THE PHOENIX VIRUS
Diary Entry - 23rd August
Perseus Pharmaceuticals created a medication they
thought was going to wipe out every disease in the world; cancer,
arthritis, asthma and even the common cold. The product was
called Phoenix. Perseus selected one hundred disease-ridden
people to their secret underground facility where they
experimented with all their new products called the Cave. Phoenix
was administered to all of the patients. Within 24 hours of
injection, everyone was cured. But on the 25th hour, a
violent change occurred in all of the patients; they all had a
desire to eat. The desire became so strong they started feasting
on each other. 28 hours after injection, only 32 were left alive,
the others eaten and killed. The taste of human flesh sent them
into frenzy, and they escaped, killing more and more in the Cave.
35 Hours after the injections, security cameras noticed something
they knew was impossible but it happened anyway. The dead got up
again. Those who had been bitten, scratched, wounded by an
infected person slowly began to change into one of them. 37 hours
and the Cave was put into lockdown, trapping in everyone that was
inside. 42 hours after initial injection, we received word of a
small group of survivors holding up inside the Cave. That's where
we come in.
We are ARTS; Armed Response Tactical Squad. Our job
is to go in, extract the survivors and get back out while keeping
the infected contained inside the Cave, eliminating any hostile
threat along the way. We've been given 4 hours to get them and
ourselves out, after that, Perseus are going to blow up the cave
with napalm with hopes of killing all of the infected. This is
where it begins.
Captain Lucas Talon stood with the other five members of his
elite ARTS team. Talon was 26 years of age, with spiked fair hair
and green eyes. He held an MP-5 by his side, waiting for the
group to be let inside the Cave to start the mission. Standing
next to Talon was TK Locke, the team's communications and
computer expert. His job was simple, hack through any door locks
or computer systems that held them up. The shortest on the team,
TK was pretty nervous as it was his first mission.
A representative from Perseus Pharmaceuticals approached the
group of seven. Wearing a long white coat, Talon saw his name tag
as Dr. Gordon Lovett. Lovett nodded to several of the ARTS
members as he passed them but they made no response to him.
"Captain?" asked Lovett nervously.
"When are we going in, Doctor?" said Talon firmly.
Lovett was surprised at Talon's no BS attitude.
"Right now," he replied.
Lovett walked over to the elevator that was behind the group and
put his key into a keyhole, turning it and the elevator sprang to
life. The doors opened and the team piled in.
"This will take you to the Cave, it's three kilometers down, and
so it might take a few minutes. Good luck to you all," said
Lovett as the elevator doors closed.
The elevator suddenly dropped down as it made its way towards the
"What an asshole," muttered Claire Iris, the team's medic.
"Shouldn't have created some shit to cure everything, trying to
"He was trying to help," defended Jamie Webb, one of the three
soldiers whose job was simply to be an assault member.
"Yeah, well he really helped the people down here,"
The elevator was approaching the bottom and Talon prepared.
Clicking on the torch on the tip of his MP-5, the team did the
same with their various weapons; Claire had an MP-5, TK an M4
rifle and Webb held an MP-7. The other two members, Andy
Padalecki and Caitlyn Band had an M16 and P90 respectively. The
doors of the elevator creaked open and the team was met with
darkness, all of the lights in the Cave were out.
The team's torches emitted some light into the long corridor
before them, but not that much, so all felt a little uneasy.
Talon walked slowly into the hallway first, TK and Claire just
behind him. The others brought up the rear slowly. After about
one hundred meters into the hallway, Talon stopped and looked at
a fork in the corridor. There were now three different ways the
team could take.
"Which path do we take? Where's the signal coming from?" asked
Talon firmly to TK.
TK pulled out a small computer a tapped on a few keys. A quiet
electronic beeping emitted from the laptops speakers.
"It's about eight hundred and fifty meters down that left path,"
Talon nodded. "Can you get some lights on in here?"
TK typed furiously into the laptop and within a few seconds, the
lights in the Cave turned on. The team then wished they hadn't.
