Random Musings #7.4

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Martin returned almost an hour later with Max’s fire ax, and my baseball bat, interrupting my thoughts.  Someone from his group I didn’t recognize was accompanying him. The person was short and stocky. Wearing a patched up green scrub. Watching us through black glasses, as Martin handed our weapons back to us. Handing something small to Martin before leaving.

Shoving the small device into my hand, Martin said “This was part of the hospital’s intercom system at one time. It will act as a short range radio system if needed. Beth will accompany you on your search. She was a nurse here before the world went to hell. The children will follow me back to the common area, where they will be safe. Please be quick if you can and try not to put yourselves in unnecessary danger. Good luck,” turning around and leaving.

Beth gave Martin a slight glance watching us as Jillian and Jet slowly left the room. Letting Martin take the lead in the process. All of three of us watched them leave. I hoped Beth knew more than Martin since we were in her hands.

I said, “Lead the way, Beth.”

Beth stood there in silence for several minutes before speaking in a hushed tone, “We are going to have to stick together if we want to live. I think the area where the meds are was part of the forced quarantine when the government still had power. There should be a few biohazard suits a few doors down. We will need those suits on before we enter.  I’ve heard whispers of why the government shut down parts of this hospital. If there is any truth to the rumors, this could go wrong quickly. Stay on alert if you can,” walking towards the door. Unholstering a pistol as she walked. “Try to stay in the middle of the corridors. Any locked or barricaded doors will remain that way,” taking her first step out the door.

In silence, we followed her. On a heightened state of alertness if anything either one of them said was true. Watching both the walls and floor for signs of recent movement. It gave me a sense of ease as we moved.

After about ten minutes of walking, we stopped at the end of a corridor with three doors. Two doors placed on both the left and right walls respectively. A set of double doors that led forward, had been sprayed with a large biohazard symbol spread over the doors. Along with the phrase “Keep out,” sprayed above and below the symbol in white. An ominous warning in graffiti.

Beth said “The biohazard suits should be behind the closet door on the left. Let us hope no-one took them in the panic of things.,” walking towards the door. Pistol raised at the door as a precaution. “One of you stand behind me, the other against the wall outside the door. Just be careful,” waiting for us to follow her instruction.

With long silent steps, Max took the wall against the door. Forcing me to take a spot behind Beth. Using her fingers to count to three we waited. Watching as she opened it on the count of three. Seeing a few decayed bodies, wrapped around each other. Both with a single bullet hole in the middle of their skulls. Decaying green smocks hid if they had any other injuries before they were killed. Any signs of who they were didn’t seem to be on them.  Beth sighed some before entering the door. I wondered is she knew who they were. Doubtful I would be much help searching in that cramped space. I waited, leaning back into the wall some. Ten minutes passed before Beth walked out. Carrying three sealed bio-hazard suits, in bright yellow bags.

Ten minutes passed before Beth walked out. Carrying three sealed bio-hazard suits, in bright yellow bags. Whatever lurked past the graffitied door, I hope these would protect us. I had witnessed the early stages of this infection before. It wasn’t a pleasant sight.

Beth said “Will put these on each other. There should be gloves and a respirator built into the suit. Just be careful with them. I don’t know if we will have to use them again.”

 

Random Musings #5.6

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Someone shook me till I woke up. To my slight annoyance, I saw Gibil had been sent to wake me.

With a yawn, I asked, “What is it now,” resisting an urge to punch him and go back to sleep.

Gibil rolled his eyes some before responding, “We leave for the mission in a few hours. Need you awake, prepped and ready to go in two. They both have some final words to say before we leave anyway,” letting me go. Taking a few steps backward, “Maybe shower and eat too,” before leaving my sight.

Forcing myself out of bed with a groan I staggered forward. Wishing Gibil had at least brought me some coffee before waking me up. Taking slow steps towards the bathroom for a quick and hopefully awakening shower.

Turning off the water, I managed to dry and dress with a slight bounce in my step. Feeling awakened as I walked out of my room. Dressed in black and gold mission clothes. Placing the two custom made augmentation bracelets on my wrists as I walked to the kitchen.

Where the smell of burnt coffee and chicken greeted me. Those not going on the mission were cooking. As everyone else sat around the oblong table in silence. Dressed in the same black and gold clothing I was. Just tailored to their own powers. Finding an empty seat between Borelis and Pierce I sat down. Receiving a slight acknowledgment from the room with nods. Everyone in the mental preparation stage, like I, soon would be.

After eating those going on the mission were led by Chronos and Minerva to the main chamber before the exit door Both of them giving glances over all us. Their gazes more sullen than inspecting.

