Essay:Parasitic Crisis (Short Story)
This is a short story by yours truly.
On March 2, 1949 was the day that the world would be
changed forever. A plague unintentionally unearthed on that cool
March day deep in the Eastwater Cavern. This plague decimated
Somerset, England and quickly spread worldwide.
People who died from the plague came back from the dead as
flesh eating creatures. The undead were extremely difficult to kill.
Bullets to the head and chest did absolutely nothing. Due to this
the plague had spread across the United Kingdom within days
and the world within weeks.
It was not until June 5 when people discovered that complete
decapitation was the only viable method at destroying the
undead. Global militaries switched from using guns to using
swords. Undead hordes will be quickly slaughtered by organized
Finally on December 19, 1952 multiple countries were deemed
safe to live in. Governments regained control over lost territory.
To prevent the undead from reaching the reclaimed cities, walls
and fences were erected to keep the hoards out. Humanity barely
On the day that the end started, Professor Zeke Braun from
the University of Oxford led a group of undergraduate geology
students to Eastwater Cavern. The group intended to do a study
of the rock formations in the cavern.
In the Boulder Ruckle section of the Eastwater Cavern the
students began their studies. Zeke carefully monitored the
actions of his students. Reckless actions could create major
problems. Either way Zeke had several plans in the event
something went wrong. Always better safe than sorry.
As the students gathered samples for study, one student by
the name of Darren York wondered deeper into Boulder Ruckle.
Something compelled him to do so. Darren had no idea why he
was leaving the group.
Coming closer to a small hole in the ground, Darren looked inside
using a lantern for light. In the hole was a pulsating object. The
object had the appearance of blue colored jello. In the object is
what seemed like pieces of rock.
Upon closer inspection Darren had noticed that the "rocks" in the
object were actually eggs of some sort. That was certain. In his
mind Darren knew he should have gotten away from the
Darren's body however was working against him, he wanted to
warn the others. No matter how much his mind protested, Darren
found himself putting his hand into the goop. Suddenly the goop
moved up his arm, then to his throat and finally into his mouth;
The students started making observations about the rock
formations. Zeke was impressed by the work of his students. All
of them were so careful, so observant and they had what it took
to be a scientist. The entire scene reminded Zeke of his days as a
Zeke walked among his students, carefully watching their actions.
Everything was fine until he noticed that Darren was missing.
Cursing under his breath Zeke asked the students, his annoyance
"Class, have any of you seen Darren anywhere"?
The students looked at each other with confused expressions.
None of them knew where Darren went. One student spoke up
before Zeke became more angry,
"Professor Braun, I think I saw Darren wonder off. I am not sure".
Once Zeke heard that, he was now furious. Darren knew that he
was supposed to stay with the group! Nonetheless Zeke began
walking in the direction he believed that Darren went to. Before
he got too far Darren showed up.
Zeke noted that Darren looked exhausted, dazed and pale.
Right then and there Darren collapsed to the ground. That told
Zeke that they had to leave immediately; he then said to
everyone in a stern tone,
"Okay, we have to leave now. There could be a gas leak. Move
Everyone grabbed their gear while Zeke carried Darren over his
shoulder. The trek through the cavern to the entrance took about
an hour but they got out without any incident. All the students
were tired after wandering through the cave.
Outside the cave, Zeke led his group to the bus with urgency.
They needed to get Darren to a doctor and fast. Zeke set Darren
in one of the empty seats. The students sat down in their seats as
Zeke began driving the bus.
Darren opened his eyes just for the sun to cause intense
burning. He groaned in agonizing pain. The pain in his body was
beyond human comprehension. Nobody could even begin to
understand this pain.
Susanna Barnes looked at Darren, she was deeply concerned.
There was something seriously wrong. None of the symptoms he
had experienced were related to gas.
She knew that as her father was a coal miner and that old man
told everyone about his work. Not one day would go by without
Susanna hearing at least ten things about coal mining. She then
found herself going from the issue at hand to her kook of a father.
Her train of thought derailed as Darren began to severely cough.
Susanna was unable to do anything as were none of the other
students. Nobody on the bus was a medical professional. All they
could do was find a hospital or clinic.