The hallway was drenched with blood. Smears were all over the
walls and floor. On closer examination, you could see trails in
the blood on the floor, as if someone had been dragged off by
someone, or something.
"Did you say that way?" asked a frightened Andy.
"Yeah," replied TK.
"Fuck that shit, man," yelled Webb. "I ain't going down there."
"Insubordination in my squad will earn you a bullet to the brain,
Webb. Don't forget that," threatened Talon.
Webb nodded slowly. "Yes sir, sorry sir."
Talon led the team quickly down the blood stained hallway,
getting closer and closer towards the signal. The team arrived at
a locked door, which looked as though it had been beaten
furiously from the outside, blood stained fist marks all over it.
Talon noticed the electronic lock on the door and tapped on the
door to see if anyone was inside.
"Captain Lucas Talon of the Armed Response Tactical Squad, anyone
in there?" asked Talon.
"Y-yes! F-finally! We locked ourselves in here! W-w-we don't know
the combination to get back out!" yelled a voice from the inside.
"Hold on! We'll get you out!" replied Talon. "TK, bypass the door
TK nodded and got to work on getting the combination to the
"Set up a perimeter guys, Andy and Claire twenty meters to the
left, Webb and Band to the right," ordered Talon.
The four nodded and moved off to make sure nothing was coming
The door cracked open as TK got the lock down. Inside were three
people. The first stumbled out and hugged Talon.
"Thank you so much. They came after us, we didn't know what to
do," stuttered the person.
"What are your names?" asked Talon curiously.
"I'm Victor White, security guard. That's Dr. Allison Verona who
scans patients for treatment, and that's Carlos McGrady, one of
the cooks here in the Cave," explained the man holding onto
"Okay, we've got to move and get out of here. How's our time,
TK?" asked Talon.
"3 hours 35 minutes until the napalm," said TK looking at his
"Okay, time to go. Let's go home guys," ordered Talon.
Talon led TK, Andy, Claire and now Victor, Allison and McGrady
back towards the elevator. ON the way, they met back up with Band
and Webb who were patrolling the corridor. The group moved
quickly towards the elevator. They suddenly halted when they came
to back to the fork in the corridor.
"You hear that?" asked Webb curiously.
The group listened. It sounded like something was coming towards
them from the three other corridors in the fork, like a floor
buffer on high. Actually, it sounded like several floor
buffers on high. Something rounded the corner of one of the
corridors, moving slowly into the corridor containing the ARTS
team and the three survivors. It was a person. He wore a white
coat, indicating he was a doctor here at the cave. But something
was wrong, he seemed to stumble more than walk and he groaned as
if he was in constant pain. Talon looked in horror as he saw his
face. His face was covered in blood! His mouth was still oozing
with red blood, dripping down onto his clothes. His eyes were no
longer a colour either, they were nothing but white.
"What the fuck is that?" screamed Band, raising her P90 at the
"Don't touch him! He's an infected person!" screamed Allison as
she saw the man.
The group watched in horror as the infected man slowly got closer
and closer to the group.
All of a sudden, a second person, moving the same as the first
rounded the corner, Followed by a third, and a fourth, followed
by two more. More and more kept coming until the entire fork in
the corridor was nothing but a crowd of infected. There had to
have been fifty, if not sixty infected slowly approaching.
"What are our orders regarding threats, Captain?" asked Band.
"Eliminate any hostile threats," replied Talon. "Fire!"
The ARTS team immediately opened fire on the group. The first row
of infected were cut down in the midst of all the bullets, the
second row going down in the same fashion. Talon and the team
backed up another thirty feet from the advancing hoard as they
reloaded. Then, something impossible happened. The infected
persons they'd jus shot dead, were getting back up!
"What the…" exclaimed Webb as he saw the bodies getting back to
Aiming carefully, Webb pumped three bullets from his MP-7 into
the head of one of the infected. The body fell down and this time
"Head shots kill them!" yelled Webb.
The team did so, but it was too hard to aim at one infected, get
a head shot, and then move on to the next one. The infected were
now fifteen feet from the group and still closing in, and the
ARTS team had only taken down maybe twenty infected.
