Well, it would be really great if adding chapters would work, but it doesn't. So I'll just be adding each entry to this page right here.
March 16, 2010
I woke up early enough for school today. That is, if we still went to school.
Schools have been closed for weeks now, along with everything else. Malls, grocery stores, fast food places, gas stations. All closed. The only places still in business are hospitals and police departments. Not that any amount of policemen can control this situation. With hospitals overflowing with incurable patients, and no one running the shops, the crime rate has gone insane. I’m glad my family lives a few miles out of town, away from most of the chaos. It buys us some time, but not much.
So, I suppose you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about. Good. That’s why I’m writing.
Two strains of an unknown and yet to be cured virus started in Mexico, and made its way across the United States, taking out hundreds of people every week. In the beginning, the government tried to hide the disease, but it wasn’t something that can be kept from the public for long. Soon, the media found out, and the new virus was all over the news across the nation. Newspapers stopped publishing news, instead they listed the names of those lost to the disease, and in every issue was written the one symptom of the virus: discoloured urine. That’s right. Red, purple, orange, and sometimes all three colours. People were afraid. Some were skeptical. They wrote to the newspapers, telling them to call off the joke, or asking what was going on, how they acquired information on the virus. The newspapers wouldn’t say for some time, and then they admitted they’d infiltrated the U.S. government’s secret files. After that the papers stopped publishing altogether. No more newspaper. However, the news channels on TV haven’t failed yet. The people rely on TV news to gather where the virus is.
The fist U.S. case of the Virus was in San Antonio, Texas. From there it spread west to New Mexico, and Arizona. Once it hit California it spread like wildfire all the way to Nebraska. This was Strain A of the virus, or the Western Strain. The Eastern Strain spread from Austin, Texas to Louisiana and Oklahoma, skipped Kansas and headed into Missouri, then spread all the way to West Virginia. That’s where the latest case was reported.
This leaves Kansas, North Dakota, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New York, and Maine as the only uninfected areas in the United States. I live in an infected area, at the bottom of Nebraska. My grandma and great grandma are now living with my mom and I, and the four of us plan to leave for the east coast tomorrow. We’re meeting my cousins in Maine, then taking their boat to Anywhere-But-Here, in hopes of escaping the virus.
-Molly Grant, Age 16
March 17, 2010
Hello, again. I just got done packing, but apparently our trip is going to be delayed.
The plan was to buy and live in an RV on our trip to Maine. We found an RV for sale, and my mom had set up plans to buy it today, but the people selling it are not answering their phone. Yes, cell phones do still work. For now. I’m sure they’ll be shut down eventually, but I have no idea when. The internet is still running, too, so we’ll use that to hunt for another RV. Mom is assuming the sellers of the other one caught the virus, and she doesn’t want to risk buying an infectious RV, so she isn’t going to bother calling them any more. So now we’re on an RV hunt, and hopefully we find one fast. I don’t want to stay here long enough to get sick…
I’m wondering what’s going to happen. My best friend, Kristin, left a week ago. Her family went to the east coast, too, of course. That’s where everyone is headed. Although, if you ask me, we’ll all probably bring the virus to the coast more quickly by rushing there and it won’t be a safe zone for long. If we’re lucky, it will stay safe at least until we get to my cousins’ boat and sail away.
How is this all going to effect my future? Will I get to have a family? Or even a boyfriend? What about prom? I haven’t graduated high school yet! I wasn’t ready to lose all this when the virus was first discovered, and I’m still not! I wish everything was normal again. Mom says we’ll all be okay. That I’ll start school wherever our boat lands, and I’ll meet friends and boyfriends there. I’ll have to learn the language, of course, but I’ll make it.
I don’t believe her. She’s just being a mom, trying to sound like everything is fine, when it really isn’t.
-Molly Grant, Age 16.
March 20, 2010
Hello. It’s been a few days. My great grandma is sick. Not with the virus, she’s just old and gets sick a lot. But now we have to be extra careful because she is even weaker and won’t be able to fight off the virus as easily.