Zeke made the choice of heading to Bridgewater where
the hospital was located. It was Darren's best chance at
treatment. The bus began moving much faster as Zeke pressed
his foot on the gas. Everything else Zeke thought of went out the
The drive felt like it took forever as Darren's condition went down
hill at a geometric rate. Each passing mile felt like twenty miles.
Very loud coughing noises came from Darren whom was much
sicker than earlier.
Inside of Darren's body, the fluid and eggs were beginning
their work. The fluid was filled with various different proteins,
sugars, carbohydrates and viruses. It was now the perfect
environment for the eggs to hatch. All the eggs hatched at nearly
the same exact time.
Out of the eggs came the newborn parasites. Like all organisms
that are born these parasites needed to eat. The parasites feasted
on the fluid that the now hatched eggs were suspended in. All of
them would mature in five hours.
That was five hours until the apocalypse would begin. Most of the
parasites latched on to the brain stem and nervous system. Some
latched on to the heart while the rest infected the eyes. The
parasites copied Darren's DNA.
Half an hour passed by, the parasites growing in size with each
passing second. Each parasite released a cocktail of molecular
compounds into all cells in Darren's body. The compounds made
their host ready for future parasitic eggs.
Almost three hours in and the parasites grew to the size of a split
pea. The immune system was suppressed initially to allow the
parasites to take hold. Now the immune system had been rewired
to protect the parasites.
The parasites neared full growth four and a half hours in. The
parasites released an acidic chemical into Darren's teeth. Little
holes formed that would allow parasite eggs to enter into his
mouth. All this caused Darren to experience intense agony.
Zeke pulled the bus up to the Bridgewater Hospital, he
parked near the entrance. Not wasting any time Zeke had
grabbed Darren and rushed inside. All attention was focused on
getting some help.
In the hospital one of the nurses saw Zeke carrying the severely
ill Darren. The situation was obviously dire so she shouted to
another nurse for a wheelchair. Without hesitation the other nurse
grabbed a wheelchair and rushed it to Zeke. Relieved, Zeke set
Darren in the wheelchair. The first nurse asked Zeke,
"What is his name"?
"Darren York. He is one of my students from the University of
Oxford. We were originally doing a study at the Eastwater Cavern
before he fell ill".
The nurse began writing everything down so the doctor would
have a picture of what was going on. The nurse who brought the
wheelchair then took Darren to an exam room. Zeke was glad
that Darren would be getting medical treatment.
Zeke was forced to wait outside the treatment room while
the medical staff worked. The other students walked into the
hospital as they were all concerned. There was nothing they could
but wait for news on Darren's condition.
In the treatment room Darren was being examined by the nurses.
One nurse took the temperature which was 41 degrees
centigrade. Blood pressure was 200 over 143 and his pulse was
extremely fast. Darren was unresponsive.
The doctor by the name of Harry Sanders was rushed into where
Darren was being treated. One look at the patient made Harry go
pale as if he saw a ghost. Whatever was causing the illness was
Harry examined Darren's neck, there was severe swelling of the
lymph nodes. The eyes indicated that the patient was mostly
blind by now due to the formation of a substance across the
retinas. This was unlike anything Harry had ever seen.
In Darren's mouth all the skin seemed to be burnt away by
corrosive acid. The inner muscles and veins were exposed. This
disease did not match the profile of any known disease. All of this
had Harry very concerned but he did not have any idea of what
the disease was.
Harry chose to start his patient out with some Penicillin to treat
the mysterious infection. Immediately Harry had one of his
nurses begin an IV with high dose Penicillin. The IV bottle was
filled with the antibiotic. Then the nurse put the needle into
Darren's arm, beginning the treatment.
At the brainstem one of the Parasites began absorbing
Darren's brain. The process was quick but painless. Each brain
cell became part of the parasite. Small tentacles spread
downwards, consuming the nervous system.
The fully mature parasite was now in complete control. Small
parasitic eggs were laid in Darren's mouth. Nobody would be able
to see them due to their extremely small size. Right after the
parasite forced Darren awake but this time he was extremely
Darren opened his eyes but he had zero memory of who he was.
All he could think about was eating human flesh. He pulled out his
IV, shambling towards the door so he could consume the nearest
Harry and two of the nurses named Sandra and Brandy
walked to Darren's room. Sounds of footsteps could be heard
inside the room. A nurse opened the door just for Darren to
tackle her to the ground. Harry grabbed Darren to get him away
from the screaming nurse.