"Time to fall back, guys," ordered Talon, turning to move down
the corridor, away from the hoard of infected.
"But that's our way out!" screamed Claire.
The entire group turned to run the opposite way, only to be
stopped by a second hoard of infected. This group was much large
than the first, numbering in the hundreds. Talon couldn't see
where the second group ended it was so big. They were now trapped
between two groups of infected!
The ARTS team were firing furiously at both groups, trying to
take down as many as possible. Talon grabbed one of his holstered
Desert Eagle pistols and tossed it to Victor. TK did the same
with an M9, giving it to McGrady while Claire gave one to
Allison. Talon looked around for an escape. The two groups were
closing in fast. Twenty feet and they would be on top of them.
Talon spotted the door that the survivors had been hiding in
before and rushed over to it, but it was locked again.
"TK, get that door open!" yelled Talon, letting of a burst from
his MP-5 into two infected.
TK nodded and rushed to the door, trying to remember the
combination. When he failed to remember, he got out his laptop
and tried to bypass the lock once again. There was now fifteen
feet between the group and the two hoards.
"Got it!" screamed TK, opening up the door and rushing into the
Talon directed the others towards the door, Allison and McGrady
rushing back inside, Claire right behind them. The others weren't
moving to the door, they were still firing at the infected
closing in. Webb arrived at the door and entered, still shooting
out the doorway at the infected. Talon was just in front of him
doing the same, trying to cover Band, Andy and Victor.
Talon and Webb watched in horror as the infected reached out and
grabbed Victor. One of the infected opened its mouth and bit down
hard into Victor's neck, blood spurting out as he screamed in
pain. A second infected bit into Victor's leg, a third to his
torso and a fourth on his shoulder. More and more infected closed
in on Victor until he was completely covered by infected,
blocking Talon and Webb's view of him. Victor's screams echoed
out through the corridor and then they suddenly ceased.
Andy reached the door and threw himself inside, some infected
clawing at him, but they all missed by mere inches. Band was
right behind him, reaching the door, only to be suddenly jerked
by two infected.
"Caitlyn!" screamed Webb and Talon in unison, each reached out
and grabbed one of Band's outreached arms, trying to pull her
into the room.
Andy returned to the door and helped, grabbing onto Band's belt
to try and pull her into the room away from the dozens of
infected grabbing her. Webb lost his grip on her arm and fell
backwards to the floor, Andy getting up and grabbing her arm
The infected started gnawing into Band's body, blood spurting out
from every bite mark as they began to eat her alive. There were
too many infected holding onto her, and Talon and Andy knew it
was hopeless. Talon let go of her arm and let of a shot into the
infected, hoping to get them away from the door. Andy still held
onto her arm, her hand clasped tightly around his arm from the
Band started to get pulled away as the infected mounted all over
her. Band's arm slid further and further down Andy's arm. Band
was trying to hold on so much that her fingernails scratched a
large line down his arm. Finally, Andy could do nothing more for
Band and he let go, slamming the door shut to keep the infected
The pounding on the door began as the infected tried to get in,
but the thick door held strong. Talon sat down and sighed. What
the hell were those? Looking around, Talon saw TK, Claire and
Webb all in shock, slumped up against walls, their eyes filled
with tears. Allison and McGrady did the same, shaking their heads
at the loss of Victor. Talon turned to Andy who was weeping for
Caitlyn at the door. Talon helped him to his feet and put him
against the wall.
"You did all you could," Talon reassured. "C'mon guys, on your
TK, Webb and Claire all slowly got to their feet, as did Allison
and McGrady. Andy slowly walked over and joined the other ARTS
"Time, TK?" asked Talon.
"2 hours 48 minutes."
Talon nodded. Looking around the room, Talon noticed there were
no other doors to escape from.
"Are there any other ways out of here?" asked Talon.
McGrady shook his head sadly, but Allison moved to the other side
of the room quickly. She knelt down on the floor and removed a
grill from the bottom of the floor.
"This vent's all we got," said Allison.
