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How it Began

Prose

Anna Grace Pell 05/23/2035 The virus was never really meant to leave the lab or the quarantined testing area. It was never even supposed to come in contact with human skin unless deemed necessary by our nation’s President. The United States military created the extremely dangerous strain of Templachlonic Neurosis to use as a weapon against the country’s enemies in the next World War. After 2030, the tensions between the world’s superpower countries were near a breaking point. President Watson was terrified for our country, the threat of a nuclear attack was always hanging over our heads. So he ensured a backup plan… thus began “Plan Templachlonic.” This became the nation’s most top secret project. Only the POTUS, the Secretary of Defense, and the six epidemiologists who were assigned to this project were allowed to enter the lab. I was chosen to be one of those few epidemiologists. The six of us collaborated as a team, but I was a specialist on deadly pathogens. So my job was to determine which pathogens to cross with viral genetic DNA that came with stubborn symptoms, thus creating a disease that no one could escape from. One of the first trials contained a strain of MRSA or “Superbug” and a strain of a bacterial infection called Endocarditis. The goal was to use the MRSA to infect the subject, and hopefully, the strain of Endocarditis would direct the infection to the heart. MRSA is known to be very resistant to antibiotics, and the cardiac disease can be deadly if not treated immediately after exposure. Alas, this prototype was merely average in its attempts. The MRSA had failed to infect the lining of the heart before treatments were given. “I am extremely disappointed in this team… I expected more. We need to see gore and extreme severity. They cannot be able to treat the infection so quickly. I want them to have no hope of surviving...” The POTUS was unsatisfied with our work, to say the least. We employed 241 more trials over the course of three years, with little to no success. The 244th trial proved to be impressive enough. The successful attempt consisted of a strain of bacterium called Mycobacterium leprae, which causes the infectious disease known as leprosy. One of the most complex strains of influenza was also included in this concoction. This disease was perfect for our mission; it affected the skin, respiratory system, eyes, and nervous system. During the trials, the lab rats were suffering from

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