Brandy managed to keep Darren from biting her but she failed to
stop him from vomiting blue fluid in her face. In the fluid were
millions of microscopic eggs. The nurse was now infected with the
Growling came from Darren after he vomited on the nurse. Harry
pulled the patient off but only to get bitten in the shoulder; he
screamed in pain as Darren sunk his teeth into the doctor. Then
with a yank of the head, a large piece of flesh and muscle were
torn from Harry.
Instead of staying to watch the doctor get chewed on, Nurse
Sandra ran away. She left Harry and Nurse Brandy to die. The
issue was that she had no choice but to run and get help. Despite
the fact that she could not help the doctor or Brandy, Sandra felt
Zeke heard screams coming from near the area where
Darren was taken. Those screams sent a chill down his spine.
Instead of investigating Zeke ordered the students to return to
the bus. The students froze until Zeke shouted,
The students did as they were told except Susanna, she went
towards the screaming because she was worried about Darren.
That would be the last thing she ever did.
Susanna rushed through the hospital towards the screaming. Her
heart raced like a horse, fear overflowed her mind and panic was
setting in. She ran and ran and ran some more. What Susanna
saw would scar her until the last moments of her life.
Outside the exam room Susanna saw Darren, Harry, Brandy and
a security guard consume the other guards. Susanna went to run
only to be tackled down by Nurse Brandy. She screamed and
screamed as the undead nurse forced her hand into Susanna's
back and ripped out a kidney.
Now infected Susanna felt the parasitic eggs enter her muscles,
veins, arteries and spine. Due to the fact that she had a
previously undiagnosed autoimmune disease, the parasitic eggs
hatched at an accelerated rate. In mere minutes she was now an
The screams Zeke heard turned to growling and moaning. He
rushed the remaining students to the bus. There was no time to
figure out what was happening. Chaos was brewing as staff and
patients were fleeing.
Zeke managed to get the students on the bus but not before
two hospital staff members boarded, thinking they would get to
safety. Unknowingly, a doctor who boarded was infected but
showed no symptoms. Zeke did not know this as he began
The drive back to Oxford University did not seem to take that
long, at least to Zeke. Nobody seem to notice that the infected
doctor was slowly turning into an undead creature. That infected
doctor would help spread the coming pandemic across the
Once Zeke parked the bus, he ordered everyone off the bus. The
students and the one nurse got off the bus. All except the doctor,
he was in a coma. Zeke saw that the doctor showed the same
symptoms as Darren before he became a flesh eating fiend.
Not taking any chances Zeke closed the bus door and
blocked it. Then he ran off so he could warn everyone. He had to
try something! Anything to stop whatever was spreading. Now
who would he tell? That was a huge problem but he still needed
Taking a chance Zeke choose to go to a friend and respectable
biologist Professor Omar Muhammad. He was an expert when it
came to diseases and biochemistry. Zeke rushed to the Sir
William Dunn School of Pathology where Omar would be located.
The run to the school of pathology took about 12 minutes for
Zeke to trek. In the building he looked for the class his friend
was. That man must have the answer! He looked around for
another 20 minutes before finding Omar.
Professor Omar Muhammad finished teaching an
undergraduate biochemistry class. Teaching was a very fulfilling
job for him. He was building next generation scientists, doctors
and free thinkers. Nothing could be better than that, absolutely
Just before he stepped out of the class Omar saw a distressed
Zeke Braun. He had never once seen his friend like that unless
something really bad was happening. That unnerved him. He
wondered what could have happened for Zeke to be like that?
Omar looked at Zeke, concern outwardly showing. Zeke said just
before Omar could open his mouth,
"Omar, something is going on. I don't know what. Some disease
Now he was confused. A disease? Omar needed to find out so he
"Zeke what are you talking about? You normally talk about
Responding to Omar, Zeke shouted,
"People are dead, something is changing them. Darren York is
dead, he was one of my students. Now he killed several other
people after dying".
Zeke had to be yanking his chain now. A disease that kills people
and brings them back? There was no known disease that did
anything remotely like what Zeke stated but then again- if this
were a mere joke, Zeke would not act like this.