I got a phone call from Kristen yesterday! She said that they made it to the coast alright and now they’re trying to find a boat. I wish we could go on the same boat, then we’d end up in the same place and wouldn’t have to be apart for so long. I hope we can find each other again once we get across the ocean or wherever we’re going. It’s scary thinking that no one in my family but me, my mom, grandma, great grandma, and my cousin and her husband will be traveling across the sea in the same boat. My dad is moving to Kansas, where the virus seems to have skipped over. Hopefully it doesn’t come into Kansas, though no one knows why it hasn’t. My mom is taking me overseas because she doesn’t want to risk staying in the U.S. Which is a good reason, I guess. But I’m going to miss my dad and his side of the family. I haven’t been able to get a hold of dad’s mom and dad. I’m scared. I hope they’re okay.
Mom thinks she found us an RV for the trip. She isn’t sure yet, but it’s the best she’s come up with so far, so we’ll see I guess. I hope we get it and everything works okay. I don’t want to leave, but I also want to be safe. Or at least kind of safe. I don’t want to stay here long enough to get the virus.
I’m glad we still have electricity and all. I don’t know why a virus would take that away, but in a lot of
those end-of-the-world movies the electricity goes out. But anyway, I’m glad it hasn’t. Otherwise we’d never find an RV, our cell phones would all be dead, my iPod would be dying, and a whole lot of other stuff wouldn’t work. Yes, electricity is good.
I guess I’m sort of excited about traveling across the ocean. I went there a few years ago, when we vacationed in Florida. I never thought the next time I’d see the ocean would be because I was running from a world ending virus. But it might be cool to go across the ocean and be in another country. I’ve never been out of the country.
I’m trying to look on the bright side, you know? Be optimistic about the whole thing. Which is a little difficult, what with the world, or at least my country, ending and all… But I’m trying. Points for trying.
-Molly Grant, Age 16.
March 22, 2010
My ex-boyfriend has the virus.
I don’t even know what to say. I can’t believe it’s hitting this close to home. Literally. He lives not far from me. But even aside from that, I still cared about him. I wouldn’t have wished the virus upon anyone, even an ex. JT is actually probably one of the last people I’d want to see catch it, even if we did break up. I still have feelings for him. Ugh, I don’t know how to take this.
I want to call him. But I don’t know if I should. I’d probably end up crying. I heard from my friend Alex, who is also one of JT’s good friends. Alex called this morning and he said JT had caught the virus last night, and he won’t fit in the hospital. A doctor is going to his house to see him, but there isn’t much a doctor can do anyway. I don’t know why it reall ymatters for hospitals to be open. Anyway, I’m just trying to decide whether or not to call…
Aside from that, nothing much has changed. The deal is almost closed on the RV. My mom and I are going to look at it later tonight. I’ve been pretty bored lately. No one does anything but run away anymore. Run away or hide. We’ve been hiding in our house, and it’s driving me insane. I hope we buy the RV tonight and leave tomorrow. I’m so ready to just go somewhere. I will miss my friends. I miss them already. It’s going to be horrible, and I guess I realize that. Maybe it just hasn’t settled in yet, because I haven’t cried or anything. I bet I do eventually.
I wonder how my great grandma is going to do in the boat. She’s so old and frail, I hope she does alright. I even worry about my grandma in the boat, but…I guess. Nothing we can do about it, right? Grandma has been cooking a lot lately. She makes those delicious home-cooked meals you always hear about. She uses old recipes that she’s had so long they’re all memorized. I love her food. Heck, I love grandma.
The virus has been spreading farther east. I was watching the news today with the rest of my family, and I guess it’s moving fast. Maine is still safe, for now. Canada has been infected. Not any farther east than the United States has, but cases have shown up in west and mid-Canada. Mid-Canada? Is that a term?
-Molly Grant, Age 16.