"Great," said Talon sarcastically.
The group spent the next ten minutes gathering up anything useful
from the room. They found several torches and one pistol. The
group decided it was now time to move through the vents and
hopefully find a way out of the cave. Andy wrapped a bandage
around the scratch that he'd gained when trying to get Band back
into the room. Talon went first through the vent, Webb behind
him. Allison and McGrady came next while Claire, TK and Andy
brought up the rear.
Before the group were even ten meters from the entrance of the
vent, they heard a loud crash, followed by a loud bang. Being
last, Andy crawled back to the entrance and poked his head
through the vent. The door had been knocked down! Andy scrambled
back through the vent and caught up to Talon and the group.
"Go! They've broken through!" screamed Andy.
Talon cursed to himself and then turned and crawled as fast as he
could through the vent. Talon crawled and crawled until he came
to a T-section; he could got left or right.
"Which way to the elevator, Allison?" asked Talon.
"Left!" replied Allison quickly.
Talon turned looked to the left and saw it was clear. He then
looked to the right and saw that it was not. A single file row of
infected were slowly crawling through the vents.
"Quick!" screamed Talon as he went left, followed by Webb,
Allison and McGrady.
Bursts of gunfire went out from Andy's M16 at the infected that
had followed the group through the vent. Claire got to the
T-section and looked to the right, seeing the hoard closing in,
about six feet from her. She let off several rounds from her M9
pistol, shooting dead the first two infected. 'That'll slow them
down' thought Claire, as they'd have to crawl over their fallen
to get to them.
TK and Andy also went through the T-section, Andy moving
backwards to whenever an infected came into view he shot it dead.
After thirty meters, Talon came to another T-section. Looking
left and right, he saw that there was infected coming from both
sides, thirty feet from the section. Talon noticed a grate below
him and pushed his way through, landing hard on the ground in a
"Through the grate!" screamed Talon to the others.
A few seconds later, Webb and Allison dropped from the grate,
landing on the floor with a thud. McGrady and Claire came next.
TK dropped down next, followed closely by Andy. The group looked
up and waited for the infected to appear, but Talon was one step
ahead of them. Grabbing a grenade off his belt, Talon pulled the
pin and tossed it up into the vent. Seconds later, the explosion
came and blood dripped from the hole in the vent.
The group rested for the moment to catch their breath. Everyone
was out of breath, especially Andy.
"You asthmatic or something, Padalecki?" asked Webb curiously.
"If you were at the rear and fucking inches from those things,
you'd be breathing like me too," wheezed Andy.
Talon went over to the door and poked his head out. He smiled
when he saw it was clear.
"TK, time and how far to the elevator?" asked Talon curiously.
"1 hour 40 minutes. We're 440 meters west from the elevator."
Talon nodded. "Okay, we're going to get out into this hallway and
run as fast as we fucking can to the elevator, got it?"
The group nodded. Talon stood by the door and made sure it was
clear. Meanwhile, Andy lifted up his bandage and looked at the
scratch on his arm. He gasped as he saw it had turned green and
black. His head pounded and he was becoming short of breath.
Looking around, Andy saw Webb was standing closest to him.
Before he knew it, Andy was on his feet and slowly moving towards
Webb, his eyes locked on Webb's neck. Webb screamed as Andy bit
down into his neck. Andy ripped a large chunk of flesh out of his
neck and proceeded to eat his prize. Webb turned and pushed him
away. Talon turned and saw Webb bleeding, Andy eating the flesh,
his eyes completely white.
"Fuck me…" Talon muttered.
"Motherfucker!" screamed Webb, grabbing a Desert Eagle pistol and
blasting a single round into Andy's head.
Andy fell down on his back dead. Webb held his hand over the bite
in his neck, trying to stop himself from bleeding.
"Your man became one because that girl scratched him," explained
"What? Band wasn't infected," exclaimed Talon.
"She had been bitten several times when she scratched him. That's
all it takes. The moment she was bitten she was infected. And now
so is he," said Allison pointing to Webb.
McGrady was the first to react, holding his M9 pistol to the back
of Webb's head.