After thinking some more Omar's scientific instincts kicked in. He
needed to figure out what Zeke was talking about. Omar
considered Zeke's panic as a variable, there was also the fact that
the geology class went to the Eastwater Cavern and the vague
Groundskeeper Stewart Germaine was a fairly happy man,
he had a wonderful family and he enjoyed his work. Stewart
always loved working outdoors be it mowing lawns, planting trees
or growing vegetables.
On the day of the apocalypse Stewart was cleaning up a parking
lot near the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology. As he worked
Stewart noticed that one of the university buses entered the
parking lot at high speed. While it was a little strange he did not
think much of it.
The bus door opened and Stewart saw Professor Zeke Braun, his
students and some nurse he never seen before run out of the
vehicle. Professor Braun shut the door then blocked it. Stewart
tried to get the professor's attention but he ran.
Now confused, Stewart walked towards the bus and tried to
look in through the windows. He saw what looked like a man
shambling inside. That confused him even more, why would
someone leave a person inside a bus?
Stewart managed to get a good view from inside the bus. In the
bus he saw the person vomiting unknown fluid and what seemed
to be rocks. That was far from normal. While the right thing to do
would have been letting him out, Stewart chose to leave him
The next thing to enter Stewart's mind was that he had to tell
someone about what he saw but who? That confused him to no
end. He had to inform people. Out of nowhere the man in the bus
punched a hole in one of the windows.
Zeke convinced Omar to follow him to the bus so he could
see that something was wrong. Both men rushed to the bus at
high speed. This situation was so alien to Omar but he trusted
Zeke. Both men wanted to figure out what was happening.
At the bus Omar and Zeke saw Groundskeeper Stewart
investigating the situation. Steward approached the duo,
confused and angry. Zeke asked Stewart,
"What are you doing here"?
Stewart looked at Zeke, anger showed on his face and responded,
"Why in the bloody hell did you lock a sick man on the bus"?
Omar kept his professional cool, he said to Stewart,
"Professor Braun is claiming that some sort of disease is
spreading. I came out here to verify his claim".
His mood unchanged Stewart yelled,
"That man is vomiting and I cannot get the bus open. He needs
Zeke tried to find the right words but he ended up saying,
"That man is infected".
Omar stood between both of them, still keeping his cool then told
both of them,
"Okay, something is going on. If the man on the bus has a
contagious disease then we leave him until we get to the proper
authorities. If that man is fine then we let him go".
Before anyone could say anything the man on the bus broke a
window completely. He then climbed out and landed on the
ground, his spine was now broken. However the man continued
to move though all movements were uncoordinated.
"Get back he is infected"!
Another professor by the name of Howard Barrington ran up to
the group. Zeke continued to shout for everyone to get back from
the undead creature. Professor Barrington grabbed what he
thought was a person, trying to help him only to get a finger
"This Darryl Hampton of the Somerset News Radio. Right now it is
9 PM British Standard Time. The skies are clear and temperatures
are very nice. I can say that this is the only good news I can
report. Right now an outbreak of mass murder is affecting the
Darryl Hampton took a sip of water and continued,
"The epicenter of this madness has been confirmed to be at the
Bridgewater Hospital. Now what I am about to say is disturbing
but here it goes- there have been unconfirmed reports of
cannibalism. I am attempting to wrap my mind around this".
More reports came into the station which made Darryl gag but he
"Okay, okay I will continue. Reports from health authorities
indicate that there is some kind of poisonous gas leaking from the
Eastwater Cavern in Priddy. Keep in mind that this is not
confirmed. We will continue to operate and update you on the
Near the Bridgewater Hospital local police attempted to stop
the hoards of what they believed to be rioters. Attempts at
arresting these supposed rioters ended disastrously. Officers were
eaten alive and converted into the growing undead horde.
People across the Somerset County area began reporting acts of
extreme violence and cannibalism. So many fell victim to the
undead as they believed that the creatures were still friends and
family. The more paranoid portion of the population barricaded
Around 11 PM reports of cannibalism came in from the counties of
Devon and Bristol. Due to the rapid rise in the number of
infections nobody knew what was happening. Panic and social
unrest set in before any proper response could be enacted.
Five hours earlier Zeke, Omar and Stewart could only watch
as Professor Barrington was eaten alive. The group was broken
out of their silence when the now dead professor got back up.
