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The R-virus
« on: May 24, 2013, 01:32:46 AM »
Thank God there are people out there! I have been wandering since the day everyone died. I am in southeastern North Carolina, somewhere in Brunswick county. I thought I was the last man alive. I haven't seen anyone, alive that is, in at least a week.

When I woke up the first morning, everyone was dead. I ran from house to house banging on doors, tried calling 911, drove to the police station, etc. No one was moving, anywhere. There were wrecked cars in the street, cars everywhere, buses, scooters, vehicles everywhere. I didn't understand what was going on. When I got back to my house, it occurred to me to check reddit and see if my local subreddit knew anything, but by the time I got back to my house the power had gone out. I had heard some explosion type sounds earlier in the day, so it must have been transformers blowing for some reason. I saw a couple of houses on fire as well, and no firetrucks anywhere to be found.

I have moved passed the initial panic that I felt on that first day, and after a few days of staying locked inside my house, I finally decided to venture out and see if anything had changed. The first place I went was to the grocery store down the street from my place. I couldn't even get near the front door of the place, the smell was unbelievable. There was no one there, of course. No one alive, that is. I managed to get to the hardware store a few blocks away and snag a respirator, then I went back to the store and got inside and got what canned goods I needed. I definitely will have food for quite some time. It was a chore though, because inside the store, in the dark, with corpses all around, I could only think about the Walking Dead and other zombie flicks. So you can imagine how difficult it was to steel myself and enter the place. But at this point I've gotten used to doing stuff like that.

So today, the power came on. It is on right now. I almost reverted to full blown panic when the lights suddenly came on, but I controlled myself and flew to the computer. I watched the lights on the cable modem, and surprisingly it connected, and now here I am. I am amazed that there are other people out there! I thought I was the last man alive!

And now I know that it is the R-virus, that it only affected non-redditors. I know there is a small contingent of reddit users across the bridge in Wilmington, so I may venture over there tomorrow and try to seek them out. But for now I am just relieved to know that there are still other humans out there.

Now that I have gotten that out of the way, I have a question - has anyone else noticed the red strings? I've seen them floating down from the sky four times now. I never see where they go, but yesterday while scouting around I found a car with three men in it that were covered in these red strings. The strings are one to two feet long, about 0.1 inch diameter and they seem... fuzzy. I can't think of a better word to describe them. Just fuzzy. Anyway, the strings were all over these three guys, especially around their faces. It looked as if the strings had crawled right into their nostrils and mouths and ears. It was really disgusting. I am getting used to seeing death and decay now, but this was worse than usual. And here's the thing about this - the car was still idling, and these three guys didn't look like everyone else - they seemed "fresh", as if they had died much more recently then the rest of the corpses. I went back today and the car is still there but the bodies and the strings are gone. Every time I see these strings floating down, there are thousands of them and they form a column that goes up hundreds of feet, so high I can't see where they are coming from and I also can't find where they are going. If anyone knows about this, please tell me. For now I am going to stay as far away from them as I can if I see them.

After this post I am going to go next door and "scavenge" a television, on the off-chance that there are any broadcasts, news or just anything at all on the air. If there are any other North Carolina survivors out there, speak up! We need to band together!
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2013, 01:58:17 AM »
Day 1: Woke up, everyone was dead. Checked neighborhood, no one. Panic. No one answers phone. Drove to police station. Drove to fire dept. Cars full of dead people everywhere, still idling. Returned home, power was out. May have heard xformers exploding earlier.

Day 2: Stayed inside. Haven't heard from anyone since yesterday morning. Don't know what to do except keep the door locked.

Day 3: Exhaustion catches up with me. Sleep.

Day 4: Venture outside. Getting control of myself. Turn off the few cars that I find still idling. Visit grocery store, can't even approach the door because of the strong odor of decay. Go to hardware store, get respirator and return to grocery store. Scavenge canned goods. Set for a few weeks now.

Day 5: Stay inside, panic returns.

Day 6: Feeling better, go outside again. This time I visit the local pawnshop and arm myself.

Day 7: At this point, I realize that no one is alive anymore and no one is going to ever be alive again. It no longer matters what I do; whatever I want to take, is mine. I set myself up in a house a few blocks away that is more suitable for defense, if the need arises. The trailer I was living in can be easily entered by someone who is determined to get in. This house has a strong front door, good solid construction. The only problem is the sliding glass door on the back, I will have to board that up when I get a chance. Twice today I saw something strange - I saw what looked like a column of smoke descending from the sky. On taking a closer look, I saw what appeared to be red strings floating down from very high up. I couldn't see where they were landing, but this was so unsettling that I didn't go looking for them.

Day 8: Spent the day scavenging for weapons and ammo, and bringing them back to the house. I found quite a few rifles and shotguns at the pawn shop, but not much ammo. I went to Walmart and found a few boxes of ammo, but nothing that fits the guns that I have. I wish I knew more about guns. I saw the red strings again, two more times. At about 12:45 pm, then again around 5pm. This is probably not a good thing. About six, I came across a car that was still idling. There were some guys inside that were covered with the red strings. The guys looked like they hadn't been dead very long, and the red strings were all over their faces, like in their mouths and noses and ears. I got out of there quick.

Day 9: I don't know where this day went. I know the day occurred, but I don't remember anything about it. This is extremely upsetting.

Day 10: Power came on. Internet connected, I am online! Found out about R-virus, reddit users are alive!  The guys in the car with the red strings are gone, but the car is still there.

Day 11: Went across the bridge into Wilmington. Didn't see anything, no survivors. Disappointed. Checked out some more pawn shops, struck a gold mine for ammo. I now have hundreds of rounds for the twelve gauge, and thousands of rounds for a rifle that says "7.62 x 54". The rifle rounds are metal jacketed, so I think that means they are pretty stout as far as rifle rounds go. Anyway, I have more of them than I'll probably ever be able to use.