"What the fuck are you doing, man?" asked Webb.
"You're going to become one of them soon. You can't stay with
us," explained McGrady.
"Fuck you, cook. You look like you're about 10 years old, you
don't make the decisions," said Claire, drawing her pistol and
aiming it at McGrady.
"I'm nineteen, bitch," replied McGrady. "And you know we can't
keep him with us."
"Doctor, is there an antidote? Something to counteract Phoenix?"
"There is an antidote to counteract the Phoenix in case in went
bad. But it was still in production by the time we administered
Phoenix to the patients. We never got the chance to use it, we
don't know if it even works," replied Allison.
"Where is it?" asked Talon.
"You know that room we were in before? That's it. There was some
stored in there," said Allison.
"We were just there collecting stuff! Why didn't you grab it?"
"I didn't know we'd need it!" replied Allison.
"We can't go back there," said McGrady.
"You don't make the decisions, remember?" said Claire.
McGrady withdrew the gun from the back of Webb's head and held it
by his side, Claire doing the same.
"McGrady's right. We can't go back there," said Talon. "I'm so
"Fuck…" muttered Webb to himself.
"There is some on the surface, Lovett has it," said Allison.
"Then that's what we're doing. Get ready to run," said Talon.
Talon kicked the door open and ran out into the corridor, which
was luckily empty. Claire, McGrady, Allison, TK and the wounded
Webb all followed. After a few minutes, they finally came to the
elevator. Talon pressed the button and waited for the elevator to
arrive. Webb sat himself down on the ground.
"I feel bad, man," he mumbled. "If I change…kill me before I hurt
"I will," replied Talon.
The elevator was taking its time, thought Talon. It'd been ten
minutes and it wasn't here yet.
"I don't think it's coming," said Claire.
"Something else sure is," muttered McGrady as he saw the hoard of
infected coming towards the elevator slowly.
"Oh man…" sighed Talon.
There were hundreds of them, all slowly moving towards the group
waiting for the elevator.
"Grenades," ordered Talon.
Talon, Claire and TK all stepped forward, as did McGrady after
Webb passed him a grenade. They all pulled the pins and threw the
grenades into the crowd. The explosion was massive, hundreds of
infected immediately exploding in large and chunky clouds of red.
But it didn't take out enough. There were still hundreds of
infected moving slowly towards the group.
"The elevator isn't working!" said Talon.
McGrady, Talon and Claire tried to wedge the door open, while TK
looked at his watch.
"Thirty five minutes!"
The trio finally got the door open and looked out into the
elevator shaft. Talon looked up and saw the elevator stuck about
fifty meters above them. He also spotted a ladder just left of
the open doors.
"Up the ladder," ordered Talon.
Allison went first, Claire behind her and then McGrady. Talon and
TK went over to Webb and helped him up. He looked terrible, as if
he could change at any second.
"Leave me," muttered Webb weakly.
Webb collapsed to the floor and pointed to the ladder. "Go."
Talon and TK went to the ladder, TK starting to climb first. Webb
pulled his final grenade from his belt and waited until the
infected got closer. Talon nodded at Webb, who winked back at
him. Talon started climbing the ladder as fast as he could. The
grenade detonated and the whole shaft shook.
Allison reached the bottom of the elevator and couldn't go any
"Now what?" she asked.
"Through the hatch!" said Claire.
Allison opened the hatch in the floor of the elevator and pulled
herself through. Claire and McGrady followed. TK and Talon
reached the elevator not long after.
"See if it works," said Talon.
TK pushed furiously on all of the buttons but the elevator was
"Through the hatch, again," said Talon, pointing to the second
hatch in the ceiling.
Looking down through the floor hatch, TK saw that the infected
weren't as slow and stupid as they first thought. They were now
moving a lot faster and were climbing the ladders. The need for
fresh human flesh had become great indeed.
McGrady crawled through the hatch in the ceiling and lifted TK
through. Talon sat near the floor hatch with his MP-5, taking out
the infected climbing the ladder.
