family crying and leaving the room.  He woke up in a giant room and a small, flickering light bulb hanging from the ceiling shone the dim, white pool that was his only light source.  He could hear moans and screams but couldn’t see, as darkness engulfed the tiny circle which James was standing in.

“Hello?” James shouted aimlessly into the vast, black space.  For a while there wasn’t a reply.  But then a voice screeched out.

“Help!”  It sounded like the other screeches and moans in the room, croaky and worn-out.

James’ light went out.  For what seemed like years, James stood alone in the dark.  His only company was the sickening screeches and moans of agony.  Then the main, blue white lights on the ceiling lit up, and James saw it.  He was standing in what looked like an abandoned warehouse.  His only exit was a fire door in the corner of the room, all the others were locked.  There were stacks of crates and boxes by the walls, but they were behind the zombies.  Well, that was all you could call them.  James was surrounded by about a hundred people, all with some part of their body covered in warts and cracks in their skin, oozing blood.  Their faces had all the same marks – they had red rings around their eyes and the area around their mouths was caked in scabbed blood.  They cowered in the corner, avoiding the light.  James was about to be sick when he saw another person in the room, only a few feet away from him.  James’ mind had gone blank after seeing the ‘zombies’, and he only now noticed the boy shouting “RUN!” they both ran for the fire door, but one of the infected people (that’s what James guessed they were) stood in their way.  James skidded underneath it’s arm and kicked the fire door open, but the other boy was grabbed round the neck by the infected man.  His eyes turned red, his mouth scabbed up and his neck grew warts and cracked up.  James ran for his life, crying, until he hit into a steel wall.

He looked up and realised that the whole of the town was encased in a giant, metal dome.  There was a giant, shining bulb at the top of the dome, simulating sunlight.  There were also sprinklers on the ceiling to simulate rain.

“Hey”, shouted a voice from under a pile of rubble, “Help me….”

James pulled the man out and realised that his legs were covered in warts and blood.  James took his hands off the man immediately.  But instead of James becoming infected, the man healed up.

“How” James asked himself.

“How what?” asked the man.

“Well, I thought that if I touched an infected person, I would become infected”

“Maybe that’s only if they touch you first – maybe all they need is a bit of human DNA to turn them back into normal people?”

“That’s it – all I have to do is get some human DNA, and somehow get that on all of the infected people.  My DNA, from my virus check might be in the hospital – I could get the DNA mix it with the water in the sprinkler tanks and then squirt the whole town with it.  Then, the next time the council did a virus check on the town, they would let us out to the freedom of the city”.

“Well, you don’t have much time.  The next and last virus check on this town is in two hours.  Straight after, they’ll set this place on fire even if there’s the tiniest trace of the virus”.

***

James was on the roof of the hospital, zoomed in on the exit to the warehouse.  He had found a sniper rifle inside the Virus Check room – the guards would probably have used it to take out the aggressive infected.  The torches from the hardware shop were right beside him.

“Why aren’t they coming out?” James thought.  Then he remembered what had happened in the warehouse.  It had been dimly lit, but still the infected had cowered from the burning glow.  Then James had an idea.  The only reason the infected wouldn’t come out was because it was much brighter outside.  If it was dark outside, they would come out to the exposure of the sprinklers.  James switched to thermal scope, so he would be able to take out any infected that might happen to attack him.  He zoomed in on the massive floodlight shining down on the town and fired.  Straight after that, he set the sprinklers off.  He zoomed in on the people and noticed that their scabs and warts were fading.  Once he was sure that they were all cured, he threw some torches down to help them see.

***

 Two hours later, James and the citizens of the town were let out into the City.  James grew up and made his living writing novels about his experience and non-fiction works on the science of ‘Plague: 2017’.

Year: 2017

Town:VirusTown 17.4

Location: Small village in the heart of the City Centre

Situation: All locations contaminated with the Virus are on total lockdown, and encased in a giant steel dome.

James is a 13 year old boy living in a town swarming with the plague of 2017.  When he is trapped inside his hometown all alone, he is forced to find a way out.  But then he realises that he is not alone, and a far greater threat is revealed.  Can James save Virus Town 17.47 before it’s too late?

Zak Younger Banks


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