Both undead creatures slowly moved forward.
Omar was now convinced that this was a disease and if what he
saw escaped the UK, the results would be catastrophic. This made
him think of civilization collapse. Even worse possibilities came to
mind. Omar could not think about it now as he needed to run.
Zeke worried about his sister Monica, she was a missionary to
Brazil. If this plague escaped then humanity might be done for.
Zeke attempted to think of a plan to stop these creatures but he
chose to seek shelter first. He motioned for Omar and Stewart to
Stewart made the choice of splitting from the group, he wanted to
fight. Omar and Zeke shouted for him to run but he ignored
Instead Stewart ran to his truck and grabbed a shovel for a
weapon. If these creatures had some sort of plague then he
would stop them.
With the two undead creatures in sight Stewart charged at them,
shovel in hand. The infected doctor was the first to be hit in the
face with the end of the shovel. Stewart crushed the doctor's
head but it kept moving.
Getting back from the first undead Stewart attacked the second
undead beast. During the fight he ended up getting blood and
various other fluids in his mouth and eyes. This caused the
unsuspecting groundskeeper to become infected.
Once the second undead had its head completely decapitated,
Stewart rejoined the group. All three hurried to the nearest
building and went indoors. None of them had any clue as to what
was going on. The two contaminated corpses were left outside for
others to become infected.
About two hours after the confrontation with the undead,
Stewart began to fall ill. Omar took notice, he was now worried.
Zeke wrote down his observations about the living dead. Stewart
slowly was losing his mind.
Zeke made phone calls to police, his colleagues and people he
knew. People had to know what was happening or the world
might collapse. Most of the people Zeke had called ended up
thinking that this was some sort of joke. He could not blame
them though, it did sound outlandish.
Stewart began vomiting profusely, he could no longer think
properly nor could he speak. He wanted to tell Omar and Zeke
but his tongue was swollen. The parasite in him was assuming
control. Stewart tried and tried to get Omar's attention.
Intense pain rippled through Stewart's eyes. Covering his eyes
did nothing to alleviate the horrible pain. The next felling came
massive hunger pains. He wanted food so bad that he could kill.
Looking at both Omar and Zeke, Stewart saw a delicious meal.
Outside the building were several police officers investigating
the situation. Two dead bodies, one not moving but the other
body was moving. All the police officers were confused and
There was no possible way the moving one was alive. The injuries
it had should have killed him. Without warning the moving corpse
stood up, its severed spine was healing. One police officer
"Sir, stay still and we will get help".
Soon after the undead creature lunged, catching the windpipe of
the cop in its mouth. The cop could not scream as his trachea was
crushed by contaminated teeth. Parasitic eggs found their way
into blood vessels and arteries.
The other officers tried to get the undead off of their fellow
officer. This resulted in the injured officer getting his throat ripped
out; blood sprayed everywhere. With no other choice the cops
used their night sticks on the undead. That did not work at all.
"This Darryl Hampton of the Somerset News Radio. Currently it is
midnight and the chaos is continuing to spread uncontrollably.
Somerset County, Bristol County and Devon County are
completely overrun. Confirmed reports of violence are coming in
from Cornwall County, Dorset County, Hampshire County and
Wiltshire County. Each supposed rioter has been described as
wearing blood soaked clothing, missing limbs, extremely
aggressive and no response to painful stimulus".
After taking a drag of his cigarette Darryl then said reluctantly,
"People are literally being eaten alive. My producer advised me
earlier not to say this part so the population will not panic. That
twat can kiss my arse. I will tell you all the facts. No normal
person can survive the injuries the........"
He trailed off for a moment but Darryl yelled,
"The killers are bloody walking corpses! Yes I said it! Those
wankers are dead and walking! I will not play the game where I
say that these killers are rioters! Each one of them is dead! Dead!
I will say it over and over. They are not friends and family, they
are freaks trying to eat you alive like a Christmas goose! Once
you are bitten you become one of the freaks"!
The undead hordes shambled across the original counties affected
by the plague, then they began to move into other areas and
increasing their numbers. A trail of death and decay was laid by
the undead. They would soon reach the rest of the country.