Talon's gun went dry, just as the infected reached the hatch.
Claire and Allison were now through the hatch and standing on top
of the elevator. Talon hauled himself through the hatch and saw
McGrady and TK already climbing up the next ladder. Looking into
the elevator, Talon saw several infected were following them.
"Blow these cables. Bring it down on top of them," said Talon.
Talon ushered Allison towards the ladder and then Claire. Claire
stopped from going onto the ladder.
"I got the better aim, I can hit the cables," said Claire,
insisting that Talon climbed first.
Talon nodded and climbed up after Allison. Claire aimed her
pistol at the first of two cables and shot it. The whole elevator
jerked down about a foot. Aiming at the last remaining cable,
Claire prepared to shoot, only for her legs to be grabbed and
yanked forwards by two infected.
The infected dragged Claire screaming back inside the elevator
where the others could hear her screaming as she was eaten alive.
Talon drew Desert Eagle pistol and fired at the last cable,
sending the elevator hurtling quickly down the shaft, crashing
loudly when it reached the bottom.
The four remaining survivors climbed quickly up the long ladder
once Talon saw that more infected were coming up the ladder.
These guys just don't quit, thought Talon. McGrady reached the
very top of the ladder, where the ARTS team had originally
entered. TK arrived behind him, as did Allison and then Talon.
McGrady banged hard on the door, which slowly began to creak
"I'm coming guys," said a man on the other side.
"Quick, get them out," said a second voice; Lovett.
The elevator doors creaked open and a soldier extended out his
hand, grabbing McGrady and helping him up. TK, Allison and Talon
were all helped up by the same soldier.
"Thank you," muttered Talon.
"No worries," said the soldier, Valios Harper with a wink.
"Now, Captain Talon, I have some business to attend to, do you
mind?" asked Lovett curiously.
"Not at all," replied Talon quietly.
Talon noticed something odd about Lovett. He was sweating quite a
lot and looked tired and out of breath. He'd seen that look
before; Webb. Then Talon saw a blood stain on the pant leg of
Lovett's trousers. He'd been infected! Before Talon could say or
do anything, Lovett drew a gun from a holster in his jacket and
fired off a single shot…right into the chest of Doctor Allison
Verona. Allison stumbled backwards and fell…down the elevator
"What the hell did you do that for?" exclaimed TK.
"I found her video log…" said Lovett out of breath. "She planned
all of this."
Lovett grabbed the laptop from TK's bag and inserted a memory
card. After tapping a few keys, video started to play. It was of
"We've finished creating the Phoenix. My comrades believe it will
be used to cure every single disease in the world, all of them.
Sadly for them, this is not the case. It is a weapon. Phoenix is
being used by me and others to create our own personal army. And
what would you want with such an army; the world. I thank you,
Reginald Copperfield for your generous offer, and I accept. A
full case of the Phoenix virus will be sent to you. Please, enjoy
what we've created."
"What the hell was that?" asked a confused TK.
"Phoenix was never going to cure anything, only to turn people
into…zombies; to use as your own army. Allison sold crates of
Phoenix to the highest bidders all over the world. This is a
video message, confirming the purchase of one crate to someone
called Reginald Copperfield. Allison released the virus here on
purpose. She released the infected from the confinements to
eliminate everyone that was down in the Cave. But the plan
backfired, she didn't get out in time and had to be rescued. She
also succeeded in sending up a small group of infected through a
second elevator, one used for shipping supplies down to the Cave.
I was not so lucky to avoid them," explained Lovett, pointing to
the bite on his leg.
"But now you know. So I ask you this…will you go and stop the
Phoenix virus from spreading?" asked Lovett weakly.
"Yes," said Talon.
"I sure as hell will. I lost too many friends today," said TK.
"I will do my duty," followed up Valios.
"What the hell…I've lived this long," said McGrady
Lovett nodded and smiled. Then he brought his gun up to his
temple and fired. The group of four looked away as he did it.
Valios turned to the three survivors.
"We looked up Copperfield. He's in Haven City," explained Valios.
"Well then," said Talon. "Let's go."