Minerva said “As we go forth into the night recall all that has been taught to you. Do not relay on your instincts to be the heroes your parents were. We fight as a group if we want to survive to fight another day. Check your gear before we leave. Remember we are rebels, not heroes,” shouting that last part as she beat her hand against the air three times. Trying to inspire us before the mission fully began.

 

Random Musings #5.5

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Two days had passed on the outside, by the time we ended the exhausting training pace. My entire screamed in agony as we the eight of us climbed up the stairs. A collective groan escaped everyone as, we managed to sit down.  The scent of food being cooked hit us hard. Despite my exhaustion, I was famished. After eating nothing but dried out protein bars.

All eight of us had devoured the food that was brought out to us. What little remained was rapidly brought back into the kitchen. Given the accelerated training and the small feast that followed, I was eager to rest. Knowing Chronos and Minerva would share their plan before that would happen.

Barely noticing Gibil, or Borelis as they approached with something in hand. Managing to stay conscious, I watched as they unrolled it. Both of them being careful as the paper revealed a map, as they glanced at Minerva and Chronos. With a nod from both Borelis began to speak ”

With a nod from both Borelis began to speak “My visit to the archives confirmed some of Chronos’ suspicions. Before the Order of Holy Light infected the world with its religion, there was a military base there for some unnamed government agency. There is little in the archives as to what the base’s purpose was, but I doubt it was good.  The only other thing in the archives of note was three meteors crashed into the area. There could be a connection but I’m not sure what it is, or it could be nothing.”

Minerva asked “Interesting Borelis. Any increase in guards for the base?”

Borelis responded “Only a slight one, along with an increase in patrol frequency. It shouldn’t make things any more difficult.”

Minerva said “Good, assuming they haven’t found something the previous inhabitants left behind. Even then we attack their arsenal and power supplies first. Gives us the best advantage we can.”

Chronos said “It seems I may have to make some changes to the plan since I would prefer not to wait for reinforcements. It would be nearly impossible for them to get here by dusk tomorrow, ” taking a few minutes to think. “We will still divide and conquer.  Gathering the guards at the main entrance with a mesmerizing distraction. Borelis and Loriel that will be your job, Pierce you keep them safe from the shadows should any guard be curious. Frigar and Earolis I will need both of you to create tunnels on the east and west side of the structure as that gets done. That should allow both groups to enter without detection. You will follow them in once the tunnels are created but keep them open should things go wrong. The group on the east side will consist of Frigar, Genesis, Gibil, and myself.  While the group on the west will Earolis, Minerva, Jaliki, and Kali. Anyone I didn’t mention will be tasked with defending the base. If things backfire on either front, we will meet at the other safe house buried in the mountain. Also, anyone that needs equipment made or repaired for them, see Genesis. Anything to add Minerva?”

Minerva responded “For most of those here this is something you have heard me say before. This mission is important and will require teamwork and coordination. If you must break off from the group bring someone with you. They will be your backup if you run into something you can’t handle. We may have super-human powers, but we aren’t heroes; we are rebels. Also if you need help try to shout for it. someone will get to you as fast they can. Do try to remember both of those in the heat of combat. That is all for now. Those that trained before this meal, you are on a much-earned rest period. Everyone else should be making mission preparations. You are dismissed,” standing up as she snapped her fingers twice in quick succession.

With a grunt I managed to stand up, using the tablHearingrin no questions about the plan, I took slow steps towards my quarters. In desperate need of sleep and a shower.

 

Hmm… that is interesting.

The idea for writing about this came from reading an article written by Neil Gaiman. You can read the article here.

While I may not have read much of Neil Gaiman’s novels, or graphic novels yet. However, I do have tremendous respect for him. He makes several points in his article, including one about having no limits on what he read as a child. Some of the other things he discusses in his article, on banned books, the importance of the libraries, the concept of classifying books, and freedom of speech.

Honestly, I agree with most of his statements. While books may be the subject of controversy, and banning. Even the concept of medium could be argued to some extent.

Personally I think books, are small, portable gateways to other worlds no matter the medium. No group, or person should have control on what is read excluding the creators (artists and writers). I exclude them since everything they make is meant to be imaginative, for the most part.

People young, and old should read what they like. Young adult literature is a great example of something that has a questionable age range. Honestly I have seen people who have past what would be thought to be the target market for young adult literature, reading things that fit that genre. Of course that includes myself. Restricting what a child can read, because it you don’t agree with it, or it depicts something you see as offensive is almost redundant. Especially in a world where you can search for anything online.

I’m curious to see what are your thoughts on the article. Do you agree? Disagree?