Chris layed awake. He rarely slept at night anymore. There was just too many things that could go wrong. Not to mention they needed to people up to
watch the rest, and well, night was when you turned. Nobody never quite understood why it happened, but they new the ramifications. It started with
the sleeping sickness of 2020. People would get sick, and would just sleep. It was hard to keep them awake, to get them to move, to get them mobile.
They had successfully chalked that up to a simple staph infection that had genetically altered in a hospital, and a byproduct was that it produced
melatonin-- the sleeping hormone. It was antibiotic resistant, and so, the only cure for it was to let people sleep it off. That wasn't so bad so to
speak, as most the population went through the cycle of falling sick, sleeping 20-22 hours a day, would stay sick 2-3 weeks, then recover. Wasn't too
bad. What was bad though was when this staph met rabies in the wild. All of a sudden, people were waking up from sleep, and just going nuts, they
would turn feral overnight. people that clustered together would awaken to someone trying to eat their arm. It's just crazy. Eventually the mutated
rabies virus spread to everyone. It wasn't passed by saliva, or blood anymore. A simple touch would give it to you. It would start off slowly, people
would be fine for weeks, even months, but the virus would slowly build up feeding on the staph infection, and the staph just making you tired. Nobody
knew who was a carrier till it was too late, and by then well, pretty much everyone you came in contact with was infected.
Chris started off again;
"There were ways you could fight it. One, no deep sleep, when you go into deep sleep, melatonin increases, that feeds the staph and the staph feeds
rabies type c. Not sure why they call it type c, maybe because its an outright # to deal with, but prolly cause a and b were already taken. Anyway,
who cares, don't take go to sleep, just take a power nap. Those fat lazy bastards that could sleep through alarms, they were the first to turn i tell
you. It was obscene the first couple weeks, all these worthless momma's boys who could get a date if you counted their had, rising up almost
simultaneously from their momma's basement filled with video game consoles and mini fridges cause they were too damn lazy to climb the stairs. Yep,
momma got a big suprise when their little boy decided they were on the plate.
Next came the stay at home moms- staying up at all hours sleeping when they could, trying to take care of their families. One day little tommy didn't
get picked up from school to go to soccer practice. Dad gets a call, picks up little tommy, and they come home to momma chewing on whats left of
little suzie. Yep, thats some #ed up # right there.
Then came the kids and old people. Wave after wave they all got sick. Everyone is sick now, it just depends on what stage your in. Like I said though,
I'll outlive them all. I got it figured out. I got a system. I have my alarm on my watch set to go off every 15 minutes. I have to turn it off
manually. My phone is set to the same 15 minutes; and I got the new shocker socks that came out right before the collapse. Yep you guessed it, set
alarm, shocks the hell out of your feet. I got that set to every hour. Hey man, like I said your shocking your feet and it hurts like hell.
Anyway, I don't sleep during the night, I know, you want too. Hell after only sleeping every 15 minutes or so for months on end, you want too, but you
can't too much chance to fall hard, and god knows, once you do, thats it your done now adays. I know I'm talking all crazy now, and you know what,
your probably right, but I tell ya, thats just from staying up so long. You can't go to sleep, you sleep and thats it, you don't come back.
I already say dad and mom turn, I had to put a bullet in each of them. It was hard but I had to do it, they were chasing me, and I don't know how they
managed to turn at the same time, but they did. They both turned. I had to run to the library, lock the door and get into the gun save. Dad was
banging on the door, letting out all kinds of noise behind the door. I never been so scared in all my life, but I had that pump shot gun, and as soon
as that door came bam, bam, bam, bam. Got them both. Dad dropped first, mom right behind him. I took the pistol out and polished them both off with a
head shot. Had too, didn't want them to suffer after all, they were my mom and pap after all.
Still I did what I was supposed to do. I called the police and reported it. Told them exactly what happened, and thats where we are at now. Me,
sitting here talking to you, and you just sitting there nodding and listening. I don't know why the put me in this damn cell, and they took my phone,
my watch, and my socks. What the hell How and I supposed to not sleep. Still this was delicious pudding I was eating. The best I ever had. There was
no stopping eating this all day long."
I'm not sure what the hell to do, but I know I'm not safe. This 15 year old kid seemed nice enough, but man alive, he just admitted to shooting both
his parents and giving them a double tap. Talking about freaking zombies, and 2020 like the year had already passed. The kid looked like a zombie; he
wasn't right in the head. He was rambling on alot of it just didn't make sense; one minute talking about sleep, the next rabies, then talking about
mersa. Sure this was just a holding cell, and I get it. its a small town jail, one damn cell, and yea, I might be the town drunk, but man alive, this
kid is freaking crazy, he's been talking none stop, and its 2am. He doesn't stop talking.... Oh wait a second its quite. Maybe he fell asleep.... I'm
just going to be quiet.
Tom leaned over desk to look down the hallway, the cell had the light out, it was supposed to be lights out. Didn't matter what he had said to the kid
though, he just didn't stop talking; socks, watches, on and on and on. The kid was crazy, and doc would be in in the morning to check him, poor Mike
had to deal with it; well thats what you get for your 4th DUI, maybe his cousin the town judge would slap him harding this time. Still, it had been a
while since he heard the kid talking. Maybe he finally fell asleep. Tom figured that mike would have slept off his buzz long ago. Still, it was time
to make rounds. Tom got up and stretched. Cracked his hands, neck, back, touched his toes like he normally did after sitting at a desk watching a
movie trying to drown out the shear boredom. Still, He supposed it was actually time to work. Pyschotic kid and town drunk, what a pair. Usually
didn't get a two-full house, most the time, he just sat around waiting for the phone to ring with the typical teenage prank, or the old lonely lady.
Still, mike would occasionally get busted with a drunk and disorderly, or a public intoxication, or whatever the hell his most recent issue was. It
was typical to see him once a month or so. With his family controlling the town though, he would usually stew for a weekend then get released for time
served. Rather annoying, but at least he broke up the monotoney of a dull overnight shift where nothing happened.
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