Zeke saw Stewart acting very strange, it took him a moment
to realize that the groundskeeper was infected. He was not bitten
at all but Zeke and Omar had to know what triggered his
infection. Zeke remembered the blood that sprayed from the
undead. Omar came to the same conclusion.
As if there was an unconscious que between the two professors,
they both bolted for the door. They exited the room and locked
the door. Sadly the door would not hold very long. Now the time
for figuring this out was over, now was the time to run.
In the halls screams could be heard from the staff. Most of the
students had left a while ago. Neither Omar or Zeke realized that
they spent several hours in the office. Hordes of undead entered
the classroom building.
Zeke and Omar found themselves to be trapped in a science
class. They blocked the door with the professor's desk. Omar
looked down from the second floor window where the undead
were gathering. Many more undead waited for them outside the
Out of options Zeke accepted his fate, they were doomed. Omar
accepted his impending demise. There would be nobody to save
them. Omar went to the phone they left on the floor; he wanted
to speak with his wife and daughter one last time. Omar dialed
and got through. His wife Isabella stated with complete terror in
"Who is this"?
Though his heart sank Omar responded,
"Your husband Omar Muhammad. I called to tell you that this will
be the last time I talk to you. Right now me and Zeke are about
to die. Those creatures have surrounded us".
Isabella, who was Omar's wife let out a sob on the phone,
"Please tell me what to do. Me and little Terri are safe for now but
the creatures reported on the radio will be here soon".
His voice trembled knowing that he would not see his daughter
grow up. Now Omar if he gave his wife the best plan to survive at
least Isabella and Terri would live. Omar then said,
"Listen carefully my dear wife, do not question what I tell you.
Time is running thin. I need you to get essential supplies, take
Terri and leave the country. Try to reach my cousin in Canada or
my sister in the United States. Please tell Terri that I am sorry
that I did not get to see her grow up. I love you both".
Isabella said, her sobs audible in the phone,
"I love you too. Don't worry about me, rest in peace"
The phone called ended. Zeke turned to Omar, giving a disturbing
smile. Oddly this made Omar laugh hysterically despite just
having one last talk with his wife. Zeke shouted with courage in
"Let's turn this place into ashes. I can make a hole in the gas line
and light a match. If we are going to die anyway, why not go out
with a bang"?
The two men laughed as they broke open a gas line in the science
class. Omar grabbed a lighter from his pocket and exclaimed,
"Zeke my friend! To England"!
Responding happily Zeke shouted,
Omar lit his lighter and the entire building exploded. A fireball
engulfed a large portion of the university. Zeke and Omar
died in the explosion mere nanoseconds after the flame was lit.
Students living in the Oxford area were attacked by the
undead. They crashed through windows, forced locked doors open
and trapped people in shops. People died by the thousands which
only increased the numbers of the undead.
Undead hordes multiplied exponentially as people were killed.
Reports of the undead had come in from London and as far south
as the Cliffs of Dover. Many of the undead fell into the English
channel, they would end up in France.
The next day the undead swarmed across all of England,
much of Wales and parts of Scotland. Over two million people
died on the first day. Many more would die not long after. The
Queen of England was evacuated to the Isle of Man while the
Prime Minister ended up in Northern Ireland.
When the third day rolled around the British Army concluded that
complete decapitation was the only way to completely kill an
undead. Because of the chaos many people did not find out how
to stop an undead.
The British Army was forced to abandon multiple major cities and
let the undead have them. To save the remaining population of
the kingdom, the army began evacuating civilians from small
villages to British territories such as Gold Coast in Africa and
Over the next several weeks the undead managed to reach North
America, South America, Africa, Asia and Mainland Europe. The
critical piece of information about decapitating the undead
managed to save the human race.
By 1957 the United States was split into two different countries. A
civil war that started in 1952 led to the split. The western portion
of the US and up to Texas became a theocracy while the eastern
portion was the original US government.
The only territory the United Kingdom had by the end of 1949
was the Isle of Man. Every other territory either was decimated or
declared independence. For all intents and purposes the UK no
With changes in countries and territories along with the undead
roaming, the world was no longer the same. It only took a few
weeks for society to be flipped upside down. People built walls
around cities to protect the population. The darkness of an
uncertain future gripped the hearts of man.
The Eastwater Plague had established itself as the dominant
species on Earth.