Chapter 24: interlude 2
(Tl note: sorry I have been busy… only this chapter for today…)
Nakagawa Sarah needs to do something. It wasn’t only her. Many researchers that are gathered in this facility all thinking of the same thing.
Zombie Apocalypse. It has threatened humanity in only a short period of time. The researchers that is usually done things in secret, now abandoning their principles. No one is trying to monopolize their research report. They are working together, driven by a strong sense of crisis.
One of the reasons they tried to cooperate is also because the variation of the zombie virus has exceed thousands. The cause of it is zombie A, zombie B and zombie C all had different virus inside of them. Even if they all shared their research result, it was hard to find a solution.
Sarah research is focused on flagella virus that she discovered while American institute focused on the spherical virus. The Russian laboratory finds a tailed virus.
“What is the meaning of this?”
Those researchers are holding a video conference and comparing their research results but they couldn’t figure out anything. They can only know that the brain cells didn’t affect much because of it.
They concluded maybe they can start by healing the brain cells first. If they can make an antivirus for the brain, they could make a big progress in fighting the zombie apocalypse.
However it was also met such difficulties. The virus couldn’t be replicated and reproduced inside the lab. Animal experiments, not only mammals such as rats and rabbits, even monkey and gorillas failed to give positive results. Although the virus can attack the animal’s brain but they failed when replicating. Maybe that is the reason no zombie other than humans can be found.
They also found out that if a human have died prior to be bitten by the zombie, the corpse won’t become a zombie. Furthermore the changes on the body of those who become a zombie still can’t be explained why. Except for the brain cell that isn’t altered, the rest of the body is greatly affected.
The researchers don’t have enough data. The changes when alive human is bitten and turn into a zombie, the whole process might be needed to be researched. Judging from the number of thousands virus variation itself, it tells how much time needed before the research bear fruit. If it’s a race against time, maybe the human race will go extinct. Some may hope 1% human may survive but it was a mere hope.
At least that is what Sarah believes in. For her who has lost both of his parents because of deadly disease, she refused to give up. She needs to fight. She has to win against the virus! She may need to take a closer approach to the virus. Even if it will endanger her life, she needs to do something.
One week after the zombie apocalypse begin, Sarah has split open countless corpse of zombie. She isn’t afraid of getting infected and focused in her research.
The dead bring no result so they start to bring in alive sample. A zombie is brought in. Although its limbs have been restrained, however its neck is twisted and fallen while managed to bite a staff member.
The staff has undergone some training; he directly sterilized the wound however it is failed. In less than one minutes, he turned into a zombie. Now a danger of him affected more colleague is occurred.
“Why is this happening….”
Sarah let out a desperate cry. Due to the nature of the facility, there are safe lock door placed to ensure safety. However their goal is to prevent zombies outside from entering. Soon the emergency bell ringed but what happened can’t be reversed. The zombie staff infected others in the area. Finally it is also Sarah turn to be infected.
Her left arm is bitten, some flesh is scooped out and blood flows out with a dull pain followed after. It is already too late to think of anything. The zombie that infected her also left her behind to look for new victim.
“I…still haven’t achieved anything…the virus…”
Sarah rather than thinking about her situation is more focused on her research. Soon pain entered her chest and she realized. In less than one minute she will turn into a zombie. With her last strength she pressed a red button of emergency. It was her last resort to force a lockdown on her research facility. At least she has to stop it from spreading further inside the lab. After seeing the door closed, Sarah collapsed on the stop. Her life flashed in front of her eyes as she loses her consciousness.
She didn’t know how much time has passed but she woke up. Her head ached while she tried to remember what is happening.
She exclaimed while remembering she has been bitten by a zombie. Her left arm that was gouged out can’t be seen anymore and the blood has been dried.
Sarah checked her surrounding while reaffirming her goal.
“Okay, I’m Sarah.”
She has a mission to find a cure for the zombie apocalypse virus. However she realized there is no hope in finding a cure but a new hope is found.
“If I can find another one…”
There must be a reason why she survived.
“If I can make children, two people can become, three, four, and so on.”
She felt an instinct. If there is another man who is like her who isn’t infected by the zombie apocalypse virus, humanity has a chance to survive.
“Where can I find him..?”
(TL note: I wonder why she didn’t research her own body lol… instead she is thinking of becoming Adam and Eve… hahaha)