Airborne

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: June 04, 2018

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Airborne

Most people did not even notice it as it buzzed gently over the town. The ones that did thought little of it – just another drone and there were plenty of them around.

Much of it’s journey was carried out at a really high altitude. It would have been indistinguishable from a bird or an insect then, to anyone that had bothered to look upwards.

It was nothing unusual. Nothing to take notice of. Not one person thought anything about it, not even when the outbreak began.

Two days after the drone had flown across the land, the sickness first appeared. There were only a couple of isolated cases that day, both put down to a viral infection; some kind of flu bug and nothing to worry about. The next day there were many more cases and by the week’s end there were hundreds, thousands, all sick with 'something'!

They called in the experts, in an attempt to discover what it was, how to deal with it. Until they had some idea, treatment was all but impossible. The number of dead and dying increased rapidly before any clue of what they were dealing with was found. Even then, it was vague, inconclusive. The virus was like nothing ever seen before, like a combination of ebola and SARS.

Ebola had been able to be contained as it was transmitted through bodily fluids but now it was not only airborne but was targetting the respiratory system too.

Of course there had been no quarantine restrictions put in place. The outbreak originated in the center of Europe, where travel was almost constant and global. It spread to encompass the world within a fortnight and to wipe out half of the entire human population within a month.

Some people, a very few, seemed to be able to fight it off, and it was hoped that some kind of serum would be developed using samples of their blood. There was not enough time to wait for that to happen for the bulk of humanity.

It would burn itself out eventually. Once it had spread as far as it could, it was designed to attack itself, feed on itself until it eventually imploded. Only then would its creators emerge in to a world of their own creating. The growth of population, together with an increase in greed had made this cull inevitable.

They’d cleansed the planet, saved it from destruction; at least that’s what they, in their madness, told themselves. Their minds had been twisted into so much insanity that they never even realised that they were dooming themselves too. The people necessary to keep things going were gone. They, themselves, did not possess the necessary knowledge.

All this from one single solitary drone.


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